The Cider House Rules

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
The Cider House Rules: Chapter 5 – Homer Breaks a Promise - Dear friend, I have been enamored with this book. Really, I have. Every chapter is so rich with detail that reading it is like biting into a crisp apple on a spring day. Perfection seems to be the jacket this book wears. It amazes me; it inspires me. But then we come to this chapter.…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 5 – Homer Breaks a Promise
The Cider House Rules: Chapter 4 – Young Doctor Wells - Dear friend, We have had a lot of heart to heart conversations with one another. We’ve told each other secrets and shared stories with one another that we rarely share with anyone else. There is an intimacy to that sort of relationship and it sometimes can be found in books too. I found it in…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 4 – Young Doctor Wells
The Cider House Rules: Chapter 3 – Princes of Maine, Kings of New England - Dear friend, I have so far been very good at keeping notes with my thoughts on this book, but it seems that I slacked when it came to this third chapter for I can find no written record that I actually read it. Therefore what can I really say on it? It is a challenge…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 3 – Princes of Maine, Kings of New England
The Cider House Rules: Chapter 2 – The Lord’s Work - Dear friend, I am still not used to the long period’s of time that come with reading a chapter of this book. It took me hours to get through this chapter. I even stayed up later to finish it and my eyes were aching so badly yet when I got into bed sleep did not…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 2 – The Lord’s Work
The Cider House Rules: Chapter 1- The Boy Who Belonged to St. Cloud’s - Dear friend, I have just begun reading the Cider House Rules by John Irving and find the experience to be similar to that of reuniting with a third cousin twice removed that I haven’t seen in over 10 years. I knew they existed, and I knew I hung out with them once at a family reunion, but I have…Read more The Cider House Rules: Chapter 1- The Boy Who Belonged to St. Cloud’s
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