Book rec // ‘The Glorious Heresies,’ by Lisa McInerney

Hello all! Today’s book review is called The Glorious Heresies by Irish author Lisa McInerney. Did you ever start a book with apprehension based on the description, and wonder if you’ll really like it? Or even be able to stomach it? That’s how I felt when starting this book—based on the description, I thought it would be too dark, too icky, too complicated for me. But what I ended up with was a book with unbelievably interesting and complicated characters, surprising plot twists, and themes of redemption, the nature of religion, and the choices we make that alter the courses of our lives.

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New book // ‘We Could Be Beautiful’ review!

Today, a book review! This new release (it comes out today) was on my recent summer TBR—by Swan Huntley, here’s my We Could Be Beautiful review.

we could be beautiful reviewWe Could Be Beautiful is about a 44-year-old rich woman named Catherine West. Catherine is all about the luxury and the privilege: she’s got a perfectly immaculate West Village home stocked with fine art, the best furniture, and a whole lot of hired help. She gets $80k a month from her trust fund, has a mother slowly succumbing to Alzheimer’s, and the thing that Catherine wants more than anything is to be married and have a child. Enter William Stockton, an impeccably dressed and well-spoken businessman who meets Catherine at an art gallery. It was love at first sight. Or was it?

Called “psychological,” this book aims to fully portray several characters in all their depth, foibles, and idiosyncrasies. There’s Catherine, who thinks she’s moral and strong, but who is actually petulant, childish, spoiled, privileged, and completely farcical. There’s William Stockton, a man who seems perfect but who is absolutely too good to be true. And then there’s Catherine’s sister Caroline, more honest and self-aware than her sister, and much more aware of her own privilege.
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‘Modern Love,’ a poem by John Keats

Happy Sunday, everyone! Here’s a poem I love.

An English major in college, I had the chance to read and analyze a lot of Romantic poetry, which was the kind of literature I took the most classes in—it’s my favorite. And because I probably would never have gotten around the reading Romantic literature/poetry in my actual, everyday life, I was happy that I got to do it in college, when I was forced to! It introduced me to some of my favorite poems, this one included.

By John Keats, this poem is called “Modern Love,” and it is cynical as hell. I am so not a cynic, but I love this poem because it’s as if Keats is knocking love because he wants to understand it. And if you know much about Keats, he eventually falls desperately in love with a woman named Fanny Brawne. And then he dies. -___-

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AND what is love? It is a doll dress’d up
For idleness to cosset, nurse, and dandle;
A thing of soft misnomers, so divine
That silly youth doth think to make itself
Divine by loving, and so goes on
Yawning and doting a whole summer long,
Till Miss’s comb is made a pearl tiara,
And common Wellingtons turn Romeo boots;
Then Cleopatra lives at number seven,
And Antony resides in Brunswick Square.
Fools! if some passions high have warm’d the world,
If Queens and Soldiers have play’d deep for hearts,
It is no reason why such agonies
Should be more common than the growth of weeds.
Fools! make me whole again that weighty pearl
The Queen of Egypt melted, and I’ll say
That ye may love in spite of beaver hats.

I think there’s some truth in this poem: that a lot of people think they’re in love because they like the idea of it. They think they’re like Romeo and Juliet, or Antony and Cleopatra. But it makes them fools, because they don’t understand real love, just the appearance of it. I think that’s still relevant today, making the title even more striking. What Keats thought in the 1800s still makes sense in our world.

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Re-Reading Harry Potter

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Yay!! I can’t wait to read these books again. I usually read them once a year, sometime in the summer when I have the time to devote to them, but it’s been a while since I’ve read these books. I was obsessed with them since I was nine or ten years old and truly, not much has changed since then. Harry Potter never gets old.

The first book is still full of the magic I fell in love with when I was a kid. Am I too old to get my Hogwarts letter? I recently got my sister to finally read the series, as well as my best friend, and I’m in awe at their experiences reading the books for the first time. I wish I could wipe my memory and read these books without knowing anything. But I’ll settle for frequent re-reads.

Is there a book you can’t help but read over and over? Do you love Harry Potter as much as I do??

Blogger Love

Part of being a blogger is the privilege of being an active member of the blogosphere. I love reading blogs and connecting with people from all parts of the world, and having a constant source of inspiration. Here are five blogs I’ve come to adore! Check ’em out.

1. Literary Vittles (literature and lifestyle)

Alina from Literary Vittles is an insightful, passionate, talented writer who I can relate to, being a recent college grad and an avid book-lover. She focuses on film and television as well, coupled with political and social commentary that I appreciate. Plus, I love when she recommends books to me (keep going, please)!

2. The Hitchcockian Cockatoo (lifestyle and fashion)

My former Fordham University classmate Christine runs a fantastic fashion/lifestyle blog that focuses on literature, art, culture, food, shopping, and outfits of the day. She’s based in Queens. She’s got a great sense of style and excellent taste in books! We took a creative writing class together and I can attest to her excellent writing skills. I think she even has some stories published!

3. Flattery (fashion)

Breanne from Flattery runs an amazing fashion blog I’ve been a fan of for a couple years now. She has a flair for creating dramatic yet effortless outfits that use color in unexpected ways. She also has an Etsy shop! Plus, I absolutely love her photos shot in the snow: they look so dreamy and ethereal. When I look for outfit inspiration, her blog is one of my first stops.

4. A Bit Behind on Books (literature)

Sarah from Behind in Books bases her blog on something familiar: the FOMO you get when it seems like everyone else has read a book before you. So now she’s catching up and delighting her readers with interesting book reviews and commentary on the literature she’s reading! I love her insights and the way she interacts with other bloggers, through features like Follow Friday or Top Ten Tuesday. It’s really fun to see what she comes up with!

5. An American in Iceland (travel and lifestyle)

Iceland being on my Top 3 Places to Visit (the other two are India and the UK), this blog is wonderful for me. The writer of the blog, Hannah, is spending a few years in Reykjavik for grad school and documenting her once-in-a-lifetime experiences in blog form. Her pictures are breathtaking, and I love reading about the culture and all the different events she is experiencing. I can live vicariously through her until I set foot in Iceland myself!