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Musings of a Classic Novel Skeptic

        In the spirit of Jane Austen's "universal truths," it seems to be a universally acknowledged ritual to systematically avoid The Classics when deciding on which book to read next. It's fairly understandable. They're usually a) long b) require too much brainpower to decipher what all the long, flowery, pretentious sentences are actually saying and c) contain intricately detailed descriptions of what characters eat for breakfast (see a). Yet, having had my interest piqued by the web series…See More
Feb 4, 2016
Leanna Rice commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"Don't blame you for reading something for young kids, I do the same thing! This sounds like a great book!"
May 30, 2014
Mike Kramer commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"I have never read this book, but it seems interesting and I might think about reading it."
May 30, 2014
Mike Kramer commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"I have never read this book, but it seems interesting and I might think about reading it."
May 30, 2014
Austin Hancock commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"I absolutely agree, every now and again it is nice to take a break from huge books like Game of Thrones and go back to the simple books I read when I was younger. There is a sense of nostalgia when I find I understand a joke that went over my head…"
May 30, 2014
Isabel Moroney commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"I completely agree with you, a good book is a good book. I often times reread books from my elementary days, and I still love them!"
May 29, 2014
Suzanne Black commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"Get the type of genres you like on a tv show or movie then try same genre in a book. For kids start reading funny books and simple books then step it up to books that have twists in it and expand your variety as you get older. That is how you get…"
May 29, 2014
Erin Lenahan commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"This book sounds different from the books I usually read. Its very interesting and I will expand my comfort zone so I can read it over the summer!"
May 29, 2014
Holly Straup commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"I love how you picked this book to read instead of a regular, common teen book! You're blog post is really nice and now I want to check out this book. I could really use a break from all the difficult school stuff. It seems like the perfect…"
May 29, 2014
Nikki Menis commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Basically, High School is a Lie.
"Great post! I have to admit that I will occasionally type a really simple equation when taking a math test/quiz just to make sure it was still the right answer."
May 29, 2014
Erica Kim commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Selling Pens and Smuggling Pelts
"This book sounds really cool! You're going to have to give me a list of book recommendations -- you've got some cool posts on here!"
May 29, 2014
Ryan Rowden commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"Every now and then its nice to take a break from the "Classics" and enjoy something a bit easier to digest. Great Post!"
May 29, 2014
Ema M commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Basically, High School is a Lie.
"Great post! These are all accurate ideas about high school!  Harry Potter will always be amazing, I will always use my calculator (for even the simplest calculations), and Mean Girls will be one of my favorites (although I agree that its…"
May 29, 2014
Daniel Tokarz commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"I remember at the beginning of the year, the great Mr. Anderson told us that we need is a mix of easy books, and books that challenge us.  That's why we have picture book monday, but we don't read them for r410.  As long as you…"
May 29, 2014
Dawson Rubin commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"Wow, this book definitely seems out of the ordinary! its on my "to read" list!"
May 29, 2014
Sarah Hoadley commented on Varshini Ramanathan's blog post Bags of Sand
"I have never even heard of this book. It sounds awesome! This brings back the idea of reading for pleasure!"
May 29, 2014

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Musings of a Classic Novel Skeptic

Posted on January 29, 2016 at 12:35pm 0 Comments

        In the spirit of Jane Austen's "universal truths," it seems to be a universally acknowledged ritual to systematically avoid The Classics when deciding on which book to read next. It's fairly understandable. They're usually a) long b) require too much brainpower to decipher what all the long, flowery, pretentious sentences are actually saying and c) contain intricately detailed descriptions of what characters eat for breakfast (see a). Yet, having had my interest piqued by the web…
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Bags of Sand

Posted on May 26, 2014 at 10:23pm 20 Comments

              At the supposed height of my sophomore reading life,  when my mind should be able to delve into the deep capacities of iconic literary works, I decide to read a book most fit for nine-year olds. 



            While my peers are battling with 1000 pagers, I decided to go for an easy stroll. Maybe I felt emotionally bogged down by testing. Maybe the promise of the year end lent itself to an easy read. Or maybe I just wanted to read this book.



            Yes,…

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Basically, High School is a Lie.

Posted on May 19, 2014 at 5:18pm 11 Comments

                Elementary school was terrifying because of the big kids. Big kids are scary. I mean, they’re the tall, frightening ones that party and do drugs, right? But y’know, they’re also supposed to be smart and know stuff, like how to add double-digit numbers and read chapter books.

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Selling Pens and Smuggling Pelts

Posted on April 30, 2014 at 6:10pm 3 Comments

                Recently, I’ve decided to broaden my (extremely) limited horizons. Choosing to stray away from typical YA fiction, I picked up a book not having to do with dystopias, romance, and teenager-angst.

                So, instead, the book turned out to be about a man who was:

                 1)      a professional hockey goalie on the Hungarian team

                 2)      a bank robber

                 3)      a grave digger

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