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

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

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

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

2017 Resolutions: How did I do?

Last January I made this list of my top ten bookish resolutions for 2017... and now the time has come to see how I did! I've completely forgotten what my resolutions were, so this should be an interesting trip down memory lane. 1. Read 24 books. Done! Somehow the stars aligned this year and I actually … Continue reading 2017 Resolutions: How did I do?

BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell | Review

“We live in a world that assumes that the quality of a decision is directly related to the time and effort that went into making it...We believe that we are always better off gathering as much information as possible an depending as much time as possible in deliberation. We really only trust conscious decision making. … Continue reading BLINK by Malcolm Gladwell | Review

DECEMBER 2017 | Wrap-Up

December is... done?! Where did this month (and YEAR) go?!?! Decembers always tend to be whirlwinds of celebrations, seeing friends and family, and frantically trying to wrap everything up before the new year comes around once again. In case you're curious, here's what I was up to in December: In December I read a total … Continue reading DECEMBER 2017 | Wrap-Up