Wednesday with Words: Are Women Human?

While I was away on vacation, I had the opportunity to read Are Women Human? by Dorothy L. Sayers, a small collection of essays on feminism and women’s place in society. This book is probably the sanest, simplest, most Christian take on feminism you will find, and I would highly recommend it to anyone and everyone interested in women’s roles and the issues of gender equality. There are so many great quotes in this book, but today I’ll be sharing this one, which seemed super pertinent to me with the news of a new female Doctor Who fresh in my mind.

Dorothy L Sayers

 


On my reading list from the last few weeks:

This Savage Song and Our Dark Duet by Victoria Schwab: I’ve been meaning to read this duology for a while, and I finally got around to it during vacation. The concept was super original and Victoria Schwab is in no way overrated as a writer. Overall, I really enjoyed these books, and they definitely kept me up late turning pages!


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Wednesday with Words: Mere Connection

In addition to being on summer break, I’ve been rather sick for the last week or so, giving me plenty of time to read a few books. One of them was Reclaiming Conversation by Sherry Turkle, which we had on our shelf downstairs and which I’ve been meaning to read for a while. This book is all about conversation —deep, open-ended talks with other people that do more than just exchange information— versus today’s culture of mere connection, where we’re always on our phones and only half listening to the people around us. I found it to be very humbling and eye opening, and it has inspired me to put down my phone more often and actually do something with my time instead. I found several good quotes in the book, so I thought I’d share one with you today:

Conversation


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Wednesday With Words: A Boiling Imagination

Today, I wanted to share this lovely quote from Francis Shaeffer’s He Is There And He Is Not Silent, a book which tackles the distortion of truth and goodness in our current culture, and shows how Christianity is the only viable option that can explain our world. This particular quote is extremely encouraging to me as an author and creative person, because, sometimes, Christians get caught up in this idea that we shouldn’t be creative, because it must be wrong somehow.

Creativity


On my reading list this week:

The Blue Castle by L. M. Montgomery: Another lesser-known novel by the author of Green Gables. It was on our shelf, and I am very good at not reading the things I probably should be reading (*cough, cough* The Mysterious Benedict Society *cough, cough*) so I thought I’d try it out. I’m only a chapter in, but it already promises to be very interesting.


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Wednesday With Words: Tragedy and Comedy

Hey, everyone! I know it’s been a while since I did a Wednesday with Words post (I really need to be better about doing them more often…), but today I do have a quote for you. This quote is by Horace Walpole, a writer in the 1700s, who was a great friend of poet and abolitionist Hannah More. I’ve been reading a biography about Hannah More, called Fierce Convictionsand these lines by Walpole were quoted in it:

Horace Walpole


On my reading list this week:

She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick: I saw this at the library and thought it looked interesting, so I grabbed it (the story of how I have way too many books on my To-Read list…) It’s a thriller about a blind girl who’s searching for her missing father, and I’m really enjoying it.

Unsanctioned Eyes by Brianna Merritt: Another thriller, by an author friend of mine on Twitter. Lots of assassins, danger, secrets, and action! I’m about a quarter of the way through, and so far it does not disappoint. (Pop by Brianna’s Twitter page here, and her website here.)


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Thanks for reading. See you again soon!

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Wednesday with Words: Baby Steps

Yes, Wednesday with Words is (finally) back! I really wanted to do it last week, but I had to help with VBS at my church was was super tired, so it didn’t really work out. Anyway, today’s quote is from the amazing middle grade novel Some Kind of Happiness, which I just finished reading. My author/blogger friend Jeneca recommended this book on Goodreads, and I’m so glad I picked it up, because it is wonderful! You can read my review here.

Some Kind of Happiness


On my reading list this week:

Zero Day by Jan Gangsei: I recently finished my local library’s summer reading challenge (yes I know, it’s not even summer yet, but I read way too much, okay? :P) This book was available as one of the completion prizes, and I thought it looked interesting, so I picked it up. I’ve only just started, so I’m not sure what to think about it yet, but hopefully it’ll be good!

