Review: Anne of Green Gables

Anne of Green Gables by L. M. Montgomery L.C. Page and Co., 1908 Middle Grade Classic Summary: Even though Marilla and Matthew originally wanted a boy they end up adopting the eleven year old orphan Anne. This book follows Anne’s adventures in Avonlea until she’s sixteen. Overall this was my first reread of this since […]

A Month of Faves: Favorite Books of 2020

A Month of Faves is hosted by Kim and Tanya at! This post is really about ranking Jane Austen’s novels after my 2020 reread. Mansfield Park is still last. But considering where I put the two leads, this may not be a surprise. Second to last is Sense and Sensibility. Mostly the novel is […]

Jane Austen’s Leading Women

I dedicated a post to Fanny when I was done with Mansfield Park earlier this year so I won’t write too much more but she is still last in the ranks after my full reread. Emma is next. I find the novel entertaining and Emma interesting. But I always struggle to like her. She can […]

Jane Austen’s Leading Men

I started these Jane Austen posts back when I finished my epic reread of her novels this year but I thought I’d save three topics for her birth-week. Today, I present my ranking of the leading men. Edmund from Mansfield Park is my least favorite. I do appreciate that he tries to take care of […]

Jane Austen Thoughts: The Rakes

There’s a guy in every Jane Austen novel who isn’t the best kind but he ends up involved with the leading lady and that’s when things get complicated. But is the worst offender the best constructed character? Mr. Elliot from Persuasion is the worst. He reduces a friend to poverty and then refuses to help […]

Jane Austen Thoughts: Siblings

I’m not going to dwell too much on the siblings of Mansfield Park, Emma, or Northanger Abbey. But Lydia from Pride and Prejudice, Mr. John Dashwood from Sense and Sensibility, and Elizabeth and Mary from Persuasion are in competition for worst. The situation with Lydia is awkward because if it had happened today it probably […]

Review: The Odd Women

The Odd Women by George Gissing Oxford University Press, 2000 Classic British Literature 4 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Monica and her sisters grew up in leisure predominantly but when their doctor father dies they are forced into an awkward financial situation where they don’t know any occupations but must have them to […]

Emma Quotes!

To celebrate finishing my Emma reread today, I present some quotes. The real evils indeed of Emma’s situation were the power of having rather too much of her own way, and a disposition to think a little too well of herself; these were the disadvantages which threatened alloy to her many enjoyments. mizzle – to […]

Ten Classics I Want to Read in 2019

When picking classics to read for the year, I try to do books from different countries and time periods. I also try to pick books I haven’t read before. The Romance of the Three Kingdoms by Luo Guanzhong The Water Margin by Shi Nai’an Silence by Shusaku Endo Before the Dawn by Toson Shimazaki Daniel […]