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Books Worth Reading: Animal Farm

I’m here with another review, and it’s Animal Farm, by George Orwell! (Also, as I’m writing this, I have realised that the two Books Worth Reading posts were published two days in a row, and this is the third! Jeez!)

“Remains our great satire of the darker face of modern history.”- Sir Malcolm Bradbury

Some info (though slightly unnecessary here): Written by George Orwell, published on 17 August 1945 and has 95 pages in the Penguin Books edition.

Cover of Animal Farm (same one as mine)

Theme/s: Corruption of ideals and power.

Genre: Political satire, fiction.

Synopsis: The animals of Manor Farm rebel when one day, Mr Jones, the drunken and lazy man they are forced to call their master, forgets to feed them. The pigs, being the cleverest, take over the farm and promise to remove all terrible inequities of the ranch. But as time passes, the ideals of the envisioned utopia begin to crumble and corruption takes hold of the farm.

Review: Animal Farm is another unputdownable book I’ve read. How George Orwell slowly unravels each of the Seven Commandants is something only the best and the most experienced of authors can manage to do. When I got more curious about this book, I came to know that some of the characters were based on real-life people (Leon Trotsky, a revolutionary who was against Joseph Stalin) served as the base of Snowball’s character). I also found it very interesting that Napoleon was the only animal who was named after an actual human being. George Orwell also showed the various kinds of people though animals, who believe in a communist government, and he did it perfectly. The one who blindly believes and obeys was the horse Boxer. The one who does not care and this government was just another passing phase of their life was the cynical donkey (but ironically, the smartest) Benjamin. The mare Mollie is the one who cannot rid themselves of the notion that they do not have a master anymore. There are so many more personalities that Orwell flawlessly illustrated to the (by now) story-captured reader. Let me tell you this, I will never be tired of rereading Animal Farm and I assure you, you will not too.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐ (5 stars)

Recommendation: Suitable for people interested in political satires and ages 12 and above. 

More by George Orwell: 

  1. 1984 (A book I’m absolutely dying to read)
  2. Burmese Days
  3. Homage to California 
  4. The Road to Wigan Pier
  5. Keep the Aspidistra Flying

Let me know below if you liked Animal Farm, thought it was okay, or disliked it!

Keep reading,

Snigdha

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Books Worth Reading: Extra Credit

Second post of Books Worth Reading is here! I’ll be reviewing Extra Credit by Andrew Clements.

Who knew a simple letter could turn a few people’s worlds upside-down?

Some info: Extra Credit is written by Andrew Clements. It was published on 23rd June 2009 and has 183 pages. 

Theme(s): Friendship & cultural and traditional divide.

Synopsis: Abby Carson is going to be held back in Grade 6 if she doesn’t get a B or higher and her quizzes and tests for the rest of the year (four and a half months). So, she has to do an extra-credit project to help her to go to Grade 7. Extra credit project: writing a letter to someone in another country. Sounds simple enough, right? But then, in the country of her pen-pal, things aren’t as simple. 

Review: Abby Carson has to do an extra-credit project to pass Grade 6 and go on to Grade 7 and ends up doing a pen-pal project with someone on the other side of the world as her assignment. Easy, yeah? She chooses the country of Afghanistan. The teacher, Mahamood Jafari, which Abby’s teacher is in contact with selects Sadeed Bayat, the best student in the village of Panjshir. But according to the tradition of the people of Panjshir, a girl talking to a boy is considered improper. So, Sadeed’s sister, Amira dictates the letter in Dari, the local language, and Sadeed translates it to English. But then, Sadeed and Abby’s friendship does not make some people happy. Suddenly, after a shocking incident that happens with Sadeed, stuff doesn’t remain easy anymore. 

One thing I loved about the book (though I’m sure it was intentional as hell) is that Sadeed and Abby were absolute opposites. He was a boy, she was a girl. He was from a conservative culture, she was from an open-minded one. He was an elder sibling, she was the younger one (this may sound a bit stupid to some people, but I like it). He was an excellent student and she wasn’t. There are so many differences between them, but what I adored about Clements’ main characters were that they somehow seemed to understand bits of each other. Not everything, but just some parts. I also liked how Andrew Clements made Abby and Sadeed seem so… real. The story made me keep guessing about what was going to happen next. My favourite parts of Extra Credit were the letters exchanged between Illinois and Panjshir. 

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Recommendation: Suitable for children of ages 9 and above. 

