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Tough Traveling: A Lady and her Sword

I am late, still getting back into the swing of things…. But when I saw this week’s Tough Traveling topic, how could I not write something? I love a lady with a sword.

Fantasyland is full of threats.  A lady and her sword can keep those threats at bay.

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Tough Traveling: Flying Rides

Today is Thursday, so it’s Tough Traveling at Fantasy Review Barn, exploring the tropes of fantasyland… This week is: FLYING RIDES

Because honestly?  Horses just got boring.  (Thanks to author Anne Leonard for the suggestion).

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favourite Books from Childhood I’d Like to Revisit

Top Ten Tuesday is a meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

  1. Dealing with Dragons, Patricia C. Wrede. Cimorene, the princess who fenced and conjugated Latin verbs and cooked cherries jubilee for dragons, was absolutely my hero as a child.
  2. The Story Box, Monica Hughes. This was an early childhood read for me and so I remember very, very little about this book… but I do recall how much I loved and identified with the protagonist, a girl who loved stories and had the same name as me (Jennifer).
  3. Artemis Fowl, Eoin Colfer. I read this book so many times that I could actually recite the first chapter from memory for the longest time. “Ho Chi Minh city in the summer. Sweltering by anyone’s standards…”
  4. Anne of Green Gables, L. M. Montgomery. What young girl didn’t idolize Anne Shirley? It think that the romantic picture of maritime Canada these books painted for me in my formative years is part of why I decided to move there when I was 18 – so they actually had a pretty profound impact on my life.
  5. The Phantom Tollbooth, Norton Juster. I remember a talking dodecahedron and a lot of other delightfully whimsical things.
  6. The Black Cauldron, Lloyd Alexander. Will Fflewddur Fflam’s snapping harp strings still be as utterly hilarious as I thought they were back then?
  7. A Wrinkle in Time, Madeleine L’Engle. This book really, really begs a reread, given how wonderful Meg Murry is and how little I was when I read it.
  8. A Little Princess, Frances Hodgson Burnett. Childhood Jenn wept great tears of over the plight of kind, imaginative, and generous Sara Crewe.  I have never reread it as an adult, though, partly because I have a deep-seated fear that I will discover that it’s actually a bit racist and/or classist.
  9. Little House on the Prairie, Laura Ingalls Wilder. I devoured every one of these books.
  10. The Golden Compass, Philip Pullman. My recollections of His Dark Materials are coloured by the fact I didn’t like the introduction of a new male protagonist when I loved Lyra so much… and I was super annoyed by their eventual romance. I was, like, twelve. I didn’t want to read about that crap. But I think it deserves a second chance from older-and-wiser Jenn… I remember how thrilled I was when I first started the books to be reading a fantasy novel about someone just like me (a little girl).

And regarding a conspicuous absence: Harry Potter is not on this list, because this is about books from childhood you’d like to revisit…. and realistically I can’t revisit Harry Potter because I haven’t stopped reading it for the last 17 years.

What childhood books would you like to revisit?