Titles on Trend: Wives & Daughters, Pt. 1

So, a couple years ago I came across a thread expressing outrage about a headline for an article that was about a collaborative art exhibition. The headline in question, rather than including the names of the artists, identified the two women by their respective husband and father, who just happened to both be somewhat famous… Continue reading Titles on Trend: Wives & Daughters, Pt. 1

Loathing at First Sight: The Last Celestials ARC Review

Book Summary of The Last Celestials by Becca Mionis A defeated general. A jaded princess. A really awkward situation. Orion and Cassiopeia are the last of their kind: an ancient, powerful race of space-dwelling beings known as Celestials. After losing a terrible war against another, deadlier race, Orion appeals to Cassiopeia, hoping she’ll help him… Continue reading Loathing at First Sight: The Last Celestials ARC Review

The Third Day of Christmas: Beautiful Disaster

This book, Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire, repeatedly caught my eye since I first encountered its alluring cover but I never carved out time for it until coming across it again at the library. Walking to the check-out counter, I knew it was going to be trash. But it kept popping up, so I finally… Continue reading The Third Day of Christmas: Beautiful Disaster

The Second Day of Christmas: A Modern Mephistopheles and Taming a Tartar

I picked this book up, containing two novels by Louisa May Alcott, with the understanding that the first listed story was a sort of first draft of A Long Fatal Love Chase, as its alternate title was A Modern Mephistopheles. However, despite sharing a similar concept, the stories actually diverge wildly enough in their characters… Continue reading The Second Day of Christmas: A Modern Mephistopheles and Taming a Tartar

La Mouette: Review of Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

My sister read this book before I did, and from what she told me I was expecting fluff with a blush of adventure: more or less what it promises in the first chapter, in which the mood is set for “ye olden tale of romance.” I wasn’t expecting to be quite so gutted by existential… Continue reading La Mouette: Review of Frenchman’s Creek by Daphne du Maurier

A 1920s Delight: The Glimpses of the Moon Review

This book was just what I needed to pick me up from a series of reading disappointments. There haven’t been many new reads I’ve discovered that I really liked instantly and kept me interested and enjoying them all the way through.

Fallen Favourites: when a book you loved becomes a book that’s “meh”

As a book person, I have created various iterations of “my favourite books” lists over the years. A favourite book had to be somehow incredible: it had to make me actually cry, or laugh out loud consistently, or wow me with its whole tone and writing, in addition to being a good story with some… Continue reading Fallen Favourites: when a book you loved becomes a book that’s “meh”

The Reappearance of Mrs. Houdini: A Review

Volunteering at my local library, I got to check out all the new books as they came out. I remember when I first laid eyes on this one and singled it out as "of interest," but that category was so full already that I didn't pick it up immediately. Fortunately, it reappeared on my radar… Continue reading The Reappearance of Mrs. Houdini: A Review

On-Line English Literature Discussion: John, I’m Donne

"Will the real John Donne please stand up?" This was the question that greeted the class on the forum during our study of the works of John Donne. If you know anything about John Donne, it's probably that his Devotions Upon Emergent Occasions: Meditation 17 is the text from which Ernest Hemingway got the title… Continue reading On-Line English Literature Discussion: John, I’m Donne

On-Line English Literature Discussion: The Lonely Shepherd

Appreciation of poetry was a much neglected area of development in my education that my first year English classes rectified all too effectively. We studied all kinds of verse: sonnets, lyric poems, narrative poems, and even briefly encountered epic poetry. A pair of poems we studied concurrently were Marlowe's "The Passionate Shepherd to His Love,"… Continue reading On-Line English Literature Discussion: The Lonely Shepherd