Book Reviews

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

All the Questions You Ever Had About “Parker’s Back”

Another story in Flannery O’Connor’s collection of short stories Everything That Rises Must Converge, “Parker’s Back” is the narrative of Parker, a young man married to a very bitter and ugly wife, who had an experience of the transcendent when he was young that he has been chasing ever since. He is finally confronted by it in an image of Christ that he has tattooed on his back, and he expects this image to connect… Read More »All the Questions You Ever Had About “Parker’s Back”

Everything that Rises Must Converge

By Flannery O’Connor We've been creating podcast episodes regularly for awhile now, but I've been negligent about blog posts and emails to accompany them, so I will be doing that once a week now until I'm caught up!This podcast is part of our initiative to read more of the greatest books ever written, discuss them, and better understand them. We invite you to join us in our quest after the leviathans of literature.  Tim: Everything that… Read More »Everything that Rises Must Converge

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 no longer a simple, wild fantasy – Through the Looking Glass is Alice in Wonderland, but older. As Alice learns… Read More »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 the defining characteristic is that they like to sit comfortably at home in their dry, well-stocked Hobbit-holes. So what happens… Read More »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 don’t forget to put out your nets!” Lloyd Alexander, Taran Wanderer Taran, a young man without family or homeland, journeys… Read More »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. From the heights of heavenly mountains down to the depths of the earth and back again to the warm sunshine,… Read More »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, I often had to put it down just so I could breathe. A modern retelling of King Arthur and the… Read More »The Once and Future King