Tag Archives: Brit Lit

The Year of Lear by James Shapiro 

It’s been a while since I’ve been able to write a new book review, so today I’m excited to share The Year of Lear: Shakespeare in 1606 by James Shapiro. In case you haven’t been reading the blog long, I’m a bit of a Shakespeare-a-holic, just to warn you. I’ve written a bit about why I […]

A Room with a View by E.M. Forster

Fall is here, and that means things have been picking up speed for me at work and in my graduate classes. This morning, I made the (probably unwise) decision to let my work and school tasks wait while I finished reading A Room with a View. Sometimes you need to spend Saturday morning in bed with […]

Film Review: Kenneth Branagh’s Romeo and Juliet

In the heat of the summer, there’s nothing better than settling into a cool movie theatre seat with popcorn and a drink. One of my new favorite things is to go see theatre broadcasts at the movie theatre. I saw one last fall–Benedict Cumberbatch in Hamlet–so I was excited to see that Kenneth Branagh was releasing […]

Animal Farm by George Orwell

A few months ago I wrote a post about reconsidering required reading, and in it I discussed lots of books from school that we usually hate but might be worth a second chance. Well, today I’m sharing with you my review of Animal Farm by George Orwell. This is an incredibly popular required reading book, but, until today, […]

The Beekeeper’s Apprentice by L…

The year is 1915. Mary Russell, a brilliant and feisty young woman, takes a walk on the Sussex Downs and bumps into Sherlock Holmes, the great consulting detective. The Holmes of 1915 is older, semi-retired, and amazed at Mary Russell’s powers of deduction. The two strike up a friendship, Holmes mentors his new pupil, and they […]

Day Six: Mysterious London

After we returned, very tired, from our day trips to Stratford and Oxford, we had scheduled two final days in London to soak up everything the city had to offer. Thursday morning was gray and so, so cold. We hopped on the Tube to get to our first sight of the day: the Tower of […]

1946 Special Edition of Alice in Wonderland 

A few weeks ago I went to two different library book sales, and by far the greatest deal I found was this special edition of Alice in Wonderland. I paid a whopping $1.50 for this 70 year old find, and it is in excellent condition. A note in the back of the book says that the […]

Downton Abbey and the Power of Happy Endings

Last night, after six wonderful seasons, Downton Abbey wrapped up its run as my favorite television show. I’m planning a post in the near future about my favorite moments from the show, but for today I thought I’d take a few minutes to talk about the ending of the series and about happy endings in general. […]

Pride and Prejudice 

   There isn’t much that can be done to improve Jane Austen’s best known novel; it is perfectly charming and funny on its own. That being said, this audiobook version, performed by Rosamind Pike, somehow manages to make Pride and Prejudice come to life in a remarkable way. Sometimes audiobooks are questionable because they involve the […]

Five (Unexpected) Love Stories

Everyone knows that Elizabeth and Mr. Darcy end up together, and everyone knows how Rhett leaves things with Scarlett, but I thought I’d take a minute or two to share with you my top five unexpected love stories–books you might not recognize, or books you might not have gone into the bookstore to buy.