#Friday Reads- The Handmaid’s Tale

So, I really really wanted to like this book, and maybe I would have it I had not listened to it rather than read it in paper form. I remember reading Margaret Atwood, the Cat’s Eye in college and liking it. For some reason I had a hard time focusing on this story and when I was able to focus I was so saddened and horrified of all these women had to go through.

I struggle writing reviews of books I don’t love. I envision the author and the people that were inspired by the book and who am I to say different? Maybe I just wasn’t in the right space for the specific genre or character. Possibly listening to the audio doesn’t provide the same meaning as sitting and reading the book. I imagine the hard work and dedication the author put into the story and becoming published.  Although it may be silly I simply cannot stop reading a book even if I’m not in love with it. The eternal optimist within me is reminded that sometimes a fantastic story doesn’t truly begin until 100 or 150 pages.

I was reading a post the other day from a fellow literary blogger @libbyvine and she talks about giving herself permission to stop a book and pick up another. You can check out the blog by clicking on Confessions from a wannabe librarian.

Does anyone else struggle with putting aside a book once you’ve started? Do you push through or are you ok with swapping out? I’d love to know!

Happy Reading!

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The Apostrophe

Today’s will begin a weekly series posting on a book that either I have/am reading myself or have read to the kids. Here’s the first of many Friday Reads.

 

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As a lover of language I was so excited to come across this children’s book this week called Greedy Apostrophe: A Cautionary Tale.  This is a cute story told from the perspective of a group of punctuation marks and the important jobs they are given. The story personifies the commas, exclamation points, periods, and question marks in a light yet grammatically accurate way. The protagonist, the apostrophe is causing all sorts of mayhem which illustrates the confusion between the possessive and plural forms. My nine year old was especially excited as this has been a focus in his language arts class recently. We both agree that this would be a great supplement to use within the classroom.

The story concludes with the greedy apostrophe showing up, making his mark in places he does not belong and makes confusion of weather a word is plural or possessive. It’s a fun way to show how important the apostrophe is and where it is placed can completely change its meaning.

And just a little background here’s Wikipedia’s definition of the apostrophe:

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The apostrophe ( ’ or ‘ ) is a punctuation mark, and sometimes a diacritical mark, in languages that use the Latin alphabet or certain other alphabets. In English, it serves three purposes:[1]

  • The marking of the omission of one or more letters (as in the contraction of do not to don’t).
  • The marking of possessive case (as in the eagle’s feathers, or in one month’s time).
  • The marking by some as plural of written items that are not words established in English orthography (as in P’s and Q’s). (This is considered incorrect by others; see Use in forming certain plurals. The use of the apostrophe to form plurals of proper words, as in apple’s, banana’s, etc., is universally considered incorrect.)

I hope you get the chance to take a look at this great book and please share your favorite fictional stories that teach about grammar?

Happy Reading!