A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane ★★★★★ #ShortStoryReview

dogThis short story was published in Cosmopolitan in March 1901, but it was believed to be written sometime in 1893 (although I’ve seen some information noting it was written in 1890). Knowing this was an allegory about the Jim Crow South during Reconstruction, I decided to read the story and see if I could identify the hidden meanings within it. This review will outline the themes and a character analysis I found online after I read the story. I will also include my personal thoughts and talk about whether or not I identified the meanings/themes while reading the story. Continue reading “A Dark Brown Dog by Stephen Crane ★★★★★ #ShortStoryReview”

The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview

poetsSynopsis from Goodreads
Small-time financial journalist Matthew Prior gave up his day-job and gambled everything on setting up a website offering financial advice. Then he woke up one day in the middle of the worst crisis since the 1930s with no business, a shedload of debt, a lot of guilt and a great deal of suspicion about his wife.

My Thoughts
The title is what drew me to this book. A book called The Financial Lives of the Poets is just too intriguing to pass up, right?  The first chapter or two were intriguing and interesting… but then it got boring. Here are my pros and cons: Continue reading “The Financial Lives of the Poets by Jess Walter ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview”

Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview

sheavesSynopsis from Goodreads
The Great Rebellion of 1857 was a remarkably bloody business. At a time when Britain’s imperial influence in India was sparking brutal clashes on both sides, no one could have expected Rena, an Indian woman, to marry a British officer—nor do they understand her decision to follow her mother-in-law to England after her husband’s tragic death.

Once the two widows are in Abbotsville, the stern yet compassionate Lord Barric attempts to help them despite his better judgment. Soon he is torn between the demands of reputation and his increasing desire to capture Rena’s heart for his own.

My Thoughts
I am going to say right off the bat that writing a review like this actually kind of pains me. I like reading Christian fiction and the biblical story of Ruth (which this book is very loosely based on) is a favorite of mine. However, I am very sad to say that I didn’t enjoy this book. Continue reading “Shadow Among Sheaves by Naomi Stephens ★★☆☆☆ #BookReview”

Looking After Guinea Pigs (#BookReview Blog Share)

If you are interested in guinea pigs (owning and caring for) go check out this book review by a fellow blogger:


Great book review and the blog is a great resource for all things guinea pig!

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