[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 Babbles] Celebrating Shakespeare

Finally, the Internet connection at home is up and running again! And I shall celebrate by posting something a bit of a long babble about a guy everyone knows (and he celebrated his 450th birthday last month).

Ah, Shakespeare. A staple in the world of literature. He stands the test of time, doesn’t he?

Macbeth was the first of The Bard’s plays that I’ve ever read (and bought). I was forced required to read it when I was 11. It was what I was assigned to report about in front of class. Here’s the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. Oh, Oh, Oh!” – These lines will forever be ingrained in my memory.

I read Hamlet after, I think because that was next on the reading list. That was such a chore for an 11-year-old. Then, The Tempest, Romeo & Juliet… for which I just basically relied on the class reporters, Cliff’s Notes, and skipped reading most of the content because I could barely understand Shakespeare’s words. Too much processing for my little brain. Daunting, really. It made me feel a bit like a simpleton.


 To bee or not to bee…

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