As part of my advanced higher French course I had to study Le Petit Prince which is a short novel written by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It was first published in 1943 and has since been translated and published into more than 250 languages and dialects. It is very well known all across the globe and it has become one of the bestselling books ever published.
It is a riveting story about a pilot stranded in the Sahara desert. After crashing, he meets a young boy from asteroid B-612, who tells him about his adventures. This story has captured the minds of all ages from all over the world with its inspiring messages and enchanting story. It deals with themes such as friendship and love and explores them throughout.
This book is said to have been based on Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s own experiences. The plane crash of the aviators at the beginning of the novel mirrors Saint-Exupéry own experience, as in1935 Saint-Exupéry crashed in the Sahara desert alongside his mechanic-navigator after 19 hours in the air. He quickly became severely dehydrated due to the heat and his lack of water and he was said to have hallucinated many things including a Fennec fox, which has many similarities with the illustrations of le renard in the book. The rose also is said to have links to Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s own life. It is said to represent his wife, Consuelo Suncin, who wrote a memoir about their relationship, titled the Tale of the Rose published after Saint-Exupéry’s disappearance in 1944. It is believed that Saint-Exupéry drew inspiration for the prince off of his self when he was younger as his family would call him Le Roi-Soleil (the sun king) due to his golden curly hair, similar to the Prince’s.
It is a book that explored the themes of love and friendship throughout and often the words have deeper meaning than first thought. Due to this it can be enjoyed by people of all ages even although it is intended to be more of a children’s book. As part of the course I had to analyze the book and due to this I got to look into the deeper meanings of the book and see how powerful it really is.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry has written a book that explored powerful themes whilst being a great story and has managed to create a children’s book that is actually suitable for all ages. He has written a story that seems regular on the surface but once you look deeper it is so much nore. I highly recommend taking the time to read this book and take the time to explore the themes as there is more than just love and friendship.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS please feel free to comment your opinion on this book or one similar)
If you have read my previous blog posts you would know that I love to read crime and mystery books. I love to delve into the world of detective and spies and learn about the way in which each author portrays them. The investigation and excitement that goes along with these books engages me and hook me on to the storyline. I also love how after each detective or crime books their tends to be some sort of resolution and ending that isn’t necessarily always a cliff hanger and if there is a cliff hanger something explored within the story has been resolved. Even although this is my favourite genre of book I would say that I am trying to explore others a lot more.
I don’t tend to enjoy romance books as I find them to be based upon the same thing. Someone fall in love and they live happy ever after. I know that this isn’t always the case and I understand that I haven’t read an awful lot so my outlook on this genre is not necessarily accurate. Call me by your name by Andre Acimen is a recent book that I would say is within this genre that completely proved me wrong. It isn’t always about the happy ever after it is about watching a relationship find its way into the characters life and thanks to this book I would like to explore this genre more.
When it comes to Sci-fi or action/adventure books I read them less than crime novels however it is not that I don’t enjoy them. They are exciting and hold my attention and in a way I feel that the crime novels are also action/adventure based. I think these genres although different are also often dealt with in the same book with aspects of all being identified. Horror books are the same I think with a lot of crime or action books have aspects of horror within them. I have only read a totally horror book once and I don’t think I would again if I am honest (unless someone recommend a really good one). I think this is the case as I didn’t enjoy how focused it is on the horror. I like to explore characters and see them develop which I think you see less of in the horror genre.
Overall, I would say that I am starting o explore other genres more and more and finding books that change my outlook on these genres is exciting and I would recommend that everyone steps out of their reading comfort zones. To explore more genres that you wouldn’t typically choose because when you find one that proves your wrong it is exhilarating.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS feel free to comment your favourite genres and how you fell about exploring new ones)
When it comes to purchasing books you can often have the choice between hardback or paperback and the question is, what do I choose?
I personally love the look of hardback books on my bookshelf however I feel due to their size and bulkiness they can often be hard to read when sitting on a couch or lying in bed. They are also a lot harder to transport sue to their size. IT can take up your whole bag depending and can weigh it down. Saying this they are more durable and have more of a collectable aspect. The do tend to last a lot longer than paperback books. A lot of times as part of a series one of the books (normally first or last) often comes as a hardback and it creates a special feeling to the series. Hardback books are also a great choice for a gift as it feels more worthy and special (especially if it’s a good book!)
