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Winter Break Reading List

Over school breaks, I like to try and accomplish a lot of reading. Usually this doesn’t end up working out, however I always like feeling a little ambitious. The following books are ones I wish to read or at least start over the Christmas break (if I read one with my busy schedule that will be an accomplishment in itself).

I Am Malala

20131218-165233.jpg   As you might know, I find Malala Yousafzai one of the best role models a woman can have. The girl stood up against the Taliban for the right to an education and     was shot because of it. She survived the ordeal and is very outspoken about advocacy and awareness to get women education in her home country of Pakistan. Malala  spoke to the United Nations on her 16th birthday, something none of us would ever dream of doing. This book intrigues me because I am a strong advocate for education as well because I want to be a history teacher. I think we really take education for granted here in America when there are people like Malala getting shot just because they want to learn. This is not right. I love how demanding Malala has been for her story to be heard by everyone and her activism in wanting an education and wanting every single women in the world to have the right as well. She has had many interviews with famous people and she is so well articulated and you can tell she’s very educated. She is a girl that takes her education and gives it purpose, not something that everyone in the United States can say for themselves. I am very excited to start reading this book and I definitely will be posting about it soon.

Blue Zones

20131218-165413.jpg This book was a random thing that I stumbled into. I went to my weekly Key Club meeting and some representatives for the Blue Zones were there to talk to us. If you don’t know what the Blue Zone project is, it was first a research study in all parts of the globe to see what places had people that lived the longest and why they do. These people are known as centurions because they lived into their 100s. The research consisted of diets, habits, lifestyles, and relationships. There are many checklists and guides to see if you’re living the Blue Zone lifestyle. The book is by Dan Buettner and he has started a healthy revolution with his research. Schools and communities have taken part of the action and even my hometown is racing to be one of the first Blue Zone communities in the nation. I want to read this book because I want to see the research and how it was collected and learn more about these people who have lived over a century. I also picked up some pamphlets and checklists from the representatives to see if I’m living in the guidelines of the Blue Zone. I took the Blue Zone pledge during the meeting but I don’t really know if I understand what I’m getting into. If you want to learn more about Blue Zones and how you can change your life, go to www.bluezones.com

Doctor Zhivago

20131218-165518.jpg I am so excited to read this book! I really hope I get the chance to read all of it over vacation, but with it’s 613 pages, I doubt that will actually happen. Historical fiction has always fascinated me because it’s really great to see history in a certain time period from a certain point of view. To be completely honest with you all, I saw half of the movie before I read the book (I know, shun me). What I did see of the movie was pretty great. The story is set in Russia during the time of the Bolsheviks and the Red Army and all things related to that. A doctor falls in love, a war begins, the story has been seen before. However, no story can be told the same and I’m sure that this one won’t disappoint. I don’t really know why I’m so excited to read this, maybe just because reading in itself is exciting. I do hope that I can find the rest of the movie to watch after I read it because I really want to see how filmmakers portrayed such a classic novel. The well-acclaimed novel is written by Boris Pasternak and the copy I have that is pictured is translated by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. My copy also has some poems in the back written by the main character and some notes on the reading.

All Through the Night

20131218-165656.jpg As some have seen in my previous post, I am a big fan of Mary Higgins Clark, or as known as the Queen of suspense. She has written so many books, even some holiday themed books like the one pictured. I thought it would be fun to read a book set in Christmastime on the Christmas holiday. This book is quite small, with only 206 pages. I also usually breeze right through a Mary Higgins Clark book. What I’m really excited for is that this is one of her books that I haven’t read (which is surprising) and also because in the back, there is a short written interview with Mary Higgins Clark about her life and her writing. I think it’s astounding that she has been able to write over thirty books all about mysteries. If that were me, I would most likely repeat myself on accident. In this novel, Clark does use previous characters but she does it on purpose because the two characters were popular. Clark has aged but that hasn’t stopped her from keeping writing and her latest novel came out in April of this year, if I am correct. I want to continue to expand my collection of Mary Higgins Clark’s books and I plan to read all of them in my lifetime, if time permits.

Well, that is my Christmas reading list. I really hope I will get them all done. What are you reading this holiday season?

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Loves Music, Loves to Dance

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Cover title from https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/170650.Loves_Music_Loves_to_Dance

In Loves Music, Loves to Dance by Mary Higgins Clark, the suspense starts right off with the reader being introduced to the serial killer who is placing personal ads in newspapers in the hopes that attractive young women will respond. That is usually the plan of attack with a Mary Higgins Clark novel: we are usually introduced to the person who is causing the trouble in the first few chapters. Most mystery novels leave that to be discovered at the end but these books are layered, with so many characters and subplots that it is sometimes helpful to be shown in advance who’s side to be on. But like any mystery novel, the plot could have a twist! In this particular book, a young woman named Erin Kelley is found, wearing one dancing slipper and one normal shoe, having died of strangulation. It is up to this women’s best friend, Darcy Scott, to find out what happened to her and so many other women who met this same fate. These novels are usually set in New York or the surrounding areas with classy, well-to-do people who drink hot toddies in their pent houses and drive to work in their Mercedes Benz. Clark shows her knack for knowing about all things that have to do with the higher end of New York and this shows through in her novels. All the characters that are introduced are somehow connected to the main plot, even if it doesn’t seem like it in the beginning. It takes a lot of planning and thinking to make a novel like this work and that’s why I love Clark so much. I won’t spoil the ending for you though, because I would hate if someone did that to me. All I can tell you is it will be suspenseful, gripping, and leaving you with the urge to pick up another Mary Higgins Clark novel!

What I love about Mary Higgins Clark, the queen of suspense, is that she really lives up to her title. Her books may be easy to breeze through but in such a short novel she really gets you feeling on edge and wanting to read more. I’ve read countless Mary Higgins Clark novels and each one leaves me with the sense of wanting to read more. What I also like about her is how easy she can weave characters into her stories. In most of her books, every chapter introduces a new character who provides a new twist. This is impressive in that her chapters are usually a few pages long, culminating into chapter numbers between the ranges of 80 to 100 chapters in a book. Some of her works have been adapted into movies or TV shows. She has written 46 fiction novels since 1968 and her latest was published this April. She has also written a few nonfiction and holiday-related books but she is most famous for her tales of mystery and suspense. Even though she is aging, Clark hasn’t ceased to write heart-pounding novels that leave the reader wanting more. She is one of my favorite authors and I feel that she has accomplished a lot in terms of writing and she is still going strong today.