Author: Elaine Marie

A Book Read A Thousand Times

Persuasion by Jane Austen

This is just a quick appreciation post dedicated to Jane Austen’s Persuasion. First of all, I’d like to express my greatest gratitude to this book (ergo Jane Austen) for introducing the exemplary character of Anne Elliot. I immediately fell in love with Anne’s example of humility and patience as life — whether through the sought …

Book Review: “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick deWitt

It feels appropriate to drink whiskey (which is what I’m currently doing) while writing about this book. Not only does whiskey often make an appearance in this book, but I feel like whiskey was the aesthetic deWitt was going for. The Sisters brothers are hired hands for a man called The Commodore. It’s with blank …

Life: Fantastically Ordinary

What if I want to live a perfectly ordinary life?  What if I don’t want to rush, and push, and force my way through life only to stumble out the other side wondering why I didn’t breathe every once in while? A while ago I read this blog post in which the author talks about accepting …

The Art of Buying Books on Amazon.com

If you’re anything like me, your budget is maxed out with silly things like gas and insurance, with only a handful of random extra dollars for fun things like wine and books. But then again, if you’re anything like me, you will still spend money on books. What always gets me, though, is the insane …

“All the Light We Cannot See” by Anthony Doerr

The first word that comes to mind when I reflect on Anthony Doerr’s All the Light We Cannot See is Symphony. The ebb and flow, as well as the author’s co-narrator construction, pulls you through the heart-wrenching lives of the characters much like a symphony guides you through some of the most enchanting musical compositions. Set against …

Book Review: “The Girl on the Train” by Paula Hawkins

The Girl on the Train book

Rachel Watson hovers just above rock bottom. Wallowing in her divorce and drowning in her alcoholism, Rachel’s only comfort lies in her daily observations of Jason and Jess, the happily married couple who live a few doors down from the home in which Rachel herself once enjoyed marital bliss. From her seat on the train …

My Top 10 Travel Tips: London

Wherever you are, be all there. — Jim Elliot — Jim Elliot’s “be all there” philosophy is as wonderful for daily life as it is for traveling to unknown cities. My general interpretation of this is to blend in and attempt to exist in the city in much the same way a local would. Veer …

Simple Journaling: Q&A a Day

I’ve tried journaling a hundred different ways, and as someone who likes to write it always confused me when my efforts failed. I usually attributed this to the fact that my journals devolved into a space for me to complain about things, or my entries taking the form of: Dear Diary, today I brushed my …