7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

7 Reasons Why I’m Loving ‘Too Small To Ignore’

Hi there, and Happy Tuesday to you! ❤ In yesterday’s post, I shared some of the things I recently purchased at one of my favorite thrift stores, which you can see for yourself here! For today’s post, I’d like to share a more in-depth reason for why one of the books I got, called ‘Too Small To Ignore,’ is one of the best books I’ve ever read.

I usually find myself giving books a high rating, not because it was an extremely well-written book, specifically – my ratings and reviews revolve around what the book taught me, how it made me feel, and the impact on me. That’s what defines a good book for me! And it has been a good while since I found a book that was able to affect me so deeply, and I know that this was the Lord’s doing. 🙂 It blesses me so much when He uses other resources to speak to my heart!

Before I begin, I’d like to share a bit about me: I’m the oldest sister of five kids (there are three girls and two boys), and since Samuel was about four years old (he’s 6 now), the Lord has been teaching me to love children. Being a nurturing, loving older sister is something I’m constantly working on, a work of art He is consistently pursing within me. As well as this, I also have a heart for other children (especially Guatemalan children!), and since I read the first few pages of ‘Too Small To Ignore,‘ the Lord has made it real to me how important it is to Him that I love children as He does.

Whether I’m caring for my younger siblings, or working with children around the world, and one day having little ones of my own – He is teaching me to love them as He does, and I find that absolutely beautiful. ❤

So, as you can tell by the title of this post, I am sharing with you today the seven reasons why I’m loving ‘Too Small To Ignore.’ It is a beautiful book, and at only a third of the way through it, I eagerly anticipate reading what the rest of its chapters beholds.

Let’s get right into this!


7 Reasons Why I’m Loving
‘Too Small To Ignore’

1. Its subtitle. These seven words remind me of the part in the 10th chapter of Mark when Jesus brings that group of children, one by one, up onto His lap and invokes a blessing upon them. This book stresses the importance of how great the love of our Lord is for the least among us, and why they truly matter the most!

2. The real love the author feels for children. The reader can see it in how Dr. Wess Stafford speaks of his childhood friends, his own children, and the countless others he has had the pleasure of being with – it is absolutely contagious!

3. The awareness it brings to readers just how much children matter. For years, I have known of how tenderly Jesus cared for the children His apostles thought would bother Him. It turned out that those men keeping the young ones back was what ended up bothering Him! Throughout my adolescent years, and into adulthood, as well, my love for children has gotten so much stronger – especially with the birth of my three youngest siblings – and I can’t wait to work with children on the mission field one day, too.

4. The author’s focus and his call to us to ‘rise up and teach the next generation.’ He stresses the importance of including young ones in our lives now, and of not waiting until their childhood is over to teach them the great work they can do for the kingdom of God. Just as Jesus said in Mark 10:14,

” … Let the little children come to Me, and do not hinder them,
for the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.”

5. Learning of the importance to teach young ones about the Lord. In this book, Stafford shared the staggering statistic that 9 out of 10 Christians accept Jesus into their heart before the age of 18.

If an individual is not open to knowing Him past this age, there is only a 23% chance that he or she ever will.

This is one of the biggest reasons why the Lord has such a huge heart for children – it is the time in their lives when, if given the opportunity to learn of Him, will be open to accepting Jesus into their hearts.

This fact gives me even greater reason to love little ones – it is the most important time in their lives to be told about the Lord!

6. The author’s tips and words of advice. Stafford has such a unique, sound way of encouraging others to love kids, and this aspect of the book especially has been helpful to me. I desire to be the best big sister and encouragement to young ones that I can be!

7. His encouragement to those of us with/around children to do right by them. He mentions in one chapter that uplifting a child through praise and attention just once can impact their entire lives!!! Words and actions make or break a person, and the positive influence of others is extremely important to little individuals. One smile, one statement of praise … that encouragement could stay with them for a very long time to come.

 


Thank you sooo much for reading!

