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The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

The Red Tent by Anita Diamant

I first read The Red Tent for tenth grade English.  It was a curious choice, as the protagonist is a figure from the Bible, and I don’t think it is one most other schools teach.  Despite being assigned academic reading, The Red Tent stole 15-year-old me’s heart because it was an empowering story about women in a world I was familiar with… and in a world where I had been taught only the men truly mattered. In the years since, I have found different reasons to love this book as I’ve read and re-read it.  I love the idea of the red […]

Posted November 8, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

The Hunger Games is such a happy re-read for me. I mean, come on.  This book has everything.  A realistically devised dystopian future.  Interesting characters with hidden depths!  There’s so much at stake and the balance of action and romance is just A++ good.  I love this trilogy.  The Hunger Games was the dystopia that pushed YA dystopia into the spotlight, and there’s a prequel coming!  What’s not to love? This marks my fifth time reading this book.  I am the type of reader who may remember the format, but will often forget details as I read.  I feel like every time […]

Posted September 14, 2019 in Reviews // 4 Comments //
Never Ask a Bookworm to Pick Their Favorite Book

Never Ask a Bookworm to Pick Their Favorite Book

As a voracious reader, it drives me absolutely bonkers when someone asks me to choose my favorite book.  My answer runs the gamut of “Oh, I couldn’t possibly choose.” to “Are you f***ing serious?  Have you seen how many books I’ve read the last 12 months?!”  Movies are a little easier – you can give a top three that you’d watch over and over again.  Books, though?  You spend time with books.  You build relationships with them. This is a terrible quality GIF, but it is legit what I think every time someone asks me to pick my favorite book.  Also, if […]

Posted July 6, 2018 in Memes, Reading // 14 Comments //
Graceling by Kristin Cashore

Graceling by Kristin Cashore

This book is a really difficult one for me to review. It’s not because of mixed feeling or any qualms I had with the story itself – no, I loved this book and now have so much respect for Kristin Cashore as a writer – but because this book really made me think about how female leads are characterized in YA literature, about reading levels and character relationships, about high fantasy as a genre… so much.  I have so many thoughts about this book. After deliberating about it for a while, I’ve decided I’m going to talk about the romance in Graceling.  […]

Posted June 17, 2018 in Reviews // 2 Comments //
Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

Just One Damned Thing After Another by Jodi Taylor

When I was in college, people constantly asked: “What are you going to do with a history degree?” Right now, I’m using it for absolutely nothing, although I have no regrets. Learning more about the Crusades and Atlantic history and Ancient Rome was incredible. If I could have stayed in school forever, learning more about the cultural evolution of humanity, I would, have. Unfortunately, life is not perfect, and I work in finance. If the world was perfect, I would be using my degree as a historian for St. Mary’s. I had zero expectations for this book. It wasn’t on […]

Posted May 4, 2018 in Reviews // 1 Comment //
The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas

This book is so fucking powerful. If y’all knew me in person, you’d know that I never swear. This calls for it. THE HATE U GIVE calls for something more – something bigger and louder and angrier. This book *needs* to be taught in high school. Every one – no matter your age, color gender, political stance… any of it… everyone needs to read this book. Why? Because it’s *important*. THE HATE U GIVE wasn’t written for me, but it did educate me to check my priveldge, to move out of the spotlight, to see justice no matter its color. […]

Posted May 1, 2018 in Reviews // 6 Comments //