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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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. … Continue reading 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, … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal Chapters 65-70

Chapters 1 and 2 of Trinian | An Epic Fantasy

My upcoming novel! I've finally set a release date and you can read all about it here! Read the Prologue here. CHAPTER 1 – HEALERS Beneath the brooding gray clouds of the heavens, far below the palace of the gods, gleamed Drian, the central city of Minecerva. It stood tall and brave and alone and, … Continue reading Chapters 1 and 2 of Trinian | An Epic Fantasy

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 … Continue reading 8 Steps to Building the Perfect Summer Reading List

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 … Continue reading Moby Dick Reading Journal – Chapters 53-64

Reclaiming Catholic Culture through Classic Literature

An Interview with StAR Magazine's Editor, Joseph Pearce You may know him as the acclaimed expert on J.R.R. Tolkien, or you may know him for his Ignatius Press critical editions of the classics, but Joseph Pearce is also the dedicated editor for St. Austin Review (StAR), a publication comitted to reclaiming culture. Getting to Know … Continue reading Reclaiming Catholic Culture through Classic Literature

Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52

I've been rather remiss with my readings this week, and I've only gotten through a couple chapters, but they were very exciting, and here's my recap on them! 🙂 The crew of the Pequod went after their first whale, and in the chase, Ishmael was thrown into the ocean and experienced his first life-threatening episode … Continue reading Moby Dick Journal Chapters 48 – 52

Archetypes in the Classics

"Archetype: a recurrent symbol or motif in literature, art, or mythology." Dictionary.com I love archetypes! It comes from the fact that I see the world through the lens of narrative, and so I love finding the themes and ties that bind the world together, and make stories possible. Archetypes do just that! They present the … Continue reading Archetypes in the Classics

22 of the Most Exciting Children’s Books of All Time

May the Force be with you! It's Star Wars day, and in honor of this momentous occasion, I want to direct you to some books that will be as monumental for you to read as Star Wars is for you to watch! Epic adventures don't just come to life on the screen - there are … Continue reading 22 of the Most Exciting Children’s Books of All Time

Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 35-47

"What do ye do when ye see a whale, men?" "Sing out for him!" Sorry I missed last week's update! I was out of town, camping with my family and making new friends. It was a magical weekend, so no regrets on my part. 🙂 But I never stopped reading, so now you're getting two … Continue reading Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 35-47

Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?

Ever sloughed through a painful book, wishing you had not committed to it, but feeling guilty if you put it down and pick up something new? You feel like there’s something wrong with you for not liking a book that everyone else has exuberantly recommended, so you want to finish it to keep up appearances. … Continue reading Do I Have to Finish the Book I Hate?

Why Make a Reading Plan?

Reading Without a Plan I've never had a reading plan before. My personality craves independence, and I don't like the idea of structuring my life, particularly my entertainment, so I've never chosen to pre-plan my reading, watching, or activities list for the year. I dread the feeling of being 'boxed' in. Then last year, I … Continue reading Why Make a Reading Plan?

Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 22-34

At last, I have seen the fabled captain Ahab, and slowly, over the course of 12 more chapters, I have begun to get a whole sense of his personality. And yet I still feel like I know him very little, mostly because he strikes me as a man of action, and no action has as … Continue reading Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 22-34