My Classics TBR

Over the years Classic literature has transformed from something that felt really rather daunting and out of reach to something that I actively enjoy engaging with, and this is largely down to mandatory explorations of such texts at school. In my love for deep analysis I found a real love for the types of literature… Continue reading My Classics TBR

Book Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

“I felt very still and empty, the way the eye of a tornado must feel, moving dully along in the middle of the surrounding hullabaloo.” The Bell Jar is a poignant and thoroughly impactful story that proves to be a brutally honest means of exploring and depicting a darker side of the human psyche. Here… Continue reading Book Review: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

"There must have been moments even that afternoon when Daisy tumbled short of his dreams- not through her own fault, but because of the colossal vitality of his illusion." Within The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald expertly crafts a story critiquing the American Dream through the use of beautiful prose and interesting characterization. This is… Continue reading Book Review: The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

"You'll find that you're not the first person who was ever confused and frightened and even sickened by human behavior. You're by no means alone on that score, you'll be excited and stimulated to know. Many, many men have been just as troubled morally and spiritually as you are right now." The Catcher in the… Continue reading Book Review: The Catcher in the Rye by J. D. Salinger

Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

“The beauty or ugliness of a character lay not only in its achievements, but in its aims and impulses; its true history lay, not among things done, but among things willed.” Though it was written around 130 years ago, Tess of the D'Urbervilles remains an important read, largely due to the issues that Hardy approaches… Continue reading Book Review: Tess of the D’Urbervilles by Thomas Hardy

Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

“Life, although it may only be an accumulation of anguish, is dear to me, and I will defend it.” Through fluid and beautiful prose Shelley tells the story of Victor Frankenstein, a scientist that has to deal with the ramifications of creating a living creature, and the creature itself, who is continually shunned and subsequently… Continue reading Book Review: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley

Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

“I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what." To Kill a Mockingbird is probably one of my favorite… Continue reading Book Review: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

"There is a stubbornness about me that never can bear to be frightened at the will of others. My courage always rises at every attempt to intimidate me." I must admit that while reading the first half of this novel I was tempted to set this book aside. However, this being my first Jane Austen… Continue reading Book Review: Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen