I've always relied on summer break to get a lot of my 50 books read--with no classes to take or teach, I should be able to knock out a majority of the total and be stress-free when December rolls around. Right? Well, it's not always that simple. Confession time: Every summer that I've kept track… Continue reading The Summer Slump
Summer vacation means a lot of things--long days, rising temperatures, and maybe--if you're lucky--a trip to the beach! Typically when I think of a good "beach read," I think of a really interesting fiction book that grabs your interest and transports you to another place. But why should fiction books get all the love?… Continue reading Six Nonfiction Books for Your Beach Bag
Everyone knows that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy end up together, and everyone knows how Rhett leaves things with Scarlett, but I thought I'd take a minute or two to share with you my top five unexpected love stories--books you might not recognize, or books you might not have gone into the bookstore to buy.
This morning I got my weather forecast from a groundhog, which, in my opinion, is the only truly reliable source of meteorological information. Phil said winter is over, and it sure feels like it today, so I thought I'd share four books for an early spring--two I'm familiar with and two that are on my… Continue reading Four Books for an Early Spring.
Every now and then I like to find my favorite quotes on a given topic and share them with you. Since we're in the midst of winter storm Jonas, I thought I'd share some snow quotes. It seems like every story that takes place in winter time has some lofty description of the snow. As… Continue reading Passages: Snow Edition
It's always exciting to see what the first book of the new year will be, and in 2016 my first book was A Center of Quiet by David Runcorn.
Every time I read another of Madeleine L'Engle's Crosswicks books I find myself amazed at her talent. Somehow she is able to take the liturgical calendar and turn it into a thoughtful, rambling, cyclical book about faith, writing, and motherhood.
Now that Thanksgiving has come and gone, it's time to look ahead to my favorite part of the year--Christmas! This year I'll be reading three books during the Christmas season, one is an annual favorite, but the other two are new for 2015.
I must never lose sight of those other deaths which precede the final, physical death, the deaths over which we have some freedom; the death of self-will, self-indulgence, self-deception, all those self-devices which, instead of making us more fully alive, make us less. Yesterday I posted an old review of A Circle of Quiet, the first… Continue reading The Summer of the Great-Grandmother by Madeleine L’Engle
Author's Note: This is an old review I wrote about A Circle of Quiet. I read it last November, and I thought it was appropriate to post here since I will be posting a review of another L'Engle book tomorrow. November 7, 2014: Every now and then I will read a book that marks an epoch… Continue reading A Circle of Quiet by Madeleine L’Engle