The Cure for the Family Summer Doldrums: Catholic Family Fun by Sarah Reinhard

Right now the wind may have gone out of your summer sails and family time together may be more about feudin’ and fightin’ than enjoying each others’ company. I’ve got the solution. How about trying: Unbirthday Party Mystery Food Night Backyard Circus Silly Story Hour Catholic Family Fun is a guide families can use for [Read More...]

A deserted town, outlaws after gold … just another day in the wild, wild, West with Louis L’Amour.

At Forgotten Classics, where we offer a sample of perfect vacation reading … Louis L’Amour! [Read more...]

Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin Series

I finally finished going through the 21 books of the Jack Aubrey/Stephen Maturin series by Patrick O’Brian. Rather a bittersweet moment in that it is nice to finally finish it and sad that this is it. The last book simply called 21 contained only three chapters as the author died writing the follow up to [Read More...]

Free or Cheap Classics “Classes” on the Internet

I must say that I have never been so interested in so many truly classic books as right now. My interest has been piqued by various bloggers and podcasters whose discussions are so interesting that I swim in the wake of their enthusiasm. These are all underway but it is easy to track back and [Read More...]

Danny Gospel

David Athey the author of “Danny Gospel” let me know that his book is free today on Amazon for Kindle/Kindle App users. This is a quite excellent first novel. My original review. His latest novel is Christopher, which I reviewed here. [Read more...]

Class Alert: Science Fiction, Part 1 – From Modern Beginnings through the Golden Age

I have been a fan of Amy H. Sturgis ever since hearing her talk about science fiction history at StarShipSofa podcast. I’m gonna say that, based on that experience alone, you’ll get a wonderful class if you are interested in the subject. But let’s let Ms. Sturgis tell you all about it. I’m thrilled to [Read More...]

An Old Classic Still Has Power to Surprise: Heidi by Joanna Spyri

Heidi by Johanna Spyri My rating: 5 of 5 stars I came across this when perusing Semicolon’s list of 55 Free Kindle Books Worth Reading. I don’t know why Heidi appealed to me at that moment but I remember loving the book when I was a child and reading it many times. I began reading [Read More...]

Whispers of the Heart

As a bibliphile I miss the almost total lack of fellow book lovers in the movies.  Sure books are sometimes part of the plot, but usually they are a means to an end to obtain some specific knowledge to move the plot.  The actual love of reading just doesn’t come through in the movies I [Read More...]

A Good Vacation: Six(ish) Books

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Hey y’all. Julie graciously gave me permission (and a login!) to post my bookish thoughts here. I’m usually over at Snoring Scholar (where I talk books, faith, and family, among other miscellany). The first week in July, I unplugged myself from the various blogs, social networks, and electronic doodads that fill my days and went [Read More...]

Riders of the Purple Sage

Another of the Oxford’s World Classics I picked up on sale is Zane Grey’s Riders of the Purple Sage, a title I’ve been familiar with just about forever. Note well: it’s not the book I’ve been familiar with, just the title. For some reason, people like to riff on it. There’s a country rock band, “New Riders [Read More...]


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