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Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz Published Date: Feb. 21, 2012 Genre: Realistic Fiction/YA Lit How I got my copy: I bought it My Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥ Goodreads Blurb: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be. My thoughts: This was my second time reading this book, and I have to say, I loved it even more this time around than when I first read it (I even bumped it up from 4 stars to 5 stars!). It is one of those that I could re-read over and …

The Importance of Literacy

A little while ago, I saw that Grammarly was asking interested bloggers to help them promote literacy, something I felt I needed to discuss, given my love of the written word. This is my attempt to promote literacy. I started reading when I was a very young age; my Grandfather was a high school English teacher, and he and my Grandma passed on a love a reading to my mother and thus onto me. I found books that I loved and just devoured them. As I got older, my ability to put a decent sentence together was influenced by what I read. I could recognize words that were a bit above my age range. I read several classics when I was younger (I still do, but I’ve branched into other genres as well), and is something that I feel helped with my writing in later years. I learned about other cultures, other ages, and imagined myself in them. I am one of the lucky people who came from a good family who were able to put me …