What is up?

So, this is a blog about the things that I am reading, whether it be for work (teaching freshman English) or for fun. I am a recent graduate of the University of Arizona with my master's in English Literature. My pseudo-specialty is 19th and 20th century American literature and psychoanalytic theory. I LOVE Hawthorne as the title of this blog may indicate. I also really like film, so the blog may be a bit about that as well.

Right now, I am working through my bookshelf of TBR's from A to Z. I hope to read most of the books that I own and have not read before I go back to grad school to get my PhD. However, to do that, I would probably have to stop buying books right now, which is not likely to happen. In fact yesterday, I picked up a copy of Watership Down, Virginia Woolf's Between the Acts, a collection of Jack London's short stories and a Norton Critical Edition of Gertrude Stein's Three Lives and Q.E.D, just on my way home from the coffee shop. I am working for three weeks at a summer camp in Santa Cruz, which has some of the best independent bookshops around. How could I possibly help it?

Besides reading the fiction in alphabetical order, I have been interspersing my reading with nonfiction for variety. I have some catching up to do since I haven't been posting, but have read a number of books since graduation. My goal is to read one book per week on top of what I read for work. We'll see how it goes.

Finally, I'm also working on writing a novel, which may or may not make some appearances on the blog as well. We'll see...


  1. You are very ambitious Laura! I think I'd be able to stick with your A-Z plan for oh, maybe one book! :D

  2. I know, right? I've only made it through one so far, but I'm on to the second so we'll see.


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