"A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court" by Mark Twain

If you're a great Mark Twain fan, like I am, but looking for one book of his that is worth skipping . . . this is it.

It's strange to admit how bored I was reading this book. I absolutely love Mark Twain and am always amazed by his genius on the page, but I guess no author can have every piece be great. And now I know that Twain is no exception. Halfway through I debated putting it down and never going back, but decided I'd finish even if the only way to do that was by listening to the audio version while I was doing other things.

It took a few days but without the audio version I don't know if I ever would have made it through. I do have to say, though, that my sweet husband was listening to something else on his headphones close by and surprised me by saying, "How's the book?" I told him how boring it was and he said, "The writing is beautiful, though." Did I marry the perfect man for me or what?!

And he's right. The writing is beautiful and Twain does not disappoint in that regard. And the whole concept of the story is admittedly genius, as well. Regardless, it will not be added to any of my "To Re-Read" lists. My copy will go lovingly back on the shelf and maybe someday I'll have a kid with a sense of adventure who won't mind the Connecticut Yankee's ramblings quite as much as I did.


"The Great Divorce" by C.S. Lewis

C.S. Lewis never fails. This was a quick and easy ready and I really enjoyed it. For some reason I was expecting something a little more like The Divine Comedy but was pleasantly surprised at how beautiful, profound, and inspiring The Great Divorce was.

This very short book is presented as one man's dream of Heaven and Hell and the great chasm between the two. Most of the book is observations of others and how they make their choice concerning where they will spend the eternities. I loved how honest and full-of-truth everything was . . . but also how fanciful and imaginative. My favorite thing is Lewis's emphasis on choice.

We have all been given the opportunity to live this life and to choose how we will live it. But I truly believe that this book captures another profound reality - we will all have the opportunity to choose how we live in the next life, as well.

Apparently C.S. Lewis wrote over 30 books? I want to read them all. Try this one if you need something super light and easy. It didn't take me more than a couple of hours and they were hours very well spent!