Dear Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: a take on the Gothic novel

Dear Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: After a bit of an Austen drought for me, I decided to listen to the audiobook version of you. I have been slowly working my way through Austen's novels for years (besides you, I have read Pride & Prejudice, Persuasion, and Emma), so I was excited to finally read … Continue reading Dear Northanger Abbey by Jane Austen: a take on the Gothic novel

Dear The Reivers by William Faulkner: a much-needed exhale

Dear The Reivers by William Faulkner: After finishing what ended up being my most stressful semester of school yet (third semester of law school, it was a lot), I immediately knew what book I needed to pick up: you, the unread Faulkner book that had been waiting for me on my shelf for months. I've … Continue reading Dear The Reivers by William Faulkner: a much-needed exhale

Dear THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas: A gold star for this year’s Big Book of the Summer

Dear The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:  For the past handful of summers, I’ve chosen a larger, more intimidating book to read over the summer months. Previous participants in this little challenge have been Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. … Continue reading Dear THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas: A gold star for this year’s Big Book of the Summer

Dear SUMMER CROSSING by Truman Capote: A triple-layered surprise

Dear Summer Crossing by Truman Capote:  Lately it seems as though I’ve acquired a knack for picking up the most recent book an author has written or published without ever having read any of their other work. Although you were the first novel ever written by Truman Capote, you weren’t published until over fifty years … Continue reading Dear SUMMER CROSSING by Truman Capote: A triple-layered surprise

Dear LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng: What genre do you belong in?

Dear Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng: You've been one of the most recommended books on my TBR ever since I watched and enjoyed Big Little Lies a few years ago. I had never read anything by Celeste Ng up until this point, and numerous other bookworms recommended you both for your gripping story and … Continue reading Dear LITTLE FIRES EVERYWHERE by Celeste Ng: What genre do you belong in?

Dear THE SECOND PERSEPHONE BOOK OF SHORT STORIES: Lovely, bittersweet snapshots of the twentieth century

Dear The Second Persephone Book of Short Stories: I purchased you on an amazing return trip to England last summer, and have been waiting to read you ever since. As I wrote about in this post, I honestly never thought I would get the opportunity to visit Persephone Books, and when I did I knew … Continue reading Dear THE SECOND PERSEPHONE BOOK OF SHORT STORIES: Lovely, bittersweet snapshots of the twentieth century

Dear SHE SAID by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: Striking, moving, eye-opening, and so, so important

Dear She Said by Jodi Kantor & Megan Twohey: Written by the two New York Times reporters who broke the story of several accusations of sexual assault and harassment against Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, you provide a detailed account of this investigation and how it evolved over time. You had been recommended to me by … Continue reading Dear SHE SAID by Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey: Striking, moving, eye-opening, and so, so important

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?

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

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