More by Andrew Clements: 

  • The Report Card
  • Lunch Money
  • Frindle
  • Lost and Found
  • Troublemaker
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The most frustrating things about being a passionate bookworm

Well, the title says it all. Read on! (Also: the following are just my personal experiences!)

  1. Having to wait for the book(s) to come from Amazon and inwardly cursing the delivery people.
  2. No reading new books while exams are going on. Arghhhhhhh!
  3. Not being able to read the book PDFs. I cannot. At all. I’ve read only one book through a PDF.
  4. Reading books as fast as a cheetah and having to wait for the next month to buy new books.
  5. So I’m reading this book I’ve wanted for eons, but it doesn’t live up to my expectations, and get bored of it very quickly.
  6. SPOILERS! (Need I say more?)
  7. Not being able to rant about books to anyone.
  8. Not being able to write a review or a book you love.
  9. Banging into numerous things while reading and hurting your toe about a thousand time per week.
  10. Seeing your favourite books being adapted into horrible movies.
  11. Not being able to read non-stop.
  12. Someone’s talking to you while you’re on a particularly exciting part of your book.

Is there anything else that happens to you? Let me know in the comments!

Until next time!

Snigdha

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Books Worth Reading: Wonder

I am proud to present the first review in the series Books Worth Reading! It’s a review of one of my all time favourites, Wonder.

“Has the power to move hearts and change minds.” – Guardian

Some info: Wonder is written by R.J. Palacio, and was published in 2012. In the edition with the Julian chapter, there are a total of 416 pages.

Synopsis: The perspectives of various characters who entered August Pullman’s life, either when he entered middle school or after it, or they had known him since Auggie was a baby. 

Review: I first read this book when I was in grade 4 or 5, and was unable to appreciate the author’s beautiful personality description of every single character at the time. It’s not told in a direct way, but when the reader reads every perspective, the development of each person is the most brilliant thing ever. Another thing I love about this book is that when you read the perspective, you sink into their persona and find yourself agreeing with mostly everything. One also feels that the person whose perspective you’re reading, did everything for, according to them, the right reasons, and you understand what they were going through, even if you wouldn’t normally really approve of their actions, and that is beautiful. Take Olivia Pullman’s (August’s elder sister), for example. Normally, she was fiercely protective of her brother, and would be rude even to adults when they stared at August’s face. But when she came bacsk from her Grans’s place, she saw Auggie as other people did for a split second. But as you travel further in her feelings, you will understand why she wanted her high school to not know about August. Or what Miranda, Olivia’s best friend and a sister to Auggie, did at her camp. Summer was my favourite character in the story. Yes, she first sat with him because she pitied him, but that pity blossomed in true friendship. There’s only one word to describe R.J. Palacio’s novel: wonderful.

Recommendation: For ages 10 and above.

Rating: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Sequels: 

1. Auggie and Me. Perspectives of:

• Julian Albans, the main bully. Name of story: The Julian Chapter 
• Christopher, August’s best friend. Name of story: Pluto
• Charlotte Cody (A classmate of Auggie and first person who was nice to him). Name of story: Shingaling 

2. 365 Days of Wonder (365 precepts collected by Mr. Browne, August’s English teacher.)

3. We’re All Wonders (Picture book, where August tells how everyone is a wonder)

See you!

Snigdha

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New series!

Hey hey hey! (Nope, totally not a Haikyuu!! reference.)

I’ll be starting a new series on this blog called Books Worth Reading, wherein I’ll be reviewing my favourite books which are not part of any series or are the beginning of one, so you won’t be able to get any spoilers for the middle book, or worse, the ending book of the series you so wanted to read, from my side.

Signing off,

Snigdha

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Little Women

Hey!

I’m writing after the longest time, so my writing skills have rusted. 😬

Well, anyway, today I’m going to write on a couple of characters of Little Women, which is written by Louisa May Alcott, and I would definitely rate it 5 out of 5.

Recently, I’ve become obsessed with the book. I’ve also seen the 2019 adaptation (which, by the way, is excellent).

My favourite character is Theodore ‘Laurie’ Laurence. He’s smart, playful, witty and loves a bit of mischief and very caring, which are qualities I really like. He has this really deep friendship with Jo March, the second March sister and it would, without a doubt, be in the top 5 of my book friendships list.

The character I relate to the most is Josephine ‘Jo’ March. She is, as I’ve mentioned above, the second March sister. It’s because she adores books (she cries over books and so do I), loves writing and, most importantly (in my opinion), she is very independent.

