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
I recently attended a writing lecture hosted by a fairly successful author whose stories I have always strongly disliked. I figured that if nothing else, I could at least gain a better understanding of why I disliked her books and writing style, and avoid them in my own writings. When she opened the floor … Continue reading In Defense of Love
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
Before I start, let me say that I fully acknowledge and appreciate the convenience and portability that e-books offer. They greatly facilitate the ability to read anywhere, anytime, since almost everyone nowadays has e-book capability on their smart phones. Yet even though I have occasionally taken advantage of the nifty invention called e-books, I have … Continue reading 10 Reasons Why Paper Books are Better Than E-Books
Recently, I had a birthday, and let me tell you, it was nothing short of fabulous! Any day that combines books, the color blue, beautiful weather, a Benedict Cumberbatch movie, dear friends and church football is bound to be fantastic. Add birthday cake and candles into the mix, and it's just about perfect. If I … Continue reading A Literary Birthday Party
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
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
As a writer and reader of fiction, I am always excited to defend the genre of fiction against those who consider it to be useless. I know, personally, how extremely important the lessons, examples and friendships in fictional stories can be to readers. Little did I know that Thomas Jefferson believed this as well! … Continue reading Thomas Jefferson Defends Fiction