Review: The Lays of Marie de France

The Lays of Marie de France by Marie de France My rating: 5 of 5 stars The Lays of Marie de France are a series of twelve short lays (narrative poems) in Old French. I read this translation as a library ebook, but it turns out that it is also available under a Creative CommonsContinue reading “Review: The Lays of Marie de France”

Review: Midnight’s Children

Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie My rating: 5 of 5 stars I first read Midnight’s Children in 2012, but that was my second attempt to read the book. The first time was the previous year, I think. I couldn’t get through it the first time, even though I really liked the beginning. But once IContinue reading “Review: Midnight’s Children”

Midnight’s Children: Favorite Quotes: Book One

update May 12: Finished! Instead of writing a whole post for Books 2 & 3, I think I am just going to write a review… I’ll see if I can make it spoiler-free, but I’m not sure.     I already wrote a Book Beginnings post for this reread. I will have a post for Book Two nextContinue reading “Midnight’s Children: Favorite Quotes: Book One”

Review: Njal’s Saga (repost from GoodReads, 2018)

Njal’s Saga by AnonymousMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Blood rains From the cloudy webOn the broad loomOf slaughter.The web of man, Grey as armor,Is now being woven;The ValkyriesWill cross itWith a crimson welt. Njal’s Saga, written by an unknown author in the 13th century (around the year 1280), is often regarded as the greatestContinue reading “Review: Njal’s Saga (repost from GoodReads, 2018)”

Review: Hamlet (repost from GoodReads, 2016)

Hamlet by William ShakespeareMy rating: 5 of 5 stars This is the Arden Shakespeare edition, with notes and critical introduction by Harold Jenkins. I plan to see this at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival this summer. It isn’t quite my favorite Shakespeare tragedy (that’s still King Lear) but it’s certainly powerful. Hamlet is Shakespeare’s longest play,Continue reading “Review: Hamlet (repost from GoodReads, 2016)”

CC Spin #23: My First Spin

This is a recurring event at The Classics Club. I joined in 2018 but have never done a Spin before. The instructions are at the blog here. I will be reading one of the 20 books from this list, and on Sunday I will find out what I’m reading! The Golden Ass – Apuleius  Troilus &Continue reading “CC Spin #23: My First Spin”

Review: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois

W.E.B. Dubois, author of The Souls of Black Folk, was born in 1868. He earned his B.A. at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee, and went on to earn a second BA at Harvard, continuing his studies there until he earned his doctorate in history, the first African-American to earn a Ph.D. from Harvard University.Continue reading “Review: The Souls of Black Folk by W.E.B. Dubois”

Back to the Classics Challenge 2020: My List

Last year I think I read a book for every category, but I didn’t write reviews for all of them. Here is my tentative list for 2020. I haven’t read as much as I thought I would in January so far, but I will catch up soon! 1. 19th Century Classic. Any classic book originally published between 1800Continue reading “Back to the Classics Challenge 2020: My List”

Back to the Classics 2019: Wrap-Up

Hosted by Karen @ Books and Chocolate.I read and reviewed eight books for this challenge. My favorite, unsurprisingly, was The Odyssey, but  I really liked all the books. Honorable mention to The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, The Sound & the Fury, and Macbeth. 19th century: –  20th Century Classic: The Spy Who Came in From the Cold ClassicContinue reading “Back to the Classics 2019: Wrap-Up”

Review: The Metamorphoses

The Metamorphoses by OvidMy rating: 4 of 5 stars In 15 books and more than 200 stories, with transformation as his unifying theme, Ovid chronicles the history of the world from its creation to the time of Julius Caesar. I have read some of these before, in Tales from Ovid: 24 Passages from the Metamorphoses by TedContinue reading “Review: The Metamorphoses”


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