Tag Archive: Fiction

Shades of Good and Evil in Jekyll and Hyde

I picked up The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1886) by Robert Louis Stevenson because of Jeopardy!  I often get the books and literature categories mostly correctly, and when I… Continue reading

The Mess of Brave New World

One of my students this summer suggested that I read Brave New World (1932) by Aldous Huxley.  I obliged him.  And then I realized that it is book #58 on the BBC book… Continue reading

I’d Rather Write Nonfiction

Do any of you have the same dream I once did, to become a published author?  To write the next great American novel?  To find yourself on the New York Times best seller… Continue reading

Book Quiz Answers and a Winner!

Today’s post is the answers to the quiz I posted earlier this week.  “Call me Ishmael.”  Moby Dick by Herman Melville “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” A… Continue reading

Book Quiz: Identify These Famous Lines and Win a Guest Blog Post

Today’s post is a quiz with famous lines (sometimes the very first lines) from books. See how many you can identify without cheating!  No using Google or other forms of the internet.  (Or… Continue reading

A Literature of Their Own: Nigeria’s Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I found myself thrilled and enthralled with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s TED talk.  She spoke about models in literature, and because I use an Alice Walker essay about models for my composition courses, I… Continue reading

The Faraway Tree Stories and My Nuclear Birthday Cake

The Faraway Tree Stories (1939, 1943, 1946) by Enid Blyton have potential.  Upon receiving my copy of the book, which contains three books in one, I felt excited to begin reading these children’s… Continue reading

William Faulkner’s Novels are Intimidating

In my notes on William Faulkner’s Absalom, Absalom! (1936), I have written, “It’s okay to use a period once in a while!”  Obviously, I was frustrated, but this note also tells me that… Continue reading

Human Connection in George Orwell’s 1984

I read George Orwell’s 1984 (1949), number 8 on the BBC book list, last summer for the first time.  This surprised a student of mine, one of the only students I have encountered… Continue reading

There Is a Bicycle Named Hepzibah

I had to finish reading The House of The Seven Gables (1851) by American author Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-1864) so I could tell you about my neighbor who named his bicycle Hepzibah.  He’s an… Continue reading