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Episode 116: The “Two for ’22” Literary Life Reading Challenge

This week on The Literary Life podcast our hosts bring you the much-anticipated introduction to our “Two for ’22” Literary Life Reading Challenge! This coming year Angelina, Cindy and Thomas are challenging us to read books in 11 categories, but choose 2 books in each category, with a bit of a twist. In today’s episode they briefly go over each category and give a few examples of books would fit into those categories. They also take us through the Kids’ “Two for ’22” Reading Challenge topics. Next time we will be back with a wrap-up episode for our 19 for 2022 Reading Challenge. Download the adult reading challenge PDF here, and the kids’ reading challenge PDF here.

The Literary Life Commonplace Books published by Blue Sky Daisies are back with new covers for 2022!

Coming up on The Literary Life podcast in the new year, we have Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream coming up in January and after that, Abolition of Man by C. S. Lewis. Then we will be reading The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim and Charles Dickens’ Hard Times later in the year. Our children’s classic novel this year will be The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame.

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Commonplace Quotes:

The artist must be in his work as God is in creation, invisible and all-powerful. One must sense him everywhere, but not see him.

Gustave Flaubert

There reigns thro’ all the blank verse poems such a perpetual trick of moralizing every thing–which is very well, occasionally–but never to see or describe any interesting appearance in nature, without connecting it by dim analogies with the moral world, proves faintness of Impression. Nature has her proper interest; and he will know what it is, who believes and feels, that everything has a Life of its own, and that we are all one Life

Malcolm Guite

The principle behind modern methods of reading is stated in the form: if there is to be a meaning, it shall be ours.

C. S. Lewis

There is No Frigate Like a Book

by Emily Dickinson

There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away
Nor any Coursers like a Page
Of prancing Poetry –
This Traverse may the poorest take
Without oppress of Toll –
How frugal is the Chariot
That bears the Human Soul –

Book List:

Faith, Hope and Poetry by Malcolm Guite

The Allegory of the Faerie Queene by Pauline Parker

Hard Times by Charles Dickens

Cranford by Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell

The Splendid Century by W. H. Lewis

The Fellowship by Philip and Carol Zaleski

Bandersnatch by Diana Pavlac Goyer

Tolkein and The Great War by John Garth

A Hobbit, a Wardrobe and a Great War by Joseph Loconte

The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini

A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini

Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin

Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey

Elizabeth the Great by Elizabeth Jenkins

The Daughter of Time by Josephine They

Elizabeth von Arnim

Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott

Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë

Anthony Horowitz

Margery Allingham

E. C. Bentley

Nero Wolfe Series

Alan Bradley

J. K. Rowling/Roberth Galbraith

A Collection of Essays by George Orwell

Essays of G. K. Chesterton by G. K. Chesterton

David Bentley Hart

In a Cardboard Belt! by Joseph Epstein

Padraic Colum

The Wonder Book for Boys and Girls by Nathaniel Hawthorne

Bill Peet: An Autobiography by Bill Peet

Kingfisher Book of Russian Tales by James Mayhew

Paul Galdone

The Cooper Kids Adventure Series by Frank Peretti

Harriet the Spy Series by Louise Fitzhugh

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