“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 Complete Sherlock Holmes," Volume 1, by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
My brother bought both volumes for me for Christmas last year and I think it was one of my favorite book gifts ever. Reading the "Complete" has been so much fun. Doyle was not perfect; Holmes takes cocaine and heroin and has some serious misconceptions about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but I still love these stories. I thought that reading the complete would make them feel repetitive--that they would all feel like the same story. On the contrary, I am facinated and spellbounded by Doyle's ingenuity in coming up with different thoughts and especially different story moods in the backdrop. When he does repeat a similar plot--such as stories about sketchy new jobs and selfish stepfathers--it feels like he's really making a statement about something he sees wrong in the world because he addresses that problem more than once, which is really interesting. One volume down, one to go, and I still can't get enough!