Reading with Kim, 2018 edition

It’s that time of the year when I get together with my dear friend Kim, to choose what books to read together. We love doing so, and then we talk about them and many more things when we meet for a coffee. These were our past titles: Brothers Karamazov ,which we will read from April till…

Summer of 2022 & Reading Plans

My summer is over, friends. And it’s okay. It’s been a wonderful summer, it has truly surpassed all my expectations. Since I start at a new school, this Monday we will have a newly hired week training session, followed by two weeks of regional and campus training to prepare for the students arrival on August…

Classics Club Spin #30, plus bonus ramblings :)

What is the spin? It’s easy. At your blog, before next Sunday 12th June, 2022, create a post that lists twenty books of your choice that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. When my reader started to get populated with several posts featuring this Classics Club Spin, number 30 already, I knew I had…

Klara and the Sun

When my friend Kim reminded me of the newest Ishiguro novel, I knew I had to read it, and I’m glad Kim joined too. In the picture I’m featuring the hardcover Knopf American edition, which print font, paper quality, and feel, are a pleasure. The idea of this book started as a children book. It’s…

Memorial Day, & Death in Holy Orders

For eight years or longer, we have been attending a Memorial Day ceremony at a nearby park where there is a wall with the names of local soldiers and military men and women who died serving our country. Today, the guest speaker was a local, Colonel Timothy Vail. We were sitting behind his wife, their…

My Friends the Poets

COVID 19 has changed much in the way we relate to each other, don’t you think? We can’t see, hug, or spend time with as many people and friends as we used to earlier in March. My friendship with Sherry hasn’t changed in that regard. I’ve known her for 4+ years, and I’ve never been…

When The Emperor Was Divine

I’m happy to announce I have a second contribution to the #JapaneseLitChallenge13 What a pleasant surprise, this short book, written in 2002. At 144 pages, it had literary quality while feeling fresh, Japanese at the core, and timeless. Over the years, in literature, I’ve read books about this time in the States, where the Japanese…

Marco Aurelius, Meditations

I remember reading this book when I was young, and finding it of profit. It’s zero intimidating. Doesn’t it startle you a bit, to commune in thought and gain wisdom from a Roman Emperor who was born on April 26th, year 121, and died on March 17th, 180? His stoic philosophy came across clearer this…

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…

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…

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…

Joys of July

Just can’t believe that July is almost over! The girls start school on August 12th and 14th, dates which coincide with their ages, -though that soon will change, since they are having birthdays this fall-. Frankly, I want school to start. Not for the girls, who are holding to their vacation time as fast as…