Why Prophecy is the laziest literary device

I'll never forget waiting three years between releases of the fourth and fifth Harry Potter novels. Rumor had it, we were finally going to find out WHY the evil Lord Voldemort had tried to kill innocent Harry as a baby. That was the crux of the whole series, wasn't it? The morning of Order of the … Continue reading Why Prophecy is the laziest literary device

Book Review: Matched (Book 1) by Ally Condie

In a dystopian future, a teenage girl is caught in a forbidden love triangle and seeks to defy the powers that be. But I’m not talking about The Hunger Games! This is Matched, by Ally Condie. Seventeen-year-old Cassia Reyes is surprised to discover that her government, “the Society,” has “Matched” her to wed her best and lifelong friend, Xander. … Continue reading Book Review: Matched (Book 1) by Ally Condie

Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

At this point, it's probably starting to sound like every book is my favorite book, but this one is another big-time fave! Narrated by Death himself, The Book Thief, by Aussie author Markus Zusak, is a highly original novel featuring the unsung tale of those Germans who resisted Hitler, and harbored Jews in their homes. Liesel is a German … Continue reading Book Review: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

When author Mary Ann Shaffer passed away, her niece, Annie Barrows, took up the mantle of completing the novel her aunt had been researching and writing. The resulting product of their joint efforts is this delightful little story, entitled The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society. We meet a variety of characters, including our lovable … Continue reading Book Review: The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

I was not expecting to enjoy the original Dracula (1897) by Bram Stoker. I don't like vampire books, after all. The beginning was difficult to get through, at first. But once the story started coming together, the accounts of different characters each blending together and making for a fascinating story told in fictional journal entries and … Continue reading Book Review: Dracula by Bram Stoker

Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

The Thirteenth Tale is a gripping mystery written by Diane Setterfield. Captivating, suspenseful, and extremely well-written, it is one of my favorite novels. Our narrator, Margaret, works in her father’s out-of-print and rare bookshop in present day England. Margaret is contacted by famous and prolific author, Vida Winter. The mysterious Vida has written twelve “autobiographies,” … Continue reading Book Review: The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield

Book Review: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

In my experience, Moby Dick (1851) by Herman Melville cannot be read outside of academia, with a professor to walk you through the meaning of the text. Or at least, I’m biased because this was my experience as a junior in high school! And it was wonderful!! This is the classic tale of a whale … Continue reading Book Review: Moby Dick by Herman Melville

Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

I read Jane Eyre (1847) by Charlotte Bronte when I was in tenth grade. I’d grown up watching the various film renditions, so was already fond of the story. As such, I loved the experience of reading the novel. The title character is a physically plain but intelligent young woman who sets out to become … Continue reading Book Review: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte