A Literary Christmas Challenge 2018

This challenge is hosted at In the Bookcase. To join, pick your Christmas reads, write a blog post, and link to the blog in your post. Ruth at A Great Book Study and Hamlette at Edge of the Precipice have signed up for this. I saw it on their blogs. I’ll be reading Sir Gawain andContinue reading “A Literary Christmas Challenge 2018”

Top 10 Tuesday: Platonic Relationships in Books

I’ve divided this into “close family” and “friendships.” I thought I’d have 10, but I only came up with 9 in time for TTT. Maybe I’ll update this post later. Close Family Relationships 1. Morpheus (aka Dream of the Endless) & his older sister, Death, from The Sandman. “You are utterly the stupidest, most self-centered,Continue reading “Top 10 Tuesday: Platonic Relationships in Books”

Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Things I’m Thankful For

Top Ten Tuesday is hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl Public libraries — obviously — this is where I get most of my books!  my fellow bloggers: especially Cleo & Ruth and Karen — These were the blogs I was reading before I decided to start my own blog, so thanks for the inspiration  The Classics Club — I recently joined,Continue reading “Top 10 Tuesday: Bookish Things I’m Thankful For”

Review: Quicksilver

Quicksilver by Neal StephensonMy rating: 4 of 5 stars Quicksilver,the first book in the Baroque Cycle, is set in Europe during the 17th and 18th centuries, taking place mostly in England but also in France and the Netherlands. The three main characters are: Daniel Waterhouse, a natural philosopher and member of the Royal SocietyJack Shaftoe,Continue reading “Review: Quicksilver”

Review: Orlando

Orlando by Virginia WoolfMy rating: 4 of 5 stars This book is a fictionalized biography. Orlando, a young nobleman in Elizabethan England, falls in love with a Russian princess during the frost fair held on the frozen Thames during the Great Frost of 1608. She is unfaithful to him and flees back to Russia. HeContinue reading “Review: Orlando”

Mount TBR Reading Challenge

The first challenge I’m joining for 2019. I’ll update this post with the books I read. Mount TBR Reading Challenge 2019 (hosted by Bev @ My Reader’s Block) level 1, Pike’s Peak: 12 Books 1. Subtleties of the Incredible Mulla Nasrudin by Idries Shah 1/5/2019 reviewed2. Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett (read before, but not in the last 5 years) 1/26/2019Continue reading “Mount TBR Reading Challenge”

Review: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil

Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil by Hannah ArendtMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Read for the Back to the Classics Challenge 2018Category: Read a book that scares you “It is true that the totalitarian state tried to establish these holes of oblivion into which all deeds, good and evil, wouldContinue reading “Review: Eichmann in Jerusalem: A Report on the Banality of Evil”

Review: Tales of Moonlight and Rain

Tales of Moonlight and Rain by Ueda AkinariMy rating: 4 of 5 stars A wonderful collection of strange and elegant stories from 18th century Japan. The title (“Ugetsu Monogatari,” or “Rain-Moon Tales”) alludes to the beig that mysterious beings appear on cloudy, rainy nights and in mornings with a lingering moon. These nine stories areContinue reading “Review: Tales of Moonlight and Rain”


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