Book Reviews, News

Book List for May 2018

I can't believe May is gone already. As usual, I have read a mix of new books and re-read some well-loved books. Here are my favorites: A Note Yet Unsung – Tamera Alexander – Clean romance, historical romance – a beautiful story of love, music, loss, and striving to achieve your dreams --  5 See… Continue reading Book List for May 2018

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Book List for April 2018

Sorry this is late! Here are my top books for April 2018.                     All these books are worth reading again, but the top four books are exceptional: The Little White Horse -- Elizabeth Goudge -- Children's, Christian fiction -- An incredible book with so many layers. I… Continue reading Book List for April 2018

Book Reviews, On Writing, Personal updates

My Favorite 25 Books of the Year

As I looked over my Goodreads list for the past year, I realized that I have read a LOT of books (over a hundred... and that’s only the ones I recorded).  I’ve enjoyed many wonderful stories from different genres, though I tend to read mostly Young Adult.  Some books didn’t make it on the Goodreads… Continue reading My Favorite 25 Books of the Year

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Graphic Novels

As a child I enjoyed comic books as well as regular novels.  One day while at Girl Scout Brownies, while all the other kids were doing a craft, I found a comic book on a shelf, and soon I was lost in the story of Elfquest.  When Brownies was over, I still hadn't done the… Continue reading Graphic Novels

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Birthday Wishes

I finished A Circle of Quiet today.  I cried.  As I have said before, when I read a book it’s as if I’m having a conversation with the author.  This book was even more like that because of the rambling style in which it was written, as if Madeleine and I were walking in the… Continue reading Birthday Wishes

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What is truth?

“A great work of the imagination is one of the highest forms of communication of truth that mankind has reached.  But a great piece of literature does not try to coerce you to believe it or to agree with it.  A great piece of literature simply is.  It is a vehicle of truth, but it… Continue reading What is truth?

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Burning the Creative Flame

“There are educationists (as jargon has it) who think that creativity itself can be taught, and who write learned, and frequently dull, treatises on methods of teaching it.  It is rather as though they were trying to eat air, with the usual result.  The creative impulse, like love, can be killed, but it cannot be… Continue reading Burning the Creative Flame

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A Special Place

Do you have a special place?  Madeleine L’Engle’s is a spot by a brook, out past the lawn, trees, stone wall, and apple trees on her Crosswicks property.  “Ontology:  the word about the essence of things; the word about being.  I go to the brook because I get out of being, out of the essential. … Continue reading A Special Place

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Wise Words

I am reading A Circle of Quiet, by Madeleine L’Engle.  How I wish she was still alive!  I would love to sit down with her over lunch and discuss books and ideas.  She had so many wise things to say.  Here is just one of them:  “A great painting, or symphony, or play, doesn’t diminish… Continue reading Wise Words