Climbing the O’Fallon Library’s Stairs: A Deep-Dive into the Classics with a Librarian

Hi, my name's Heidi and I like to read. What do I like to read? Predominantly science fiction, fantasy, historical fiction and self-help titles. That being said, I have aspirations of being a "classically" well-read person. What do I mean by classics? The most-tagged classics on Goodreads.com (one of the largest websites for readers in … Continue reading Climbing the O’Fallon Library’s Stairs: A Deep-Dive into the Classics with a Librarian

Robinson Crusoe Published Apr 25, 1719: A Reader’s Advisory

Sometimes considered the first English novel, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe is 298 years old today. One of the first novels ever written, Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe  (1719), the classic adventure story of a man marooned on an island for nearly 30 years, is part of our culture. Booklist Summary: The story begins with the universal quest: the young … Continue reading Robinson Crusoe Published Apr 25, 1719: A Reader’s Advisory

A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, A Reader’s Advisory

For this week's Five Star Friday recommendation, I turn to one of my favorite books of all time - even when it was required reading in high school.  A Tale of Two Cities remains heartbreakingly relevant and is a timeless classic for a reason: its poetic opening, the cathartic conclusion, unrequited love, sacrifice, revenge, violence, revolution, and social commentary. … Continue reading A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, A Reader’s Advisory

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, A Reader’s Advisory

This week's #5starfriday selection is poised to help you recover if you were forced to read The Grapes of Wrath in high school.  It is time to rediscover this most American of American Classics.  The themes continue to resonate as we strive to recover from the financial crisis of 2008 and struggle with on-going issues … Continue reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, A Reader’s Advisory

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, A Reader’s Advisory

I usually try to stay away from classics on this blog.  Most people have heard of Pride and Prejudice and Catcher in the Rye, and as good as those books are, you probably don't need to be told to read them.  Chances are you were already forced to in school. What I've found, though, is that books that I'm forced to … Continue reading Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, A Reader’s Advisory