A Few Words about First Lines

I’m still reading Anna Karenina, which, as you may know, contains one of the most famous opening lines in the history of literature: Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. That got me thinking about other opening lines that I especially like, and before long, I had aContinue reading “A Few Words about First Lines”

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Current Reads, Part III

It appears reading has taken up most of my blogging time lately. That being the case, I thought this week I’d tell you a bit about those books that are keeping me from writing. Jane Eyre by Charlotte Brontë It’s been a while since I invested some time in a great classic novel. I’m onlyContinue reading “Current Reads, Part III”

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Spring Library Sale Haul

As has become a biannual tradition, I recently went to a used book sale that one of the local public libraries hosted. You know the kind: where nearly everything is $4 or less so you come away with an armful of books, blowing up your TBR in the process. Here’s what I got: 1: TheContinue reading “Spring Library Sale Haul”

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Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books from My TBR List

Top Ten Tuesdays is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. As you may know, I keep a long, long, long list of books that I hope to read at some point in the future. And with this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic being “Ten Books I’ve Added To My To-Be-Read ListContinue reading “Top Ten Tuesday: Ten Books from My TBR List”

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Bookish Links — September 2016

One of the many odd questions that often occurs to me while I’m reading is “How old is [insert character’s name here]?” So I was excited to find this article by an Oxford English professor explaining how he figures (Hamlet’s age. (Hint: it’s not thirty.) My other favorite article this month was this piece by Austin Allen forContinue reading “Bookish Links — September 2016”

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Literary Rediscoveries of 2015

It’s not easy being a classic lit fan: besides having to deal with the rarity of some books, we also miss out on the elation other bookworms feel as they anticipate their favorite author’s next release. Since most of our favorite authors are dead (or just refuse to publish again for years), we’ll never getContinue reading “Literary Rediscoveries of 2015”

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“If This Is Heresy, I Cannot Help It”: I Don’t Like Jane Austen

This post was partly inspired by Charlotte Brontë’s 1848 critique of Pride and Prejudice, which you can read here. The quote in the title also comes from a letter by Brontë, which you can find here. As I’m sure you’ve noticed already, I love to read books, especially when those books are classics. I’m alsoContinue reading ““If This Is Heresy, I Cannot Help It”: I Don’t Like Jane Austen”

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Library Sale!

Today was a grand, glorious day! I spent most of the afternoon at a book sale one of the main libraries in town was holding. Six books for fifteen dollars, and considering I recently spent thirty-five dollars on three books at Barnes and Noble, I’d say I cleaned up. Now for the list: 1: TheContinue reading “Library Sale!”

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