Category Archives: Books

Rodalena Reviews: Go Set a Watchman

(Note to reader: the following review includes vague spoilers; the linked articles give specific ones.) Reading Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman is like unintentionally walking in on a half-dressed bride. Some highly-stressed Aunt Alexandra-type hollered to go get her; … Continue reading

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Rodalena Reviews: Doc

Doc is a daisy of a book. Continue reading

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Rodalena Reflects: Lessons from Atticus

Empathy and critical thinking are risks. They often require one to act… Continue reading

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Books that Move

So, yeah, I got “tagged” by a friend on Facebook to list “Ten Books that Have Stayed With Me in Some Way”… Continue reading

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Cinematic Doppelgangers

I wonder if any of you relate as well to a cinematic character as I do to Kathleen. Continue reading

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Rodalena Reviews: I am Malala

“Why don’t they want girls to go to school?” I asked my father.
“They are scared of the pen,” he replied. Continue reading

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Rodalena Recommends: Kennedy Tomes

“So now he is legend when he would have preferred to be a man…at least he will never know whatever sadness might have lain ahead.” Continue reading

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Payday

I got paid today. Continue reading

Posted in African Violets, beauty, Books, Butterflies, capitalism, Claude Monet, Dianthus, Eric, flowers, friendship, Language of Flowers, photography, Purple, Quotes, Reading, Simple Living, Work | Tagged , , , , , , | 19 Comments

Rodalena Reviews: The Red Tent

“The story it told was unremarkable: a tale of love found and lost- the oldest story in the world. The only story.” -Anita Diamant Continue reading

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Rodalena Reviews: The Fault in Our Stars

“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal…” Continue reading

Posted in Books, Cancer, childhood, compassion, courage, honesty, Literature, pain, Reading, Rodalena Reviews, teenage wisdom, The Fault in Our Stars | Tagged , , , | 17 Comments