Seventh Day of Christmas: The Snow Queen

The 12 Book-Days of Christmas – Mini Beans to Fill you with Cheer!
literary-advent-6-edited-1Day 7 of 12:

“I can give her no greater power than she has already, said the woman;
don’t you see how strong that is? “

 The Snow Queen
Hans Christian Anderson

Of course this wintry weather and yesterdays book have me thinking of another Icy Noble Lady “The Snow Queen” Honestly, the whole HCA fairytale collection is a great thing to have on hand! Keep warm by the fire and enjoy this wintery tale, a look into the inspiration for Frozen.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

“Roses bloom and cease to be, but we shall the Christ-child see” 

12 Drinks of Christmas:

Cafe BookBean: Wintermint Mocha
downloadSteam milk of choice to desired temp. In a large mug pour milk over 2 real peppermints or approx half a candy cane candy (allow to melt while preparing tempered chocolate and espresso.) If you have peppermint extract you can use instead. Temper or Warm 1 oz of white chocolate, or use 1-2tbs white chocolate sauce, add in 1-2 espresso shots. Brew espresso, then add to mug. Top with whipped cream and sugar sprinkles.

“When we get to the end of the story, you will know more than you do now…” 
~Hans Christian AndersenThe Snow Queen

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Homage to George Orwell

george-orwell-bbc.jpgEric Arthur Blair better known by his pen name George Orwell, was an English novelist, essayist, journalist, and critic. His work is marked by lucid prose, awareness of social injustice, opposition to totalitarianism, and outspoken support of democratic socialism.

Orwell wrote literary criticism, poetry, fiction, and polemical journalism. He is best known for the allegorical novella Animal Farm (1945) and the dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four (1949)

 

Animal Farm

A farm is taken over by its overworked, mistreated animals. With flaming idealism and stirring slogans, they set out to create a paradise of progress, justice, and equality. Thus the stage is set for one of the most telling satiric fables ever penned—a razor-edged fairy tale for grown-ups that records the evolution from revolution against tyranny to a totalitarianism just as terrible

Rated 4.5 on amazon.com


Down and Out in Paris and London

Orwell’s first work — a sensitive and insightful description of the life of the working poor in Paris and the homeless in London. It is still very relevant today, and while aimed at the casual reader, it is of interest to the scholar and activist.

Rated 4.3 on amazon.com

 

In 1984, London is a grim city in the totalitarian state of Oceania where Big Brother is always watching you and the Thought Police can practically read your mind. Winston Smith is a man in grave danger for the simple reason that his memory still functions. Drawn into a forbidden love affair, Winston finds the courage to join a secret revolutionary organization called The Brotherhood, dedicated to the destruction of the Party. Together with his beloved Julia, he hazards his life in a match against the powers that be.

Rated 4.4 on amazon.com

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Have you read Orwell, has he influenced you in any way?

My Birthday Tribute: Poe

“Those who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night.”
~Edgar Allan Poe

EDGAR ALLAN POE
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Today is my birthday, and I am honored to share it with Edgar Allan Poe, born January 19th 1809. Poe was a brilliant writer, and I love his work. I admire the deep sentiment within his work, which draws you in. His style is not for everyone, it’s sometime long and daunting, but there is beauty laced within the lines that you must keep reading to find.

     Quotes by Poe:

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I became insane, with long intervals of horrible sanity.

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Hauntingly. Mysterious. Beautiful.all-that-we-see-or-seem-is-but-a-dream-within-a-dream-edgar-allen-poe
What are your thoughts on Poe?

You can’t spell Poet without Poe 😉