Beloved by Toni Morrison

Although I do not like reading violent stories, one of my favorite books has such a poignant message that I love it regardless, or maybe because of, the brutal facts is illustrates.

In Beloved by Toni Morrison, the ghosts of slavery live on, even though it is the year 1873. In one sense, Beloved is literally a ghost story: former slave Sethe and her daughter, Denver, are haunted by the ghost and apparition of Beloved, Sethe’s daughter. However, the true ghost haunting 124 is more significant, for the ghost is not a tangible person, but rather memory. Even eighteen years after her escape from slavery, Sethe is haunted by her past.Continue Reading

Reading Journal (16 Sep): What is Rebecca Reading?

(For BBAW, we are to answer a question from the meme. I’m answering the “What are you reading? question. I can’t be brief. Sorry; this is as short as I get. So technically, this is just my regular reading journal. I’m not really doing anything specifically BBAW about it.)

  • For a few moments, it wasn’t certain that the boy would live, in which case the book I’d just begun would have been quite short. But once he took his first breath, Oliver Twist was named and therefore inaugurated into the cruel world of starvation and abuse. Yet, there is a hint of hope in the tone of Dickens’s novel that makes Oliver Twist more complicated than a simple, tragic story.
  • I was captured at first by the ominous “Velcome. Velcome to my home,” but then the story shifted away from Transylvania and to London and I’m not as enthralled. Nevertheless, how will the good guys get Dracula away from the pretty ladies of London? How many people will become undead before they can do so? The free audio narration is painful to listen to, but the story behind Dracula still has me riveted (and disgusted).
  • He threw himself on the ground and cried, big tears running down his snout. Wilbur hadn’t known that pigs were for eating! Never mind, friend Charlotte the spider will somehow save the day with her web, I’m sure. I’d hoped the farm animals would keep my son’s interest (after all, I enjoyed this book as a child), but instead he rips Charlotte’s Web out of my hands every morning after about two pages and says “play!” (Formerly, he’d play as I read to him.) Are my days of reading chapter books out loud finished for a few more years (after all, he’s only 23 months), or is this book just too boring for him, for some reason?
  • As I start each short section, I find myself humming the hymns. I love to sing, I love music, and reading the history of each church hymn is just what I’ve been looking forward! Much thanks to my mother-in-law for giving me a copy of Our Latter-day Hymns to enjoy at my leisure.
  • Christopher Robin Milne went by the name of Billy, so A.A. Milne didn’t feel he was invading his privacy by writing about him in the form of Winnie-the-Pooh. Nonetheless, C.R. Milne wasn’t crazy about being a celebrity at age 8. The Pooh Bedside Reader has lots of facts about the real story behind Milne’s characters, so this 100 Acre Woods fan is enjoying her browse through it.

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BBAW Interview with Genre Reviews: OCD, Vampires, and Rants, Oh My!


I seriously loved doing a BBAW blogger interview.

I thought that I wouldn’t have much in common with the girls at Genre Reviews: OCD, Vampires, and Rants, Oh My! I don’t read “genre fiction,” I didn’t think. But I learned that even the classics can be considered “genre fiction!” And I loved discovering how their reasons for blogging are similar to mine.

We all read and blog because we love books, and realizing that is what BBAW is all about.

Go check out Genre Reviews‘ interview of me today.

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Celebrating the Classics: A Dead Author Blog Tour? (An Idea)

Yeay! My guest post on reviewing the classics is up on the Book Bloggers Appreciation Week site!

I wrote it in response to Amy’s query on Twitter for what parts of book blogging are underrepresented. I said without hesitation, “Classics,” and I’ve been pondering that thought ever since. (This post is, therefore, rather long.)Continue Reading