I hope that you may be convinced not only to check out this book for yourself, but also to simply be more open to loving little ones … for to such belong the kingdom of the Lord. ❤ ❤ ❤

— Maggie

Thrifted Favorites Haul!

Thrifted Favorites Haul!

Hey there, and Happy Monday to you!!

(It’s also Abraham Lincoln’s 209th birthday, so that’s pretty cool, haha. Happy b-day, Honest Abe!!)

I’ve been pretty quiet in the blogging world this past week, if for no other reason than I was just deciding between what to post. My family and I have been doing well; I had a fun, productive week; and I can’t wait to catch up with you guys!

How have you been lately? Let me know in the comments below. 🙂

On Saturday, I went out on a girls’ outing with my mom and little sisters. We enjoyed going to a few stores, and I was especially pleased to find some of my favorite books and movies at a good price, ones that I’ve yet to own until now! That’s what I’ll be talking about today, as you have seen by the title. I do love a good thrift store haul ❤

Blogging Update: This past week, I updated my ‘About’ page (now called ‘About Maggie‘!), and created a whole new page about the blog itself. You can go check that out here! I’d love to hear what you think!

In the rest of this post, allow me to convince you why you, too, should give these books and one movie a try – if you haven’t already! I love all of them so much. (I also got myself a new bag on that thrift shop trip, and I may share it with you sometime soon in a what’s in my purse post!)

Let’s check this out ❤ Hope you enjoy!

Thrifted Favorites Haul

The first thing we have is a movie, which is one of my all-time favorites – The Holiday. This cozy romantic comedy is one that I’ve watched over and over again, because the main characters, settings, and overall plot are just fantastic! My mom actually owns the movie, haha, which is why I’ve had the pleasure of watching it multiple times, but I wanted a copy for myself as well, because then I’ll always have it on hand. As it is called ‘The Holiday,’ one might guess it’s a seasonal movie, which it is – but I happily watch it year-round!

 

This amazing book is one that I stumbled upon in the book section of one of my favorite thrift stores. Until the title caught my eye while I browsed the shelves, I’d never heard of it before, and it’s absolutely tragic that I haven’t. This is one of those books that should be read by most, if not all, for the awareness ‘Too Small To Ignore‘ brings to how important children are, and how precious they are in the sight of the Lord, is extremely powerful. I’m not even a quarter of the way through this book, and it has already driven me to tears multiple times!

‘Too Small To Ignore’ has opened my eyes to the beautiful position the Lord has me in my life – getting to be the eldest sibling to my younger brothers and sisters. Learning to love them with all that I am and sacrificing my free time for their happiness and joy is my mission, one that I plan on pursuing throughout their whole childhood, and into their adulthood, too. That is my prayer. ❤

(I also have to mention that the children at Hope For Guatemala have my heart, too! I can’t wait to spend time with them one day. They’re in my thoughts, prayers, and dreams. xx )

Do yourself a favor and check out this book. I am positive that you won’t regret it!

Lori Wick is a great Christian writer that has composed many wonderful fiction novels, and the one I got on Saturday (‘The Proposal‘) is one that I haven’t gotten around to reading yet! I did read a few other books in this series, and they were both a nice cozy read. If you enjoy Jane Austen’s books, then The English Garden Series by Lori Wick would be a great fit for you!

GUYS. This book is one that the Lord used to truly speak to me when I was about twelve years old, and it is definitely one that will always have a special place in my heart. Dinner With A Perfect Stranger by David Gregory is a quick read that will have a deep impact on every reader. Without giving anything away, I will say that the title perfectly describes what the book is about! Drop by your library today and pick up this read – it is an extremely powerful, delightful book. ❤


Thank you so much for reading! I love sharing little hauls from time to time, because it’s a nice way to share some of the things I’ve recently purchased. (: I hope you have a great week! Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU checked out these books?

Happy Monday!

