Pointe Taken Newsletter (5)


Yay! Finally got a review up this week! Have I finished A Discovery of Witches? NO! Was I really busy this week? YES! Alright. I have been saying I would finish A Discovery of Witches for about 2 months now. I have review books I need to read and am very behind on them. Oops. I’ve been trying! I promise. Anyway, I finished Watership Down and almost cried at the end. I am about to read a handful of pages in King Dork right now because book club tomorrow! I get entirely too excited for book club, but I don’t even care that my nerdiness shows :) I have had a big week this week. Nutcracker auditions were this past Friday and I got Spanish, Baker, and Soldier. I learned all the choreography for the parts yesterday night and this afternoon. I think it went really well, actually. I’m very excited for this year’s performance. We are collaborating with Ballet Nebraska located in Omaha. It should be an amazing season :)

Oh, and just a reminder: I am doing a giveaway when I hit 200 followers! Stay tuned for that!

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Review: Watership Down – Richard Adams


Watership Down – Richard Adams

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Title: Watership Down

Author: Richard Adams

Release Date: June 1972

Publisher: Avon Books

Format: Hardcover

Page Number: 478

Source: School book

A phenomenal worldwide bestseller for over thirty years, Richard Adams’s Watership Down is a timeless classic and one of the most beloved novels of all time. Set in England’s Downs, a once idyllic rural landscape, this stirring tale of adventure, courage and survival follows a band of very special creatures on their flight from the intrusion of man and the certain destruction of their home. Led by a stouthearted pair of friends, they journey forth from their native Sandleford Warren through the harrowing trials posed by predators and adversaries, to a mysterious promised land and a more perfect society.

4 out of 5 stars

Plot:

Hazel and Fiver are rabbit brothers living in a warren with many other rabbits. Fiver has visions and he tells everyone they need to leave their home because it will be destroyed soon. Not too many rabbits believe Fiver and they stay. Fiver and Hazel and a few others flee from their home just in time. The small group that left finds out that all the remaining rabbits they left were killed by humans. They know they can’t do anything about it, so they keep moving, They come across  a warren with other rabbits that are very strange. Hazel’s group knows something’s up, but don’t figure it out until it’s too late. They escape and start making their own burrows, but they realize that they don’t have any does. How can you start a warren with no females to produce offspring? The answer: you can’t. How does Hazel find does? What length does he go actually go o to get the females? The world may never know. Ha, just kidding. Just read this book. Once you get past the whole, why are there talking rabbits, thing the book is beautiful. This has easily become a favorite of mine. I really enjoyed the El-arairah stories too. I read this for my novel class and was very excited to read this because it’s my dance teacher’s favorite book. All in all I was very pleased with this book.

Characters:

I only had talked about Hazel and Fiver in my plot section because I didn’t want to give too much away, but my favorite character was Kehaar. Kehaar is a seagull/random bird who becomes besties with the rabbits. Yes, I get that it’s weird. I understand. I love this book, but there are so many characters. So. Many. The characters also had multiple names just to make it more confusing, and there were a jigazigabillion rabbits. Yes I just made up a word. Cool, go me.

Who Would I Be?:

Definitely Kehaar. He’s a seagull with a German (? something like that) accent. I hate birds and am deathly afraid of them in real life, but reading about them isn’t too bad. Kehaar was just so funny. One of my favorite characters.

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Woah, Dere Wendesday (19)


This Wednesday I am still reading all the books I’ve been reading for the past month! Go me. Really, though, I have to finish A Discovery of Witches soon. I am almost done with Watership Down and for book club we are reading to page 175 in King Dork. My reading has been absolutely horrible lately! Not okay. I’ve been obsessing over the Erin Condren planners. Even more so than I was last week. I’ve decided that I just need to finish A Discovery of Witches because it’s actually not a bad book. I’m almost done with it and it’s finally catching my attention. I really just need to sit down and finish it, but I HAVE NO TIME. I seriously haven’t just been able to sit and read in the longest time! Short post today, but my latest posts have been very long :)

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National Day of Writing


National Day of Writing is a day where you try and have as many people writing as possible. Any writing is writing. It can be sending a letter to someone, making a blog post, writing down a story, or putting an entry in your journal. Everyone can write. My addition to the National Day of Writing is this blog post. I want everyone reading this to write a letter, write down a note in a coffee shop on a napkin, or just write things down. Take this challenge and grow from it. Make it part of your daily life. Everyone loves getting a handwritten letter in the mail, send one! Write a note to that girl you think is pretty and tell her that. Write on your hands. Write on a poster. Let this National Day of Writing spark something amazing. Moral of the story, (if you didn’t pick up on it already) just write!

