“A second hallmark of a happy home is discovered when home is a library of learning. . . . Reading is one of the true pleasures of life. In our age of mass culture . . . it is mind-easing and mind-inspiring to sit down privately with a congenial book.” - Thomas S. Monson Ensign, Oct. 2001, 2-8
Jennifer Ricks is a graduate from Brigham Young University with a B.A. in English and minors in music and history. She is an avid reader and particularly enjoys classics, YA fiction, and self-help books (just for fun!). She also loves writing nonfiction, essay, fantasy, and realistic fiction for adults, children, and young adults.
My Current Read: The Complete Sherlock Holmes, Volume 2
This volume begins after "The Hound of the Baskervilles." I had heard a lot about Holmes dying in "The Final Problem," and thought it would feel really lame when Doyle "resurrects" him, but it wasn't. He totally covered all his tracks and made a very believable excuse. I was immediately roped right in once again. I love how after the ten year haitus, Doyle makes Holmes and Watson's characters slightly different, just as he himself was a different person. It broke my heart to see Watson as a widower, typed after Doyle himself, but it's interesting in this second volume how he and Holmes have become independent and follow cases all for the fun and intrigue of it. Now I'm really interested to see how he ends it all.
Current Read: "Dawn" by Eleanor H. Porter
After "Just David," I guess I'm on an Eleanor H. Porter kick! I was wondering if all her books would feel the same, but so far "Dawn" is a lot different. It's the main character child who is in need of help instead of all the adults. I can't decide if his problem is all in his head or not, and she's killing me with the suspense. P.S. I like the British title a lot better: "Keith's Dark Tower"
Recent Read: "The Elusive Pimpernel" by Baroness Orczy
Yes, I'm a little obsessed. But I was happy to find that this is a full novel instead of a collection of stories. I really like being in Marguerite's perspective more, unlike the beginning of El Dorado. Come to find out, I should have read this and a couple of other of the books before El Dorado, which makes everything make a lot more sense, especially the title of El Dorado. It's all coming together better now, and I recommend reading them in the right order!
One thing that was really cool in The Elusive Pimpernel is how Orczy grapples with the question of where God is during all these atrocities by making the priest Marguerite's close friend. Marguerite and Percy both speak of God reverently and faithfully, but the priest's faith is too naive. You feel that God expects good people do to good things even during troubled times in addition to praying. I like how Orczy touches on this without preaching or making it a main point. I really liked this book a lot. It hits the "to read aloud with my husband" list, which is pretty good. It's too bad that the movie ruined El Dorado for me, so I liked how this book still had surprises.
The last thing I have to say is that Marguerite and Percy's relationship is one of the most beautiful in all literature. Here's just one quote "agony of joy." It thrills me! I am just crazy about their deep, passionate romance as husband and wife. It is beautiful!