PODCAST ~ Chapter 1: The Cider House Rules; In Which Dirty Jokes Are Not Allowed

Listen @ PodOmatic | iTunes | Google | Stitcher Chapter 1 discusses the book "The Cider House Rules" by John Irving. Danielle asks the question, does size matter? And she will tolerate no dirty jokes...for now. What works for this book? What doesn't? And what wisdom does it lend to the BIG books challenge? All…Read more PODCAST ~ Chapter 1: The Cider House Rules; In Which Dirty Jokes Are Not Allowed

The Cider House Rules: Chapter 11 – Breaking the Rules

Dear friend, As I turned the final pages of this book, a strange sensation came over me. There is always a sense of accomplishment when finishing a book. But this is my first big book read in 2017. I want to say that this experience has made me optimistic for the future of this challenge.…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 11 – Breaking the Rules

The Cider House Rules: Chapter 10 – Fifteen Years

Dear friend, This chapter caught me off guard. The title surprised me and made me think that we would be getting brief glimpses into the past all leading up to fifteen years later. But no. It has literally been fifteen years. ... I don't know how to feel about this. So we missed all of…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 10 – Fifteen Years

The Cider House Rules: Chapter 9 – Burma

Dear friend, Have you ever experienced those days when you feel like nothing has happened yet you have actually accomplished a lot? Today feels like one of those days for me, as does this chapter. At it's core is the plot that Wally is missing but most of what we see is separate from that.…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 9 – Burma

The Cider House Rules: Chapter 8 – Opportunity Knocks

Dear friend, I have a bit of an unhealthy obsession with war fiction. Every time I encounter it, I lick up every sentence as if they are the last drops of ice-cream in a cone. It isn't as if I go searching for war fiction, because I don't read it that often. The same can…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 8 – Opportunity Knocks

The Cider House Rules: Chapter 7 – Before the War

Dear friend, My goodness, Melony is such an angry character! As I read through this book, I am consistently thrown for a loop with her. Sometimes I empathize with her, and sometimes I hate her guts. But this morning I woke up feeling so angry and helpless with our political climate, that I wondered if…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 7 – Before the War

The Cider House Rules: Chapter 6 – Ocean View

Dear friend, Thank God for this chapter. After the last chapter, I wasn't sure I could take much more of this book. But I found Chapter 6 to be a refreshing glass of lemonade. In many regards, each chapter in this book almost sits as its own short story. This chapter itself really pointed this…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 6 – Ocean View