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

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

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