First Impressions: The Confessions of Saint Augustine

Let the proud deride me, O God, and all whom you have not yet laid low and humiliated for the salvation of their souls; but let me still confess my sins to you for your honor and glory. Allow me, I beseech you, to trace again in memory my past deviations and to offer youContinue reading “First Impressions: The Confessions of Saint Augustine”

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First Impressions: Anna Karenina

I’ve had an unread copy of Anna Karenina in my bedroom for about two years now. Last week, I decided to start reading it, bringing to it a hazy conception of the plot and a slight sense of inadequacy stemming from my chronic neglect of Russian novels. At this point, I’ve just started to readContinue reading “First Impressions: Anna Karenina

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First Impressions: The Picture of Dorian Gray

So, this post is a bit late. I usually do my “First Impressions” posts after reading only a chapter or two of a new book, but this time, my interest in reading exceeded my patience for blogging. I am now at Chapter 8 of The Picture of Dorian Gray, which puts me near the halfwayContinue reading “First Impressions: The Picture of Dorian Gray

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How G. K. Chesterton Changed My Mind about Detective Stories

I try to stay open to books in genres and styles that I don’t often read, but one genre that I routinely avoid is the mystery genre. Part of my problem with mystery stories is that they’re almost impossible to read more than once, and part of it is that very few of the mysteries IContinue reading “How G. K. Chesterton Changed My Mind about Detective Stories”

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First Impressions: Go Set a Watchman

I can’t believe I just typed that title. Go Set a Watchman doesn’t hit the shelves until Tuesday, but the first chapter is already available to read at The Guardian, The Wall Street Journal, and The Sydney Morning Herald. Some intend to wait until July 14 to read it, but you know me: I jumpedContinue reading “First Impressions: Go Set a Watchman

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First Impressions: My Name Is Asher Lev

I made a sort of tacit promise to myself that, so far as I could help it, I was going to read only one book at a time, at least for the next few months. I promptly threw that plan out the window when I returned from a Barnes and Noble trip with a copyContinue reading “First Impressions: My Name Is Asher Lev

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I Tried, Flannery. I Really Tried

You may recall last December when I posted my intention to read the works of Flannery O’Connor in the days to come. I decided that she was worth a shot after hearing everyone–from college professors to miscellaneous bloggers–tout her as one of the greatest authors in the world. Having read three of her stories, it’sContinue reading “I Tried, Flannery. I Really Tried”

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Lions, Space Ships, and Lonely Dinosaurs: the Strange and Wonderful World of Ray Bradbury’s Short Fiction

For Christmas, one of the things I wanted most was Barnes and Nobles’s leather-bound collection of three books by Ray Bradbury. Well, I got it and I am a very happy camper. 🙂 The collection includes one novel, The Martian Chronicles, and two short story anthologies, The Illustrated Man and The Golden Apples of theContinue reading “Lions, Space Ships, and Lonely Dinosaurs: the Strange and Wonderful World of Ray Bradbury’s Short Fiction”

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First Impressions: The Merchant of Venice

Yes, I’ve started yet another book. I had been missing Shakespeare ever since I finished Hamlet a few months ago, so I decided to add this play to my list. It’s an odd one, I know. It’s not terribly well-known like Hamlet or Macbeth and among those who do know it, it’s rather infamous. That’sContinue reading “First Impressions: The Merchant of Venice”

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First Impressions

    I usually like to take my books one at a time, but seeing as I couldn’t help myself, I am currently chipping away at three (very good) books. One is The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy, another is The Voyage of the Dawn Treader by C. S. Lewis, and the other isContinue reading “First Impressions”

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