Short Stories: The Underappreciated Genre

I find it harder and harder to make it through books longer than three hundred pages, especially if I’m not a huge fan of it. It very well could be just the current social climate, but nevertheless it has me turning to other options. This is how I discovered the...

The Best Back-to-School Book for Trying Times

For the first time in many years, I will not be taking a first-day-of-school picture to send to my mom, or picking out my first day outfit. It is a strange feeling, but with everything going on right now, I’m definitely a little more than relieved. But I know that...

Reading Harry Potter is More Fun as a Teen/Adult

My uncle gave me the box set of the first four Harry Potter books when I was about 11 years old. I vaguely remember trying to start reading them, but for some reason I just couldn’t get into them. The first couple of chapters seemed vague and boring, and I didn’t...

Optimism in the Face of Grief

“This story of a young woman’s confrontation with death and her past is a poetic study of human relations. The Optimist’s Daughter is the story of Laurel McKelva Hand, a young woman who has left the South and returns, years later, to New Orleans, where her...

5 Classics Worth Reading…And 5 That Are Not

This list may garner me some enemies, and I am definitely disappointing some of my university professors, but I feel compelled to make it nonetheless. For many people, exposure to classic literature starts and ends in high school literature classes. Yet there are some...