Classic Books · Reading Effort 2017

Reading Wrap-Up: March Reads

My March reads reflect my current reading phase. In the past, my reading phases were often based on place: Russian literature, Japanese literature, memoirs by or about Middle Eastern women. Then, a few years ago, I began reading primarily contemporary literary fiction. Maybe because I was engaging with book lovers on social media, I was… Continue reading Reading Wrap-Up: March Reads

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Modern Wisdom from Classic Books: The Human Condition

Hopefully, we’ve all had at least one moment when we’ve meet someone and thought, “I can’t believe how much we have in common!” These moments can inspire feeling seen, validated, affirmed. They can make us feel less alone, more connected. Here is at least one person out of the billions on this planet who *gets*… Continue reading Modern Wisdom from Classic Books: The Human Condition

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 · 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

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016

The unabridged list of books I read in April

Am I really already talking about the books I read in April? Yes, the same incredulity that possessed me at the beginning of last month. This year is flying by at the speed of sound (or is it light?). This month saw my highest “read” tally all year, thanks in large part to Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon. My… Continue reading The unabridged list of books I read in April

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Why are people lying about the books they’ve read?

Years ago at a party, one of my cousins introduced me to a schoolmate of his with the description, “She’s studying English Literature.” “Really?” the friend asked (slyly, I thought). “Have you heard of the book Gobbledy Gook“? I told him (haughtily, I hoped) that no, in fact, I’d never heard of Gobbledy Gook. That’s… Continue reading Why are people lying about the books they’ve read?