by J.R.R. Tolkien
Page count: 330
Read from: 3/27-4/7
Oh, goodness. I am so glad that I finally read this book! It was magical and deliciously fantastic and I just adored it. I love all fantasy that runs along these lines, because while it dabbles in adult struggles and ideas, it still manages to spark a childlike wonder. This book is, of course, a classic, and deservedly so. I could see the little bits here and there that have inspired so many writers since it’s publication. Little Bilbo especially stole my heart, for he is the ordinary-but-not-quite-so explorer, the bravest tiny man, the most selfless and quick-thinking nonadventurer there ever was, and if you haven’t read this book and feel like falling in love with yet another literary character, get reading.
Oh, and to my 6th grade teacher: Sorry it took me so long. You were right, I loved it.
by Kathryn Stockett
Page count: 522
Read from: 4/9-4/21
I loved this book. The premise is very interesting and different than anything I’ve read before. It puts you in a place we don’t often go: segregated Mississippi. To see this place and time period through the eyes of those on both sides of the line was so fulfilling and teaching. This reminded me a bit of the Book Thief, in that it gave me a first hand look at the fact that the people who were oppressed were actually people, not just stories in a text book or mumbled answers that my parents quickly gave me before moving on to more comfortable topics. However, this book is far from a dry educational story. It is warm and hilarious, painful and heart sickening. It is the tale of women who risked their very lives in order to open people’s eyes to the truth, and a girl who went against everything she was ever told and expected of to do the same. It is a reminder of how far we’ve come, but also how far we still have to go.
West Phoenix rose gardens, ftw.
1. A moment of clarity, a happenstance sunset at our favorite lookout.
3. Arizona sunsets truly are the best I’ve ever seen.
4. The Phoenix skyline. <3
Favorites from Az trip:
1. Flying a kite for the first time
2. A completely unprompted moment of absolute sweetness between Owen and my bestie’s daughter. HEART MELTED.
3. My little sister being a total badass.