Beloved and the Haunted House Novel

I am a firm believer in the timing of the universe. Everything happens exactly when it needs to, and I really live my life with that trust and graciousness. But let me tell you. I wish I had read Beloved by Toni Morrison sooner. I could kick the universe for holding out on me with …

2020 Reading Challenges

I've made a lot of resolutions -- no, let's call them, "intentions" for 2020 that have to do with taking the next step in my life. I've felt my life to be really stagnant and still the past few years, and with the turn of the decade, I was inspired to make some real commitments …

13 Book Recommendations Based on My Favorite Halloween Films (Part 2)

I see the ghosts and creaking floors and sharp teeth didn't scare you off... Welcome back to Part 2 of my book recommendations based on my favorite Halloween films. Today, we're diving deeper into the Gothic. Tower of Terror (1997) This was the first movie that I remember being terrified of. It used to air …

End of the Year Plan

There are a mere 66 days until the end of the year. Lifetime is already showing Christmas movies 24/7, we’re in the last week of Halloween season, my mom is already doing the “do you want it for Christmas” routine -- it feels like it only dropped below 80 degrees here yesterday! The leaves aren’t …

It Is a Truth Universally Acknowledged that Classics Suck: Or Why We Give up before We Even Start

A quick poll of my Facebook friends reported that we f*cking hate classics. Of course, this, as most things, is on a scale, with 1 being mildly dislike to 10 being “I ritualistically burned my books and cast curses over Hemingway’s grave when I left Lit 101.” We all can find ourselves somewhere on this …