Staying at Loews Royal Pacific Hotel Orlando (Orlando 2021)

Staying at Loews Royal Pacific Hotel Orlando (Orlando 2021)

Posted November 26, 2021 in Around the World // 2 Comments

In 2018, we learned there were a lot of perks to staying onsite at a theme park resort, so at the beginning of 2020 when we booked our trip to Universal Studios Orlando, we wanted to take advantage of those perks. After a little research and weighing our options, we ended up at Loews Royal Pacific, just a ten minute walk from the entrance of Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure. And what a good choice it was! Our 2021 trip is the first time we’ve transferred hotels, so it’s difficult not to compare one hotel to the other. We […]

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea by Jules Verne

Posted November 25, 2021 in Reviews // 2 Comments

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea is one of my favorite classics. There’s a bit of nostalgia to it – I remember the first time I picked up the book at my local library as a child. It was a library-bound illustrated classic. It was probably my first true classic and immediately I fell in love with Jules Verne’s science fiction. A couple decades later, I still enjoy it. That said, it’s a bit difficult for me to explain why I like it so much. Compared to modern books, it’s dense and lacks compelling descriptions. If you hate info dumping, […]

The Ups (& Downs) of Being an Introvert in an Online Community

The Ups (& Downs) of Being an Introvert in an Online Community

Posted November 24, 2021 in Blogging // 4 Comments

Good morning my beautiful monsters. I’ve been thinking a lot about the way I run my blog. At the moment, I’m not changing anything (goodness knows I have a gazillion things to tidy up after the last three times I changed things)… but I’ve been thinking about it, you know? I’ve been actively running The Literary Phoenix since 2017. For me, that’s huge! I’m terrible at committing to everything but my job and my relationship, and some days even then I lie and bed and wonder: “What if I just… call in sick today?” I am a behind-the-scenes person. I […]

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou

Posted November 22, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings is a touching story of life for a Black girl growing up in the first half of the 20th century. Angelou faces racism in all different shades, and perseveres despite the world stacking everything it has against her. As this first chapter of her story unfolds, we see the influences around her that shaped her childhood and inspired her to become a determined young woman. From a purely technical perspective, I had a hard time following this book. I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings remains objectively an incredibly important memoir and should […]

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor

Posted November 19, 2021 in Reviews // 0 Comments

Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry is as memorable a book in 2021 as it was in 1997 and as impressionable as I’m sure it was at its time of release – in 1976. Not many books age so well with time, but Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry remains an important book to read about the Jim Crow era. First, the story. This novel addresses basic human rights and how they were (are?) constantly denied to Black people. The Logans are a strong family, and in any other world they’d be well-situated. They own their own land and on […]