Monthly Archives: August 2014

Hello, I’m Boo Ludlow

I’m a face in the rain, a dead poet, a fantasy reader, and an actor. And I’m an English major.

Boo Ludlow

From a performance of The Importance of Being Earnest

I love books. I love reading books so much that I eventually figured I should probably start the long road to writing a few, although I’m at the very beginning. My favorite authors are Brandon Sanderson and Orson Scott Card, my favorite genres fantasy and sci-fi. It amazes me how well literature can connect distant, awkward human beings throughout the ages. Some of my best friends were discovered by finding out we enjoyed the same books. I enjoy memorizing pieces of old or modern poetry to casually insert into everyday life… Nobody knows how to romance like Shakespeare, so why not let him help me out? “How like a winter hath my absence been from thee, the pleasure of the fleeting year…” Big, fat novels with tiny print prove a fatal attraction, and if I’m not carrying one around with me at all times, then there’s a very good reason for it. Finally, I just love the blending of fascinating and unique ideas that proves timeless and infinitely shareable found in paper and ink. Books change and illuminate lives. I slowly wring out short stories, scripts, and poems for practice and fun every day, but my real baby is still in the works, an fantasy epic that I hope will delight everyone that reads it!

One of my favorite books is Brandon Sanderson’s Words of Radiance.


Hi, I’m Sydney Mower

I’m a runner, a perfectionist, a musician, and a feminist. And I’m an English major.

Sydney Mower


Through my wonderful AP and honors English classes in high school, I decided that English was the place for me. Poetry is one of my passions whether it be reading or writing. Though I’m not very good at it yet, you can check out some of my poems on Power Poetry. I’ve been on a kick for World War II novels and read Unbroken and The Book Thief this summer–both of which I highly recommend. I’m so excited to go through the English program here at BYU!

One of my favorite books is Caleb Carr’s The Alienist.


Bonjour, I’m Emma Jarvis!

I’m a Frenchie, social media addict, treat enthusiast, die-hard Arizonian and wanna-be Southerner, and I’m an English Major

Emma Jarvis in Paris

I love Paris. And that’s an understatement.

Like most English majors, I’ve always been addicted to reading. It was my junior year AP English teacher, Ms. Creaser, who cemented my need to be an English Major. I had never been in a class as intellectually stimulating as that class, and as I figured out intense life questions through writing, I knew there was no other option for me in college. I’ve been disillusioned from time to time with the major, wondering if I would enjoy advertising or graphic design more, but at the end of the day, I sit in Dr. Cutchins‘s class and puzzle over Henry James, or listen to Dr. Hall rant as the class laughs, and I know I’ve picked the right major.

One of my favorite books is Henry James’s Daisy Miller.

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Emma serves as the President of the English Society

Free and discounted eBooks via BookBub

I read dozens of Kindle books on my iPad and my smartphone. I also have a Kobo reader and use that, too. The eBook age is upon us! one of the benefits of eBooks is the availability of a lot of free eBooks. They aren’t always my cup of tea. Paranormal horror fiction? — pass!

Enter BookBub

BookBub sends alerts to you about free or cheap eBooks

BookBub sends alerts to you about free or cheap eBooks

I enter my email address and it takes me to the page (above) where I can choose the genres of books I’d be interested in. Then, in my email I get notifications — or I can browse recommendations for me on their website (see an example of recommendations it generated for me after the break). Try it out! Also, we’d love to hear about your use eBooks–either in the comments or through this short eBook survey. Continue reading

I’m Brooke Anderson

I’m a runner, southern belle, musician, and an early bird. And I’m an English major.

Brooke Anderson


Since I was little I would sit for hours by myself and tell stories with miniature figurines, and when figurines weren’t available I would use socks. By the time I was 7 I was writing my stories and by the time I was 10 I kept a journal. When I was 12 I started with poetry. Though I couldn’t recite my alphabet until 1st grade by the end of that year my teacher was asking for me to be placed a grade ahead in English. I love to read, but not as much as I enjoy writing. Writing has always had a calming influence on me. I am currently working on a novel and am 75 pages in. When I am not writing, I enjoy running, singing, playing my French Horn, organizing and cleaning (yes, I actually enjoy that) and spending time with my sister (a math major at BYU).

