Another 25 Book Recommendations (for the eclectic reader)

Book Recommendations

Another 25 Book Recommendations (for the eclectic reader) I know you may get very upset with me because I already gave you 35 book recommendations for the summer. As I mentioned in the previous post, I am behind in my reading, so from now until the end of September 2014, I have to play catch up so that I will honor my commitment to myself to complete my informal liberal arts education. There is no reason why I should go it alone, so I am giving you more books to read, and I am hoping that at least 20 of the books will catch your fancy, and when you choose, please choose books written by authors born in different countries so that we … [Read more...]

35 Book Recommendations for Summer 2014 – Reading List

book recommendations for summer 2014

Summer 2014 Reading List I thought about creating a list of books that I have already read to include on my book recommendations for summer 2014 reading list (15 book recommendations Summer 2012), but decided against it. Instead, the list consists of the books that I plan to read. I have not read a lot of the books that I intended to read this year because I am focused on the courses that I am taking for my informal liberal arts education. Although I am someone who is capable of spending three hours learning in the mornings, I am finding that when a lesson is over an hour in length, that’s all that I can deal with, and it is very difficult … [Read more...]

Books to Read April 2014

Books to Read April 2014

Books to Read April 2014 How many books did you read in March? I read the amount of books that I committed to reading,  just not the same ones I selected, so I am giving myself the opportunity to try it again. Since 2014 is the Year of Reading Women (#readwomen2014) it is all good. A major lesson that I have learned over the past two years is to be gentler on myself.  In case you missed it, please read Books to Read March 2014 to find out the books that we were supposed to be reading, or I should say, the books that I was supposed to be reading. One of my regular readers, who has been reading my posts for a few years now, told me that … [Read more...]

Canada Reads, Could You Defend a Book You Loved?

Canada Reads 2014

Canada Reads, Could You Defend a Book You Loved? Canada Reads made its debut in 2002, and the intent was to get Canadians reading. I thought that it was a novel idea to get people reading the same book. The year before, Chicago introduced its One Book, One Chicago where the residents were reading To Kill a Mockingbird (My review). For the inauguration of Canada Reads, In the Skin of a Lionby Michael Ondaatje won, and I rushed to Chapters to buy my copy. I slogged through that book and I found it very difficult to read (I have since heard that Ondaatje's books are difficult to read). By the way, Michael Ondaatje also wrote The English … [Read more...]

Books to Read March 2014 – National Women’s History Month #theclassics

Books to Read March 2014

To celebrate National Women’s History Month and Year of Reading Women (#readwomen2014), our books to read in March 2014 are written by women. I recommend that you read a book each week for a total of four books, but I commit to reading seven or eight. Though Middlemarch is a staple on the lists of must-read books, I doubt that I will attempt to read it for March because it is close to 900 pages in length. I possess all the books on the list except for The Golden Notebook and The Complete Poems of Emily Dickinson, so I will choose my books to read from books that I already have. Female Authors: Books to Read in March … [Read more...]