Classic Books · The Reading Life

Why read children’s literature?

Children’s literature holds a prominent place on my reading list. Seven of the 16 books I’ve read this year are classified children’s or young adult novels. That tally will increase when I finish my current read, Alison Uttley’s charming A Traveller in Time. I’ve been thinking about what draws me to children’s literature because of a Guardian… Continue reading Why read children’s literature?

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016 · Reviews

The unabridged list of what I read in February

February delivered what feels suspiciously like a reading slump, but not exactly. I say “not exactly” because I’m still reading (what else is there to do? I have few other interests, really). But I’m distracted and a little bit restless. #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks felt like my anchor and inspiration this month. When I struggled to focus on what the heck… Continue reading The unabridged list of what I read in February

Literary Lists · Reading Challenge 2016

10 times Because of Winn-Dixie moved me

It’s a curious exercise, thinking about why something moved you. Reading Kate DiCamillo’s Because of Winn-Dixie* last weekend, I wondered, Why can’t I stop the water from leaking out of my eyes?! (Something that also tends to happen when I read Brian Selznick’s books!) It wasn’t just during the sad bits, either. It was non-stop waterworks and… Continue reading 10 times Because of Winn-Dixie moved me