APRIL 1, 2021 ~ A. SIEGELSTER

The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Haunting of Aveline Jones by Phil Hickes is a story about a girl, Aveline, who goes to a seaside town to stay with her aunt while her mom is visiting her grandmother. In this town, Aveline, a firm and eager believer in ghosts, finds an old bookshop with a book of local ghost stories. However, this book unearths a mystery and a haunting past that Aveline is not prepared for.

I absolutely loved this book. It’s the type of…


Dear Readers,

You might have noticed that I have not posted many reviews for a while, and that they have been few and far between. I do have an explanation, and that it is all getting better.

The explanation:

For this I need to go a bit back into last year. I graduated from my M.A. program in Classical Studies in October 2020. Up until then I had had no breaks in between my schooling. I had seven years of undergrad (it lasted a while due to mental illness and finding what I really wanted to study), and then another…


MARCH 25, 2021 ~ A. SIEGELSTER

The Hobbits of Tolkien by David Day

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have pretty much all of David Day’s Tolkien guide books, and The Hobbits of Tolkien is the newest addition to my very extensive Tolkien collection. In this illustrated guide, Day gives us the history of Hobbits from their creation by Tolkien, to their own fictional history, all the way up to the Lord of the Rings. …


MARCH 2, 2021 ~ A. SIEGELSTER

Kiki’s Delivery Service by Eiko Kadono

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Kiki’s Delivery Service is about a young witch named Kiki who, at the age of thirteen, leaves home for a year to train and come of age. She leaves home with her black cat Jiji and finds a town by the sea, where, after some trials and tribulations, makes friends, starts a business, and leads a happy life.

Kiki’s Delivery Service is my favorite Studio Ghibli film, and it was only last year that I discovered it was based on this book…


There is an article going around from the New York Times about Dan-el Padilla Peralta, a Classics professor at Princeton (specifically history of Rome).

In my opinion this NY Times article about Padilla is very well written and displays a well-rounded observation of Padilla’s history in and views on Classics as a field. I don’t know much about Padilla personally, but to this classicist, the things he says rang true — that Classics should cease being dominantly white, Christian, and solely focused on Greece and Rome. That the systemic racism and prejudice must end.

There have been many who have…


Photo by Tina Vanhove on Unsplash

Today was not what I wanted.

I watch all these YouTube videos of talented people living wonderful lives,

with daily routines of writing, working, doing things that seem so lovely and wholesome.

Oh the serotonin that fills my brain to see it.

How come I can’t feel the same way about my own days?

I really shouldn’t worry about it that much now, I am in quarantine, pandemicized as it were.

And it is Winter — a frigid, Winnipeg Winter. No going out into the world for a while.

I want a life that makes me feel all that serotonin…


FEBRUARY 2, 2021 ~ A. SIEGELSTER

The Daughters of Ys by M.T. Anderson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Daughters of Ys is based on a Breton tale, and includes (at least what I think is) Celtic folklore. In this story, two young women are the princesses of the mythical kingdom of Ys, the daughters of a king and a sorceress. Rozenn, the older daughter, loves solitude and a more wild life. Dahut, the younger, gains the abilities of her mother and craves the power and rule of the kingdom. …


FEBRUARY 1, 2021 ~ A. SIEGELSTER

No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

No Ivy League by Hazel Newlevant is based on the author’s true story of when they spent a summer as a teenager working at the “No Ivy League”. The “No Ivy League” hired teens to strip invasive ivy from the forests of Oregon. During their time there, Hazel, who had been home-schooled, met other teens who not only had the experience of high school that they did not, but who also came from different, diverse backgrounds that they were not used to…


JANUARY 16, 2021 ~ A. SIEGELSTER

Silver in the Wood by Emily Tesh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I was recommended Silver in the Wood on Likewise when I asked for short books to read. This is quite a short book — I read it in less than two days via Scribd, and on my phone no less.

Silver in the Wood is a retelling of the Green Man folklore, featuring also fairy lore and all other forest and tree aspects of European folklore. Mr. Tobias Finch, the Green Man figure himself, meets the young and inquisitive Henry Silver…


My rating: 2 of 5 stars

As a Jewish woman, who also recently found out that she’s 20% British, I thought that Jewish Folk Tales in Britain and Ireland was an amazing find. I love folklore, and I know so little about where the stories of my culture come from. Unfortunately, I ended up being a bit disappointed with Liz Berg’s work.

Jewish Folk Tales in Britain and Ireland is divided by different areas of England, Scotland, and Ireland. Before each story, Berg gives a brief overview of the history of the Jewish peoples that lived in the specific area…

Abigail Siegel

MA in Classics: Latin poetry as well as myth and folklore. Writes mostly poetry and book reviews. Part-time Latin tutor: https://latinbyabby.wordpress.com/

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