april reading roundup

The Well-Educated Mind

It's been a long time since I did one of these! It's been hard making time to read in between all my other busy-ness but I did start on a number of books. Early on this month, I decided to put on my reading list classics that, for some reason or other, had passed me by (I'm sure we all have [read more] about april reading roundup

evenings with Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey

Earlier this summer, I was on a Jane Austen kick (we'd just got back from a busy vacation and were dealing with sickness--and all I wanted were cosy, comfort reads or films). Persuasion My first Jane Austen craving was a desire to re-watch the 1995 Persuasion adaptation, starring Amanda Root. [read more] about evenings with Jane Austen

first quarter reads

The Rook

2013 has gotten off to a great start, reading-wise. Here's a sampling of some of the books that have kept me up late into the night, turning pages. An Urban Fantasy of a Different Kind The Rook by Daniel O' Malley Dear You, the body you are wearing used to be mine. Who can resist an opening [read more] about first quarter reads

5 family read-alouds to try

Over Sea Under Stone

You've been reading chapter books to your kids since your oldest was 2. You've read through all of the Narnia and all of the Little House books--twice. You cheered Harry on through his years at Hogwarts, went on a tour of Mr. Wonka's amazing chocolate factory, and teared up when Charlotte died. [read more] about 5 family read-alouds to try

you can keep your Mr. Darcy

I prefer the other adaptation of Persuasion, but this Captain Wentworth is handsomer. Yes, I'm shallow that way.

I have nothing against Mr. Darcy, really. Like almost every woman out there, I enjoy the Colin Firth/Jennifer Ehle Pride and Prejudice  but Mr. Darcy does not set my heart aflutter. I'm sure he and Elizabeth Bennet will deal very well together, but I don't envy her good fortune. Sure, he's rich and [read more] about you can keep your Mr. Darcy