Thursday, March 3, 2011

Collection Trade @ Oh, hello friend

One of my favorite bloggers, Danni at Oh, hello friend, is hosting a collection trade! I am very much excited to participate; my two favorite things combined: collections & mail.
go here for more details @ to see Danni's blog.
sign ups end March 15th of once 100 people sign up!

I collect miniature things, owls (ever since I inherited several from my grandmother), mismatched dishes & silverware, skeleton keys, frames, and paper products in general -- hard to pass up a cute notebook!

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

Reading, lately

As an English major, I read constantly for most all of my classes. This semester has yet to yield anything of particular interest to me as far as literature goes, however. I just can't get into Medieval British literature...and I sort of in awe of those who can. So this week I was extremely grateful when my mother gave me two books she picked up at a yardsale & thought I might enjoy, and enjoy them I did! What-the-Dickens by Gregory Maguire & Alice I Have Been by Melanie Benjamin.
Maguire, who wrote the Wicked series as well as several other fantastic fairytale re-tellings, is one of my favorite storytellers. What-the-Dickens was, to me at least, about the art of storytelling itself, and though it's certainly in the veins of young adult literature, it has plenty beneath the text for the grown up reader. It made me think quite a bit about imaginations & childhood, and the magic we struggle to keep with us.
Alice I Have Been is also a story retold. The narrator is Alice from wonderland as a woman in her eighties. The story explores her relationship as a little girl with the man who wrote Alice in Wonderland (in the story, Mr. Dodgson) and her young life in Oxford. It continuously questions the divide between childhood and after. I finished it at 3am this morning & cried over the last several pages. I'm a book crier, what can I say.
Now I need new books!
Any suggestions? What are your favorite books?