Saturday, December 17, 2016

Update



Well, the class is over. (I got a really good grade, in case you're wondering) and that means my time as a mandatory blogger has come to an end.




But I don't want it to.

I want to keep blogging

I am going to be really busy next semester, so I won't be blogging so often. And I won't be blogging about myself.

Just books. Glorious books. Though I might add comments on book to movie adaptions, and other good things to read.

If you have a book or blog you would like me to read, please comment it.

I changed the comment requirements by the way, so you don't have to be a google member to post.
I would love to hear from all of you, so please feel free to comment!

(I like comments)

Have a blessed Christmas!

-Maria-

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

My 3 Favorite Posts


Everyone in our class has to give an end of project report in class, and we have to show everyone our blog! Also our three favorite posts.

Since I am a lazy person and I really don't want to be standing up in front of the entire class a second longer then I have to I made this post.

I'll just include my favorite three posts, and Ta Da!

I don't have to go scrolling through m entire blog just to find these three posts!

1. I'd Tell You That I Love You But Then I'd Have To Kill You

2. Princess of the Wild Swans

3. Winter Survival Car Kit 

4. ( I lied. 4) Blogs You Should Read This Week


Since I can't talk for over three minutes about my posts (a minute a post? Ugh)

So I also get to talk about some of my favorite other posts! (Other peoples posts)


1. http://kaitlin2016.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-17th-post.html

2.  http://mayrers04.blogspot.com/2016/09/north-korea-bans-sarcasm-by-john.html

3.  http://madisondblog.blogspot.com/2016/11/evolution-of-halloween.html

So there you have it!

-Maria


P.S. Go Vote! on the little poll on the side as to which of these three were YOUR favorite!

The Lightning Thief

This post will my my last mandatory post for my English class.

The book I decided to pick is called The Lightning Thief. This humorous story is written by Rick Riordan.
The story follows Percy Jackson, a young boy, leading a normal life. OK, not really. He keeps getting kicked out of schools, either because of his and grades or that one time he accidentally blew up a school bus (empty) while on a school field trip to a Civil War site. Hey! He didn't KNOW the cannon would go off!

His mom takes him on a camping trip, a happy chance to spend time with her. But it ends badly when the Minotaur attacks and kills his mom. He manages to kill the Minotaur and looses conscience. He wakes up at Camp Half Blood, a camp for kids like him.

Kids like him. Sorry. His Dad. The one he never has met....


Well, he's a greek god.

You know From greek mythology....


Anyway, this story is emotional, and extremely entertaining.
My favorite part is Rick Riordan writing style.

Go read it!

-Maria

Monday, November 28, 2016

Dear France and Germany

Dear France and Germany,

I assumed that most of my followers and viewers were my friends.

But I don't know anyone from France, and I don't know anyone from Germany (even though I'm of German/Irish descent)

Mainly, I was just wondering, do you translate my posts to your language or do you know English?

Do you like my blog? Is it just something you have to do for school?

What was your favorite post?

Did you (and I include all of my readers who I don't know ) read any of the books because of my posts? Have you read them before?

Thanks

Maria

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

The Silver Bowl



The Silver Bowl is by Diane Stanley. The Princess of Cortowa , which I posted about last week,is the third book in this series. 

It's about Molly. She is unwanted at home by her father who sends her to work at the castle, home of the King of Westria. At first she is very wild, but with help from her new friend, the colossal stable hand, Tobias, she learns to love her work, to work hard, and to be cheerful about it (bccause it isn't going to change)

The silver keeper notices and she starts to polish the silver. Nothing to hard at first, just salt cellars, goblets, and such. 

But then she is told she may polish the silver bowl, an expensive gift from the neighboring kingdom's past queen. 

Molly has "the gift" and the bowl begins to speak to her. It shows her visons until she finally learns the truth. 


The Silver Bowl is cursed. When it was made, 100 curses had been pounded into it. 100 curses against the Royal Family of Westria. 

And Molly and Tobias may be the only ones who can save any of them.


-Maria

Friday, November 18, 2016

The Princess of Cortowa


This book, which is written by Diane Stanley, is the third in its series. Why am I  not writing about the first one? Because I have yet to read it.

