R.I.P. Harper Lee

Where do I even begin? If you’ve followed this blog for any length of time (or if you happen to know me), you probably know already that To Kill a Mockingbird is my favorite novel and that its author Harper Lee is one of my favorite writers. Lee has had a bigger influence on meContinue reading “R.I.P. Harper Lee”

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Bookish Links — July 2015

So, maybe Atticus Finch isn’t a racist at all? Here, author Bryan Davis offers an interesting perspective on Atticus as he appears in Go Set a Watchman. Author Eric Metaxas was in Oxford last week to interview several authors and scholars, among them Michael Ward, Peter Hitchens, and Walter Hooper (C. S. Lewis’s former secretary).Continue reading “Bookish Links — July 2015”

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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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What’s the Point of Art?

All my life, I’ve been attracted to artistic things. I’ve taken dance lessons for years, I love classic movies, and obviously, I love literature too. Believe me, I’ve tried to like STEM subjects in school, or rather, I tried not to like arts as much. Studying math and science just seemed so much more usefulContinue reading “What’s the Point of Art?”

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Bookish Links – June 2014

Sorry this month’s list is rather lean. I had a dance recital at the beginning of the month, then mounds of school work (I’m homeschooled so while y’all are on vacation, I’m still working. But I get fall off and that’s my favorite time for vacations anyway!). But I still managed to scrounge up aContinue reading “Bookish Links – June 2014”

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The A to Z Bookish Survey

This is a little questionnaire I found over at a blog called The Resurgent Bookworm. She got it from Brown Paper and that person got it from The Perpetual Page Turner, making me the fourth person to add this to my blog. Let’s see how it goes! Author you’ve read the most books from:  Continue reading “The A to Z Bookish Survey”

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The 3 Best Fictional Dads

Good evening, folks, and Happy Father’s Day a day early! I knew I had to write something bookish about Father’s Day, so why not gush about some of my favorite characters? I’m afraid this isn’t a very complete list; I haven’t read nearly as many novels as I wish to have read, so my judgmentsContinue reading “The 3 Best Fictional Dads”

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In Defense of the “Unrealistic” Hero

A tree which lies low grows least. —Old English Proverb            Many times, you’ll hear the complaint that certain characters in literature are too good to be true. They set the bar too high, people claim. They’re bad influences, supposedly, because they give us expectations about ourselves and others that no one can possibly liveContinue reading “In Defense of the “Unrealistic” Hero”

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Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Year of first publication: 1960 Year of publication for this edition: 2006 Number of pages: 323 Publisher: Harper Perennial Modern Classics Genre: Fiction Sub-genres: Southern Gothic, coming-of-age, courtroom drama, historical fiction Subjects: the American South, Alabama, civil rights, racism, growing up, law, girls, fathers, families, the Great Depression, children      Generations of schoolkids have grownContinue reading “Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee”

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