Romantic Reads: Fiction to Fall in Love with this February

My feelings will not be repressed. You must allow me to tell you how ardently I admire and love you.—Pride and Prejudice ________________________________________________ As Valentine's Day peeks its head around the corner, love is in the air. What could be more romantic than curling up with good book? Nothing puts us in the mood for romance quite like a … Continue reading Romantic Reads: Fiction to Fall in Love with this February

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Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)

My courage is faith--faith in the eternal resilience of me--that joy'll come back, and hope and spontaneity. And I feel that till it does I've got to keep my lips shut and my chin high and my eyes wide--not necessarily any silly smiling. Oh, I've been through hell without a whine quite often--and the female … Continue reading Flappers and Philosophers by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1920)

Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934)

“They were still in the happier stage of love. They were full of brave illusions about each other, tremendous illusions, so that the communion of self with self seemed to be on a plane where no other human relations mattered. They both seemed to have arrived there with an extraordinary innocence as though a series … Continue reading Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1934)

Jazz Age January: Four Fitzgerald Reads to Kick off the Roaring 20’s

That is part of the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.—F. Scott Fitzgerald ________________________________________________ With the Christmas festivities worn off, the gloom and doom of January is in our midst. Unfortunately, this tear we couldn't have the usual affair … Continue reading Jazz Age January: Four Fitzgerald Reads to Kick off the Roaring 20’s

The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

If nature has made you for a giver, your hands are born open, and so is your heart; and though there may be times when your hands are empty, your heart is always full, and you can give things out of that—warm things, kind things, sweet things—help and comfort and laughter—and sometimes gay, kind laughter … Continue reading The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett (1911)

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

Women, they have minds, and they have souls, as well as just hearts. And they’ve got ambition, and they’ve got talent, as well as just beauty. I’m so sick of people saying that love is all a woman is fit for. ________________________________________________ Louisa May Alcott's novel opens on a blustery December evening, as the four … Continue reading Little Women by Louisa May Alcott (1868)

6 Warming Winter Reads to Get You in the Festive Spirit

Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is time for home.—Edith Sitwell ________________________________________________ Snow is falling, fires are crackling, the tree is decorated and the smell of gingerbread houses waft throughout the house. It can only … Continue reading 6 Warming Winter Reads to Get You in the Festive Spirit

My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier (1951)

We were dreamers, both of us, unpractical, reserved, full of great theories never put to test, and like all dreamers, asleep to the waking world. Disliking our fellow men, we craved affection; but shyness kept impulse dormant until the heart was touched. When that happened the heavens opened, and we felt, the pair of us, … Continue reading My Cousin Rachel by Daphne Du Maurier (1951)

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (1874)

It is difficult for a woman to define her feelings in language which is chiefly made by men to express theirs.When a strong woman recklessly throws away her strength she is worse than a weak woman who has never had any strength to throw away.Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy ________________________________________________  Thomas Hardy’s first major … Continue reading Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy (1874)