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What are our favorite literary youngsters doing in 2021?

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Life does not stop after childhood– not for us and not for the children of classic literature. Their story stretches far beyond the pages. This author could not help but wonder what some of her favorites were doing today; I imagined what I would find if I were to quench my curiosity by stalking their Instagrams. It seems their adult lives are just as rich as their childhood!

Anne Shirley

From Anne of Green Gables

Anne and Marilla ran Green Gables as a prosperous farm, with the help of beau Gilbert Blythe. While helping Gilbert in the barn one day, Gilbert introduced…

And, trust me, I have many regrets

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Between life and death rests a library. Or an art gallery. Maybe even a car park. Or, if you are from the 90s, perhaps a blockbuster video store greets you as you float between this world and the next. In Matt Haig’s fantastical reality, death does not immediately succeed death, but rather a timeless universe in which a person faces their regrets and has infinite opportunities to explore what could have been.

Each book – or portrait, movie, et cetera – represents a possible life that the person could have lived had they made different choices. Until their time runs…

This fall I'm skipping the apple orchard and heading straight for the bookstore

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With the chill in the air and the crack of the leaves, fall presents the perfect opportunity for reading– er, who am I kidding! Every season is perfect for reading! Let me be more specific: this coming season presents the perfect opportunity to read this variety of new autumnal reads, ranging from travel memoirs to romantic comedies. I like to keep my finger on the pulse with new releases, and these five September to November drops caught my eye.

Catherine the Great brought the smallpox vaccine to Russia without anyone's permission

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She's 200 years in the grave, yet Russian empress Catherine the Great still wiggles her way into modern headlines! History remembers Catherine as calculated, clever, and, perhaps most accurately, "capable of anything." ⁵ During her lengthy reign, Catherine the Great brought the smallpox vaccine to Russia. With the introduction of Covid-19 vaccines, her efforts have fascinated many.

Multiple articles enthusiastically crown Catherine the "Queen of Vaccines," yet, generally, each one lacks specifics about her process. After glaring between the lines and multiple rereads to see if I missed anything, I decided to do my own research.

As expected, bringing the…

Laura Ingalls Wilder would be jealous of this one-room cabin

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Long gone are the days when college students arrived at their dorms with white bedding, plastic bins, a few pictures and called it a day for decor. Dorm decor has grown into a sophisticated industry, with headboards, rugs, and throw pillows, oh my! It's a way to display your vibe. It's your aesthetic. It's your core.

This back-to-school season, skip Pottery Barn Teen. Say no to Dormify. Target who? Pull from family heirlooms to design a dorm unlike any other with a never-before-seen theme: Praire-Core! After all, isn't a college dorm just your personal little house on the prairie(….er quad)?

1. Your Grandmother's Kitchen Curtains

Dear Bravo, I think you may need my help


To put it kindly, this current season of the Real Housewives of New York City ("RHONY") has failed to impress viewers. Usually, I flock to my couch on summer Tuesdays at 9 p.m, ready with my bowl of Ben and Jerry's to watch this Bravo classic. If Bravo is my church, then RHONY is my priest– sexually uncomfortable, a terrible singer, and knows no difference between alcohol and blood. …

Being halfway through 2021 calls for some reading reflections

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As of July 2, we are officially halfway through 2021. Personally, this year has allowed me to see shreds of light after the darkness of 2020. I have Covid-19 vaccines to thank for most of my cheerier mood, but I also believe that the plethora of good books I've read have brightened my mood.

I hate to speak negatively about any novel (unless I'm in a classic literature course and the author is long dead). Authors work hard on their novels, and, as I am unpublished, I feel foolish criticizing someone who has achievements far above my own. …


Which dogs to play with, which dogs to avoid, which dogs to stare at but never approach

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Every evening, after a hearty dinner of burnt pellets as well as scraps, my human and I take a sunset promenade. When the air is cool and the sun kisses the pavement, my energy rejuvenates– a long day of napping and stalking the counters for food can take a lot out of a dog. With my battery recharged, I am ready to not only walk, pull my human, and smell every swath of grass, but also eager to smell the behind of every pooch out and about.

Well….perhaps not every dog. After a few months of these twilight strolls, I…

Take your Olivia Rodrigo obsession from playlist to the page

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Actress and singer Olivia Rodrigo released her debut album Sour on May 21st, 2021 to critical and popular acclaim. On her 35-minute record, she emotes the pain of her first heartbreak as well as the daily highs and lows of being a teenage girl. I have been listening to her album nonstop lately, and I have begun to think about books with similar themes about heartbreak, jealousy, and adolescent struggles.

If you like "Brutal"…The Catcher in The Rye

by J.D Salinger

Who wants a hot girl summer when you could have a book girl summer

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Summer is barreling toward the northern hemisphere, bringing with it hot days, cool drinks, and long afternoons made for lounging with a book. Whether you are on the beach, lounging poolside, or cuddling the air conditioning, summer presents the perfect opportunity for reading. This list features a mixture of engrossing romances, beach reads, and novels to satisfy summertime wanderlust.

Florence Adler Swims Forever

by Rachel Beanland

Anna Flynn

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