Even though I haven't read the other two books, I still got a good idea of who the characters are, and  what is happening.

What is happening?

The Princess of Cortowa is getting married. She doesn't know to who yet. Her father, the King, invited to two different kings, from two different kingdoms, to visit him. And they both kind of hate each other...

The book is mainly about Molly. Molly is an ex-servant girl, who is now a lady raised to a high station.

Mainly because she has prophetic dreams....


This really isn't helping is it?

Basically, its all a big game, each king fighting against the others,  and the story is explained like chess, with a chess rule at the beginning of each section.

But who will win the game?

-Maria 

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Into The Wild


  Into the Wild is the first book in Erin Hunter's Warrior series. This series is about cats. Or rather it's about Rusty, a house cat who runs away to live with "The Forest Cats." He learns about the four clans, which live in four different areas of the woods. Rusty, who's name is changed to Firepaw, is having trouble though.  The other cats in the clans snub Firepaw because he is "a kittypet" which is their word for a house cat.  He has to deal with the troubles of fitting in with the new clan and the normal troubles of the constantly warring clans.

 I am a cat person, so I really love these books. They are also well written and from an interesting angle: Your cat.

Maria

Saturday, November 5, 2016

Profile Essay


We had to write a profile paper. It was really fun and not quite what I expected.

We had to interview someone and write a paper about their life in the 60's. So we did an in class interview exercise, which was really fun and then we had to set up an interview.

Professer Trotter, our teacher, said it would be better if we interviewed someone who we don't know. So I tried to call the local nursing home. But I never got a hold of them and then I got sick.

Oh joy.

So, about three days before the paper was due, I called my Grandma. It would have been better if I had talked to her in person, but I didn't want to make her sick.

I was kind of worried when I gave Grandma the paper for her to read. What if I got something wrong? What is she didn't like it?


She loved it and thought it was so cool that I had chosen to write about her.

People sometimes forget (or never find out) that old people have really cool stories and they are, quite often, very happy to share them.

-Maria

The Borrowed House


This book, by Hilda Van Stockum about Holland during WWII. Janna is a German girl who goes to live with her famous acting parents in Amsterdam. 

I really like this book because of all the historic fiction books I've read, this is the first one to be from a Hitler Youth's point of view. All the rest of the books I've read from this time period have been either from the resistance point of view and the persecuted peoples point of view.

Janna goes to live in " a borrowed house." A house taken over by the Germans and given to Janna's parents. Also in the giant canal house lives another family, an SS man, his wife and his spoiled brat son, and a cook. (there is also a maid who comes during the day)

There is someone else living in the house.  While playing hide and seek, Janna anciently falls into the the room and meets Sef: a member of the Dutch Resistance, who lives in a secret room of Janna's wardrobe.

This book was both educational and entertaining. It had emotion  and it makes you think.



Hilda Stockum also wrote a book called "The Winged Watchman" about a Dutch Resistance family that lives in a windmill.

-Maria

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Winter Survival Car Kit

Winter *shudders* isn't far away.
So here are two good articles on making your own Winter Survival Car Kit.

http://www.itstactical.com/transcom/13-common-sense-items-you-need-in-a-winter-vehicle-emergency-kit/

This on is on ITS Tactical, which is where I got the idea for this post. ( Yes, I read their stuff. Don't judge me.) It has a shorter list. No, you don't need MREs. But you really should keep power bars, and maybe some candy vars in your car. It also makes the point that you should learn how to change your tire, and how to jump start your car. You can't always rely on other people. 

It's also good to read other articles on winter survival car kits. Mix and match. Add things from other lists. It's YOUR kit. So here is another site:
 https://gearjunkie.com/winter-car-truck-emergency-kit

If you decide to keep the kit in your car year round,  you may have to switch out the chocolate bars when it gets hot. You also won't need your widow scraper, or all the extra blankets. And you may want to put something else in your kit for changing seasons.

-Maria

Friday, October 28, 2016

Blogs You Should Read This Week ( Oct 23-29)


I'm sorry I haven't posted anything in awhile. How many of you go and read the books I post about? How many of you have read these books before?