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Pointe Taken Newsletter (4)


Happy Sunday! This week went extremely fast for me and I had almost no homework which was amazing. Something awesome happened to me this week, well last night. I ordered an Erin Condren planner for 2015! Yes I am getting worked up and super pumped about a planner. I literally carry my planner everywhere with me. I write homework assignments in it during school, my dance classes, schedules in general, and when I need to post on my blog. I have had Walmart planners for about 3 years and they’ve worked alright, but I decided I could splurge on something like this because I would use it all the time. One amazing thing about the Erin Condren 2015 planners is that the cover is interchangeable so you don’t have to just choose one, you can get many. I also am in love with the layout of the planner. There is a full two page spread of the full month with places to write monthly goals on the side, but the best part is the weekly page view. Each day of the week is separated into morning, day, and night. I don’t usually do much in the mornings and don’t have appointments or work or anything because I’m at school, so I will probably use the morning section as a blogging and reading goals section. In the day section I will write all my school assignments, and in the night section all the things I have to do after school. I am seriously so excited!

*if you’d like to order one of these beautiful planners, use my referral code for $10 off!*

This was one of the pictures I saw that inspired me to get one of these planners. I think this is so cute and obviously so easy to customize. I am not the artsiest person on the planet, but I do know how to put color schemes together. I’m thinking I’ll color coordinate the theme of each week to the month’s color. Almost all of the decorating done to these pages are created with washi tape.

I am also obsessing over the song Trumpets by Jason Derulo. Have been listening to it on repeat for hours on end.

As for my reading this week, it was a little slow. I will finish A Discovery of Witches tonight, I read about 60 pages of King Dork for my book club, and I’m almost done with Watership Down for my novel class.

Sorry for the long post today! Thanks for staying with me even though I haven’t posted all that much!

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#FridayReads (13)


It’s Friday! This week has actually gone surprisingly fast and I have no idea why. I hurt my knee during ballet on Tuesday and have been wearing a brace since then. I should be fine before Monday of next week, though. I have Nutcracker auditions next Friday AND I AM SO EXCITED! There are pointe parts this year and I am hoping to snag one of those spots. I love Nutcracker. I really love everything about it. I have been in Nutcracker twice, the first time I was Clara and the second time I was a soldier and a lamb. The lamb was on pointe but it was literally a 30 second song, and the soldier was extremely fun because we got to battle the mice and save Clara. If you haven’t seen a Nutcracker performance I highly recommend going and seeing one. They will most likely be somewhat close to you because it’s the Nutcracker. Anyway, I am still reading A Discovery of Witches. Woo. I have totally been saying I’d finish this book for about 2 months. Solid, Aubrey. I will finish it this weekend. I have to. I really need to start review books that were sent to me a while back that I haven’t gotten to yet! It’s not that the book is bad, I mean there are definitely some cheesy parts because it’s about a vampire falling in love with a witch, but it’s just not my favorite. I am also reading Watership Down. I’ve talked about this book before, but all that it really is is a bunch of talking rabbits who want to pick up some girls to mate with. That makes it sound like I don’t like the book, but I do. It’s surprisingly good, but there are so many rabbit language words that are hard to keep straight. There are also so many names. My gosh. So many weird names with weird spellings that I definitely just skip over while reading because I don’t know how to pronounce them. I just started a book club (!!!) and the first book we chose to read is King Dork. What? A book about dorks? How does that apply to you? Lol totally no dorks around here. *awkwardly looks from side to side* But seriously, this book is hilarious. It is about a kid who likes to read and finds his dad’s old copy of Catcher and the Rye and just tells about his school that is very stereotypical. I love this book as of right now. Moral of the story, read King Dork and Watership Down. *thumbs up emoji*

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Woah, Dere Wednesday (18)


Haven’t done this meme since May… oops. Anyway, I am currently reading King Dork. Like really currently reading as in it’s sitting right next to me. This book is hilarious! Oh my gosh. I wasn’t expecting it to be this funny, very pleasantly surprised. I’m reading this book for book club. I decided I wanted to start a book club that read young adult books, so I talked to the owner of my local bookstore and she said that she would be happy to do it. We had our first meeting on Monday and it is so much fun! It’s just me and some of my closest nerd friends talking about books for a solid hour. It’s perfect. We decided that we wanted to meet every Monday, so that’s a thing now and it makes me really happy. I’m also currently reading A Discovery of Witches. Still. Ergh. For Novel I’m reading Watership Down which is surprisingly good. Talking rabbits are kinda cool I suppose :)

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