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..
3. Winchester Cathedral, Hampshire
Where Jane Austen is buried.
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”
Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and Bookish. This week’s post is:
10 Books From X Genre That I’ve Recently Added To My TBR List — I want to know what books have piqued your interest lately from whatever genre you choose!
I read different genres so it wouldn’t make sense for me to list books from a particular genre. I added a lot more than ten to my TBR list, but here are the ones I narrowed to ten:
Goldie Vance Vol. 2 by Hope Larson and Illustrations by Brittney Williams
The Making of Jane Austen by Devoney Looser
Before the Devil Breaks You by Libba Bray
A Murder Is Announced by Agatha Christie
- Death of a Dishonorable Gentleman by Tessa Arlen
A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
Flame in the Mist by Renee Ahdieh
Sidney Chambers and The Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie
BookCon has come and gone for the year 2017 and for the second time I was able to attend this time around. My rating for my second appearance at BookCon? A little bit disappointing.
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?
Happy Mother’s Day!
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):
1. Mrs. Bennet (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) – Yes, she is crazy but what great mother isn’t? You can’t help but not love this desperate, social-climbing woman, especially with her “poor nerves”. Despite that, she is a caring mother who would do just about anything to see her daughters happy. And it appears to have worked, she has three married daughters. She is very blessed indeed.
2. Mrs. Gardiner (Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen) – She may just be Elizabeth’s aunt but she provides more motherly advice than Mrs. Bennet ever could. Her intelligent and generous personality would always be a comfort to any surrogate daughter.
3. Molly Weasly (Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling) – The perfect embodiment of the saying “mama bear protecting her cubs”. She is not only a great witch, especially when she is protecting her loved ones, her attentiveness and loving nature doesn’t stop at her own kids but extend to Harry and Hermoine.
4. Jennifer Honey (Matilda, Roald Dahl) – Before becoming her adoptive mother, as her teacher, Miss Honey showed Matilda more love and attention that she ever received in her young life. What better qualities can you find in a mother?
5. Margaret “Marmee” March (Little Women, Louisa May Alcott)
Marmee (or Margaret March) is the core of her family, managing the household by herself while her husband is away, helping war efforts, and teaching her daughters — by example — how to grow into smart, strong, and kind women.”
6. Charlotte (Charlotte’s Web, E.B. White) -Charlotte may have been a spider and Wilbur may have been a pig, but in this unconventional companionship, Charlotte did everything in her power to protect Wilbur from any harm. A great characteristic to have in a mother.
7. Lily Potter (Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling) – She died trying to protect her son. I don’t think I have to say anything else to justify that.
8. Hester Prynne (The Scarlet Letter, Nathaniel Hawthorne) – Exiled from her own community, Hester manages to take care of both herself and her rambunctious child , Pearl. She is not perfect and she did make mistakes but Hester manages to rise above it all to become a great mom.
9. Mrs. Darling (Peter Pan, J.M. Barrie)
From Miss Literati:
She is the mother of Wendy, John, and Michael and is extremely loving and beautiful. She always tries to keep peace in the household and wants the best for her children. Although she does not fully believe in Peter Pan she does believe in the spirit of him and will do so to keep her children’s happiness!”
10. Marilla Cuthbert (Anne of Green Gables, L.M. Montgomery) – Shows Anne tender, love and care when she takes her in and welcomes her into her family. But that doesn’t she is all ease. She can be strict and straightforward when she needs to be.
What literary mother would be on your list?
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.
I took a short vacation this past week and a half and although I didn’t leave New York, a nice staycation was just what the doctor ordered. I read, I wrote, I visited places that either were for the first time or a place I haven’t been to in a long time. The past few months I have been extremely stressed and my anxiety being at high measures. This little reprieve allowed me to recharge and get back in the swing of things.