— Maggie

What I’m Reading This Week | January 15th, 2018

What I’m Reading This Week | January 15th, 2018

Hey there, guys! I’m praying that your week has gotten off to a great start. 🙂 ❤ As some of you may have seen in another post, my main personal goal for this year is to simply read more. While I would love to apply this to my part in the blog community, as well (I could always read more blog posts, haha), this semi-resolution is a reminder for myself to read great literature. Whether that’s a work of fiction, a Shakespearean play, or a biography, I’m up to reading whatever I find at the library that interests me, granted that I make time out of my day for it.

In this post series, which may become a bi-weekly or monthly post that I share, I will be going over, put simply, what I have been recently reading! I have taken some lovely pictures of the books I’ve been enjoying, and I wanted to share them with you guys.

Let me know in the comments below if you’ve read any of these books yourself! ❤ Now, let’s check them out. 🙂


What I’m Reading This Week

Just Finished: Toss The Bouquet

This is a lovely wedding short story collection I found while browsing my favorite library at the beginning of this month. It was by absolute chance that I came across it, as I was pushing Elizabeth around in the stroller so that my mom could browse freely without Elizabeth crying. The title happened to catch my eye as I breezed past it in my task of keeping the stroller moving constantly, haha, so I turned back around and grabbed it, reading the summary as I went.

I don’t like to describe books in full detail, because my joy as a reader has been dampened many times by a too-thorough review or back cover, lol. However, I will say that if you would enjoy reading about weddings, this is the short story collection for you! The first story has great characters, the second one has a great plot, and the third has great characters and a great plot. I highly recommend it!

Rating: 4.5 out of 5 stars.

Reading Now: The Virginian by Owen Wister

GUYS. I accidentally found this book while browsing a library I don’t usually go to, and on a whim, without even knowing what it was about except that it looks like a western, I decided to give it a chance. I doubt I have ever been more delighted in a book before!

There have certainly been great novels I’ve had the pleasure of reading in the past, but since I knew not a thing of its plot or characters going into it, everything is a lovely surprise in The Virginian, and man, the humor of the author/narrator is extraordinary. It is so many genres wrapped into one novel, but the running theme is still certainly western.

This book is to me, as one of my favorite librarians calls it, a “lost classic” – why I’ve never heard of this novel, which was written in 1903, is beyond me. It is too good to be lost among other great books!

Current rating: 5 out of 5 stars.

Honorable Mention: Under God
by Michael Tait and Toby Mac

Haha, I call this an ‘honorable mention’ because I’ve read the first multiple chapters, but have yet to really get into it. I have a funny relationship with learning about history, because while I love discovering new information and insight into the ways of the past, I have a harder time getting into the wording and focus than other areas of literature. Still, this one is worth mentioning, and I will make my way through it if it takes me a month, because the focus of this American history book is on how our country was formed on godly principles. It’s unlike any other book I’ve read, and I LOVE it. If this sounds interesting to you, it’s written really well. I’m definitely enjoying it!

Current Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Bookshelf Read Of The Month:
Poirot and Me by David Suchet

One of the side goals I have for this year is to read at least one book that I own once a month. This would help me to make my way through new reads or re-reads I’ve been putting off for the longest time, and would also encourage me to donate books I don’t enjoy anymore, haha! While I wouldn’t consider myself a book collector, there are definitely titles I’ve kept on my shelf longer than others would deem necessary. Still, with this encouragement, I hope to have read every book that I own, because it’s rather pointless to have so many books in my room still unread. xD

As you saw in the picture, Poirot and Me is the book I’ve chosen for January. If I really don’t like it, I’ll pick another book to read, but I’ll give it another shot.


Thank you so much for reading! I enjoyed compiling these books, as reading has become a hobby of mine again over the past month, which is so wonderful. 🙂 If you’ve decided to read more this year, as well, you’ll have to let me know what you’ve been reading in the comments below!

Happy blogging – and reading!

— Maggie

10 Reasons Why I Love The Great Gatsby

10 Reasons Why I Love The Great Gatsby

Hey there, and happy Monday! ❤ I’m praying that your new week will get off to a wonderful start. 🙂 I just finished reading my first book of 2018 this morning! That’s one down, about 51 left to go, haha. Reading one a week (or thereabouts) should be interesting! I’ll share a post about what I’ve been reading at some point, but for today, I’ll be talking about a classic book I absolutely love!

