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The Wind in the Willows

Book #6: The Wind in the Willows
by Kenneth Grahame (children’s fiction)

So this was just a quicky read for fun so it’ll be a quicky review to match! When I was a kid we owned the “Four Seasons” VHS box set (boy, that ages me!) of “The Wind in the Willows” which I loved, but I realized a couple weeks ago I’d never actually read the original stories even though the book was sitting on one of the living room shelves. So I fixed that this week.

The stories are adorable, they’re quick, they’re for children, they’re sweet, they’re funny, and as an eighteen year old, I still enjoyed them! Although as an eighteen year old I instantly pictured “Rat” as Sherlock (Benedict Cumberbatch) and “Mole” as John Watson (Martin Freeman) so…

The book follows the story of four friends, Mole, Ratty, Toad, and Badger and their lives and occasional adventures. It begins with Mole in his burrow alone, not knowing anyone, but he gets a bit of spring fever, comes out of his burrow and quite quickly thereafter, meets the Water Rat. Mole is so enchanted with The River and with Ratty’s lifestyle that he moves in with him (seeing the “Sherlock” similarities yet? ;D) and soon gets to know Ratty’s friends, Otter, Mr Toad, and Badger. They all are very merry (except Badger who sticks to himself most of the time…) and they have some good laughs, find Otter’s son when he goes missing, and try (note the “try”) to keep Toad out of trouble.

It’s very light and  easy reading, obviously directed at children, but still enjoyable for adults! (or for the young at heart or something…)
All in all, 8 out of 10. Well written, happy ending, but it’s a kids book so it wasn’t exactly intellectually challenging =D

I’ve got a trip to the library planned, got a bunch of books people have recommended I read to get! Talk to you soon!
DFTBA
– Becky

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The Three Elizabeths

Book #10: The Three Elizabeths
By J.M. Page (fiction)

See what a terrible person I am? Almost two weeks ago I told you that I would write up another post immediately, and yet here I am just writing it now… naughty, naughty… =D

This is a book I have reread at whim since I was about ten. I loved it then and I love it now. It never gets old and it’s still just as cute at eighteen as it was when I was ten.

I love Elizabeth, the oldest of the “sisters”/cousins and how she bosses the younger two around (much like I do my siblings). Elspeth, the bookworm who loves English and history like me. Beth, the youngest, naughty and curious…

I was last worked on this on November 23… So I’m not gonna finish this post, just know that this is a great children’s book, it’s got a good story line, very sweet. Not intense or anything, but sweet, first love, new families, happy endings =) Good stuff… 8 out of 10 stars.

C’EST FINI!!

I have made one of my new year’s resolutions to read 30 books in 2012. This one doesn’t count =D

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