Dear THE COUNT OF MONTE CRISTO by Alexandre Dumas: A gold star for this year’s Big Book of the Summer

Dear The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre Dumas:  For the past handful of summers, I’ve chosen a larger, more intimidating book to read over the summer months. Previous participants in this little challenge have been Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Gone with the Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy. …

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 …

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: 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 …

Dear LONGBOURN by Jo Baker: An unconventional companion to Pride and Prejudice

Dear Longbourn by Jo Baker, I've had my eye on you for a while. When I was in high school I worked as a page at my local library, and I would often pick you up when I walked by you on the shelf and read your inside flap, intrigued by your basic premise. A …

DEAR FAHRENHEIT 451 by Annie Spence | Review

Dear Dear Fahrenheit 451 by Annie Spence, Since you are a book of letters written to other books, I feel like it’s only fitting that my review of you is also in the form of a letter to a book. (Wow, that was a lot of letters and books.) To be honest, I never even knew you existed until I randomly …

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? …

Rory Gilmore Reading Challenge | Update 2

It's been two years since I last updated this list?!?! And three years since I posted my introduction to the Rory Gilmore reading challenge?!?! I'm very intrigued to see where I stand with this list (all the books Rory is seen reading/mentions in Gilmore Girls). On with my second update! In alphabetical order, the 339 …

A Classic Couple: LIGHT IN AUGUST and THE HUMAN STAIN

Welcome to another Classic Couple: post! Today I’ll be comparing and contrasting Light in August by William Faulkner (1932) and The Human Stain by Philip Roth (2000). Light in August is one of my favorite Faulkner novels (which is saying a lot because I have many favorite Faulkner novels). Recently I was thinking about this novel and what I could possibly pair …

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 …