Much to some of my friends’ chagrin and astonishment, I have never been a fan of Jane Austen’s Mansfield Park. I’ve read it at least two or three times in the past (even doing a really good book-discussion led by Maribeth), but nothing could convince me that Mansfield Park had any of the depth, … Continue reading Mansfield Park Book and Movie Review
Heidi of Along the Brandywine tagged me with this sweet little tag ages ago. I feel bad about taking this long to post it, but better late than never, right? Sorry, Heidi. 😉 These questions are just plain fun, and I've had a great time answering them. Everyone, consider yourselves henceforth tagged! 1. If you … Continue reading The Sunshine Award #2 – At Long Last
Have you ever noticed how many older books mention God? From Sherlock Holmes to Jane Eyre, it seems that many books written before the 20th century seem to include a copious amount of Christianity. In contrast, the majority of modern Christian stories are now sharply divided from secular stories. The secular books generally leave every trace … Continue reading Oh, That Old Time Religion!
Remember me? 🙂 My apologies for neglecting this blog for so long. A lot has been going on in my life lately. I had a little run-in with a friend while playing football, and have spent the last month recovering slowly from a concussion. Then I had school to deal with - as of last Wednesday, … Continue reading Well, Hi There!
Forgive my blogging silence - life has been crazy this summer! I'm just three tests away from being finished with college, one week away from a local-authors book festival, halfway through a very complicated quilt, one day away from a friend's wedding and I'm also getting back in the swing of my part-time job. Nevertheless, … Continue reading The Mini-Reviews Post
Today is a happy day - it's the beginning of a two-week holiday for my family! The next fortnight will be filled with traveling, visiting with family and friends, lots of laughter and no school. I'm already getting super excited about the socks I'm going to knit, the books I'm going to read and … Continue reading A Little Bit of Everything
The other day, I was talking to someone about Captain America. I said how much I admired Steve Rogers's character. "I've never really cared for him," the other person said. "He's just too nice." It's not a new sentiment - objecting to characters because they're too good. It's an objection that I've heard many times, … Continue reading No More Mr. Nice Guy
Believe it or not, I have never read a single play by Shakespeare, nor seen one acted out. Until last night, that is. I have always shied away from Shakespeare, not particularly caring for the overly dramatic, and not being wildly keen about tragedy. I also (I blush to admit) have found the speeches in … Continue reading Romeo, Juliet, and the Purpose of Literature
I just finished reading Charles Dickens's Great Expectations. Words fail me. I'm still glowing with the delightful feeling I always get when I finish an excellent book. I hope you have experienced it at least once in your life: a satisfied, quiet, peaceful feeling that usually comes after a good laugh or a good cry, … Continue reading Great Expectations
As promised, here's a brief review of Alister McGrath's new biography of C.S. Lewis! I saw rows and rows and rows of C.S. Lewis: A Life, all in fresh, shiny dust jackets, in a bookstore over Thanksgiving. I picked up a copy, put it back down, read a bit here, a bit there, and debated … Continue reading C.S. Lewis: A Life