Speak

I was on the phone with a schoolmate, discussing next semester’s schedule, when she asked me, “What was your favorite holiday read, this year?”

Speak by Laurie Halse Anderson,” I answered right away.
My schoolmate reminded me that Speak was not about holidays, but a book that tells the tale of a girl who experiences the worst of atrocities and then can’t talk about it. I pointed out that at some point in the story the protagonist receives a gift, from her parents, that leaves her speechless, too. Not because of the present itself, she was just so happy her parents—whom she believed never paid any attention to her—knew exactly what to get her.

That was what I liked most about Speak, and I must say that it is one of my favorite bits about the holidays. It is just wonderful to see that those I love care about me enough to know what would make me happy. I’ll tell you about the actual gifts, I got this year, in a couple of days. For now, I invite you to read Speak, my Wicked Luvs.

I also invite you to congratulate Jonquil. Yep, she won my Skully Winter Solstice Blessings Witchy Tarot giveaway. Congrats, Jonquil! Send me your mailing info, and I’ll forward your gift.
Happy Holidays, my Wicked Darlings.
I pray your love ones fill your life with smiles ;-)

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39 comments:

  1. Lovely. I have one book that read each December during my time off; the late Janet Kagan's "Mirabile". It's a science fiction novel, very funny, but with emphasis on family and friends. One of my few regrets is that I never took the opportunity to contact her to tell her how much I enjoyed her work. I try to do that, now, with people whose work I admire.

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  2. I remember reading Speak when I was in high school (middle school? It's been so long.). It's a good book and one that's stuck with me since I read it.

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  3. Greekwitch12/25/2011

    Have joyous holidays with lots of love and  many cool gifts!

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  4. Pinkglitterfae12/25/2011

    I miss the days I used to sit and read, read and read! I used to go through so many books a week, but now, too many other things take my time away. This books sounds so intriguing too...
    Enjoy this holiday season, and I hope your loved ones know what would make you happy :-D
    blessings,
    betty

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  5. Enjoy the Christmas season! I bet you'll receive many books as gifts! Am I right?

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  6. Linda Wildenstein12/25/2011

    To my dearest dear...Ms. Magaly......the best is what you deserve and if I have anything to say about it, that's what you'll always receive....much holiday love Oma Linda

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  7. Sending huge congrats to Jonquil. That is such a lovely name.

    Your happiness is all we want most for you. Merry Christmas, my favorite wicked witch, my darling friend.

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  8. Willow Silverhorse12/25/2011

    Hello my beautiful friend! It's been a while since I've seen you! I was just stopping by to let you know I've moved to a new blog. Hope you have time to drop by and check it out... maybe grab the button and put it in your circle? http://motherearthsarms.wordpress.com

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  9. Congratulations to Jonquil...yellow flowers are so bright and cheery...And a wonderful day to you all...

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  10. Slommler12/26/2011

    Hello and hope you are enjoying this wonderful holiday season!!  Me?  I celebrated with my son and his family and my hubby and we had a blissful Christmas morn.  Gifts, laughs, good food and fabulous egg nog!!
    Hugging you
    SueAnn

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  11. Glad your having a lovely holiday season Magaly :D  My bestsest friend bought me a book for christmas...Llewellyn's 2012 Witches' Almanac...because she remembered me saying I hadn't had much time to practice my faith this last year, and she thought it would help me focus. How perfect a gift was that :D
    Much love to you and yours in the coming years XXX

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  12. Jonquil12/26/2011

    Yea!  Thank you!  Also, thanks for the well wishes & compliments...I chose this name myself,  almost 2 years out of high school I chose, & then changed it legally.

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  13. Yeh to Jonquil ;o) Beautiful name ;o)  I can't wait to hear about and see all your special gifts Magaly ;o) I hope you're having a wonderful holiday season ;o) Hugs ;o)

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  14. Congrats Jonquil! (what a pretty name!)
    Speak... will have to keep an eye open for it; thanks Magaly!

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  15. lilacwolf12/27/2011

    Congratulations to the Jonquil!  Your description of Speak sent me to Amazon...I think it's too old to sucker the publisher into a copy but I'll try.  :)  If not maybe my library has it...Hope you guys had great holidays...and will have a happy new year!

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  16. Congratulations, Jonquil! You are one lucky winner indeed! Happy New Year, Magaly! I will have to get a copy of Speak now. Hugs and blessings!

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  17. Congrats to Jonquil ! What a cool Tarot set. ( I'm jealous!) Speak sounds wonderful. I put it on my wish list. First I have to pay off Christmas,lol! Hope you had an awesome Solstice and Happy Holidays Magaly.

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  18. Maybe you should write it on a candle and then light it for Janet to enjoy. Oh, also tell her that you got me to look her up and now I'm planning to read Unhura's Song--I love my Star Trek ;-)

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  19. It is a one of those books that make us thinking, isn't it?

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  20. May you get the same times three, darling!

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  21. I can't imagine a world where I have time for reading. It would be like a life without the ability to write; terrifying!

    Have a lovely holiday season, too ;-)

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  22. Enjoy your holidays, too. And yes, I'm sure I will get lots of books. Oh, tell HRH that I'll be reading the book she got me ;-)

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  23. And that is exactly what I want, my dear Oma. Holiday--and all yearlong--hugs to you and all of those who adore you.

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  24. I think the same about Jonquil's name. I've found myself saying aloud more than once lol.

    And, my Mina, I thing I got exactly what I wanted!

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  25. Congrats on the move, I'll take a look-see soon ;-)

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  26. I agree, Judy. I love the ones with yellow centers best; they always look like they are smiling.

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  27. I LOVE almanacs! I used to collect them at one point, but I move so much that now it is a bit unpractical to collect the print copies. Hm, I might start an electronic one...

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  28. You are my heroine, Jonquil! Your name is not only perfect, but is is truly YOURS. How amazing. I hope you tell us the reason behind the change one day. Congrats, again!

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  29. I can't wait to tell you, too. I'll share the story on the 31st, for now, I'll say that I was in tears more than once. Hot, happy tears ;-)

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  30. Let me know what you think; it's a great book. And the  movie is quite lovely, too.

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  31. I think you'll love it. The language is superb. The truth is that I'm kind of falling in reading lust with Laurie's writing.

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  32. Happy Holidays to you, too, Kallan. I hope you are having a blast.

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  33. Hope you have the loveliest Solstice of them all. I totally get the having to "pay off" for the holidays bit lol. 

    P.S. My laptop's screen Yule Tree had lovely geckos on it *wink, wink*

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  34. Mina Crump12/29/2011

    Of course you did, sweetie. I never had any doubt that you would. Love you, girl.

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  35. I love that too; it's always nice when people get you just what you wanted without you having to so much as give them hints!
     
    And, congrats Jonquil!

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  36. And I love you right back ;-)

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  37. And I love you right back ;-)

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  38. They mean so much more, don't they?

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