My Book Reviews

"There's no royal road to learning; and what is life but learning?"
-Mr. Wilfer from Our Mutual Friend

Favorite Books

1.  The Robe by Llyod C. Douglas

2.  All Quiet on the Western Front by Remarque

3.  The Mayor of Casterbridge by Thomas Hardy

4.  The Sea-Wolf by Jack London

5.  Silas Marner by George Eliot

6.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Victor Hugo

7.  Amazing Grace by Eric Metaxas (biography of William Wilberforce)

8.  A Rage for Glory by James Tertius de Kay (biography of Stephen Decatur)

9.  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

10.  The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson

11.  St. Augustine’s Confessions

12. The Consolation of Philosophy by Boethius

13. The White Horse King by Benjamin Merkle (biography of Alfred the Great)

14. Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell

15. Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne (the good translation!)

16. Wreck of the Medusa by Alexander McKee


And anything by Jane Austen or Charles Dickens!!!

My Book Reviews
The books that fall in the crevices of time (400, 1600, and 1850) or thereabouts might find themselves on either page.  I have followed Susan Wise Bauer's list, and I think she sometimes placed a book in one spot or another based on it's content and what was going on in history at that time. 

A Few Good Quotes

"It is both revealing and invigorating to occasionally set aside the worries of life, seek the company of a friendly book and mingle with the great of the earth, counsel with the wise of all time, look into the unlived days with prophets...From the reading of "good books" there comes a richness of life that can be obtained in no other way...To become acquainted with real nobility as it walks the pages of history and science and literature is to strengthen character and develop life in its finer meanings. "
-Gordon B. Hinckley Millennial Star, December 21, 1937.

“The real life we’re preparing for is eternal life. Secular knowledge has for us eternal significance. Our conviction is that God, our Heavenly Father, wants us to live the life that He does. All we can learn that is true while we are in this life will rise with us in the Resurrection. And all that we can learn will enhance our capacity to serve.”
-Henry B. Eyring

"The more you trust and rely upon the spirit, the greater your capacity to create" 
-Dieter F. Uchtdorf

The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.
-L.P. Hartley

A good novel contains hundreds of truths.

"And as to me, I know nothing else but miracles" 
— Walt Whitman (Leaves of Grass)

"It seems to me, after maturely thinking it over, that the best amends for having got out of the square is to get back into the square."
-Mr. Venus from Our Mutual Friend
If you think of this world as a place intended for our happiness, you'll find it quite intolerable: think of it as a place of training and correction and it's not so bad.
-C.S. Lewis