Monday, October 28, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 3

Hello dear readers! I hope you've enjoyed, and were able to participate, in both Week 1 and Week 2 of my Book Challenge and Giveaway. Please continue to spread the word about my giveaways and my book challenge, as well as comment on any one of my Challenge posts about your favorite books, quotes, and other bookish fun! 

Also, I'd also love to meet you who are new to my blog, so please leave a little comment on my guestbook (and you can be sure I will return the gesture)!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 12 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.

The BOOK I am reading this week is:

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Favorite Quotes from The Taming of the Shrew

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from The Taming of the Shrew to get you excited about the Week 2 of my Book Challenge & Giveaway!

One of the aspects I like so much about The Taming of the Shrew is all the witty banter, puns, and play-on-words. There is an abundance of it in the text, and I enjoy deciphering from the puns play-on-words. And the witty banter is just enjoyable to read. This novella will certainty extend your knowledge of vocabulary, your love (or like) of Shakespearian works, and will instill in you a desire for comedic, witty writings (at least it did for me). 

There are, however, many adapted versions of the The Taming of the Shrew that I do not like nor agree with. I only like the original novella by Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew. However, on a side note, the movie of The Taming of the Shrew with Elizabeth Taylor (Kate) and her husband Tim Burton (Petruchio) was a good adaption of the book, and didn't exaggerate the sexuality or lewd humor (that can be easily exaggerated) from the book.

"He kills her in her own humor." 
-Peter, Servant to Petruchio

"For I am he am born to tame you, Kate; and bring you from a wild Kate to a Kate conformable as other household Kates.

(L to R): The Taming of the Shrew the movie, an illustration of The Taming of the Shrew.

"Say she rail; why, I'll tell her plain
She sings as sweetly as a nightingale.
Say that she frown; I'll say she looks as clear
As morning roses newly wash'd with dew.
Say she be mute and will not speak a word;
Then I'll commend her volubility,

and say she uttereth piercing eloquence.

"Thy husband is thy lord, thy life, thy keeper,
Thy head, thy sovereign, one that cares for thee,
And for thy maintenance commits his body
To painful labour both by sea and land,
To watch the night in storms, the day in cold,
Whilst thou liest warm at home, secure and safe,
And craves no other tribute at thy hands
But love, fair looks, and true obedience,
Too little payment for so great a debt.
. . .
My mind hath been as big as one of yours,
My heart as great, my reason haply more,
To bandy word for word and frown for frown;
But now I see our lances are but straws,
Our strength as weak, our weakness past compare,
That seeming to be most which we indeed least are.
Then vail your stomachs, for it is no boot,
And place your hands below your husband’s foot,
In token of which duty, if he please,
My hand is ready, may it do him ease.
            -Kate, (V.ii.140–183)

"What, is the jay more precious than the lark,
Because his feathers are more beautiful?
(after Katherine does not get the cap and gown she was looking forward to, Petruchio reminds her that outward appearance is not everything)

"Why, there's a wench! Come on, and kiss me, Kate."
-Petruchio, said after the speech above by Kate

Have you read The Taming of the Shrew before? What are some of your favorite quotes?

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Monday, October 21, 2013

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 2

Hello dear readers! I hope you've enjoyed Week 1 of my Book Challenge and Giveaway. Here's to another week!

::NOTE:: My reading list (all 12 books I am reading from now until the New Year) can be found on the right side of my blog or here: Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013.

You should totally be just as, if not more, excited about this giveaway as the one last week. And just think, there is still 10 MORE GIVEAWAYS to go!

The BOOK I am reading this week is:

