meet the mysterious benedict society:

➜ Constance Contraire

“No! I won’t! I will not! You can’t make me! Uh-uh! Never! No!”

Mr. Curtain hissed. “Bend, you obstinate child!”

“NEVER!” Constance shrieked. And indeed it seemed she never would….The children’s admiration soared. This was Constance’s great gift - the gift of stubborn independence - and she was bringing it to bear with all her might.


memorial day weekend → beach book haul

woke up early and found so many shiny shell friends ☀︎

i’m in the mood for some good reading so of COURSE i’m going to read some books i was really into when i was 11.

The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch


The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

because WOW they were amazing. If you’ve never read either, seriously. go read them now!!! no matter how old you are, they’re incredible reads. i might do reviews as well because i’d love to see how my feelings towards those books have changed over the years (i’ll love them regardless!!)

anyways, i haven’t watched Everything Everything yet so i can’t do a book vs movie comparison, soon hopefully!

The Mysterious Benedict Society (a review)

Dear Reader,

The Mysterious Benedict Society is a book suited for the intelligent child, the witty adolescent, and the adult who never gave up on adventure.

I started this book out of curiosity, finding it on the shelves in the classroom of a beloved English teacher (she later gifted it to me). I was sold within the first three pages.

Trenton Lee Stewart has a clever and witty voice that will appeal to the “gifted child looking for special opportunities” in each of us. The way he writes reminds me of Pseudonymous Bosch, the reticent author of “The Name of This Book is Secret” and it’s subsequent novels. I can imagine the two of them sharing idea filled emails and inspired conversation over lunch.

The story is based around four main characters: Reynard “Reynie” Muldoon, Kate “The Great Kate Weather Machine” Wetherall, George “Sticky” Washington, and Constance Contraire. These four children, each an orphan, responds to a curious add in the newspaper seeking gifted children. After going through a series of tests, they are recruited by a secretive group of individuals with insight into a bad organization plotting to take over the world. The four of them must work together to infiltrate the bad organization and put a stop to their dastardly plan.

The outcast in me appreciated the quirks of Reynie, Kate, Sticky, and Constance. They each contributed to the group in a way that the others could not. They gave me hope that I, too, have a purpose in the seemingly infinite tangle of lives here on Earth.

The simplicity and congeniality of this book makes it an easy and enjoyable read for all audiences. It is a book that you can love as a child and appreciate as an adult. Maybe you will love it too, my dear Reader.

Best regards,

Hannah (croissantsandcoldblood)

“Most likely one of their informants saw her come out, because it was on that very day that the brutes showed up and threatened the librarians. Who told them nothing, incidentally.”

“The same thing happened in Holland,” Kate reflected. “You’d think these guys would learn their lesson–librarians know how to keep quiet.”


-The Mysterious Benedict Society and The Prisoner’s Dilema by Trenton Lee Stewart. 

(My two favorite things about this series: 

  1. Stewart’s absolute reverence for libraries and librarians, and 
  2. Kate Wetherall’s terrible (and amazing!) puns.)