March 2019

The Brothers Karamazov

“For we must love not only occasionally, for a moment, but forever. Everyone can love occasionally, even the wicked can.” Father Zossima, The Brothers Karamazov When I was fifteen, my mother gave me this book for Christmas, but two months later, after she had read it, she told me I was not allowed to read my Christmas present for a few more years. I was actually relieved, since I kept feeling like I should read… Read More »The Brothers Karamazov

The Fairy Tale Blog – Find Your Next Classical Read

If you haven’t noticed yet, the Fairy Tale Blog has a whole new look and layout. While the reason for this is very exciting, I apologize if you’ve tried to navigate around the website in the past few days – it’s been a bit chaotic! But believe me, it’s been well-worth it. For years now, I have used the Fairy Tale Blog as my personal platform for releasing my thoughts, short stories, and poetry –… Read More »The Fairy Tale Blog – Find Your Next Classical Read

Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

A twisting, turning, exciting read, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “If everybody minded their own business, the world would go around a great deal faster than it does.” Alice in Wonderland Step into a fabulous wonderland, a world of upside down, a world where animals talk, little girls change sizes, and birds are very touchy. Here, a Caterpillar has questions about identity, a Mad Hatter and March Hare are stuck in… Read More »Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

Treasure Island

Written for children and a complex but fast-moving read, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “Fifteen men on the Dead Man’s Chest Yo ho ho, and a bottle of rum!” Treasure Island Treasure Island has all of the most marvelous clichés of every Pirate story because it was the first, the original, the precursor of them all! With this rollicking and frightening tale, Robert Louis Stevenson invented the pirate story genre. Salty… Read More »Treasure Island

Little Women

A simpler read, Little Women is a 3 on my 5-Star Reading System *What is this?* Four sisters and their mother navigate the complexities of domestic life and battle with their own inner demons. With humor and pathos, they question the meaning of femininity, the relationships between men and women, the nature of love, and the harmony of family life. Jo, the protagonist, is a rebellious, impatient fifteen-year-old who, out of all the sisters, struggles… Read More »Little Women

The Little Prince

A simpler read, this is a 3 on my 5-Star Rating System* *What is this? The simple story of a little prince who lives alone on a tiny planet, no bigger than your backyard, but who treasures a universe in his love of a little rose. Not fully appreciating the treasure he has in his companion, he leaves his planet to seek out other parts of the universe, but in doing so, he may have… Read More »The Little Prince

My 5-Star Reading System

Think of it as a ‘brownie points’ system. Award yourself as many ‘brownie points’ as there are Stars for each book you read. If you read Diary of a Whimpy Kid, you get 1 brownie point. But if you read Jane Eyre, you get 5! Make sense? If you read Jane Eyre(5 stars), A Tale of Two Cities(5 stars), and The Great Gatsby(4 stars), you get a grand total of 14! It helps to categorize… Read More »My 5-Star Reading System

Reaching for Book Heaven: Reading Beyond Our Comfort Level

Classics are the Best Books Ever Written Before we can really take control of our bookshelves, we must face the classics through the lens of reality instead of the prism of our fear, and to do that, we need to have an understanding of what classics are. CLASSICS ARE, by the simplest definition, the best written books of all time. That’s it. THEY ARE NOT condescending intellectuals sneering at the readers who do not understand… Read More »Reaching for Book Heaven: Reading Beyond Our Comfort Level

Halfbreeds

Monsters in the forest. Murderers in the village. Eight children struggle to survive in a hostile world, seeking love amongst each other, and help from none. A story of love, hatred, and survival, Halfbreeds is a tale of epic portions.In a villagewrapped about with strange monsters and superstition, a new kind of child is born. Half-man half-monster, the villagers fear their own children and,turning against them, burn them at the stake. But a small band of… Read More »Halfbreeds

Pook Press

I just discovered the most wonderful fairy tale site called Pook Press, and I just had to share! Full of free fairy tales, access to beautifully illustrated books, images, and classic literature – I’m loving this site! Are there any fairy tale sites you love? I’d love to hear about them!