My Favorite Books Through the Years

When I was really little, I imagine I devoured books faster than the Very Hungry Caterpillar could ever hope to eat.  In fact, I have distinct memories of my elementary school years being spent at the reading station, working my way through every book, audio book, and reading lesson I could get my little hands on.  However, my favorite books were always either Winnie-the-Pooh books, of which nostalgia and pure love have kept me from letting go, or Dr. Suess’s Green Eggs and Ham.  I firmly believe the fact that my name is Sam played a very large part in my adoration of that book.

In the middle years of my childhood, I started reading chapter books very early on, a fact I was immensely proud of.  Books by Andrew Clements were a particular favorite of mine.  I enjoyed Frindle and I read The School Story more times than I can count.  I loved that book because it spoke to the writer in me.  It gave me the hope that, however fictitious this book may be, I could do that one day.  Maybe not exactly that way, per se, but I could write a book and get it published.  In all honestly, that book made the whole publishing process seem so easy, but I suppose that, to a very experienced author like Andrew Clements, it seems pretty easy.

I also loved books from Haddix, which I have mentioned before.  I practically lived for her Shadow Children series.  I would save my allowance dollars and the day I had enough to go purchase the next book in the series was the best day ever.  Those books still grace my shelves to this day.

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In high school, I read as often as I could with my more rigorous academia.  I lived for Rick Riordan’s books about Percy Jackson and his friends, hated (still do) the movies that they “based” off of the books, and waited nervously for the days House of Hades and then The Blood of Olympus came out (I can do a whole other post about my feelings towards this series and that last book in particular, if anyone is interested).  Once that series came to an end, I decided to move on and discovered other authors. I read and reread Changing Faces by Wendy Lawyon, a gift from grandparents.  I fell in love with the other books by Haddix, stumbled upon the books of Jessica Day George, and was introduced to Shannon Hale’s masterpieces.

Since then, I’ve spent a lot of my time reading English literature from Beowulf to Frankenstein, discovering the poems, ballads, and epics (respectively) of Marie de France, Wordsworth, Sir Philip Sidney, Milton, and John Donne.  I’ve rediscovered my love of Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice and found some new favorites.  That is to say, I haven’t had a lot of time to find modern fiction favorites.  Of course, I look forward to summer and more free time to return to the guilty pleasures of fiction and fantasy novels.

Those are some of my favorite books and authors over the years.  Do you have any favorites?  Have any suggestions for me to read in my coming free time (oh, how I can’t wait)?  Please let me know in the comments!

~The Wise Girl

#YesAllWomen

This is a blog post written by a fellow writer. I can relate to many of her points, and I believe many others can as well, which is a shame.

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#YesAllWomen

Because all women have walked to their car in the dark, keys clutched tight in hand, one poking out between two fingers.

Because when I go out to bars or clubs, I have to think about whether what I’m wearing is too suggestive, instead of putting on whatever I please.

Because I feel the need to apologize when I’m not wearing makeup or my hair hasn’t been washed, or when I’m generally looking anything other than flawless.

Because there was nothing I could do about the man who touched me inappropriately in the middle of Gillette Stadium as I waited for my then-boyfriend to come out of the bathroom. IN THE MIDDLE OF THE STADIUM.

Because there was also nothing I could do when a man touched me inappropriately in the middle of a crowded street, his arm around his girlfriend. Because retaliating in the way I wanted to…

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Welcome!

I am The Wise Girl and welcome to my blog.  I am a college student, a self-advocated bookworm , a lover-of-learning, an intellectual, a writer, and a human being that is just as confused about how to handle this crazy thing called life as you probably are.  This blog is my attempt to help you along the winding path, a nudge for you to find your own path at times, and a sometimes awkward showcase of my stumbles on my own path that you hopefully can learn from.

I love to help people, to learn, and to teach what I have discovered.  I am in no way an expert on life, but I believe that just from living, I am becoming wiser each day.  Maybe it’s all the reading, or perhaps it’s the observation of others making their own way, or maybe I’m just awesome this way.  Whatever it is, I have some things to share and I hope you will enjoy reading about them.

I encourage you to look around, read some posts, and leave some comments.  If you love to read and write, take a peek at my book reviews.  If you have any suggestions for books I should read, please, please, please let me know.  I would be more than happy to read them (in my nearly non-existent free time) and write a review on them.  If you have anything else you would like me to write about or any questions you would like to ask, don’t hesitate to let me know.  I’ll do my best to help you and answer your questions.

Again, welcome to my blog.  Enjoy your stay.  Take some wisdom, but don’t forget to leave some before you go.  That is how we learn and make this world just a tad bit better.

~The Wise Girl