My Thesis!

Hello! Quick post! My thesis is done! College level: complete √

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Yay! Important for me, unimportant for the rest of you, but you should be happy as well! This not only means I will get back on track with posting, but will be accepting books for review again!

It also means my thesis’ digital project is done!

You can view it here: http://pictureofparadise.qwriting.qc.cuny.edu/ if you have any interest.

I recommend giving it a look, especially if you like Wilde or Fitzgerald since they were the main focuses of my paper. It won the Kay Kier American Literature Post-1865 award as well! But the site has a ton of fun interactive stuff, like videos, photos, & links to quizzes. (A lot of that fun stuff is on the Extras page or Dorian’s & Amory’s About pages.)

If you don’t have time for the full site, you can always follow the characters. Dorian has an Instagram & Amory Blaine has a Twitter.

Thank you to all my followers who have continued liking my spare posts here & there. I still have two summer classes, but I’m so happy to be graduating.

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The Invisible Circus by Jennifer Egan

This was a debut novel?

No fair 😦 She’s too good at this.

Jennifer Egan wrote my all time favorite book, A Visit From the Goon Squad, so I vowed to read her other stuff this year. This was novel number two for me.

Phoebe O’Conner lives in San Francisco in the late 1970s. Her deceased father lead way to her deceased sister, Faith, and now she lives in somewhat of a half-alive state. She obsesses over her sister in an oddly loving way, while her mother and she fail to let go. The novel starts after Phoebe’s graduation, but all these events are explained in the most natural way, as if we already knew them as Phoebe does. Through jumps in time, that aren’t so much flashbacks, as reminiscences, we discover the O’Conner family and see Faith and her father through Phoebe’s disllusioned eyes. The title comes from a beautiful scene where Faith comes home one night with her boyfriend, Wolf, and friends they made at an event called the Invisible Circus. In the present, however, Phoebe eventually discovers her mother may be moving on without her, and so she sets off for Europe to retrace her sister’s steps in search of the magical feeling her sister brought into their lives.

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The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers Award

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A massive thank you to manyreads! She nominated me for the Sisterhood of the World Bloggers award! It’s an award that recognizes the unique voices of women across the world! Yay, females!

Rules
  • Thank the blogger who nominated you. √
  • Put the award logo on your blog. √
  • Answer ten questions. √
  • Make up ten new questions. √
  • Nominate ten bloggers & notify them. √

I love these because they’re a good way to discover & promote other blogs, while also talking about yourself. Which is half of why most of us blog anyway, right?

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Something Old, Something New, Something Borrowed, Something Blue

This has mostly been floating around Instagram, so I thought I’d do it as a recommendation post. I love short story compilations so I figured I’d limit my choices to those.

Screen Shot 2015-05-03 at 2.28.52 PM   Something Old: Tales of the Jazz Age by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Published in 1922, it’s pretty old, but not entirely outdated. The stories that I didn’t like, I hated. But those that were better, I adored. I’ve noticed a lot of people, who didn’t particularly love The Great Gatsby, tend to like his short stories. They’re representative of his time. Quick, musical, but slightly morose underneath. He definitely mastered the art of short stories that have a slight level of unbelievability to them. The copy I had, had some stories that are typically included in Flappers & Philosophers, such as two of my favorites, “The Cut-Glass Bowl” & “Bernice Bobs Her Hair.” However, I loved “May Day” & “The Lees of Happiness,” which are typically in this collection. I didn’t enjoy “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” as so many others seem to. But the movie was great!

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