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Why I Don’t Rate Books

You may have noticed that none of my book reviews contain ratings for anything that I read. That's because I don't rate books anymore.  I made the decision to stop rating books a few years ago, right around when the amount of reading I had to do for my English major picked up. As I… Continue reading Why I Don’t Rate Books

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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… Continue reading Why are hot beverages so aesthetically pleasing?

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5 Books Every Incoming English Major Should Read

You read a lot of books as an English major in college. Some books are more enjoyable, interesting, and frankly more worthwhile to read than others. As someone who recently graduated with a degree in English lit, I've thought a lot about all those hours spent staring at pages at my desk or in the… Continue reading 5 Books Every Incoming English Major Should Read

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Falling Asleep While Reading: A Saga

This summer I’ve encountered a dilemma that I haven’t really ever had to deal with before: I keep falling asleep while reading. Now, I’ve never really been much of a night owl. I’ve always preferred going to bed around 11pm and getting up at 7am to going to bed at 2am and getting up at… Continue reading Falling Asleep While Reading: A Saga

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Is it possible to read TOO MUCH into a book? | Discussion

We’ve all been there: sitting through a high school English class as the teacher goes on about the symbolism of the yellow car and Doctor T. J. Eckleburg’s ever-watching eyes in The Great Gatsby, wondering whether or not F. Scott Fitzgerald really intended for us to dissect every move of his pen. Is it possible to… Continue reading Is it possible to read TOO MUCH into a book? | Discussion

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Books I Wished I Had Been Assigned to Read as an English Major

In less than a week I graduate with a bachelor's degree in English, and it's a very bittersweet moment for me. Although I am very excited to move onto another chapter of my life, I'm also sad to leave my amazing friends and the lovely Wheaton community behind. However, the end of undergrad also marks… Continue reading Books I Wished I Had Been Assigned to Read as an English Major

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5 Books that Influenced Me as a College Senior

Seeing as I graduate from undergrad a week from tomorrow (eek!) I thought I would share 5 books that influenced me as a college senior. These are books that I've read throughout this academic year--assigned or otherwise--that have made me think about myself and world a bit differently. In no particular order: Without a Name by Yvonne… Continue reading 5 Books that Influenced Me as a College Senior

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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,… Continue reading How I Came to Study English in College (and why I stayed that way)

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

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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… Continue reading Why I Love Character Maps | Discussion