Miss Manners is the ultimate source of correct etiquette. This guide tells you everything you need to know for basically any life situation. Whether you read it straight through or you read just the sections pertaining to your current issue, it is absolutely worth reading. You will definitely learn something new!
Category Archives: Classics
I have been meaning to read the complete version of the Arabian Nights for a long time. Although this book is nowhere near all of it (only the first 294 nights), it is still an amazing start. It took me a very long time to finish, since it’s nearly 1000 pages, but well worth it. The Arabian Nights is a series of tales told by Shahrazad to King Shahriyar to spare her life, as well as those of other girls. As long as the king is invested in hearing the story the next night, she will not be killed. The stories include those that we all know, such as Ali Baba and the Forty Thieves, as well as many others that are not as well known, or as child-friendly. I definitely suggest this book to anyone interested in great short stories that have survived the test of time.
Jules Verne is generally considered the founder of modern science fiction, and this book does not disappoint. After the end of the American Revolution, the Yankee artillerists have nothing to do. Then the president of the Gun Club suggests they build a projectile to get to the moon. This book follows the adventures of creating this projectile, as well as the result of launching it. A fun, fast read that’s a great today as it was in the 19th Century.
This story is based in a world called Flatland where all of the humans are only two-dimensional, in fact the whole world is two-dimensional. The narrator is a square from this world. He starts by explaining his world, and then goes on to tell his story of how he visited Lineland, Pointland and Spaceland (three-dimensional). When he returned to Flatland he tried to share the Gospel of Three Dimensions and was imprisoned for it. This work was originally published during the Victorian Era, and this is abundantly clear in its language and sexism. Overall, and interesting look about how what you see and believe is influenced by your surroundings.
Returning to the classics, I chose to read The Prince and the Pauper, particularly since there are so many retellings of it in modern times. This story follows Tom Canty, a poor boy from Ofal Court and Edward, who becomes King Edward VI before the end of the story. It starts in London with them noticing how similar they look and trading clothes. We then follow their adventures over quite some time while they are mistaken for each other and try to make the best of their situations while still trying to get their own lives back. This is historical fiction at its finest (it’s told from a time about 200 years after the story is set). Of all of the Mark Twain I have read, this is my favorite. As the subtitle suggests, it’s truly a tale for young people of all ages!
In honor of the anniversary of the first publication of The Catcher and the Rye (first published July 16, 1951), I am writing a review of it. I haven’t finished anything else, so this seemed like the perfect option! This book follows Holden Caulfield through a story he is telling a psychoanalyst at the tuberculosis home where he is at the start of the novel. Holden is probably crazy and definitely unusual, but this is part of what makes for a great read. It starts with him leaving the school he was attending since he will not be returning after the Christmas break due to being expelled. We then follow him on all of his crazy adventures, many of which adolescents can relate to. This is one of those books that I was forced to read in high school that I actually quite enjoyed. It’s a relatively easy read and is definitely a classic of American literature!
I’m starting to prepare for the GRE, and surprisingly my vocabulary needs some work. To facilitate this, I have started reading books to help! This is the first one I read about building vocabulary, since it’s such a classic. Throughout the entire book you can definitely see the examples that would be politically incorrect now, but it did help a bit with my vocabulary. The most helpful part is the work on common Latin and Greek roots in English, as well as many examples of French words brought into our language. These let me determine the meaning of new words without the assistance of a dictionary! To make this book even better, each chapter (day) took only around 15 to 20 minutes.