Kat Reads: “A Canticle for Leibowitz”

A Canticle for Leibowitz was written by Walter M. Miller, Jr. and first published in 1959. In 1961, it won the Hugo Award for best science fiction novel, and, according to Wikipedia, it has never been out of print. However, if you’ve never heard of this book before, don’t be very surprised; I had never heard of it either until fairly recently. On the other hand, I feel like we should all be surprised that we aren’t more familiar with…

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Hello, old friends

Life is starting to settle down a bit finally and I’m slowly getting myself unpacked and organized in my new home. This means access to and rediscovery of many things that have been in storage for the last year and a half; most importantly, my books. I still don’t have nearly enough bookcases, but when will I ever? One of my greatest delights these days is sorting and categorizing my books. Some books live in defined enough categories that they…

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Kat Reads: “The Napoleon of Notting Hill”

The Napoleon of Notting Hill by G.K. Chesterton was published in 1904. Chesterton was about 30 years old at the time and it was his first novel, though he had been working as a professional journalist in London for a few years at that point. The first time I read this book, which was just in the last year or two, I was instantly in love. I grew up on British humor and British authors, and I quickly recognized Chesterton’s…

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What I Read in a Year: 2021

This past year has involved a lot of transitions in my personal world, and even now I am just a few months away from getting married and starting a whole new chapter in life. It’s been a wonderfully blessed time, but also a bit chaotic, and more than ever I have been appreciative of the grounding nature that books have in my life. Books can provide an escape from day-to-day stress, but they can also help to give perspective and…

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What I Read: 2021 Mid-Point Check-In

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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C.S. Lewis and the Value of Revisiting Stories

This article was originally published in The Catholic News Herald of the diocese of Charlotte. I have always been an avid re-reader of books, just as I also delight in re-watching favorite movies and television series. In some ways, this is due to finding comfort in the familiar and predictable, knowing that my imagination is not going to be assailed by inappropriate or untimely thoughts and images. But I have also learned that the pieces I enjoy returning to can be treasure…

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What I Read in a Year: 2020

The last few months of 2020 got a bit hectic. I ended up moving to a new house, somewhat unexpectedly, and have spent the last several months packing, sorting, moving, unpacking, sorting some more, fixing up the old house, and did I mention sorting? I had some lovely plans for writing projects and reading goals that I wanted to finish before the end of year and, well, none of that really happened. But now I’m slowly getting settled in the…

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Kat Reads the Great Books: The Iliad

It’s been over a solid decade since I read many of the “Classics” of English Literature in college; Homer, Chaucer, Dante, Milton, etc. At the time, it was my first exposure to many of these texts, while I was also simultaneously attempting to juggle many new life experiences, relationships, and responsibilities. I am ashamed of the practice, but willing to admit, that I often didn’t give my best to studying the books I was assigned to read in my classes,…

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What I Read: Halfway Through 2020

Please note: I have intentionally decided not to include Amazon links (unless something is available exclusively on Amazon). Instead, if you are interested in reading any of the books I mention, I encourage you to check out your local library or independent bookstore. These places (and the communities around them) need your support, and they are generally quite willing to order any book if they don’t currently have it in stock. However, if Amazon is still the more practical choice…

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Julian of Norwich’s Revelations of Divine Love

This article was originally published in The Catholic News Herald of the diocese of Charlotte Sometimes the right book finds you just when you need it the most. I had not heard of Julian of Norwich before this past year, when her book “Revelations of Divine Love” was assigned for the Well-Read Mom book club, a national community with small groups all over the country (wellreadmom.com.) While I am not a mom myself, the ladies of the local group warmly welcomed me…

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