What do I ACTUALLY read at the beach?

Summertime has many traditions, including book bloggers making lists of the best beach reads of the season. There are many different kinds of books that people tend to classify as "beach reads," from sunny contemporaries to steamy romance and even gripping thrillers. But what do people actually read at the beach? Not what they intend … Continue reading What do I ACTUALLY read at the beach?

Dear AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare: My favorite in a certain way?

Dear As You Like It by William Shakespeare: Shakespeare and I have always had a bit of a love-hate relationship. While I appreciate his clever wordplay and legacy as a writer, I've just never been a huge fan of his plays. I always maintained that I prefer seeing plays performed rather than reading them on … Continue reading Dear AS YOU LIKE IT by William Shakespeare: My favorite in a certain way?

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Years of TTT!

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is particularly special: it's been TEN YEARS since this weekly post first started!!!! It's wild to think that I've been doing Top Ten Tuesday posts for... SEVEN years now??? I look forward to these posts each week because it really feels … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Years of TTT!

5 Classics for June

In this series, I recommend five classics each month that remind me of that particular time of the year. June has always struck me as a strange mix of peace and chaos, of beauty and discomfort, of consistency and change. I think this past month has definitely embodied those contradictions, as flowers bloom in the … Continue reading 5 Classics for June

Dear A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce: Not what I expected

Dear A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce: I've always known that I have a bit of a strange reading taste. By strange, I mean that I generally enjoy a lot of books that most people don't. William Faulkner's novels are a good example of this--they are wordy and sprawling … Continue reading Dear A PORTRAIT OF THE ARTIST AS A YOUNG MAN by James Joyce: Not what I expected

A Classic Couple: AS YOU LIKE IT and TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

Welcome to another Classic Couple: post! In this series, I choose a classic and a more contemporary read that I think resemble each other and discuss why I think they're similar. Today I’ll be comparing and contrasting As You Like It by William Shakespeare (1599) and To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny … Continue reading A Classic Couple: AS YOU LIKE IT and TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

Dear MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan: SO MUCH NOSTALGIA

Dear My Oxford Year by Julia Whelan: I apologize in advance for how nostalgic this letter will inevitably be. When I saw a secondhand copy of you on sale at a bookstore one day I knew I would have to buy you. The blurb on your back cover promised the story of a twenty-something woman, … Continue reading Dear MY OXFORD YEAR by Julia Whelan: SO MUCH NOSTALGIA

Comparing Books to Cakes

Books are like cake in many ways: the best ones have lots of layers, a pretty external design doesn't necessarily correlate with the best flavor, and they can take quite a bit of time to make. I love books and I love cake, so I was thrilled when Meghan @ Whimsically Meghan tagged me in … Continue reading Comparing Books to Cakes

Dear THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern: Well worth the long, long wait

Dear The Starless Sea by Erin Morgenstern, As someone who adored The Night Circus, I've been eagerly anticipating reading you ever since I first learned that you were being release. What I hadn't anticipated was developing such a personal connection to you. I started reading you a few days before a break-up and finished reading … Continue reading Dear THE STARLESS SEA by Erin Morgenstern: Well worth the long, long wait

Top Ten Tuesday: Big books are a summer vibe for me??

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is to share ten books that give off summer vibes. Today I've decided to talk about something that might seem a bit strange at first, but that has become a summer tradition for me: Each summer I choose a big book … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Big books are a summer vibe for me??