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2019 Reading Challenge

I am halfway through my yearly reading challenge! So exciting! To my knowledge, I’ve never read 50 books in a year – and certainly not so many long ones! Making a reading plan at the beginning of the year was definitely a huge help to getting this done. Even 25 books in a year is a huge achievement, and I highly recommend making a reading plan for yourself for the rest of the year! You… Read More »2019 Reading Challenge

Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Over 52% read! I am feeling very accomplished right now!I fell behind in my reading for a little while, and skipped my entry last week altogether because I had read so little that I had nothing new to say. But I’ve gotten over the hump. That 35-50% hump, which seems to be the place that I always stop reading a book, and struggle to pick it up again. By 50% through a book, the turning… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

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

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

17 of the Best of the Ancient, Ancient Classics

These are the really old classical texts I read in high school and college that I actually liked! Full of passion, love, sacrifice, fate, and prime storytelling, they contain deep insights into human nature, and I highly recommend them! What’s the oldest book you’ve ever read? Mine is the Epic of Gilgamesh, but I didn’t like that one very much! 😴😄 1. Homer’s The Iliad 2. Homer’s The Odyssey 3. Sophocles’s Agamemnon 4. Sophocles’s Eumenides… Read More »17 of the Best of the Ancient, Ancient Classics

Fairy Tales: More Real than Real Life

Heralding a Distant Truth To write of fairy tales is, as J.R.R. Tolkien once asserted, “a rash adventure.” For fairy tales are enigmas, difficult to define and impossible to believe. And yet we believe them, because they are ultimately more real that real life. They offer us a glimpse of a distant, approaching reality that we cannot see. This is by far the most important aspect of the fairy tale. It is what makes it… Read More »Fairy Tales: More Real than Real Life

A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

(An add-on article for my original post: how to motivate children to read more and my 2018 reading list)I grew up on Winnie the Pooh. I watched the classic movies, of course, and also the late 90’s and early 2000’s TV shows on Disney Channel on Saturday mornings, but my fondest memories of Winnie the Pooh are of the nights before bed when my dad read the A.A. Milne books aloud. He would do all the… Read More »A Whole New World in the Hundred Acre Wood

The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

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Now that I have enough of Trinian, An Epic Fantasy put together to send into the world for review, I’m getting germinal feedback. I love it! But it’s also terrifying. My sisters, who are geniuses with artwork, have already taken a stab at illustrating a couple characters, and my best friend Sophia has started marking up my first chapter. She says she’s being harsh, and I’m so grateful to her for that! I want the… Read More »The Terror and Thrill of Reviewing My Novel

Literacy: The Phenomenon that made us Culturally Inept

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Just joined Medium.com, and this was my first post! You can read the entirety here. We see illiteracy as a negative thing because without being able to read, we lack the ability to effectively communicate ideas. But, ironically, our reliance on literacy has actually led to a degradation in our confidence to communicate through the written word. While any average person on the street can tell you how to pronounce the sounds of the alphabet,… Read More »Literacy: The Phenomenon that made us Culturally Inept