Classic Reads

Classic Books for Curious Minds

  • John Locke and the Declaration of Independence

    July 4, 2020 by

    When Thomas Jefferson penned the Declaration of Independence, he was influenced by several great thinkers who had come before him, one being John Locke. John Locke was a political philosopher in the late 1600s who wrote Two Treatises of Government, among other works. I wanted to share a quote from the second treatise, along with… Read more

  • Christian Allegory and Psychology in John White’s The Sword Bearer

    June 29, 2020 by

    A Brief Introduction Hey! Today we’re going to talk about John White’s The Sword Bearer. John White was a psychologist and a Christian speaker, and both of those things, his faith and his background in psychology, are definitely present in this book. This book was written primarily for his grandchildren upon their request. They actually… Read more

  • Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant: An Easter-Inspired Tale

    April 13, 2020 by

    I wanted to share a story that surprised and touched me. I love Oscar Wilde’s writings, from “The Importance of Being Earnest” to “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” But did you know he wrote a beautiful children’s story? Here is The Selfish Giant. There are many illustrated and video versions of this story. I think… Read more

  • The Luck of the Scottish in George MacDonald’s The Golden Key

    March 12, 2020 by

    The End of the Rainbow In Irish folklore, especially of the Lucky Charms variety 😉 , there is a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. In this charming, aesthetically pleasing Scottish tale, MacDonald has his characters follow the rainbow to find a golden key instead. In this story, MacDonald plays with ideas… Read more

  • Cross Purposes

    February 27, 2020 by

    Background I wasn’t familiar with the term, “cross purposes” before reading this small, fun fairytale. According to Merriam-Webster, they are, “purposes usually unintentionally contrary to another purpose of oneself or of someone or something else.” See if you can spot any of these in this delightful tale! On an authorial/ historical note, I found it… Read more

  • The Dark Side of Light in MacDonald’s The Light Princess

    February 8, 2020 by

    Replete with metaphor and symbolism, word-play and charming innocence, George MacDonald’s The Light Princess is always a treat to re-read. My favorite types of books to read are ones with layers of meaning, which still retain their aesthetic appeal. As I re-read this classic children’s fantasy, I admired the depth and imagination MacDonald brought to… Read more

  • The Voyage of The Dawn Treader Blog 2

    January 26, 2020 by

    A couple weeks ago I visited my sister in Florida and watched the boats coming into harbor. This seemed oddly appropriate as I had begun reading through The Voyage of the Dawn Treader. The main difference (aside from the make of the ships) was that the children in Dawn Treader were on a large ship… Read more

  • Classic Childrens Fantasy

    January 1, 2020 by

    By far, this is a favorite category I enjoy reading and writing in. Sometime this year I even hope to publish my own children’s fantasy novel… For now, let me share with you a some of my favorite children’s fantasy classics which I will be blogging about in the coming months. Click on any of… Read more

  • Why did the Grinch Steal Christmas?

    December 12, 2019 by

    Why I Love the Grinch As the snow fell softly outside in a pre-Christmas covering, my family would curl up on the couch and living room floor to watch endless children’s Christmas specials. “How the Grinch Stole Christmas” was always a favorite. Dr. Seuss has a way with rhythm and rhyming that resonated with me… Read more

  • A Christmas Carol in Prose: Being a Ghost Story of Christmas

    December 6, 2019 by

    Perhaps one of the most well-known Christmas classics is A Christmas Carol, by Charles Dickens. The writing is phenomenal in its prose, but what is arguably most compelling about the tale are the characters and story arc Dickens creates. What makes this piece so famous and why does it connect with people so well, leaving… Read more

  • A Brief Introduction

    November 26, 2019 by

    Hi! Welcome to my literature blog! I am writing this blog in hopes that I might: Express my thoughts, reflections, and memories tied to literature. I tend to focus on themes, drawing on the history of the literary work. Provide a safe area for others to share their thoughts and memories on said literature. By… Read more

  • Fun Learning New Words

    July 3, 2020 by

    I’ve always loved learning new words, but all too often I rely on my intuition and the context surrounding a word to tell me what it means. As a fun project, and to combat this issue, I’ve subscribed to Merriam-Webster’s Word of the Day Here are a few I’ve enjoyed learning this past week, as… Read more

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