Monday’s Minute Challenge- #13

This week, I’m starting Monday’s Minute again. It was fun, so I’m not sure why I stopped. Anyway, I used the prompt given by Kendra: I could turn away now and no harm would be done, but I would be plagued all my life with curiosity. Or I could open it, and change my life forever.

This is 299 words.

I could turn away now and no harm would be done, but I would be plagued all my life with curiosity. Or I could open it, and change my life forever.

“Remember Pandora’s Box.” A small dragon hisses up at me. “Terrible things happened.”

“But Hope came out, too.” Another cried in the back. “Don’t dissuade her!”

The large one, who was leaning over my shoulder smacked it with its tail. “Shut up, squeakster.”

I stared at the thin book. “I…” I touch it. It burns me, and the sparks bounce off the stone floor.

“You could have the world, darling.” It purrs again in my ear.

The world.” The others echo, save the small one, sprawled at my feet.

The book called to me. I could feel the pull. I could have the world. I fell to my knees before the book, tears streaming down my cheeks. I wanted it. I was afraid of it. I shouldn’t take it. I must have it. It was wrong. But I would have the world.

The cavern full of dragons waited, an occasional hiss, or swish of a restless tail.

I would have the world. Dale would hate me. My sister would try to kill me. She would hate me.

I rose, still staring. “I can’t.” I took a deep breath and ran out of the tunnels.

* * * * *

The large dragon raised a claw, quieting the disappointed rumbles. “She’ll come back. She is the one.”

Squeaster whimpered.

* * * * *

I now sat in a forest, surrounded by my small army, defeated again. My men were beginning to murmur about me being a worthless girl. Dale hates me now.

I should have taken that book. I could have had the world.

I decide quickly. I’m going back for the book. The world will be mine.

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Reading

I have read 18 books this year. Momma wants me to keep a list of the book I read this year. I have, and I needed to blog, so I thought I’d share.

January:

George Washington’s Secret Six: The Spy Ring That Saved the American Revolution  by Brian Kilmeade and Don Yaeger. This was a very interesting read. It is written almost as a novel and humorous. I really enjoyed this book, but was disappointed with the ending. But it was only because the lives of the Culpers afterwards were very flat, and not what I would have expected. And Agent 355 was awful! Nobody knows what happened, and I want to know!

Laughing Gas by P. G. Wodehouse. This was a light read, and really only for the comedy. I really like Wodehouse’s style of writing and his books a wonderful for when you need a laugh.

February:

The Torn Veil: The Best-Selling story of Gulshan Esther by Gulshan Esther and Thelma Sangster. I am very skeptical of this story, but her unwavering faith is amazing and I enjoyed it.

Out of the Silent Planet by C. S. Lewis. I don’t really enjoy Sci-Fi, but I did enjoy this. The descriptions were very nice and it was interesting. The writing is very different from the writing in Narnia, though.

A Zoo In My Luggage by Gerald Durrel. A few years ago I had to read My Family and Other Animals for school by the same author, and loved it. It was hilarious and I learned a some interesting things about animals. It was like James Herriot in Greece. So, when A Zoo in My Luggage popped up on Goodreads as a suggestion, I requested it from the library. It wasn’t as funny as the other, but it was just as interesting.

Rose Under Fire by Elisabeth Wein. Brutal. Raw. Amazing. This book is definitely for a mature audience. It takes place during WW2 in Ravensbrück concentration camp. I could not cry. I just sat there with a huge, aching knot in my throat, gasping.

Right Ho, Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse. I needed to recover from the above before reading the other book by Wein. Jeeves and Wooster are hilarious.

“Am taking legal advice to ascertain whether strangling an idiot nephew counts as murder. If it doesn’t look out for yourself.” A telegram from Wooster’s loving Aunt Dahlia.

“She looked like a tomato struggling for self-expression.”  

March:

Code Name Verity by Elisabeth Wein. Again, very brutal, raw, amazing and inspiring. And, again, for a very mature audience. And again that horrible knot in my throat and gasping at the pages. This time it’s a girl in the hands of the Gestapo. I want a friend like Maddie. Actually, I want to be a friend like Maddie. The women of WW2 were amazing.

The Moonstone by Wilkie Collins. This was a suggested free read for school this year. (Wodehouse was suggested, too) The Moonstone is one of the first detective novel written and was very enjoyable. I love mysteries. And the way Collins wrote it was lovely, too. I guessed at who it was about half way through, but how it happened was a complete surprise.

