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Sophia’s Ten Books Every Child Should Read

In a new series, Sea of Shelves introduces personalized lists of favorite childhood books inspired by this original post. Welcome Sophia Ahn to the team! Hi everyone. Below, in no particular order, are the top ten books of my eccentric childhood. I say “eccentric” because–due to a misguided act of patriotism to my motherland–I refused […]

Literary Costume Ideas for Halloween

Not sure what to be for Halloween this year? Instead of riding pop culture trends, try representing your favorite literary character! See if any of the following suggestions inspire you to create a costume from your wardrobe. Tweet us your costumes with the hashtag #literarycostumes 1. A Reveur from The Night Circus A “reveur” in […]

Hollywood Leans on Literary Classics This Winter

It seems the drive to create something completely new and different has been sucked out of Hollywood. Lately, it’s either generating pointless remakes (with The Amazing Spider-man only five years after the last trilogy concluded), endless sequels, or the same comic books and graphic novels turned into summer blockbusters. Theater and literature have always been inextricably linked, […]

Famous Film Adaptions of Novels: Part I

“And it is folly to try to craft a novel for the screen, to write a novel with a screen contract in mind.” – Thomas Keneally I have never seen The Shining, American Psycho, or 2001: A Space Odyssey. I think I can safely assume that the majority of 2012’s pop culture consumers who have watched […]

Spring Reading List

“It was one of those March days when the sun shines hot and the wind blows cold: when it is summer in the light, and winter in the shade.” – Charles Dickens, Great Expectations After getting slightly side-tracked from my Winter Reading List and only checking off three out of the five books (but reading […]

Winter Reading List

After finally finishing the five book, month-long, and collective 5,000 page adventure that was the A Song of Ice and Fire series, I’ve been flailing to find my footing and chose the right novel to lose myself in again. I’ve compiled a list of five books I’d like to read this winter (or just this January depending on […]

Top Ten Must-Read Fantasy Novels and Series (Part I)

Where would Shakespeare have been without fantasy — his spirits, his ghosts, and his proto-Orc Caliban, the misshapen villain of ‘The Tempest’? You can’t have Macbeth without the witches three. Today, the final Harry Potter film released on DVD, and with it, the entertainment industry has finally realized that fantasy sells just as fast as […]