Book Review: Rebecca (Abridged Version)

I can’t believe it took me this long to finally read this classic gothic tale (one that is so short, yet so captivating), but I’m happy I finally did…especially in time for the Netflix film adaption coming out this month! I would like to delve into the unabridged version eventually…but I hope I won’t beContinue reading “Book Review: Rebecca (Abridged Version)”

September 2020 Book Vlog

Happy Autumn! As you can probably guess, there were a lot of books/stories I delved into this month! I’ve listed them and their authors below. Feel free to read more detailed reviews of some of these books on my blog. Happy Reading! Teaching the Literature Survey Course, by Gwynn Dujardin (et al) The Literature Workshop,Continue reading “September 2020 Book Vlog”

7 Spooky Story Recs for October

These are some stories I read in 2020 that have eerie elements of suspense, horror, and mystery that will get you in the mood for the upcoming Halloween season! Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier In this 1938 Gothic quick-read, a young woman unveils the mystery surrounding the death of her new husband’s former wife andContinue reading “7 Spooky Story Recs for October”

Book Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe

Overview The amazingly detailed cover drew me in and once I read the blurb, I was intrigued. How fortuitous that I stumbled across this find at a thrift store a mere month or so after returning from my trip to Salem, Massachusetts. I had always been fascinated by the history surrounding the Salem Witch Trials,Continue reading “Book Review: The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane, by Katherine Howe”

6 Graphic Memoir Recs for Middle School World Lit

Hi Teachers! Below are some of the recommendations I have for those of you designing middle school curriculums for units that may or may not include memoir-writing, world literature, global awareness, cultural connectivity, etc. As always, please be sure to read these books before incorporating them into your curriculum as some of them may notContinue reading “6 Graphic Memoir Recs for Middle School World Lit”

Book Review: The Bone Houses, by Emily Lloyd-Jones

Let’s be honest, one of the main reasons I was drawn to this book was because of its cover…Wow! Although this was initially a book that was down at the bottom of my TBR’s, I am impressed by how quick of a read it was (once I finally sat down and read it!). Due toContinue reading “Book Review: The Bone Houses, by Emily Lloyd-Jones”

August 2020 Reading Vlog

It’s about that time again! Below is my video blog about the books I’ve read/recommend for this month! Feel free to comment below for other book suggestions or to give your thoughts on any of the books I’ve reviewed. Books Included in Review: Blood Countess, by Lana Popović Bone Houses, by Emily Lloyd-Jones As YouContinue reading “August 2020 Reading Vlog”

Book Review: The Whispered Dance of Bees, by Carol Warburton

This book was an interesting one. Sometimes it seemed like the story took on different stories at different periods of the protagonist’s life and it is unclear what the main plot of the story was. However, it is not until towards the end of the book that the reader sees how these subplots drive theContinue reading “Book Review: The Whispered Dance of Bees, by Carol Warburton”

A Review of Starlight Mountain Theatre’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel”: 5 Reasons to Read the Book, Watch the Movie, and See the Play

Just yesterday, I had the pleasure of seeing Starlight Mountain’s stage production of “The Scarlet Pimpernel” and boy, was it a spectacle! I had seen the play before (on a much larger scale), but this one was done with such a simple, yet impassioned panache, that it is worth mentioning. First, being an outside theaterContinue reading “A Review of Starlight Mountain Theatre’s “The Scarlet Pimpernel”: 5 Reasons to Read the Book, Watch the Movie, and See the Play”

Book Review: Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper

I came across this book during some independent research I was doing for an article I was writing about “Half-Hangit Maggie”, who had an ordeal similar to that of Hooper’s protagonist, Anne Green. As a piece of historical fiction, I was impressed, overall. The story flipped between Anne’s first-person narration as well as a limitedContinue reading “Book Review: Newes from the Dead by Mary Hooper”