At a glance: No fear Shakespeare – As You Like it

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HC&B. Doesn’t seem like I talk a lot about books if you’ve browsed around or have been around here for a while. The truth is that I do read, and if there is such a thing, it would appear that I read ‘too much’. Reviewing is not my forte but I want to make an effort, that was one of the initial purpose of this blog and it firmly remains so. I’ve signed up for Karie Slagger’s reading & reviewing challenge early Feb or late Jan, but I’ve put a block on any serious reading marathon because of exams this year end but I plan to still keep up appearances and staying true to me I want to talk about books before I read them so I get to unwind before the reviewing process.

Today I’ll be touching on the Spark Notes No Fear Shakespeare: As You Like It. I was first introduced to Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice in 10th grade and I actually took to it instead to Fences by August Wilson, which up till this day my literature teacher never suspected that I hadn’t finished. Though there were references to the out dated and historical phrases and also the ones Shakespeare invented on the other page, it was a pain in the hiney to look back and forth but heaven knows how I read in a straight line.

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A thought on motivation … and a Monday quote

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One thing that I have come to realize is that to keep on going towards my goals is that I need constant encouragement, be it from others or myself, and fresh inspiration to be motivated. Motivation is a thing that when it comes it doesn’t stay for too long unless you entertain it and make it feel welcome. So it’s like a guest, a very important one.

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Quote for Monday brought to you by the groovy folks at Goodreads

Life is not so idiotically mathematical that only the big eat the small; it is just as common for a bee to kill a lion or at least to drive it mad.

August Strindberg

The Swedish dramatist was born on this day in 1849.

If that isn’t even a bit motivational then I don’t know what is. And what a coinkydink!

I think at this point it will be humanitarian of me to wish everyone a pleasant Monday :)

My books so far …

According to my book count on Goodreads, I have read 165 books in total and some more if you count the ones I can’t remember reading, there are a few that I can’t recall their names so they weren’t recorded. I’m not writing all this to show off (though I am proud of myself) it’s just to tally up and summarize what I’ve read up till now.

I began this year with a paltry twenty books because I knew this will be a busy year (but it’s funny though that I don’t feel as busy as I should) The other day after completing the initial 20 books I ramped it up to 50, so I have 30 more to read before 2013 and leaving me currently 13 books behind.

*sighs* I hope by the end of November I’ll catch up again.

These days I’ve been reading quit a lot of urban fantasy and sprinkles of YA here and there but I want to fit some dystopia and classics in as well. Here are a couple of lists. Oh yes, there are lists but these aren’t that long.

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Goodreads – Simply Amazing

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If Goodreads were a guy, I’d have married him! It’s a book lover paradise!

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Goodreads – Simply Amazing                                   

Goodreads is one amazing site. If you haven’t checked it out yet, you should go do so now. Its is absolutely amazing. It lets you create your own profile, on which you can add friends, books you’re reading, books you’re wanting to read, books you’ve read, and so much more.

Not only can you add everything about the books you want/read/reading, you can also add your favorite genres and authors. Not to mention that you can browse books on their many lists, which include “Worst books of all time/Best books of all time/Most popular/Recommended”and many more. The have trivia, quizzes, writing groups, giveaways, e-books, and pretty much every thing under the sun that has to do with books. You can also review and rate books.

Like I said…

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Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

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My Rating: 5 Stars

Goodreads blurb

Little Women is the heartwarming story of the March family that has thrilled generations of readers. It is the story of four sisters–Jo, Meg, Amy and Beth– and of the courage, humor and ingenuity they display to survive poverty and the absence of their father during the Civil War.

My Review

After reading this wonderful book I kept wondering, “Why don’t we all live and love like the March family?” It’s the story of the four March sisters: pretty Meg, tomboy Jo, dear Beth and little lady Amy and not forgetting ‘our boy’ Laurie. My favourite March is Jo she’s so funny, energetic, and caring and maybe because we both love reading and writing and I know how being a tomboy feels and are constantly being told that it isn’t proper for young ladies be be running, jumping and talking slang. I love how she ‘play mother’ over Beth.

Mrs.March teaches her girls and us too that we shouldn’t love for money and looks, we shouldn’t change ourselves to suit the world. Their ‘experiments’ only prove the dear old lady right for she’s had experience but the girls prefer to learn the hard way. We see that the poorest of souls are the happiest because they have each other and such happiness cannot be given by money (even though it’s always welcome) and other worldly materials. We are reminded that every life is touched with sadness as well as joy.
In the end they might not have gotten everything they’ve wanted but something much, much more that being each other, their families, warm homes and love to last for eternity.

Here’s the link to Little Women on Goodreads.com.

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Storm Breaker (Alex Rider #1) by Anthony Horwitz

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Goodreads blurb

They said his uncle Ian died in a car accident. Alex Rider knows that’s a lie, and the bullet holes in his uncle’s car confirm the truth. But nothing can prepare him for the news that the uncle he always thought he knew was really a spy for Britain’s top-secret intelligence agency. Enlisted to find his uncle’s killers and complete Ian’s final mission, Alex suddenly finds himself caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse, with no way out. The original novel that started the worldwide phenomenon is now a major motion picture!

My Review

The chances of me becoming a spy tomorrow is nil but Alex was the one with the luck, and up to now I haven’t figured out whether he thinks it’s bad luck or good.

Alex Rider woke up 3 o’ clock one morning with the news of his Uncle Ian death in a car “accident”,he didn’t have his belt on. This was strange because he knew what a safety freak Ian was.

Alex being the curious kid he is,he didn’t sit on his behind mourning his loss,nope he didn’t, instead he got up and sneaked into the scrapyard where Ian’s car was to be laid to rest.Things didn’t add up when he saw bullet holes that dotted the side of the car.

He thought Ian worked for some big-shot bank but as it turns out good ol’ Uncle Ian was a spy for MI-6 as it’s head,Alan Blunt, filled him in.Now they want Alex to continue the mission Ian had started,the one he got murdered trying to complete.

Without him knowing it his uncle had been training Alex all along,with the hiking,martial arts,flying,and he speaks about a handful of different languages amongst other things, to become a spy himself, or so I deduced.We learn that Alex is smart and resourceful and him being a 14 year old that’s saying something.

For a boy who had lost his parents to an “accident” at a very young age, in a plane crash (I don’t believe that rubbish, I suspect that they were spies as well) he didn’t cry about why it had to be him,what did he do to be dragged out of his boring life to do something so risky,nuh-uh, he accepted he had to do, albeit skeptical at first and along with those little threats Mr.Sunshine and Flowers Blunt smoothly laid out, but he did what had to be done, and moved on to the next task ahead.

In the process of snooping around that psycho’s place he met Ian’s killer face to face.Okay please don’t think me a bad guy because you know that I’m not but I kind of liked the guy,’kay see here,I absolutely hate him because he had murdered Ian but there’s something about Russian spies…you know what,just forget it.

Alex Rider (character)

Alex Pettyfer (now 21) as Alex Reider in the movie. Image via Wikipedia

I laughed my head off when the giant jellyfish landed on what’s-her-name, Nadia Vole, the German lady with the yellow lipstick! Serves her darn right.But we don’t really get to hear Alex’s view on things much, he’s an interesting guy with no doubt interesting thoughts and ideas and insights, that’s my only peeve but other than that the story was awesome (please don’t role your eyes,I know that’s one of the many words butchered by ignorant teenagers, sucking it’s meaning out of existence).
Overall it’s an excellent book,where Anthony makes everything sounds so doable and keeps you wondering what will happen next. I highly recommend Stormbreaker. Also from reading this, it makes one realize that you shouldn’t underestimate a 14 year old. They kick butt!

Goodreads link: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/136782.Stormbreaker