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Hey Hemingway, What’s With the Bulls? | THE SUN ALSO RISES

While rereading Ernest Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises for a literature class last semester, I kept coming back to a puzzling question: What is so important about bulls? Bullfighting seems to be the focal point of the characters' time in Pamplona, Spain, which makes sense considering the culture and setting of the time. The unusual part is the… Continue reading Hey Hemingway, What’s With the Bulls? | THE SUN ALSO RISES

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Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read for Class

Happy Tuesday!! Since this new semester is now well underway and this week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is open-ended, I thought I would share with you all my Top Ten Favorite Books I've Read for Class (that's a genre, right? Well, it is now!). Assigned reading often has a bit of an undeserved bad reputation. Sure, you're not… Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Favorite Books I’ve Read for Class

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THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway | Reread

Recently I read The Sun Also Rises by Ernest Hemingway for the second time; predictably, my love-hate relationship with this classic American writer continues. When I First Read I first read this classic American novel in April 2015, almost exactly one year before I reread it again in April 2016. I had read Hemingway's A Farewell to Arms for… Continue reading THE SUN ALSO RISES by Ernest Hemingway | Reread

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THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald // Reread

Recently I read The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald for the second time; as expected, a multitude of thoughts ensued. When I First Read I first read this classic American novel as assigned reading for my American Literature class when I was a junior in high school. As you can tell by my glowing review, I… Continue reading THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald // Reread

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MY ÁNTONIA by Willa Cather

“Whatever else was gone, Ántonia had not lost the fire of life.”  My Ántonia by Willa Cather blindsided me with its brilliance. I had never heard of it or the mastermind behind it until it became assigned reading for my Cultural Diversity in American Literature class. Even reading a brief description of this novel before… Continue reading MY ÁNTONIA by Willa Cather

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THE NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE by Frederick Douglass

“You have seen how a man was made a slave; you shall see how a slave was made a man.” Out of all the novels, short stories, and poems we read in my Introduction to Literature class, I chose to write my final paper on Frederick Douglass' memoir, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, An… Continue reading THE NARRATIVE OF THE LIFE OF FREDERICK DOUGLASS, AN AMERICAN SLAVE by Frederick Douglass

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THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

“Clocks slay time... time is dead as long as it is being clicked off by little wheels; only when the clock stops does time come to life.” Confused? If not, there's about a 99 percent chance that you will be upon cracking open the spine of William Faulkner's classic novel The Sound and the Fury. I read… Continue reading THE SOUND AND THE FURY by William Faulkner

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THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

I think that many readers-- myself included-- fall prey to the common misconception that there are two distinct categories of literature. The first of these categories could be considered "hard literature" (I don't know if these names already exist-- I'm completely making them up on the spot). These are the texts we are often forced… Continue reading THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins

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Book Review: ROBINSON CRUSOE

Author: Daniel Defoe Number of Pages: 320 Publisher: Modern Library Release Date: 1719 "Robinson Crusoe, set ashore on an island after a terrible storm at sea, is forced to make do with only a knife, some tobacco, and a pipe. He learns how to build a canoe, make bread, and endure endless solitude. That is, until, twenty-four years later,… Continue reading Book Review: ROBINSON CRUSOE

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Book Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS

Author: Charles Dickens Number of Pages: 554 Publisher: Penguin Books Release Date: 1861 "Great Expectations, Dickens' funny, frightening and tender portrayal of the orphan Pip's journey of self-discovery, is one of his best-loved works. Showing how a young man's life is transformed by a mysterious series of events - an encounter with an escaped prisoner; a visit to a… Continue reading Book Review: GREAT EXPECTATIONS