Category Archives: books


Happy Saturday, fellow crusaders! Today our week of summer reading comes to a close.

This week we’ve given you our four cents on a variety of books with impending cinematic interpretations. However, today I would like to remind you that reading doesn’t just have to be about studying up for the film. Read the rest of this entry

…Go Wild

Most know “Jumanji” from the 90’s  film starring Robin Williams, but the film is actually based on the illustrated children’s book of the same name by Chris Van Allsburg. If that name sounds familiar, it’s probably because you’re  fan of his other well-known work, “The Polar Express.”

The book’s premise is fairly simple. Two children find a board game, and monkeys and a whole lot of chaos ensue. However, it’s in the game’s simple instructions that the true message and power lies — “Do not begin unless you intend to finish.”

Pretty straight forward, right?

Just think about how much better the world would be if we all adopted this philosophy. Being spontaneous and flexible is one thing, but jumping into everything without any game plan or regard for the consequences can end badly for everyone.

No matter the endeavor you’ll always encounter your fair share of monkeys and unexpected obstacles. It’s how you deal with these challenges that defines you.

I know, pretty deep for an illustrated children’s book, but then again, it’s a pretty simple statement.

…just for fun:

…walk on

This What to Watch Wednesday we’re taking a look at television and the graphic novels that inspired one of the most watched series on cable TV — “The Walking Dead.” Read the rest of this entry

…Stay on Track

Agatha Christie’s “Murder on the Orient Express” is a novel that all other murder mysteries strive to be.

A woman ahead of her time, Christie produced a practically perfect series of novels for her master of deductive skills, Hercule Poirot. However, for many “Orient Express” holds a special place in her collective works. Read the rest of this entry

…tell your story

In the grand history of literature, there are more than a few famous sisters. We have the From Jane Austen alone we have the beloved Bennet sisters of “Pride and Prejudice” and and the equally awesome Dashwood’s of “Sense and Sensibility.” And crossing over into the realm of the real world, the Bronte Sisters gave us some glorious gothic tales.

But when it comes to American literary sisters, you can’t have a conversation on the subject that doesn’t start with Louis May Alcott’s March sisters. Read the rest of this entry