I’ve written a few posts like this so far, covering Hamlet and also The Hobbit. For this masterpiece spotlight (unofficial title, haha) I’m very happy to tell you all about my love for The Great Gatsby! If you enjoyed reading this novel as much as I did, you’ll certainly enjoy this post. xxx Happy reading!

10 Reasons Why I Love The Great Gatsby

I love how these pics turned out!

1. East Egg and West Egg. These are the fictional towns, which are a short distance apart, where the main characters live. The ones who don’t live in either of those areas, are always visiting these rich couples / individuals, whether they show up at their parties uninvited, or they come over for afternoon tea. I learned just recently that “egg” was a term used in the 1920’s to describe rich folk – very fitting for the settings of this novel.

2. Gatsby’s parties. As seen above, I mentioned that parties were held in these towns, and the main ones mentioned in the book were carried out at Jay Gatsby’s extravagant home. Everyone is dancing, eating, drinking, swimming, and having a jolly good time – they definitely sounded like fun! I love reading these segments, and watching them on movie renditions, as well. You can just picture the women in flappers and the men in their best suits, dancing and talking the night away.

3. All of the main characters. It’s so easy to enjoy a book when you can warm up to the main people the story’s about! The only one I didn’t particularly like (but she was alright) is Jordan Baker, the [sort of] love interest of Nick Carraway. Her character is aloof, and her presence in various scenes is unknown to me.

4. The relationships and intertwining friendships. These two characters are related, and those two are past lovers. That guy’s actually interested in that woman, not the one you think he should be, and that lady seems to be a friend of everyone …. Needless to say, there are so many connections, past and present, that everyone blends somewhat and the friendship circle is pretty complete. Oh, if only they could show love toward who deserved it … the characters would be happier.

5. Daisy Buchanan and Jay Gatsby’s extravagant homes. The descriptions F. Scott Fitzgerald gave are just fantastic! Gatsby’s is the perfect place for holding parties, a massive home to waste the hours away in, exploring its rooms and being treated to the endless delicacies. The Buchanans’ seems more like a summer home, which could be quite right, as they are just up the hill from a lake …

6. The juxtaposition of these two ways of life. The wealth in East Egg that has no source, and the extravagance in West Egg, just across the lake … as well as Nick’s shack, which is the next yard over from Gatsby’s mansion. Throughout the novel, one is constantly aware of the author bringing to light the minute differences of these towns, and of the people who reside in them.

7. The green light. Only a reader who loved this novel enough to remember details like this will understand. Can you picture Gatsby, standing at the end of his dock, hands slowly fidgeting in the pockets of his richly-textured pants as he zones out across the water? The only object his eyes have to focus on in the early morning fog is a faint green light, one that ebbs and flows amid the dense air, its pulse matching that of his own. The light he watches is a reminder to him of a love from the past, one which once was, one that he wishes could simply be again … (I should write Gatsby fanfiction, honestly)

let’s just pretend there’s a green light in the distance 😀

8. Gatsby’s yellow car. At first glance, to reader and character alike, it is a gorgeous, unique automobile … but what is obviously just a mode of transportation soon reveals itself to be the unsuspecting victim of a much different matter.

9. The use of language. The whimsy way in which the characters talk, as well as their bluntness and aloft state of being, is a perfect blend of fictional personalities and wonder.

10. The narrator. That would be Nick Carraway, another unsuspecting victim, who is unintentionally around for many important scenes in the lives of his neighbors and new friends.


Thank you sooo much for reading! ❤ I loved writing this, as this book is absolutely fantastic. Its imagery, plot, and characters are extremely likeable. I’d happily read this masterpiece over and over again!

Let me know in the comments below:

Do YOU love The Great Gatsby?

Happy Monday!