In a few weeks, my English 1101 class will be over. So will my need to keep up this blog. I haven't decided yet whether to keep blogging or stop? I don't really like bloggers or blogging. I think bloggers should be experienced people, or at least people who do interesting things. Not high schoolers with boring lives. If I do keep blogging, I will most likely be posting more about, well, everything. Not just books. Movies, maybe. Cool places in Ohio. But that is nothing to write about.You can find that on millions and millions of other blogs.   Since classes end in early December, what ever my decision is, I will be taking a break for Christmas.

Anyway, Instead of a few of my classmate's blog posts, I am going to give you an undated list of ALL their blogs. Here we go:

 http://rossblogenglish.blogspot.com/

http://taylormcelroy1998.blogspot.com/

http://madisondblog.blogspot.com/

http://breakingtheenglishinstructormold.blogspot.com/

http://rarobertsblog.blogspot.com/

http://jamieccblog.blogspot.com/

http://jordanzimmick.blogspot.com/

http://remmysreadings.blogspot.com/

http://shelbs96.blogspot.com/

http://mayrers04.blogspot.com/

http://tatumlindsay.blogspot.com/

http://badmouthwolf.blogspot.com/

http://giffgirl98.blogspot.com/

http://rachaelmccray.blogspot.com/


Ok, that's all of them ( I hope)  If I missed any please let me know. There is a ton of stuff on their blogs now, so go read them, then comment which one is your favorite.

-Maria

Monday, October 24, 2016

The Wolf Princess

The Wolf Princess is written by Cathryn Constable.

   When Sophie Smith and her two friends end up on a school trip to St. Petersburg, Russia, Sophie is so happy. Finally an adventure! And she loves snow. But then they end up at the wintery palace of Princess Anna Volkonskaya, the last of the noble Volkonskaya family.

   The last Volkonskaya princess had been known as the Wolf Princess, because once she had saved a wounded wolf cub and the white wolves have been faithful to her since. When the revolution broke out, the wolves had helped her escape through the woods.

Sophie is drawn to the tales of the long ago wolf princess. The current princess is searching for her ancestor's beautiful diamond necklace. With that she hopes to save the palace.

But is the princess all she seems?



-Maria

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

The Little White Horse


The Little White Horse is written by Elizabeth Goudge in wording that makes it feel like an Irish fairy tale.

It's about a young lady, Maria Merryweather, who is from an orphan from London. Her only remaining family is her Uncle who lives way out in the country at a place called Moonacer Manor. She arrives with her governess and finds her new home to be perfect. Her Uncle is kind, she has her own room that fits her like a glove, and is free to roam the beautiful countryside. But there is something they're not telling her. She asks one of the villagers and find that a curse, of sorts, lies on the land, from a tragedy long ago, an ancient feud, and she wants to fix it. But what can she do?

I thought the white horse would play a bigger part. It was such a lovely book to read all the same. The vocabulary is an improvement from some of the books I've seen recently. Maybe that's because it was written in 1946 (In England!)

And for all you Harry Potter fans, J.K. Rowling said" I absolutely adore The Little White Horse"

So there


-Maria 


Monday, October 17, 2016

Blogs You Should Read This Week Oct 16-22

First off, I am super sorry I missed last week with this :(

I was sick and spent my whole time laying in bed and coughing.
And drinking tea.


A lot of tea.


Anyway, this is this weeks post! All of the bloggers are girl, so I guess it's girl power this week! And all these bloggers are students in my class.


You need to drink lots of water. Don't believe me or just want to know how it helps? Here is a blog all about it: http://kaitlin2016.blogspot.com/2016/10/october-15th-post.html

Or the story of a creepy painting to get you ready for Halloween. Really, any of Jamie's blogs would do for this.
http://jamieccblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/the-hands-resist-him-painting.html

The story of two conjoined twin boys who underwent a long surgery to separate them. (They are doing OK last I heard.) http://taylormcelroy1998.blogspot.com/2016/10/httpwww.html

A nice post about a young black man and a police man who switched places for a day. I feel sorry for Lance Constantine, because when he went to spend time with policeman's family for a meal, he had to deal with a rude uncle who was there. I also like it, because the police have gotten a lot of abuse because of this, even the ones who aren't racist. http://tatumlindsay.blogspot.com/2016/10/when-walk-mile-in-my-shoes-becomes.html

  Have a lovely week!
 -Maria

Princess Academy Book 2 and 3!

