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So Goes Slaughter-House-Five

Part of my Reading Journal for reading 100 Books in 1 Year. After all, it was supposed to happen. As they say on Tralfamadore: “Everything is, and was, and will be happening as it is to happen.” I have just finished Slaughter-House-Five, and I cannot say that I enjoyed it. But I liked it, I think, and if I didn’t, at least it gave me something horrid to think about. Something irreverent, filling my head… Read More »So Goes Slaughter-House-Five
Faust

Faust Part II: Feels Unguided and Too Meta

This is a follow-up article to my first reflection on Faust, which covers the prologue. You can read it here. Dramatist I am into Faust Part II now (which, by the way, I’m reading through Serial App, which you should totally check out), and all through Part I, I must say, the Dramatist was going strong. I was really appreciating the story – what parts of it I could follow – and I felt like… Read More »Faust Part II: Feels Unguided and Too Meta

The Eternal War between Director and Playwright

The Relationship of Faust’s Opening to the 8 Basic Motivations As part of my journey to read 100 books in 1 year, I just began reading Goethe’s renowned play Faust, and despite the small amount of information that I had previously known about the play, the beginning surprised me. Pretty sure the story is about a scientist who sells his soul to the devil, so when a Director, Dramatist, and Comedian came on stage and… Read More »The Eternal War between Director and Playwright
Reflecting on The Two Towers where Frodo dreads the pain of Mordor, in the same way as Christ dreads Golgotha

Frodo to Mordor and Christ to Golgotha

By Elizabeth Russell Frodo to Mordor Frodo mounts the peak of a stony crag and gazes across the expanse to the overshadowing gloom of Mordor. “’Mordor!’ he muttered under his breath. ‘If I must go there I wish I could come there quickly and make an end!’” The Two Towers I am currently listening to the Tokybook.com audiobook/audio-drama of The Lord of the Rings (which I highly recommend!), and when I got to that part,… Read More »Frodo to Mordor and Christ to Golgotha

48 Books to Brighten Your Child’s New Year

Let the Little Children Come to the Classics While the public education system has, for the past thirty years, been underestimating our children’s creative abilities and progressively dumbing down the required reading in class, a mass of parents have recently displayed an eagerness to have their advanced readers enjoy a far more rewarding venture into the depths of classics and culture. But where to start? You want to give your child a book that is… Read More »48 Books to Brighten Your Child’s New Year

Pride and Prejudice Excerpt

I LOVE this chapter! Tim and I did a podcast episode on it when he read it for the first time. I feel like it’s one of those you have to read every three years or so. I read it all the way through at the beginning of 2019 – I think. I’ll have to check my goodreads Reading Challenge list… But I read it recently, and I feel like Ben from Parks and Rec:… Read More »Pride and Prejudice Excerpt

4 Christmas Classics You MUST Read

Some classics are obviously Christmas themed, while others on this list merely bear a passing reference to them, but all these books are imbued with the ‘spirit of Christmas present’ deep in their pages and, like Scrooge, live that spirit all year round! 1. The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe In an unending winter, Father Christmas brings hope where there is none; and yet, in the true christian spirit, he can only come to… Read More »4 Christmas Classics You MUST Read