What I’m Reading: The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell

By Christina Payne '16

I don’t usually like historical fiction, but Bernard Cornwell’s books caught my attention when I was roaming the bookstore. The Last Kingdom is the first in a continuing series, an epic saga set in England around the 9th century B.C. Danish raiders from the north set out to conquer the island, killing all who stand in their path. It is a dangerous time for the Christian Britons, who see the invading pagan Danes as a threat to both their lives and their faith.

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What I’m Reading: The Name of the Wind, Patrick Rothfuss

By Christina Payne '16

Many of us have that friend who recommends the best books to read. My friend’s name is Emma, and whenever she tells me to read something, I do it. Emma is not the kind of person to have a favorite book. But a few years back, when Emma and I were catching up, she told me that she had finally found a favorite: the fantasy novel The Name of the Wind.

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Kids vs. The Bard: Who Wins?

By Christina Payne '16

“Friends, Romans, Countrymen!” Christy Burgess calls, raising one arm to command attention. “Lend me your ears!” the students shout back. And thus does one of Shakespeare’s most memorable lines settle Shakespeare summer campers at Notre Dame.

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