As we celebrate and give the love and affection our own mothers rightfully deserve, let us take the time to celebrate the great moms of literature ( what would we do without their comforting thoughts and words): Continue reading “Ten Best Moms in Literature”→
I don’t make New Year’s resolutions that much. It is not because I don’t keep them, just I never really saw the point to them. However, 2017 was an eye-opening year for me, the good and the bad. For 2018, in order for me to not feel stagnant in my life, New Year’s Resolutions are needed this time around. But, I am not considering them as resolutions, as wisdom, a new perspective on my life. Continue reading “New Year’s Resolutions”→
Other Janeites have always understood why Jane Austen’s popularity has endured for all these years. However, to the rest, they are not only catching on but amazed at how, 200 years after her death, Austen still remains to be popular and relevant in this century. And one article suggests that it is the way of Austen’s writing.
The Word Choices That Explain Why Jane Austen Endures, a New York Times article, theorizes that Austen’s words and her language are the reasons why Austen’s relevance endures all these years:
BuzzFeed compiled a list of beautiful places that every Jane Austen fan should visit. And if I had the money, I would be hopping on a plane right now. Check them out (not in any particular order):
1. Jane Austen House Museum, Hampshire
No list can be complete without putting the Jane Austen House Museum. I’ve been there twice and I love it! Apart from the interesting historical artifacts, you have the gorgeous surroundings to make it a perfect outing.
2. Chawton House, Hampshire
Located not too far from the Jane Austen Museum, Chawton House was the house of Jane’s brother Edward. Now, the house’s library is open to visitors along with the gardens..
It’s that time of year again. Temperatures rise, the sun seems to shine so much brighter, and summer reading arrives in full swing. Summer Reading, not only in schools, but a popular staple in public libraries. It is a special time where they really promote the great programs that occur and provide a great alternative of free summer activities that range from video game programs, art programs, movies, and knitting circles. And reading, of course.
But lately, I have noticed a change. While I worked at the library this past year, it will be 2 years this coming September, programs and initiatives that revolved around were severely lacking. I mean, there really was no accountability or little encouragement for people to participate in the challenge. However, an ongoing campaign at the library I work has made me question libraries’ true feelings about reading, which leads me to this week’s tea discussion, libraries sudden realization that they are institutions of reading. Continue reading “Weekly Tea Discussion: Libraries Reconnection With Reading”→
When I first heard that Amazon was opening bookstores, this was my initial reaction:
By creating their online business, Amazon has cornered a huge market of book buying which most of the purchasing is done online. So why would Amazon take the risk of opening a brick and mortar bookstore, especially when a lot of them have been closing and people continue to fear their extinction?
Everyday life can get overwhelming and stressful at times. This is a common emotion that happens to people most of the time. But there are some, including myself, that suffers extreme bouts of extreme emotions of stress and panic attacks that can crumple them emotionally and physically. This is an anxiety disorder that I have been dealing with since I was young. Anxiety is not something that goes away but it is an emotion that can be maintained and controlled. When I get high anxiety, there are some useful methods that cal me down and I would like to share with you, especially for those book lovers who needs new ways to relax:dies
1. Reading– This an obvious activity. Studies have shown that reading relaxes the mind. So this a top activity to do relieve anxiety. But for the times when your anxiety reaches a high point, what I suggest is to read in a quiet place, like a nice isolated sport in a park or a quiet room in your house. Try not to read on the train or the bus (especially if you live in a big city like I do. Having peace and quiet on public transportation will be difficult). Keep your phone and computer away from you. Take that time to take a break from technology. If you like having music while reading, I advise classical music. The soothing, calming music will be relaxing.