I am halfway through my yearly reading challenge! So exciting! To my knowledge, I've never read 50 books in a year – and certainly not so many long ones! Making a reading plan at the beginning of the year was definitely a huge help to getting this done. Even 25 books in a year is … Continue reading

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

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

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

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 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

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!

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

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

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

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

50 BEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME

Do modern novels make you cringe? Does it feel like everything written after 1950 is shallow, immoral, or ridden with sloppy language? If your soul is slowly shriveling away inside of you and your eyes are screaming at you to find something, ANYTHING, worth their time to read, I have a solution for you! First, … Continue reading 50 BEST BOOKS OF ALL TIME

The Classic I Never Knew

Brave New World In January at the beginning of the year, I was staying with a friend in New Hampshire for a couple weeks and browsing her bookshelves. I caught site of A Brave New World, and asked her if she thought I'd like it. As both of us were liberal arts students who had … Continue reading The Classic I Never Knew

Favorite Books!

Hey guys! I don't usually break the fifth wall - you know how much I love writing a story and just putting it out there. Without commentary, without introduction. But I'd love to hear more from all of you! So I thought I would share a list of my top ten favorite books, and then … Continue reading Favorite Books!