Weekend Recap, TTT, & Day 1 of Blogtember!

And we’re back from the long Labor Day weekend! I hope yours was a little better than mine. My weekend wasn’t terrible, but it would have been much better without the dreaded migraine I had all of Sunday which caused me to miss two birthday parties I was really looking forward too. I did, however, get to spend Labor Day with a surprise marathon of the BBC’s Pride & Prejudice, and I did quite a bit of cooking & baking, which makes it a success, really. I hadn’t seen the BBC version of P&P in a long time. Not surprisingly, I fall for Colin Firth’s Fitzwilliam Darcy over & over again every time I watch it. He is the best personification of the beloved Mr. Darcy that I have ever seen. Did you know that this miniseries originally aired 18 years ago?! Yeah. 1995. It doesn’t seem like it could have been that long ago. I mean, that would have made me 8 years old when it first aired. No matter, it definitely holds up to the test of time.

Now for Top Ten Tuesday hosted by The Broke and the Bookish!  This week is top ten nine contemporary &  classics/”required reading” book pairings, and/or books that should be required reading but currently aren’t.

Pairings

  1. Dracula and The Historian This is an obvious pairing to me, seeing as both books circle around the character of Dracula, and both are on my all-time favorites list.
  2. To Kill A Mockingbird and The Help – Both are fictional takes on the reality of racism/civil rights in the South, at different points in our history, and both are, again, on my all-time favorites list.
  3. Pride and Prejudice and Bridget Jones’s Diary – This is kind of a given, seeing as BJD is kind of a modern take on the classic story, and they just seem to go so well together. Again, all-time favorites.
  4. The Wizard of Oz Series and The Wicked Years – The same basic story but from two completely different perspectives. And again, both are on my list of all-time faves.

Should Be Required Reading

  1. Harry Potter Series, or at least one of the Harry Potter books – First off, HP is interesting & entertaining, so it should hold the attention of teens. Plus, this series is about so much more than witches and wizards and magic. It’s about responsibility, and learning how to deal with the good and the bad that comes with life. It’s about striving in darkness, and being true to yourself…and I could go on and on and on, but I’ll stop there. If you’ve read the books, you know what I’m getting at.
  2. The Perks of Being a Wallflower – I truly think this book should be taught in high schools. I wish I has read in high school & not as an adult, but even so, it is a powerful book about being proud of who you are. Every one should read at least once in their life
  3. The Lord of the Rings – This is a classic, but not usually a school-taught classic. Fantasy doesn’t get it’s due when it comes to high school curriculum, in my opinion. Most “genre” books don’t, really. At least not when I was in high school. Similar to HP, LOTR is about so much more than magic and elves and monsters. There are true life lessons embed in those pages.
  4. The Help – A contemporary look at racism & civil rights in the South, that does so in a way that hasn’t really been done. It’s heart-wrenching and heartwarming, it makes you laugh and makes you cry. It makes you want to stand up for what you feel is moral and right. The only downside to this being taught in schools if that students may read it too fast. I mean, it took me less than 24 hours.
  5. 1776 – Too many people, kids especially find history boring (which simply baffles me), but this is different. It’s historically accurate & obviously about the American Revolution, but it’s told in a different way. It doesn’t read like a textbook, it reads like a novel, a story, because it is. And every classroom should have one copy of the illustrated version with the supplements included (copies of period newspapers, correspondences, maps, etc) to make even more interesting.

Now, as you probably noticed in the title, today is Day #1 of Blogtember. If you will harken back to May, when I did the Blog Everyday in May challenge, it’s basically the same thing, just for September. It’s hosted by the same blog as well, Story of My Life.

Day #1: Where I’m from: Part A

If you ask me where I come from, I don’t just think of the place(s) I call home, but also of the people I come from, namely my family. But since I don’t have old pictures of my family on my phone, I’m going to start with the actual “where,” and in a later post, once I get some pictures together, I will focus on my family.

I was born in the little Texas town of Henrietta, and I grew up the little Oklahoma town of Waurika. Well, Wauirka is where I went to school & all that, but I mostly lived in the even tinier Addington which was 5 miles north.  Waurika is largely a farm & ranch community with a population of about 2000. It only has one traffic light, and that’s just a flashing 4-way stop light. Addington has a population of about 100, on a good day. It has a tiny post post office, a volunteer fire department, and the church I grew up in. And that’s about it, really. I loved growing up in a little, country community. I wouldn’t have had it any other way.

This is my elementary school and my high school:

I had about 28 or 29 people in my graduating class. And most of us had been together since kindergarten.

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High School graduation.

Now, I’m not so crazy about where I’m from. It feels so different to me when I go back there. But, like I said earlier, I wouldn’t want to have grown up anywhere else. I had a wonderful upbringing surrounded by people I love. What more could you ask for? And I know that this place helped shaped who I am becoming.

That’s all for now, folks! I hope to be back this evening with Day #1, Part B of Blogtember, but if not, see you tomorrow!

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