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 …

Top Ten Tuesday: Summer 2020 TBR, and an important note

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic is to share ten books on our summer TBR lists. I love making these lists each season--they provide such great opportunity to reflect on what I've been reading lately and to think about what I would like to read more of in the near future. In the …

A Classic Couple: AS YOU LIKE IT and TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE

Welcome to another Classic Couple: post! In this series, I choose a classic and a more contemporary read that I think resemble each other and discuss why I think they're similar. Today I’ll be comparing and contrasting As You Like It by William Shakespeare (1599) and To All the Boys I've Loved Before by Jenny …

Top Ten Tuesday: Opening Lines in Classic Novels that Feel Very Relevant

Happy Tuesday!! This week's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) is to share ten opening lines that we find funny, interesting, well-written, etc. I'm focusing my list on ten opening lines in classic novels that feel very relevant right now. It was a bright cold day in April, and the clocks …

Top Ten Tuesday: 10 Reasons I Love Classics (even after I’ve finished my English degree)

Happy Tuesday!! Today's Top Ten Tuesday topic (hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl) asks us to share ten reasons why we love something book. I've chosen to talk about ten reasons why I love classics and keep returning to them even after having finished my English degree. It's clear that classic literature is not everyone …

8 Classic Novels about Family Dynamics | Recommendations

Happy Mother's Day!! In honor of this special day, I thought I would share some classic novels about family dynamics... albeit, not always the most positive ones! I think reading about fictional families is so interesting, and a close look at family dynamics always adds more depth to a novel. Books like these are a …

(many, many) books about dealing with and overcoming uncertainty

Given the stressful circumstances that many of us now find ourselves in, I thought that today I would share many, many books about dealing with and overcoming uncertainty. Each book listed is linked to a post or review that I've written about it (if there is one), in case you want to learn more or …

THE LIFTED VEIL by George Eliot | Review

To be honest, I knew nothing about The Lifted Veil by George Eliot (1859) before I started reading it—and that’s precisely how I recommend approaching this little novella. I picked it up because I enjoyed Eliot's massive novel Middlemarch and wanted to read more of her writing. However, this Victorian novella is a significant departure from Eliot's …

Top Ten Tuesday: Classics I Would Give New Titles To

Happy Tuesday!! This week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic asks us to share books that we would give new titles to. I’ve decided to give this a little classic twist, so I’ll be renaming classic titles. This sounds like a lot of fun, so let’s jump right in! What do you think of these new titles? …

OF MICE AND MEN by John Steinbeck | Review

John Steinbeck's classic novel Of Mice and Men is one of those books that people are usually assigned to read in high school; however, for some reason I was never assigned this in all my years of high school and as a college English major. I figured that I should probably read something by Steinbeck since I am a …