A Month of Faves: Favorite Books of 2020

A Month of Faves is hosted by Kim and Tanya at Girlxoxo.com! 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 […]

Review: The Scarlet Pimpernel

The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emmuska Orczy Barnes and Noble Classics, 2005 (originally 1905) Adult Classic 8 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: The Scarlet Pimpernel is saving aristocrats in France from the Guillotine. Chauvelin is determined to find out his identity and uses Marguerite’s brother’s safety as leverage to get her to help […]

Review: The Tenant of Wildfell Hall

The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë Penguin Books, 1996 (originally 1848) Adult Victorian Classic 5 cups of tea out of 11 Summary: Helen, a single mother, moves into the neighborhood and Gilbert finds her fascinating. Likes: I do like the issues discussed, including: emotional abuse, how we raise boys versus girls, and women […]

Classic Thoughts: Sense and Sensibility

This is not my favorite Jane Austen book but it isn’t my least favorite. As of this post I’d rank it second to least. I really like Elinor and Marianne, the discussion of primogeniture, and I was happy when Elinor ended up with Edward. I didn’t like that Marianne’s marriage to Brandon was more about […]

Classic Thoughts: The Raven

Last but not least, my thoughts on Edgar Allen Poe’s “The Raven.” My introduction to this poem happened in my sixth grade English class. Our assignment was to choose a poem to memorize and if we couldn’t choose we got to do a section of “The Raven.” I, being the overachiever, decided on my own […]

Classic Thoughts: The Pit and the Pendulum

I enjoyed “The Pit and the Pendulum” a little more when I read it the first time than I did this time. The spooky atmosphere was a little stronger the first time because I didn’t know what was going to happen. I didn’t know if the narrator was being watched or not. A little bit […]