Classics Club Challenge | Update 1

Over a year ago in September 2015 I posted this introduction to the Classics Club Reading Challenge. The official specifics of this challenge can be found here, but basically it means that you make a list of classics you'd like to read by a certain date. Each time you read a classic on your list you have to … Continue reading Classics Club Challenge | Update 1

FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley | Review

Some stories seem to extend beyond the confines of their original forms. Whether it be from popular adaptations or its reputation over time, certain novels have been distorted in the eyes of those who have yet to read them. Put simply, this is a clash between expectations and reality, between what the reader perceives the … Continue reading FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley | Review

Does Format Impact Interpretation? | Discussion

While reading a of James Gleick’s The Information last semester for a course, one part struck me particularly hard. In discussing the transition from mailing letters and utilizing various messengers to the rise of the telegraph, Gleick points out that “a message had seemed to be a physical object. That was always an illusion; now people … Continue reading Does Format Impact Interpretation? | Discussion

WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED by Gail Collins | Review

When Everything Changed is an incredibly comprehensive account of how the role of women in society has changed throughout recent American history. Though I expected this book to have a certain level of detail in its research, I did not expect it to discuss this topic from such a wide variety of perspectives. Here the … Continue reading WHEN EVERYTHING CHANGED by Gail Collins | Review

On Separating Women from their Work | Discussion

Today I'm here to talk about a thought-provoking topic that I've been pondering a lot in recent weeks: the correlation between women and their literary work. Should the success of a women's work be tied to her personal reputation in society? From an even broader angle, should the personal reputations of authors in general impact how … Continue reading On Separating Women from their Work | Discussion

THE TRUTH ABOUT STYLE by Stacy London | Review

Stacy London has been an inspirational figure in my life for years. Back when she and Clinton Kelly starred in their TLC television show What Not to Wear, I was enthralled by her seemingly innate ability to empower others. No matter an individual's problems with self-esteem or self-confidence, Stacy seemed to always know exactly what to say … Continue reading THE TRUTH ABOUT STYLE by Stacy London | Review

NOT JUST JANE by Shelley DeWees | Review

*** I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All opinions are my own. ** "In Not Just Jane, Shelley DeWees weaves history, biography, and critical analysis into a rip-roaring narrative of the nation’s fabulous, yet mostly forgotten, female literary heritage. As the country, and women’s roles within it, evolved, so did … Continue reading NOT JUST JANE by Shelley DeWees | Review

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Bookish Resolutions

Happy Tuesday!! I know that today's official Top Ten Tuesday theme is about our most anticipated 2017 debuts, but here's my dilemma: I really don't know any upcoming debuts being published in 2017. Due to an incredibly busy college semester I've been out of the bookish loop for so long that I haven't been able to stay up … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Bookish Resolutions

DECEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up

The last month of the year has come to an end, meaning it's time for another monthly wrap-up! All in all, December was a pretty great end to a tumultuous and rocky year. Not only did I read several fantastic books, but I had a blast celebrating the holiday season with a plethora of Christmas … Continue reading DECEMBER 2016 | Wrap-Up