I think most people love to travel, and have a wishlist of places to visit. One way is to travel is through books. For one with imagination, it can be quite satisfying too, even if the experience isn’t the same. I had heard of Jules Verne’s Extraordinary Voyages collection, but hadn’t read any. This was my first Verne book.
The power of the written word is such that it draws attention. The words accepted by some, ignored by some and at times, protested against by some. But we do forget that it is knowledge, useful to few people. Yes, words can incite extreme reactions, but to burn books is to burn knowledge, and that would definitely be cause for alarm.
There’re books that mean a lot to me, and the Harry Potter series is definitely there in that category. Each book in the series happens over one school year at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and this book, the second one, focuses on the second year.
“When given the choice between being right or being kind, choose kind.” This quote from Wayne Dyer makes a lot of sense, but most people forget it. After all, if they’re right, why shouldn’t they say so, right? It makes a lot of difference, actually.
There are books I’ve read, and reread often. Some are challenging to review because the emotions that I felt then are difficult to express. Others are challenging because they mean so much to me, that I don’t know if what I express will be enough to convey what that book means to me.
Writing poetry is not everyone’s cup of tea. I know that. But it’s even more difficult to write prose that when read, feels like reading poetry. I love it when that happens! I know few authors who do, and I can almost say with a hundred percent certainty that that expectation will be met even before I read the book.