The Little Prince is one of those books that I have been aware of for a long time but had somehow not gotten around to yet. It’s status as an all time great is why I chose it for the ‘Classic’ square in Cannonball bingo. I’m using ‘Classic’ for my Reader’s Choice square to replace ‘Remix’. I became aware of the power in The Little Prince, and how it affects readers, through tattoo art relating to the book. In most every tattoo gallery featuring art inspired by books, you will find Little Prince pieces. Clearly, it has a powerful impact if […]
CBR11 Bingo: Birthday! (P.L. Travers born August 9th, 1899) (BINGO! Cannonballer Says square to Summer Read square/Far and Away square to Birthday square) The film version of Mary Poppins has been a favorite of mine since childhood. Even though I was a voracious reader as a kid, I never got around to reading the book. Several years ago, I watched “Saving Mr. Banks,” the mostly fictionalized account of the struggle of Walt Disney to persuade P. L. Travers to allow him to make the film version of her book. While I’m certain that the artistic license taken in that movie is very broad, it did get me a little curious […]
CBR11 BINGO: Classics (BINGO! Youth square to Banned square) FINALLY! I know that I am so amazingly late to this party, but here I am. I missed the CBR Book Club reading of this. I have read the Lady Sherlock Series (Sherry Thomas) and the AMAZING The Affair of the Mysterious Letter (Alexis Hall) re-tellings. I watched the PBS show and the RDJ movies but never read any ACTUAL Sherlock Holmes stories or novels. Now I have. Ta-da! As I suspected, the bulk of the book was about Sherlock and his crazy mind. However, I was surprised to find that the deductions that led to the capture of […]
Bingo Square: Back to School I had originally started reading a memoir as my “Back to School” square but despite how much I loved the book in 9th grade, after being barely 18% into the book, I simply couldn’t handle the amount of death and despair. Given that the book covered 20th century China and it was still in the 1940s, I realized I wasn’t in the right mindset to deal with the amount of suffering that would still come given the famine and the Cultural Revolution. Instead, due to the inspiration of the CBR book club, I remembered that […]
#cbr11bingo #Classic You most likely know at least one version of the classic story of Wild Swans by Hans Christian Andersen; but the illustrations by Charlotte Gastaut are what make this edition, retold by Xanthe Gresham Knight, fresh. Knight’s version of the story has the young princess, Eliza, sent to live with a family in a village that has not been touched by the plague that took her mother. This is after her father remarries and Stepmother knows that to keep her safe, Eliza must leave. This is also after Eliza’s eleven brothers, arrogant in their youth and knowledge, but […]
This was a book club pick in an attempt by our group to occasionally dip our toes into the classics. It had been in my TBR pile for a while, but I just hadn’t got to it yet, so being ‘forced’ into it was ok by me! Our heroine is an orphan girl working as a lady’s companion and we meet her as they are travelling abroad. During this trip, she meets the recently widowed Maxim de Winter. Despite his grief and melancholy, she makes an impression which leads to a whirlwind romance and proposal. Finally able to escape the […]
“Horror,” Laura Miller says in the introduction to the Penguin Classics edition of The Haunting of Hill House, “turns on the dissolution of boundaries […] between the outside of the body and everything that ought to stay inside.” Maybe the way horror lurks in liminal spaces, only rarely coming right out in the open, has something to do with how much I enjoy the genre. And The Haunting of Hill House serves masterfully as our guide to those cracked and uncertain places.
I’ve resolved to read more classics this year, and that puts me in a bit of a bind. There simply aren’t as many capital-C Classics by women (which does *not* reflect well on our culture), and I’m not that excited to overload on male writers just yet. I know this really means that I need to dig a little deeper and search a little harder to find the good stuff, but in the meantime, I have a few on my shelves, including one that I finally bought off of my wishlist last year: Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein. I suspect I should […]