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Revisiting Pride and Prejudice

Revisiting Pride and Prejudice

The first time I read Pride and Prejudice, I was fifteen. I carefully selected the title from a reading list for school, curled up in my favorite reading spot, and immersed myself in Jane Austen. This month, I re-read Pride and Prejudice for a class […]

August Favorites

August Favorites

August was a busy month for me. I visited friends, drove across the country, and started back up at work and school. During such a busy time, I was happy to have favorite makeup products to start my mornings and favorite books to read before […]

10 Reasons to Read Outlander

10 Reasons to Read Outlander

Outlander was published in 1991, so while it isn’t a brand new book, it is currently enjoying a resurgence due to the TV adaptation of the series. The historical fiction novel is adventure, romance, and even science fiction all in one. My mom liked it, […]

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

Robert Galbraith’s debut novel, The Cuckoo’s Calling, is among my favorite books of 2016. The Cuckoo’s Calling is a detective novel; it isn’t a thriller, so it doesn’t rely on scare tactics to advance the plot. Galbraith builds suspense instead of fear, creating compelling characters […]

10 Reasons to Read #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

10 Reasons to Read #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

Sophia Amoruso, founder the fashion phenomenon www.nastygal.com, lends advice and inspiration to young women in her book #Girlboss. The book chronicles Nasty Gal’s journey from ebay store to independent enterprise, as well as Sophia’s journey from renegade to CEO. The book is full of anecdotes […]

How to Save Money Buying Books

How to Save Money Buying Books

Great literature is priceless, but the fact of the matter is that books cost money. Any bookworm knows that there is no feeling like the feeling of holding a brand new book in your hands. Unfortunately, that hardback habit can put some pressure on your […]

Book Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

Book Review: The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty

After pouring over Big Little Lies, I knew I had to pick up another book by Liane Moriarty. Of course, I was a little concerned that The Husband’s Secret wouldn’t live up to Big Little Lies, because I loved it so much. Now that I’ve […]

Book Review: Paris by Edward Rutherfurd

Book Review: Paris by Edward Rutherfurd

Given my status as a French student, my frequent trips to France, and my general love of French things, I often receive France-related gifts. Paris-themed journals, jewelry, trinkets, and decor all find their way into my collection. I acquired Paris: The Novel by a similar means. […]

Book Review: Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

Book Review: Tamara Drewe by Posy Simmonds

Tamara Drewe is a one-of-a-kind book, written and illustrated by Posy Simmonds. The story takes place in a sleepy English town, a town that is turned upside down when Tamara Drewe returns to her family home. Tamara is an ugly duckling turned bombshell thanks to […]

Book Review: Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

Book Review: Astonish Me by Maggie Shipstead

I rarely blog about books that I read for school; although there probably is a niche market for Henry James reviews, somehow I think that the public is more interested in contemporary literature. However, Astonish Me is a 2014 novel that one of my professors used in […]