And… that’s pretty much it, except for school reading. I got out a bunch of books last week, but I’m already finished all of them. #bookwormproblems

Thanks for reading. See you again soon! 🙂


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Wednesday with Words: Stories of Imagination

Hey, everyone! Just a quick Wednesday with Words post today (to let you know that I’m still alive 😛). Today, I have a quote from Terry Pratchett, who is one of my favorite authors.

Terry Pratchett


On my reading list this week:

Wingfeather TalesEdited by Andrew Peterson: I got this book from the Cincinnati Great Homeschool Convention, where Mr. Peterson himself gave a talk and also a special concert. I got him to sign my copy! I’ve only just started reading the first story, but it is already promising to be good. Also, one of the tales was written by N. D. Wilson, my all time favorite author, and I’m very excited about reading that one. 😉

 And… to be honest, that’s about it, except for school reading. Yes, I am having a bit of a reading slump. But I am making up for it by writing! I promise!


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Wednesday with Words: Common Sense

Today’s Wednesday with Words quote is from Common Sense by Thomas Paine. Paine wrote this pamphlet back in the days of the American Revolution, as something of an argument against monarchy and the hereditary inheritance of government or social positions, but much of what he says (So far, anyway. I’ve only read the first section!) seems to be very relevant to politics and society today. There are so many good quotes in the first section alone, but I’ve chosen this one to share with you today:

Common Sense


On my reading list this week: 

The Song of Ghost and Glory by N. D. Wilson: As some of you may know, N. D. Wilson is by far my favorite author, and so I’m super thrilled that he has a new book out this month! I just got my pre-order copy of this second installment in the Outlaws of Time series last week, and I’m flying through it. It’s just so good!

Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austin: Just started this one for school, and I’m enjoying it so far. My mom loves this book a lot, and I’m hoping I will too.

Ember Falls by S. D. Smith: I’ve only just started this, but I have high hopes. I did enjoy the original Green Ember book, but I felt it had some issues with the pacing of the plot. My dad has read Ember Falls already, and says that the pacing is very much improved, so I am excited to jump in to this new story of Rabbits with Swords!


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Wednesday with Words: Rejoice Ever More

Hey, everyone! I know I didn’t post a Wednesday with Words last week (I had a really, really bad flu with a high fever, and was feeling way too loopy to try to write anything at all coherent), but I’m back this week, so… yay? (I was able to post the tutorial last week, as it was pre-written. I’m not a Wednesday with Words slacker, I promise!) 😛 Anyway, once again, I have another John Adams quote. I’m nearly done this term of school, and consequently I’m finishing up a bunch of books, including John Adams by David McCullough, this week. John Adams is such an amazing writer, and he has so many good quotes, so I thought I should share one more with you before I finish the book.

John Adams 2

On a more author-ish note, I’m doing my best to get back to work! I’ve had a huge writing slump over the past couple of weeks, but I have so many projects I need to work on, so, get back to work, Aria! 🙂 ‘Tiles’, Chapter 5 of The Tangle, will be up on Saturday, so I’ll see you then! Bye for now.


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Wednesday with Words: A Story and a Lie

I really enjoyed The Night Gardener by Johnathan Auxier, which my mom got me for Valentines Day. It delves into such an interesting problem: what is the difference between a story, and a lie? I think this quote sums it up nicely…

Night Gardener


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Chapter 4 of The Tangle will be up on Saturday, and I’ll have a reminder post then, but… I might have another, special post or two (or three, it depends) going up at some point this week, or maybe next week. I’m not sure at this point. However, I think these posts will definitely benefit the geeks among us… 🙂

Wednesday with Words: There is a Tide…

Just a quick Wednesday with Words post today. I found this William Shakespeare passage quoted in David McCullough’s John AdamsApparently, it was one of Mrs. Adams’ favorite quotes.

Tides


On my reading list this week:

The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart: My friends have been recommending this series to me forever, and finally I stole borrowed it from one of them and just stared reading… Pretty good so far, and very quirky.

Curtain by Agatha Christie: I love the Hercule Poirot mysteries. You can read them in any order, and Poirot himself is very entertaining. Unfortunately, Curtain is, apparently, his last case! I can’t wait to find out what happens…


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