A Classic Couple: Middlemarch and White Teeth

What's this?? Another Classic Couple feature after months of nothing? That's right! A Classic Couple is back with a whole new round of classic-contemporary pairings. Today I'll be comparing two lengthy but worthwhile novels: Middlemarch by George Eliot (1871-2) and White Teeth by Zadie Smith (1999). Although there are countless differences between these novels, there are numerous surprising similarities that are … Continue reading A Classic Couple: Middlemarch and White Teeth

Burns Night (and Haggis?!) | Holly Goes Abroad

A few days ago I had the pleasure of celebrating an interesting and hilariously fun tradition: Burns night. This Scottish tradition is typically celebrated on January 25th in honor of Robert Burns (1759-96), who is considered the national poet of Scotland. There were bagpipes, several toasts, many lines of poetry read in thick Scottish accents, and … Continue reading Burns Night (and Haggis?!) | Holly Goes Abroad

Feminist Fridays: WHAT HAPPENED by Hilary Clinton

This week's Feminist Fridays feature edges into a topic that has the potential to be very controversial and divisive: politics. As I mentioned in my nonfiction TBR list for 2018, it was a goal of mine to read Hillary Clinton's recent memoir What Happened, published on September 12, 2017. Well, consider this goal officially accomplished! Today I'd like … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: WHAT HAPPENED by Hilary Clinton

WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK by Sandra Cisneros | Review

Woman Hollering Creek: And Other Stories explores life of women on both sides of the Mexico-USA border. Although mostly written in English, this short story collection does include bits and pieces of Spanish sprinkled throughout, which I really enjoyed as someone studying Spanish in college. It's always fun to see how quickly your mind can go … Continue reading WOMAN HOLLERING CREEK by Sandra Cisneros | Review

Returning to Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

Long time, no see! Now that I'm back at Oxford for the start of Hilary Term it's time to get back on track with chronicling my study abroad adventures. Today I'll be talking about the strange feeling of returning to Oxford after being home for several weeks, lounging around my house in pajamas and eating … Continue reading Returning to Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

Feminist Fridays: Augusta Webster

This week I'll be discussing one of the Victorian poets I read for the first time last term: August Webster. Born as Julia Augusta Davies, August Webster (1837-1894) was a writer of all sorts: poems, essays, plays, translations, and even a novel. Although she started out studying Greek at home, she eventually got the opportunity … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Augusta Webster

THE HAMLET by William Faulkner | Review

The Hamlet (1940), the first novel in William Faulkner's Snopes trilogy, tells the story of Flem Snopes' rise to relative power and influence in Frenchman's Bend. Yoknapatawpha County is the iconic backdrop to this slow burn of a novel, one that sets the stage for future books and stories to be written about the Snopes clan. The … Continue reading THE HAMLET by William Faulkner | Review

What does it mean to be a “relevant” reader? | Discussion

Today I'd like to talk about a topic that I've been thinking about a lot lately: What does it mean to be a "relevant" reader? Recently I watched a video by Ariel Bissett in which she talks about the pressure in the online book community to read certain books as soon as possible to be … Continue reading What does it mean to be a “relevant” reader? | Discussion

Feminist Fridays: WOMAN AND LABOUR by Olive Schreiner

Fellow nerds, I am SO excited for today's installment of Feminist Fridays because I have the pleasure of discussing Olive Schreiner's fantastic work Woman and Labour. One of the many perks of being in a Writing Feminisms tutorial at Oxford is that I'm introduced to numerous writers that I had never heard of before. Olive Schreiner (1855-1920) … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: WOMAN AND LABOUR by Olive Schreiner

OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens | Review

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is one of those classic stories that everyone thinks they know-- that is, until they actually sit down to read the novel in its entirety. Prior to starting this book in the middle of a flight from England back to the States, I thought this would be the simple story of … Continue reading OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens | Review