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Memorable Monday #82

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

Othello

by William Shakespeare

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Typically, I teach Romeo and Juliet to my English 9 students and Hamlet to my 12th AP Lit kiddos. About a couple of years into my teaching career, I decided that I would teach Romeo and Juliet to my Regular English 9 kids, but I would teach Othello to my Honors 9 students. That was a rookie mistake on many levels, but it did produce one of my most favorite teacher memories to date.

I had a student named Shannon this particular year I got the crazy idea to teach Othello to 14-year olds. Shannon was a quiet volcano. She was totally respectful and responsible, and she was typically very quiet. There could be days that would go by and I wouldn’t hear a peep out of her. But when something got under her skin, Shannon just had to explode with her emotions and thoughts. When I pulled out Othello for my Honors 9 kids that year, all of my kids groaned and whined, except Shannon. Shannon was thrilled. As we read the play, Shannon became one of my most vocal kids. She absolutely loved the play. She hated Iago. She was SHOCKED a black man was the protagonist. And, she was completely dumbstruck by the evilness and craftiness of the villain’s plan against the main characters. To this day, years and years later, Shannon will message me on FB just to tell me she loved that play so much. I get a kick out of it every time. Othello is a masterpiece of a play, but I will always remember it because of my amazing student, Shannon.

About the Book

In Othello, Shakespeare creates a powerful drama of a marriage that begins with fascination (between the exotic Moor Othello and the Venetian lady Desdemona), with an elopement, and with intense mutual devotion that ends precipitately with jealous rage and violent deaths. Shakespeare sets this story in the romantic world of the Mediterranean, moving the action from Venice to the island of Cyprus and giving it an even more exotic coloring with stories of Othello’s African past. Shakespeare builds so many differences into his hero and heroine—differences of race, of age, of cultural background—that one should not, perhaps, be surprised that the marriage ends disastrously.

But most people who see or read the play feel that the love that the play presents between Othello and Desdemona is so strong that it would have overcome all these differences were it not for the words and actions of Othello’s standard-bearer, Iago, who hates Othello and sets out to destroy him by destroying his love for Desdemona. As Othello succumbs to Iago’s insinuations that Desdemona is unfaithful, fascination—which dominates the early acts of the play—turns to horror, especially for the audience. We are confronted by spectacles of a generous and trusting Othello in the grip of Iago’s schemes; of an innocent Desdemona, who has given herself up entirely to her love for Othello only to be subjected to his horrifying verbal and physical assaults, the outcome of Othello’s mistaken convictions about her faithlessness.


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Memorable Monday #81

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

The Princess

by Lori Wick

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I have read and loved every novel written by Lori Wick. She is a masterful storyteller. Lori Wick novels were actually my introduction to Christian Fiction when I was a teenager. All of Lori Wick’s novels are amazing, but there is something exceptional and magical about The Princess. This is one of the few novels on my re-read pile that I actually re-read. If you have never read this book before, I absolutely recommend that you get a copy of this beautiful story ASAP. It is a story you do not want to miss!

About the Book

In the Land of Pendaran, Shelby Parker lives a humble but good life. Her special qualities are eventually noticed by the king and queen of the House of Markham, who seek a new wife for their widowed son, Prince Nikolai.

To uphold the tradition of their country, Shelby and Nikolai agree to an arranged marriage. But while Nikolai is a perfect gentleman in public, he remains distant at home, leaving Shelby to wonder what is in his heart. Will the prince ever love her as he did his first wife? Can the faith they share overcome the barriers between them?


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Memorable Monday #80

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

Dragonflight

Dragonriders of Pern #1

by Anne McCaffrey

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When I was a young girl, probably 11 or 12, my grandmother gave me Dragonflight by Anne McCaffrey. I can vividly remember voraciously reading this novel in one sitting. I absolutely LOVED this story. The action, the adventure, the battles, the romance, and the dragons! I had never read a book like this before. It opened my eyes to a whole new world in fiction — Fantasy.

Every time I see this book or think about it, I can’t help but fondly remember my Grandma and her influence on my reading as a child. I have always loved reading, but when my Grandma took me under her wing, pun intended, and shared her books with me it changed my reading forever.

About the Book

HOW CAN ONE GIRL SAVE AN ENTIRE WORLD?

To the nobles who live in Ruatha Hold, Lessa is nothing but a ragged kitchen girl. For most of her life, she has survived by serving those who betrayed her father and took over his lands. Now the time has come for Lessa to shed her disguise—and take back her stolen birthright.

But everything changes when she meets a queen dragon. The bond they share will be deep and last forever. It will protect them when, for the first time in centuries, Lessa’s world is threatened by Thread, an evil substance that falls like rain and destroys everything it touches. Dragons and their Riders once protected the planet from Thread, but there are very few of them left these days. Now brave Lessa must risk her life, and the life of her beloved dragon, to save her beautiful world.


