Category: Books

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. ...

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Best King Arthur Adaptations

It’s pretty amazing that the King Arthur legends have been around for about fifteen centuries- entertaining global audiences for nine- and still hold up today. Storytellers have drawn out many narratives from Arthurian legends, using various character point of views and a variety of mediums. Next year a new Arthurian film is set to release, ...

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Thoughts On: Poison Study

Maria V. Snyder’s fantasy novel Poison Study has a great hook, that drew my in right away to a book that was a bit one toe in the young adult pool, other-toe-adult. I tend to avoid modern young adult literature, mostly because I’m a masochist and prefer more cumbersome tomes, but sometimes I’m a sucker for ...

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Spielberg Directing Ready Player One: My Entire Life Has Built Up to this Moment

Ernest Cline’s breakout novel, an ejaculation of everything nerds could ever wish for in one place, is set to be adapted into a film under the direction of Steven Spielberg. Spielberg is a breakout director whose previous credits include some relatively unknown titles like, Indiana Jones, Jaws, E.T., and Jurassic Park. Ready Player One takes place in ...