6 Short Classics to Read This Summer

There’s something about summer that makes us gravitate towards shorter, lighter reads. On a hot summer day, you don’t want to put on an enormous wool sweater or eat a heaping plate of turkey smothered in steaming hot gravy, do you? Likewise, you simply may not  feel inclined to dive into the half-finished copy of War and Peace that’s been looking at you reproachfully for years (or wait, maybe that’s just me who has a half-finished copy of War and Peace staring reproachfully from my shelf). Continue reading “6 Short Classics to Read This Summer”

Why I’ve Just Now Started Reading YA

I have mentioned my little journal where I write post ideas as they come to me.


I opened it up today just to make sure I’ve crossed out all the ones that already got written, and came across something.

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Annotations, Part One

This post is a request from noteablepad.


Hopefully she won’t be disappointed! I don’t know how hilarious they are. But I’ll share some regardless. (Fair warning: I took all of these from my Rose translation of Les Miserables because it is my most heavily annotated book by far and it was a lot easier to just pull them all from there rather than paw through my entire shelf.)

Oh, and a warning: these annotations come from all over the text. I suppose there could be some spoilers, although I took care to not include anything major. Then again, when a book is over a hundred years old, is there even such thing as a spoiler?

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3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | Day One

I was tagged by the ever lovely noteablepad. I’ve told you guys how much I love her blog, but if for some reason you still haven’t had a chance to look at it, do it now. If you’re in a hurry, you can just skip this post and go look at her blog instead. It will be worth it. I’m not kidding.  Continue reading “3 Days, 3 Quotes Challenge | Day One”

1984 Part Two: Sanity is Not Statistical

In my last post, we talked about the theme of humanity as explored in 1984. Today, we are going to talk about another intriguing theme: “Sanity is not statistical,” that is, the idea that you don’t have to be in the majority to be sane.  Continue reading “1984 Part Two: Sanity is Not Statistical”

1984 Part One: Staying Human is Worth While

1984 is one of those rare books that not only keeps its relevance despite the passage of time, but actually increases in relevance. It becomes more and more frightening with every passing year. Obviously, the concept of “Big Brother” being able to keep tabs on every move you make is something that is on a lot of people’s minds today, but that wasn’t actually what struck me as I read it for the third time these last couple of days. In this post and the next, I’ll be talking about what did.  Continue reading “1984 Part One: Staying Human is Worth While”


It’s so weird! It’s like I’m allergic to Les Miserables? Seriously, my eyes start watering so much when I read it, particularly in certain parts.

Like I just finished the barricade section and goodness, water was just pouring out of my eyes.

It definitely couldn’t be that I’m crying or anything. Nope. Not me. I don’t cry.


It Happens Every Time

Every time I read Les Miserables (excepting the first time, of course), I slow way down once I get to the barricade. There are days when I don’t read more than a paragraph.

It’s like I’m postponing the inevitable and


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It is Possible that I Have a Problem

Today my brother and I went to the bookstore. There are a few books I’ve been meaning to purchase, books that I don’t already have copies of. Certainly not books that I already have two copies of.

Do you know where this is going, yet?

I found a beautiful copy of Lord of the Flies, a title which I have been meaning to add to my collection for years. Seriously, every time I’m on the verge of getting it, I end up getting something else instead. But not this day. This was finally going to be the day. The time had come. I went up to the counter, and then I saw it.

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