— Maggie

10 Reasons Why I Love The Hobbit

10 Reasons Why I Love The Hobbit

Hey everybody! I hope you’re all doing well. (: I have a very fun post to share with you today! One of the books I was required to read for school a few years ago was The Hobbit, and I’m so happy that it was! It had its slow moments for me, but as a whole, it is an amazing adventure novel, masterfully-written, and has some of the most memorable characters of any book ever. If you’ve never read this book by J.R.R. Tolkien, I highly recommend that you do! Introduction aside, I am happy to share with you 10 reasons why I love The Hobbit.

1. The plot’s pace. I have noticed that adventure novels can be more drawn-out than they need to be at times, but The Hobbit had me hooked from the very beginning, all the way to the end! It has a strong, interesting plot, one that isn’t resolved until Bilbo returns home. (Hence the subtitle of the book, Or There And Back Again.)

2. The dwarves. If I’m remembering correctly, there are six sets of dwarf brothers, there’s one that isn’t related to any of them (or maybe there’s one set of three brothers?), and then there’s Thorin Oakenshield. Either way, haha, they are so much fun to read about, even when their similar names start blending together. (Except for Thorin, because he’s too cool to have a name like the rest of them.)

3. Hobbits. This especially refers to their eating habits and cozy little homes. I desperately want to visit The Shire, it’s unfortunate that it’s not a real place. Hobbits seem like the sweetest little people, and like I just mentioned, the fact that their favorite thing to do is eat and have tea time multiple times a day says to me I’d quite get along with Hobbits!

4. The descriptions. J.R.R. Tolkien is one of the best writers I’ve ever read, and I can understand why his literature is so deeply appreciated in the book community. The reader legitimately feels like they’re going on an adventure with Bilbo, too, and while I have yet to read any LOTR books, I’m sure they’re the same way. I love books that do a fantastic job of transporting the reader to right where the characters are, and Tolkien’s writing does that easily.

5. The focus. Some books will stray from the main point, whether because it was too weak to begin with, or they pick a sub-plot to cover even though it’s confusing to readers. In The Hobbit, however, you always know exactly where the characters are headed and what their mission is, even when encountered with trials and situations that at first seem unrelated. In the end, everything ties in together masterfully.

6. The various settings. As the traveling party of many dwarves, one Hobbit, and a wizard get closer to their goal, they visit, pass by, and see various mystical places. The way Tolkien describes each one is just amazing – you’d have to read it yourself to understand. He goes over the appearance and mood of every place, leaving the reader no space to wonder what something might have been like.

7. The sub-plots. They are relevant, intriguing, and I’d have to say that my favorite one is when Bilbo gets lost in a cave and meets Gollum. At first, the reader wonders if the poor Hobbit is going to be eaten by this strange creature, but that isn’t what happens at all, which is why I found that scene entertaining.

8. Gandalf. It took a good amount of will power to include this character near the bottom of my list. I didn’t want to come across as obsessed with this wizard, even though I totally am. haha I have a sketch I drew of him near the doorway in my room! Gandalf the Grey is one of my favorite literary characters of all time. I really can’t tell you why I love his personality and presence in The Hobbit so much, aside from the fact that I tend to appreciate magical characters, and he certainly is one.

9. The conclusion. Some stories struggle to have a good wrap-up scene and ending purpose, but this book definitely has one. As you can tell by the whole of this review-type post, I’m not wanting to give too much away for future readers, so I won’t go over exactly what the conclusion is; just know it’s a good one.

10. The included maps and illustrations. It depends on which copy and edition you pick up, but most have fantastic illustrations, and I think all of them have the literary maps, giving readers a great way to visualize where the travelling party is going. I appreciated having the ability to peruse them while reading because I was able to see where they’d just been, currently were, and were soon headed.


Thank you for reading! I love writing posts like this; it’s a fun, interactive way to talk about my favorite books (and hopefully movies sometime soon!). Have you read The Hobbit? It’s such a good book!

Let me know in the comments below:

Why do YOU love The Hobbit?

