Looking Back on 2017

For the past few years I've made one of these posts reflecting on the concluding year. After reading what I wrote at the end of 2015 and 2016, it hit me just how much has happened in 2017. I got accepted to study abroad for an academic year at Oxford University. My friends and I … Continue reading Looking Back on 2017

Feminist Fridays: Nonfiction for 2018

A new year is right around the corner (eek!) which means it's time to take a look at what 2018 will hold in terms of reading. I've tried not to go overboard with setting goals for next year, but I something I would really like to do is read more feminist nonfiction in 2018. Today … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Nonfiction for 2018

TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green | Review

How do I even begin this review of John Green's long-awaited novel Turtles All the Way Down? If ever a book was at risk to be threatened by high expectations and hype, then this would certainly be the one. Like many avid readers of Green's works, I was both eager and anxious to read this latest release. … Continue reading TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green | Review

Spreading Blogger (and Christmas!) Cheer

Recently Michelle @ The Writing Hufflepuff created this post in which she highlights bloggers as a way to spread blogger cheer during this festive season. Seeing as Christmas will be here before we know it (TOMORROW?!?!) I thought I would take the time to pass on Christmas cheer through a few blogger shoutouts. Here are … Continue reading Spreading Blogger (and Christmas!) Cheer

I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith | Review

Set in a castle past its prime in Suffolk, England during the year 1934, Dodie Smith's enduring novel I Capture the Castle tells the story of a poverty-stricken family struggling to make it by. The novel is narrated by seventeen-year-old Cassandra Mortmain, a budding writer who chronicles her life in several witty, entertaining journals. Everything changes one … Continue reading I CAPTURE THE CASTLE by Dodie Smith | Review

Why I Love Character Maps | Discussion

Today I'm here to discuss one of my recent favorite things: character maps. I discovered the greatness of character maps while trudging through all of my required reading for my year at Oxford this past summer. Although there may be many differences between Victorian literature and the works of William Faulkner, there is one important feature … Continue reading Why I Love Character Maps | Discussion

Feminist Fridays: NOT JUST JANE by Shelley DeWees

It's Friday, folks! You know what that means: another installment of Feminist Fridays, in which I discuss books, media, and topics relating to feminism. Today I'm showcasing a book that I read about a year ago called Not Just Jane by Shelley DeWees. This book was actually sent to me for review, and I agreed to review … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: NOT JUST JANE by Shelley DeWees

QUIET by Susan Cain | Review

Quiet. It's a quality I have always felt, a characteristic I have always identified with. This isn't to say I'm not talkative or don't enjoy long conversations, because I do. But there is something remarkably rejuvenating about moments of quiet, pockets of time to simply think and feel and be. I say what I need to … Continue reading QUIET by Susan Cain | Review

7 Reasons to Read AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

William Faulkner is one of my favorite authors. Today, I'm here to persuade you to pick up one of my favorite Faulkner novels: As I Lay Dying. First published in 1930, As I Lay Dying tells the story of the Bundren family as they attempt to move a coffin to Jefferson, Mississippi. I've read this intense novel twice: once … Continue reading 7 Reasons to Read AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner

OXMAS | Holly Goes Abroad

The festive fun might just be beginning with the start of December, but Oxmas is actually already over.... But what is Oxmas, you ask? Oxmas is Oxford's version of celebrating Christmas much, much earlier than everyone else. The vast majority of students move out of their accommodations during the first few days of December (I'll … Continue reading OXMAS | Holly Goes Abroad