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Book Review: The Tenth Man

July 29, 2010 by


Looking for a good summer read? So was I. For vacation reading, I look for something fun and easy to read. I like stories that carry me away from  the first page. That’s why I was so excited to find a copy of Graham Greene‘s The Tenth Man at my local public library. What I […]

Dorothy Sayers’ Oxford

May 25, 2010 by


Elvis fans have Graceland, Michael Jackson fans have Neverland, Shakespeare fans have Stratford-upon-Avon. I am a Dorothy Sayers fan. I have Oxford. With that said, I thought it would be a crime to spend a year in Oxford without visiting some of Dorothy Sayer’s old haunts and some of the places featured in her third […]

Back from the Reading Party

December 15, 2009 by


I’m back in Oxford after a five-day trip to Downside Abbey, near Bath. The reading party with some of the Dominican friars was great! We all stayed at a cute little guest house with several bedrooms, bathrooms, a kitchen, and a sitting room. During the stay, we took a few walks in the English countryside, […]

Reading Party

December 10, 2009 by


Hooray! The term is finally over for us here. Actually the school terms here in Oxford are eight weeks, whereas the terms at my home university last sixteen weeks. Nonetheless, it feels like it’s been a long term. Our reward: 5 days and 4 nights in the quiet English countryside. Through the study abroad program […]

My upcoming Austen weekend

November 6, 2009 by


I’ve been taking this awesome 18th and 19th century English novel tutorial and I’ve been reading (and writing an essay on) a different novel each week. So far I’ve read Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, Richardson’s Pamela, Fielding’s Joseph Andrews, and Radcliffe’s The Romance of the Forest. Those were all pretty good and I would recommend them […]

A Murder is Announced

June 23, 2009 by


After several weeks of picking through a chapter here and a chapter there, I’ve finally finished Agatha Christie‘s A Murder is Announced. It’s only my third Christie novel, and all I can say is,” Wow.” It is about the inhabitants of a small English village who are one day shocked to discover an announcement of […]

Best adapted films

June 16, 2009 by


I just saw the trailer to the new movie, The Time Traveller’s Wife— based on one of my favorite books of all time, by Audrey Niffenegger. It’s a love story that spans a lifetime. It’s the beautiful and heartbreaking story of a young girl falls in love with a man who time travels uncontrollably. I […]