Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Day 3: A favorite book

This is BY FAR the hardest day out of all... I love SO many books! Therefore, I am going to post about 3 of my favorite books.
But before I do that.. I just have to mention that I love any book by J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S Lewis and Sharon Creech. And of course, the Tintin adventures and the Sherlock Holmes mysteries are my favorite books as well.

The 3 books that I am going to talk about are "Journey to the River Sea" by Eva Ibbotson, "The Enchanted Castle" by E. Nesbit, and "Replay" by Sharon Creech.

First, "Journey to the River Sea" by Eva Ibbotson.

This book follows the story of 13 year old orphan Maia as she journeys to Brazil to live with her relatives the Carters. Maia leaves her boarding school in England and travels to the Amazon River with her new governess Miss Minton. Maia is very excited to reach her new home, especially since the Carters have twin girls Maia's age. But when Maia and Miss Minton reach their new home they are sorely disappointed. The Carters are mean and selfish - not to mention neat! Mrs. Carter keeps the house too clean and kills any bug that happens to crawl past the doorway. The twins are even worse. They tease Maia and blame her for things she didn't do. When a boy that lives in the rainforest, a child actor, and two investigators from England are thrown into the picture, things start to get complicated.
I love this book. I'm not even sure why. It has adventure in it and the characters are very well developed. I love the setting which is in the rainforest. This is definitely one of the best books I have ever read and I would suggest it to anyone who needs a light read.

"The Enchanted Castle" by E. Nesbit.

This book is about three siblings, Gerald, Kathleen, and James. Instead of spending their holiday at home, the children have to spend it at Kathleen's boarding school, which is empty other than the French tutor. The siblings go for a walk and get themselves lost... Then they find a tunnel that leads straight into the garden of a castle. Thinking it to be enchanted, the children wander around the gardens for awhile until they come across a sleeping girl, dressed in old fashioned clothing. Thinking her to by an enchanted princess, the boys kiss her and she wakes up! She says she's a princess that's been asleep for a thousand years. The siblings follow the girl into the castle and after she gives them some food, she shows them her treasure room, which seems to appear by magic. She picks up a ring and says it will make her invisible when she puts it on. She slips on the ring and she's gone! Gerald, Kathleen, and James are amazed and call out for the princess. She replies, out of thin air. She seems concerned that they can't see her... Then the truth comes out. She's not actually a princess, she's just the housekeeper's niece.
....How did she become invisible if everything she had said and done previously was a joke? The ring. The ring was a magic wishing ring.
The rest of the book follows the four children and their adventures with the magic ring. Some of their adventures include James turned into a grown man, Kathleen seeing the statues in the park come alive, and the audience the children creates to witness their made up play, coming to life.
This is by far one of the best books I have ever read. I love how there are so many different stories put into this book but there's an over all storyline that ties up all the loose ends. Again, I would recommend this book to anyone.

And now the final book, "Replay" by Sharon Creech.

Replay is about a boy named Leo who finds his father's journal in the attic and starts to read it. He is also preparing for his part in the upcoming school play and dealing with his three siblings.
Like most of Sharon Creech's books, I have NO clue why I love it so much. It's just a good book that I go to when I need a break from reading heavier stuff. It's entertaining and short and fun and the characters are lovable.

I'm thinking I should start calling this the "Every other day challenge" because I've been posting every other day instead of every day.


  1. I've never read any of those books, but I've read 2/3s of the authors. E. Nesbit and Sharon Creech are both very good authors!