Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A Virtuous Reading Challenge)

A Tale of Two Cities - Charles Dickens (Bantam Books, 1989) A Tale of Two Cities was only the second book by Charles Dickens that I ever read. In the years since, I've read several more but still have always claimed A Tale as my favourite work of Dickens. Re-reading it now, probably a decade… Continue reading Book Review: A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens (A Virtuous Reading Challenge)

Book Review: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Tom Jones - Henry Fielding (Barnes & Noble Classics, 2004) This novel was first published in 1749; my copy from the library clocked in at 801 pages (before the notes). It follows the life and adventures of Tom Jones from the moment he is found in the bed of Squire Allworthy. Allworthy is as shocked… Continue reading Book Review: Tom Jones by Henry Fielding

Reading with Pearl & Rose: Robert McCloskey

If you look at my kids' bookshelves, you will probably get a good picture (pun intended) of my own tastes. I love factual, colourful, non-fiction children's books. I love stories about animals. I love detailed picture books - both in their illustrations and in their content. I look for a certain poetry in the writing,… Continue reading Reading with Pearl & Rose: Robert McCloskey

Book Review: Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner

Moonfleet - J. Meade Falkner (Puffin Books, 1994) This novel, originally published in 1898, is a great example of how a sense of pacing and adventure can change for readers over time. Moonfleet is an adventure story, clearly meant for young readers (probably boys, given the time), featuring smuggling, buried treasure, and shipwrecks. It has… Continue reading Book Review: Moonfleet by J. Meade Falkner

Book Review: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Bleak House - Charles Dickens (W.W. Norton & Co, 1977) A 500+ page book with a focus on an obscure aspect of 19th century British law doesn't exactly sound gripping and yet Dickens brings it all to life in a story filled with humour and emotion. In many ways, all of Dickens' best elements are… Continue reading Book Review: Bleak House by Charles Dickens

Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster

A Room with a View - E.M. Forster (Penguin Books, 1978) There are old-fashioned books that make you feel cozy and safe and nostalgic and there are old-fashioned books that make you thankful to live in the time we do. A Room with a View has some of each. As lovely as it sounds to… Continue reading Book Review: A Room With a View by E.M. Forster