Reading Effort 2017

Reading wrap-up: May reads and purchases

Well, our May reads are in the history books. Or at least in our Goodreads “read” file. I can hardly believe how quickly this year is flying by! All of the books I read this month related either to the Gilmore Girls reading challenge we’re doing at Books, Ink or my personal project to read… Continue reading Reading wrap-up: May reads and purchases

Classic Books · The Reading Life

Homer’s The Odyssey: How I chose which translation to read

“You know what the ancients said…” Growing up, I heard this phrase more times than I can count. The “ancients” referred to the ancient Greek philosophers, poets, playwrights, etc. I don’t know if this is true in all Greek families, but in mine, ancient wisdom was standard fare. One bit I remember my dad repeating (and… Continue reading Homer’s The Odyssey: How I chose which translation to read

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016

Wednesday Reading Roundup: September 14

When I last updated my reading activity, I was roaring through Nathan Hill’s The Nix. The image of Scotty comes to mind: “I’m givin’ her all she’s got, Captain!” (Confession: I actually had to Google that Star Trek reference). I plowed through the novel and then regretted doing so because it ended too soon. And… Continue reading Wednesday Reading Roundup: September 14

Classic Books · Reviews

Rereading Homer’s “The Iliad”

Since Stephen Mitchell’s 2011 translation of the The Iliad came out, I’ve been telling myself that I should reread this epic poem. The last time I read it, I was in high school studying modern Greek with a tutor. This tutor came to my house each week. Seated at a round table in my parents’s shades-of-brown… Continue reading Rereading Homer’s “The Iliad”