Everything I need to know I learned from Harry Potter

It’s funny, really, what you can learn from a children’s book. And funny how powerful such a book can be. Only, it’s not funny at all. It’s true. Right now, I want to talk about one children’s series: Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone was first published 20 years ago today, and it…

Lessons from rereading

Every reader’s dilemma: “So many books, so little time.” It kills me to know that there are so many wonderful books that I’ll never get the chance to read. Because of that, I don’t usually reread books. I used to. When I was younger, I reread books all the time. I’ve read each of the…

Another reason to love reading

There are plenty of things I’m not very sanguine about, but on the whole, I have a fairly optimistic view of human nature. I think people are mostly good and that there’s not as much bad as it’s easy to think there is. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to hold on to that view. And…

The Problem with Classics

I love a lot about classics. For the most part, there’s a reason they’ve stuck around. As wonderful experiences I have had reading classic literature, there are some definite challenges that come along with it. One of the challenges of reading classics is reconciling “old-fashioned” ways of thinking with modern expectations. This stood out to me…

The Classics Book Tag

For something slightly different today, let’s do a book tag! It’s simply a series of questions to answer and then you would tag somebody that you also want to answer those questions. Except I haven’t actually been tagged to do this one, and I’m not going to tag anybody, so I guess this is more of…

The Right Time

When I was eight, I tried to read my first adult book. I seem to remember it being at least 800 pages long, although Goodreads claims it is just over 400 pages, so…there’s that. It had been given to me by my grandmother and was part of an enormous series called The Work and the…

Reading wrap-up: part 2

If you missed part 1 of my reading wrap-up, click here. It’s time for more books! We’ll jump right into it. I remember hearing oodles of rave reviews for We Were Liars by E. Lockhart when it came out a few years ago. I’m not sure why I waited so long, but I was in the mood…

Reading wrap-up: part 1

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I have read a lot over the last few weeks, so I thought I would share what I’ve read and what I thought about it. I was planning to put it all in one post, but it got a little wieldy. (Yes, I’ve read that much.) So I’ve…

Lionheart

Hello again. I don’t know about you, but it still feels weird to say that it’s 2017. Maybe a few more weeks and it will feel normal? After my little unplanned hiatus over the last few weeks (sorry – I was enjoying time with my family and then got sick as soon as I got…

One Undervalued Way to Make the World a Better Place

There have been many, many times over the course of my life that heartbreaking stories have dominated news media (for varying lengths of time, whether it is minutes, hours, or days). At those times, I always look at everyone around me, and I read what people post on social media, or listen to what they…

Jane Eyre

I mentioned Jane Eyre recently and before it got any further from when I finished this book, I just had to say this: Can we take a minute to appreciate how awesome Jane is? Honestly. She has courage in her convictions; she is logical, practical, intelligent, and observant; she is humble and willing to admit fault, but…

Comfort Reads

I love this time of year. Hearty stew, thick scarves, brightly colored leaves, roasted vegetables. Everything warm and soothing. I found this has even spilled over into my reading choices at the moment.  When it was time to decide what to read next last week, there was nothing that jumped out at me for a…

Some Recent Reads

This week, I thought I’d do a quick overview of some of my recent reads. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness–First a little fangirl moment here. I had the very great pleasure of meeting Patrick Ness the other week and he signed this book for me. I may or may not almost have cried. Who can…

Reading Classics: Where to Begin

For the longest time, I felt extremely intimidated by classic literature. I think it started when I was between 8 and 10 and tried to start a few different classics. I was far too young, but for years and years I just thought that I wasn’t smart enough to read them. I thought classics could…

Misfortunes of Being a Bibliophile

In case you can’t tell from my other posts, I am completely obsessed with books and reading. I will happily preach the benefits of being a bibliophile and defend the importance and benefits of reading. Today, though, I thought I would write about those “misfortunes” (very tongue in cheek, of course) that readers everywhere can relate…