Many claim the detailed, imaginative Middle-Earth is why Tolkien's books are popular, but the faith his characters display is what makes "The Lord of the Rings" phenomenal.
H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald is a memoir about how she trained a northern goshawk for falconry after her father's unexpected death. Like her experiences, the book is full of strange, wonderful, and unexpected things, including stories about T.H. White. But the most unexpected thing was when she called John Muir a liar... Continue Reading →
I like to think that I don't belong to a book club because no one is ready to dissect a text the way I do. But really, the reason is much simpler. I'm an introvert. I want to dissect books without actually talking to people. It sounds impossible, but I've found something to scratch my... Continue Reading →
Listening to the last episode of Binge Mode: Harry Potter got me thinking. The question I have been mulling over: Who is your favorite character in the series (besides Harry, Ron, or Hermione)? There are plenty of interesting people to choose from, but there's no question in my mind: Remus Lupin wins hands down. SPOILER... Continue Reading →
Even for those who don't know anything about textiles, Threads Around the World: From Arabian Weaving to Batik in Zimbabwe by Deb Brandon is a beautiful book. The photographs are rich and colorful, augmenting the text without replacing it. A textile sampler that talks about weaving, dyeing, knitting, and embroidery traditions from many different cultures,... Continue Reading →