Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review

Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card, Book Review Preeminent science fiction and fantasy author, Orson Scott Card won both the Hugo and Nebula awards for best novel for Ender's Game and Ender's Game: Speaker for the Dead, his best known novels. Published in 1985, Ender’s Game by Orson Scott Card is a military science fiction set in a future time. Humankind faces elimination by an alien race – buggers - from another planet. Humans have encountered buggers twice before, the last time 70 years ago, but earth’s hero, Mazer Rackham won the war for humans. Unfortunately, the buggers rose again and military officials are desperate to find the … [Read more...]

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Book Review

Girl With a Pearl Earring

Girl With a Pearl Earring by Tracy Chevalier, Book Review Not much is known about the artist, Johannes Vermeer, so authors such as Tracy Chevalier and Susan Vreeland have re-imagined his life, based on extensive research on what life was like in Delft in the 1660s for someone in his position. They have presented their findings in their respective novels, Girl With a Pearl Earring: A Novel, and Girl in Hyacinth Blue. Related Post Girl in Hyacinth Blue by Susan Vreeland, Book Review Circumstances can change at the drop of a hat – the death of a spouse, the loss of a job, or even a change in relationship status. For the main … [Read more...]

Creating a Personal Library

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Creating a Personal Library How do you create a personal library? How do you decide which books to include? I have always loved to read, and I have gone through phases where all I read was one genre. But today, I would like to think that my reading is more diverse and deeper. I have read many books that were entertaining, but not keepers, so I would get rid of them. I was never intentional about creating a personal library, and to be honest, I did not even think about it. In the summer of 2007, Harriet Rubin wrote C.E.O. Libraries Reveal Keys to Success, an article for the New York Times, which made me start thinking more about … [Read more...]

Global Reads: Travel the World

Global Reads: Travel the World I cannot remember a time when I did not enjoy reading, how about you? But when I read, I read books that interest me and reading books by authors from countries other than those in the West was not at the top of my list until I embarked on my first Virtual Literary World Tour. For new readers of this blog, my mother died unexpectedly on October 3, 2012, and my heart was broken. To heal my heart, I decided it was important for me to do something that I love, which was reading. To add depth to my personal project, I decided to read books written by authors who were born in 30 different countries. After … [Read more...]

When Was the Last Time You Took Your Reading Up a Notch?

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When Was the Last Time You Took Your Reading Up a Notch? I read broadly, and I read books of varying levels of difficulty. As part of my informal liberal arts education, I am reading the classics. A few days ago, it occurred to me that the books I am reading should be global because we are living in a global world. Over the past three days, I have been creating my 30-60-90 Day Plan, and I have been intentional about the books that I intend to read during the next three months, making sure that not only the books are diverse by their subject matter, but diverse in terms of where the authors were born. Because reading the classics is … [Read more...]