Metamorphoses by Ovid – Book Review

Title: Metamorphoses Author: Ovid Translator: David Raeburn Genre/Themes: Classic Literature, Narrative Poem, Greek Mythology, Roman Mythology Blurb from Penguin Classics Ovid’s sensuous and witty poem, in an accessible translation by David Raeburn In Metamorphoses, Ovid brings together a dazzling array of mythological tales, ingeniously linked by the idea of transformation, often as a result of … Continue reading Metamorphoses by Ovid – Book Review

Angel by Elizabeth Taylor – Book Review

Title: Angel Author: Elizabeth Taylor Genre/Themes: Modern Classic, Books about Authors and Writing Process, Class Divide, Unlikeable Characters Blurb from Goodreads Writing stories that are extravagant and fanciful, fifteen-year old Angel retreats to a world of romance, escaping the drabness of provincial life. She knows she is different, that she is destined to become a … Continue reading Angel by Elizabeth Taylor – Book Review

The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Book Review

Title: The Bell Jar Author: Sylvia Plath Genre: Modern Classic Trigger Warning DepressionSuicidal IdeationGraphic descriptions of suicide attempts Blurb from Goodreads Sylvia Plath's shocking, realistic, and intensely emotional novel about a woman falling into the grip of insanity Esther Greenwood is brilliant, beautiful, enormously talented, and successful, but slowly going under—maybe for the last time. … Continue reading The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath – Book Review

Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – Book Review

Title: Wuthering Heights Author: Emily Brontë Genre: Classic Fiction, Gothic, Romantic Drama, Tempestuous Relationships Blurb from Goodreads Lockwood, the new tenant of Thrushcross Grange, situated on the bleak Yorkshire moors, is forced to seek shelter one night at Wuthering Heights, the home of his landlord. There he discovers the history of the tempestuous events that … Continue reading Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë – Book Review

Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – Book Review

Title: Mansfield Park Author: Jane Austen Genre/Themes: Classic Fiction, Romance, Family Dynamics, Societal Expectations Blurb from Goodreads Taken from the poverty of her parents' home in Portsmouth, Fanny Price is brought up with her rich cousins at Mansfield Park, acutely aware of her humble rank and with her cousin Edmund as her sole ally. During … Continue reading Mansfield Park by Jane Austen – Book Review

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Book Series Review

Series: Little Women Books in Series: Little WomenLittle MenJo’s Boys Author: Louisa May Alcott Genre: Children’s Classic Fiction, Sisters, Family Trials and Tribulations There are three books in the Little Women series written by Louisa May Alcott. However, Little Women was first published in two parts: 1. Little Women Volume 1, containing 23 chapters. 2. … Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott – Book Series Review

Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple – Book Review

Title: Someone at a Distance Author: Dorothy Whipple Genre: Forgotten Classic, Marriage, Witty Writing, Poignant Storytelling Blurb from Goodreads Ellen is “that unfashionable creature, a happy housewife” who loves her life in the English countryside. She tends her garden, dotes on her children, and, when she remembers, visits her cantankerous mother-in-law. This domestic bliss, however, … Continue reading Someone at a Distance by Dorothy Whipple – Book Review

The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Book Series Review

Author: Douglas Adams Series: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Books in Series: The Hitchhiker's Guide to the GalaxyThe Restaurant at the End of the UniverseLife, the Universe and EverythingSo Long and Thanks for All the FishMostly Harmless Genre/Themes: Science Fiction, Comedy, Space Opera, Modern Classic Blurb from Goodreads Suppose a good friend calmly told … Continue reading The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams – Book Series Review

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Book Review

Title: The Wonderful Wizard of Oz Series: Oz #1 Author: L. Frank Baum Genre: All Time Classic Children’s Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure Blurb from Goodreads Follow the yellow brick road! Dorothy thinks she is lost forever when a terrifying tornado crashes through Kansas and whisks her and her dog, Toto, far away to the magical land … Continue reading The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum – Book Review

They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple – Book Review

Title: They Were Sisters Author: Dorothy Whipple Genre/Themes: Forgotten Classic, Drama, Domestic Abuse, Blurb from Goodreads Three sisters marry very different men and the choices they make determine whether they will flourish, be tamed or be repressed. Lucy's husband is her beloved companion; Vera's husband bores her and she turns elsewhere; And Charlotte's husband is … Continue reading They Were Sisters by Dorothy Whipple – Book Review

Possession by A.S. Byatt – Book Review

Title: Possession Author: AS Byatt Genre/Themes: Literary Fiction, Romantic Drama, Booker Prize Winner, Interwoven Timelines Blurb from Goodreads "Possession" is an exhilarating novel of wit and romance, at once an intellectual mystery and a triumphant love story. "Literary critics make natural detectives," says Maud Bailey, heroine of a mystery where the clues lurk in university … Continue reading Possession by A.S. Byatt – Book Review

Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden – Book Review

Title: Annie on My Mind Author: Nancy Garden Genre/Themes/Content Warning: Modern Classic, YA Romance, Coming of Age, Banned Books, LGBTQ+, Homophobia Blurb from Goodreads A landmark in LGBT fiction, this captivating story of two teenage girls who fall in love is a “classic of the genre” (Publishers Weekly). When Liza Winthrop first lays eyes on … Continue reading Annie on My Mind by Nancy Garden – Book Review