I have always loved classic literature more than most new releases. There is a soul in good classic literature which you can feel once it draws you in. Times were different when these books were written; social norms were not what we now know. Classics such as Pride and Prejudice have earned their fandoms (and … Continue reading 4 Obscure Classic Books You Should Read
Category: British Literature
5 Intriguing Facts About Bram Stoker
I decided to reread it after almost a decade and felt as if I were opening a new book. When a long time passes between rereads, you forget enough of a book for surprises become surprises again; magic regenerates and drama is fresh as ever.
The Waltz of Song & Poetry: CHAMBER MUSIC by James Joyce
It is common for well-loved songs to find their inspiration in poetry. Some are written with the goal of being transformed into music, including CHAMBER MUSIC by James Joyce.
Evils We Seek: NORTHANGER ABBEY by Jane Austen
Jane Austen knew that people become addicted to the thrill of fiction. She was more clever than Pride and Prejudice; she understood humans and how they behave. Northanger Abbey was more relatable to me than Pride and Prejudice.
Classics By Women: NOT JUST JANE by Shelley DeWees
Men and women alike mocked ladies who wanted to write a book. If their tales were indeed written, many were never published. If they were published, most women so feared the condemnation of society that they did not publish with their names. Instead they chose the appellation By a Lady.
NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman
I know I have written about the book Neverwhere in the past. It’s one of the few books I classify as favorites. Those stories become favorites because something about them remains in me. It might be a character, or a place, or a phrase I must repeat every few years. Sometimes, I will have forgotten … Continue reading NEVERWHERE by Neil Gaiman
Review – Crave the Rose: Anne Brontë at 200
During my adventures reading books I have become aware of the fact that, when a story is timeless, it's in part because of the person who wrote it. I have decided to learn more about the authors behind those stories which have survived over the centuries, which our grandparents and great-grandparents enjoyed. Anne Brontë's biography … Continue reading Review – Crave the Rose: Anne Brontë at 200
Strength in Song: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
Two words describe The Chilbury Ladies' Choir--heartbreaking and hopeful. I liked the way it was written, a first person novel following the points of view of several members of an exclusively female choir. While the notion might not seem unusual now, it was previously unheard of in the book, and only formed because all of … Continue reading Strength in Song: The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir
Wild Strawberries: Angela Thirkell’s Warped Downton Abbey
Happy Halloween! On the most magical day of the year, I'm sure many of you are bracing yourselves for the winter, preparing to write novels, or simply enjoying your pumpkin spice while wearing oversized hoodies (I am). With a new novel to plan myself, I'm staying in today, but that doesn't mean I'll ignore the … Continue reading Wild Strawberries: Angela Thirkell’s Warped Downton Abbey
Discovering The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley
This week, I am reading The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley. It is another book I found at the thrift store, and I found to my delight that the writing is bold as the woman’s red hair on the cover. Kearsley paints pictures so perfectly in my imagination that I am disconcerted when I need … Continue reading Discovering The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley