Saturday, October 15, 2011

She Who Loves Required Reading.

Yes, I am odd.  I get so excited when I get to read new things for school!  As weird as it may sound, I am truly grateful to Seton for providing me with such awesome literature, such as:

The Scarlet Pimpernel.  This is now one of my all-time favorite novels.  My mom read it immediately (and I mean immediately) after I finished it, and she loved it as much as I did.  Now I'm reading Petticoat Rule by the same author - only, I'm using Project Gutenberg, because it's out of print.  *insert guilty glance at the Pledge to Read the Printed Word  button in sidebar*  But anyway, this is a really awesome book.  Please don't just see the movie instead: it's rather different from the book, and it has some quite inappropriate parts.

Lay Siege to Heaven. The story of St. Catherine of Siena, this was very inspiring for me.  I actually wrote the book analysis for this one (as opposed to my BA for The Scarlet Pimpernel, which I never did....) and though I didn't grade too well on it, it made me think about the story more deeply.  It's beautifully written - much more like a novel than a biography.  I can't wait to read Louis de Wohl's other novels, like The Quiet Light and The Living Wood.  Definitely try this one!

The Screwtape Letters.  Okay, so what if this is for eleventh-grade English and I'm still stuck with tenth-grade English?  I couldn't help but "preview" it, and it's so very good - amusing and scary and lesson-teaching, all rolled into one unusual story, which takes the form of letters from a devil to an under-devil.  Weird, right?  I was skeptical too, but now I'm converted. (No pun intended.)  Hopefully I'll get to read Lewis' other works soon...I'm especially interested in Till We Have Faces.  If I ever get to read this, it may mean another literature feature for my lovely (and long-suffering) readers!

A Tale of Two Cities.  Charles Dicken's famous, well-beloved, and well-hated novel.  (HOW COULD YOU HATE THIS BOOK, PEOPLE?)  I don't believe I can write very coherently about it, especially without giving Important Things away.  Suffice it to say that it's a beautiful tale of love, injustice, and sacrifice.  And it'll probably make you cry, unless you are one of the above-mentioned haters.

 Well, that's all for now.  Now tell me:  have you read any of these books?  Did you like them?  Got any suggestions for the bibliomaniac?  Tell me everything!  I'd love to hear from you.

PS - Would you happen to have anything that you'd like me to post about?  Let me know, if you do!


  1. Screwtape Letters was amazing! That book made me realize failings I'd never even recognized as failings before. And The Scarlet Pimpernel was great too!

  2. Victoria- I recently got a copy of Screwtape letters and have not read it yet. I do love CS Lewis and am sure I will enjoy. Great job blogging, I like coming back to see what you are up to. Kiss the family for me okay? Aunt Amy

  3. Oh my word! My family uses Seton too!
    I love Louis de Wohl's books! Lay Siege to Heaven and Set All Afire are my two favorites of his...and I hope to read more by him in the future along with the Screwtape letters :)
    Oh.. and I L.O.V.E.the scarlet pimpernel and the tale of two cities.

  4. Ah, another Setonite! :)

    I know, they're just so mom bought me The Quiet Light, and I'm quite enjoying it.

    Seems like we have similar literary tastes! :D


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