classic literature

Check out our new podcast!

Hey everyone! My brother Tim and I have been working behind the scenes all summer on an amazing project, and we’ve just launched it! Welcome to Literary Leviathans, hunting the great white whales of classic literature, a podcast about the great works of literature, what we think of them, and how they have impacted out lives! There are books that, when you read them, you are changed forever. We LOVE to read, especially the literary… Read More »Check out our new podcast!

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

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

Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Huh. I thought I read a lot more this week…I seem to remember sitting down every day to read from Moby Dick, but it must’ve only been a page or two each day, because I really didn’t get that far! The action has slowed down, and it’s mostly technical descriptions of how to splice up a dead whale.Sometimes you just don’t know what you don’t know. For instance, I had no idea that there had… Read More »Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

8 Steps to Building the Perfect Summer Reading List

Happy Memorial Day! While this may not be, technically, the first day of summer, it’s the day we all think of as the REAL beginning to the season of warmth! And with that season comes a renewed desire to read! Get tan, take it easy, and devour your bookshelves! But how do you decide which books to read this summer? How to narrow down that gigantic list, get something out of it, and not get… Read More »8 Steps to Building the Perfect Summer Reading List

The Secret Garden

“If you look the right way, you can see that the whole world is a garden.” Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden The Secret Garden was the first really difficult book I ever read. At first I made my way through pretty easily, although I had almost no idea how to picture the first chapters that took place in India, until Martha, the English servant, builds a fire in Mary Lennox’s room. As soon as she… Read More »The Secret Garden

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 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