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A World of Real Fairy Tales

Are fairy tales an escape from reality, or a window into a more real world we cannot see? Sulamith Wulfing, a renowned fairy tale artist of the early 1900's, is reported to have had visions into this deeper reality, and would be far from saying that fairy tales are a world of falsehood. Her artwork, … Continue reading A World of Real Fairy Tales

Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 1-21

Some years ago - never mind how long precisely - having little or no money in my purse, and nothing particular to interest me on shore, I thought I would sail about a little and see the watery part of the world.Moby Dick, by Herman Melville Well, I am now more chapters into Moby Dick … Continue reading Moby Dick Journal – Chapters 1-21

My Journey through Moby Dick

I have been reading Moby Dick for a good two weeks now - a fortnight, as they say - and I think I shall keep a record of my observations as I make my way through. I would like to have it later to look back on, and I’d like to invite you to join … Continue reading My Journey through Moby Dick

Treading Water with Moby Dick, and the App that Finally Helped Me Read It!

Giving Up on Moby Dick Two years ago, I gave up on reading Moby Dick. It was an extremely well-written work, with beautiful descriptions, vivid characters, and striking scenes; it was a book of mythic magnitude, of fabled fame, of prosperous popularity, and yet – I could not get through the seventh chapter. The sixth … Continue reading Treading Water with Moby Dick, and the App that Finally Helped Me Read It!

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It was the winter of weepingAs they all cried out “Me too!” “Me too!”In a vale of tepid tearsOver self-inflicted sufferingWhile the root of it all, the curse of it all,Was in their deepest yearningTheir heart-sick, unheard cries forReal love, full love, true loveA love beyond their comprehension.

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 … Continue reading The Secret Garden

How a Life without Quiet has No Pleasure

And How to Find True Peace through Reading Our Modern Lifestyle Does Not Provide True Fulfillment We are creatures of habit, used to the things we experience every day, and disinclined to take up those things that would break up our natural routines. We roll out of bed, down coffee, commute to the office, work, … Continue reading How a Life without Quiet has No Pleasure

3 Steps that Make Reading Easier

We Struggle against the Classics as Ahab against the White Whale “As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote.” Herman Melville, Moby Dick Like Ahab in his battle against the White Whale, Classics are a mystery we would like to conquer, but that often seem beyond our reach. They are … Continue reading 3 Steps that Make Reading Easier

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 … Continue reading The Brothers Karamazov

Taking the Fairy Tale Blog in a New Direction!

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, … Continue reading Taking the Fairy Tale Blog in a New Direction!

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 … Continue reading 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 ChestYo 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading 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 … Continue reading My 5-Star Reading System

Dining, Drinking, and Reading

WHAT ARE CLASSICS? 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 … Continue reading Dining, Drinking, and Reading

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 … Continue reading Halfbreeds

Trinian | An Epic Fantasy

Temporary Book Cover Design - Official Cover Coming Soon! It is the end of time; the evil god Power seeks to conquer the world of Minecerva. But Trinian, the new king of Drian, defies the god and refuses to succumb to his might. With the help of enigmatic immortals, Trinian must protect Drian against Power’s … Continue reading Trinian | An Epic Fantasy

Three Simple Steps to LOVE Reading Classics

Do you want to read more classic literature, but it just feels too overwhelming? Good news! It doesn't have to be!