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Memorable Monday #79

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

Romeo and Juliet

No Fear Shakespeare, Graphic Novel

by William Shakespeare, Matt Wiegle (artist)

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This will be my 14th year teaching Freshmen at Palmdale High School. My go-to 4th quarter text is often Romeo and Juliet. I always read Acts 1-3 slowly with my students so they receive a firm grasp of Shakespeare’s language and understand the intricacies of the play. When we get to Act 4 and 5, my students work in mini-groups and read together without me holding their hands. For Acts 4 and 5, we use the No Fear Shakespeare graphic novel. Kids love it!

This year with Q4 being interrupted by Coronavirus, I’m not entirely sure if I will get to see me kids so we can read from the graphic novel. I am a little sad about that. But, we are still doing Romeo and Juliet online together. Hopefully, it goes well. 😀😀😀

About the Book

No Fear Shakespeare Graphic Novels is a series based on the translated texts of the plays found in No Fear Shakespeare. The original No Fear series made Shakespeare’s plays much easier to read, but these dynamic visual adaptations are impossible to put down. Each of the titles is illustrated in its own unique style, but all are distinctively offbeat, slightly funky, and appealing to teen readers. Each book will feature:

  • Illustrated cast of characters;
  • A helpful plot summary;
  • Line-by-line translations of the original play; and,
  • Illustrations that show the reader exactly what’s happening in each scene—making the plot and characters even clearer than in the original No Fear Shakespeare books.

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Memorable Monday #78

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

The Captive Heart

by Michelle Griep

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The Captive Heart by Michelle Griep was the first novel I ever read by this author. It was the book that made Griep a must-read author for me. Since this novel, I have devoured seven more of her books, and I am currently reading Griep’s latest novel, The House at the End of the Moor.

So, why did I love The Captive Heart so much? Because it is so well written the pages fly by. It’s a fast-paced, adventure story with a sweet love story included. The characters are well written. The setting is beautiful. The action is nonstop. Overall, this is a historical fiction novel I highly recommend.

About the Book

Proper English governess Eleanor Morgan flees to the colonies to escape the wrath of an angry duke. When the Charles Town family she’s to work for never arrives to collect her from the dock, she is forced to settle for the only reputable choice remaining to her—marriage to a man she’s never met.

Trapper and tracker Samuel Heath is a hardened survivor used to getting his own way by brain or by brawn, and he’s determined to find a mother for his young daughter. But finding a wife proves to be impossible. No upstanding woman wants to marry a murderer.


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Memorable Monday #77

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

Love Unexpected

Beacons of Hope #1

by Jody Hedlund

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I cannot say enough good things about this book and its series. Jody Hedlund is one of the BEST storytellers in the Christian Fiction market today. If you are in need of an excellent novel, and a superb series, I highly recommend you read Love Unexpected and the entire Beacons of Hope series. You will love every minute of this series.

About the Book

All she’s ever wanted was a home. But stranded at Presque Isle port after their steamboat sank, Emma Chambers and her brother, Ryan, couldn’t be farther away from security. While Ryan at least can find work, Emma can’t even find a place to stay. An unlikely solution arises when the lighthouse keeper, who recently lost his wife and is struggling to raise his young son, arrives in town. A traveling preacher believes they might be the answer to each others’ problems, and after a hasty marriage, Emma is headed back to the lighthouse with this handsome but quiet stranger.

But nothing in her wandering life has prepared her for suddenly being asked to raise a child and keep a house. Struggling at every turn, Emma also suspects Patrick may be keeping something hidden from her. In town, she hears whispers about strange circumstances surrounding his previous wife’s death, and it seems as though Emma’s answered prayer for a home and family may actually be something much more dangerous.


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Memorable Monday #76

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

A Cowboy’s Dare

Harding Family #2

by Lucy Thompson

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I very much loved this story. The main characters, Tyrone and Jane, are very well written and they feel very relatable. Their story of love and forgiveness rings very true. Ms. Thompson is clearly a gifted storyteller.

About the Book

Tyrone woke up with a headache—and a wife. And he’s never been so scared in his life.

Mayor’s daughter, Jane Montgomery, has always wanted to be more than a social ornament, and now that her father has given her a three-month deadline to find a suitable husband, she’s desperate. Desperate enough to run away from her pampered life of ribbons and bows to pursue her dream of becoming a mechanical engineer. But right before her planned escape, she’s the victim of a matchmaking prank involving spiked punch and a certain local rancher.

Ever since he failed to stop his mother from going mad, Tyrone Harding — local daredevil rancher who runs hunting expeditions under the banner of “Female-Free Adventures” — has shied away from females, feelings, and anything inhibiting his freedom. Wanting to avoid his family’s questions and his own feelings for Jane, he proposes they fake being in love until she leaves for college, thereby freeing them both.

