It appears that my interest in Russia is starting to come full-circle. First it was their literature, then their language, and now their history. Olive, one of the most enthusiastic Russophile bloggers I’ve seen yet, highly recommended the work of Robert Massie—and this book in particular—to anyone who is just beginning to study Russian history.
This list started with a question asked on Twitter: Best book you've read in the last 12 months – ready, go. — Barnabas Piper (@BarnabasPiper) July 28, 2017 I chimed in with my response, but today, I thought I’d elaborate on the answers I gave. And because I found it too hard to pick onlyContinue reading “The Best Books I’ve Read in the Last Year”
One of the side effects of my reading Dennis O’Driscoll’s Stepping Stones was a desire to read more by and about Czesław Miłosz. Heaney spoke glowingly of Miłosz in those interviews, calling him a genius and saying that, from the very first time he read him, “I was in thrall,” an experience I can certainly relate to. Though I had known about Miłosz and his poetry for I can’t remember how long, I didn’t know very much at all about the man himself or the historical background against which many of his poems are set. So it was a lucky coincidence that, just as I was finishing Stepping Stones, I learned about this book, the first full-length biography of Miłosz in English.
It appears reading has taken up most of my blogging time lately. That being the case, I thought this week I’d tell you a bit about those books that are keeping me from writing. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë It’s been a while since I invested some time in a great classic novel. I’m onlyContinue reading “Current Reads, Part III”
As far as I know, there exists no full-length biography of Seamus Heaney. I thought that was an odd omission for the world’s biographers to make, until I heard about this book, a marathon series of interviews covering the entirety of Heaney’s life and career, from early childhood to the publication of what was then his latest book, District and Circle.
As you might have guessed by now from my profile picture or my list of “Blogs I Follow,” I sort of have a thing for Pre-Raphaelite art. I’m also a fan of the poetry of Christina Rossetti. So you can imagine my surprise when it finally dawned on me a few years ago that one of the founders of the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Dante Gabriel Rossetti, was the brother of the famous poetess. Not only that, but the two of them also came from an entire family of artists and writers. This was one family that I had to know more about, so I was excited to read The Rossettis in Wonderland, a biography of the family by university lecturer and Pre-Raphaelite scholar Dinah Roe.
Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. As you may know, I keep a long, long, long list of books that I hope to read at some point in the future. And with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic being “Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read ListContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books from My TBR List”
Year of First Publication: 2015 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2016 Number of Pages: 644 Publisher: Farrar, Straus, and Giroux Genre: Nonfiction Sub-Genres: Biography, Literary Criticism Note: this post contains affiliate links. Exciting things are happening in the world of the Inklings. Once a bit of esoterica for fantasy fans, this small club ofContinue reading “Book Review: The Fellowship: the Literary Lives of the Inklings by Philip and Carol Zaleski”
Year of First Publication: 2015 Number of Pages: 413 Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Genre: Nonfiction Sub-Genres: Biography Subjects: Writers, poets, artists, literature Find it on the Book Depository here. (Disclosure: I’m an affiliate.) Hello again, and happy new year! I know things have been quiet around here lately, but I’m back now, and with aContinue reading “Book Review: Joy by Abigail Santamaria”
Year of First Publication: 1955 Year of Publication for This Edition: 2012 Number of Pages: 238 Publisher: Mariner Books Genre: Nonfiction Sub-Genres: Autobiography, spiritual memoir Find it on the Book Depository here. (Disclosure: I’m an affiliate.) First, this book is not about how C. S. Lewis met his wife. A lot of people, it seems,Continue reading “Book Review: Surprised by Joy by C. S. Lewis”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. 1 & 2: Surprised by Joy and The Weight of Glory by C. S. Lewis I bought these two on impulse about a week ago. The Weight of Glory still sits in its pretty cream-colored Barnes and Noble bag, while I’ve already startedContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books on My Fall “To Be Read” List”
It’s rare that I hear about a new book before it’s published; it’s even rarer that the book turns out to be something I want to read. So imagine my surprise at finding four yet-to-be-published books that all occupy the space near the top of my “To Be Read” list! Here they are: 1: GoContinue reading ““The Delights of Anticipation””