Genre: Non-Fiction

Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine

Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink by Gail Carson Levine

  How I feel about Writer to Writer varies from chapter to chapter, section to section.  Gail Carson Levine has a lot of good advice and wisdom about this topic, and she presents it in a clear, concise manner.  There are tips and tricks to learn from and be reminded of, regardless of how skilled of a writer you may be.  In many ways, it’s a back to basics, but the book is definitely ago chose for beginners and anyone interested in reviewing fundamentals of writing. Writer to Writer is Gail Carson Levine’s second book on writing, with many discussions pulled directly […]

Posted December 30, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
You Too? by Janet Gurtler

You Too? by Janet Gurtler

  Disclaimer: I received this book for free from NetGalley and Inkyard Press in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review. You Too? is a complicated book to review because of the intensity of its content. These stories are deeply important and I have so much respect for the women in this book who have had the courage to come forward and share their stories. I want to be clear that in the review going forward, any judgement made of the book as a whole are no […]

Posted December 26, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

The Late Middle Ages by Philip Daileader (The Great Courses)

I’m a sucker for The Great Courses because when they’re good, they’re really good.  I absolutely loved the courses on Ancient Egypt and Myths in Human History, and I felt like I learned so much from those professors.  On the other hand, I found the course on The Vikings disappointingly dull.  This… sort of reflects my experience as a history major – some things are fascinating, others are a bit tedious, and it all depends on the professor.  Therefore, my experience with The Great Courses has been hit-or-miss. Unfortunately, I find that The Late Middle Ages was closer to a “miss” for […]

Posted September 22, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

You’re Never Weird on the Internet by Felicia Day

I think I can safely say that You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost) is my favorite memoir to date.  Felicia Day is very accessible at all times, and this feels more like reading someone’s personal journals than a celebrity memoir.  For example, her name drops? Almost zero. I think these days, most people who know Felicia have watched Supernatural.  Her character, Charlie Bradbury, is very popular on the show.  I will fully and happily admit that I’m a fan myself.  But I was aware of Felicia Day long before she appeared as Charlie.  I am familiar with her largely because she was […]

Posted September 5, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
Hunger by Roxane Gay

Hunger by Roxane Gay

I feel like rubbish when I don’t enjoy a book that everyone else loves. Okay.  So.  There is nothing fundamentally wrong with Hunger.  In fact, it’s a very raw, honest memoir about a topic that is so deeply personal.  The stories Roxane Gay shares are intense and difficult to read.  You’re not supposed to love this book, but you are supposed to respect and support it. I still didn’t like it.  And not in that “this makes me uncomfortable, so I dislike it” way.  It’s the writing style.  Roxane Gay tells her stories in such a way that unapologetically calls out the types […]

Posted August 25, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //
How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

How to Be a Woman by Caitlin Moran

Okay okay.  To dispel the elephant in the room first thing – I don’t necessarily agree with everything Caitlin Moran says.  Also, I think that labeling this as a “feminist manifesto” does both a great disservice to the book as a memoir, and to feminism.  Caitlin Moran is a feminist.  But this is a memoir filled with personal opinions and anecdotes.  It’s not her telling people how to be a feminist, at least not in my opinion.  It’s more like… her outlining her life using feminist themes to organize her life stories and personal opinions. While I’m not sure if Caitlin Moran […]

Posted August 11, 2019 in Reviews // 0 Comments //