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

Updated #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: January Reading Wrap-Up

Honestly? I had no intention of doing a reading challenge in 2016 until I discovered #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks at Estella’s Revenge. For the uninitiated, it’s where you read the books you already own. Sum total. How you choose to interpret it is all you, as suggested in the challenge’s subtitle: “The ‘You Do You’ Reading Effort.” Can… Continue reading Updated #ReadMyOwnDamnBooks: January Reading Wrap-Up

Classic Books · Literary Lists · Reading Challenge 2016

5 books I bought in 2015 and will be reading in 2016

If you happened to visit the Internet last month, you may have noticed: December featured bags and bags and overflowing bags of “best of 2015” book pieces. And why not? It’s entirely reasonable, at the end of the year, to take stock, and if this stock-taking culminates in 3,592,743* “Best Books of 2015” articles, well,… Continue reading 5 books I bought in 2015 and will be reading in 2016