Until next time!

Snigdha

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The read-write contest

Hello everybody!

Today aside from art I decided to take part in my very first contest!! The read-write contest is held by Betty from the box of wonder. Thank you Betty for nominating me! My name for you would be…….Hermione granger – Smart, Book loving and a great person!

If you would like to take part here is the link-https://theboxofwonder185828830.wordpress.com/2021/11/06/finally-a-contest/

Here are the rules-

  • Thank the person who nominated you/who’s blog you find this on, give them some fun book-character name (like Harry Potter, Percy Jackson, etc)
  • If you have a blog, list down the rules in a post, if not, contact/email the creator (contact page)
  • Add the logo of this competition below the rules
  • Link back to the original post and the post of the one who nominated you

The logo-

Now the questions-you like to read? Which book made you like reading?

Yes I LOVE to read! I have been a fan of books since a child. I started from small pictures and today im reading heavy novels. Books transport me to another world and give me a new perspective of this world

Which book are you currently reading?

I am reading a collection of short stories from Ruskin bond. His stories are just so goood!

Which book would you recommend non book-lovers to read?

Ok so according to me non book lovers avoid books due to the heavy text and maybe just sitting at one place. For them I would recommend a good comic book. Less words, More action, More pictures and more fun

Which book character describes you the best?

The only person I relate to the most is Pink diamond. I have read a bunch of Steven Universe comics and also seen the series on tv. Pink diamond is a member of the diamond authority. This authority consists of 4 diamond (Pink, yellow, blue and white) who rule this universe. These diamonds have no flaws and are enormous. Unfortunately Pink diamond is smaller then them and has a temper. and is stubborn She because of her size and flaws is put beneath everyone else and is given less attention. She is of course one of a kind but all other 3 diamonds always give up on her. Everybody loves her especially blue but still she is taken as small. I relate to that. I am older now but I am fun loving. I enjoy doing mischievous things and hop around but I sometimes feel left out but I dont mind that

Which kind of book do you hate a lot and why(please don’t spread hate!

Umm for me its always been Wimpy kid because I don’t like The diary entry type of books. I don’t find any true bookish meaning in them. But I dont exactly HATE it.

My 5 Liner story-

Title- Home

Dusty curtains, crooked walls and a little window. Old sofa, broken tiles and no light . Smaller than others and a little cracked paint too but filled with love and happiness. And memories made in it with me and you. Our home is bigger in heart and filled with prosperity too.

Nominations-

A nominate you my dear friends!😊

Thank you so much everyone

Kaashvi

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Draco’s Diary (Part 7)

21st December 1996:

I accidentally gatecrashed into Slughorn’s stupid Christmas party today. I was trying to be subtle and go to the Room but the idiotic caretaker, Filch, caught me. The idiot grabbed me by the ear. “Ouch!” I howled. But he ignored me. He looked so happy catching me out of bed. 

            When we reached Slughorn, my eyes widened. It was extravagantly decorated. It was so large. He’d probably used an Undetectable Extension Charm. There was crimson and green everywhere.

           I saw Eldred Worple, the author of Blood Brothers: My Life Amongst the Vampires. It was an amazing book. And when I looked closely, he had a vampire with him! Why has he got a vampire here?! He’s a danger to everyone in this party, I thought. Slughorn himself was somewhere speaking to someone in his ear-splitting booming voice.

           Who else was he talking to but Potter! And Snape was with him. Goodness, Snape. He’s been trying to interfere in my plans the whole time. It’s such a pain. So I’d stolen the Polyjuice Potion from Slughorn and got Crabbe and Goyle to change into girls and guard the Room while I was working.

           Back to the party, Filch wheezed, “Professor Slughorn, I discovered this boy lurking in an upstairs corridor. He claims to have been invited to your party and to have been delayed in setting out. Did you issue him with an invitation?”

           I pulled myself free of Filch’s grip.

           “All right, I wasn’t invited!” I said angrily. “I was trying to gatecrash, happy?”

           “No, I’m not!” said Filch, a statement at complete odds with the glee on his face. “You’re in trouble, you are! Didn’t the Headmaster say that night-time prowling’s out, unless you’ve got permission, didn’t he, eh?”

           “That’s all right, Argus, that’s all right,” said Slughorn, waving a hand. “It’s Christmas, and it’s not a crime to want to come to a party. Just this once, we’ll forget any punishment; you may stay, Draco.”

