I honestly don't remember the first time I read Persuasion, but it was definitely after I had already read several other novels by Jane Austen. Pride and Prejudice, as you can imagine, was the first novel of hers I read, followed by Emma and others. I knew from the opening pages of Persuasion, however, that it would be my… Continue reading Review: Persuasion by Jane Austen
We're snowed in again, which means I've been able to spend more time than normal reading, and I'm not complaining! That's why today's book review is actually two in one. I finished both of these books this week, and since they have some similarities, I thought I'd share them with you in one post. The… Continue reading Two Spooky Stories
Recently I reread two books. The very act of rereading these books got me thinking about what it means to really reread something, and why that might be a beneficial exercise.
I'm 85% sure that I have read this novel in the past (I went through a pretty major Agatha Christie phase in middle school), but there's this 15% of me that keeps thinking If I'd really read this book in the past, wouldn't I have remembered the amazing ending?
One of the many things I love about reading is that magic moment when you fall into a story so captivating that you lose track of time and live inside the pages for a while. As I've grown busier and busier, those moments seem few and far between. It's not often that I have an… Continue reading The Madwoman Upstairs by Catherine Lowell
When I was a kid, I read a lot of historical fiction geared towards young readers. One subject I remember reading about a lot was the Tudor dynasty--Henry VIII and his six wives. There was one book written from Elizabeth I's perspective, one from Mary Tudor's perspective, even one, I believe about Lady Jane Grey.… Continue reading What is it About the Tudors?
My apologies in advance for the length of this post! I started writing my thoughts and just couldn't stop. On the bright side, I've included pictures to break up that dreaded text wall! 🙂 When I started this post, I tried to count up the number of times I’ve read Romeo and Juliet--I read it… Continue reading Romeo and Juliet…Again
On this day 205 years ago, one of our most famous English authors of all time was born: Charles Dickens. It just so happens that I'm teaching his novel Great Expectations to my students this month, so naturally we had a little birthday celebration for Mr. Dickens--the man, the myth, the legend (*cue massive eye roll from… Continue reading Great Expectations by Charles Dickens
Well, it is with great joy that I announce that I've finished my fifty books for 2016! And since this weekend is such a huge football weekend, I thought I'd combine two of my favorite things: Shakespeare and College Football. I'll admit, it's an unlikely pairing. Three of my last books of the year were… Continue reading Three Plays for Bowl Season
We are about a week away from Halloween, so I thought I'd share with you some great classic books that fit all of the requirements for a good October read. I'm not much of a scary movie person, but every now and then it's nice to curl up with a suspenseful read. In case you're… Continue reading Nine Classic Stories for Halloween