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Read more poetry
Maybe try writing some poetry
I'd love to see this topic available!
Unfortunately, I don't know much about it and can't help with what saints should be included...
Being homeless and recently orphaned, I wasn’t one to believe in angels. The girl that stopped to talk to me, on a snowy sidewalk in the bitter chill of New York, she changed that. She offered me a slice of pumpkin pie and the warmest smile I have ever seen.
Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm by Kate Douglas Wiggins
Personal Memoirs of General U. S. Grant - I was uncertain that this would live up to all the praise.
I'm quite surprised. I'm not reading this piece, but I'm definitely surprised by that; especially since I recently read a book about the Civil War...
Thanks, you all are doing a great job!
The Rape of Lucrece is a (rather long) narrative poem by Shakespeare that I would like to see on the site.
I think I would be a children's board book, perhaps with some crayon scribbles or something.
If you've read Interpreter of Maladies (another collection of short stories by Lahiri), the writing and theme of Hell-Heaven will not be new to you. However, Lahiri still crafts an amazing story and it is well worth the read.
Jhumpa Lahiri's works, in my opinion, seem to focus on culture issues. I read Interpreter of Maladies a while back, and it was a great collection of short stories. I think I'll have to find Unaccustomed Earth somewhere to read the rest of the short stories in that collection! Lahiri is just a stunning writer.
Mystery books by James Patterson along with lots of other mindless reading.
David Eddings, the first American author that comes to mind. He wrote his books with his wife, so Leigh Eddings as well...
Anything by James Patterson, one of my favorite mystery writers. Mary Higgins Clark is good, too.
Belgarath from the Belgariad/Mallorean series by David Eddings, due to his being whatever Polgara (daughter) needed, and being a strong character.
Thank you for the recommendation. I'll look into it!
I'm afraid I haven't read any of the books on your list Manichaean! The second one I will probably read at some point, but there are so many books on my list; so much to read, so little time!
Good point, Cresswga. Since you bring the idea of wanting to tackle books, I would probably have to add Infinite Jest by David Foster Wallace to my list. I got about 1/5 into the book before putting it down; it's 1,000 pages of verbosity. I couldn't handle it, but I look forward to trying it again.
We've done something similar in my classes, where each person contributes a word to a story. However, since we're writing something of bigger length here, we could try having each person contribute a sentence... If that's feasible.
@ cresswga: I feel the same way about contemporary literature. Like I mentioned before, I'm trying to read more of the classics, however I only started about a year ago.
@ manichaean: That sort of reminds of the whole deserted island scenario where if you could only bring five books, which books would you bring... Intriguing thought.
I think that I use DailyLit primarily for its large collection of classics. I'm currently reading Jane Eyre, Persuasion, and Dubliners; along a subscription to Various Quotations.
Does anyone else notice that they have started to get into more of the classics due to DailyLit? I guess that this can also be due to the fact that I had wanted to read more of the classics when I started using this site, and it certainly doesn't hurt that they're public domain.
I'm currently reading this, so now I'm looking forward to the aforementioned letter!
I'm currently reading Jane Austen's Persuasion, and I believe I've read half of her books, not including Persuasion. I plan on enjoying the rest of her books, as well!
Well, I'm actually trying to learn more of the world capitals; this might just be the thing for me, then.
Matilda in the Anne of Green Gables series, and Miss Havisham from Great Expectations. Both acted as mothers to a female character, and I happen to find them both quite memorable.
There is also, of course, Mrs. Weasley from the Harry Potter series... Not only did she care for her own children, but for Harry and Hermione and every one else that came to be with her.
I have to say, depending on where this friend's tastes leaned, I'd either go with The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck, or the Belgariad and Mallorean series by David Eddings.
It would have to depend on whether or not the person was into fantasy books, because David Eddings is an author I was raised on.
I can't remember the title of it, but I read an illuminating book about Marie Curie once.
I'm not one of the administrators, but there is a book review forum that you may want to check out. Additionally, once you complete a book, you can also start a forum and ask for recommendations...
I know I've asked for recommendations before, regarding which of Shakespeare's play to read.
For some reason, John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men comes to mind. The first lines are particularly descriptive.
The one who tried her best.
Oscar Wilde's a bit of a new discovery for me, but I'm really enjoying his work. I've finished The Importance of Being Earnest and I'm a little over halfway through The Picture of Dorian Gray, and I started An Ideal Husband as well. I've gotten one recommendation, to read Lady Windemere's Fan, so I'll probably read that soon.
Just wanted to toss this out there, that Wilde truly is amazing. Does anyone else agree with me? It's kind of odd because I've only heard of Wilde recently, but I love his work!
Great. I'm looking forward to the addition of that feature, then.
Although I realize that this website is "DailyLit" I think it would be a nice touch if people could sign up to receive installments more than once a day, say once at midnight and another time at noon?
I hadn't realized The Odyssey was available on DailyLit... And yes, that is precisely what it is.
I would definitely have to agree with you. I recently read Rilla of Ringleside for the first time and it was such a pleasure.
Currently, especially since I'm read his novel right now, I quote Oscar Wilde the most.
"There are many things that we would throw away if we were not afraid that others might pick them up." Oscar Wilde from The Picture of Dorian Gray
Yeah, I was just thinking that.
I found this quote over the weekend:
"One half of the world cannot understand the pleasures of the other." Jane Austen in Emma
The quote is saying that there are different perspectives, and even if you don't see why someone else would think that or do that, there's always a reason behind it. I think that's something everyone needs to realize and that more people need to agree to disagree.
While completing the survey I remember asking about not featuring the books I've read/rated on my profile. I did at one point get a reply from the CEO, and today I was happily surprised because my suggestions was implemented.
The boys went around the neighborhood looking for doors to kick in. They found one, just the right one. Then they went bang, bang and the door fell in. The owner of the house woke up in a fright and recognized her son's friends. Oh, were they in for it.
I would have to agree with Rotassator and Cresswga. We're doing a mythology unit in school and we're using Mythology by Edith Hamilton which keeps switching between the Greek and Roman names. It's terribly confusing but I'm starting to get a little bit better distinguishing them and matching them up.
I've found reading it with a list of all the names to be helpful, but I suppose you already figured that out, Rotassator.
That's a really good point, I hadn't noticed it.
Thank you for pointing it out.
I would have to say, out of the few plays I've read this may be my favorite. It's a pleasant read and it's absolutely hilarious. I truly enjoyed reading it and I finished it in a day.
Clicking that "Next installment" button was just unavoidable while reading this play.
Thank you for the recommendation. Dracula is on my book list and I've only heard wonderful things about it.
I found DailyLit through a list of 10 best websites, from a link from the MSN homepage. I browse many of these lists and I usually check out about 75% of the websites depending on whether or not the description appeals to me. I was somewhat skeptical about using the site since I do love reading actual books, but because of this site I'm a lot more open to e-books.
I would have to say it hasn't affected my life in any real drastic way, but it's definitely has changed me. I've read books that I wouldn't normally read, such as Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. I'm also pleasantly pleased to know that I can recognize more authors and pieces of literature now than I was able to do before.
I hope that DailyLit continues to add more books and continues to stay a free site. I love the idea of DailyLit and I love being able to use it without paying.
Thank you for your recommendation, Cresswga. I'll look into reading A Midsummer Night's Dream.
I did enjoy The Tempest, actually, so I will try to remember to check out The Forbidden Planet.
Thank you for the recommendation. I actually have Macbeth already since it was part of the book that contained The Tempest and I had been considering going with it next since I read a book that incorporated new characters into the Macbeth plot line, like Wicked by Gregory Maguire.
Since I'm familiar with the plot line, I'm already anticipating when I have the leisure to start reading it.
Personally, my internet connection is quite fast so that isn't a problem, however I would like to see more books a time. I'm constantly looking for new books to read and since I'm trying to expose myself to more of the older novels, especially those listed in the classics section, it's really difficult to look through them when you need to click every few seconds.
