I first started blogging when I was in eighth grade. Back then I was fourteen years old and just wanted a space online where I could write book reviews. I had no idea a whole community of book bloggers existed, a little corner of the internet enthralled by discussing literature. I've since gone back and… Continue reading Should I keep blogging?
It’s time to shout it from the rooftops, folks: I HAVE FINALLY READ THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS. I’ve heard about this book for so many years—it almost feels as though I popped out from the womb knowing deep down that I would have to read this book someday. It’s on so many YA book… Continue reading THE SISTERHOOD OF THE TRAVELING PANTS by Ann Brashares | Review
Today I'm here to discuss a rather unlikely Classic Couple (this one made of two classics!): The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain (1885) and The Wind in the Willows (1908). As most American students who have been assigned to read Huck Finn in English class will know, this classic novel is about a white boy and black slave… Continue reading A Classic Couple: THE ADVENTURES OF HUCKLEBERRY FINN and THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share ten books we want in our personal library. For my list, I've decided to highlight ten books that I've already read but would love to have on my shelf someday. It's safe to say that I've checked out… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Read, but not on my shelf
What would a Holly Goes Abroad series be without a post about Blackwell’s? Blackwell’s is my favorite bookshop in Oxford, and definitely one of my favorite bookshops ever. My friend and I made a point to make an extra-long visit to Blackwell’s during this trip because we both love it so much. Today I thought… Continue reading 5 Reasons Why I Love Blackwell’s | Holly Goes Abroad
At the very beginning of the summer, I went through a very sudden, very emotional break up. No matter what side of a break up you're on--I was actually the one who initiated mine--there's no getting around the harsh reality that ending a relationship sucks. I felt lonely and sad and even a little lost, in ways… Continue reading The Best Books to Get You Through a Break-Up
The House on Mango Street by Sandra Cisneros has always been one of those book titles that I knew, but I didn’t know how or why I knew it. Before this past summer I had never read it before, and I had never even really put together that the Sandra Cisneros I read in my… Continue reading THE HOUSE ON MANGO STREET by Sandra Cisneros | Review
What’s this?! A Classic Couple post?! After SO MANY MOONS OF ABSENCE?!?! I’m so excited to be back with this feature because it’s one of my absolute favorites. I have such a soft spot for classic lit and even though there are certainly some problematic beans out there (I’m looking at you, male-dominated white western… Continue reading A Classic Couple: THE CATCHER IN THE RYE and PORTNOY’S COMPLAINT
Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is supposed to be about our favorite tropes. I decided to look up a few tropes beforehand, which led me to remember a kind of trope that we don't often talk about in the book blogging world. This lovely article talks… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: What is a trope?!?!
On my last full day in Oxford, my friends and I packed our bags with snacks and swimsuits and trekked all the way to Port Meadow. I had heard fun stories about afternoons at Port Meadow, but I had never been before this trip. Located on a little dirt path that cuts between rolling fields… Continue reading Wild horses? Diving off a bridge? Oh my! | Holly Goes Abroad