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I’m Thankful for Billina Because….

Next week, the U.S. will be observing Thanksgiving. This is why weekly memes, like the I Heart Characters! Meme I’m participating in today, are using a theme of thankfulness. I’m thankful for Billina from Ozma of Oz by L. Frank Baum. Ozma of Oz is the third book in the Oz series. Billina is a… Continue reading I’m Thankful for Billina Because….

Classics · Quotes

Two Weeks into the #LesMisReadalong: An Upright Man

When I read a title like Les Misérables, I assume most of the focus on this book will be about miserable people or miserable conditions. Even though I entered this knowing the first section would be about “An Upright Man,” I did not expect these chapters to make me feel warm toward any character in… Continue reading Two Weeks into the #LesMisReadalong: An Upright Man

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Book Traveling Thursdays: Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving! Because it’s that time of year where we’re thankful, this week’s Book Traveling Thursday asks us to pick a book that we are happy to have read this year. I’m picking Theodore Dreiser’s Sister Carrie, a classic that I read in an American literature class. I loved the story and the characters. I… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: Happy Thanksgiving


Do you think Satan from Paradise Lost is at all a sympathetic character?

This is an old topic from Pages Unbound Reviews’ Classic Remarks. Because I spent this whole Summer semester reading and discussing Paradise Lost by John Milton, I can finally answer the question. Let me preface this with that I was mad that the epic didn’t end with Satan. I think the story is more about him… Continue reading Do you think Satan from Paradise Lost is at all a sympathetic character?

Classics · Review

Mini Reviews: American Realism Edition

I’m posting another set of mini-reviews. This time I am using the theme of American Realism, which was the class that I read Rebecca Harding Davis’ Life in the Iron Mills and Mark Twain’s Pudd’nhead Wilson in. There were other stories, novels, essays and nonfiction books we read in the class, but I am using these two books… Continue reading Mini Reviews: American Realism Edition

Classics · Poetry · Review

Paradise Lost by John Milton | Epic Poetry with a Great Villain

I love reading a great villain, and that is what you get with Satan in John Milton’s Paradise Lost. He is actually the hero of the epic because this is mostly his story. Milton’s twelve book epic focuses on the fall of angels and man, and it shows us humanized characters that seem beyond that in theology.

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Six Degrees of Separation from Picnic at Hanging Rock to Hamlet

It’s time for another 6 Degrees of Separation, hosted by Kate @ Booksaremyfavoriteandbest. On the first Saturday of every month, readers and bloggers connect the selected book for the month to six other books, forming a chain. The books don’t all have to be related; each book only has to be related to the books next… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from Picnic at Hanging Rock to Hamlet

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

One Thousand and One Nights Vol. 1 by Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee

In a retelling of the famous One Thousand and One Nights, Jeon Jin-Seok and Han Seung-Hee reimagine it with new characters and stories from around the world. The Shahrazad of this story is a guy who disguised himself as a woman to save his sister from execution, post-consummation. With his life on the line, what stories will Sehara tell the king?

Classics · Review

Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Carrie Meeber, a young woman from Wisconsin, moves to Chicago in the 19th Century in hopes of finding work and becoming successful in whatever she does. When she finally gets to her sister’s, she has trouble finding and keeping work as an inexperienced worker. She meets a dandy traveling salesman on the train who helps her find her way in Chicago—for a price. What ensues is materialism, love affairs, and a fight for survival. Sister Carrie, by Theodore Dreiser, is a critique on capitalism and a spectacle of power and industry.

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The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

A Bostonian woman, the unnamed narrator, moves to Dunnet, Maine, a small coastal town. Mrs. Almira Todd, her landlord, keeps her company and invites her into the town and its history. The narrator rents a schoolhouse so she can focus on writing her novel and interviews some major figures in the town. Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed First introduces a small town in Maine from the outsider’s perspective in chapters that are like short stories.