The third book of the Oz series starts with a storm at sea, seemingly far away from Dorothy (who lives in Kansas) and from Oz (which is surrounded by deserts). But we soon learn that Dorothy is journeying on a ship with her uncle Henry, whose health has been broken down by the hardships of … Continue reading #Ozathon24: Bringing the Sun Underground
With the third book of the Oz series, we have the return of Dorothy and her meeting with the newly discovered ruler of Oz, along with a plethora of new characters including a feisty chicken, a mechanical man, and the underground Nomes. With its blend of excitement, humor, and suspense, it's one of the best-constructed … Continue reading #Ozathon24: Ozma of Oz
For this month's Ozathon posts, be sure to visit The Book Stop, where Deb will be hosting the wrap-up. The Marvelous Land of Oz was L. Frank Baum's follow-up to his breakout success, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. As a child, I was always a bit puzzled by how different Book 2 was from Book … Continue reading #Ozathon24: A Land of Life
Much as I love reading, L. Frank Baum's The Wonderful Wizard of Oz probably had a greater influence on me through the movie version, which I watched on TV every year -- this was before recordings made it easy to watch our favorite films at the touch of a button. It was a kind of … Continue reading #Ozathon24: Journey into the heart
I'm so happy to be hosting an Ozathon - that is, a book-per-month readalong of the 14 Oz books by L. Frank Baum. Even if you don't manage to read all the books, you're welcome to join any time and sample some of the series. I'm looking forward to this journey with you. See the … Continue reading #Ozathon24 begins: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
Alison Uttley, The Country Child (1931) In my last Make me read it poll, The Country Child by Alison Uttley edged out David Copperfield and The Scarlet Letter for the win. I'd had a hard time getting into the first chapter of this fictionalized memoir of the author's childhood in early 20th century Derbyshire, and … Continue reading You made me read it: The Country Child
For the next several months, I'm joining in a readalong of C.S. Lewis's Narnia series, hosted by Chris of Calmgrove - starting with this month's volume, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. As I mentioned earlier, while the Narnia books have many weaknesses, they were incredibly formative for me as a reader and thinker, … Continue reading Through the wardrobe door: #Narniathon21
Some months ago Chris of Calmgrove announced plans for a Narniathon -- reading through the seven Chronicles of Narnia, one per month, starting in December with The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. I've been looking forward to this chance to revisit some of my childhood favorites together with other readers, and I'm so excited … Continue reading Join us in a Narniathon?