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…

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,…