I haven’t read Andy Griffiths since about the 4th grade. But..

..books like these install in children a sense of foregoing improbability. As a young writer, it shook me, re-reading this, to realize how crowded my sense of imagination has gotten. Anything is possible using the written word. Zack not only attempts to overcome the obstacles set in front of him, but also serves as a reminder that no matter what may happen, take it in stride.


What children’s books have had a lasting impact on you?




Readers Review of Patrick Ness’ The Crash of Hennington


Title: The Crash of Hennington

Author: Patrick Ness

Publication: January 1st 2003

Genre: YA, Magical Realism

My Rating: 5 out of 5 

Goodreads Summary: Welcome to the seaside metropolis of Hennington, where a mysterious herd of rhinoceros have wandered city-streets for so long they’ve become a civic feature, where the current Mayor first met her husband on a nude beach, and where Jon Noth has returned after four decades to reclaim a lost love – the Mayor.

Favourite Quote

The questions were as old as time itself, but no less rigorous for their familiarity: 

Are there reasons for love? And are they all intangible? If not, what if intangibles are the only things I have? Am I justifying all of this for my own wishful thinking? Is that love then, or is it just rationalization? Is this what we do when we’re in love? Is there nothing real? Or is he just beyond my reach? And what does he think of me? Is he reminded of me during the rest of the week? Does my name enter his mind at work? Do I exist for him when I’m not here?

As always, Ness leaves me stunned and sated. He delves deep into the heart of the matter, firmly grasping my mind with a vice-like grip, (not that I’d be going anywhere after the first sentence.) The Crash of Hennington deserves applause. Ness has such a way of shaping characters into real, complex people whom the reader, by the end, is rooting them along, small bits of hope having seeped their way into the bloodstream.

I, personally, am blown away by the expert storytelling. Between crushing my soul and truly engaging myself as a reader, I would recommend The Crash of Hennington to any book lover. He touches on religious zealots, skewed realities, LGBTQ relationships (both positive and negative), as well as many more.  My hopes are that you enjoy this beautiful, well-written, intrinsic story as much as I have.

Happy reading, and may your bookshelves be full!



12 Quotes About Loving

  1. “As soon as I saw you, I know a grand adventure was about to happen.” A.A. Milne, Winnie the Pooh
  2. “You can talk with someone for years, everyday, and still, it won’t mean as much as what you can have when you sit in front of someone, not saying a word, yet you feel that person with your heart, you feel like you have known the person for forever…. connections are made with the heart, not the tongue.” ― C. JoyBell C.
  3. “There are three possible parts to a date, of which at least two must be offered: entertainment, food, and affection. It is customary to begin a series of dates with a great deal of entertainment, a moderate amount of food, and the merest suggestion of affection. As the amount of affection increases, the entertainment can be reduced proportionately. When the affection IS the entertainment, we no longer call it dating. Under no circumstances can the food be omitted.” ― Judith Martin
  4. “Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same.” Emily Bronte- Wuthering Heights
  5. The world is indeed full of peril and in it there are many dark places. But still there is much that is fair. And though in all lands, love is now mingled with fried, it still grows, perhaps, the greater.” J.R.R. Tolkien
  6. It takes a great deal of courage to see the world in all its tainted glory, and still love it. – Oscar Wilde
  7. “Love is the longing for the half of ourselves we have lost. – Milan Kundera from The Unbearable Lightness of Being
  8. “Falling in love is very real, but I used to shake my head when people talked about soul mates, poor deluded individuals grasping at some supernatural ideal not intended for mortals but sounded pretty in a poetry book. Then, we met, and everything changed, the cynic has become the converted, the sceptic, an ardent zealot.” ― E.A. BucchianeriBrushstrokes of a Gadfly
  9. “And then there are the rare ones who know love, who understand it. Who freely give of themselves, demanding only a return of that love,that trust.”― Kim HarrisonEvery Which Way But Dead
  10. “Phones are distracting. The internet is distracting.The way he looked at you? He wasn’t distracted. He was consumed.”― Stephanie PerkinsIsla and the Happily Ever After
  11. She smelled like road dust, and honey, and the smell the air holds seconds before a heavy summer rain. Neither of us spoke. I closed my eyes. The closeness of her was the sweetest, sharpest thing I had ever known.” ― Patrick RothfussThe Name of the Wind
  12. Her definition of romance was absentminded intimacy, the way someone else’s hand stray to your plate of food. I replied: no, that’s just friendship; romance is always knowing exactly where that someone else’s hands are. She smiled and said, there was a time I thought that way, too. But at the heart of the romance is the knowledge that those hands may wander off elsewhere, but somehow through luck or destiny or plain blind groping they’ll find a way back to you, and maybe you’ll be smart enough then to be grateful for everything that’s still possible, in spit of your own weaknesses- and his.” ― Kamila ShamsieKartography