Favorite Authors:

William Shakespeare (1564 – 1616)

L. M. Montgomery (1874 – 1942)

C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

Ray Bradbury (1920 – 2012)

Harper Lee (1926 – 2016)

Favorite Poets:

Seamus Heaney (1939 – 2013)

John Donne (1572 – 1631)

Czesław Miłosz (1911 – 2004)

W. B. Yeats (1865 – 1939)

Emily Dickinson (1830 – 1886)

Favorite Books:

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Hamlet by William Shakespeare

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery

Favorite Poems:

Holy Sonnet XIV: “Batter my heart, three-personn’d God” by John Donne

“As kingfishers catch fire” by Gerard Manley Hopkins

“Esse” by Czesław Miłosz (tr. by Miłosz and Robert Pinsky)

“The Song of Wandering Aengus” by W. B. Yeats

“I Would Like to Describe” by Zbigniew Herbert (tr. by Czesław Miłosz)

The 139th Psalm

“There’s a certain slant of light” by Emily Dickinson

“Postscript” by Seamus Heaney

6 thoughts on “Favorites

  1. Thanks for your recent response to my comment on Verbal Dreaming blog – a comment that led me to your blog 🙂 You’re only 18? I can’t tell you how happy that makes me – your pledge to read the written word promises to shape your brilliant future.

    Now for two books I’m recommending (more accurately – insisting with all due respect) you must read.

    A Winter’s Tale by Mark Helprin – without question, one that forever holds a place on my top 10 list. Set in New York city at the turn of the 20th century – poignant, engaging and masterful fantasy. A few years ago a movie based on the story hit theatres – I couldn’t bring myself to watch. The book was perfection, movies never capture the essence/nuances of a great novel.

    Next – The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini – once again, dismiss the movie and pick up the book. If I had my way this book would become required reading in high school. Hosseini (in my humble opinion) is one of the greatest writers of our time. This book changed me.

    Looking forward to exploring more of your blog 🙂


    1. Thank you so much for your kind words and thanks for checking out my blog!

      I heard about Winter’s Tale when the movie came out, and I nearly went see it. I guess it’s a good thing I decided against it! I fully agree: movies almost never live up to the book. I even found the To Kill a Mockingbird movie, which some people will say is as good as the book, to be lacking. You just can’t cram the same kind of experience that reading a novel gives you into two hours.

      I’ve heard plenty of good things about The Kite Runner too, so I think I might have to try that one. Thanks for the recommendations and thanks again for reading my blog! 🙂


      1. Whew! So glad you didn’t see the movie.I hope you find time to read the book – can’t wait to hear your impression. As for the Kite Runner – not only exquisitely written, it gives dimension and sobering insight into the Muslim world.

        If you feel inclined – a few of my favorite posts….





        Sorry, I’ll stop now 🙂 Just wanted you to view a glimpse of who I am 🙂 Would welcome you doing the same.


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