The Ink Dark Moon

The full title is The Ink Dark Moon: Love Poems by Ono No Komachi and Izumi Shikibu, Women of the Ancient Court of Japan, translated by Jane Hirshfield and Mariko Aratani. These two women wrote in the Heian era, which lasted from 794 to 1185. Ono No Komachi (834 – ?), and Izumi  Shikibu (974?…

Classics Club Spin, #17

What’s the Classics Club? It’s an initiative for whoever wanted to participate, to pick a least of 50 or more classics to read in the span of five years. (A classic is difficult to define, thus, I keep it simple. I pick books that are 50 years or older, and that are acknowledged as classics,…

Alfanhuí

Alfanhuí, by Rafael Sánchez Ferlosio, ★★★★★ Worth Re-reading! Published in 1951 In English, Alfanhuí Considered the first magic realism book in the Spanish language. Alfanhuí has made a dent in my soul. Colorful and tender, unexpected, unassuming, Alfanhuí is magical. An ode to language, but language that draws with it solid meaning and pregnant with the…

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.…

Classics Club Spin, #16

It’s time for another Classics Spin! What is the spin? It’s easy. At your blog, before next Friday, November 17th, create a post to list your choice of any twenty books that remain “to be read” on your Classics Club list. This is your Spin List. You have to read one of these twenty books by the end of the…

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…

The Scent of Water

The Scent of Water ★★★✫ 3 & 1/2 By Elizabeth Goudge, 1963 I’ve changed my reviewing method. This is a full star, ★, and this a half star, ✫ ★★★★★ 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…

10 Fingers for God

Review for Back to the Classics 2017, and Classics Club. Title: Ten Fingers for God, ★★★★✫ by  Dorothy Clarke Wilson, 1965 My Rating System ★★★★★ 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,…

Northanger Abbey

Northanger Abbey, Jane Austen, ★★★★ Written in 1803, published in 1817 This is my grading system ★★★★★ Not to miss, worth re-reading ★★★★    Books that surely have stayed with me. ★★★       Very enjoyable read, recommendable. ★★          Meh. Nothing remarkable. ★             Run. I bet most of you know Northanger Abbey was written as a satire of the Gothic novels of the…

The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey

The Daughter of Time, by Josephine Tey 1951 ★★★✫ I read this book for our August book club meeting. It’s also a suggested fiction title recommended for my daughters in the curriculum we follow, for their junior or high school years. I’ve also seen this book recommended for book clubs, as one which ensues good…