The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse

The Inimitable Jeeves (also published as Jeeves) by P. G. Wodehouse is one of a series of books set around the 1920s, about a good-natured aristocrat named Bertie Wooster and his trusty valet, Jeeves.  Each chapter is a short episode in the life of Wooster, as he manages to get himself into all kinds of challenging predicaments.  Wooster is well-meaning and thinks he can manage problems on his own, but usually his ideas end in disaster.  Jeeves is very civil and highly intelligent, so he always finds a way to solve Wooster’s problems.  The stories are hilarious and I enjoyed this book immensely.

I especially liked a chapter in which Wooster tries to help a friend named Bingo Little.  Bingo is in love with a lady named Honoria Glossop.  Honoria has a little brother named Oswald.  Wooster’s idea is to shove Oswald off a bridge so that Bingo can dive into the lake and rescue the boy, to win the heart of Honoria.  When the time comes to execute the plan, Bingo suddenly decides that he no longer loves Honoria, so Wooster must attempt to save Oswald himself.  As a result, Honoria falls in love with Wooster instead of Bingo.  Jeeves comes to the rescue by triggering a series of events that cause Honoria’s parents to become very angry at Wooster.  The Glossops forbid their marriage and Wooster is saved from an unhappy union.

I also enjoyed reading about Wooster’s aunt, Agatha.  She is described as having a beaked nose and mostly grey hair.  She is very refined and proper, so she disapproves of Wooster’s lazy habits.  Aunt Agatha is always trying to convince Wooster to get married and to do something useful in his life.  She becomes very aggressive toward Wooster, from his perspective.  Wooster sometimes describes her metaphorically as “coming at him with a hatchet” or “polishing her hatchet at this very moment.”  Their interactions are always very amusing.

Overall, I highly enjoyed this book as well as the other Jeeves books that I have read.  Jeeves’ refined use of the English language is delightful to read.  I am always amused at Jeeves’ calm and gentlemanly demeanor even as Wooster gets into ridiculous situations.  No matter what happens, Jeeves politely addresses Wooster as “sir” and finds a clever way to get him out of trouble.  This book is a delight to read and I hope to someday read all of the Wodehouse books.

The Inimitable Jeeves by P. G. Wodehouse is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library.

Grey’s Anatomy

Having the power to cure someone of a disease or illness has always been something of interest to me. Whether it’s listening to their problems or putting a Band-Aid on a cut, the role doctors and nurses play drew me to the TV series, Grey’s Anatomy. The series stars Ellen Pompeo as Meredith Grey and Patrick Dempsey as Dereck Sheperd along with many other important cast members. They begin the show as interns at Seattle Grace Hospital and compete to be the best surgeon. They start off watching, assisting, and observing all different medical tasks such as procedure, paper work, and surgeries completed by the best surgeons in the country.

Relationships that begin as rivalries turn into every lasting friendships, with some growing more than just friendly, such as Meredith and Dereck who met for an anonymous one night stand only to discover that they work at the same hospital where Dereck already has his foot in the door as the hospital’s top neurosurgeon. An awkward and puzzled Meredith does her best to ignore the last night events and act professional in her environment, trying her best not to slip up her first day as an intern. Not to forget Meredith has been surrounded by hospitals, surgeries, and medical talk due to the fact her mother was a doctor before her with the reputation as one of the best. Being surrounded her whole life Meredith has a pretty good idea how to win the game. I mean she already has the last name of a winner.

Grey’s Anatomy is full of love, lust, romance, gore, curiosity, and learning. A tad extreme it gives you a good idea what surgeons deal with on a day to day basis. The television series was well put together and keeps the viewers wanting more.

-Leann D.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. It’s one of those classic books that everyone has to read.

Tom Sawyer, is a young boy with wild dreams who just can’t sit still. School to him, is just torture and, as soon as he gets out he decides he wants to go be a pirate with Huckleberry Finn one of the local boys as well as Joe, another local boy.  They spend days adventuring the island and having fun until, they decide to surprise the town and come back.

Once they come back, there is a big murder case about the death of Dr. Robinson. It was either Injin Joe or Muff Potter. The thing nobody knows, is that Tom and Huck where there is witness it all. I’d say this is my favorite part of the book with questions burning up inside of me like, will they tell court who really did the murder or will the right person get arrested? After it all, the right person gets arrested but, the other runs away!

You’d think after all this, Huck and Tom would have had enough adventuring for awhile but, nope. They decide they want to look around the island for buried treasure.

Then Tom goes on a trip out to the cave with his class. But, being Tom he convinces Becky, his love interest, to stay with him after the trip is over and explore the cave. But, they get lost.

This book, weaves a murder case with a murderer on the loose with with the tale of Tom, a restless kid from the 1800’s. It really shows you what it would be like to live in the 1800’s.  I would really recommend this book to anyone who wants to read an adventure book. Though, the book does have some words that are not used often anymore so, it can be a little stretch for the brain to figuire out what everything means. But, personally I think its just part of the fun of reading this book.

-Ava G.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain is available for checkout from the Mission Viejo Library. It can also be downloaded from Hoopla

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

adventuresoftomsawyer_marktwainThe Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain, chronicles a few of the adventures of 12-year-old Tom Sawyer. Living on the Mississippi River, Tom lives with his Aunt Polly and his half-brother Sid. Tom gets into many misadventures and he just as deftly gets out of them. At times, when Tom is punished, one can see how he gets out of trouble and chores by manipulating his friends (though not necessarily in devious ways).

Tom and his friend, Huckleberry Finn (the subject of another book by Mark Twain, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn), get into all kinds of trouble, from seeing things they were not meant to see, to running away with friend Joe Harper to an island, to going treasure hunting and discovering a dangerous secret. Tom also indulges in more normal pastimes, like playing pretend and going on picnics (though he does get lost in a cave with Becky Thatcher, a girl he is trying to impress). Overall, I thought that this book was a good read, as it was relaxing in some places and funny in others. Plus, in addition to being a nice book about the adventures of a child in the past, it also had some moments where I was figuratively gripping the edge of my seat to see what happened next.

-Aliya A.

The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is available to checkout from the Mission Viejo Library