Book Chat #4: Springtime!

It finally feels like spring!

The sun is out, the flowers are blooming, and everyone’s in that cheerful mood! Well, at least I am. 😀 So here’s the ultimate post about spring: what I love about spring, what to do, and of course, what to read!


Things I Love about Springtime

  • Sunshinebook chat pic
  • Running barefoot through dewy grass
  • Being able to swim in the ocean again
  • Hearing the doves coo at dawn
  • Reading on a bench at the park
  • Taking pictures of blossoming flowers
  • Eating ice cream with friends
  • Your hair having that perfect shine in the sun
  • Those beautiful moments before a thunderstorm
  • Singing by yourself
  • Watching the sunset
  • Walking anywhere and everywhere
  • Blogging on the balcony

Things to do in Springtime

Spring is just a magical, magical time. So the best way to get the most out of springtime is to embrace that magical-ness. ❤

Take a stroll in the nearby woods and pretend that you’re Lucy in Narnia, exploring and making animal friends. Watch the sunrise. Watch the sunset. Pick flowers at your neighbourhood park. Weave them into your hair and become Queen of the Daisies. Have a picnic with your friends, with lots and lots of tea. Read underneath a tall, shady tree. Drink some more tea. Read something else. Sketch people you see walking by. Bring out your camera. Take photos of grass. Read fantasy books. Dance in the rain (hopefully without a book in your hand).Take a roadtrip to a nearby landmark. Call up your relatives. Call up your friends. Watch a movie. Watch an older movie. Bake something. Meet someone new. Pour glitter all over your lawn. Search for the faeries. Wear pastel colours. Wear yellow. Write a story. Write a poem. Enjoy life while you can. Enjoy spring while it lasts. Enjoy books. Enjoy everything.

Books to Read in the Springtime

>> Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott- I’ve found that I enjoy reading these sort of classics most during spring and autumn. Why, I have no clue. 🙂 But try sitting outside and reading about the March sisters: the experience is that much more exhilarating, since many chapters of the story take place in the great outdoors.

>> The Tale of Peter Rabbit, by Beatrix Potter- Nostalgic much? 😉

My little library of Beatrix Potter stories.
My little library of Beatrix Potter stories.

In all seriousness, however, these books are simply gorgeous— the writing, the illustrations, the characters, everything! Beatrix Potter’s stories, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit, The Tale of Squirrel Nutkin, and one of my favourites, The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck, are perfect to read to a small child on a spring morning or to thumb through by yourself and reminisce. Bonus: “Miss Potter,” a biographic movie about none other than Beatrix Potter, is a fantastic movie to watch sometime this season as well.

>> Heidi, by Johanna Spyri- Yes, I know, yet another classic! Told you I like reading them in the spring! This one, about a little girl named Heidi who moves to the Swiss Alps to live with her gruff but friendly grandpa, is a wonderful book that makes you long to go to the mountains yourself, breathe in that fresh, clean air, and share a simple meal of bread, cheese, and goat milk with Heidi.

>> Fantasy books in general- As said above, I feel like spring is one of the most magical seasons. It seems as through at any moment a faery might fly by, or you’ll reach an enchanted land through your wardrobe. So, fantasy books are a great choice. May I suggest the Chronicles of Narnia? 😀


Hope you enjoy your spring! Now I must go re-read Little Women for the millionth time. 🙂

-Yasimone

 

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Book Review || Umbrella Summer

Author: Lisa Graff

Meet Annie Richards. She’s just a regular girl… although she’s much, much more cautious than other kids. Everyone tells her not to worry so much, that she is fine— but that’s what they told Jared, her brother, and Jared died. 😥 Annie has become obsessed with being safe: she wears a bike helmet during car rides, covers her mosquito bites with Band-Aids (wondering if they might be chicken pox), and steals a medical dictionary so she can study every possible disease (and self-diagnose herself to avoid the same fate as Jared, who died of something so incredibly rare that even the doctors didn’t discover it until he after died). Annie is still fun— just the careful type of fun. When Annie’s best friend Rebecca’s hamster dies, Rebecca is distraught, but Annie is numb. Annie runs away, not being able to face another death, another funeral, and Rebecca is hurt and angry. So Annie turns to the new neighbour, Mrs. Finch, who is good-humoured, patient, and wise. And little does Annie know that Mrs. Finch is grieving too. Through weeding Mrs. Finch’s garden, playing cards, and drinking tea over a good conversation, the two bond. Not only does Mrs. Finch bring Annie and Rebecca back together, she and Annie close their “umbrellas” of grief (which block out not only the “rain” of life, but also the “sunshine”) and teach others, including Annie’s parents, to do so as well.

This is a radiant, beautiful book. It’s a heartwarming story of one girl’s grief, and what I liked about that was the fact Annie didn’t act the way you would think after someone would after their brother had died. Her way of coping with that immense amount of grief is to push it away by putting all her focus on ways to keep herself safe, so much that there’s no time left to think about Jared. And that’s the part that really makes your heart ache for her. Her friend Rebecca, though a nice girl, has a hard time understanding Annie until her own hamster dies, and her parents are too caught up in their own sadness to realize that Annie needs to learn to step out into the sunshine again. Mrs. Finch is the ultimate wise, elderly woman who’s been through everything and is happy to share ways to help others. I really enjoyed the symbolic reference of the umbrella, because I think that all of us, at some points of our lives, like Annie, get too caught up in this protection to realize we no longer need to use those “umbrellas” to block out our problems, and this book gives us that touching concept to us as a lesson from Mrs. Finch. This is a sincere, memorable story perfect for bringing sunshine into everyone’s hearts.

-Yasimone