 Calvin Coolidge | by David Greenberg

Book List - Book Challenge & Giveaway 2013

Book List for
Footprints in the Sand's Book Challenge (& Giveaway) 2013
  1. WEEK 1: The End of Barbary Terror: America's 1815 War Against the Pirates of North Africa by Frederick C. Leiner | GIVEAWAY: Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame 
  2. WEEK 2: Calvin Coolidge by David Greenberg | GIVEAWAY: The Taming of the Shrew by Shakespeare
  3. WEEK 3: Wild Scots: Four Hundred Years of Highland History by Michael Fry  | GIVEAWAY: Redwall by Brian Jacques
  4. WEEK 4: Darwin, Then and Now: The Most Amazing Story in the History of Science by Richard William Nelson (I skipped this week because I was extremely busy, read more here).
  5. WEEK 5: Blind Man's Bluff: The Untold Story of American Submarine Espionage by Sherry Sontag | GIVEAWAY: Blind Man's Bluff by Sherry Sontag
  6. WEEK 6: Lincoln at Gettysburg: The Words That Remade America by Garry Wills | GIVEAWAY: The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  7. WEEK 7: The Roots of Endurance: Invincible Perseverance in the Lives of John Newton, Charles Simeon, and William Wilberforce by John Piper | GIVEAWAY: The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien
  8. WEEK 8The Day the American Revolution Began: 19 April 1775 by William Hallahan | GIVEAWAY:  Magician's Nephew by C.S. Lewis
  9. WEEK 9Spies of the Revolution by Katherine & John Bakeless | GIVEAWAY: Blind Man's Bluff by Sherry Sontag
  10. WEEK 10Nothing Like it in the World: The Men Who Built the Transcontinental Railroad 1863-69 by Stephen E. Ambrose GIVEAWAY: Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis
  11. WEEK 11Paul Revere's Ride by David Hackett Fischer | GIVEAWAY: Half Moon by Eoin Colfer
  12. WEEK 121776 by David McCullough | GIVEAWAY: The Man Who Was Thursday by G.K. Chesterton << One of my absolute FAVORITES!
Check out all the information and details (as well as giveaway goodies) for the Book Challenge here. The gist of the challenge (if you are new to it) is that I am reading a history book every week from the third week in October to the last week of December/beginning of January. Along with reading a book every week until the New Year, I am also hosting a giveaway of one of my favorite books (and other goodies) every week, but all the giveaways will be posted on ONE blog post (but won't be LIVE until the respective week). So stay tuned! 

>> You can click on each Week above to find out information about that week's book and giveaway. Links will be available once I've begun the respective week.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Favorite Quotes from Wind in the Willows

In anticipation and excitement for my Book Challenge Giveaway (Week 1), I'm posting a few of my absolute favorite quotes from Wind in the Willows (the book I am giving away Week 1):
“It'll be all right, my fine fellow," said the Otter. "I'm coming along with you, and I know every path blindfold; and if there's a head that needs to be punched, you can confidently rely upon me to punch it.”  
"Believe me, my young friend, there is nothing - absolutely nothing - half so much worth doing as simply messing about in boats.
 "Here today, up and off to somewhere else tomorrow! Travel, change, interest, excitement! The whole world before you, and a horizon that's always changing!" 
"Badger hates Society, and invitations, and dinner, and all that sort of thing.
"All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.
"Spring was moving in the air above and in the earth below and around him, penetrating even his dark and lowly little house with its spirit of divine discontent and longing.
"Onion sauce! Onion Sauce!"

This quote is from one of the most moving scenes in The Wind in the Willows. It's where Mole and Rat are looking for a lost otter child (Portly) and come across the “Piper at the Gates of Dawn,” or Pan (the god and good shepherd of the animals, according to Greek mythology/religion) who is portrayed as a Christ-like figure in this scene and the One who completes their quest by drawing them to little Portly. I believe this chapter is a great description of what it means to fear God>