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Rainy Day Book Haul!

Rainy Day Book Haul!

Hi guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. ❤ I have such a fun post to share with you today! On the last Saturday of October, I got to go to Goodwill with my dad and my brother. I had a cold at the time, and as I had been hanging out at the house those past couple of days, I appreciated being able to be out and about that afternoon, running little errands and browsing at Goodwill. (Thank you for convincing me to go, Mom! ❤ ) I found some books that I’m excited to share with you guys!

The reason I called this a ‘rainy day book haul‘ is because when I was checking out, it had gotten quite dark outside, and by the time I finished up at the register, it was pouring down rain. lol Also, I’m sure that all of these books will be fantastic future rainy day reads!


Rainy Day Book Haul

First up, we have …

Head in the Clouds by Karen Witemeyer! I read this beautiful book (and reviewed it, as well) a couple months ago, and as I thoroughly enjoyed it, I knew that owning this like-new copy would make me very happy. It’s a historical fiction romance, and I just love all of the main characters! (The pretty cover just makes this book that much more wonderful.) I definitely recommend it if you’re into reading either or both of the genres I mentioned above!

Next, I found …

The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien! This was assigned reading for school a few years ago, and I couldn’t have fallen more in love with it. All of the characters are fantastic, and the plot and settings are crazily awesome. It’s a great adventure fantasy novel! If you haven’t already read it, I highly suggest that you go do so. haha

The third book I found is …

Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen! I have been wanting to read this for a few years, but kept putting it off. Each time I’ve come across a copy at thrift stores, I’ve wanted to buy it, but finally did this time because this one had the best cover. (No joke. I don’t know who picks the covers for these great books!) A few years ago, I watched the movie with my mom and I absolutely loved it, and I know that I’ll love the actual book, as well!

The last one I found is …

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald! This is the first splurge purchase I’ve made in a long time, as I already own a copy of this awesome classic lol, but it has such a BEAUTIFUL cover! I couldn’t pass this up! At such a cheap price, it was absolutely worth it to me.


I am so happy with what I found at our most recent visit to Goodwill! I don’t usually come out with this many items, I promise, haha, but either way, this was such a nice little haul. I’d like to thank my dad for funding this post; it was so sweet of him to buy this stuff for me! ❤

Thanks for reading, and I hope that you all have a beautiful day!! Let me know in the comments below:

Have YOU read any of these books?

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10 Reasons Why I Love Hamlet

10 Reasons Why I Love Hamlet

Hi there, everyone! I hope that you’re having a fantastic day(: Today, I will be writing a post going over all the reasons why I absolutely LOVE Hamlet by William Shakespeare! I first read this play last year for school, and I was legitimately so sad when I finished it. I instantly wanted to read it all over again, haha! I won’t make this post too long, although I do think that it would be fun to also show all of you my collection of Hamlet copies at the end of the post, so stay tuned for that! For now, let’s jump right into the 10 reasons why I love Hamlet.