Their playacting doesn’t fool Tyrone’s brother who challenges him to prove he truly loves Jane. Never one to back down, he accepts the dare: do something loving for her every day — and to record it in a special Cowboy’s Dare book. The dare has unexpected consequences, and as the sparks fly between them, Tyrone and Jane begin to wonder if they’ll lose more than they gain when Jane departs for school.


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Memorable Monday #75

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

The Love Letter

by Rachel Hauck

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The Love Letter by Rachel Hauck is one of the BEST books I’ve ever read. I devoured this story in two days! This book spans 250 years, illustrates the pain of unrequited love, details several bittersweet journeys to forgiveness, demonstrates God’s immense love for us all, and shows just how small this world truly is. The plot is HIGHLY engaging — be prepared to lose a day or two in this extraordinary book. The characters are wonderful, realistic, and endearing. I absolutely love this book and would reread it right now if I had the time. If you have not yet read this one, I highly recommend adding it to your TBR this minute!

About the Book

With the colonies at war and his country divided, Hamilton Lightfoot must choose sides: Fight for the British Crown or for the Independence of America. But after witnessing the death of his family at the hands of redcoats, he fears he’ll fight for revenge instead of honor. On the verge of a great battle, he pens a letter to Esther, the woman he loves.

Esther Longfellow is in love with Hamilton, but her father is a loyalist, living in upcountry South Carolina and working for a wealthy British lord. When the Revolutionary War comes to her doorstep she is forced to choose between devotion to her father and her love for Hamilton.

Chloe Daschle is the daughter of Hollywood royalty—a great director and an Oscar-winning actress. Yet her career has taken an unexpected turn: She’s the queen of death scenes. Trying to break out, she accepts a supporting role in a revolutionary war film. But she longs for the perfect role and the perfect real-life romance. Does happily ever after only exist in the movies?

After a life-changing tragedy, MIT graduate Jesse Gates decides to leave his life behind and move to LA to try his hand at acting and screenwriting. When he finds a page from one of his ancestor’s letters, he becomes consumed with the love he finds there. Determined to help his grandfather find happiness at the end of his life, Jesse writes and sells a screenplay based on the events surrounding the lost love of previous generations.

When Jesse meets the woman he has cast to play Esther Longfellow—his grandfather’s one true love—the stories of all four collide across time and space. The love letter from the past might have more power to affect the future than any of them could have imagined.


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Memorable Monday #74

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

In the Field of Grace

by: Tessa Afshar

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In the Field of Grace by Tessa Afshar is an absolutely stunning novel. I could not put it down and read it in one day! I love Ruth’s story. I go to it often when I need hope and peace from the Lord. Afshar has beautifully fictionalized Ruth’s amazing story. This is a story that will stay with me long after having read it! Exquisite writing, fantastic characterizations, and a great adventure fill this wonderful novel. If you have not yet read this gem, I highly recommend you at it to your TBR pile immediately.

About the Book

Without wealth or family, the widow Ruth left her people and followed Naomi, her beloved Hebrew mother-in-law, to rebuild Naomi’s home in Israel. Provisions gone and starvation at the door, Ruth used all that she had left–a strong back and a willing heart–to gather grain in a field, abandoned after the harvest.

Tormented by others, Ruth is shocked to find the owner of the field watching her. Talking to her. Bringing food to her and Naomi. Boaz tells himself his kindness toward Ruth is repayment for the love she has shown to his cousin Naomi. But his heart knows better.


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Memorable Monday #73

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Welcome to Memorable Monday! The purpose of Memorable Monday is to showcase an influential book read in the past that still sticks with you today. This fun Monday morning post is hosted by the lovely Becca at The Becca Files.


This week, I am featuring:

Sweet Melody

by Heidi McCahan

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Sweet Melody is an excellent contemporary romance that I enjoyed from start to end. It reminded me of the very best Hallmark films — the ones where the storyline is highly engaging, the chemistry between the hero and heroine is fierce and palpable from their first meeting, the kisses are sweet and swoon-worthy, and the ending is so satisfying you just can’t help but sigh. I highly recommend this sweet novel.

Click HERE to read my full review.

About the Book

When a struggling bakery owner is rescued by a wannabe songwriter with hidden culinary talents, they discover they can make sweet harmony … if they can only learn to work together.

Rhett Foster longs to change the world with his music, yet he can’t even finish writing one song. Battered by a string of failures and disillusioned, he returns home to Portland, Oregon. While he desperately wants to create a chart-topping hit, his dad mandates a new mission: move to coastal vacation hotspot Seabrook, Washington and expand the family’s successful restaurant chain.

In danger of destroying her late parents’ legacy if she doesn’t diversify her menu, Lindsay Carmichael will try anything to save her bakery. But with a tiny budget and an injured employee who can’t work, she has no choice but to sink the last of her savings into buying a dilapidated food truck and hiring Rhett as a part-time barista. What she doesn’t know is that the handsome songwriter has a secret … one that could destroy her business and her heart.


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