I'm trying to read more of Shakespeare, but I'm wondering where to start. I've only read Romeo and Juliet and the Tempest so far, so if anyone has favorites or ones that they would like to recommend, it would be much appreciated.
I would have to say that Jane Austen and Pearl S. Buck are easily some of my favorite authors. I think Jane Austen introduced me to the classic section of the library and although I've only read The Good Earth, I was blown away by it.
My other favorites include J.K. Rowling and L.M. Montgomery.
Potentially there could be a less detailed view of books as well? For example, instead of having a picture when browsing books there would only be the title and author displayed?
I found The Camel's Back by Fitzgerald a humorous and fun short story. It's already available on DailyLit, as well. I'm not much of a short story reader, although since I've only read one thing of Poe's I'd be pleased to collectively read another one of his short stories.
A Clockwork Orange
I would've wanted to write a novel, learn to swim, travel to England and ultimately, to have contributed to society.
Wow, I was just about to request L.M. Montgomery as well. I just finished Rilla of Ingleside yesterday and I'm revisiting some of my favorite childhood books. :)
I really cannot think of a book that I really truly hate, although one that I did find that the world could have gone without was a biography on Gloria Vanderbilt. I'm not sure exactly how it came to be in my house, but it was, so I read it. Not the best experience.
Great to hear that! The Importance of Being Earnest was recommended to me by a relative and I'm hoping to read it soon. Thanks for the additional feedback. :)
Moby Dick, this is my second time reading it and I stopped for about 3 weeks. Even the pretty collectors' edition copy I have cannot entice me to go near it.
It is, however, my goal to read it by the end of the year. I think I'm about 1/3 of the way through. Don't get me wrong, the language is beautiful, but every once in a while it does get rather dreary.
Wow, there are some really amazing questions...
Which book/author (does not) seem(s) to get better as time goes along?
Which author do you feel doesn't have enough readers? (Likewise, there is the opposite.)
I agree with many of the reviewers before me in that this was a short story which could have been expanded upon and that it did have a lot to with how society views different ages. Additionally, I think it may have a lot to deal with superficiality because Benjamin Button's relationship changes with different members of his family as he grows, or to be more accurate, shrinks.
5. Joyce Carol Oates, although I've never read any of her works I happen to know that her name is synonymous with productivity, and if my bills need to be paid by writing books, I mind as well meet someone who may be able to help me.
Gosh, this is a bit of an old topic and while I doubt that anyone cares, the five authors popped into my head so rapidly that I feel I just have to share them.
1. J.K. Rowling, before reading her famous series, Harry Potter, I was a struggling reader. Her works have really changed me for the better.
2. Anthony Burgess, The Clockwork Orange opened my eyes to what a person can do with language, albeit language unique to a single publication.
3. Jane Austen, I'm currently reading more of the classics due to her works. After hearing about her from my aunt I've just fallen in love what I believe to be rather trashy plot lines, but remarkable language and life.
4. William Shakespeare, as an aspiring writer I'd love to know where he got his ideas. Just a mere discussion with him would be beyond imaginable.
Well, as part of what may be the younger crowd of DailyLit, I feel that Impulse by Ellen Hopkins gave me a bit of a rush. While reading that book, which is written in first person through three different perspectives, you're following three suicidal people who have experienced the tougher side of life. The descriptions are remarkable, in that I truly felt how they would have felt; the pain, the happiness and everything else.
I agree. I was in the library and I passed by a father and son couple, where the father of the two was reading Rumpelstiltskin to his son... I lingered in the area in order to listen, just for memory's sake.
I've heard that the book is better than the movie, although the movie is supposed to be really good as well. I'm looking forward to both viewing and reading the book, so thank you for your opinion.
Although I did enjoy the book and managed to complete it in less than 24 hours, I thought that the book was a little busy and Doctorow attempts to engage the reader in the plot overcomplicated the story without it having any real purpose.
For example, the whole distorted love triangle? There end was rather abrupt and had no real explanation that I could discern. The book, although it had many not completely thought out distractions, was enjoyable and I intend to read more of Doctorow in the future, although perhaps not the nearby future.
