CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by André Aciman | Review

"Andre Aciman's Call Me by Your Name is the story of a sudden and powerful romance that blossoms between an adolescent boy and a summer guest at his parents' cliffside mansion on the Italian Riviera. Each is unprepared for the consequences of their attraction, when, during the restless summer weeks, unrelenting currents of obsession, fascination, … Continue reading CALL ME BY YOUR NAME by André Aciman | Review

How I Choose My Books Tag

When I'm not buried under mountains of required reading for coursework, I often ask myself an important question: How do I choose my books? Fortunately, that's the very same question that this tag attempts to answer! I had never heard to this tag before I was tagged in it, so I'm really excited to take … Continue reading How I Choose My Books Tag

A Film Screening with Neil Gaiman?!?! | Holly Goes Abroad

I've been a fan of Neil Gaiman's writing for years, so when one of my friends asked if I'd like to go to a London screening of a film based on one of his short stories it was nearly impossible for me to refuse. Starring Alex Sharp and Elle Fanning, the film How to Talk to … Continue reading A Film Screening with Neil Gaiman?!?! | Holly Goes Abroad

BETWEEN THE ACTS by Virginia Woolf | Review

In Woolf's final novel, villagers present their annual pageant, made up of scenes from the history of England, at a house in the heart of the country as personal dramas simmer. Between the Acts is also a striking evocation of English experience in the months leading up to the Second World War. Through dialogue, humour … Continue reading BETWEEN THE ACTS by Virginia Woolf | Review

A Classic Couple: Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The Secret History

I don't often enjoy reading books that are really dark, unsettling, and morbid, but this week's Classic Couple is certainly an exception. Published a little over a decade apart, Chronicle of a Death Foretold by Gabriel García Márquez (1981) and The Secret History by Donna Tartt (1992) both have similar structures as murder mystery novels with a twist. Answers your question … Continue reading A Classic Couple: Chronicle of a Death Foretold and The Secret History

Sherlock Holmes Museum | Holly Goes Abroad

My mother and I have been fans of Sherlock Holmes--both in book and BBC form--for years, so visiting the Sherlock Holmes Museum was high on our list of priorities for our trip to London. Located at the actual address of 221B Baker Street, the Sherlock Holmes Museum was founded in 1990 as an homage to … Continue reading Sherlock Holmes Museum | Holly Goes Abroad

11 Reasons to Read STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as … Continue reading 11 Reasons to Read STATION ELEVEN by Emily St. John Mandel

A Year of Oxford Reading Lists | Holly Goes Abroad

What do we have here? A Holly Goes Abroad post on a Wednesday?! Indeed. A few weeks ago someone commented asking if I could share all of my required reading lists from my year studying at Oxford, so that's what I'm going to do today. I'm posting this in the middle of the week because it's more … Continue reading A Year of Oxford Reading Lists | Holly Goes Abroad

I actually get to eat an ice cream sundae?!?! | Holly Goes Abroad

Recently I discovered one of the best food places I have ever been in my entire life: Yorica! Located on Wardour Street in London, Yorica is a sweet shop that serves ice cream, frozen yogurt, shakes, crepes, waffles. I'm sure that at this point you must be asking: But Holly, how can you possibly enjoy … Continue reading I actually get to eat an ice cream sundae?!?! | Holly Goes Abroad

NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman | Review

Neil Gaiman has long been inspired by ancient mythology in creating the fantastical realms of his fiction. Now he turns his attention back to the source, presenting a bravura rendition of the great northern tales. In Norse Mythology, Gaiman fashions primeval stories into a novelistic arc that begins with the genesis of the legendary nine … Continue reading NORSE MYTHOLOGY by Neil Gaiman | Review