A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

When my friend Mariah asked if anyone wanted to join a group read for A Moveable Feast, I eagerly committed to do the read, and I’m so glad I did! Mariah and I are book buddies, and she had mailed me a copy in September. Knowing that my TBR is long, I knew that the group read was the perfect way to ensure I read it before it gathered dust-sigh. Continue reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

5 Classics You Must Read! Guest Post #1

Mariah @austenandarthur

When Jessica first asked me to write a guest post for the blog, I’ll admit that I had a moment of panic. I’m terrible at keeping up my own blog, though, once upon a time, some friends and I ran a slightly successful blog called Victorian Swag. I think it still lives on in some dark, musty corner of the Internet.  After much debate about what I possibly had to share with all of you dear readers, I had an epiphany. So here I am, sticking true to my English Literature teacher roots and sharing the five classic novels you need to this instant. I tried to pick books that aren’t as widely talked about. So, you’ll find no Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, or The Three Musketeers on this list. Even though those are all excellent and highly recommended novels, I decided to dig a little deeper for my recommendations. Enough of my rambling, I present to you the five classic novels you must read immediately: Continue reading 5 Classics You Must Read! Guest Post #1

Jesus and Magdalene by Joao Cerqueira

Lion by Lion Publications 2016

Summary

“Jesus returns to earth and meets activist Magdalene who is fighting for a better world. He finds an extremist ecological group, which is plotting to destroy a maize plantation it believes to be genetically modified. Then, he observes the rise up against a tourist development that is to be built in a forest reserve. Finally, he witnesses an armed conflict between blacks and gypsies. However, although he limits himself to accompanying Magdalene attempting only to pacify those on bad terms, even then Jesus is unable to escape the fury of mankind. And only a conman will recognize him. Using humor, Jesus and Magdalene broaches recent phenomena of social and political conflict.” Continue reading Jesus and Magdalene by Joao Cerqueira

The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames by Clifford Stanley Sims

As an Outlander fan, when I saw this reference book for sale at the library, I picked it up! I’m extremely interested in family history so I found this book fascinating. Shouldn’t we all know, or show interest in our histories? At least being somewhat aware, in order to  honor our ancestors.

Listed below are some of the names we see in Outlander, and their origins! A fun and fascinating Thursday post! Continue reading The Origin and Signification of Scottish Surnames by Clifford Stanley Sims

News!

I am happy to announce that we will be featuring monthly guest blogs and author spotlights! We have a platform and want to feature voices other than just our own, for every voice has purpose and should be heard!

If you are interested in participating as a guest blogger or featured author, send us an email!

Looking forward to collaborating with you friends!

Jessica

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The Alchemyst The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel

Author- Michael Scott 2008 Ember

Goodreads Summary

“Nicholas Flamel was born in Paris on 28 September 1330. Nearly seven hundred years later, he is acknowledged as the greatest Alchemyst of his day. It is said that he discovered the secret of eternal life. The records show that he died in 1418. But his tomb is empty and Nicholas Flamel lives. The secret of eternal life is hidden within the book he protects – the Book of Abraham the Mage. It’s the most powerful book that has ever existed. In the wrong hands, it will destroy the world. And that’s exactly what Dr. John Dee plans to do when he steals it. Humankind won’t know what’s happening until it’s too late. And if the prophecy is right, Sophie and Josh Newman are the only ones with the power to save the world as we know it. Sometimes legends are true. And Sophie and Josh Newman are about to find themselves in the middle of the greatest legend of all time.Continue reading The Alchemyst The Secrets of The Immortal Nicholas Flamel

The Best Gifts, Books!

A book is forever, a gift that can be enjoyed over and over again. Some of my most cherished gifts are books with handwritten notes from the giver, to a from and the occasion given. I’m one who gives books, and always leaves a note. My niece, age two, is the recipient of most nowadays. Here are ten recommendations, in no particular order; books in my opinion that would make excellent gift!

1. Wolf Hollow by Lauren Wolk.

Technically a children’s book, it’s one I’ve recently read and fell in love with. A tale of innocence and unfairness, through a child’s eyes.  Absolutely one of my favorite books ever. A full review can be read in a previous post.

2. C.S. Lewis Signature Classics

My author of the year. I’ve consumed each one of the seven books in this collection, and each are ones that should be on every shelf. Purchasing this edition you’ll get each all in one book.

3. The Weight of Ink by Rachel Kadish

A historical fiction. I recommend this one for serious readers looking for something deeper and more meaningful, a book that will make you think.

4. Dragon Teeth by Michael Crichton

Another historical fiction and perhaps the most underrated book of the year.  An easy read that is quick and fun!

5. Our Lost Constitution by Senator Mike Lee

Non-fiction and I learned A LOT from this one.

6. Jesus Calling by Sarah Young

A daily devotional, one that was recommended to me a few years ago. It’s a great way to start every day.

7. More Than Bread by Marya Layth

A book of poetry and prose, and one that gave me a new love for poetry. A solid thought provoking collection. (Available on Amazon.)

8. Harry Potter- A History of Magic

If you’ve ever wondered about the folklore and magic that inspired Harry Potter, this book is the one! Draft drawings from J.K. Rowling, rare manuscripts, real “wands” and so much more!

9. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling

I thought everyone has read Harry Potter. I thought wrong! If you’ve watched the movies and never read the book, you’re missing out on the world that is Harry Potter! READ THE BOOKS!

10. A vintage book

I collect old books, and some of my favorite reads come from books which have been around for years and forgotten. A vintage book makes the perfect gift. You can find one for every purpose- history, cooking, military, non, classics and more!

Jessica