Genre: Classics

In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

Posted October 5, 2015 in Reviews / 19 Comments
In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

In the 16 years since I first cracked open a Harry Potter book, I’ve seen the series compared to Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, The Bible, Star Wars, and numerous other cultural touchstones. As an avid Potter fan (with the tattoo to prove it), I thought I had a pretty good handle on J.K. Rowling’s influences. And yet, I recently read a classic to which Harry Potter has startlingly obvious parallels that I’ve never heard anyone talk about. (Even the Harry Potter Influences and […]

A Love Letter to The Great Gatsby (#JazzAgeJan)

Posted January 21, 2015 in Reviews / 12 Comments
A Love Letter to The Great Gatsby (#JazzAgeJan)

My dearest Gatsby, I just can’t get enough of you. We’ve had four exquisite trysts, each one better than the last. We first met when I was a pretentious college sophomore who thought reading the modern classics would make me ‘interesting’ and an ‘intellectual.’ I wasn’t quite ready for a relationship with you, though, and I returned you to the library without a backward glance. Two years later I came crawling back after a lit. class renewed my interest — and […]

Why Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Let Me Down (BookTube)

Posted October 30, 2014 in Reviews / 25 Comments
Why Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier Let Me Down (BookTube)

Hello booklings! Today I’m stepping SUPER far outside my comfort zone and sharing a video review! This is my first venture into BookTube (besides my woefully embarrassing video about the blog planner I created), so please be kind! In this video, I discuss my reaction to reading Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier for the first time. For those of you who don’t like watching videos (or you can’t withstand my pitiful attempt at speaking into a webcam), I’ve summed up my thoughts below. […]

A Modern Classics Reading List

Posted July 1, 2014 in Literary Lists / 21 Comments
A Modern Classics Reading List

Happy Tuesday, lovelies! Like a true blue book nerd, I love a good list. This week for Top Ten Tuesday, the folks over at The Broke and the Bookish ask bloggers to list their top ten favorite classics or the ten classics that they most want to read. I’m going to share my favorite classics, but since it’s really freaking hard to define what exactly a classic is, I’m only going to write about a very particular brand of classics: the modern ones. For the purpose […]

Jazz Age January 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Posted February 6, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Reviews / 6 Comments
Jazz Age January 2014: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

I hadn’t planned on re-reading The Great Gatsby, but after finishing Careless People, a book about Gatsby‘s creation, I couldn’t resist! I’ve read this book twice before, and I was eager to re-read it hot on the heals of a book about the factors that influenced its writing. I wrote about this book last time I read it, two years ago, but I thought I’d revisit it for Jazz Age January! This post contains spoilers. In 1922, Nick Carroway moves from his midwestern […]

Jazz Age January 2014: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fizgerald

Posted January 30, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Reviews / 25 Comments
Jazz Age January 2014: The Beautiful and Damned by F. Scott Fizgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s second novel centers around Anthony Patch and his beautiful wife Gloria. Inspired by Scott and Zelda themselves, this couple live wildly in 1920s New York, seeking pleasure at any cost. Anthony, a would-be aristocrat waiting for his inheritance, spends his bachelor days at clubs, attending raucous parties, and entertaining women. When he meets Gloria, a beautiful golden girl bursting with life, he immediately falls in love with her. The two marry and proceed to have as grand […]

Jazz Age January 2014: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

Posted January 17, 2014 in Blogging & Challenges, Reviews / 18 Comments
Jazz Age January 2014: A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

A Moveable Feast is the first Hemingway book I’ve read since my high school English class reading of A Farewell to Arms, and although I enjoyed it, I’m not sure it was the best place to start reading his work. Unfinished and published posthumously, A Moveable Feast is Hemingway’s memoir of his time spent in Paris with his fist wife Hadley in the early 1920s. Also included in this “restored edition” are many Paris sketches that I think weren’t meant to be […]

Book Review: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

Posted November 11, 2013 in Reviews / 8 Comments
Book Review: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

After spending five years deathly afraid of Virginia Woolf after being forced to read To the Lighthouse in high school, I gave the author another shot earlier this year. It turned out that I really loved Mrs. Dalloway, and I was eager to try more of Woolf’s writing. After talking to one of my favorite bloggers, the lovely Elena at Books and Reviews, who shares my interest in feminism, we decided to read and discuss A Room of One’s Own […]

Book Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Posted September 15, 2013 in Reviews / 16 Comments
Book Review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Set in the old New York of the early 1870s, The Age of Innocence is an examination of the tension between society’s demands and personal freedom. Newland Archer is a young man from a wealthy family about to be married to May Welland, a sweet but unimaginative girl. A bookish dilettante, he leads a comfortable life among New York’s moneyed set. However, his life is turned upside down with the arrival of May’s cousin Ellen Olenska, a damaged woman fleeing her troubled […]

The Beats of Summer: The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

Posted July 14, 2013 in Reviews / 3 Comments
The Beats of Summer: The Dharma Bums by Jack Kerouac

I first read this book three years ago, and Jackie’s lovely musing recently inspired me to re-read it for Roof Beam Reader’s The Beats of Summer event! The Dharma Bums is a novel about Japhy and Ray, a pair of Zen Lunatics with different approaches to their Buddhism. While Japhy is wild and joyful, springing from girls’ beds to mountaintops and planning to lose himself on a mystical mountain in Japan, Ray is a more serious character who struggles with his philosophies and […]