One of my favorite books is Lois Lowry’s The Giver.

Hello, I’m Tanner Ellsworth

I’m a pre-med student, a musician, a lover of sushi and jazz, and I’m an English major.

Tanner Ellsworth

Home from my mission in Japan (on left).

I am an English major because I am passionate about understanding others. In my opinion, no other field of study provides as broad a view of humanity, culture, and global perspective. I love that I can more deeply understand the difficulties of mental illness and then gain a perspective of oppressed women in Afghanistan through the voices in literature. Because of literature, I have felt the connection of emotion and experience that is a common thread in great writing. Being an English major has given me the perspective and empathy that I hoped to gain through higher education. I’ve loved every class and never looked back!

One of my favorite books is Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close by Jonathan Safran Foer.

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Hi, I’m Courtney Green.

I’m a hiker, an army brat, a beach bum, and a lover of classic literature. And I’m an English major.

Courtney Green

Having lunch at Hooper Springs, a hometown hangout.

I have always had a strong passion for books and reading. Ever since I was a little girl, I’ve known that whatever I’m going to do in this life, it has to do with reading. Of course, back when I was younger, that desire was limited to “I’m going to grow up and read books all day, every day and live with mommy and daddy!” As I’ve grown older, while my love for all books hasn’t decreased, I’ve grown more attached to classic literature. I read Pride and Prejudice in Eighth Grade and completely fell in love with that era. They just had a certain way of writing and expressing themselves that I feel has been lost over time. I spend almost every free moment I have reading and rereading these amazing novels that have shaped my high school years. Someday, I hope to go out there and discover those amazing novels out there and bring them to light!

One of my favorite books is Ramona by Helen Hunt Jackson.

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Hello, I’m Erin Nightingale

I’m a musician, a composer, a novelist, a poet, a book lover, an onomast . . . and I’m an English Major.

Really, I don’t know where I’d be without writing. I am blind, but when I was younger I could see better, and back then I considered myself an artist. I was constantly drawing, painting, and sculpting. I was fairly certain that art would be in my future. But I lost most of my sight when I was ten years old, and could no longer see to draw. Therefore, I had to find new ways of doing art. I taught myself how to play the piano, and have been composing music for eight years. But this wasn’t enough. Soon I discovered the world of words, and began writing poems and novels. I have six completed novels and over thirty poems to date. I’ve been told that my writing style is very colorful. Another one of my loves is teaching. I m studying currently to become an English teacher. It is in this way that art, in one form or another, has made it into my future, and will continue to be a vital part of what makes me me forever.

One of my favorite books is Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Uncle Tom’s Cabin.

Hello, I’m Emily Strong

I’m a lover of fantasy, Batman, and Disney; I’m a doodler, and a professional movie quoter… And I’m an English major!

Emily Strong

Please enjoy this picture of my face.

Ever since I was young, I have loved to read and write. I read so much that my mom had to ground me from it! I started writing stories when I was elementary school, but I just need to work on finishing them. Someday I hope to be a published author, and I am also investigating the possibility of going into editing and publishing. This being my first semester here at BYU, I am considered a freshman. However, I was able to attend a community college during high school (In Tri-Cities, Washington) for dual credit, so I already have my Associates Degree. I am excited to be able to jump right into my major with the hope of being able to keep up with all the seasoned writers!

Some of my favorite literature is Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson’s Wheel of Time series

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I’m Mallory Duffield

I’m a British dreamer, photographer, and market lover. And I’m an English major.


Mallory Duffield

Forever dreaming about the beautiful English countryside.

One of my all time favorite quotes is from F. Scott Fitzgerald, who said, “That is part of the beauty of literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.” I’m becoming an English major because I’m a word nerd. I am completely obsessed with the power of words. They have always been a major part of my life, whether they were coming from my mouth or from the pen. I believe that words have a special power to touch the hearts of others, resonating deep within them and allowing them to connect with others.

To me, nothing is better than the feeling you get after reading a book that has left you utterly speechless or finally writing a poem just right. I could spend hours discussing Shakespeare or England or a new poem I heard in class the other day. Red pen on white paper is one of my favorite things. John Keating in Dead Poets Society was speaking to me when he said, “Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for.”

One of my favorite books is William Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.

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