Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Spring Reading Affair: The Witch of Blackbird Pond

Happy Wednesday dears!

I'm very happy to say that I've been enjoying a lot of reading lately. I was a little concerned at the beginning of this week when my schedule got busy suddenly, but I've managed to find some great bits of time to get down to my lists.

I'm currently in the middle of reading "LETTERS FROM THE LEDGE" which you will all hear much much more about tomorrow.

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I picked up a new challenge for this year, and I'm very excited to it with you. I hope that you'll all take the opportunity to push yourself to bigger literary horizons by joining a few challenges yourself!!

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Hosted by Book Chick City

My goal for this Challenge is 24

So far: 2/24 

For those of you who love Mystery and Suspense novels and series, this one should be an easy challenge to keep up with! As for me, I just started reading mysteries so I'm still on the lookout for authors that I'll like. 

Speaking of New Authors, that leads me into the next challenge....

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 Hosted By Literary Escapism

My goal for this Challenge is 24

So far: 4/24

This challenge will be a great one to get you browsing through the isles you rarely frequent at your local book seller. It may even get you to venture out and finally grab that book your friend, family member, or co-worker has been pushing you to pick up for the past century. 

Along with mysteries I've been snatching up a lot books with authors I'm unfamiliar with this year. I'm pretty proud of myself! Not to mention I've found a few authors I think I'd like to read more of. Wider reading horizon!

Now for the crowning jewel of today's post. 


A REVIEW!

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond
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Orphaned Kit Tyler knows, as she gazes for the first time at the cold, bleak shores of Connecticut Colony, that her new home will never be like the shimmering Caribbean island she left behind. In her relatives' stern Puritan community, she feels like a tropical bird that has flown to the wrong part of the world, a bird that is now caged and lonely. The only place where Kit feels completely free is in the meadows, where she enjoys the company of the old Quaker woman known as the Witch of Blackbird Pond, and on occasion, her young sailor friend Nat. But when Kit's friendship with the "witch" is discovered, Kit is faced with suspicion, fear, and anger. She herself is accused of witchcraft!
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Auggie-Talk Quill Rating
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I'll begin by saying that I wasn't entirely convinced that I was going to like this book when I first started reading it. In fact, I was downright sure that I wasn't going to be able to relate to the main character anymore than I could relate to the sea worthy Dolphin.  I was also sure that the storyline was going to be drab and moralistic because it was published in '58.

I was very pleasantly surprised however when I found myself eagerly turning pages after the first few chapters. Despite the slow start I was very much enthralled by the storyline and put on perpetual edge by the constant predicaments of the main character, Kit.

There were some very dry parts of the book that I'm surprised I made it through, but then there were those  one or two moments when I was actually drawing up on the couch in suspense thinking to myself "If what I think is going to happen happens I'll pass out!"

Towards the end I was even starting to tear up in frustration due to the unfairness in which the main character is treated by the townspeople.  

That's how emotional I can get over books, people. It's pretty absurd.

The biggest surprise came when I realized near the end of the book that I could relate to this 16 year old royalist girl rather well. In fact... I found that I could completely understand her situation as a spunky foreigner in the midst of a very plain and strict group of strangers.

At first I was very keen on despising the puritan characters that surrounded Kit, choosing to focus very much on the fact that Kit seemed constantly oppressed by the drab, colorless culture.

After putting the book down, however,  I began to realize that there was no "This is better than that" or "that is better than this". In fact it came very much down to "To each-his own". At first when I believed that the author was attempting to cast the puritan lifestyle of Kit's family in a negative light I couldn't help but clamor on about how unfortunate the main character was to be in her situation.

However,  I began to theorize that the author was very cleverly pointing out to the reader their own judgmental attitude. Just as with Kit, the reader goes from being completely appalled at the main character's surroundings and then slowly they come to realize there's strength and beauty in it (even if it's not the favorite of the reader).

Anyway, I could really go on about it all day, but I'll end the review by telling you all that I was pleasantly surprised by the captivating story of a young woman discovering new perspectives and finding new ways to know herself and others.



Now... don't forget:

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GIVEAWAY
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I have made a separate post for this giveaway.  All of the links provided will lead you directly to the GIVEAWAY post so there won't be any confusion.

This month's Giveaway is a "SOOKIE STACKHOUSE" book. Go give it a look see here.



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Thank you for dropping by today. Come back tomorrow for a Review 

"LETTERS FROM THE LEDGE" 
by Lynda Meyers




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Until next Blog,

Read on!

~A.

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