Why I’m No Longer Rating Books | Discussion

A book blogger who doesn't rate books? *gasp!* What is this madness? Allow me to explain. Lately rating books has felt more and more difficult. I've always used the usual 5-star (or smiley, in my case) system, with 1 being horrible and 5 being fantastic. In the past, this has generally been a reflection of … Continue reading Why I’m No Longer Rating Books | Discussion

DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather | Review

Over a full year after reading (and loving) My Ántonia, I have finally picked up another book by Willa Cather. Set in 1851 primarily in New Mexico, Death Comes for the Archbishop is a story of religion, a clash of cultures, the deceiving concept of the American identity, and living in the present by embracing the past. When Father … Continue reading DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP by Willa Cather | Review

My Personal Canon | 2017

Recently Jillian @ To Begin with I Read Jane Eyre created a post about her own personal literary canon and requested that I do the same. The goal is to compose a list of books that have greatly influenced your life, that you consider to be your favorite books, etc. I think this is a really … Continue reading My Personal Canon | 2017

THE IDIOT by Fyodor Dostoevsky | Review

I first picked up Fyodor Dostoevsky's The Idiot in my local Barnes & Noble for the simple, superficial reason that I loved the cover design. Yet what drew me to read the a few pages and then ultimately purchase it that day was the intriguing premise promised by the back cover blurb: an innocent prince caught in … Continue reading THE IDIOT by Fyodor Dostoevsky | Review

5 Reasons Why Molly Weasley is the Ultimate Mom

Happy Mother's Day!! When I thought about making a Mother's Day post about fictional moms, one woman immediately popped into my head: Molly Weasley. Every year this red-headed witch tops countless lists of fictional mothers... but why? In an attempt to answer this age-old question, here are 5 reasons why Mrs. Weasley is the ultimate … Continue reading 5 Reasons Why Molly Weasley is the Ultimate Mom

THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder | Review

The Bridge of San Luis Rey is a novel I had never heard of prior to picking up a copy of it in the Met gift store. It wasn't even until I got back to my dorm room and put this book on my shelf that I realized it was written by Thornton Wilder, the brilliant … Continue reading THE BRIDGE OF SAN LUIS REY by Thornton Wilder | Review

ON THE OTHER SIDE by Carrie Hope Fletcher | Review

I've been a fan of Carrie Hope Fletcher's Youtube channel since middle school, back in the days of wearing crocs and starting stories I would never finish writing and pretending that I could run fast enough to be on the cross-country team (fun fact: I could not). Not only have we both grown older since … Continue reading ON THE OTHER SIDE by Carrie Hope Fletcher | Review