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18 January, 2018

13 Good Reads for a Cozy Winter Evening


I don’t know what exactly it is about winter that makes me want to read more than usual. Maybe it’s the colder weather that keeps me indoors, or maybe it’s cozy clothes and cozy candles on a snowy winter evening. Whatever it is, this wonderful reading fever hits me every winter without fail.

And it’s not that I want to read just anything during the winter months. There are certain types of books that simply read better when it’s cold and snowy outside! Below I am listing some of my favorite reads for this time of the year. I chose these books because they make me feel warm and cozy and/or they send chills up my spine that keep me turning their pages. Some of these are classics, some are historical fiction and one is dystopian. Read More

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28 September, 2017

Austen Fan, It’s Okay To Love Pride & Prejudice The Most


Ever since I began blogging about my love for literature – in particular, Jane Austen – I have been doing a lot more research about my favorite works of fiction (and their authors). And there’s something I’ve noticed when it comes to Jane Austen and some of her fans.

I’ve noticed that it’s a sort of taboo to admit that your favorite of Austen’s novels is Pride & Prejudice. I mean, if you’re a REAL Austen fan, you know that her other works are better than the infamous love story between Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy, right? Read More

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12 September, 2017

10 *More* Books to Read If You Love Jane Austen


As some of you may know, earlier this year I posted an article called 10 Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen. And, before I can go any further in sharing my second list of this kind, I feel the need to just stop and give thanks.

10 Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen has become by most popular post OF ALL TIME. I have been blogging since 2011, and never before have I had so many hits on a single post. I can see that most of you wonderful people are coming from Pinterest, and I just want to say THANK YOU. I am just blown away by the popularity of that post and so, so thankful to have you all here. I hope you enjoyed the last list, and I pray you will enjoy this one just as much! Read More

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7 September, 2017

6 Incredible Resources For Book Lovers


I wanted to start this blog post by telling you just how much I love to read, but then I realized that several great names before my time have already put these thoughts into words perfectly. And why should I try to reinvent the wheel? So, I’ll start this post by sharing with you some of my favorite famous quotes about reading.

“You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.” C.S. Lewis

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book!” Jane Austen Read More

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1 June, 2017

You DO Have Time To Read…and Here’s How


It’s no secret by now that I love to read. It’s also no secret that I read a lot. I actually prefer reading over television and movies nine times out of ten. In fact, since January 1, 2017 I have read 23 books. That means I’m averaging about a book per week.

But I don’t say that to toot my own horn or make you think I’m some amazingly smart person. I say it because it’s proof to myself that I do actually have a lot of time to read despite my busy schedule. And so do you.

Although I have always loved to read, a couple of years ago I wasn’t reading as much as I am now. I thought I didn’t have the time. I was busy working full time, serving my church, blogging, keeping a home for the first time, adjusting to my new life as a wife and trying to start a side business. It was a lot. Read More

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25 May, 2017

The Best Historical Fiction for Jane Austen Fans


Last week, I shared about how much I love to read and how my love for reading first started. If you caught that post, you probably know that classics are my favorite and nothing can compare to them.

However, about a year ago, one of my close friends recommended Edenbrooke by Julianne Donaldson. I took her advice and downloaded the ebook on my iPad. And let me tell you, I couldn’t put that thing down! I had it read in less than 24 hours, and I immediately wanted to go back and read it again.

What captured my attention about Edenbrooke were two things: 1) that it was set in the Regency era (the time period in which Jane Austen lived and wrote), and 2) that it was a clean and “proper” romance. Read More

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18 May, 2017

16 Must-Read Classic Novels

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Have I ever mentioned how much I love to read? Let me give you a little look into just how much and how it all started.

When I was in high school, I was given the task to choose from a list of classic novels about which to write a thesis paper. This was really the first time in my education that I was able to choose for myself which book I wanted to read (rather than being assigned a specific book).

Being that I cherished my childhood memories of living in England, I wanted to choose something British. I chose Wuthering Heights, and I have never quite been the same since. From that moment on, I couldn’t get enough of the classics, particularly those published in the 19th Century. After that, I was so passionate about reading in general that I would devour any assigned novel and write my thesis papers at least a week before they were due. Read More

In All Things English, Faith, Lifestyle, Reading on
9 May, 2017

5 Things Jane Austen Has Taught Me About Life (Pt. 1)


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Well, I certainly hope you’re not tired of hearing about Jane Austen yet. I have been reading through all of her novels within the last year, and I never tire of being able to apply her stories to everyday life.

I was folding laundry the other day (how exciting, I know), and apparently I do my best thinking when I’m completing mundane tasks. As I was matching socks and hanging up shirts, I was reflecting on some of my favorite moments from Sense & Sensibility, which I was reading at the time. The more I thought about it, the more I realized just how many things Austen has taught me about life, love and everything in between. Today I’d like to share just a few of them with you. Read More

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25 January, 2017

10 Books to Read if You Love Jane Austen


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If you have been following me for any length of time, you’ve probably noticed that I love Jane Austen. I have loved her since I was first introduced to her by Rory Gilmore more than a decade ago. Do you remember when Rory told Dean to read Emma, and he admitted he liked it? Pretty sure I set out the very next day to purchase my first Austen. (My Gilmore girls love runs deep. Just being honest.)

I have noticed on Instagram that many of you also love Miss Austen. And since I read a lot of novels (and since Austen only wrote 6 of them) I’ve compiled a short reading list of other great works – both new and old – that any Austen lover would adore. Most of them are set in England in the 1800s, but a few of them are set in Canada in the 1900s. Read More