If you liked the Princess Academy book, you should try the second and third books.

The second book is called Palace of Stone and is about Miri going to the capital with some of the other girls from the academy for her friends wedding to the prince. But then Miri gets mixed up accidentally a revolution. At first, they are just talking about better jobs for the poor, but it turns out they want to overthrow the King....and kill the royal family. Including Miri's best friend, the soon-to-be wife of the prince. What can Miri do to fix all this?


The third book is The Forgotten Sisters, and is about Miri traveling to the swamp lands to teach these three girls, the king's cousins, in a sort of mini princess academy. They have been promised in marriage to the king of the neighboring kingdom to stop an invasion. She wants to go back to the mountain, but there are people in the government and rich merchants who are trying to buy the mountain and the only way Miri can save it is if she does a good job teaching these girls. But they don;t want to learn. What can Miri do?

-Maria

Monday, October 10, 2016

Born Wild


             I caught a REALLY nasty cold and have been confined to bed.
which means I could finish "The Spirit Animals" series.
The books are fairly short and there are only 7 of them so I read them over the weekend.

They are interesting and a new idea character wise and plot wise.
The series biggest problem is that each of the books has  a different author.

Brandon Mull is the author of the first book, Born Wild.

This is the story a 4 children and their spirit animals. In the fictional world of Erdas, children at the age of 11 have their Nectar Ceremony. It is their chance to call a spirit animal. This animals becomes their partner for life, lending them special powers, which could be speed, wisdom, strength, ect depending on the spirit animal. Animals can be anything from a moose to a tiny mouse. Not everybody can call one.

And NOBODY calls one of the four fallen Great Beasts!

But then four children do.


And now is it up to them to save the world.





-Maria

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

Blogs You Should Read This Week (Oct 2-8)

Yay!

So here is this weeks "Blogs You Should Read This Week" post!

Maybe this blog about a cool old man and his story "The Pipe"
It looks really interesting http://rarobertsblog.blogspot.com/2016/10/week-6.html

Or maybe the story of August Landmesser, the man who refused to salute Hitler? I'd seen the photo, but I had never heard the story. To read the story of this brave man follow the link on this post
after you read the blog.

Or maybe the tale of a crazy lady who stole an ambulance because she missed her bus? http://taylormcelroy1998.blogspot.com/2016/09/i-need-to-get-home.html





Ok
That's it!

-Maria

Ruins of Gorlan

The Ruins of Gorlan is the first of John Flanagan's series The Ranger's Apprentice



I love this series so much.
In the first book, Will is an orphan in the castle ward of Castle Redmont.

The castle ward is home to war orphans. Since their parents were killed in service of the King and the Baron, the Baron decided to raise all the war orphans in his fief. At age 16, they have a choosing ceremony. They apply to work as an apprentice to a castle master.

But if they are not chosen by any of the masters, they are assigned to the farms and feilds.

And Will, who is most likely too small and scrawny to make his choice apprenticeship as a knight, fears this most of all.


This book is very entertaining. It is also very emotional.  
 -Maria


 

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Fall is here!

(Official since September 22, which is when I meant to post this...)
The weather is getting crisper. The  time for reading outside on the hammock is almost over.
The time for snuggling up in a blanket with a (very large) cup of tea or coffee and a good book is coming.

Have a lovely Fall! 

-Maria


Monday, September 26, 2016

SGT. Reckless: Marine Hero

Sargent Reckless is a hero of the Korean War, also known as "The Forgotten War."
But the Korean will not be forgotten by the brave men who served. Nor by those who lost someone overseas. Nor by us. This book reminded me of this war. A war I will NEVER forget.

Sargent Reckless has also been forgotten. This war hero, once so well know by the public, has been forgotten. I hope this post helps remind this world that heroes come in all shapes and sizes.

Sargent Reckless was a horse. She was bought by the commander of the 1st Marines to aid them in battle.
The 1st Marines ran the recoil-less rifles. More of a cannon then a rifle. The ammunition for these "rifles" was huge, and heavy. Before they bought Reckless, marines had to carry the ammunition up the hill. These slow moving soldiers were making themselves targets.

