The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe

Edgar Allan Poe

The Purloined Letter by Edgar Allan Poe, Review The Purloined Letter  by Edgar Allan Poe is a short story that I found at American Literature. Early this year, I read a blog post, and in it the blogger commented that reading a short story each day helped to improve his writing. As a writer, there is always room for improvement so that I can become better at my craft. But, the reason for reading the short stories is that they present opportunities for me to practice my speed reading drills while getting access to works by a variety of writers. If you use a speed reading bookmarklet to read the story, you can complete it in eight minutes or … [Read more...]

Mind Maps: Quicker Notes, Better Memory, and Improved Learning 3.0 by Michael Taylor, Review

Mind Maps: Quicker Notes, Better Memory, and Improved Learning 2.0 by Michael Taylor Can another book on mind mapping really help me? I have mentioned before that every day I visit the Digital Books Today website to see which new books are on offer for free. I recently came across Mind Maps: Quicker Notes, Better Memory, and Improved Learning 3.0 by Michael Taylor and thought that I already read a good book on mind maps, Mind Mapping for Kids: How Elementary School Students Can Use Mind Maps to Improve Reading Comprehension and Critical Thinking by Toni Krasnic. But the book was there for free so I downloaded it. Michael Taylor writes … [Read more...]

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Review

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

Mrs Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, Review Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf, first published in 1925, is a day in the life of the character Clarissa Dalloway, the perfect hostess. Mrs. Dalloway is very concerned with human connections and relationships. When the story begins, she is looking back at her life, three decades earlier, at the people who are/were her friends, and the reader gets a sense of what each person is like. Peter Walsh wants to be a writer, and is in love with Clarissa, the only problem is that he is always very critical of her, and they are constantly fighting. At a get together at Clarissa’s house, there is a new young man, … [Read more...]

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder

Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder Reading Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder took me back in time to when I used to watch the series on TV, which is based on this book. The book was an impulse purchase after I reviewed the list of books on Amazon’s 100 Must-Read Books. When the story starts, Charles Ingalls wants to move his family – wife Caroline, and daughters, Mary, Laura and Carrie – from the Big Woods of Wisconsin to the West. He sells their house and possessions that they cannot take with them. Little House on the Prairie takes place in the 1870s, after the American Civil War, and when the United … [Read more...]

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, Review

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket

The Bad Beginning by Lemony Snicket, Review The Bad Beginning: Or, Orphans! (A Series of Unfortunate Events, Book 1) by Lemony Snicket is on Amazon’s 100 Must-Read Books and since I have wanted to read a Lemony Snicket book for a while now I purchased one. I have a big problem with this particular book list because for the life of me I cannot figure out why some books are on the list. Many of the books included as must-reads have not stood the test of time. I returned to the lecture, Standing on the Shoulders of Giants: The Essential Value of a Classic Education given by Jeffrey Brenzel. In the lecture, Professor Brenzel has five criteria … [Read more...]