Jane Austen Week: Northanger Abbey

Hamlette is hosting a Jane Austen week, where lots of bloggers are posting on one of our favorite authors. There are discussions of her books and the various adaptations they've spawned in film and further. You can find all of the other posts here! I chose to write about Northanger Abbey, one of the more overlooked … Continue reading Jane Austen Week: Northanger Abbey

Reading Challenge #26: A Book By an Author From a Country You’ve Never Visited

Title: One Hundred Years of Solitude Author: Gabriel García Márquez How it fulfills the challenge: Márquez is from Colombia, and I've never been outside of North America Genre: Literary Fiction/Classic Quick Description: A sweeping family saga in a small Caribbean town filled with super long lived residents and plenty of mystery and intrigue. It follows … Continue reading Reading Challenge #26: A Book By an Author From a Country You’ve Never Visited

A NaNoWriMo Retrospective

So I'm now coming down off the NaNoWriMo writing high, and I must say that it is nice to shower and get dressed before noon or leave the house without feeling like the world is ending, but in a way it's bittersweet too. It's so easy to fall back into not-writing. Writing comes naturally, but … Continue reading A NaNoWriMo Retrospective

My Life in Books Tag

Thank you to BooksaRica for nominating me for this book tag! I think this one looks like a lot of fun, so we'll just hop to it. Books with Titles that Begin with Each of Your Initials I took all of these from my Goodreads TBR (which at 425 books is unnaturally long, I know) A   … Continue reading My Life in Books Tag

Women Writers Reading Challenge #53: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

I have had a huge run of good luck when it comes to books. I don't know what it is, but before I'd read the past 8 books or so, I was in a bit of a reading rut. I'd read books, and they'd be good, but not great. I'm hoping that my good book … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #53: Uprooted by Naomi Novik

Women Writers Reading Challenge #52: The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

Life is full of little mysteries and supernatural happenings that are, perhaps, better left unexplained. In Allende's novel, they are simply a fabric of the universe, as true as hunger or suffering, as difficult to explain as poverty. Magic is part of the everyday in The House of Spirits, but the most magical part of the book … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #52: The House of Spirits by Isabel Allende

Women Writers Reading Challenge #49: Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison

The only image in my mind that goes with "Rasputin" is from the animated movie, Anastasia, which features him as a (mostly) undead man read: zombie, with a talking bat and a creepy reliquary he sold his soul to. That is the beginning and the end of my knowledge of him--the "holy" man that brought down … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #49: Enchantments by Kathryn Harrison

Women Writers Reading Challenge #47: Mimi by Lucy Ellmann

I don't know what it is about some books, but from the moment I see the cover or hear the title of the book, I'm instantly convinced that it is a book I MUST read. They are usually quiet books like The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie, which is another book I love. I … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #47: Mimi by Lucy Ellmann

Women Writers Reading Challenge #43: Speedboat by Renata Adler

I don't typically post quotes from the books I read on the blog, but this book is filled with these simple and profound statements (never mind that they are undercut by doubt and different logic most of the time), so I thought I'd share some: "That was a dream, of course, but many of the … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #43: Speedboat by Renata Adler

Women Writers Reading Challenge #41: The Group by Mary McCarthy

Published in 1963, Mary McCarthy's novel follows eight young women following their college graduation (Vassar class of '33). These women are educated and intelligent yet they are not immune from either the economic pressures of the Depression nor of societal pressures to be meek and fall in line. Without giving too much detail about any … Continue reading Women Writers Reading Challenge #41: The Group by Mary McCarthy