Reckless was brought in and trained in her very own "hoof camp" 
She could carry twice as many casings up the steep treacherous hills, often running them alone, under fire.
Now even for those of you who don't know horses, try and imagine the horror of combat, shells bursting around you, great blasts of light in the night blinding you, the loud burst hurting your ears.

Now imagine a horse. Horses who shy away from loud noises (their ears are much more sensitive then ares), who are prey animals, who run AWAY from danger.

Well here is a horse who ran into danger. There are few horses who could have and would have done what she did. In fact, there are many people, who would run or freeze.
Not Reckless. She was a true marine.

All the marines loved her. She was one of them. She fought with them, played with them, even drank beer and cola with them!

There have been animals who have been given nicknames of Sargent. But no animal has ever been officially given a rank.  She was eventually promoted. Which became a problem, because she couldn't be lead in parades by anyone who was ranked lower then she was (because they couldn't give her orders)
She also was given a Purple Heart.
Now some might grumble about a horse being given a important medal. As if it cheapened it somehow. But Reckless won that when she was hit by shrapnel. That night, after she was hit SHE KEPT GOING, carrying shells up and wounded soldiers down. 

This book, SGT. Reckless, which is by Robin Hutton, reminds us of Reckless and of the Korean War.
It was Educational, Emotional, Entertaining to read about all the antics she got into, and Enlightening. A wonderful book that everyone should read.


-Maria 

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Blogs You Should Read This Week II (September 25-October 1)

First I guess I should mention all the blogs that I'm reading for class...

I have no idea why this one connected with me, because I NEVER use sarcasm.

Do you know what the problem is with sarcasm? It's hard to understand when it is written. I guess it all has to do with your tone and facial expression. I guess you could write it like this:

 "I have no idea why this one connected with me, because I NEVER use sarcasm." Maria said sarcastically.


Also, for anyone who read the Gallagher Girls Series, I found this blog: Sister of Gillian

My two posts about book 1 and book 2 can be found here:
I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You
Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
and the list of the books in the series:
Gallagher Girl Series

Keep Reading!

-Maria


5 inch gun: It's Not the Size of a Toothbrush

I realized that the last couple books I posted about, were about princesses, and girl stuff (spy girl stuff), so I will now take pity on all the guys who have to read my blogs. 
(And everyone else who is sick of it) sooo...

In this article, a British reporter gets mad because the government just spent a ton of money funding a gun, the 5 inch gun,  for the British Navy because it is the size of a toothbrush.
Well it turns out that the gun is named off it caliber, not it's size
And for all you no military/gun type: It's got really big bullets.

I enjoyed reading this post. It was kind of short, but both educational and entertaining. It talked about the gun and the article. This is NOT the article that the angry British reporter wrote. That has since been changed.


Here is the article:
 https://sofrep.com/60334/british-press-freak-inept-reporter-believes-naval-5-inch-guns-literally-5-inch-guns/

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy

Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy is the second book in the Gallagher Girls Series, which is written by Ally Carter 

If you have not read the first one, beware, this may contain spoilers to the first one!
If you are interested in the book and want the information to find it (author, title, ect), then read my earlier blog post:  I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have To Kill You




Josh's memory has been erased. 
Not all of it. Just for the night when he, you  know,  found out that the Gallagher Girls School, a place he thought previously was the home of snobby heiresses, is really a  the top secret spy school for girls. 
    
 and then he drove a forklift through the wall at one of there cov-ops exercises and yeah....


Well Cammie can't go see him again. Which is sad, and she spends a lot of her time moping around.  Until another school does an exchange program with them for the spring semester.

A school for spies. 

A school for boys.

Boy spies. 



And of course there is a VERY annoying, yet very cool boy who won't leave her alone. 

But are these boys all the seem?  Are they REALLY, "JUST" boys?(spy boys) 
Are they ONLY here for the exchange? 


Things seem kind of fishy, so Cammie and her roomies, Macey, Bex, and Liz go into action. 


What will they find????




