“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: "Kidnapped" by Robert Lewis Stevenson
This might be the first complete Stevenson novel that I've ever read (dare I confess this much?). It's was interesting because for Stevenson this was a historical novel already, so for us it's really old. His language is kind of slow and wordy, but I really liked all the Scottish accent stuff. I loved the kidnapping, the shipwreck, and the lone man on an island parts at the beginning, but then we spent the middle hundred pages running through the Highland hills. That was pretty laborious, and the ending was just a neat tie-up (could Alan have at least run off with the barmaid or something???).
Overall, I enjoyed it, but it might be a while before I read it again, and I don't plan on attempting to read it aloud ever again! I have a lot of respect for Stevenson, though. I heard one of my favorite professors give a speech about him several months ago, and I know there is plenty more to appreciate!