Paperback books are the one I would choose due to their size and weight difference. I feel that they are much more portable and easier to read when lying down or in a small space. I also think they are the best choice for when you are travelling or going on holiday due the weight and size. Much easier to sunbathe with a paperback! Paperback books are also cheaper as they don’t have the think bound front cover as well as a dust sleeve. This can also help you decide as it depends on your budget.
IT also helps to make a decision based upon how you want your bookshelf to look. If you have all paperbacks a hardback may look out of place and vice versa. The front covers also may differ between the two which could have a big impact on your decision. If a series have a set cover style that change with the hardback could be a factor that also affects your decision.
Overall, I would say both are good choices but it depends on the circumstances; budget, style or gift?
A book from a genre the person wouldn’t normally read.
I think that receiving a book that isn’t typically within the genre of books you read is a great thing as it broadens your horizons and allows you to explore new genres and stories. It forces you to look outside your comfort zone and experience new plots and characters.
A ‘guide to writing’ gift set
As a Christmas present from my sister I received a ‘writers toolbox’ as a gift. Inside it had a multitude of things such as first sentence ideas and plot twist ideas which help to inspire you whilst writing. I think it is a great gift as it gets your mind working and allows you to use your imagination to the fullest.
When I was younger I received a personalised book from my auntie. I have always loved the book but when I first received it I thought it was so magical. It was the story of ‘Beauty and the Beast’ but with myself incorporated into the story. I was Belle’s friend and helped her throughout the story. It also featured people from my family in the story also. I think that receiving a personalised book, especially when you are younger, is an incredibly special experience as it makes you feel like you are a part of something. It makes you feel important and helpful as you are a main part of the storyline. As you get older it may be a slightly different effect but it is still a great experience. This is a great gift idea as it brings whole new meaning to being involved and engaged in the story.
A book subscription is also a great gift as there is hundreds of different boxes you can choose for and be able to find the one that most suits the person you are buying the gift box. It also enables you to give the person an opportunity to explore new books and authors that they wouldn’t usually choose. It also adds a bit of fun and excitement to the gift as you don’t know what you are going to receive.
A print of their favourite quote
A print or painting of the persons favourite quote is also a nice gift as it is special to that person and unique to them. It shows you have thought about what the person would like and why. If you receive one you can look at it and be inspired by it daily. It can set your day off well.
A personalised bookmark is also a great gift. If it is personalised with all the things the person loves its exciting every time they open their books and see it. It can also often relax people as they recognise things similar and that they know.
I have always loved to read and I have always looked for new books to read like many people my age and older.
However, when I begun high school I did read a lot less and lost my interest a little bit. I think it was due to trying to come to terms with such a big change going from primary to secondary school. I also think that making new friends and suddenly having a ton of homework in comparison to primary was a contributor.
I don’t think I am the only one that feels as through high school or higher education has gotten in the way of reading and therefore people lose interest. I fortunately didn’t lose interest completely and I got back into it in my last few years of high school and now college. I also believe that when people go onto college or university a lot if things can get in the way and they have other priorities. Getting a huge workload and meeting up with new friends as well as often having a part time job. I personally always take the time to read something before I go to sleep. I go to college and have a part time job so there isn’t always time to read during the day and so I always read a little before I go to sleep. Even if it is a sentence, paragraph or chapter I have to read something otherwise I feel like I haven’t accomplished anything. I must read a part of the book I am reading each day and then I feel like I have completed something that day if I hadn’t anywhere else in the day. It relaxes me and makes me feel less stressed.
I think that your social group can be a big influence on if you continue to read or not. It you are constantly going out or meeting up with friends it’s a great time but that often takes over from reading, which isn’t a bad thing. It allows you to grow as a person and enjoy life in that way. I personally have a group of friends who during my first few years of high school took up most of my time and I am greatly thankful for that however as we grew older everyone had more of their own things to do such as homework and family time. That allows you to take the time to read a little more and it did for me even although we would still meet up and see each other at school every day.
Overall , I would say that if I wasn’t reading I would feel a void in my life as I love exploring other worlds and becoming involved in the storylines. Not everyone feels like this and in my family it’s a great example. My big sister always loved to read and I think partly that’s why I do but on the other hand my twin sister could think of 1000 other things to do before picking a book up to read but I personally would recommend reading to everyone. I think it is just the case of finding the perfect genre or author or book that is powerful enough to get that individual into reading.
Many thanks, Caitlin x
(PS feel free to comment your thoughts of being a bookworm or if you aren’t)