Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell

IMG_9273Last month, I hosted a readalong of Cranford by Elizabeth Gaskell on Instagram. It’s always exciting to read a favorite author’s works with other people because there are always different perspectives and observations on a novel that readers bring to a discussion. I’ve decided to start sharing my notes and discussion questions on my blog so that I can easily come back and reference it if I ever want to. It is also my hope that the research I’ve done on the novel will benefit other Cranford readers.Read More »


Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult Book Review

Processed with VSCO with a5 presetHi Everyone! It’s been awhile, hasn’t it? I have been very busy with substitute teaching, applying for teaching jobs, and living life. I’m usually exhausted by nighttime, so I’ve loved this book that Penguin/Random House sent my way to review. You guys, a medical, judicial, and race relations story that addresses topics so relevant to what is happening in America right now just can’t be resisted. I would sink against my pillows and flip the pages eagerly, reading on to see what happened next in the saga of a nurse accused of negligent homicide by a white supremacist. Obviously there’s more to the story than those bare facts, but I never like writing too much of the plot because I hate spoiling the reading experience for everyone. Let me instead list what I loved (and maybe loved a bit less) about the book.Read More »

Midweek Links 1.10.18

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I had the perfect book for my trip thanks to the kind folks at Harper Collins who sent this to me!

Hello there, everyone! January is off to a great start for me. I spent last week in Colorado with my family and this week I returned home to news that I have fulfilled my requirements for a BA in humanities – no more studying for this girl! (Well, for now, anyway…). Read More »

Reflections & Hopes at the New Year

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Hi Everyone! I disappeared for a while because of finals and an overwhelmingly busy holiday schedule, but I’m on vacation this week and jumping on some downtime to catch up here on the blog. I had an exciting 2017 making new friends over on Bookstagram, hosted some readalongs throughout the year, receiving many wonderful books from publishers and friends, as well as lots of delicious tea to try, enjoyed a screening of the Victoria & Abdul film, and guest blogging over at Half Price Books! If you haven’t seen my blog post yet, please hop on over, say hi, and tell me your favorite book + drink pairing!Read More »

Of New Scarves & Silas Marner

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Hello, Friends! How’s it going? Texas finally cooled down and I am feeling so happy. I even wore a jacket – a jacket!!! – this morning (please don’t laugh too hard, those of you lucky enough to live in climates with seasons! 😉 ). I also wore a new scarf from Lily Silk and it felt so good to wear an accessory without sweating. Isn’t the scarf beautiful? It’s wrapped around my wrist as a bracelet in the above photo, but you can see it on if you scroll down. The one I’m wearing is Floral Orange and I have another in Aqua Floral, which you can see below.Read More »