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…

Back to the Classics, 2019

BACK TO THE CLASSICS, 2019 More book posts! Back to the Classics 2018 is in the books. Time to pick fresh titles for the new year. I had fun photographing my beauties. I wanted to take the pictures in my backyard, on the grass and by the stack of wood, but it started to rain,…

The House of the Seven Gables

The House of the Seven Gables, ★★★✫ Nathaniel Hawthorne, written in 1850, published in 1851 ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★ Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★ Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★ Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★ Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to the higher category, an in-between of sorts.…

My Antonia

My Antonia, Willa Cather, 1918 ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. The half star, ✫, would make it closer to the higher category, an in-between of sorts. I had been wanting to read My Antonia for…

Guzmán de Alfarache

GUZMÁN DE ALFARACHE ★★★★✫ Originally published: 1599 Author: Mateo Alemán Genre: Picaresque Fiction Translator: James Mabbe Published in English: 1622 I’m so sad to see there’s no papercopy of this book in English. I’ve found this, though, http://quod.lib.umich.edu/cgi/t/text/… What’s neat about that, it’s that the translation into English by James Mabbe happened close in time to…

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

Curious case of Benjamin Button, F. Scott Fitzgerald ★★★★ Duration: 02:55:46 Includes: Lost decade — Three hours between planes — Bridal party — Babylon revisited. F. Scott Fitzgerald – Author Scott Brick – Narrator Grover Gardner – Narrator Ray Porter – Narrator Jeff Cummings – Narrator Paul Michael Garcia – Narrator This was a short audio,…

Candide, by Voltaire

Candide, ou l’Optimisme is a French satire first published in 1759 by Voltaire, a philosopher of the Age of Enlightenment. My rating: ★★★★ out of 5 stars I have no idea why I’ve waited so long to read this book. I listened to it, along with another short tale called Zadig. I will review Zadig…

Pavilion of Women

This review doubles up for the Back to the Classics, and the first completed title in my Classics Club list. Pavilion of Women, by Pearl S. Buck, 1946 Listened to book by Oasis Audio My rating, ★★★✫ Last year I read a few titles about China and Japan. My favorite was The Makioka Sisters. The Makioka Sisters…

Joy and Emma

What you see, it’s a glad scented box of trash bags, a present from my friend Erin. Erin is a young christian woman. She teaches science at a high school. She also taught the first lesson for the year for our monthly ladies’ class. We are learning lessons from the book of Philippians. Her first…