7 Popular YA Book Series I Never Got Into

You know those books that come out and they're a great hit and suddenly they're everywhere, in every store, and everyone is raving about them? And for one reason or another, you just don't subscribe to the hype--either you're busy reading something else, or you just don't have time, or aren't in the mood for … Continue reading 7 Popular YA Book Series I Never Got Into

Boy, Snow, Bird: Mirror Reflections

Admittedly, it was the cover of this book that got me. Reading the synopsis, I wasn't too sure it was up my alley--the story of a young woman's experience in a new blended family--but the cover kept me coming back to it. It's interesting because this book is so focused on appearances and how they … Continue reading Boy, Snow, Bird: Mirror Reflections

12 Books by Famous Authors You’ve Never Heard Of

We’ve all heard of them—Crime and Punishment, Treasure Island, Pride and Prejudice, and their fellow classics—but what of the others? The overlooked works by authors of an enduring treasure? It’s a different feeling altogether when you’ve associated an author with one or two works for as long as you've known about them and then learn … Continue reading 12 Books by Famous Authors You’ve Never Heard Of

Sherlock and Lord Henry Do Not Suffer Fools Gladly

I've already used part of this Henry Wotton quote for another Sherlock meme, but this was a different direction it could be taken. Recently I got discussing the phenomenon of interpersonal relations in the workplace (ironically, with someone whom I had not always gotten along with), and I came out confirmed in my conviction that … Continue reading Sherlock and Lord Henry Do Not Suffer Fools Gladly

On-Line English Literature Discussion: Great Literature

What makes great literature great? What comprises great literature? Why are some works still relevant, while others have been relegated to the studies of period specialists or the perusal of those who enjoy archaic culture? Why do we even study literature? Coming to the end of the material from my first year English on-line literature … Continue reading On-Line English Literature Discussion: Great Literature

Chasing Rabbits: Black Rabbit Summer and Black Rabbit Hall

Long before I started this blog, I had ideas for posts about books I've read. And here we are three years later and I'm finally finishing this review of two books I read back-to-back in the summer of 2016: Black Rabbit Summer and Black Rabbit Hall. I wanted to do this review/comparison because I thought, … Continue reading Chasing Rabbits: Black Rabbit Summer and Black Rabbit Hall

Time in Flux (Capacitor): Ruby Red and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August

Ah, time travel: creator of paradoxes, destroyer of timelines, and conveniencer of plots. I like a good time travel story, whether it be the new Who (Moffat loops and all) or the good old Back to the Future. Time travel tends to frequent science fiction, but is also exploited for its potential in the historical … Continue reading Time in Flux (Capacitor): Ruby Red and The First Fifteen Lives of Harry August