Now and Venn

January 2nd, 2010 by

Even though I certainly have a particular taste for historical fiction, it’s impossible not to read other genres of books. How can you ignore the great selection out in the world?

But what I’ve come to notice is that even when two books seem wildly different from each other, there’s usually something surprising in common. Have you ever noticed any similarities between books that, well, would never be on the library shelf next to each other?

They both have a scary female villain with a secret agenda.

...a secret agenda, and wolf-like henchmen (or henchman-like wolves) at her beck and call.

Horse Crazy and The Two Towers both have horses.

Naturally, Aragorn would become club secretary.

Island of the Blue Dolphins and Anne of Green Gables both take place on an island.

Anne was pretty feisty, but wasn't capture-an-octopus-with-bare-hands-feisty.

Okay, I’m sure these books actually have a lot more in common, but if I listed all those things out, I wouldn’t get to make these super fun Venn diagrams!

Submit your book Venn diagram in the comments, and I’ll draw it for you (I know, drawing two circles that overlap is soooooo difficult.)

— Nancy

Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell

December 2nd, 2009 by

island-of-the-blue-dolphinsReviewed by: Mary, Age 9 from Indiana

Rating: ★★★★★

This book is about an advetrous girl named Karanna who lives on a island . She has to be brave for herself and her brother. She has to hunt and defend for herself and her brother. I wish I could tell you more but, the story would be spoiled.
Thanks for reading!!!!