Books, Recommendation

What I Read | NOVEMBER 2017

Wow, is it hard to go from working at a library to living in a foreign country.  From overabundance to scarcity!  Since my time is ending in Greece, I've decided to actual tackle the shelf of To Be Read books that I kept passing over.  This is actually pretty satisfying, though the going is slower.… Continue reading What I Read | NOVEMBER 2017

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Books, Recommendation

What I Read | August 2016

From a Russian classic to a dragon-centric fantasy to inspirational non-fiction...my reading tastes were diverse this month! The Idiot by Fyodor Dostoevsky I started this in July at the request of one of my new friends.  It's her favorite novel of all time, and while I can't claim that for myself, I was really impressed… Continue reading What I Read | August 2016

Books

Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill

I've already begun thinking of myself as part-Greek, which is, I know, very ridiculous.  Just because I will live in the country for a year does not mean I have a right to claim their heritage as my own....except that Cahill has written an entire book about how the Western world has been shaped by… Continue reading Sailing the Wine-Dark Sea: Why the Greeks Matter by Thomas Cahill

Christianity

My Cousin’s Sermon Reminded Me That Stories are Powerful

Yesterday I went to Downs, IL (a tiny little town outside of Bloomington) to hear my cousin preach.  I was going out of low-expectation familial support, but WOW, it turns out my family is very talented.  Steve is three months younger than me, but he is already a phenomenal preacher.  He's laid back, good at… Continue reading My Cousin’s Sermon Reminded Me That Stories are Powerful

Weekly Series

StumbleUpon Sunday (13)

StumbleUpon is a great way to lose hours of your life.  Luckily, I braved the Internet vortex so you don’t have to.  This week I found these especially interesting websites: 53 Books You Won't Be Able to Put Down I cheered at the names of titles I loved and put several unknowns in my library… Continue reading StumbleUpon Sunday (13)

Books

Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

I used to be really into novels in verse (stories told through numerous short poems), but I haven't read one in a while.  I'm so glad Brown Girl Dreaming reminded me of the art form.  It's a great way to condense a long story (in this case, Woodson's childhood) into bite-sized emotional pieces. Woodson does… Continue reading Brown Girl Dreaming by Jacqueline Woodson

Books

The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill

I've always thought of Western civilization beginning with ancient Greece or Rome.  But Thomas Cahill convinced me to take a historical step backward and consider the impact of the Jewish story as the true hinge upon which history turns.  Prior to the Jews, pagan religions viewed the world as cyclical, repetitive, and uncontrollable.  When Yahweh… Continue reading The Gifts of the Jews by Thomas Cahill