Again, I don’t have any writing to share with you, but I do have a few picture from my backpacking trip and a tag! (Also I am seriously inspired by Les Miserables— I am reading the novel right now– and I am going to write some amazing short stories soon! Or at least, so I hope.)
Last weekend, I went on my annual backpacking trip with my father. However, this time, we brought my little sister and one of my best friends and her dad along for the three day trip! This was my third time backpacking on this trail, and it was fantastic like always.
Overall, it was an amazing trip.
Also last week, I was tagged by Gemma Fitz who is one of my writer friends; in my Camp Nanowrimo cabin this past July, I got to be inspired by her . She is an awesome and enthusiastic person. You guys should really check out her blog: Chasing Daisies.
Anyways, she tagged me for the Milk Tea Book Tag. I’m not sure what Milk Tea is, but I had to list some of my favorite books in certain categories.
Tea: The Foundation of my Reading
The Magician’s Nephew by C. S. Lewis
Though The Horse and His Boy is my favorite Narnia book, I first started my reading journey with Digory and Polly. My parents had been reading the Narnia books to me ever since I could remember, and when I was in kindergarten, I read The Magician’s Nephew by myself for the first time. I have not been able to stop reading since, and the Narnia books still have a special place on my shelves.
Milk: A Smooth, Rich Book
Till We Have Faces by C. S. Lewis
Another Lewis novel! Can you tell who is my favorite author yet? Anyways, Till We Have Faces is an incredibly deep story of two sisters: Orual and Psyche. Though it is the retelling of a Greek myth, I have never seen a book have such a powerful and honest reflection of Christianity. And Orual is such a well rounded heroine with all her flaws, struggles, and strengths. Oh, and of course, C. S. Lewis’ writing is always a pleasure to read.
But I have to say that Tolkien’s Children of Hurin, Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, and Alexandre Dumas’ Count of Monte Cristo almost tied for this category. Those are all so fantastically written and have such powerful stories. I can’t really choose.
Sugar: A Book I Love but is Controversial
Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky
Most people do not enjoy this book– I did not expect to, but by the time I finished the final epilogue, I discovered that I enjoyed the ideas and debate which this book brought up. I would even say that I enjoyed the book, in the end. Now most people don’t like reading about an intelligent character who commits murder and almost goes insane. But– in a twisted way– I could almost connect with Raskolnikov (maybe because I am a twisted INTJ, but I do know another INTJ who hated this book….) Anyways, I love writing about the ideas in this book, and I was really happy with the final, surprising Christian twist.
Ice: A Book just for Fun
Percy Jackson: The Last Olympian by Rick Riordan
Even though I objected to several things in this book that do not fit with my Biblical worldview, I enjoyed this book immensely. The writing was simple but fun and sarcastic, and the main characters were entertaining and easily to connect to. (My favorite characters are Nico and Luke– yes, I know about what the author did with Nico in the following series: see my note about my objections– beyond the fact that I felt like it was a shallow conclusion to Nico’s struggles with depression.)
Silk Socking: A Book that is Much Better than it Sounds
The Clone Commando Series by Karen Travis
What? A Star Wars rip off novel? Seriously?
No. This series of five books (Hard Contact, Triple Zero, True Colors, Order 66, and 501st) has one of the best modern world building I have ever seen and debatable the best cast of characters I have ever read (seriously, the character development might rival Tolkien’s in my opinion.) Imagine a cast of dozen of main characters and 90% of them all look identical– literally, they are clones. Now imagine that each of those characters has a distinct personality and character arc. Beyond that, the author built this culture around Jango Fett called Mandalorian, and it was fantastically done! And then the author poses all sorts of deep questions about the end justifying the means, hypocrisy (in the most loved characters, too), and even has suttles pro life messages. Read this series. Read it. You won’t regret it.
YingYang: A Book with Foreign Influence
King Henry IV Part 1 and 2 by William Shakespeare
I had a bit of trouble with this category, but I would say that Shakespeare has foreign influence, right?
Anyways, these two plays (and King Henry V) are some of my favorite books and probably my favorite Shakespeare plays (though I love Hamlet, too.) The character development is amazing– some day, I want to write a character arc like Prince Hal’s. Hal’s redemption from good-for-nothing, errant youth to a noble, thoughtful warrior king is fantastic. And the speeches! They are so inspiring and beautiful.
My favorite scene in Part 1 had to be Harry Percy’s (Hotspur) and Prince Hal’s/Harry’s/Henry’s duel. Can you beat the death speeches of Act 5 Scene 4? Anyways, I have put a small quote here that was part of Hal’s response to Harry Percy’s death.
My favorite scene is the 2nd part was Prince Hal’s soliloquy and the following conversation between King Henry IV and his son just before the king died. And then there is Hal’s speech, as King Henry V, to Falstaff. I loved the conclusion to Hal’s character arc, and it is summed up in one line: “But, being awaked, I do despise my dream.”
Sorry for my rambles up there, but I feel very passionately about these books 😛 Especially anything Lewis or Shakespeare. Anyways, I am nominating Raychel Rose, Grace, Bryce Lowe, and Ashley-Anna. Anyone else is welcome to do this tag, and for those of you whom I called out, please don’t feel obligated to do this tag.