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Benefits of a Life of Learning



Reading and Writing Music


I live in an active home and regretfully I have a difficult time reading or writing when there is noise. Since I can’t always get away from it, I put on my headphones and let instrumental music fill my mind instead so I can be free to read or write.

Accordingly, I wanted to share some of my favorites. I know there are countless examples of instrumental videos I could post but these are beautiful and long enough to serve the purposes I have in mind. I hope you find them helpful. Read more…

Best Books of 2014


I hope your reading year has been a success. Mine has been extraordinary.

Every year, I write down the books that I read. Well, that is until Goodreads began doing it for me. Anyway, I always hope to reach 100 books but I’ve never done it before.

Yet, the mountain has been conquered! As of right now, I am at 134 and working on another one before the end of the year. Reaching this milestone has been a blessing.

I wanted to share the best fiction and non-fiction books that I have read this year.

You can see my love for international fiction. I just finished one from Iceland and reading one from Ghana. You get the joy of reading while learning about another culture. I highly recommend it.  Read more…

Review of “Without You, There is No Us”

Suki Kim2

I received this book in lieu of a review by Blogging for Books.

“Without You, There Is No Us: My Time with the Sons of North Korea’s Elite” by Suki Kim is a powerful, frightening true story about a brave young woman journalist who enlists her talents as a teacher to enter the claustrophobic country of North Korea.

The title is from the overall attitude that exists in the country. Without the government, the people would have nothing. This book serves as a cautionary tale for those who desire to give the government unlimited power.  Read more…

Review of “Dancing on the Head of a Pen” by Robert Benson

Robert Benson

Blogging for Books provided me a copy of “Dancing on the Head of a Pen: The Practice of a Writing Life” by Robert Benson in lieu of a review.

Benson is an experienced writer and the author of several books. This slim volume can be read in an hour or two. In it, he covers the mindset, persistence and imagination necessary to the life of a writer.

There aren’t really any new revelations here but Benson’s passion is infectious and writers can find an infusion of motivation here to help them persevere in the lonely work of writing.

His first chapter refers to writing as “the dark marks on a page,” and I really liked that imagery.


Review of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena


As an avid reader of history and literature, I increasingly combine them by turning to international fiction. I’ve lived in the United States all of my life. So why not learn about other cultures?

One day I can stroll the parched lands of Africa and the next, be whisked off  to the snowy streets of Norway. Without leaving my favorite reading spot, I can wander all over the world learning new cultures. It’s like being an amateur anthropologist without leaving the couch. Read more…

Book Review of Trapped Under The Sea

Trapped Sea

I received this eBook in lieu of an honest review from Blogging for Books.

I wasn’t sure what to expect, but I’m doing research for a book dealing with the sea. So I thought I might find this interesting. Neil Swidey was obviously very devoted to this project and the people involved. His respect and passion were obvious throughout the story.

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Review of K.M. Weiland’s Annotated Jane Eyre


“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” (Stephen King).

We cannot be effective writers unless we are fueled by powerful words. It’s impossible to overestimate the importance of filling our minds with quality writing. Learning from the best accelerates our own growth as a writer.

When we read the best, we accomplish several things.

  1. We’re edified by reading.
  2. We’re elevated intellectually by the story.
  3. We’re enriched by the writer’s craft. Read more…

Reading Room Links


I have a Facebook page called Richard’s Reading Room where we discuss books, reading, writing, history and whatever else I find interesting to share with members of the site. The one rule we have is that you must not be rude or use profanity.

From time to time, I want to share some of the links with you here at my website. I hope you find them interesting. You can also add me at Scoop-It and Twitter as well. Read more…

Free Books for Bible Students

Book Tunnel

As a lover of books and learning, I crave knowledge gained from reading. If I can get those books for free, all the better.

Here are some resources that I have discovered where bookworms can find free books to download and study, so the hard work of these authors can bear fruit.

Knowledge is a great blessing, and when that information can be used to glorify God, it’s the best of all rewards (Ephesians 3:20-21).

“Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God” (Romans 10:17, NKJV).  Read more…

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