Everyone go read A Monster Calls. Like right now. It only took me an hour to read, granted I am a quick reader, but you could probably finish it within 3 hours, 4 hours if you like to take your time. It may be short (only 206 pages) but it is beautiful and so, so meaningful. Also, it was inspired by the final idea of an author named Siobhan Dowd who died of cancer before she could finish writing it herself, so that adds an extra heartbreaking detail to the already beautifully, painful story.
A Monster Calls, written by Patrick Ness, inspired by an original idea by Siobhan Dowd, is about a young boy named Conor coming to terms with his mother’s serious illness. One night a monster appears at his window, Continue reading “Book Review – A Monster Calls”→
The beginning of a new year always makes me hopeful. I know it is cliche because it is just another day in a long succession of other days but there is still something special about changing over to a new year. I always start the new year feeling fresh and hopeful about what the next year will bring. I think a lot of people probably do. And I don’t think there is anything wrong with that. Second chances and fresh beginnings can feel awesome and be the push that someone needs to change something or better themselves.
People are probably too hopeful when it comes to New Year’s resolutions though. Myself included. I used to write vague resolutions like, workout more and eat healthier. I also wrote out long lists of all these things I want to change in the new year. I think I looked at the new year too hopefully, like I was able to reinvent myself at the stroke of midnight; which is wrong. I will still be the same person, but I can still accomplish things. This year I wrote a list of small things I want to accomplish, instead of change about myself. I am proud to say they are all manageable and achievable. This list fills me with hope for 2017.
I really did love it though. But I don’t think everyone will. I think you have to go in with an open mind and not expecting it to be an 8th book of the original series. First of all, it is a play, second of all the story follows a whole new set of characters (the children of the original characters). I read it as approved historical fan-fiction. And that approach worked really well for me. There were some parts that I think were out of character for some of the characters but nothing that sent me into a literary tailspin. Except for the trolley witch. I mean, what the heck? That was just weird. Continue reading “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child Review (SPOILERS)”→
I don’t reblog a lot of posts on here but I had to share this. Roald Dahl was my favorite author when I was a kid (even though The Witches gave me nightmares) and I hope his legacy lasts for many, many more years.
Roald Dahl, the whimsical and wicked mind behind Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda, and other famous children’s literature, would have turned 100 on September 13, 2016. Here are seven stories about the man behind these tales.