"Then suddenly the Mole felt a great Awe fall upon him, an awe that turned his muscles to water, bowed his head, and rooted his feet to the ground.  It was no panic terror—indeed he felt wonderfully at peace and happy—but it was an awe that smote and held him and, without seeing, he knew it could only mean that some august Presence was very, very near.  With difficulty he turned to look for his friend, and saw him at his side cowed, stricken, and trembling violently.  And still there was utter silence in the populous bird-haunted branches around them; and still the light grew and grew.
Perhaps he would never have dared to raise his eyes, but that, though the piping was now hushed, the call and the summons seemed still dominant and imperious.  He might not refuse, were Death himself waiting to strike him instantly, once he had looked with mortal eye on things rightly kept hidden.  Trembling he obeyed, and raised his humble head; and then, in that utter clearness of the imminent dawn, while Nature, flushed with fullness of incredible colour, seemed to hold her breath for the event, he looked in the very eyes of the Friend and Helper; saw the backward sweep of the curved horns, gleaming in the growing daylight; saw the stern, hooked nose between the kindly eyes that were looking down on them humourously, while the bearded mouth broke into a half smile at the corners; saw the rippling muscles on the arm that lay across the broad chest, the long supple hand still holding the pan-pipes only just fallen away from the parted lips; saw the splendid curves of the shaggy limbs disposed in majestic ease on the sward; saw, last of all, nestling between his very hooves, sleeping soundly in utter peace and contentment, the little, round, podgy, childish form of the baby otter.  All this he saw, for one moment breathless and intense, vivid on the morning sky; and still, as he looked, he lived; and still, as he lived, he wondered.
“Rat!” he found breath to whisper, shaking. “Are you afraid?”
“Afraid?” murmured the Rat, his eyes shining with unutterable love. “Afraid! Of Him? O, never, never!  And yet—and yet—O, Mole, I am afraid!”
Then the two animals, crouching to the earth, bowed their heads and did worship.
Sudden and magnificent, the sun's broad golden disc showed itself over the horizon facing them; and the first rays, shooting across the level water-meadows, took the animals full in the eyes and dazzled them. When they were able to look once more, the Vision had vanished, and the air was full of the carol of birds that hailed the dawn.
"There he got out the luncheon-basket and packed a simple meal, in which, remembering the stranger's origin and preferences, he took care to include a yard of long French bread, a sausage out of which the garlic sang, some cheese which lay down and cried, and a long-necked straw-covered flask wherein lay bottled sunshine shed and garnered on far Southern slopes.
“We shall creep out quietly into the butler's pantry--" cried the Mole."--with our pistols and swords and sticks--" shouted the Rat."--and rush in upon them," said Badger."--and whack 'em, and whack 'em, and whack 'em!" cried the Toad in ecstasy, running round and round the room, and jumping over the chairs.” 
— Kenneth GrahameWind in the Willows

I have many many more favorite quotes from Wind in the Willows (basically it's the entire book), and I may add some over the week, but these are some of my absolute favorites. Wind in the Willows is just one of those fantastic books that fill you with joy, sheer awe and wonder, and a sense of adventure, with inspiration to be and do. I can't quite describe it, really, but here is quote from A.A. Milne that might do a better job of describing it than I:
"One does not argue about The Wind in the Willows. The young man gives it to the girl with whom he is in love, and, if she does not like it, asks her to return his letters. The older man tries it on his nephew, and alters his will accordingly. The book is a test of character. We can't criticize it, because it is criticizing us. But I must give you one word of warning. When you sit down to it, don't be so ridiculous as to suppose that you are sitting in judgment on my taste, or on the art of Kenneth Grahame. You are merely sitting in judgment on yourself. You may be worthy: I don't know, But it is you who are on trial." 
    — A.A. Milne

What are some of your favorite quotes from Wind in the Willows?

All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography

Book Challenge and Giveaway - Week 1

These are 11 of the 12 books I am going to read (just include 1776 in there, and it will be 12). I am starting with the top book, but the rest of the books will be read in no particular order (and I may even add and take out a few books).

Well y'all, I've taken on a challenge. I'm going to read ONE BOOK A WEEK (12 books total) until the the New Year. Now it may not sound like anything super spectacular, but wait till you hear all the rules.

Coupled with school and work, reading a book a week is a hefty responsibility. And not just any old book, I am going to read a historical book (no fiction whatsoever) of 200+ pages every week. On top of that, I am going to be working part-time and being a student full-time. It's a jolly challenge I am excited to take on! And furthermore, I'd love to have you JOIN ME!

But that's not all. I will also be HOSTING A GIVEAWAY at the beginning of each week. 

The GIVEAWAY will take place at the beginning of each week, and will last for two weeks (giving you all enough time to enter). The giveaway will be a book of my choosing (one of my favorite books), plus some little goodies such as hot chocolate or tea (what with the autumn and winter months approaching), handmade book marks, and other bookish oddities. I will also be posting a blog post of some of my favorite quotes from the book I am giving away each respective week. Now there is the catch! In order for the giveaway to work (and for someone to win it), at least 8 people have to take part in it (meaning: Tell ALL your friends and family about it). 

Well gosh, are you excited? Because I sure know I am! 

Saturday, October 12, 2013

You Are My Hero

My Daddy,  
I love you beyond words. What an inspiration and encouragement you've been in my life. You are my hero. Happy Anniversary! You've been with our Lord for 4 years now, although to you I'm sure it's felt like just minutes for time doesn't matter when you're with God. And to think you've got eternity with Him. 
Thank you for being a leader, a father, a friend, an awesome story teller, and a mentor to me, and for being passionate about the Gospel and bringing glory to God. I am walking in your footsteps, and am so excited that I get to see you again one day. 
Love your daughter,
All text © 2013 Footprints in the Sand | All Images © 2013 Hislight Photography