  1. The mood. Most people know that Hamlet is a tragedy, even if they haven’t read it, and I will confirm that; it most certainly is. However, there isn’t a feeling of impending doom throughout the whole of the play like one might think. The circumstances are rather dire, but it is so much more than that! I don’t enjoy reading or watching anything that’s frightening or spooky, so the fact that I love this play so much says something about it. lol
  2. Hamlet’s personality. His humor is surprisingly similar to my own. Haha! I wouldn’t say that I only connect with him in that way, as he’s also indecisive (like me) and loves feigning madness … alright I wouldn’t say I do the same, but I do like being silly and oftentimes stupid. Hamlet is the backbone of the play; if you don’t like him, it’s hard to enjoy the rest of the play. Because I like him so much, it makes it very easy for me to love Hamlet in its entirety.
  3. The depth of the Prince’s soliloquies. They are SO deep, guys!! He ponders life, and death (as you all know when he said ‘to be, or not to be’), and the best course of action to take … they can often drag on, though, but over time, I have come to appreciate them and their meaning more. Also, ‘soliloquy’ is just about the fanciest word in my vocabulary haha
  4. The main cast. After reading a few other plays when I first began reading Shakespeare, where the casts of all of them were quite large and very easy to mix up, I appreciated the simplicity of Hamlet’s cast. It isn’t as if there are only five characters, or something, but they are easy enough to distinguish (and none of their names sound similar, so that’s helpful, too – have you read The Comedy of Errors?) to the point where I know who is who in this one. Bonus points to all of the main characters, protagonist and antagonist alike, for being masterfully-created, extremely likeable, and hilarious, too!
  5. The setting. When I first read the play, I loved picturing them walking around Elsinore Castle, from the battlements, to the halls, to the private quarters. Watching Kenneth Branagh’s movie on Hamlet (1996) helped me to further envision such an extravagant castle. (Also, casting Billy Crystal as one of the gravediggers in the castle cemetery really brought that to life for me, haha ❤ ) Depending on how the reader (or viewer) interprets the castle, it can either be spooky, or simply in a dark mood; it just depends on how you look at it. 🙂
  6. Its ability to be funny and tragic. The reader is laughing over the bantering of Hamlet in his friends in one scene, then fearing the welfare of a character in the next. It’s a roller coaster of polar-opposite emotions, and I absolutely love how Shakespeare handled the combination.
  7. Yorick. You know, the skull Hamlet finds when one of the gravediggers (picture Billy Crystal) is emptying (quite cheerfully) a mass grave. I don’t know exactly why Shakespeare included this part of the scene, whatever it’s supposed to mean symbolically, but I still love it because it gives me a reason to treat any skull I see (Halloween decor, or anything else meant to be spooky) as an old friend. I’ll say with passion, “Alas, poor Yorick!” and cradle the little skull in my palm. It always makes me family crack up, and gives me a good kick, too.
  8. The length of the play. Because Hamlet is the Bard’s longest play, we get a really good chance to learn about the prince, his friends, and his family. His other plays are a good bit shorter, so we end up knowing much less about the story and its characters. I’m all about getting to read as much as I can about any set of characters I love, which is why trilogies, sagas, and series are such a blast!
  9. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Come on, if for no other reason, their names are ridiculously fun to say! They were a nice addition to the cast, although who they are personally, aside from being school friends of Hamlet, is quite aloof. Their end is tragic (sorry if I ruined that bit for anyone; it is quite well-known), but very fitting for how the play went down, too.
  10. The ending. I was legitimately out of breath the first time I read it. Everything happened SO quickly, and I really hadn’t seen a bit of it coming. Despite the loss that had occurred in Elsinore by ‘Exeunt,’ I was very pleased with the ending as a whole. (Especially with Fortinbras being played by Rufus Sewell in Branagh’s production.) ❤

Thanks so much for reading! This post was so much fun to write; I loved going over my favorite things about Hamlet! How about you?

Have YOU read Hamlet?

I would love to talk about it with you in the comments below!

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What I’m Reading | Fall 2017

What I’m Reading | Fall 2017

Hi there, guys! I hope that you’re all doing well. 🙂 On this fine Saturday, I have a what I’m reading post to share with you! Its format will be a bit different from the other one I did (back in August), but I will still be talking about what I am reading and what I hope to read very soon.

My focus for this fall is to stay away from libraries! While I love them so much, their limitless selection keeps me back from reading any of the books that I own. So, whether I’m re-reading a classic or finally getting around to reading some new Poirot short stories, I want to read, for the most part, books that I already have at home. 🙂

I did something a little different for this post! All of the pictures are in black-and-white, which I’ve never done before (even though I love b&w, haha), and the orange borders make them look very fall-ish, I think. I hope you all enjoy! Let me know in the comments below what you’re looking forward to reading. xx

What I’m Reading | Fall 2017

{ Hamlet – William Shakespeare }

I have mentioned in past posts that Hamlet is my favorite work of Shakespeare, and because of this, I have happily read it multiple times! I own different copies and editions of the play, and I’m currently in the process of reading them in order of purchase. I’ll talk a bit more about my love of the Dane in an upcoming post!

