Like her contemporary, Elizabeth Gaskell’s concern for social rights during the Industrial Revolution is apparent in her writings. Her first novel, Mary Barton is no exception. Read more
The more we read on the Holocaust, the more we’ve realized how similar our world is today. It reminded me of the adage, “Those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it again.” Maybe in the thoughts below, you can also see some similarities between our present world and the past. Read more
Is it morbid that our favorite books in bookclub are on World War Two and the Holocaust? I’m going to give you a math problem here (get your calculator ready). We have read nine books in total. Four have been World War Two/Holocaust stories. What percentage of books were on these topics? If my estimations are correct (and they rarely are), that’s roughly 50%. Read more
Apologies for my first “post” this morning! I was working on the featured image and went to hit the PREVIEW button. Guess what I accidentally hit instead?
If you remember on Tuesday, I was in an awful predicament. It was my rule to post at least a quote per week (you could call it my quote quota….don’t strain yourself laughing) but I broke it twice consecutively! In consequence, I had to catch up and finally did so tonight. Read more
My soul has vanished within the pages, but it couldn’t be happier. The book introduced me to itself as a mutual friend of From Dust And Ashes. As Goyer’s second novel about Mauthausen concentration camp, I became overjoyed to know its acquaintance. Part One was a casual stroll meeting the new characters and generally getting to know the plot. It reminded me some of the previous book, but still contained its own personality. I sighed for days of yore, but still respected it as its own person. Part Two, we ran deeper into the woods until we were finally sucked in during Parts Three and Four. My soul, hand in hand with the book, has now been lost. Deep inside the recesses it fell in love with Night Song never to be seen again. Read more
It’s a queer thing a book. How can a few letters stuck together on pieces of tree have the power to make itself home in my heart? My soul has encountered a life changer. Read more
April 12, 9:00 AM marked the hour of pure bliss. Breakfast still stained my lips when I went to pick up the phone for our bimonthly meeting. Olive Oil answered on the other line and we promptly dove into our study on The Book Thief by Markus Zusak.
The Book Thief is unique for this main point. As narrator, Death gently calls us in to heed Read more
I’ve been recently sharing my favorite books from the past year. Sadly, we come to the last one. For those who have missed my other posts on 2015 books, check them all out at the links below.
This next book is highly important to me for the message it gives. It is..
Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe
Rated A –
I believe each individual should have this on their shelf.
I think everyone is relatively familiar with this work, but how many have actually read it? How many have actually grasped the message? To one, it may just be a nice, entertaining, historical fiction novel, but to me, it was a wake-up call for America and her church. Whether it was read during the times of the Civil War or read even today, the message of this book still holds true. People cannot see people as people, and here the church sits idly by doing nothing.
Not only is this story convicting, Read more