First Impressions: Madame Bovary

At night, when the carriers passed under her windows in their carts singing the “Marjolaine,” she awoke, and listened to the noise of the iron-bound wheels, which, as they gained the country road, was soon deadened by the soil. “They will be here tomorrow!” she said to herself. And she followed them in thought upContinue reading “First Impressions: Madame Bovary”

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The C. S. Lewis Quote That Everybody Gets Wrong

As I mentioned last week in my review of C. S. Lewis’s The Four Loves, the book contains one of the more famous Lewis quotes. You’ve probably seen it before: It certainly sounds like good advice, and read in isolation, it is open to the interpretation that most people give it. Oddly enough though, LewisContinue reading “The C. S. Lewis Quote That Everybody Gets Wrong”

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Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: Reading Ireland Month 2017

Greetings, readers! A quick programming note: starting next week, I’ll be participating in Reading Ireland Month, also known as Begorrathon. What is Reading Ireland Month, you ask? It’s a yearly blog event hosted by Cathy at 746 Books and Niall from The Fluff Is Raging. Basically, it’s a whole month of people blogging about IrishContinue reading “Coming Soon to a Blog Near You: Reading Ireland Month 2017”

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Christmas Books

It occurred to me some time around the beginning of the month that I really should have written a post listing all of the books I got last Christmas. I thought January might be too late to post something Christmas-related, but a quick look around the blogosphere confirmed that there are still plenty of peopleContinue reading “Christmas Books”

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Next Sunday: ‘Inspector Lewis,’ Starring Charles Williams

You may remember last Fall, there was a slight brouhaha among Inklings fans online when the British detective series Lewis aired an episode centering around a murdered Charles Williams expert and a shadowy cabal reminiscent of Williams’s own Companions of Co-inherence. The episode, whose premiere coincided with the publication of Grevel Lindop’s long-awaited biography ofContinue reading “Next Sunday: ‘Inspector Lewis,’ Starring Charles Williams”

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The Poetry Month Tag

In case you haven’t heard, April is National Poetry Month! I’m excited, of course, and even more so because several of my favorite bloggers have already done and are planning lots of poetry-related posts this month. One of those bloggers is “Hamlette” of The Edge of the Precipice, who made up this little tag asContinue reading “The Poetry Month Tag”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Book Bloggers You Should Follow

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I’ve been meaning for some time now to put together a list of book bloggers who I think should have more followers than they do. So when I found out that this week’s topic is “Ten Bookish People You Should FollowContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Book Bloggers You Should Follow”

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Update on Dorian Gray and a Question

I just finished The Picture of Dorian Gray last night and as promised, a review is in the works. In the meantime, I have a question for you. In Oscar Wilde’s preface to the novel, he states: There is no such thing as a moral or an immoral book. Books are well written or badlyContinue reading “Update on Dorian Gray and a Question”

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4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)

You may remember that in my autumn TBR post, I mentioned a Hamlet read-along that I planned to participate in. That began on the first of the month, but never fear! We’ve only gotten as far as Act 1, Scene 4, so it won’t be too hard to catch up. To be very blunt about it,Continue reading “4 Reasons Why You Should Read Hamlet (and Why Your Excuses Won’t Work)”

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Poem of the Week: “Evening”

As far as I know, this poem was never published during Chesterton’s lifetime: he wrote it down in a notebook somewhere when he was about 21 and kept it to himself. True, it’s not as intricate as Chesterton’s later poems and the style seems quite unlike him, but for whatever reason, I think this mightContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “Evening””

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Poem of the Week: “A Psalm of Life”

Please forgive my negligence in updating this series and enjoy this poem by Longfellow: “A Psalm of Life” by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Tell me not, in mournful numbers, Life is but an empty dream! For the soul is dead that slumbers, And things are not what they seem. Life is real! Life is earnest! And theContinue reading “Poem of the Week: “A Psalm of Life””

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