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 …

On Reading Classics | Discussion

I love classics. A lot of people are surprised when I tell them that classics are my preferred genre. Some people can’t seem to fathom that I genuinely enjoy reading books like Faulkner’s Sartoris and Dickens’ Great Expectations and choose to read them in my free time. Perhaps this bewilderment is due to the bad reputation classics have gained …

Is there more to Jane Austen than romance? (YES) | Discussion

Jane Austen's works are often lauded as masterpieces of romantic fiction, and with good reason: her winding plots of courtships, engagements, and marriages have managed to captivate readers for centuries. Take the famous Mr. Darcy of Pride and Prejudice, for example, who seems to have been placed upon a pedestal as the ideal male love …

“Well, at least you’re reading something…” | Discussion

Have you ever heard someone say to someone else: “Well, at least you’re reading something…“? I hate that phrase. I’ve usually heard it said in reference to a “fluffy” romance or young adult novel (Twilight often falls victim to this). It bothers me because it appears to come from a place of supposed superiority, as …

Debunking the Mythical “Beach Read” | Discussion

Each year as the temperature outside rises and spring gradually gives way to summer, one question is inevitably asked of readers everywhere: “What are you going to read at beach?" The “beach read” genre has exploded recently, becoming an increasingly popular way of categorizing books that are "quick," "light" and "fluffy." When I hear this …

MATILDA as a Feminist Text | Discussion

While reading Matilda for the first time ever recently (gasp!), I loved how Roald Dahl places such an emphasis on gender equality in the story. If we consider feminism to be defined as equality between all genders, I would argue that this lovely children’s book is a strong example of a feminist text. Here are …

Are Book Hauls “Meaningless” Content? | Discussion

When I saw that Ariel Bissett made a video titled "Why Do Booktubers Make Book Hauls?" I was immediately intrigued. To tell you the truth, I had been asking myself the same question for quite some time. Book hauls have sort of been a controversial topic in the online bookish community as of late. Some people claim …

Why I’m No Longer Rating Books | Discussion

A book blogger who doesn't rate books? *gasp!* What is this madness? Allow me to explain. Lately rating books has felt more and more difficult. I've always used the usual 5-star (or smiley, in my case) system, with 1 being horrible and 5 being fantastic. In the past, this has generally been a reflection of …

5 Reasons Why Molly Weasley is the Ultimate Mom

Happy Mother's Day!! When I thought about making a Mother's Day post about fictional moms, one woman immediately popped into my head: Molly Weasley. Every year this red-headed witch tops countless lists of fictional mothers... but why? In an attempt to answer this age-old question, here are 5 reasons why Mrs. Weasley is the ultimate …

How Shakespeare Redefined Beauty (Sort Of) | Discussion

This semester I'm taking a Renaissance Poetry class, which can basically be summed up in two words: Shakespeare's sonnets. We've read much more than solely sonnets by Shakespeare, of course; however, he had such a remarkable influence on this poetic form that many of our class discussions of other poems ultimately circle back to the …