February Bookstagram Challenge!

Welcome to the #booklovefebruary challenge! If you’re coming over from Instagram or Simona’s blog, welcome! We’re super excited to be co-hosting this February challenge together. Here are the daily prompts, along with a few ideas: February TBR: Your To Be Read list for this month—what books do you want to get through in February? Book and Beverage: What’s your favorite drink to sip in February? … Continue reading February Bookstagram Challenge!

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How to Decipher Russian Names

I’m currently on a Russian literature kick—I finished Crime and Punishment this weekend and just started War and Peace via audiobook. There’s so much about classic Russian literature I love, but the names drive me crazy. Each character seems to have  five different names, and the narrator changes which name he uses depending on the situation. Multiply this by 30+ characters in each novel, and you’ve got … Continue reading How to Decipher Russian Names

Odysseus Goes to Mordor

I recently read a blog post over at Fantasy Faction in which Max Freeman argues that the classic literature students have to read in school is boring and often has no character development. He suggests that schools might be better off reading newer, more interesting books such as fantasy and scifi. I like Max’s idea of introducing “new blood” into high school and college reading lists—to a certain degree. With … Continue reading Odysseus Goes to Mordor

Ten Facts You Didn’t Know About Les Miserables

Victor Hugo’s epic has captured and wrung the hearts of millions since its publication in the 1860s. The time period during which the story takes place was a political roller coaster for France, and Hugo is a master at exploring the implications for every level of society. (See this post.) In honor of Les Misérables, here are ten interesting facts you probably didn’t know: 1. The unabridged … Continue reading Ten Facts You Didn’t Know About Les Miserables

Your Ancestors Could Have Met Jean Valjean

I’m currently on a French literature binge. Having recently finished The Count of Monte Cristo, I started Les Misérables a few weeks ago. While both these stories are worth reading (and re-reading), they’re both very long. I read an abridged version of Les Misérables in high school without realizing it was abridged. Who would expect the abridged version to be 500 pages? And that’s less than half the … Continue reading Your Ancestors Could Have Met Jean Valjean