Spring Cleaning + Random Reading Update

Wednesday, April 1, 2015



Whadaya think?? Do you notice anything different...? (Haha! Of course you do!) I just thought it would be nice to freshen things up a bit & do some "Spring Cleaning," if you will, to good old PT.

I hope you all enjoy the new look. I know I certainly do! I'm really digging pink and grey lately... I think I'm planning on doing my bedroom in those colors too. (Random fact of the day, anyone? lol!) But if you have some suggestions for the decor, feel free to comment & let me hear them!!





In other random news, I am currently reading through Great Expectations by Charles Dickens. I cannot get over how completely amazing the writing is!! This is my first encounter with the great celebrated novelist, and to be honest, I was nervous at our first meeting. You might ask why, but I think my fear makes perfect sense when explained...

In any given list of famous works of literature, Dickens' name is certain to appear on the list. When I hear his works repeatedly referenced as some of the most amazing pieces of written art ever published, I immediately begin to think, "Just how sophisticated is this guy's writing? And what mysterious formula did he discover to craft his world-famous stories? How difficult is the reading?" But these questions are not the ones that cut me with anxiety. The question is, "Will I ever amount to a fraction of this magician's talent?"


(Mr. Charles Dickens)


When I dug a little deeper, I discovered that Great Expectations was not published in the usual way, but was first released as a weekly serial in a literary magazine! Also, when the final chapter was published, people were so upset with the sad ending, a friend of Dickens persuaded him to change it to a slightly happier one. (I am more than halfway done with the book, so no spoilers yet! I'm dying to experience the finale...)

So even this literary giant with the phenomenal talent had little hiccups & re-dos along the way. It's encouraging to see that even the best had their slow days and unique ways of trudging forward.


Needless to say, I am enjoying the book very much! So much, in fact, when I went to Half-Priced Books the other day, I went ahead and bought Oliver Twist to read later!! (And I also got Jane Austen's Emma & The Wind and the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.)




What authors have inspired you? And what books were you afraid to pick up because of reputation? Let me know in the comments!! 








H.M. Wilson

11 comments :

  1. Oh, I'll have to add that book to my "to-read" list!! It sounds like a good one!! I've never actually read any Charles Dickens, and I really should. I recently read "All Quiet on the Western Front" and was slightly intimated before I started reading it. I thought it was going to boring, but it wasn't at all! Disturbing at times (war is horrible!) but not boring! As far as which authors inspire me, I really love L.M. Montgomery and Louisa May Alcott. Also a few contemporary authors including Emily Chapman, Rachel Heffington, Rachel Coker, and Elisabeth Grace Foley. =)

    Thank you for following my blog! I'm loving your's!!

    -Emily

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    1. Oh, thank you!! And you just made my TBR list get longer... Haha! That book sounds interesting!! :) Aw, Montgomery & Alcott are both favorites of mine too! I think I'm going to enjoy reading your blog very much! Thanks for stopping by mine! <3

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  2. Wow! I love you new design (although, the tabs text is a bit hard to read, but that might just be my eyes).

    I haven't read Charles Dickens because I'm scared of it tbh xD But maybe I should give him a try.

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    1. Thank you, Opal!! Also, thanks for bringing that to my attention... I need to fix that! Haha! :D Yeah, just try it! It's really good.

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  3. Your blog design is lovely! My room is actually in pink and grey, and I LOVE it. =)
    Great Expectations, Emma, and The Wind in the Willows are amazing! You're going to love them!!
    I love your blog name, too. So creative! :)

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    1. Thank you, Emily!! :) Yes, I actually just finished Great Expectations today & LOVED it! And the other books are screaming to be read right now... Haha!
      Oh, thank you!! Lol! The name just popped into my head one day & I knew I had to use it on my blog. Thanks for stopping by. I can't wait to check out your blog! <3

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    2. Sorry... I just noticed I should have said "I can't wait to continue reading your blog!" Lol! :P

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  4. Love the new design! Actually, Great Expectations is one of the books I've been too intimidated by to start reading. I've always heard mixed things about Dickens. Even though I liked A Christmas Carol, I'm not sure whether I want to delve into one of his larger works.

    Classics can be intimidating in themselves. But I think I've been doing better about digging into the genre this year. So far I've read North and South, The Mark of Zorro, Daddy-Long-Legs, Tarzan of the Apes.....probably more than that, and I've enjoyed them all. Maybe I'll dig even deeper and pick up some more Charles Dickens(or Dahls Chickens, as the BFG would say). Glad you enjoyed your book!

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    1. Thanks, Allie!! :) I felt that way at first, but Great Expectations was an amazing read! Dickens has a very unique style of writing & I enjoyed it... (But I tend to have a rather classical taste, so that explains a bit. lol!)

      I would encourage you encourage you to just try it! If it's too difficult or dry at the moment, just set it down for awhile & come back later. Books have a way of getting better with time... :) ((I love the Roald Dahl reference!!))

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  5. I LOVE Half-Priced! My grandparents live in Columbus (about two and a half hours away from me) and a visit to HP is always a must. Also, I loved Great Expectations! My favorite Dickens book would have to be A Tale of Two Cities, though. I really like your writing flair--you have a very fun, unique style. Looking forward to visiting again!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Anne!! :) Yes, Half-Priced Books is like a candy-land for the brain!! Haha! I love the rare occasion that I get to go... The Tale of Two Cities is another addition to my insanely long TBR list. A good friend of mine just finished it & loved it.
      Oh, thank you! I've heard that writing in your own 'voice' is very important. ;) I hope you come back!! Thanks for reading. <3

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