Style in Little Red Riding Hood


What if people were nicknamed based on what they wore, like in Little Red Riding Hood?

“Hello, Suit!”

“Yo, Crop Top!”

“What’s up, Oversized T-Shirt and Leggings?”

“How’s it going, Blue Jeans?”

For me, it would be, “Hey there, Knee Highs!”

What would your nickname be?

Songs For Every Book

Songs For Every Book: Ophelia From Hamlet

HAMLET: I did love you once.
OPHELIA: Indeed, my lord, you made me believe so.
HAMLET: You should not have believed me; for virtue cannot
so inoculate our old stock but we shall relish of
it: I loved you not.
OPHELIA: I was the more deceived.

O, help him, you sweet heavens!
–Act III, scene i


1965 by Zella Day

“Can we go back to the world we had?
With a love so sweet it makes me sad
Can we go back to the world we had?
It’s the world we’ve been dreaming of.”


How Numbers Can Tell Stories (Guest Post)


This week I was I guest posted on Aman Mittal’s blog, Confessions of a Readaholic, which was quite exciting because his blog is awesome! If you love to read, I highly recommend checking it out!

Without further ado, here’s my post:

How Numbers Can Tell Stories

So let’s talk about math! I know, I know…as readers we tend to hate math, right?  But Francie Nolan (from Betty Smith’s novel, “A Tree Grows in Brooklyn”) has a passion for both words and numbers and in fact combines the two in creative ways:

“When Francie added a sum, she would fix a little story to go with the result…The figure 1 was a pretty baby girl just learning to walk, and easy to handle…Each single combination of numbers was a new set-up for the family and no two stories were ever the same.”

When I read this passage (of which I’ve only quoted a small amount here), I was blown away by the wonder and magic of it all.  In effect, Francie is like a Victor Frankenstein who imbues life into the meaningless, dead conglomeration of body parts around him.  Now those numbers that were once “dead” are living and breathing people who have unique personalities and ways of life!

Click here to read the full post!

Classical Music Stories

Classical Music Stories: Sherlock Holmes

Imagine that Sherlock is playing the violin while pondering a particularly thorny case. Although tantalizingly close to solving it, he knows he’s still missing something important…

His excitement starts to poke through as he gets closer and closer to untangling the mystery, but he tries to remain cautious in case he’s wrong (even though he feels he must be right).

With the final flourishing notes, it is time to find the proof…

What can you hear?


Free and Legal Music Downloads Through Your Library

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If you thought there was no way to legally download free music, think again! Many public libraries have this amazing resource called Freegal.

Basically if you have a library card you can download 6 songs each and every week—for free! They never expire and every Monday you get 6 more songs. No strings attached, and it’s perfectly legal. Continue reading “Free and Legal Music Downloads Through Your Library”

Classical Music Stories

Classical Music Stories #2: Jane Eyre


The Banshee by Henry Cowell

Jane wakes up in the middle of the night to a sense of foreboding…
And then she hears the groaning, shrieks and creepy laughter of Mrs. Rochester as she sets her husband on fire.

Judging the Book By Its Cover

Judging The Book By Its Cover: The Book of Secrets


It’s true that we’re all guilty of judging books by their covers…but what if we embraced that tendency to come up with stories of our own?

Thanks to Ellisaveta for the idea to make a series out of my previous post, What Happens When You Actually Judge a Book By Its Cover? The idea is to find a picture of a book that you know nothing about and imagine what the story might be like inside its pages…

My Idea: The Book of Secrets has been lost for centuries. But now, Emma is about to discover it. Continue reading “Judging The Book By Its Cover: The Book of Secrets”


Top 8 Things From Books That I Wish Were Real


1) Being able to hire a hero (J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit)

2) Perpetual tea time (Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland)

3) Amateur sleuths choosing you as their companion (Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes)

4) Mysterious strangers who have only one name (Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights) Continue reading “Top 8 Things From Books That I Wish Were Real”

Songs For Every Book

Songs for Every Book: Romeo and Juliet

JULIET: “Shall I speak ill of             him that is my husband?
Ah, poor my lord, what tongue         shall smooth thy name,
When I, thy three-hours wife,           have mangled it?
But, wherefore, villain, didst             thou kill my cousin? …             Wash they his wounds with            tears: mine shall be spent,
When theirs are dry, for                     Romeo’s banishment.”                                  –Act III, scene ii
Devil’s Backbone
“Oh Lord, Oh Lord, what have I        done?
I’ve fallen in love with a man             on the run
Oh Lord, Oh Lord, I’m begging         you please
Don’t take that sinner from me
Oh, don’t take that sinner from          me…”

The Best Classic Books as Inspired by Pastries

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Thanks to sfarnell for tagging me in the Pastry Book Tag! As usual, I can’t do anything quite like the rest of the world, so I turned this into a list of some of my favorite classics!

P.S. What in the world is a croquembouche??? Continue reading “The Best Classic Books as Inspired by Pastries”