Brave New World In Our Messed Up World

As part of the Back to Classics Challenge, I chose to reread Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I first read this novel in 8th grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in NYC, however, I do not think I fully grasped the ideas presented in the book at that age. I do remember feeling…

Back to the Classics Update

My original post about this Back to the Classics challenge is on my now defunct personal blog, but all future updates will be here. It took me a while to finish  Brave New World as I had forgotten how intense the narrative is and how much it can drain me while reading. I love the…

30 “Classic” Must-Read Books

*Originally published on kristinabrooke.net. Reprinted with permission. A friend’s post on Facebook sparked this blog post. I’m often surprised by how many people have not read novels that I thought were middle and high school staples. And I’m even more shocked by those people who have gone to college, and graduated from, college without having…

Book Review: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson

Originally posted on  Kristinabrooke.net A Classic Written by a Woman Admittedly, I am not a huge fan of Shirley Jackson. While I did enjoy “The Lottery” in the past, something about her writing has always bored me to tears. Maybe she is too descriptive? Is that possible? My vivid imagination prefers to do the work…