I am in agreement with the idea of it being a timeless classic, and as such things are always worth revisiting in order to relive one's childhoold this is rated as a 4. :)
My first Edgar Allen Poe read and although it did not much endear me to his macabre style, which I have heard much of, I was indeed impressed. Not so wholly impressed by it though, to pursue Poe.
A bit of a fun read, many underlying meanings with sexual references, of course. Some knowledge about the behavior of people in such times would be helpful when reading this play, although not entirely needed.
A pretty basic read, not much in the way of complexity. A bit of a disappointment.
There are, as many of you avid readers are aware of, authors who either need money or are stuck in a contract and need to produce more books on demand. There are, additionally, a limit to many people's imaginations and therefore, to put such a person in a situation as the aforementioned, would be to expect a book very reminiscient of a former, perhaps better thought out and better written book.
Mansfield Park, being one of Jane Austen's latter books seems to follow such a pattern, a fact that I regret to admitt being myself a long-time fan of Austen's Pride & Prejudice.
Even with my blinders on I can still see clearly the similarities between Mansfield Park and Pride and Prejudice and it is shocking. There is the involvement of the clergy, the marriage proposals that are rejected due to the perception of the male's character and the same siblings eloping and running off. The only difference though, is that more of the characters do not have such a happy ending.
I actually read this book about four years ago, finishing it in a day. I found it captivating and charming, although not the best book in the world. It did help me feel very in touch with my childish side.
It took me a while to work my way through this book, but it was utterly charming.
Not my favorite of Austen's, but it's still worth the read if you like her writing.
This book, while the title may have you think otherwise, is a about a young girl, school, and a romance. The ending is cheerful, and the plot suspenseful at times. The references to some things are a little unknown, due to the book's age, but it's a great and fun classic.
The girl leads a charmed life, although extremely realistic. She struggles with pride (not wanting charity), school, and all the other normal things.
While this book may not intrigue you as much as the newest episode of the CW's Gossip Girl or another popular television show, I suggest giving this book a chance and turning off the TV. In this new era, exciting often means illegal. This book embodies good and old-fashioned, classic and happy.
I was attracted, at first, to the book due to it's title. Rebecca, as is the main character's name, is my name too. I was not disappointed as the tale of a young girl was chronicled through her young years and she struggled with obstacles that her parents passed down to her.
Her mother is still alive, but her father had passed away. With her large family, the bills were hard to pay, and she's sent off to live with her aunts. She develops such a strong bond with them.
This book is exquisite in how the book captivates all the warm feelings family and friends bring about.
Dorothy and the Wizard of Oz was a movie I'd always watched as a child. With that said, going into this book I had had high expectations. I was not disappointed.
It's a fun book, quick, light, easy to read and it reminded me of those shiny red shoes and the good times I had.
While it may not be the best read for an adult today, who has no particular connection to the story, I would suggest it to any child. If you're an adult with a childish side, this book will definitely leave you satisfied.
Little Men is the first book by Louisa May Alcott I've ever read, and after reading many of her books, I must say, that it demonstrates all of her talent in reading.
This is the book that started me on my Alcott-phase, and there's a good reason too! I recommend reading this book.
The first book in the charming series is marvelous. It's heart-wrenching. I won't reveal the entire plot, but the story starts off with an orphaned girl who really wasn't supposed to be adopted.
Her life from that mistake though, is forever changed.
While some people mock this book for how Anne imagines things wildly, I highly suggest giving this book a chance. There's a reason why there are so many avid readers of this series.
This books is a classic love story, with an altogether archaic view on things. No one is that subtle, that closed, that modest in our fast-paced modern world.
Which is perhaps, why this romance is so popular. It's a true mix-up of feelings and it's vocabulary is refreshing especially after watching even a single commercial.
This book is enjoyable, light, and beautiful.
Well, seeing as it is a bit of a sequel to the more famous Daddy-Long-Legs, it's quite good. A bit disappointing if you've read Daddy-Long-Legs prior to reading this book, however, I think most people would enjoy it.
It does seem to follow the Jean Webster pattern that was laid out in the first book, where everything is horribly chaotic but there's a happy ending at the end.