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

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

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