Marry, Date or Dump: Jo March, Anne Shirley, & Hermione Granger

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Happy Monday friends! I picked three of my favorite smart literary heroines for today’s marry, date or dump. We’ve got Jo March from Little Women, by Louisa May Alcott, Anne Shirley from Anne of Green Gables, by L. M. Montgomery, and Hermione Granger from the Harry Potter books. Have fun figuring out who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump. I seriously don’t know who I would dump from this bunch – they are all winners!  Continue reading

Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 3: Edinburgh

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Now that we’ve hit lots of literary spots in California, our road trip is taking a big departure and heading to the United Kingdom where Stefani from Caught Read Handed is going to give us some advice for traveling around Edinburgh. Without further ado, here’s Stefani: 

When Alison emailed me about doing a post for her virtual literary road trip, I immediately started missing Edinburgh. I knew that I had to write about that city. It’s my favorite city in the world and it’s FULL of literary history. Continue reading

Marry, Date or Dump: King Arthur, Lancelot, & Sir Gawain


Calling all fans of the King Arthur legend. This is the marry date or dump for you. Share in the comments who you would marry, who you would date, and who you would dump when it comes to the three characters I remembered first from my brief exposure to the legend through the musical Camelot and the novel The Mists of Avalon. I’m excited to see what medieval man you choose! Continue reading

Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop 1 1/2: Big Sur, Carmel, & Monterey

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Hi friends. If you have an extra day or so going between Los Angeles and Northern California you definitely should drive up route one (most beautiful high way in the world) and take a look at literary landmarks around Central California. I might be biased because I lived in Big Sur for almost nine months last year, but it really is a beautiful and inspirational place to be. Don’t just take my word for it. Authors like Henry Miller, Jack Kerouac, and poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti agree. Here are some don’t-miss literary spots along the way through this beautiful coast line.  Continue reading

Virtual Literary Road Trip Stop Two: Northern California

Hi everyone! My name’s Alyssa, but you can call me Book Club Babe. I live in the California Bay Area, and you can read my blog at and follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads, LinkedIn, Pinterest, and Google Plus.


If you’re traveling through Northern California on a literary road trip, it’s imperative that you stop at the National Steinbeck Center in Salinas. Learn about one of California’s most renowned authors right in his hometown. 2014 is an especially important year, as it marks the 75th anniversary of “The Grapes of Wrath.” Continue reading