Classic Books

Rereading Jane Eyre: Why it’s good to read books we don’t *like*

I first read Charlotte Bronte’s Jane Eyre in graduate school. It was during an ill-advised semester I’d registered for two courses on novels and a third on literary theory. Some weeks, my required reading hovered around 2,500 pages. I constructed elaborate reading schedules derived by dividing the week’s required pages by my average page-per-hour count.… Continue reading Rereading Jane Eyre: Why it’s good to read books we don’t *like*

Reading Effort 2017

Reading my own books in 2017: January reads

This month, every book I read came from my existing library. I’m going to savor that for a minute… [*dramatic pause*] This is the first month since making the conscious decision to read my own books that all my reads were my own. Of course, I must thank Andi of Estella’s Revenge for #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks and… Continue reading Reading my own books in 2017: January reads

The Reading Life

Would you want to erase your memories of favorite books?

Last month, I saw the attached photo about books and memories. I immediately began thinking of the books I’d want to experience for the first time. These included my favorite books from childhood, the Harry Potter series, A Tale of Two Cities and David Copperfield by Charles Dickens, among endless others. But when I though… Continue reading Would you want to erase your memories of favorite books?

Classic Books · Screen Adaptations

What makes film adaptations work?

When I call film adaptations successful, what I usually mean is, they capture the tone, mood, and spirit of what I experience reading. So what does that mean, exactly?  Reading a great book makes me think and create. It invites me to make connections and, from those connections, to make meaning. It allows for ambiguity without… Continue reading What makes film adaptations work?

Classic Books

What I learned by reading Nikolai Gogol

How much do our expectations for a book factor into how we end up assessing it? Most of us have some experience having expectations for books. Especially when it comes to super-hyped bestsellers. We hear a book praised from every corner of the inter webs and expect to have a transcendent experience. We read the… Continue reading What I learned by reading Nikolai Gogol

Classic Books · Reading Challenge 2016

Updated – Reading time: The When Are You Reading? Challenge

My first year participating in the When Are You Reading? challenge hosted by Sam at Taking on a World of Words is officially completed. And I’m happy to report I was able to read books set in or written in each time period represented in the challenge. When I joined it in June, I had three… Continue reading Updated – Reading time: The When Are You Reading? Challenge

Reading Challenge 2016

The unabridged list of books read in December

Well, here we are again: on the cusp of a new month and a new year. As it’s my last roundup of 2016, it’s the right time to reflect on my attempt to read my own books this year. It has been the most meaningful reading effort I’ve participated in and one that I’m looking… Continue reading The unabridged list of books read in December