Spinster Rant: An Open Letter to Elinor Dashwood and Her Family

S and S Cover

I love Jane Austen. I love petticoats and tea and sweet sisters and snarky sisters-in-law andSense and Sensibility Modern meddling mamas and surly men with hearts of gold. So, when I saw Joanna Trollope’s modern adaptation of Sense and Sensibility, I knew I had to have it. I opened it, started reading, and threw in the hand-embroidered handkerchief after two chapters. Then a few weeks ago, the book came across my path yet again, and I thought I’d give it another try. Maybe I’d like it more now. Maybe I was older, wiser, more patient. Maybe those few months in between tries had made me a better person, one more capable of understanding that rich people have needs and feelings, too.

I’m not. I’m not a better person. I still have a hard time coddling the wealthy. I still think millionaires are money hoarders who should have their own TLC show. And so, without further ado, here is my open letter to the 21st century version of Elinor Dashwood and the rest of her useless family (I apologize for the caps and the profanity): continue reading >>

Dog Days of Summer

Dog Days of Summer

We are in the Dog Days of Summer—long days ruled by the hot sun and short nights ruled by Sirius, the Dog Star. While we like to think books are man’s best friend, we know there truly is no better friend than a dog. Celebrate the Dog Days of Summer by reading books (man’s second best friend?) about those loyal pals: continue reading >>

Duck Links!

Diverse ducks

Are you in need of a little escapism? Here are the best literary-minded escapist links for this week:

Welcome, female Thor! (Time) continue reading >>

Literary Movies: World War Z


I like to think that I’m more prepared than most for a zombie apocalypse. (It’s actually been a point of pride for me.) I’ve read enough about zombie wars to feel like I have an appropriate plan of action for most zombie situations. But when I read World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War by Max Brooks, I realized how little I knew about dealing with the undead. continue reading >>

July Staff Favorites

Reading in the sun

Every type of weather is the perfect weather for reading. A sunny day? Perfect for reading under a shady tree with a refreshing drink in your hand. Thunderstorms? Well, the only thing to do during a storm is to curl up with a good book! Fog? Fog is much too dangerous to do anything but stay safely inside with a mysterious tome.

No matter what July weather comes your way, use it as an excuse to read one of our lovely staff favorites: continue reading >>

Duck Links!

Diverse ducks

Are you surviving the summer heat? Quench your thirst with the most refreshing links around! Bonus: movie trailers galore! continue reading >>

Mandi’s Reads: Corsets and Other Disappointments

Corsets and Other Disappointments

I own one corset: rust-colored silk with (like all corsets) black lace. It laces up the back and, best of all, zips up the side for those (like me) who want to be sexy and lazy. continue reading >>

Teddy Bear Picnic!

Teddy Bear Picnic

Have you picnicked yet this summer? If you’re looking for an excuse, July 10th is Teddy Bear Picnic day. (Sometimes obscure holidays are the sweetest and most heartwarming.) If you have any little ones in your life (or if you are just a kid at heart), gather up your teddy bear friends, a few tasty treats, your finest tea set, and a cozy picnic blanket. Here are some beary good books to get you started: continue reading >>

Duck Links: Happy Independence Day!

Independence day. Liberty enlightening the world

Happy 4th of July to all of our readers! In between hot dogs and friends and family and festivities, you may need a reading break. Here are some literary fireworks in the form of links: continue reading >>

Independent Books for Independence Day!

Uncle Sam Pup

The Founding Fathers get all the attention on the 4th of July, which makes sense: they proved their independent spirits by writing and signing that famous Declaration (although most of them did not actually sign it on the fourth).

But on this Independence Day, we would like to honor other independent American minds and spirits, those who defied the status quo, who forged their own paths and took America with them. Here are independent minds for Independence Day: continue reading >>