Friday, August 31, 2012

Making Connections - Harry Potter

Since Harry Potter is my all-time favourite series, I often connect with the world of Harry Potter in my own life and what I like to do.

Just today (August 31), a classmate shared a link with me that is about the Invisibility Cloak, which is obviously something that brings about many questions since, seeing as it is such a rare and mysterious thing! Well, according to this article, some scientists figured out a strategy for bending light to conceal things like the Invisibility Cloak does! Check it out: http://www.idesigntimes.com/articles/2050/20120828/amazing-innovations-researchers-university-texas-invent-invisibility.htm

Also, a while ago my friend showed me another connection to the Wizarding World: Harry Potter related university courses! http://www.bestcollegesonline.com/blog/2011/07/18/15-fascinating-college-courses-for-the-ultimate-potter-scholar/ I find this really cool, as although not all are specifically about the world of Harry Potter, they were using related things based around this piece of literature, and using it in university level education!

Last but not least, last year in school we were studying structures, and two of my friends did the iconic Alnwick Castle! This breath-taking building is of course the castle of the Harry Potter movies. Just think. Wouldn't it be awesome to be studying Hogwarts for your science project? Awesome!

All of this goes to show just how powerful literature is. When books and stories can relate to daily life, it really makes you think about the roots of things. Go Harry Potter! And J.K. Rowling! : )

Book Scavenger Hunt

This past summer I did an activity with the library and so I will post some relevant entries from that here! First, we have here my photo scavenger hunt. What did I have to find? A photo that could be a scene or element of a story, a photo of where I keep books, a photo of what inspires me to read and write, and a photo of where I love to read the most! Below you can see my entry! Hope you enjoy. : )


Books to Read

This is my Booket List! As the name suggests, this is a bucket list of books I want to read! The list is always growing, and of course I may forget some, but maybe this will give some insight into what I want to read. Oh, and by the way, these are books that I would read if I had them right now. That means that if there is a much more mature book that I don't want to read until I'm a fair bit older, I won't put it n the list. Enjoy!
(Not in order)
  1. The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling (I can't wait for it's release! Harry Potter was unbeatable, so I can imagine anything else by Rowling will be amazing)
  2. The Lord of the Rings by J.R.R. Tolkien
  3. Ingo by Helen Dunmore
  4. The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  5. The Son of Neptune by Rick Riordan
  6. The Mark of Athena by Rick Riordan
  7. The Throne of Fire by Rick Riordan
  8. The Serpent's Shadow by Rick Riordan
  9. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
  10. Alex Rider series by Anthony Horowitz
  11. 39 Clues series
  12. the Matched series
  13. Divergent/Insurgent by Veronica Roth
  14. The Giver by Lois Lowry
  15. Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
  16. The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  17. Alice's Adventures in Wonderland
  18. Black Beauty
  19. Narnia series
  20. Gone With the Wind
  21. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  22. Adventures of Tom Sawyer
  23. Treasure Island
  24. Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm
  25. Island of the Blue Dolphins
  26. Esperanza Rising
  27. The Misadventures of Maude March
  28. The rest of the Anne of Green Gables books (I've only read the first)
  29. Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children by Ransom Rigg
  30. Hugo
  31. Life of Pi
  32. The Mysterious Benedict Society
  33. The Penderwicks

Thursday, August 30, 2012

The Hobbit

To many, the name 'J.R.R. Tolkien' brings about the legendary Lord of the Rings. However, there is actually another book that comes before the Lord of the Rings, and that book is The Hobbit. Filled with adventure, gripping action and endless chapters that make you want to read more, this book is truly a gem.

This post isn't a book review, but rather a reflection of the book that I will be adding to and updating when I want to.

Upon opening the cover, the first thing I am always intrigued by is Thror's map, which is actually supported by yet another map at the back! A couple days ago I forgot to bring the book to school, so I signed out a copy from the school library. And guess what it said? J.R.R. Tolkien was actually an amateur artist, and so he drew these maps along with illustrations of the novel. Amazing! This is the kind of thing that is so cool to know about, because it adds a whole new level of depth to the work.



Well, now I've read more, and although I can't say too much unless I want to give things away, I definitely should say that I am AMAZED. This has lately been mainly due to the fact that the way Tolkien creates and solves the events and problems in the story is incredible! By making a structure of success and failure that isn't repetitive, he creates a plot that is unpredictable but doesn't get thrown off balance and become confusing or annoying. For me, seeing this in books is awesome, as if it is not there, I find myself struggling to want to read on. I still have more to read, so check back, and I'll keep  you posted. :)

Keep checking back on this post, as I will keep updating it!


The Beginning

Well, today was day one of blogger! The free reading challenge, Litspiration, has now begun! I am soooooooooooo excited! Literature is already something that has a huge influence on my life, through both reading and writing, so this is going to be AWESOME! Or, as I like to say, it will be ninjaa. Wow, I just realized I have used a million exclamation marks! However, it just goes to show how much I am looking forward to this project. Keep checking back, and I promise that you won't be disappointed. Thanks! Bye for now.
: )