The Iliad, post 2

I’m wholly under the spell of the Iliad. As Cleo wrote her second post on Books III and IV, my comment was becoming so long, that I decided to bring it here, to the blog. She ends it with this question, which I’ll address shortly: What’s with Agamemnon disparaging further leaders who are on his…

Readers will… ahem, buy books?

My favorite used and new book store, has recently relocated. I had not visited the new location until yesterday. It’s always strange when a place that’s been home to books, that you’ve visited for many years, changes. The new space is not as warm and curated as the old one. At the entrance, they had…

2019 Reads and my Life Around Them

*Scroll down to the bottom of post for full list. Thanks* My time has come! It’s one of my favorite posts to write. I do love reading your recaps as well. Don’t be shy, and share your links to your yearly recaps in the comments if you wish. I count these posts as Christmas/Birthday presents.…

Japanese Literature Challenge 13

JAPANESE LITERATURE CHALLENGE 13 #JapaneseLitChallenge13   #JLC13   #JapaneseLiterature Click here or on the logo to read more about it. And this year, I met DolceBellezza, who is hosting this challenge. She’s an extraordinary person with whom I share my love for books, my faith, my passion for teaching, we both enjoy perfumes, and we shared our admiration…

December

It’s the day after the Thanksgiving holiday. I’m subbing, and typing this at a break. How can it be December? In another sense, I’m glad it’s December. The Thanksgiving holiday week was amazing. I hope it’s a foretelling of more good times to come. Thursday we had our neighbors over for a long Thanksgiving lunch.…

N or M?, by Agatha Christie

I guess we’re all emotional readers, or to say it better, reading has an emotional component that’s more present in some of the books we read, and at some seasons in life. I talked about my experience of reading Moby Dick, which will forever be associated with my substituting, raising teens, and the passing of…

Emerging

It’s Halloween day in the States. At around 9:00 am, I finished reading Moby Dick at a class I’m subbing at in high school. My blog tells me it was August 9th when I wrote that I committed to read Moby Dick. It took me roughly three months. Time is emotional. This book will always…

104 Thrilling Pages

My reading week looks like this: Moby Dick, -currently on chapter LVI, almost half way through it-, Eco’s book on translation, the latest article by Imprimis, my daily Scripture reading, and this short book by Márquez, The Story of a Shipwrecked Sailor. I will never tire of saying how amazing Moby Dick is. Not only…

A Rich Life

The other day, my youngest was telling me that I always buy books. I believe that’s true. I told her that books are to me more than just buys or expenses, they are my life. From bibles, to non fiction, classics and contemporary books, books in English and in Spanish, books are part of who…

Plans and projects

This is a draft post to help me have a reference for the many books, challenges, and projects I’ve been talking about with you lately, and that I plan to join in. 2020 Read Alongs and Challenges 1. ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE With Ruth, I’ll be reading and blogging about this book. This was…

High Tide

When I homeschooled the girls, this author and homeschooling mom, Melissa Wiley, wrote about her homeschool being tidal. I believe my reading life to be tidal as well. This means there’s moments of high energy and activity, followed by other times where for some reason, I’m not as engaged, and I may feel a bit…

It’s so Classic Book Tag

I was reading Ruth’s interesting entry with this title, It’s so Classic Book Tag, hosted by Rebellious Writing, and I realized that she tagged me to do it. I’m supposed to tag five others to do this, but I don’t know if you’d like to do it. I’m thinking about Janakay, Chris, Kim, Sherry, Maria…

Door Stopper Classics, or Moby Dick, Take II

Lately I’ve been mulling over some long iconic classics of the size of Don Quixote, Moby Dick, One Hundred Years of Solitude, A Tale of Two Cities (or almost any Dickens), Les Miserables, Midnight’s Children, War and Peace (many Russian titles), Fortunata and Jacinta… What makes us want to read them, keep reading them, love…