5 Classics for August

Summer has almost come to a close, but there’s still time to squeak in a few more books in the sunshine! I thought it would be fun to recommend five classics each month that remind me of that particular time of the year. I’m someone who tends to strongly associate books with when I read… Continue reading 5 Classics for August


WHY READ MOBY-DICK? by Nathaniel Philbrick | Review

One of the greatest American novels finds its perfect contemporary champion in Why Read Moby-Dick?, Nathaniel Philbrick’s enlightening and entertaining tour through Melville’s classic. As he did in his National Book Award–winning bestseller In the Heart of the Sea, Philbrick brings a sailor’s eye and an adventurer’s passion to unfolding the story behind an epic… Continue reading WHY READ MOBY-DICK? by Nathaniel Philbrick | Review


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


Would You Rather? | Book Tag

It's time for another tag! I always loved playing would you rather as a kid, so I was super excited when I discovered that the Would You Rather Book Tag actually exists. Thanks so much to Bridget @ Bridget & Books for tagging me!! Rather read only a series or stand-alone books? When I was younger… Continue reading Would You Rather? | Book Tag

Books, Classics Club Challenge

LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott | Review

The enduring popularity and praise of Louisa May Alcott's Little Women has intrigued me for some time. I couldn't help but wonder what made this classic American novel stand out among its neighbors, particularly since it initially seemed to be a simple story about four sisters living during the Civil War. What is it about… Continue reading LITTLE WOMEN by Louisa May Alcott | Review


FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley | Review

Some stories seem to extend beyond the confines of their original forms. Whether it be from popular adaptations or its reputation over time, certain novels have been distorted in the eyes of those who have yet to read them. Put simply, this is a clash between expectations and reality, between what the reader perceives the… Continue reading FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley | Review

Books, Classics Club Challenge

ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez | Review

In a New York Times book review, William Kennedy once wrote that "One Hundred Years of Solitude is the first piece of literature since the Book of Genesis that should be required reading for the entire human race." After reading Gregory Rabassa's English translation of this classic Spanish novel by Gabriel García Márquez, I have to say that I… Continue reading ONE HUNDRED YEARS OF SOLITUDE by Gabriel García Márquez | Review


AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner | Review

Weeks have passed since I finished reading William's Faulkner's classic novel As I Lay Dying, yet I'm still taken aback by its brilliance. My first experience reading Faulkner was with The Sound and the Fury, which was required reading for a literature class I took two semesters ago. Although I did enjoy it, the stream of consciousness writing style… Continue reading AS I LAY DYING by William Faulkner | Review


ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell | Review

George Orwell's classic novel Animal Farm has been on my reading radar for quite some time. After reading the unsettling 1984 a few years ago and his collection of essays titled Why I Write more recently, I've been meaning to tick Animal Farm off of my list as well. As is often the case, this impressive novel has left me with one question:… Continue reading ANIMAL FARM by George Orwell | Review

Books, Drama


After reading Oscar Wilde's dark classic novel The Picture of Dorian Gray, I certainly wasn't expecting this little play to be so charming and lighthearted. The Importance of Being Earnest is a true treat to read, for more reason than one. Wilde surprised me with his witty, hilarious sense of humor. I laughed out loud several times while reading… Continue reading THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST by Oscar Wilde | Review