THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur | Review

Recently I read this Guardian article by Priya Khaira-Hanks that speaks about the controversy surrounding Rupi Kaur as an "instapoet" who has supposedly lowered the bar when it comes to the quality of publishable poetry. Kaur's poetic style is often parodied with the intended implication being that anyone could write such simple, mundane lines. Despite … Continue reading THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur | Review

Thanksgiving in Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

This past Thursday was my second favorite holiday (after Christmas, of course): Thanksgiving!! Every year since I can remember all of my family members have come over to my house for Thanksgiving dinner. Sitting crammed around our too-small dining room table is one of the few times each year when we're all gathered together in … Continue reading Thanksgiving in Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

Feminist Fridays: Christina Rossetti

Welcome to a new feature I'm trying out called Feminist Fridays, a weekly(wish) celebration of feminist texts, writers, and ideas. Studying English literature has made me realize how easy it is to get caught up in the male-dominated Western canon and completely miss the amazing work done by brilliant women over the years. Today I'll … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Christina Rossetti

ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner | Review

William Faulkner's Absalom, Absalom! is genuinely one of the most challenging books I have ever read. My character map quickly became my best friend as I struggled to piece together what happens to the Sutpen family over several decades of scandal, marriage, and death. This book has been on my TBR list for years, though I've … Continue reading ABSALOM, ABSALOM! by William Faulkner | Review

Brighton, England | Holly Goes Abroad

Recently my friends and I decided to break the cycle of reading and writing essays for the first time since coming here by taking a trip to the beautiful seaside town of Brighton. I haven't spent much time outside of Oxford yet this term because we've had so much school work, but I figured it … Continue reading Brighton, England | Holly Goes Abroad

STILETTO by Daniel O’Malley | Review

It's happening, people! After months and months of saying I would reading Stiletto by Daniel O'Malley I have finally done it! *pats own shoulder with pride* As the sequel to The Rook, this second installment in the Checquy Files continues the story of Myfanwy Thomas from a different perspective with new characters, problems, and wrinkles. Stiletto is brimming with supernatural mishaps, … Continue reading STILETTO by Daniel O’Malley | Review

Formal Dinners | Holly Goes Abroad

One of the questions I get asked most about studying abroad is How is the food? Fortunately, food at Oxford is excellent! Today I'll be talking about formal hall, a three-course meal in your college's dining hall at which you have to wear your gowns (black cape things) and sometimes even gowns (long dresses). I've eaten at formal hall … Continue reading Formal Dinners | Holly Goes Abroad

7 Reasons to Read THE SOUND AND THE FURY

William Faulkner’s classic novel The Sound and the Fury holds a special place in my heart as the first book I was ever assigned to read in college. Needless to say, we were all quite confused in my Introduction to Literature class. Why was Benjy also named Maury? Who were all of these different narrators? … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Read THE SOUND AND THE FURY

OCTOBER 2017 | Wrap-Up

Hello! I hope you're all having a lovely November day now that October has come and gone. Though I'm sad to see it go, I'm even more excited to welcome in the new month-- November may be my favorite! The leaves are falling, the air is getting colder and crisper, and it's time to talk … Continue reading OCTOBER 2017 | Wrap-Up

BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley | Review

Sometimes it seems as though certain books will never leave your TBR... until you finally force yourself to check them out of the library and read them in one sitting! This was my situation with Brave New World by Aldous Huxley, a classic novel set in London during the year 2540. I've been intrigued by the synopsis … Continue reading BRAVE NEW WORLD by Aldous Huxley | Review