Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Blogger Spotlight: Sanjana from Peridot Cove

It's the last week of the month, so that means it's time for another Blogger Spotlight post! I've really been enjoying getting to know other bloggers a bit better, and I'm so grateful for the positive response it's received. Last month we heard from Elizabeth over at Brokeness Aside, a newer member of the blogosphere, and today we're hearing from Sanjana from Peridot Cove. I've been following Sanjana for a little while now, and I always enjoy reading what she has to say. Her blog is definitely worth a visit (after this interview of course!). 

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Three Levels of Story: Diegetic, Extradiegetic and Metadiegetic

As some of you know, I'm an English major. Sometimes I learn some pretty interesting things about books, and today I want to share a concept I found interesting. This is the idea that there is the potential for three "levels" of a story:

Saturday, October 10, 2015

Sunny Revisits Children's Books (NEW TAG!)

This semester I'm taking a course in tween literature, and one of the books we had to read was The Bad Beginning from A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket. I remember getting books 1-10 in that series from the Scholastic book order at school and then trying to balance them all while walking home. Best. Day. Ever. Anyways, reading that book again brought me back to my childhood of reading.

I really believe that reading as a child was foundational to the person I am today. By investing so much time into reading as a child (and my parents encouraging it), I learned practical things such as vocabulary and sentence structure, but beyond that, I absorbed emotional skills. When you read fiction you are exposed to hundreds of different characters all going through different circumstances, and as a child this taught me how to extend my empathy towards other people. I believe that reading as a child made me more aware of other people and was the beginnings of how I learned to look outside of myself.  

Since I believe that the books I read shaped me, I was curious to see what other people read and what books shaped them. Then I saw a video posted by Karen Kavett about books from the early thousands that she read and thought I should make a tag! This isn't exactly a regular tag with a bunch of questions; it only has one question:

What books did you read as a child?
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