-Maria 


(P.S. spoiler that is not REALLY a spoiler:  Right in the middle of the hallway! 1+ if you get it!)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Princess Academy

Princess Academy is written by Shannon Hale.

In this story, it has been decided that the prince's bride will come from a little mountain village. In one year the prince will arrive and choose his bride. Soldiers of the King arrive one day on the mountain and declare that all the girls of the right age have to go to a school for a year. A princess school.
So the girls go reluctantly to the school, which was an  official's fancy house a long time ago, higher up the mountain. While some of them do think it would be nice to marry the prince and move to the city, others loathe the very idea.
But they gain an education. While some of it is silly for anyone but a princess, like walking delicately and dancing, some of it is helpful.
very helpful.

Like how the traders are cheating them....   Giving them so little for their expensive marble like stone they almost starve during the winter...... Little stuff like that.

So, they fix the  trading system and study some more, while waiting for the prince.

But when he come he doesn't choose! He says he can't decide and will be back in the spring!

Luckily something comes up to take their minds off the long winter.



Like bandits attacking the school and kidnapping the girls...
Of course,
after it's taken care of the prince returns, but this time he does decide and it's a happy ending....

for everybody!

(except the bandits. )


-Maria

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Blogs You Should Read This Week (September 18-24)

Blogs you should go read this week:

Kaitlin's blog was, I think, my all time favorite.
The link: http://kaitlin2016.blogspot.com/2016/09/september-17th-post.html

Or maybe one for animal lovers? We all know Black Beauty ( or at least I do) but how about seeing the world through the eyes of a dog?
 http://remmysreadings.blogspot.com/2016/09/for-love-of-dogs-i-am-person-that-would.html

A story for veterans?  http://rossblogenglish.blogspot.com/2016/09/woobie-4-life.html


Or two different political thoughts on Donald Trump?
http://sparksenglishcomp.blogspot.com/2016/09/senator-rips-trump-blood-will-be-on.html
 and
http://jordanzimmick.blogspot.com/2016/09/donald-trump.html


  Or maybe this creepy story? Are there ghosts at Sinclair???
http://jamieccblog.blogspot.com/2016/09/sinclair-community-college-haunting.html

Sends shivers down my spine! Or maybe it's Trouble, our fiendish gray and black stripped cat?

-Maria   

Friday, September 16, 2016

Brother Band Chronicles

The Brother Band Chronicles,

This is a spin off series of the Ranger's Apprentice Series, and is also written by John Flanagan.

1.The  Outcasts
2. The Invaders
3. The Hunters
4. Slaves of Soccoro
5. Scorpion Mountain
6. The Ghostfaces


Highly entertaining, extremely emotional,  and you learn all about ships, and sailing lingo.
Highly suggest you try and find these. Pretty popular, so most libraries have them.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

The Ranger's Apprentice Series.

This series, also by John Flanagan, was written before the Ranger's Apprentice: Early Years
 series.

1. The Ruins of Gorlan
2. The Burning Bridge
3. The Icebound Land
4. The Battle for Skandia
5. The Sorcerer of the North
6. The Siege of Macindaw
7. Eark's Ransom *
8. King's of Conmel
9. Halt's Peril
10. Emperor of Nihon-ja
11. The Lost stories
12. The Royal Ranger


*Erak's Ransom takes place between books 4 and 5

All of John Flanagan's books are entertaining. Extremely Emotional (Especially the Burning Bridge. I know a girl who cried for 5+ minutes at the end of this book) Also, all his archery tips work. So, educational as well ( I don't know about the knife throwing,  or sword fighting )


He also has a spin off series about Skandians called The Brother Band Chronicles, which is very good.


-Maria

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tournament at Gorlan

The second book in John Flanagan's series, Ranger's Apprentice, the Early Years, is coming out in November! I'm flipping out. I can't make time fly faster to so I'm drinking lots of coffee, and re-reading all 12 books in the Ranger's Apprentice series and the Tournament at Gorlan, which is the first book in the The Ranger's Apprentice: the Early Years series.

I loved Halt from the Ranger's Apprentice, and I was overjoyed to read Tournament at Gorlan!
Other Halt fans out there will know our beloved grumpy grey breaded archer, is still grumpy and still the best archer EVER!

