Category: Books

Eight Books that Informed my Writing

“If you don’t have time to read, you don’t have the time (or the tools) to write.” -Stephen King Sometimes it feels like storytelling must be mixed with my blood because I’ve been doing it my whole life and I can’t seem to shake it. Maybe there is something inherent that inspires me to write, ...

The Mirror of Erised: What is Your Heart’s Desire?

The Mirror of Erised presents one of the most notable and symbolic moments in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. Harry stumbles upon the mirror one night, stowed in an unused classroom. When he looks in the mirror, he finds the image of is parents standing with him. Returning night after night to view the ...

Beryl Markham’s West with the Night: A Tale of Africa and Aviation

Reading Beryl Markham’s memoir West with the Night, I was swept up in a fantasy of a dream life in early 20th century Kenya. The book paints images of a childhood running through the farms and plains of Africa, hunting with indigenous people of the region, an independent young adulthood as a horse trainer and ...

The Best of Bookstagram

Mmmm… books. Even more mmm? Carefully posed and photographed book still lifes on the internet. If you’re like me and you drool over bound paper, then you are probably already familiar with bookstagram- essentially pictures of books on Instagram. I just love the concept of putting books up on a pedestal and creating a little ...

Rereading Emerson’s “Self-Reliance”

When I first read Ralph Waldo Emerson’s essay “Self-Reliance” in my 11th grade American Literature class, the ideas he presented resonated with me- a teenager searching for identity. The need for individuality stirred inside me and “Self-Reliance” was the perfect doctrine. Like many at that age, I hated conformity and had begun training myself to ...

Book Review: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

When Naomi Novik’s Uprooted first came to my attention, it was on many recommended fantasy lists. Upon seeing the cover and reading summaries, it came off as YA, but I did some more research and saw the number of awards the book had won, including the 2016 Nebula Award for Best Novel and the 2016 Locus Award ...

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2016 Reading List

Here are my favorite reads of the past year: Circling the Sun, by Paula McLain Poison Study, by Maria V. Snyder Love in the Time of Cholera, by Gabriel García Márquez Sense and Sensibility, by Jane Austen

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Happy Birthday, Jane Austen

On this day, just 241 years ago, the woman who would bring us Mr. Darcy, lots of letters, happy love stories, and strolls through the countryside was born in Hampshire, England. When I first read Pride and Prejudice years ago, I was surprised to find a book written so long ago that I could pour through so ...

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The Ways I love Each Adapted Elizabeth Bennet

Elizabeth Bennet- not only does she have the best forename in existence (I might be biased), she is also one of the most beloved heroines of classic literature. Somehow Elizabeth has stood against time as an adored protagonist and as she continues to be adapted in various media forms (comics, webseries, movies), I never tire of her. ...

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Reading Anne of Green Gables: Chapters 1-5

Netflix announced it will adapt L.M. Montgomery’s Anne of Green Gables into an eight episode series coming in 2017. As a child, I watched the 1985 miniseries adaptation staring Megan Follows with my grandparents. They had a strange obsession with Anne of Green Gables and would laugh through our screenings like every viewing was their first. ...