Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: a Book Review

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman was my final read of 2017, and let me just say that reading wise, I couldn’t have said goodbye to 2017 on a higher note. Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is a beautifully rendered, intensely moving, profound work of fiction. Continue reading “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine: a Book Review”

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Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang: a Book Review

Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is a thrilling, heart-warming, whimsical story. It is all the more impressive when one considers that it is the author’s debut novel. Ruth Emmie Lang has crafted a superbly rendered modern day fairy tale, brimming with magical realism and full of heart. Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance is one of my favorite novels to date. Continue reading “Beasts of Extraordinary Circumstance by Ruth Emmie Lang: a Book Review”

2017 Re-Cap

As 2017 winds to a close, I thought I would take a moment to reflect on some of my favorite books, movies, t.v. shows and music. So, here they are, in no particular order. Note: some of them have been reviewed already, some of these reviews are forthcoming, and some will never be reviewed on the blog but belong on the list nevertheless. Continue reading “2017 Re-Cap”

2017 Reading Project: Katherine Philips

It’s time for my newest installment of my 2017 reading project. This edition focuses on the first female poet to become popular during her own life time. Katherine Philips wrote about her political convictions, marriage, and the beauty of female friendships.

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Margaret Cavendish

Today’s post is a two-fer. Two-for-one. Margaret Cavendish is listed on my 2017 reading project, and this is Women’s History Month, so what better way to celebrate her life and work? You know the saying “well behaved women rarely make history?” Margaret’s life and work prove that that expression is not without merit. Despite having the title of Duchess, Margaret did not behave like the gentle, demure woman that society wanted her to be. Continue reading “Margaret Cavendish”

2017 Reading Project: Aemilia Lanyer

What perfect timing for the first installment of my 2017 reading project! In case you’ve missed it my overall reading project focuses on influential women writers. Starting with a focus on the Brits, then branching out into the rootin’ tootin’ authoresses of the new world (very probably next year.) Kicking off my reading project with the first lady on my list, the notable poet and early feminist, Aemilia Lanyer.

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2017 Reading Project Part I: The Brits

I didn’t bother to make resolutions for 2017. I did however compile a gargantuan, majorly over-ambitious reading list. Although if I’m being honest, my list of books to read is always at least slightly over ambitious, but this one will without doubt keep me busy for the entirety of the year. Perhaps more than just one year, and the list below is merely the first half of my project. Continue reading “2017 Reading Project Part I: The Brits”