I apologize to those of you that read this blog (if you are still there) because of little I update this blog but in the coming months I am hoping to make it also a little more educationy, as in I will start teaching in August and hope to blog about some of the things I do in my classroom. In the meantime this summer I have managed so far to read only one book. This is not counting the books I read in May but seriously for the whole month of June I only managed to read one book! I blame this on the fact that every summer I give myself the lofty goal of conquering one of the “classics” or i.e. a book written by an old dead white guy/book put into the canon because it’s always been that way, and even though Dickens was writing about political wrongdoings in his time period and Angie Thomas is doing that right now so why aren’t we making THUG required reading, I am still going to read Dickens.
My dad loves Dickens and so I grew up watching the BBC adaptations of all the books and my favorite as a kid was Little Dorrit. So after getting my hands on a copy almost six years ago I am finally reading it and it has been slow going. As of today I am halfway through the book so the review on this one will be some time but in the meantime I took a break sat down and read Cruel Prince by Holly Black in a day. I love Holly Black! I read the Tithe books as an unsuspecting seventh grader and fell in love with YA fantasy and especially fairies, so someday when I get my book published part of my dedication will be to Holly Black.
Holly has this magical (pun not intended) way of creating a world of fairies without making everything so complicated. Holly can give me a Tolkien like story without the complete other book that gives the entire setup to her world, and a trilogy and countless other stories and complete languages. So maybe she is not on the same level as Tolkien when it comes to world building but sometimes it is nice to feel like you know the world that is being created without having to read all the backstory.
Jude is brought to the Fey world against her will and raised as a human in a world of fairies. Despised by everyone around her except for her stepfather, and sisters Jude must navigate this strange new world all the while desperately trying to fit in. Jude is desperate to escape and believes she has found the means to do so when she is sucked into the world of fey politics, aligning herself with one king, all the while uncovering dark secrets that may or may not keep her in fairy for good.
I loved the pace of this story, the characters and it felt very GOT to me, especially how it ended. I hope that doesn’t spoil anything; the story has a fresh take that fits in with what is popular right in books and TV. It is a definite must for my classroom and I was so disappointed to learn that the sequel doesn’t come out until January of next year, because like I tell everybody I hate series. I always wait until they are all out to read the next one which is why I haven’t started Legendary by Stephanie Garber yet or finished A Court of Mist and Fury by Sarah J. Maas yet because I just know the minute I do I will hate myself because the next book doesn’t come for like another year.
Also before I go two big announcements in the world of Literature that are important to me. First one makes me angry so to end on a high note I just want to say a little about the changing of the name of the Laura Ingalls Wilder award. Someday when we look back at books like THUG, or Monday’s Not Coming or All American Boys or anything that is super popular in YA right now we are going to find problems with it. Looking back there will be issues that come to light that we didn’t see before because we are a product of our time. Laura Ingalls Wilder was a product of her time. And if you actually took time to read the books, like I did, you would discover that Laura was raised to respect the Native Americans and so did her Pa. He recognized it was their land first but what was Pa supposed to do. Stay in Wisconsin land that was taken from Native Americans anyway or go back Europe? What was he to do in Europe when he was born on the American continent? The people that changed this award, their ancestors most likely came to this country as immigrants, a country that was stripped from the native people, and they want to call Laura Ingalls Wilder racist. If we are truly to make restorations everyone that cannot claim they are Native Americans, people who lived here long before White Men came to “settle” this land, should have to go back to the country of where their ancestors are from. We simply cannot do that. We also cannot ignore our countries history. This country was built on blood and death. I am not defending what was happened I am merely saying we cannot rewrite over the parts of history we don’t like. Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote it as she saw it. Yes, our country has changed and we don’t think like we used to, which is a very good thing, but we also cannot ignore where we came from. George Washington owned slaves and yet he helped found this great country that we all love and want to make better. So instead of getting rid of this award and giving it some generic name so as not to offend anyone maybe we just acknowledge that despite what Laura may have personally thought she was a great female writer paving the way for other great female writers. She gave the world a great personal account of what life was like on the prairie. She wrote personal history that isn’t biased by anything and what better way to learn from the past than from someone who lived it.
I know I am on a soapbox right now but people are not perfect. Look at what is happening with the Nobel Peace Prize right now. Don’t hate on everybody because of one person’s stupid choice. We have created a society that lives to condemn instead of one that should live to forgive and move on instead of reveling in the wrongdoing and pointing fingers.
On to news number #2, that being that Netflix is bringing The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society to the States! If you have not read this phenomenal book yet I would recommend audio book because it is epistolary style and hearing each individual voice read their letters was such a treasure and really brought the characters to life. Mark your calendars for August 10!
Thanks for reading (if anyone is reading this besides my mom 🙂 hi mom!).