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Mandafofanda Reads Lots

The world isn't just the way it is. It is how we understand it, no?

And in understanding something, we bring something to it, no?
Doesn't that make life a story?

- Yann Martel, Life of Pi

Ella Enchanted - Gail Carson Levine If there was any book that I totally loved as a kid, and any girl that I looked up to and wanted to be, it was Ella. She's smart, she's funny, she's brave and loyal, she's stubborn, she's rebellious, she can be naive and foolhardy, but she has a good heart.

And this:
"What a clever daughter I have." Mum Olga beamed at Hattie.
"As clever as she is beautiful," I said.
They both began to answer me and stopped, confused.
"Hattie isn't pretty," Olive said.