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All the Books on Your English Syllabus Summed Up in Pie Charts: Part 2

By ElodieSeptember 5, 2017
It’s hard to be a student nowadays. There’s homework all the time, your parents can’t help you with math because of the Common Core, and you learned cursive in third grade for literally no reason. That’s a lot to deal with. Throw in the fact that you have to finish r More  →
All the Books on Your English Syllabus Summed Up in Pie Charts: Part 2

40 Questions You Should Definitely Ask In Your English Class

By ElodieSeptember 5, 2017
Contrary to popular belief, the worst thing ever is not spiders, or even death. The worst thing ever is required class participation. It’s terrifying. Look, some of us can’t just make mouth-words on the fly, okay? Some of us need at least three days’ notice... More  →
40 Questions You Should Definitely Ask In Your English Class

7 Literary Characters Who Had Absolutely No Chill

By ElodieSeptember 5, 2017
I thought about using some other, more scholarly phrase to describe these characters, but "no chill" is the only thing that feels even remotely adequate. I have no doubt that you will feel the same. I mean, look this photo of Tom "Khaki Jeggings" Buchanan from The Great Gat More  →
7 Literary Characters Who Had Absolutely No Chill

What Your Hogwarts House Says About You as a Person

By ElodieSeptember 1, 2017
There are many things we know to be true of a person based on their Hogwarts House. The Sorting Hat says a lot of stuff about bravery and intelligence and loyalty and ambition, but if we’re being totally honest here, it neglects to mention the... More  →
What Your Hogwarts House Says About You as a Person

The Book Report: There's Going to Be a Female Lord of the Flies Reboot, Terry Pratchett's Unfinished Books Were Just Crushed By a Steamroller, & More

By ElodieSeptember 1, 2017
Hey there, fellow journeymen on the road of life! We’re going to be trying something new here on the old blog. Here’s how it works: I round up a bunch of news stories about books and then we talk about them, preferably out loud and to... More  →
The Book Report: There's Going to Be a Female <i>Lord of the Flies</i> Reboot, Terry Pratchett's Unfinished Books Were Just Crushed By a Steamroller, & More

Every Book in the History of Literature Summed Up in a Single Sentence

By ElodieSeptember 1, 2017
The problem with literature is that there’s so much of it. Books go back a long time (like at least ten or fifteen years, I’m thinking), and if you’re a student taking an English class, you’re supposed to be familiar with basically all of them. But that’s imposs More  →
Every Literary Movement in the History of Literature Summed Up in a Single Sentence

13 Literary Names You're Probably Pronouncing Wrong

By ElodieAugust 31, 2017
The definition of hell is "reading out loud in class and coming to a word you don’t know." (Don’t verify this with Merriam-Webster, just trust me.) Now, I understand that people's names in particular are not "difficult" so much as "a result of the linguistic imperialism... More  →
13 Literary Names You're Probably Pronouncing Wrong

These Harry Potter Character Illos Are SO GOOD WE CAN'T STAND IT

By Lila SelleAugust 31, 2017
As soon as we saw her amazing, YA-and-Harry-Potter-inspired character illustrations, we knew we had to ask Lila Selle to appear on SparkLife. After all, Sparklers, we live to make you happy, and these illos are going to make you VERY HAPPY INDEED. Click through to see some More  →
These Harry Potter Character Illos Are SO GOOD WE CAN'T STAND IT

Blogging Lord of the Flies

By ElodieAugust 31, 2017
You might remember me as the person who blogged The Great Gatsby and hated every minute that Tom Buchanan SPENT sapping my lifeblood with his dumbness. Now that the people have spoken, I’m back with Lord of the Flies. But if... More  →
Blogging <i>Lord of the Flies</i>

The Great Gatsby As Told in a Series of Texts

By ElodieAugust 30, 2017
The Great Gatsby has it all—romance, jazz, general disillusionment with the American Dream. What it doesn’t have is texting, and I think that’s a real shame. (I just feel like Tom Buchanan would’ve been an emoji man, and I hate that we'll never know for sure.) The pr More  →
<em>The Great Gatsby</em> As Told in a Series of Texts