Classic Book Challenge

This week was finals week and I got to go back to my hometown yesterday. Today starts the beginning of summer break. Every summer break, I enjoyed spending time with my family.

I like to read as well. In between semesters, I always do a challenge with books that are classic. I attempt to start and finish them by the end of the break. This summer break’s book is Oliver Twist. Some of the classic books I read were books that were recommended by others and some were not.

The ones that were never recommended were Les Misérables and Oliver Twist. I actually read the entire Les Misérables in less than one summer. It was my love for the musical that gave me the courage to read the unabridged book. I honestly have no idea what made me decide to read Oliver Twist at some point. I think it might have something to do with Les Misérables because the musical of Oliver inspired the lyricist to make a musical of the book.


My dad recommend Don Quixote, Tale of Two Cities and Great Expectations. He recommended me to read Tale of Two Cities due to my love for Les Mis because the book takes place during the French Revolution and that event happened before the events in Les Mis took place. He even knew that I should read Great Expectations as well because I love Charles Dickens. My dad told me some about Don Quixote and I think he told me about the nature of him being a knight errant and told me about his squire, Sancho Panza. I eventually did a project in school about Don Quixote and was fascinated in reading the book after discovering that Don Quixote is a tragicomic character, a type of character I never discovered before.

So why do I attempt to read the classics in a short period of time? Well during the school year, it is too hard to read a classic due to how challenging they are. So the only time I can actually read them is in between semesters. Also giving me a goal of when to finish them gives the motivation to continue reading. Look at Don Quixote and Les Misérables: they were the longest classics I read and finished in one summer. There are days while reading these classics that made it much harder to read them.

So this summer’s challenge belongs to Oliver Twist.

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Things I Would Rather Do Besides Studying For Finals

Well, it is time to really study for finals. I originally thought I wasn’t going to post for today due to time. But studying for finals is one of my least favorite things to do. So what exactly are things I would rather do that have nothing to do with finals.

  1. Hiking
  2. Coloring
  3. Attending and listening to musicals
  4. Spending time Out in Nature
  5. Attending the Gathering
  6. Reading either an adventure, mystery, fantasy, or a classic
  7. Spending time with Friends and Family
  8. Volunteering especially for the poverty population
  9. Listening to Contemporary Christian Music
  10. Strengthening my relationship with God
  11. Blogging

So finals is one of my least favorite times of the year. I don’t like them one bit so all the things listed up there are much better than studying for finals. But the only good thing about finals in Spring Semester is that they are closer to Summer Break. I love that sense of relief after I finish each and every one of them. So far this summer, I am reading Oliver Twist and doing a Broadway puzzle or anything involving being in my house, working as a hostess at Applebees, and attending a Les Mis party where I will be dressing up as Eponine.


Favorite Books of Mine

As everyone knows by now that I love musicals. Musicals is a type of storytelling so I thought it would fun to write a list of some of my favorite books. I even love to read and here is my list of favorite books. I will put series together.

  1. Les Misérables- my favorite book, but wow what a brick
  2. Don Quixote- story of the tragicomic knight errant
  3. Tale of Two Cities
  4. Great Expectations
  5. Lord of the Rings Series
  6. The Hobbit
  7. Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
  8. Harry Potter Series
  9. Chronicles of Narnia Series
  10. Land of Stories Series
  11. Uprooted
  12. Hound of the Baskervilles
  13. The Last Unicorn
  14. Percy Jackson Series
  15. Wizard of OZ
  16. And Then There Was None
  17. Other Agatha Christie Mysteries
  18. Sister’s Grimm Series

My taste in book are classics, mythology, fantasy, magic, and adventure. What exactly makes a good book? A good book is always home to a incredible plot along with incredible characters as well. As for the classics, I love reading them due to the challenge that they bring and as for now, reading them in between semester and reading them in a limited amount of time gives me the motivation to actually finish them

Books to read in the future: thought it will be a nice addition to this post

  1. Oliver Twist
  2. Hunchback of Notre Dame
  3. Nicholas Nickelby

Things that I Like That are Not Musicals

For those that have been reading my posts for some time know that I am a musical fanatic. For today’s post I want to write a list of things that I like that are not musicals.

  1. Reading- favorite: Les Misérables (Yes I said this is a post that is not musical related, but Les Misérables is my favorite one). Below are classics that I own. Have read all but Nicholas Nickleby


2. Collecting Snow-Globes

IMG_11193. Hiking– great way to destress and strengthen my spirituality           IMG_1042

4. Volunteering-particulary for helping those living in poverty

5. Pink- my favorite color

6. Glitter and Sparkles

7. Family and Friends

8. Contemporary Christian Music

9. Stuffed Animals

10. Monogram

11. Rainbows

12. Sunsets/Sunrises



13. Coloring

14. Singing

15. Learning

16. Playing Piano

17. Tennis

18. Dogs

Wow, wrote more than I thought


Sunset Beauty of Creation

Reblogged this one due to just blogging a post on the sunrises of Gardner Webb. I think it would be fun to see how beautiful both Gardner Webb’s sunrises and sunsets truly are

Meg's Magical Musings

Gardner Webb is home to some of the best sunsets. Whenever I see them, I am reminded that this the place where I am meant to be. It shows that God will guide me through my college years. I know deep down that I was meant to be at Gardner Webb. I also can look up and feel God’s presence. Sunsets are an amazing part of God’s creation. College is really challenging, but if you trust in God the experience will not seem as hard. As long as you trust in the Lord, you will be able to make it through the day and survive rough times in life. I know that I was called to join a service club when I started Gardner Webb and that is why I am fully committed to Campus Civilian, the only service club on Campus. The other clubs do service, but it not…

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