Classic Books · Readathon 2017 · Reading Effort 2017

Bout of Books 18 Begins Monday!

My 2017 reading plans are about to get a big boost: Bout of Books 18 kicks off on Monday. I love starting a new year with a readathon. Especially when said readathon falls during what is, for me, a vacation week. And when I have big, big reading plans for the new year. If you’re interested… Continue reading Bout of Books 18 Begins Monday!

Classic Books · Literary Lists · Seasonal Reading

7 Classic Christmas Stories You Can Read from Your Phone

I’m not saying I make a habit of reading on my phone. But it can be convenient. With my Nook app, I cue up my current read wherever I am. No spare moment is wasted. Standing on an eternally long line at CVS/the DMV/the coffee shop? I may just find it within myself my phone… Continue reading 7 Classic Christmas Stories You Can Read from Your Phone

Classic Books · Literary Lists · Seasonal Reading

9 Short Seasonal Stories to Read in One Sitting

Finding time to read during the holidays can be challenging. It’s not just carving out quiet time to spend with a book. The distraction of so much to do can make it hard to focus even when I do make the time. So…maybe this isn’t the week to push myself to get through the last 100… Continue reading 9 Short Seasonal Stories to Read in One Sitting

Classic Books · Literary Lists

For Jane Austen’s birthday, 8 books inspired by the iconic author

December 16 is Jane Austen’s birthday, and yet … her life and works are the gifts that keep on giving. They have been adapted, interpreted, and expanded every which way: for stage and screen, in fiction and nonfiction, in memoir and scholarly works, through blogs, memes, and GIFs. The breadth may seem exhaustive, but Austen and her… Continue reading For Jane Austen’s birthday, 8 books inspired by the iconic author

Classic Books · Literary Places

Literary Places: Charlotte Bronte Exhibit at The Morgan Library

Back in January, I wrote about my pilgrimage to The Morgan Library in Manhattan to see Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. The book I’ve reread more than any other. The book I’ll be rereading again in approximately two weeks. The book that’s my favorite holiday reading tradition because it moves and inspires me each time… Continue reading Literary Places: Charlotte Bronte Exhibit at The Morgan Library

Classic Books · The Reading Life

Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature: Book Reviews

What is the function of book reviews? Is it to “save” people from a “bad” art experience? Can bad art exist? If it’s art, isn’t it, by definition, beautiful? Otherwise, wouldn’t it be failed art or attempted art or, you know, just … not art? Recently, I read a time travel novel for middle grade… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature: Book Reviews

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016 · Reviews

The unabridged list of books I read in November

I can hardly believe we’ve arrived at the last month of 2016. My quest to read my own books is almost over, and I feel like it just began. Also, my tally of books read from my existing library reflects that. Ha. I might need to keep it for 2017. It’s that or descend into… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in November

Classic Books · Reviews

On Reading “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells

Though time travel novels are a favorite of mine, I’d not, until last week, read the one that started them all: The Time Machine by H. G. Wells. It’s one of the few time travel novels I can recall reading in which the main character travels to the future. Reading it made me realize how… Continue reading On Reading “The Time Machine” by H. G. Wells

Classic Books · The Reading Life

Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature, Part 1

Years ago, when I was trying to shape my dissertation study, I had the “brilliant” idea to study how reading changes us. I’d been a reader for as long as I could remember. I recognized that the books I’d read throughout my life, in school and out, have shaped the way I think and act… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Literature, Part 1