Tag Archives: Summer Reading

Book Discussion: Far from the Madding Crowd, by Thomas Hardy

far-from-the-madding-crowd-cover-imageLooking for a great love story this summer? Then read Thomas Hardy’s Far from the Madding Crowd with the Library Book Club. In 2007, the British newspaper The Guardian ranked Thomas Hardy’s impassioned tale of courtship and rural English life #10 in its ranking of the 100 greatest love stories of all time.

Far from the Madding Crowd was Thomas Hardy’s first major literary success and remains one of his most popular works. Set against the backdrop of the unchanging natural cycle of the year, the novel is permeated with classical and Biblical allusions.

The Library has print and e-book versions of the book available for check-out. Our discussion of  will take place on Thursday, July 14 at 1:00pm in the Library Conference Room. An English snack (and of course, tea) will be served. We will also view clips of the 1967 and 2015 film adaptations of the novel.

Distance students and faculty are invited to join the discussion via our Google Hangouts link. For more information about this or other Book Club events, contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

What are you reading this summer?

Calling all Regent readers!

Fenced pathway leading down to the Atlantic Ocean, Carolina Beach, North Carolina, USAAlthough the University is over a month into the term, astronomically speaking, summer officially arrives this Sunday. So if you haven’t started on the reading list you made last winter, time to get going!

For the third straight summer, the Library wants to know what the Regent community is reading or recommending. Simply send the book titles that you will be reading or would like to recommend to harohen@regent.edu. Please include your position or status at Regent and a few sentences on why you are recommending the book.

All suggestions will be added to the Library website as we receive them. For a guide to what we have in mind, see our 2013 and 2014 Summer Reading Recommendations.

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Summer Reading at the Library

For the second straight summer, the Library Book Club has selected two beloved classics for adults and younger readers.

Sterling Hundley, “The Captain”

On June 25, Dr. Peter Fraser will lead a discussion of Treasure Island, one of the most popular and influential adventure stories of all time. Besides being the most ingenious of all pirate tales, the work is a coming-of-age novel, whose hero grows from an easily frightened and impulsive boy at the beginning to a brave and circumspect young man by the story’s end.

On July 30, we will discuss Little Women, one of the most revered American novels. Little Women, Louisa May Alcott’s most autobiographical work, tells the story of the formation and coming of age of four sisters in New England during the second half of the nineteenth century.

Rebecca Green, "Jo Writing"

Rebecca Green, “Jo Writing”

Our book discussions will take place from 12:00 to 1:00 in the Library Conference Room. We are especially eager to have younger readers participate! As always, distance students and faculty are invited to join in via Google Hangouts.

For more information about these events or the Library Book Club, contact Harold Henkel at 757-352-4198 or harohen@regent.edu.

Image Credits:

Sterling Hundley (illustrator), “The Captain,” Treasure Island, The Folio Society website, http://www.foliosociety.com/book/TSL/treasure-island.

Rebecca Green (illustrator), “Jo Writing,” Little Women, The Folio Society website, http://www.foliosociety.com/book/LWM/little-women.

Book Club reading The Adventures of Tom Sawyer

On Thursday, July 31, the Library Book Club will discuss The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Mark Twain’s timeless novel of boyhood set in the 1840s in the author’s hometown of Hannibal, Missouri.

According to the National Endowment for the Arts, which includes Tom Sawyer on its list of Big Read titles, “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer is not merely a literary classic. It is part of the American imagination. More than any other work in our culture, it established America’s vision of childhood. Mark Twain created two fictional boys, Tom Sawyer and Huck Finn, who still seem more real than most of the people we know.”*

The discussion will take place at 12:00 in the Library Conference Room at 12:00 and is open to all readers, age 10 and up. Off-campus readers are invited to join the discussion live via Google Hangouts. For more information, please contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.


*National Endowment for the Arts: The Big Read, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. http://www.neabigread.org/books/theadventuresoftomsawyer/

Regent Reads starts July 1

This July the Library will be hosting our fourth annual Regent Reads, a summer reading program for children ages five to nine. Each Tuesday morning, from 10:00 to 11:30 am, we will feature two illustrated books: one about a Biblical hero and one about a modern-day hero (such as a military veteran or teacher), read by members of the Regent and local communities. There will also be an interactive time with music and movement. Each program will conclude with snacks and coloring activities. For more information and a schedule of books, see the Regent Reads webpage.

In addition to the Regent Reads series for young children, The Library Book Club invites children 10 and up as well as adults to join us on July 31 at 12:00 for a discussion of The Adventures of Tom Sawyer . For more information about this event, see our website, or contact Harold Henkel at harohen@regent.edu.

All summer literature events are free and open to the public. RSVPs are encouraged but not required.