Fan MUG and PAGE – Laura

Laura A, of Winona, MN gave us a rundown on her favorite coffee beverage and her review of a book.

Her favorite drink?

White Chocolate Mocha:

As described on Starbucks.com, a white chocolate mocha is Espresso with white chocolate flavored sauce and steamed milk. Topped with sweetened whipped cream.

And a book she recommends?

The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky. As Laura describes it:

“This novel is written as a series of letters written by a young boy named Charlie to an unknown recipient.  The letters account Charlie’s life and times as an awkward and thoughtful adolescent.  It follows him through issues with school, drugs, love, loss, and family.  This book had a very profound impact on me, as well as many of my friends that have read it.  I am a self-proclaimed wallflower myself and it was nice to read such an honest portrayal of what it is like to be ‘standing on the fringes of life’.  Charlie is a complex character that represents the dork in all of us.  This book is sure to remind you of your awkward teenage years, or if you are still in that stage, it will reassure you that you are not alone.  Along with the painfully poignant story, it is also beautifully written.  I have read this book three times and I find something new that resonates with me every time.  This a must read for everyone!”

PAGE – The Classics

Today I want to talk about a passion of mine. Reading of course. And even more specifically, the Classics.

Many people, mostly teens and young adults my age, don’t appreciate the classic books that are oh so important to our culture and books of today. They may be difficult to read, whether it be because of outdated language and slang, length of the book, or shear un-relatable content. But what I say to those readers is: have an open mind.

To me, the classics may not be as “fun” to read, and you may not say “oh hey! I can totally see where this girl is coming from when she says she hates wearing a corset and being betrothed to the local butcher,” but these books are important. They force you to have an open mind and immerse yourself in a time and culture you are not familiar with. It forces the reader, in a way, to put himself/herself in the shoes of the characters and learn about a different time.

I also love owning my own books. It is great to go to a library if you want a quick read, or even better, to have book exchanges with friends or relatives. But if you are looking for the classics all in one place, Barnes and Noble is the place to go. They have a collection called Barnes and Noble Classics, which includes all the big classics, and some others, that i recommend you look into.

Many libraries and writers have published lists of the best classics to read. here are just a few:

Cincinnati Library

The Best 100 lists

About.com

Amazon.com

Read the classics. You will learn so much.

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