A Court of Thorns and Roses: An Addendum to an Old Moral

Sarah J. Maas’ A Court of Thorns and Roses introduces us to a determined girl with a heart of gold who seems to be the key to ending a curse set upon a temperamental ruler and his household.  Tale as old as time, right?  While the ACOTAR series is more than capable of standing on... Continue Reading →

A Quiet Hero Will Have the Loudest Actions: Mariam in A Thousand Splendid Suns

Heroes should be perfect and inspire us to be better than we currently are. When the reader looks back, it is easy to see that, yes, Mariam is inspirational; she is loving, sacrificial, patient, enduring, faithful, and courageous. But, what I love most about how her character is written is that she is so entirely... Continue Reading →

A Moral Dilemma in Ender’s Game

Ender’s Game is one of my favorite novels because it’s written for middle schoolers/young adults, but it treats them like adults, just like the characters in the book, because it deals with such a tough topic: moral dilemma. Ender gets forced into situations where he battles enemies, friends, and—in what I feel is the most... Continue Reading →

The Shawshank Redemption

When you first think of Stephen King, what comes to mind? Is it a scary clown or the monster under your bed? He’s known as the king of horror for good reason, but he didn’t get where he is by being a mediocre storyteller or caring only about what scares his readers. That shines clearly... Continue Reading →

The March Sisters

The American classic Little Women has had a resurgence in popularity. Since the latest adaptation, it has developed a new following and Orchard House, the home of Louisa May Alcott, has received more visitors as of late than in previous decades. I hadn’t picked up Little Women in a decade and recently reread it. Not... Continue Reading →

Bonding Time: Frequency and Family

Losing a parent is a formative event in a person’s life, separating everything that came before from everything that comes after. The degree of this feeling must increase exponentially if someone is a child when this happens, instead of being an adult as I was when my dad passed away. Films and TV shows often... Continue Reading →

Anne of Green Gables

I first met Anne Shirley when I was around 13. I quickly fell in love with the spunky, outspoken, and imaginative orphan. When first you meet Anne, she’s waiting at the train station for her new family. She’s imagined how it will be, how they will love her, how they will accept her into their... Continue Reading →

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