Extremely Entertaining, (especially when he first meets Lady Pauline !!), and very emotional.
Will enlighten you to the life of "young Halt" and the re-forming of the Ranger Corps


-Maria



Monday, September 12, 2016

Princess of the Wild Swans

Princess of the Wild Swans
by Diane Zahler

This book was extremely entertaining. It's based of Hans Christian Anderson's "The Wild Swans".
It's about a princess, the youngest child with many, MANY older brothers. They are happy.

Until their father, the King, remarries a witch, and she casts a spell on the princes, changing them into wild swans. Princess Meriel can save them. But only if she makes them all shirts spun out of nettles.

But she isn't very good at spinning, and every word she speaks after she begins her horrid task is like a knife in the hearts of her brothers. There is a deadline too! The Queen finds out what she is up to, and she has to flee from the castle. Winter is coming, and her brothers will have to fly south...


Or freeze to death.





It's a race against time and an evil witch.


-Maria 

Thursday, September 8, 2016

The Gallagher Girls Series



This is the rest of Alley Carter's series. There are 6 books and two short stories. 

1. I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You
2. Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy
3. Don't Judge a Girl by her Cover
4. Only the Good Spy Young
(4.5. Classified information) 
5. Out of Sight, Out of Time
6. United We Spy
(6.5 . Gallagher Wedding) 


My all time favorite is Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, and Gallagher Wedding is as exciting as that sounds. Of course I'm not going to say who gets married. You'll have to read them and find out.

-Maria 

Monday, September 5, 2016

W.I.S.E Choice, British tea and candy

Ok, well...... this has nothing to do with reading...


What am I saying?!

Reading is best with books.

Books are best with tea.

And this shop has tea. 



There is this awesome little shop in Huber Heights, Ohio, mere minutes away from the Huber Heights Sinclair.

This shop is just too cute!

It's called W.I.S.E Choice, and they sell imports from the UK.
The W stands for Wales, the I for Ireland, the S for Scotland, and the E for England.
When you open the door, the owner will come up and introduce himself, and show you around the shop.

I suggest getting Crunchi Bars, Flake candy Bars, and some bulk candy.  My favorite is the light pink colored: "Vimto"flavored bonbons.

They have more then just candy and tea, of course.


Seriously. If you can, Go there. I'm talking to you, other Sinclair students. Go!
It is just 6 minutes away from Sinclair!


Here is the website: https://wisechoiceuk.com/

 The address:
       Marian Shopping Center
       6171 Brandt Pike
       Dayton, OH 45424

Open:
Monday-Friday: 11am-6pm
Saturday: 10am-6pm
Sundays: Closed



-Maria 

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

I'd Tell You that I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You.


 I'd Tell You That I Love You, But Then I'd Have to Kill You 

This is the first book in the Gallagher Girls Series. They are written by Ally Carter. 
The series is about Cammie Morgan, who goes to the Gallagher Academy for Exceptional Young Women, a snobby prep school for rich young ladies. 

Or at least that's their cover story. 

It's really a school for spies. 

Join Cammie as she goes through her Sophomore Year of...well, spy school.  When a Cov-Op (Covert Operations) class exercise takes her into the nearby town of Roseville, Virginia she meets a boy, Josh.   
Cammie then spends most of the  book at war with herself as to whether she wants a "normal" life or the challenging life of a spy. She spends a lot of time sneaking out, with the help of her awesome friends, and going to the town to see Josh and what a "normal" life is like. In the end, Cammie realizes she can't live with a foot in both worlds and that she has to make a decision. 

This book contains equal amounts of Spy stuff and Girl Stuff, and will educate you in the ways of spy stuff, entertain you the whole way through, enlighten you to the challenges of spy life (assuming that is what spy life is like. I wouldn't know) and make you emotional when Cammie.....
Never mind. I won't spoil it. 

Go get it from the library and read it. It's awesome!

-Maria




This is her website:http://allycarter.com/



(P.S. : If you are extremely sad at the end, read the second book Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy, trust me. It will help!)




(September 21: If you've finished this, go read my blog post about Bk. 2: Cross My Heart and Hope to Spy.)