5 Book Narratives I Love (And Envy)


51rTvb9VIfL._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_The Complete Tales of Winnie the Pooh by A. A. Milne. The voice and tone of the original Winnie the Pooh stories is among one of my most favorite of narratives. Being completely self-aware, accompanied with relaxed rambling by the narrator, the stories take their time happening in a smart fashion. It’s creates an enjoyable, almost nostalgic-like reading experience.

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The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louise Stevenson. This book rather scared me the first time I read it as sheltered and impressionable 15 year old (or thereabouts, I might have been younger…) But I loved it for it. The narrative form from the stand point of a friend observing the sad scientific backfire was fantastic. I still count this as one of my most favorite books ever.

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Charlie and the Chocolate Factory by Roald Dahl. I read ‘Charlie’ many many times growing up, often aloud to my sister, because the story was told in such a unique voice. The characters talked very freely–very dramatically sometimes!–in an exaggerated way that I wished I could talk. I felt clever reading that book aloud.

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Dracula by Bram Stoker. One of my least favorite things in the world of story telling is the diary form. Can I say “tedious” more loudly? Well, I make an exception the size of Mount Everest for ‘Dracula’. Not only did the collection of the characters’ diaries work for me, it ended up making the story feel incredibly real. In my opinion, not many books can match the awesomeness that is the reading experience of ‘Dracula’.

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The Sherlock Holmes Novels by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I have a very hard time trying to pick top billing for things that I thoroughly enjoyed all the way around! ‘A Study in Scarlett’, ‘The Sign of Four’, ‘The Hounds of the Baserkvilles’ and ‘The Valley of Fear’ were all incredibl reads with incredible narratives. (Honestly, any book list is incomplete without mentioning Doyle’s detective as seen through John Watson’s published writings.)

I hope that, one day, I’ll be able to create a unique voice in my stories like these authors have! (What books narratives left you wanting more?)

~Jamie

Because I miss my best friend…


…I’m going to fill this post with some stuff I’ve found that reminds me of just a few things we both loved and got each other interested in *cough-became-obsessed-with-cough*. 🙂

Victorian England:

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Doctor Who:

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Dracula/Vampires:

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Sherlock Holmes:

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I still miss you and all the things we had to talk about and share. I miss the books and capes and games of Cops and Robbers. I keep my fingers crossed we’ll get to reprise the good old days someday.

~Jamie

Of teeth and vampire thoughts and booktrack


tumblr_mgu6tjtVoV1rvs8rno1_500Well, I’m feeling up to writing up an update; I had my wisdom teeth out Wednesday morning and have been in recovery mode since. It was quite the interesting experience since it literally felt like no experience— a blink of my eye. The surgeon was so nice the two minutes I saw him before going under and I felt pretty at ease getting in the chair and watching him put the tube in my arm (which was actually really cool and barely hurt at all–so now I also know I don’t have a fear of needles). My mom said I was back there for an hour and fifteen minutes but I feel like I just blinked and was then getting propped up in the car!

Mom got me on the couch and was off to get my medication, which I really really needed because I was in tears once I realized how much my mouth was hurting. I then watched movies (Anne of Avonlea and The Sound of Music!) and drank a lot of water that afternoon but I wasn’t really able to walk around without feeling light headed. I was on the couch all day so my little iPod was very handy (I played a lot of Temple Run).

8c5f92b17cd55961ebb8ea12dc1bde69There was a funny moment that I clearly remember when I got home while still half asleep; I noticed in a nearby mirror I had drooled blood all over my lip and chin and what I instantly thought of was that I looked like a awesome vampire who had just had just ripped out someone’s neck–like Dracula. Seriously, that was the first thought in my mind! (Dylan, if you are still reading my blog, the next thought I had was that you would be quite proud of me for having that be the first thing I thought of. :P)

I did get good news that day, though; besides my surgery having no complications whatsoever, I received Booktrack’s newsletter on my iPod and discovered that I had won third place for the Halloween competition with my entry of “A Holiday Nightmare! Third place!!! I was hoping to make it to honorable mentions but I got third place instead! I couldn’t get up and run around the house like last time but I was very happy to have another successful contest entry.

candle-63754_640_Fotor_FotorThursday I’ve most of the day in my room watching Disney movies and older movies like Charade and Singin’ In The Rain and eating ice cream and playing more Temple Run. I’m now getting ready to put another movie in and try to get to sleep early so my mouth can do some more healing. You are all probably reading this Friday morning though, so this is no longer accurate. Now I’m confusing myself. It’s certainly time to close the laptop and head off to dream land.

Thanks again for all the prayers the past few days, guys, they’ve been a big help! 😀

~Jamie

The Impossible October Bucketlist


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*I couldn’t get the funnies post to work for me, so I changed directions completely. This is more suiting for this month anyway. And I’ve seen a lot of dark movies this year, so this is perfect.

Run away from a headless horseman.

Be a Ghostbuster.

Hunt vampires with Van Helsing.

Find Halloween Town from A Nightmare Before Christmas.

Visit the lively colorful underworld from Corpse Bride.

Talk to lingering ghosts.

Pick up a Death Note.

Stumble upon a Weeping Angel.

Freak someone out with a re-enactment of the diner party dance from Beetlejuice.

Explore a big creepy mansion that’s full of secret passages and dusty halls.

It is extremely likely that none of this will ever happen. But come on, some of these would be fun. I do plan to attempt rereading Dracula and The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by myself this month and maybe even the first Mortal Instruments novel my aunt gave me. And maybe even Frankenstein. We’ll see. 🙂

~Jamie

….Books…


Did you know that I haven’t been to a Barnes & Noble for a very very very long time? Well, up till yesterday!

Thanks to a couple gift cards from friends for graduation, I had fifty dollars to spend purely on books. So it felt awesome to walk into a huge store full of books and just think, “Wow. I can buy just about anything I want!”

I found two leather bound collection books, one was a collection of seven novels by HG Wells and a collection of seven novels by Jules Verne. I also got a collection of Victorian detective stories and then the book entitled “Sherlock Holmes VS Dracula”. Very excited to read that book as well.

So that was neat yesterday; I enjoyed browsing the mystery section and the fantasy/science fiction section. I found a couple books that I wrote down on a piece of paper to find at the library as well.

Daryck doesn’t call me Bookworm without a reason.

Well, I need to go do some writing now. My NaNo novel is going well, even with the sudden plot changes that have needed to take shape. Anyway, it’s not going to write it’s self, so off I go! Have a good weekend, everyone!

~Jamie