sonata58 is currently reading Grammar Devotional.
I’m 23 years old, female, from the United States. I’ve been a DailyLit member since August 13, 2009. My reading interests include Biography, Christianity, Classics, and History.
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- Crazy Busy Beautiful finished
- Sense and Sensibility finished
- Khan Academy Video Course: Algebra finished
- Who is Mark Twain? finished
- An Enemy of the People finished
- Berlitz Essential French Phrases finished
- Washington Square finished
- The Murders in the Rue Morgue finished
- The Sorrows of Young Werther finished
- The Snow Queen finished
- The Little Match Girl finished
- 'Twas The Night Before Christmas finished
- A Christmas Carol finished
- The Gift of the Magi finished
- Evelina finished
- The Legend of Sleepy Hollow finished
- Having many syllables (literally means "a foot and a half long")
"Liberty's too precious a thing to be buried in books..."
- Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
What better escapade is there than traveling down the Mississippi on a raft, running away from "sivilization"?
Atticus Finch, without question.
That man is the epitome of justice, strength, and integrity. There are not enough adjectives to describe him. And besides, he was elected to the Alabama State Legislature.
"We're so rarely called on to be Christians, but when we are, we've got men like Atticus to go for us."
Sydney Carton - A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Elinor Dashwood - Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
Melanie Hamilton Wilkes - Gone With the Wind by Margaret Mitchell
Atticus Finch - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, in honor of its 50th anniversary
The Pilgrim's Progress by John Bunyan
The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano
A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens
Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
To complete my reading of all of Jane Austen's novels. I have two more to go: Emma and Mansfield Park.
Unto Caesar by Baroness Orczy
A powerful and poignant story of a Roman prefect who sacrifices everything to remain true to his oath to God and to Caesar
I enjoy audio books as well and have really benefited from LibriVox.org. All the books are read by volunteers and are released into public domain. Quite a few of them are read very well - just as well as professional recordings.
I would suggest including the following Holiday stories, both of which are currently available on DailyLit.
The Gift of the Magi - O. Henry
The Little Match Girl - Hans Christian Andersen
Doing a subject search for Christmas on Project Gutenberg reveals a wealth of other stories and poems.
It would be great if DailyLit had a Holiday read with 25 installments - sort of like a literature advent calendar. It could include highlights of the standard Christmas literature, as well as the Christmas-related chapters in novels such as Emma, Little Women, the Pickwick Papers.
There's a special providence in the fall of a sparrow.
I think that what you do is go to the author's bio page, and in the Discussions section, you can "Add a Topic". Hope that helps.
E.g. - http://www.dailylit.com/authors/michel-de-montaigne
What about including a section of "Members with the Most Books" (particularly Read Books) in the Members section? That would be challenging and inspiring especially for us newbies. Also, I'm just curious to know the record number of read books.
I second the request for Captain Blood by Rafael Sabatini; it is PD in the US.
Gone Wind the Wind - Margaret Mitchell
It's such an accurate depiction of Southern culture. And Scarlett is so real!
1. If you were invited to a dinner with all the great authors of English literature, who would you like to sit next to? (I got this idea from author Peter Leithart).
2. Suppose it is your last day on earth and you can invite only one literary character for your last dinner. Who would it be? (I got this idea from a program I heard on BBC Radio).
Just thought I'd let you all know that I'm using IE8 and it's working for me now. Thank you for solving the problem!
Charles Dickens published his novels in a serialized form; they were written in monthly or weekly "installments" (yes, just like Daily Lit) in journals. Installments ended with a "cliffhanger" to make the readers eagerly anticipate the next installment.
I think that using Dickens' own installments would be a great way to create a book sampler, perhaps the first installment of each novel. Of course, no sampler would be able to do justice to the genius of Dickens. But the "cliffhanger" endings would hopefully inspire readers to pick up and read an entire novel of Dickens.
I think that a book sampler of Dickens' novels would make a wonderful addition. Dickens creates some of the most memorable characters. A book sampler would be a way to be introduced to or renew acquaintance with them.
"How they Kept the Faith" by Grace Raymond.
It's a relatively unknown book, but an inspiring story of the Huguenots at Languedoc. I've read the book over and over again to relive its poignant moments.
I would love to read some "swords and sandals" novels through DailyLit, such as:
Ben-Hur: A tale of the Christ by Lewis Wallace
Quo Vadis: A Narrative of the Time of Nero by Henryk Sienkiewicz
Both of which are in Public Domain in the US.