Throwback Thursday #4

It’s my fourth Throwback Thursday and I blame Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, and Mandi Kaye for my obsession with this idea! From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

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.

It was the year 2000 and I was a wee little kid in 4th grade. My mom worked at a Hallmark inside of a Walmart store and one day, for reasons I cannot remember, we were at this gigantic place called Walmart. My mom rushes over to the Halmark, flips down the storage lever and yanks out those HUGE green book.
“This is Harry Potter Hannah!” she said incredibaly excited, “These books are going to be huge!”
I stared at the cover with the straggly boy with messy black hair and then looked back at my mom, “I don’t see that happening.”
Yeah….*scratches head* I think I was a little wrong…
One of the reasons I love this particular book (even though it’s not my favorite of the series) is because of that moment. Everything for me (if you’ve read my other TT posts) always comes back to this. I had a really hard time learning to read when I was younger. When all the other kids could do it I couldn’t and so I struggled for a long time. This was one of the first books that got me into reading. It was the first book that I ever read where I was nervous while reading it. I’m telling you guys, my nine-year-old self could seriously not handle the Triwizard Tournament. I have never been so stressed reading a book since that moment. That or maybe it just sticks our more firmly because it was the first time that happened. I can remember laying on my bed and flopping all around because I couldn’t handle the suspense.
Harry Potter didn’t just do that for me and that’s why it is completely timeless. It obviously affected WAY more people than little 9-year-old me or else it wouldn’t be a household name.

Feel free to share all your thoughts on Harry Potter! Which book had you hooked?

Throwback Thursday #3

It’s my third Throwback Thursday and I blame Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, and Mandi Kaye for my obsession with this idea! From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

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.

Published on March 2, 2001 I don’t think that I will ever fully be able to express how much I love this book. I read it again and again to this very day. I take insanely good care of my books, I hate if it doesn’t look brand new, but this book is about falling apart. If I had to give it a rating today it would be five stars for sure. As I’ve mentioned before I had a really hard reading when I was younger and any book that I could get through was an achievement. The Two Princesses of Bamarre is a mythopoeic fantasy novel for children.
I read a book recently that gave me such an incredible feeling when I read it. I couldn’t figure out why I was feeling the way that I was, almost as if I had found something that I lost. It took me a while to realize that it was the fantasy concept of reading. I have read so many books recently that are contemporary, or dystopian, or post apocalyptic. It was amazing to get back to the books that I read and fell in love with when I was younger. Immediately this book came into my mind after reading the other one. It helped me realize that I need to make an effort to include more high fantasy and mythopoeic fantasy into my bookshelf.
I know that no one else will have the emotional connection to this story like I have but seriously you guys, you should check it out. It’s so good!

Throwback Thursdays #2

Its my second Throwback Thursday and I blame Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, and Mandi Kaye for my obsession with this idea! From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

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.


I have now turned that day into Memory Lane! lol. This is a book that I read in the 4th grade! It came out in 1998, when I was seven, but I read it when I was eight or nine. It’s actually a series that I fell in love with then and continued to read long after I moved onto the next grade. This series now sits on my bookshelves where they forever remind me of that magical time in 4th grade where I began to fall in love with reading (it took me a LONG time to learn how to read and I had to go to all sorts of special classes during school to get help with it).

The Shadow Children Series by Margaret Peterson Haddix is about a society where a limit on population has been put into place. Families are only allowed to have two children but Luke Garner’s family had a third. Luke lives as an illegal third child where he must always stay hidden or risk being put to death. When the government cuts down the woods around his farm, where he had always been able to seek haven in the outside, he is forced to remain indoors at all times. What happens when he see’s a little girl’s face in the window of a house that he knows already has two sons?

There is just something about these books that is timeless for me, and it probably has to do with the fact that it reminds me of my childhood. These are definitely books that I will read/let me kids read years from now. I loved every one of these books, the only complaint that I have is when it ended. These books show kids to stand up for what’s right, for what they believe in, but also at the same time that it’s important to not act irrationally and that all plans you have to bring about change must be thought out. These books show that there is cruelty in the world but that even though bad things will happen you will always have your family to lean on and love and that there will always be hope.

Like I said before, I read this book when I was in the 4th grade during reading time, which was right after recess, so my teacher always turned on a soundtrack to settle us down. Every time I hear this song, even now more than a decade later, I think of these books and I remember sitting in that classroom and falling in love with Luke Garner and the world that Margaret Peterson Haddix created. Maybe one day this song will make you think of a book you love too.



Throwback Thursdays

So you guys today marks a historic day on The Book Vortex. Yes, I am being a little melodramatic but its still an important day. I have never participated in a meme before but recently one of my friends, Lauren at The Housework Can Wait, started Throwback Thursdays with Mandi Kaye. From Lauren’s website, Throwback Thursday is a day to:

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.

Right now is actually the PERFECT time for me to participate in Throwback Thursdays because I am currently reading a book called Child of Mist by Kathleen Morgan.

Here is a summary of Child of Mist from Goodreads:


In the harsh Scottish highlands of 1565, superstition and treachery threaten a truce between rival clans. It’s a weak truce at first, bound only by an arranged engagement between Anne MacGregor and Niall Campbell-the heirs of the feuding families.
While Niall wrestles with his suspicions about a traitor in his clan, Anne’s actions do not go unnoticed. And as accusations of witchcraft abound, the strong and sometimes callous Campbell heir must fight for Anne’s safety among disconcerted clan members. Meanwhile his own safety in threatened with the ever-present threat of someone who wants him dead.
Will Niall discover the traitor’s identity in time? Can Anne find a way to fit into her new surroundings? Will the two learn to love each other despite the conflict? With a perfect mix of a burgeoning romance and thrilling suspense, this book is historical fiction at its best

Why I love this book? First its completely different from anything that I’ve read. Its a Scottish Historical Fiction and its not a Young Adult book. *GASP* I know! Not a YA! But you guys, its SO good! Two enemies bound by duty to be together. We get to watch these two fall in love and LOTS of drama ensuing.
One of the things that I really love about this book is that its so authentic. Kathleen Morgan does a fantastic job with the language and behavior of her characters.

The book is a lot better than my feeble description but if you are a lover of historical fiction and romance with a strong and fierce female lead then this is the book for you! Check it out, give it a chance I don’t think you’ll regret it.

Hannah