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Impressions

In the time before smart phones, in that now forgotten time, when life was simpler, because not everyone was online, in the green city of Bartlett outside of Chicago, a little girl would visit her Grammy. It was a time of Easters that were sunny and Easters that were windy, Easters where girls with bowl cuts and frilly floral dresses were flung about in the wind and collected colored eggs worth forty cents. But most… Read More »Impressions

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

I like to think that I’ve kept an open mind. Through the anatomical inaccuracies of the biology of a whale, the almost maniacal fixation on whaling as relating to every other aspect of life, and even the extreme, chronic, and unremitting diligence to the overuse of descriptive adjectives… yes, through all this, I have stood by Ishmael. I have forgiven, overlooked, and tolerated, even allowed him credibility and believed his ‘well-researched’ claims, but no more!… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 82-87

Through the Looking Glass

A whimsical, psychedelic, beautiful read, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “Now, here, you see, it takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run at least twice as fast as that!” Lewis Carroll, Through the Looking-Glass This is no longer a simple, wild fantasy – Through the Looking Glass is Alice in Wonderland, but older. As Alice learns… Read More »Through the Looking Glass

The Hobbit

One of the first of the modern long-form original fairytales, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “In a hole in the ground there lived a hobbit.” J.R.R. Tolkien, The Hobbit or There and Back Again What are Hobbits? You could say they are beings of woolly feet, big stomachs, and small stature, but the defining characteristic is that they like to sit comfortably at home in their dry, well-stocked Hobbit-holes. So what happens… Read More »The Hobbit

Taran Wanderer

I only learned about this series last year, and how I wish I knew about it as a child! I would have devoured these books many, many times, and I cannot recommend them enough! A tale of adventure and personal discovery, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System “Trust your luck, Taran Wanderer. But don’t forget to put out your nets!” Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer Taran, a young man without family or homeland, journeys… Read More »Taran Wanderer

The Silver Chair

The second book with Eustace Scrubb and the first with Jill Pole, and of course, the only one with the one and only, ever-lovable Puddleglum, The Silver Chair is a step above the other Narnia books. Jill’s struggles with belief, Puddleglum’s indomitable fighting spirit, and Eustace’s attempts at chivalry combine into an adorable three-person journey. From the heights of heavenly mountains down to the depths of the earth and back again to the warm sunshine,… Read More »The Silver Chair

The Once and Future King

When I first read The Once and Future King, I cried allot! “I laughed, I cried, it moved me, Bob!” But seriously – I did indeed laugh and cry, and most of the time, my chest constricted and tightened and heaved with pain, joy, and beauty, and as much as I wanted to keep reading, I often had to put it down just so I could breathe. A modern retelling of King Arthur and the… Read More »The Once and Future King

Peter Pan

A tale of innocence, childhood, and pure imagination, this is a 3 on the 5-star Reading System. “All the world is made of faith, and trust, and pixie dust.”  J.M. Barrie, Peter Pan Second star to the right, and straight on till morning, you will find the world of Neverland! In a place that is pure child, free from the restrictions of political correctness, and questions of right and wrong, a handful of children live out… Read More »Peter Pan

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

I love similes as much as a mere mortal loves a far-off, unattainable goddess! Mostly because they come to me with about as much ease as swimming comes to a rock. Even the above similes were as difficult for me to construct as bread rising without yeast. But similes come as easily and fluently to Herman Melville as they did to Homer. Homer is to the simile as Edison is to the lightbulb, mother is… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 70-81

Keeping Up with Sheree

“My life looks completely, totally, 100% different than it did when I first started” What if you could spend your life reading the classics, and could share that experience with the world? Gosh, that’d be amazing! That’s kind of my dream job… Well, that is precisely what Sheree from Keeping Up With The Penguins has done, and I’m so excited to introduce you to her today! “That gave me a list of 109 books to… Read More »Keeping Up with Sheree