What I’m Reading

starrynight

Starry Night: A Celestial Adventure by Julian Froment is a collection of poems inspired by the night sky.  The poems are divided into three categories, Constellations, Around the Zodiac and The Planets.  The poems, which are based on Greek and Roman mythology, tell the reader how the various stars, Zodiac signs and planets got their names.

The author captures the vastness of the universe in his poems effectively, and the Greek and Roman mythology point of view is engaging.

I like mythology, especially Greek and Roman mythology, so these poems about the different Greek and Roman gods and heroes, how the planets and constellations got their names is interesting and enjoyable. My favorites are “Andromeda”, “Orion – The Great Hunter”, “Hercules – The Strong Man”, and “Perseus – The Hero”, although all the poems are imaginative and well-done.

ozarks

Little House in the Ozarks is a fascinating book.  Laura Ingalls Wilder wrote articles for the Missouri Ruralist before she wrote the Little House books.  These articles were written just before and after the First World War from 1911 until 1924.  Laura’s writing offers excellent first-hand information into what life in general, and on a farm specifically, was like in the early 20th century.  She writes about the state of the economy, why farming is so important, and what is necessary to run a farm successfully, among other subjects.  These articles capture Laura’s optimistic, kind, strong, humorous personality very effectively.  Her descriptions of farming and housework before modern technology are interesting, and her thoughts on trying to get more free time and the differences between city and rural life are insightful and amusing.

Since the Little House books document Laura’s life when she was young, her writings chronicling her experiences later give a more complete picture of Laura as a person.  The only issue I had is that the articles aren’t organized in chronological order.  The book would have been easier to follow if the articles had been in chronological order, but this didn’t prevent me from enjoying these writings tremendously.

King Arthur Stories

I am still reading the stories from The King Arthur Collection, which I last blogged about here. I’m on Idylls of the King by Alfred, Lord Tennyson.  It is long, so I’m taking my time getting through it, and I’m not in a rush.

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