World Book Day Dinner Party!

Happy World Book Day everybody! Let us celebrate our love of reading and the paper monstrosities that we have dedicated our lives to studying!

Today, in honor of this joyful day, I am throwing a Literary Dinner Party. I saw this tag — which was created by NEHOMAS2 at YouTube — in a splendid post at Modern Witch’s Bookshelf. I invited some of the most memorable characters I have read about, and I can’t wait to imagine their interactions at this impromptu dinner party. Will it be awkward? Will someone smash a plate or two (or a dozen)? Or will everyone go home to their respective worlds with a new best friend to keep in touch with? Let’s find out!

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Reading Every Treatise on the Shelf: Musicals & YA Books

I love musicals. I love them a lot. They hold an indescribable charm for me that results from the combined effect of the story, the numbers, and the visual performance.

This past weekend, I was one of the 11 million people who streamed The Phantom of the Opera for FREE on YouTube. The YouTube channel The Shows Must Go On! is streaming live one of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s internationally renowned musicals every Friday night and leaving them available to watch for 48 hours as part of a fundraiser for the Actors Fund, in an effort to help theater professionals affected by the coronavirus. This weekend, it was the Royal Albert Hall performance of The Phantom of the Opera. I am ashamed to admit it was my first ALW musical, but boy, was it worth it.

Suffice it to say, I fell completely, head-over-heels in love.

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20 Questions Book Tag

Something you’ll discover about me is that I like to steal random book tags from the Internet and do them eons after they first hit the blogosphere. I mean, isn’t that what the Internet is for? (The answer is yes.)

So today, I’ll be doing the 20 Questions Book Tag, created by Buydebook at Goodreads. Here I go!

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Review: What I Carry by Jennifer Longo

You know those books that warm your heart and seem to fill you up to the brim with something you didn’t know you were missing? Yes or no, What I Carry by Jennifer Longo is one of those books. There were some things that kept it from a 4-star rating, but I enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Review: A Game of Thrones & A Clash of Kings by George R. R. Martin

I had absolutely no intention of starting the Song of Ice and Fire series, until a well-meaning teacher of mine oh-so-casually handed me a 835-page copy of the first installment, saying the series was one of his favorites. I still probably wouldn’t have read it, if not for the sword on the cover staring accusingly at me whenever I was in my room. And so my journey with the Starks began.

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My Favorite Books (Yes, That’s A Plural Noun, and I Am Unashamed)

One of the most important things you should know about Abby the Bookworm is that she DOES NOT have a singular favorite book.

I find it incredibly distressing whenever someone asks me “What’s your favorite book?” and expects me to look completely unaffected.

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Going Beyond the Read

Hello, everyone.

My name is Abby. I am a Christian teenage girl who loves to read.

The reason I created this blog is not because I have a superhuman reading speed, or because I read hundreds of books a year, or even because I want thousands of followers.

I created this blog because first and foremost, I love to read.

Through this blog, I want to be able to talk to someone other than myself about my love for God and for reading, no matter how small that audience may be.

I primarily read young adult fiction and occasionally some adult fiction. I plan to post bookish reviews, lists, and opinions here at Beyond the Read. For each book I review, I intend to write a separate review about my views of the book in question as a Christian.

I am incredibly excited to be starting Beyond the Read, and I hope someone out there is as well.

Enjoy!

Keep reading,

Abby