[Event] World Book Day 2015

Apparently, there’s this! It was celebrated on March 5 in the UK and Ireland. It’s marked to be celebrated on April 23 by UNESCO, I think. I’m a little confused by the dates. But either way, it’s better late (or early) than never, right? Any time is a good time to celebrate books and reading anyway. 🙂

So what is World Book Day? The website says:

World Book Day is a celebration! It’s a celebration of authors, illustrators, books and (most importantly) it’s a celebration of reading. In fact, it’s the biggest celebration of its kind, designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world . . .  It’s all about getting kids closer to the books and authors they already love, and letting them discover more books and authors they’ll love every bit as much in the future.

I love to read. I think books are awesome! And I think everybody should have the opportunity to read books and let their imagination run free.

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Interested in donating some books or sharing the love of reading? Check these out:

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[Book Review] How to Train Your Dragon

httyd_book1Title: How to Train Your Dragon (How to Train Your Dragon series, #1) Author: Cressida Cowell
Genre: Fantasy, Middle grade
Published: 2003 by Hodder Children’s Books (UK), Little, Brown Books (US) Recommended for ages 8 and up
Source: Borrowed from a friend
Audiobook: Narrated by David Tennant

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT? Here’s a description from the author’s website:

Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was an awesome sword-fighter, a dragon-whisperer and the greatest Viking Hero who ever lived. But it wasn’t always like that. In fact, in the beginning, Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III was the most put upon Viking you’d ever seen. Not loud enough to make himself heard at dinner with his father, Stoick the Vast; not hard enough to beat his chief rival, Snotlout, at Bashyball, the number one school sport and CERTAINLY not stupid enough to go into a cave full of dragons to find a pet… It’s time for Hiccup to learn how to be a Hero.

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[Book Review] The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson

Title: The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson
Author: Mark Twain
Genre: Classics
Published: 1894
Source: Project Gutenberg and Librivox

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

It begins with the act of a young slave girl exchanging her light-skinned child, fearing for its safety, for that of her master’s. From this reversal of identities evolves a suspenseful murder mystery and courtroom drama.

The Tragedy of Pudd’nhead Wilson is everything one would expect from a novel by Mark Twain. On the surface it is a witty and satirical tale but as one digs deeper a biting social commentary of racial inequality can be found.

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[TV Review] Falling Skies

While all the TV series I was watching were on winter hiatus, I tried watching a few new series (well, new to me, at least). Falling Skies was one of them.

falling-skies-season-4Based on:  It’s not based on a book, but I’ll post it here anyway. 😛
Original network: TNT
Series run: June 19, 2011 – ongoing
Status: Fifth and final season to air in Summer 2015

Synopsis: Falling Skies takes place in the chaotic aftermath of an alien attack that has left most of the world completely incapacitated. Tom Mason (Noah Wyle), a Boston history professor and the father of three sons, must put his extensive knowledge of military history to the test as second in command of a regiment of resistance fighters protecting a large group of civilian survivors. (from: press release)

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[Book Review] The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays

The_Importance_of_being_Earnest_coverTitle: The Importance of Being Earnest and Other Plays
Author: Oscar Wilde
Genre: Classics, Satire
Published: 1985 by Signet Classics
Source: Purchased

WHAT’S THE BOOK ABOUT?

Here’s a description from Goodreads:

A universal favorite, The Importance of Being Earnest displays Oscar Wilde’s theatrical genius at its brilliant best. Subtitled “A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, this hilarious attack on Victorian manners and morals turns a pompous world on its head, lets duplicity lead to happiness, and makes riposte the highest form of art. Also included in this special collection are Wilde’s first comedy success, Lady Windermere’s Fan, and his richly sensual melodrama, Salome.

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Farewell, 2014. Hello, 2015!

Hello, 2015! Goal: Read 30 books this year.

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Do you have a reading goal too?

For the year 2014, I was only able to read 11 new books even though I aimed for 30. Mainly because I got very busy with work and I kept re-reading my favorite books. The competitive side of me is pretty bummed about this, so this new year, I’ll aim for the same number of 30 new books and try harder to achieve that goal.

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