5 Classics for May

In this series, I recommend five classics each month that remind me of that particular time of the year. You know what they say: April showers bring May flowers. That has certainly been true where I live thus far this month--so many flowers in the garden have begun to bloom and it's so lovely to … Continue reading 5 Classics for May

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 … Continue reading 8 Classic Novels about Family Dynamics | Recommendations

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

5 Classics for February

In this series, I recommend five classics each month that remind me of that particular time of the year. For the month of February, I thought I would highlight some of my favorite classic romance novels, most of them from the Victorian Era. What's better than a little Jane Austin at this time of year? … Continue reading 5 Classics for February

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? … Continue reading Top Ten Tuesday: Classics I Would Give New Titles To

Feminist Fridays: Pride and Prejudice (circa 1995 BBC)

Jane Austen's classic novel Pride and Prejudice, along with many of her other novels, often receives criticism for depicting women as utterly dependent on men. While I wholeheartedly disagree with this criticism (look at Austen's satire! her wit! her humor! making fun of those who depend on men!), today I'd like to discuss this perspective regarding a … Continue reading Feminist Fridays: Pride and Prejudice (circa 1995 BBC)

MARCH 2018 | Wrap-Up

{When you realize half way through April that you forgot to schedule your March wrap-up before you left to travel for two weeks... oops! Better late than never, right?!} It's official, folks: we're one-fourth of the way through 2018! I'm pretty sure I say this literally every month, but it's so hard to believe that … Continue reading MARCH 2018 | Wrap-Up

5 Fascinating Fictional Fathers

Happy Fathers' Day! In honor of this important holiday, I thought I would share a list of 5 Fascinating Fictional Fathers from literature. These fathers aren't perfect; however, they provide a lot of food for thought when it comes to thinking about the role of a father in a family. There are so many examples of interesting … Continue reading 5 Fascinating Fictional Fathers

Why Mr. Bennet is My Favorite Character in P&P

When I read Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice for the second time, I fully expected Mr. Darcy ultimately be my favorite character. Everyone and their mother seems to love Mr. Darcy in that infatuated, fangirl-ish way, but I found that my admiration was sparked by a different P&P man: Mr. Bennet. Here's why: 1. He's bookish and spends most … Continue reading Why Mr. Bennet is My Favorite Character in P&P

PERSUASION by Jane Austen

Before reading Persuasion, the only novel I had ever read by Jane Austen was Pride and Prejudice, which I adored. I actually read the two back to back, which I quickly realized was a bit of a mistake. I found there to be a distinct difference in the tones of these two novels, and I was not expecting the more … Continue reading PERSUASION by Jane Austen