The British Library | Holly Goes Abroad

I love libraries, so it's no surprise that the British Library was on my list of must-see places in London. Both the national library of the United Kingdom as well as the largest library on the globe, the British Library was something I couldn't leave England without visiting at least once. Fortunately my mom, always … Continue reading The British Library | Holly Goes Abroad

GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin | Review

Published in 1956, James Baldwin's Giovanni's Room is considered a notable work of queer literature for focusing on homosexuality and desire between men. David, an American man struggling to accept his sexuality, moves to Paris and soon finds himself involved with an Italian man named Giovanni. Turmoil ensues as David must choose between Giovanni and Hella, the … Continue reading GIOVANNI’S ROOM by James Baldwin | Review

The Nope Book Tag

I'm not usually someone who often speaks negatively of books (good luck? good taste? good recommendations from friends and fellow bloggers? who knows!) but sometimes being less than positive is unavoidable. Today I'll be talking about some not so great books (in my opinion!) in the Nope Book Tag. Thanks so much to Marie @ … Continue reading The Nope Book Tag

Best Cafes to Study at in Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

Staying in Oxford over spring break made me discover a new favorite pastime: studying in cafes. During term time I tend to do work in Mansfield College's cafe or in the library, simply because that is where the majority of my friends do their work as well. However, being here over spring break when most … Continue reading Best Cafes to Study at in Oxford | Holly Goes Abroad

LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo | Review

Introducing one of the most famous characters in literature, Jean Valjean—the noble peasant imprisoned for stealing a loaf of bread—Les Misérables ranks among the greatest novels of all time. In it, Victor Hugo takes readers deep into the Parisian underworld, immerses them in a battle between good and evil, and carries them to the barricades … Continue reading LES MISERABLES by Victor Hugo | Review

A Classic Couple: Between the Acts and Station Eleven

I never thought I would be pairing a Virginia Woolf novel with a post-apocalyptic book, but here we are! This week's Classic Couple features Virginia Woolf's 1941 novel Between the Acts and Emily St. John Mandel's 2014 novel Station Eleven. Although these texts are strikingly different in many ways, a closer look reveals some interesting similarities that are worth … Continue reading A Classic Couple: Between the Acts and Station Eleven

MARCH 2018 | Wrap-Up

{When you realize half way through April that you forgot to schedule your March wrap-up before you left to travel for two weeks... oops! Better late than never, right?!} It's official, folks: we're one-fourth of the way through 2018! I'm pretty sure I say this literally every month, but it's so hard to believe that … Continue reading MARCH 2018 | Wrap-Up

I visited Platform 9 3/4!! | Holly Goes Abroad

It's happened, folks. I've become a wizard, which means I've officially peaked. While my mom was visiting me in Oxford for a week during my spring break we decided to spend two days scurrying around London, trying to fit in as much as possible. When she asked me what I wanted to do during those … Continue reading I visited Platform 9 3/4!! | Holly Goes Abroad

13 Reasons to Read A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by Lemony Snicket

Since today is Friday the 13th, I'd thought I would interrupt our usual Feminist Fridays feature to talk about something a little more.... unlucky. Over the past few months I've been reading (via audio book) the entirety of A Series of Unfortunate Events by Lemony Snicket for the very first time. When a friend learned that for some … Continue reading 13 Reasons to Read A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS by Lemony Snicket

WHY READ MOBY-DICK? by Nathaniel Philbrick | Review

One of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in Why Read Moby-Dick?, Nathaniel Philbrick’s enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville’s classic. As he did in his National Book Award–winning bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick brings a sailor’s eye and an adventurer’s passion to unfolding the story behind an epic … Continue reading WHY READ MOBY-DICK? by Nathaniel Philbrick | Review