One of my favorite Jane Eyre quotes

That a greater fool than Jane Eyre had never breathed the breath of life; that a more fantastic idiot had never surfeited herself on sweet lies, and swallowed poison as if it were nectar. -Charlotte Bronte   I have always so identified with this story... even though I'm not an orphan, in many ways I [...]

Sylvia Plath Quote Today

And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt. - Sylvia Plath I have to keep reminding myself of this when I get discouraged from my creative endeavors, especially writing. I used to [...]

The Awakening – Kate Chopin

5/5 Stars. LOVED. IT. When I read the critiques at the end of this edition, especially the one by Willa Cather... I was shocked. So scathing! Maybe not everyone only writes about the amazing beauty of nature, Willa, come on. And so what if Edna is so much of an idealist, where do you think [...]

Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho

I sincerely love the way Paulo Coelho writes and the way he implicitly shares in all his works that there are things we cannot know and cannot completely understand--like how the meeting of two people can spark a vibrant passion and the meeting of two others spurs nothing at all, while the former two are [...]

50 Shades of Grey: Why it’s a problem and why you should care.

If E L James sought only to make money from her less than stellar literary skills... she succeeded, greatly. However, I wonder if she ever intended to, or even pondered the possibility, that her trilogy perpetuates sexism and reinforces passivity in women. Did she think about the young minds consuming her word garbage? The trilogy [...]

Crime and Punishment Review [No Spoilers]

Crime and Punishment  - Fyodor Dostoyevsky I wanted to preface this entry by saying there are no spoilers in this review, but was somewhat embarrassed to do so as evidently I have been living under a rock and didn't know even the slightest bit about this classic before I read it. At any rate, I won't [...]