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  • 19th century,  General Fiction,  Short stories

    The Birthmark by Nathaniel Hawthorne

    The Birthmark is a short story by nineteen century-American writer Nathaniel Hawthorne, best known for his novel The Scarlett Letter. I came across the short story in my 19th century American literature lessons and it has long remained with me although I actually never wrote a review. When I talked about it on my Suggested Halloween Readings post, some of you expressed interest on the story and I thought this would be the perfect time of the year to review it. So, first of all, The Birthmark is a short story that can be easily read in one sitting. It tells the story of Aylmer, a scientific married to¬† gorgeous…

  • 19th century,  General Fiction,  Random

    Suggested Halloween Readings

    I think I’m not alone when it comes to themed readings and this month, it’s Halloween! I have been thinking of what I’d like to read and what I’d suggest if anyone asked me, so, I combined it with my passion for lists and decided it was time to write this post. Books I’d love to read for Halloween: 1. Dolly by Susan Hill I loved The Woman in Black and I’m dying to read her new book! I read it in two sittings and it scared the dead out of me. The atmosphere is eerie ala Rebecca. We spend the book asking ourselves: What are we really scared of?…