           I was frustrated and unhappy but was careful not to show it. I had to get to the Room of Requirement.

           Filch shuffled away, muttering under his breath. I composed my face into a smile and began thanking Slughorn for his generosity and started sucking up to him.

           “It’s nothing, nothing,’ said Slughorn, waving away my thanks. “I did know your grandfather, after all …”

           “He always spoke very highly of you, sir,” I said quickly. “Said you were the best potion-maker he’d ever known …”

           Suddenly, Snape said, “I’d like to have a word with you, Draco.”

           “Oh, now, Severus,” said Slughorn, hiccoughing again, “it’s Christmas, don’t be too hard —”

           “I’m his Head of House, and I shall decide how hard, or otherwise, to be,” said Snape curtly. “Follow me, Draco.”

           He led me down a corridor.

           “Why’ve you got me here?” I asked him rudely.

           Ignoring my question he said “What did you do to the Bell girl? You cannot afford mistakes, Draco, because if you’re expelled —”

           “I didn’t have anything to do with it, all right?”

           “I hope you are telling the truth, because it was both clumsy and foolish. Already you are suspected of having a hand in it.”

           “Who suspects me?” I said angrily. “For the last time, I didn’t do it, OK? That Bell girl must’ve had an enemy no one knows about — don’t look at me like that! I know what you’re doing, I’m not stupid, but it won’t work — I can stop you!”

           There was a pause. I felt Snape trying to sift through my brain. I quickly used Occlumency. I’d never felt more grateful to Aunt Bellatrix for teaching me it.

           “Ah … Aunt Bellatrix has been teaching you Occlumency, I see. What thoughts are you trying to conceal from your master, Draco?”

           “I’m not trying to conceal anything from him, I just don’t want you butting in!”

           “So that is why you have been avoiding me this term? You have feared my interference? You realise that, had anybody else failed to come to my office when I had told them repeatedly to be there, Draco —”

           “So put me in detention! Report me to Dumbledore!” I jeered.

           There was another pause. Then Snape said, “You know perfectly well that I do not wish to do either of those things.”

           “You’d better stop telling me to come to your office, then!”

           “Listen to me,” said Snape, his voice very low. “I am trying to help you. I swore to your mother I would protect you. I made the Unbreakable Vow, Draco —”

           “Looks like you’ll have to break it, then, because I don’t need your protection! It’s my job, he gave it to me and I’m doing it. I’ve got a plan and it’s going to work, it’s just taking a bit longer than I thought it would!”

           “What is your plan?”

           “It’s none of your business!”

           “If you tell me what you are trying to do, I can assist you —”

           “I’ve got all the assistance I need, thanks, I’m not alone!”

           “You were certainly alone tonight, which was foolish in the extreme, wandering the corridors without lookouts or backup. These are elementary mistakes –”

           “I would’ve had Crabbe and Goyle with me if you hadn’t put them in detention!”

           “Keep your voice down!” spat Snape, for my voice had risen. “If your friends Crabbe and Goyle intend to pass their Defence Against the Dark Arts O.W.L. this time around, they will need to work a little harder than they are doing at pres —”

           “What does it matter?” I questioned him. “Defence Against the Dark Arts — it’s all just a joke, isn’t it, an act? Like any of us need protecting against the Dark Arts —“

           “It is an act that is crucial to success, Draco!” said Snape. “Where do you think I would have been all these years, if I had not known how to act? Now listen to me! You are being incautious, wandering around at night, getting yourself caught, and if you are placing your reliance on assistants like Crabbe and Goyle —”

           “They’re not the only ones, I’ve got other people on my side, better people!”

           “Then why not confide in me, and I can

           “I know what you’re up to! You want to steal my glory!”

           There was another pause, then Snape said coldly, “You are speaking like a child. I quite understand that your father’s capture and imprisonment has upset you, but —”

           I couldn’t bear to listen to him for even one more moment. I burst open the door and walked past Slughorn’s office. I went to the dorms and started packing for the holidays.

           I hate Snape. I hate Snape, so, so much.

To learn more about Polyjuice Potion, click on the link below: https://www.wizardingworld.com/writing-by-jk-rowling/polyjuice-potion.

Slughorn’s Christmas Party (Draco’s 6th year)

Image source: https://harrypotter.fandom.com/wiki/Slug_Club_Christmas_party