Classic books that I want to re-read

I love finding new books to read. I love discovering new titles with great covers, interesting books with intriguing blurbs, and surprising good reads. But are there some books that you just love to re-read? Are there some books that you take off the bookshelf like they’re old friends? Books that feel solid, sure, and right in your hands?

Here are some books that do just that.


 

1. On the Road by Jack Kerouac

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2. Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

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3. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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4. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

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5. The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Look out for a review of these amazing classics. My first review will be next week. I will review Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë.

Get excited.

Yours with infinite love,

Ava Lily Porter

Ender’s Game

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Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a classic science fiction novel that a lot of people will love. Ender Wiggin is the main character. Ender lives in a futuristic world where a group of aliens called the Formics invaded Earth and almost colonized the planet. A war was fought. Luckily, Earth won. From that point forward people on Earth began preparing for the next time the Formics may reappear. Ender, a whip-smart kid, is recruited into a special military academy for gifted youngsters. The school is an academy that is training kids to be soldiers… soldier that will annihilate the enemy. Ender is the newest promising recruit. That doesn’t mean the faculty at school treat him better… on the contrary, Ender is put to the test as soon as he enters school. He faces hostile classmates. He faces challenging classes. He faces overwhelming odds.

Ender’s Game is a great science fiction novel. It is engaging and interesting. You can not help but to root for Ender as he grows and changes. You feel Ender’s pain when he is hazed. You feel Ender’s joy when he one ups a bullying classmate. You feel Ender’s glee and sorrow throughout the entire novel.

Ender is an interesting character. He is smarter than other people his age… but he has problems connecting with people at school. The one steadfast connection that he has is his sister. He lives for her e-mails. Sadly, he rarely sees her.

Ender is strong and determined. He faces overwhelming odds at every turn.. Still, winning isn’t easy. Ender manages to make it.

Who should read Ender’s Game? This book is a young adult novel. Kids will love it. Any science fiction fan will love it, too.

Ender’s Game. Pick it up if you’re in the mood for a wild ride.

Yours in the trenches,

Ava Lily Porter

Pride and Prejudice

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I have a soft spot for the classics. I love the book Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice is about a family of young women who are eligible for marriage.  There is Jane Bennet, the beautiful and amiable older sister. There is Elizabeth Bennet, the smart and witty second eldest daughter. There is Mary Bennet, the reserved and serious third eldest. There is Kitty Bennet, the frivolous and flighty fourth daughter. Finally, there is Lydia, the silly and flirtatious youngest.  Elizabeth and Jane are two of the main protagonists in the book. As the two eldest, both girls are on the prowl for a husband. That is their mother’s fervent wish–for all of her daughters to find eligible gentlemen to marry.

Enter Charles Bingley and William Darcy. Bingley and Darcy are two wealthy best friends who move into the Bennet’s hometown in Netherfield Park. Bingley starts courting Jane. Darcy humiliates Elizabeth. But Elizabeth and Darcy are drawn together because of Jane’s illness. Darcy grows to love Elizabeth. Elizabeth must put aside past hurts to see behind the Darcy’s grave mask.

What is Pride and Prejudice really about? It is about the social dance between men and women. It is about gossip. Rumors. It is about money, wealth and privilege. It is about The-Haves and The-Have-Nots.

I love this book because if you read between the lines, you can learn a lot about people.

Read the book if you have some spare time.

That’s it for now.

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter

Gossip Girl Book #1

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The book, Gossip Girl, by the writer Cecily von Ziegesar is about the Upper East side social scene of New York City. The heart of the book is Serena and Blair–two former best-friends-turned-enemies.

Serena is a former “It Girl” who returns to the Upper East Side from her New Hampshire boarding school. She enters a different world than the one she left. Once popular and the center of attention, now she faces ostracism from her classmates. She faces rude remarks and gossip-mongering. The culprit of this social exclusion? Blair Waldorf–a bitchy and manipulative girl.

Blair is the opposite of Serena. While Serena is beautiful, kind and well-meaning, Blair is pretty, small-minded and ill-intentioned. Serena is just trying to be accepted, while Blair stops at nothing to get what she wants… Serena’s social destruction.

This book depicts how things are in a girls’s world, and how dangerous those waters can be. The moral of the story? Girl World can be a minefield, a jungle gym, an obstacle course… it is more treacherous than people know.

Gossip Girl is series of books, so if you like the first book you can read more. I enjoyed it so I will pick up the rest of the books in the series.

That is all for now.

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter

Paper Towns

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The next book I want to talk about is another John Green book, Paper Towns. What is Paper Towns about? It is about Quentin “Q” Jacobsen, a smart teen who is in love with his next door neighbor, Margo Roth Spiegelman. Margo is Q’s old friend. But while he grew up and turned left–he focuses on school, getting into college and his normal friends–she turned right–toward the world of popularity, parties and impulse. Margo is an enigma to Q. There are rumors about her wild and crazy adventures. One night Q gets to be a part of one of her adventures. After that, everything is different. Q gets sucked into her world–into her thoughts, into her motivations and into her desires–and he grows up in the process. Margo teaches Q a lot about life–about living in the moment and about feeling young and alive. He takes that with a grain of salt, and looks to his chosen future with satisfaction and understanding.

An important part of this books is Q’s love for Margo. That is his driving force. Q, a nice, thoughtful, nerdy kid, learns to let go and to explore the world around him because of her. But he also learns that the world is a chaotic place, and sometimes living a normal life can be as fulfilling as living on the wild side.

Just like Looking for Alaska, this book is an amazing read. Green writes about topics that teenagers can relate to. Love, friendship and who we really are inside. He teaches you that people are not what they seem. This book peels back people’s layers to see what is really within all of us–a person’s heart.

This is my favorite John Green book. It is smart, interesting and beautiful. He uses symbolism and metaphor masterfully, especially at the end of the book. I highly suggest you pick it up. You won’t be disappointed.

That is it for now. Until next week…

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter

Looking for Alaska

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The first book I want to talk about (on this, my second post) is Looking for Alaska by John Green. Looking for Alaska is about Miles Halter, nicknamed “Pudge” (though oddly enough he is tall and skinny). Pudge is a normal kid who enters Culver Creek boarding school. Pudge is looking for his “Great Perhaps….” something that will give meaning to him and to his life. He hopes to find it at his new school. He meets great friends there: Chip “The Colonel” Martin, Takumi Hikohito, Lara Buterskaya… and Alaska Young. Alaska Young is smart, pretty and pithy. She captures his heart… just like she captures everyone’s heart. But what is going on with Alaska? What is her story?

Though Pudge is the main character of the story, Alaska is an important part of the book. Pudge falls in love with her. He spends his time mystified and infatuated by her and that is the central crux of the book. Pudge and the rest of his friends want to decipher why Alaska does the things she does. They need to understand her.

The book ends with an ambiguous note. It is up to you, Reader, to come to your own conclusions.

Green’s book explores a lot of questions. Who are you and where do you fit in? Who are your friends? What would you do for them? What do they mean to you? Finally, what is life really about?

This book is mysterious, melancholy and poignant. Green really gets into Pudge’s mind, a kid who is trying to make sense of it all.

I loved this book. It was serious yet funny. It was smart yet real. It was thoughtful yet irreverent. I suggest this book to any teenager who wants to read about love, friendship and growing up. Green is a great writer. I strongly suggest this (plus, his other books. But that is another story…)

That is it for now. Check back next Friday for a new post.

Yours with love,

Ava Lily Porter