A little re-introduction

Hello, hello! It's been a bit since I last posted, so I thought I would do a little re-introduction. My name is Holly, and I'm a book-loving law student. I studied English literature in undergrad and studied abroad at the University of Oxford for a year. I'm allergic to nuts, hence the name of this …

Are our bookshelves a reflection of us? | Discussion

Listening to The High Low podcast by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes has been one of the highlights of my week for ages. I always look forward to their insightful perspectives on current events, books, and pop culture in general. Each time I listen to an episode I come away from it with a new …

Why are hot beverages so aesthetically pleasing?

Ah, the age old question: Why are hot beverages so aesthetically pleasing? This might seem like a completely random and useless question to ask, especially on a book blog, but hear me out. As the weather has gotten colder here in New England, I’ve noticed a significant increase in the number of hot beverages photographed …

Avoiding Book Burnout as an English Major

Recently someone asked me in a comment how I avoid burning out as an English major--in other words, how do I keep from getting sick of reading? It might sound implausible that a bookworm could get tired of reading, but it definitely happens. When the line between work and play is blurred, it can suddenly feel …

How I Came to Study English in College (and why I stayed that way)

A few months ago someone commented on one of my blog posts asking if I could write about how I came to study English literature in college. Since my second to last semester of college begins in just two days, I thought now would be a good time to finally answer this question. Growing up, …

What does it mean to be a “relevant” reader? | Discussion

Today I'd like to talk about a topic that I've been thinking about a lot lately: What does it mean to be a "relevant" reader? Recently I watched a video by Ariel Bissett in which she talks about the pressure in the online book community to read certain books as soon as possible to be …

Looking Back on 2017

For the past few years I've made one of these posts reflecting on the concluding year. After reading what I wrote at the end of 2015 and 2016, it hit me just how much has happened in 2017. I got accepted to study abroad for an academic year at Oxford University. My friends and I …

Why I Love Character Maps | Discussion

Today I'm here to discuss one of my recent favorite things: character maps. I discovered the greatness of character maps while trudging through all of my required reading for my year at Oxford this past summer. Although there may be many differences between Victorian literature and the works of William Faulkner, there is one important feature …

On Reading Classics | Discussion

I love classics. A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that classics are my preferred genre. Some people can’t seem to fathom that I genuinely enjoy reading books like Faulkner’s Sartoris and Dickens’ Great Expectations and choose to read them in my free time. Perhaps this bewilderment is due to the bad reputation classics have gained …

Is there more to Jane Austen than romance? (YES) | Discussion

Jane Austen's works are often lauded as masterpieces of romantic fiction, and with good reason: her winding plots of courtships, engagements, and marriages have managed to captivate readers for centuries. Take the famous Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice, for example, who seems to have been placed upon a pedestal as the ideal male love …