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Boring Can Be Beautiful: Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell #20BooksOfSummer

It took me a while to get into Cranford. Honestly, the only reason I made it past page 50 was because I’ve been extremely busy these past 2 weeks and I was craving something slow and low-key. 448 more words


The Many Genres of Louisa May Alcott

I just finished two novels by Louisa May Alcott. Surprisingly, neither one was Little Women. Both A Long Fatal Love Chase and The Inheritance… 1,347 more words


The thing came to me as a stark inhumanity.

The Island of Doctor Moreau, by H.G. Wells

I last read The Island of Doctor Moreau as a teenager. It didn’t do much for me then, dwarfed by the more obvious charms of The Time Machine or The War of the Worlds. 1,489 more words

Science Fiction

Little Women

Little Women, Louisa May Alcott, 1868

I’m almost nervous to share my thoughts on Little Women with you. This is one of the most influential and beloved books of my childhood. 1,011 more words

19th Century Literature

Water of Leith, River of Death

How much do you know about the Water of Leith? Edinburgh is unique among Scotland’s major cities in not having a major river running through its centre. 1,463 more words

Literary Wives: The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Why did I not read Kate Chopin’s The Awakening much, much sooner?* Thanks to the Literary Wives book club, of which I am now a member, I have finally read this wonderful book, and I couldn’t have been happier with the club’s selection for June. 1,163 more words


From The Earth To The Moon (Jules Verne)

What makes From the Earth to the Moon so enjoyable is it’s sheer earnestness. Entire chapters are filled with debates about figures and equations. Verne loves to write about all the details of his little thought experiment. 532 more words