1984 by George Orwell
Challenges / Classic Literature / Dystopian / Highly Recommended

1984 by George Orwell

1984 has to be one of the most disturbing books I’ve read, between the creepy parallels with our current political situation, and the torture and brainwashing.  Animal Farm has always been one of my favorite books, for its basic but powerful allegory about political corruption.  1984 takes this idea to a very different level. Written in … Continue reading

Exploring Children’s Classics: Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family
Challenges / Children and YA / Classic Literature

Exploring Children’s Classics: Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family

Next in my exploration of children’s classics written by women are The Railway Children and All-of-a-Kind Family, both set around the turn of the century, although The Railway Children was actually published near that time, while Family was published in 1951.  Both novels are written by women about families that are struggling economically.  Both have … Continue reading

Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables
Challenges / Children and YA / Classic Literature / Part of a Series

Exploring Classic Children’s Series: Betsy-Tacy and Anne of Green Gables

For the Women’s Classics challenge, I’m exploring classic children’s books written by women.  In September I read two books, Betsy and Tacy Go Over the Big Hill, and Anne of Avonlea.  I had read the first books in the series, but these two were new to me. The Betsy-Tacy series was written by Maud Hart … Continue reading

Challenges / Children and YA / Classic Literature

Reading Children’s Classics by Women Authors

I haven’t done anything this year for the Women’s Classic Literature Event, which is hosted by the Classics Club, but since it’s September and it’s Back to School time, I was thinking about re-reading favorite classics by women authors. I’m looking specifically at books published before 1950 and in about the 8-10 age range. When … Continue reading

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson
Challenges / Classic Literature / Highly Recommended

We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Last year, when I read The Haunting of Hill House, a lot of readers said that We Have Always Lived in the Castle is their favorite Shirley Jackson novel. I can see why. This was Jackson’s final novel, published in 1962. It’s a story about two sisters, Mary Catherine (Merricat) and Constance, who live with … Continue reading

Spooky Halloween reads: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James
Blog Hops and Other Memes / Challenges / Classic Literature / Paranormal

Spooky Halloween reads: The Turn of the Screw by Henry James

Every year, the RIP challenge encourages bloggers to review Halloween-themed reads (paranormal, mystery, horror).  This is my first review for RIP X. I appreciated Portrait of a Lady, even though I didn’t enjoy it, nor did I sympathize much with its heroine. With this book, however, I may have decided that I dislike James’ writing … Continue reading