{ The Princetta – Anne-Laure Bondoux }

I got this one for a great deal at a library book sale I went to back in May! (I blogged about that experience here.) It’s a very adventurous novel translated from French that I would still love to read, but have yet to dedicate time to it.

{ The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald }

One of the classics I mentioned! I have read it once, and that was a few years ago for school. The only reason I haven’t read it multiple times is because I struggle to balance reading new books and returning to old favorites. That will change very soon!

{ Poirot and Me – David Suchet }

This is an awesome autobiography that I have, like I mentioned about the last book, not gotten around to reading all the way through yet. Have you heard of the TV show Poirot? It ran for half a century and consists of thirteen seasons. This book is by the man who played Hercule Poirot and what that experience in his acting career was like. 🙂 Since the show ended in 2013, I have been fortunate enough to be able to watch as many of the episodes as I’ve liked, which ended up being most of them, excluding only the darker and more frightening cases. I can’t wait to finish this novel!

{ Dragon Slippers – Jessica Day George }

Dragon Slippers is a childhood favorite of mine, and I have read it approximately 1 3/4 times. That probably sounds weird, but all that happened was that I wasn’t dedicated enough to read the last quarter that second time. Haha! I’d love to return to this intriguing fantasy land and experience its magic once again. The author also has a special place in my heart because she sent me such a nice reply in response to a fan email I sent her when I was younger! I was very grateful 🙂

{ Essential Shakespeare Handbook – Leslie Dunton-Downer }

I was so stoked when I spotted this beauty at a Goodwill a few months ago! This is one of those comprehensive guides that cost a fortune at bookstores and that I’d never pay full-price for (my wallet wouldn’t like it, haha). That’s why I’m so in love with this one! However, it’s one of those books you only reference to when you’re extremely interested in a bit of the information it contains, and in this case, reading about specific Shakespearean plays. I’d love to go through and read all about the ones I’ve read so far, as I don’t want to spoil any of the plays I haven’t read yet by reading about them, haha

{ Prayer: The Ultimate Conversation – Dr. Charles Stanley }

I bought this one for myself and read it back in 2014/2015, and I can’t tell you how much it helped me in my relationship with the Lord. It strengthened my prayer life, which I know is the Lord’s doing; over the years, He has used different spiritual books like this to inspire me and draw me closer. 🙂 It would bless me to read this again, as it has been quite a while since the last time I did.

{ Hercule Poirot: The Complete Short Stories – Agatha Christie }

You should have seen how excited I was on Christmas morning of 2016 when I unwrapped this beauty! I had been eyeing it at that time, but couldn’t decide if it was worth emptying my wallet for, so I was thankful my parents bought it for me, instead. I love the cover, and especially all the stories it contains – especially the ones near the end that reference different mythological beasts – those are cool! I have yet to read even a fraction of the 51 (yeah, one more than the cover claims haha) stories, but I would love to in the weeks and months to come.

{ A Young Woman’s Walk With God – Elizabeth George }

This woman does an amazing job at writing spiritually-inspiring books for ladies of all ages. This one, as well as A Young Woman After God’s Own Heart, have really helped me as I have grown in my relationship with the Lord. It has been so long since I read A Young Woman’s Walk With God that I can hardly remember what it was about, haha! I’ll definitely be reading this one soon.

{ Mr. Popper’s Penguins – Richard and Florence Atwater }

I remember when my mom first read this book to me and my brother for school, when I was maybe nine years old. In all of its oddities and wonders, I loved it! It still makes me happy, in the way that many old children’s novels do, and since I own this beautiful copy of it, I would really love to read it again.


Thank you so much for reading, guys!! In a nutshell, those were the main ten books that I own and would love to read this fall. I can’t wait to delve into all of this awesome reading material!! Let me know in the comments below:

What are YOU reading this fall?

thanks to jirah and elline for my signature! xx