Book Review: Winnie-the-Pooh by: A. A. Milne

Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called” – Winnie-the-Pooh, A. A. Milne

Idisney-832056_1920nitial thoughts: I grew up watching Winnie-the-Pooh as a kid. I used to watch Winnie-the-Pooh and Christmas Too over and over again. To this day, I can still quote most of the dialogue.

 

Summary

The adventures of a brainless loveable bear and his friends in the Hundred-Acre Wood.

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About the Book

Title: Winnie-the-Pooh

Author: A. A. Milne

Illustrator: Ernest H. Shephard

Series: Winnie-the-Pooh (book#1: Winnie-the-Pooh, book #2: The House at Pooh Corner, book #3: When We Were Very Young, book #4: Now We Are Six)

Year Published: 1926

Pages: 145

Genres & Subjects: Fiction, Children’s fiction, Classic

The Review

After reading the dark and deeply sorrowful book A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness, I searched and searched on my local library’s electronic library for a book that wouldn’t make me cry. I decided to chose Winnie-the-Pooh by: A. A. Milne. Prior to becoming one of Disney’s most beloved cartoon characters, Winnie-the-Pooh was once the name of a real teddy bear of a real boy named Christopher Robin Milne, the son of A. A. Milne. The adventures of Winnie-the-Pooh and his friends were inspired by the stuffed animals of Christopher Robin, and of Christopher Robin himself. For this reason, when I began reading the story, I couldn’t help but think of my own childhood stuffed animals with nostalgia.

I am sure that many children have read Winnie-the-Pooh during their childhood. For some reason, most of the childhood classics that I have read, I read them later in life as a young adult. Before May of 2017, I had never read Winnie-the-Pooh, and I didn’t know what to expect from Milne’s version as opposed to the Disney version. The greatest difference that I found between the book and Disney’s version was Continue reading

Book Review: Sarah’s Key by: Tatiana de Rosnay

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The girl wondered: These policemen… didn’t they have families, too? Didn’t they have children? Children they went home to? How could they treat children this way? Were they told to do so, or did they act this way naturally? Were they in fact machines, not human beings? She looked closely at them. They seemed of flesh and bone. They were men. She couldn’t understand” –Sarah’s Key, Tatiana de Rosnay

paris-843229_1920Initial Thoughts: I remember seeing one of my friends read this book in high school. Since then, it has been on my to-read list for a few years now.

Plot Summary

Paris, July 1942: Sarah, a ten year-old girl, is brutally arrested with her family by the French police in the Vel’ d’Hiv’ roundup, but not before she locks her younger brother in a cupboard in the family’s apartment, thinking that she will be back within a few hours.

Paris, May 2002: On Vel’ d’Hiv’s 60th anniversary, journalist Julia Jarmond is asked to write an article about this black day in France’s past. Through her contemporary investigation, she stumbles onto a trail of long-hidden family secrets that connect her to Sarah. Julia finds herself compelled to retrace the girl’s ordeal, from that terrible term in the Vel d’Hiv’, to the camps, and beyond. As she probes into Sarah’s past, she begins to question her own place in France, and to reevaluate her marriage and her life.” Goodreads.

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Book Review: A Monster Calls by: Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd

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You do not write your life with words…You write it with actions. What you think is not important. It is only important what you do” A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd

Initial Thoughts: I had discovered this novel on Goodreads a week ago. The premise on Goodreads (featured below) had me hooked instantly. The monster wants the truth, but what is the truth? I had a strong desperate urge to know what the truth was. Once I found out, I was very surprised.yew-185279_1920

Plot Summary

The monster showed up after midnight. As they do. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting. He’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the one he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments, the one with the darkness and the wind and the screaming… This monster is something different, though. Something ancient, something wild. And it wants the most dangerous thing of all from Conor. It wants the truth” (Goodreads, A Monster Calls, Patrick Ness & Siobhan Dowd)

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Books I have Read in July 2017

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siri-687107_1280As usual, summer is the time when I try to read as many books as I possibly can before I have to go back to university and surrender my life to assigned reading for the next eight months. This month, I have read 11 books, not exactly as many as I hoped, though a decent amount to make a small progress in my to-read list.

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Book Review: Waterfall by: Lisa T. Bergren

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I finally meet a guy who’s interesting and who seems to have a half-interest in me and it is TOTALLY the wrong time and place” – Waterfall, Lisa T. Bergren

Initial Thoughts: Medieval Italy. Italian guys. Romance. Time travel. Need I say more? As soon as I read the premise, I was quickly drawn into this world of intrigue, battles and romance. In less than a week and a half I finished the first three books and I am hungry for the fourth.siena-1797838_1920

Plot Summary

Most American teenagers want a vacation in Italy, but the Betarrini sisters have spent every summer of their lives among the romantic hills with their archaeologist parents. Stuck among the rubble of the medieval castles in rural Tuscany, on yet another hot, dusty archaeological site, Gabi and Lia are bored out of their minds…until Gabi places her hand atop a handprint in an ancient tomb and finds herself in fourteenth-century Italy. And worse yet, in the middle of a fierce battle between knights of two opposing forces” (Goodreads), Waterfall, Lisa T. Bergren

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