Throwback Thursday June 27, 2013

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.


There are several publication dates listed, but Goodreads says that it was first published in 2004. That makes me 13. I can remember the day I bought this book I came home from the bookstore with several books. I remember leaning against my bed and spreading all of the books out in front of my on the floor. I marveled at the beauty of the cover for The Cup of the World .
This book has a great mysterious opening and follows a teenager named Phaedra who receives mysterious dream visits from a handsome man. We get to follow Phaedra as she betrays her father and leaves her home to follow this man who has been haunting her dreams. As a thirteen year old I thought that this was an incredibly brave move by Phaedra. She was doing something that she believed in and made hard to decision to leave everything she ever knew behind to support that believe. Almost a decade later I scream a little inside at Phaedra. How stupid could she have been!?! Following a stranger who invaded her dreams and deceived her, convincing her to leave her father and marry him. Nowadays I would call that extremely creepy and maybe even kidnap.
I must admit though I haven’t read this book in a few years so maybe my kidnapper observation is a little extreme. This book is definitely worth a second read though and obviously a first read by anyone who hasn’t read it yet.

Throwback Thursday- Two Princesses of Bamarre

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

You don’t have to be a book blogger to participate! You can put up a Throwback Thursday post on your non-bookish blog; or if you don’t have a blog at all, just use the comments to tell us about a book you remember fondly.


Okay okay okay! I know I’ve already done this book before! You caught me! I recently picked up this book again and this is a perfect excuse for me to gush over it! I love this book. It’s one of those books that I wish had a sequel, but at the same time I don’t. On the one hand I want to continue on with Addie and Rhys, but on the other hand the novel ended so perfectly and left everything complete and perfect.

Contrary to what Goodreads says Addie is about 16 throughout the majority of the book. (Goodreads says 12 which is just wrong since Addie gets married at the end) She is shy and timid and kind of just like me. She has an older sister who is brave and outgoing and strong, also, just like me or rather like my older sister Tessa. When Tessa…I mean Meryl gets sick Addie has to go on an epic journey across Bamarre to save her sister from the Gray Death.

The cure to the Gray Death would be when “When cowards found courage,” I really love that. It might be because I am the biggest coward ever and don’t do a lot of things because they scare me. I also do a lot of things that terrify me. So the idea that the cure to anything could be found when cowards find courage is really awesome to me. I think Gail Carson Levine knew that too when she was writing this. A lot of booky people are shy and so I think the whole theme of this book can really resonate with them.

I am a shy kid and freak out and stress out over the smallest things, but when it comes to my family I would do anything for them. I would trek across Bamarre….I mean…the US in order to help them. I would outsmart specters, slay ogres, fight dragons, and move mountains in order to protect them. Just like Princess Addie does for her sister.

Another element to this book that I really loved were the poems and epics. Goodreads calls this a Mythopoeic Fantasy. It reminds me a little of the form of The Odyssey and Beowulf. Sections of the book are reenacted epic poems and I loved it!

I am also a slightly “prudish” person. I am very reserved and old fashioned when it comes to romances. I am not a giant fan of books where characters are all over all the time. That might be one of the reason why I love this book. The romance and relationship between Addie and the sorcerer Rhys isn’t based on physical attraction or actions, it’s rooted in the fact that they each love each other inside and out completely. It’s a slow building romance that still had me squirming inside and smiling whenever they were together. I kept looking around for my Rhys to come flying in and doing a show with the clouds….but…I just got cold and had to come back inside.

The story of this book is simple. A girl trying to save her sister no matter the cost. It resonates with so many people. It’s a really easy read, you could probably finish it in less than three hours, and it is definitely worth the read.

Of Two Minds (Throwback Thursday)

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It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

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A past favorite book of mine is Of Two Minds by Carol Matas and Perry Nodelman (1994). My recollection of it is vague, very vague. But recently I was reading something that reminded me the teeniest bit of similar ideas and qualities in the story line of this little beauty. I have had it for years, gifted to me from my oldest sister! She is a big big fan of fantasy, scifi all of that type of reading and entertainment! When I was younger I would stay with her weeks at a time in the summer and we would watch tons and tons of Star Trek she’d had recorded on video tape (there’s a definite THROW back! haha), having to pause along the way to explain things to me. She is a very patient being with a passion for the imitative reading materials! So I was thrilled when she got me a handful of books to read on my own with their own flair for fantasy but on a level I could grasp! Bless her heart for being so thoughtful! Over the years I have whittled down my collection of books read and reread or not read at all, yet this gem remains firmly on the shelf tattered and worn down with love and eagerness to escape to another world!
Why oh why am I telling you all of this? Because this week I’m pulling this book gently off the shelf, wiping away the ole dusty dust and giving it another read with my more adult like mind haha! I know when I first read Of Two Minds I couldn’t wrap my little preteen brain around some of the imagery being painted out throughout the pages. Perhaps that’s what kept me coming back to reread. Now I have not read this book in several years, so mind you I just don’t recollect much. I do however (think that I) remember an arranged marriage, and a princess who was against the very thought of it. Her betrothed being a Prince with the magical ability to enter ones mind and read every thought the passed through her mind. Maybe he can speak with her this way as well? Its foggy. I do know his family members share this trait and imagine themselves a frivolous Kingdom, living their lives solely on the imaginary world they have built in the their minds!
In short it’s a love story that struggles in the department of love, but is anything but short of imagination. ;) I’ll let you know how well memory serves or how rusty my details might be haha! Tune in next week and please feel free to help me along with some suggestions or creative criticism! Comments and questions are encouraged!

Priscilla

Throwback Thursday: Go Ask Alice- Anonymous

Throwback Thursday is a weekly meme hosted by The Housework Can Wait and Never Too Fond of Books

It’s the nature of book blogging to focus mainly on new releases, but there are thousands of great books out there that haven’t seen the “New Releases” shelf in years. We hope to be able to bring attention to some older titles that may not be at the top of the current bestseller list, but still deserve a spot in your To-Be-Read pile.

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Author: Anonymous (aka Beatrice Sparks)
Publication Date: 1971

Go Ask Alice was a different choice for me. My comprehension of this book may be a little on the corny side, because all during high school I was that anti drug kid who steered clear of any and all things illegal, drinking, smoking, drugs, you name it. This is meant to read as a diary of a young girl who leads a seemingly normal life then spirals into an uncontrollable drug binge on and off.

During the first half of reading I was clinging to keep reading, really pushing myself to gain interest. In a way you can see how easily a teen can struggle with drug usage being first peer pressured and mostly tricked in to taking that first little dose of mind altering substance, then gaining interest in other forms of drugs. Not at all that this justifies drug use, but I suppose being on one side growing up it was sort of a window or a peek at the way some of my good friends probably got introduced to the substances. The journey begins with a party and being unknowingly drugged by drink, her curiosity from there grows, then the guilt of her actions cause her to go further and further into the world of a drug pusher, a run away, and eventually ends in bullying and unbearable torment by those around her still engaging with drugs whilst she was trying to keep clean.

As you read through it becomes a little more difficult to believe that someone would clutch to their diary and continue to coherently write regularly. I imagine a bit of it could be based on a real story but a good bit was more than likely was fabricated to fill in the gaps. On the one hand I enjoyed reading because you know the high school kid antidruggie at heart was intrigued, but there were times I really felt I had to drag myself to the next page. Though maybe the style in which this story was told may not be my favorite, I feel there is a moral to be told which is an important perspective for youngins to be aware of. Read it, love it or hate it either way it will stick with you, and definitely spark a conversation if nothing else based on points of view and validation, or lack there of, of how things play out.

Priscilla