The Prisoner of Zenda by Anthony Hope. This was another suggested free read. It wasn’t as good as I hoped. And I really didn’t like the end. I almost forced myself to finish it, because it just felt flat to me in the middle. I had picked it because I though it would be an enjoyable comedy, but it was bleh. I knew exactly what was going to happen from the beginning.

Two Renegade Realms by Donita K. Paul. I enjoy Mrs. Paul’s books. The dragons are quaint creatures. I love dragons.  I liked how she hit on Cantor’s pride. And that Cantor FINALLY accepts Bridger.

Rilla of Ingleside by L. M. Montgomery. This was a reread, but I still loved it. I think it may be one of my favorite books. Rilla grows so much in the book and Susan is magnificent. Jims is cute and Irene Howard is dirt. Walter made me cry just as hard as I did the first time.

 April (thus far):

Maze Runner by James Dashner. The idea was good. The writing, not so much. It was flat and bland. A skeleton with very dry bones. I still want to read the next book, though, because the idea was interesting.

The Killer Angels by Michael Shaara. This was originally a school assignment, but then it stopped being assigned, but I read it anyway. A novel of the battle at Gettysburg during the Civil War. Very interesting, and I loved the writing. Again, like with George Washington and His Secret Six, the ending was disappointing. For the same reasons.

All the Wrong Questions: Where did you see her last? by Lemony Snicket. I really like Snicket’s sense of humor, though there is nothing to laugh about. It was the same way with The Series of Unfortunate Events. As with Wodehouse, the writing style is what makes it so good.

All the Wrong Questions: Shouldn’t you be in School? is also by Lemony Snicket and I have the same thoughts of it as of the above. But finally we know what VFD is. *fist pump* That drove me crazy in The Series of Unfortunate Events, because I knew it wasn’t Very Fancy Doilies before the Baudelaires.

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. I finally got around to reading this book and loved it. It was very sad. And the troubles then are still around today. Aunt Alexandria was sweet. She didn’t agree with Atticus, but she loved him and the kids so much it didn’t matter that much in the end.

The View from Saturday by E. L. Konigsburg. This was much better than From the Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The story of four different kids and their teacher, the kids trying to help the teacher learn to balance. And they have tea every Saturday and 4pm.

 

Books I have on my shelf right now are:

The Narnian: The Life and Imagination of C. S. Lewis by Alan Jacobs. I had started this, and then it had to go back to the library.

Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. I started this one, and the same thing happened. But, I have them both now, so I shall get them both read soon.

 

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The Sisterhood Award

                                                      Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you, linking back to their site.  Thank you, TW!
  • Put the award logo on your blog.
  • Answer the ten questions they’ve set you. 

1) What’s your favorite book, LIKE EVER?

Why ask me such a thing? How can I pick a favorite? Do you mean other than the Bible? “We don’t need to have just one favorite. We keep adding favorites. Our favorite book is always the book that speaks most directly to us at a particular stage in our lives. And our lives change. We have other favorites that give us what we most need at that particular time. But we never lose the old favorites. They’re always with us. We just sort of accumulate them.”
— Lloyd Alexander

2) You’re stuck on Mars. Alone. And you’re holding something. What is it?

Um, a tank of oxygen, so that maybe I’d have enough time to get back to Earth, before I died.

3) Do you have that one blog you check, like, EVERY DAY? What is it?

Well, I have a Feedly account I check a couple times a day, and it’s like Google Reader, so I really see whatever’s been posted on the many blogs I follow that whenever I get on.

4) Your parents say you can pick any animal, ANY OF THEM, existent or not. Which one do you pick?

A Dragon or a Winged unicorn. Or a tamed Lion. Maybe? I don’t know, one of those.

5) You find out you’re going to die tomorrow at three pm, how are you going to spend those last (uh…. here it would be::::) 14 hours?

Making sure my family knew that I loved them and that my friends knew that I appreciated them. Probably hand out some of my things to prevent fights among my siblings later and do as many chores as I could before three, so that they wouldn’t have to worry about it the next day while busy with other stuff.

6) French braid or just braid?

French braid. They’re pretty and can look fancy. And my hair is too short for a regular braid to look nice in it right now anyway.

7) Pinterest or Instagram? (Pleeease, there is only ONE answer. And it starts with a P….)

Yeah, ’cause I’m only on Pinterest. 😛

8) Favorite book of the Bible?

Esther.

9) Favorite verse from the Bible?

Exodus 20:6but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.” (Emphasis mine.)

10) Where is Papua, without looking it up on Google. I like to hear guesses. 🙂

Papua is in Indonesia, above and slightly to the left Australia, and below China, in the Pacific Ocean. Before going to JAARs Day last year, we had to show the little kids over and over where it was.

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