OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens | Review

Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens is one of those classic stories that everyone thinks they know-- that is, until they actually sit down to read the novel in its entirety. Prior to starting this book in the middle of a flight from England back to the States, I thought this would be the simple story of … Continue reading OLIVER TWIST by Charles Dickens | Review

2017 Resolutions: How did I do?

Last January I made this list of my top ten bookish resolutions for 2017... and now the time has come to see how I did! I've completely forgotten what my resolutions were, so this should be an interesting trip down memory lane. 1. Read 24 books. Done! Somehow the stars aligned this year and I actually … Continue reading 2017 Resolutions: How did I do?

A Classic Couple: GREAT EXPECTATIONS and A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY

In a past Top Ten Tuesday post I paired Charles Dickens’ classic novel Great Expectations with the more contemporary novel A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving. Many people expressed interest in hearing more about the connection I see between these two works of literature even though they seem very different at a first … Continue reading A Classic Couple: GREAT EXPECTATIONS and A PRAYER FOR OWEN MEANY

HARD TIMES by Charles Dickens

Hard Times by Charles Dickens is the first book I was assigned to read over the summer to prepare for the English Literature 1830-1910 tutorial I’ll be taking during my first term at Oxford. I was thrilled when I saw this title on the list because I’ve been meaning to read more by Dickens since … Continue reading HARD TIMES by Charles Dickens

JULY 2017 | Wrap-Up

July was a blur of hot days, air-conditioned office spaces, lakeside reading, and time spent with friends and family... not a bad way to spend the bulk of summer! Here's what I was up to this past month: In July I read a total of 9 books: Hard Times by Charles Dickens North and South by Elizabeth … Continue reading JULY 2017 | Wrap-Up

Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Bookish Resolutions

Happy Tuesday!! I know that today's official Top Ten Tuesday theme is about our most anticipated 2017 debuts, but here's my dilemma: I really don't know any upcoming debuts being published in 2017. Due to an incredibly busy college semester I've been out of the bookish loop for so long that I haven't been able to stay up … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: 2017 Bookish Resolutions

2016: How Did I Do?

Today I'm taking a look back on the 2016 resolutions I made last January to see what progress I made on these goals. I honestly haven't looked at these resolutions since I first made them, so this will be as much of a surprise for you as it will be for me! 1. Read at … Continue reading 2016: How Did I Do?

The Reading List // Classics Club Challenge

Hi, everyone! Today's post is a very special TBR list, as I have decided to join the Classics Club Reading Challenge! You can read more about the specifics of this challenge here, but basically it means that you make a list of classics you'd like to read by a certain date. Each time you read … Continue reading The Reading List // Classics Club Challenge

QUOTE: Charles Dickens

"That was a memorable day to me, for it made great changes in me. But it is the same with any life. Imagine one selected day struck out of it, and think how different its course would have been. Pause you who read this, and think for a moment of the long chain of iron … Continue reading QUOTE: Charles Dickens

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