Best Classic: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Today's category is Best Classic. Classics can be hard to define and it isn't uncommon for books to be labelled as "modern classics". Personally, I tend to think of books as classics if they are 1) widely known even by people who have never read them (ie: most people have heard of Pride and Prejudice,… Continue reading Best Classic: The 2021 Karissa Reads Books Literary Awards

Book Review: Villette by Charlotte Bronte

I spent a lot of this book being annoyed and disappointed, waiting for something, anything, to happen, wondering where Bronte was going with this staid and plodding narrator of Lucy Snowe. Somewhere in the second half though I began to think, Maybe she's doing something here. Maybe there's more happening. Maybe Lucy Snowe is not… Continue reading Book Review: Villette by Charlotte Bronte

What I Read – May 2021

Read: We Want What We Want - Alix Ohlin (House of Anansi Press, 2021) The Orange Tree - Carlos Fuentes (translated by Alfred Mac Adam) (Harper Perennial, 1994) Forgiveness - Mark Sakamoto (Harper Collins, 2014) The Past is Red - Catherynne M. Valente (Tordotcom, 2021) Villette - Charlotte Bronte (Vintage Random House) Did Not Finish:… Continue reading What I Read – May 2021

Book Review – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte

Yesterday, reading Jane Eyre... With a little bit of this... Jane Eyre is one of those novels that I'm surprised I got through high school and university without reading. In truth, I did my best to avoid it. I lumped it in with Jane Austen and Wuthering Heights and didn't have much desire to read… Continue reading Book Review – Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte