Literary Discussion: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton


“Ethan Frome, a poor, downtrodden New England farmer is trapped in a loveless marriage to his invalid wife, Zeena. His ambition and intelligence are oppressed by Zeena’s cold, conniving character. When Zeena’s young cousin Mattie arrives to help care for her, Ethan is immediately taken by Mattie’s warm, vivacious personality. They fall desperately in love as he realizes how much is missing from his life and marriage.

Tragically, their love is doomed by Zeena’s ever-lurking presence and by the social conventions of the day. Ethan remains torn between his sense of obligation and his urge to satisfy his heart’s desire up to the suspenseful and unanticipated conclusion. (Penguin Group edition.)” Continue reading Literary Discussion: Ethan Frome by Edith Wharton

Literary Discussion: Frankenstein by Mary Shelley


My first completed book for #classicswithjess month, it was fantastic! I decided a literary type Q& A would be the best way to discuss Frankenstein, a magnificent example of Gothic and Romantic literature.

(Questions are from

  1. Why does Frankenstein become obsessed with creating life? Was it wrong for Frankenstein to inquire into the origins of life?

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Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster

Summary (Amazon) 

“A trustee of the John Grier orphanage has offered to send Judy Abbott to college. The only requirements are that she must write to him every month and that she can never know who he is. Judy’s life at college is a whirlwind of friends, classes, parties and a growing friendship with the handsome Jervis Pendleton. With so much happening in her life, Judy can scarcely stop writing to ‘Daddy-Long-Legs’, or wondering who her mysterious benefactor is…” Continue reading Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster

A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

When my friend Mariah asked if anyone wanted to join a group read for A Moveable Feast, I eagerly committed to do the read, and I’m so glad I did! Mariah and I are book buddies, and she had mailed me a copy in September. Knowing that my TBR is long, I knew that the group read was the perfect way to ensure I read it before it gathered dust-sigh. Continue reading A Moveable Feast by Ernest Hemingway

5 Classics You Must Read! Guest Post #1

Mariah @austenandarthur

When Jessica first asked me to write a guest post for the blog, I’ll admit that I had a moment of panic. I’m terrible at keeping up my own blog, though, once upon a time, some friends and I ran a slightly successful blog called Victorian Swag. I think it still lives on in some dark, musty corner of the Internet.  After much debate about what I possibly had to share with all of you dear readers, I had an epiphany. So here I am, sticking true to my English Literature teacher roots and sharing the five classic novels you need to this instant. I tried to pick books that aren’t as widely talked about. So, you’ll find no Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, or The Three Musketeers on this list. Even though those are all excellent and highly recommended novels, I decided to dig a little deeper for my recommendations. Enough of my rambling, I present to you the five classic novels you must read immediately: Continue reading 5 Classics You Must Read! Guest Post #1