Tag: The Handmaid’s Tale

Book Banning, Censorship, and Why I’m Generally Against the Whole Thing

Book Banning, Censorship, and Why I’m Generally Against the Whole Thing

Posted September 29, 2021 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments

The summer before eighth grade, my parents decided I was no longer going to be reading the Harry Potter books. It was too late for books one through four, which were already on my shelf.  Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix wasn’t going to be published for another year, but Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was due to make its cinematic debut that November.  My friends and I had already started talking about it – we went to the midnight showing of the first movie when it was in theatres and had a wonderful time.  But now, […]

The Sunshine Blogger Award… Take 3

The Sunshine Blogger Award… Take 3

Posted November 9, 2020 in Bookish Things // 5 Comments

Good morning everyone! Happy Monday!  I hope you all had a really nice weekend and have a really nice day today. In August, Laura over at The Corner of Laura tagged me in the Sunshine Blogger Award!  This is the third time I’ve been nominated for this one and you can read my previous answers here and here.  I love this award – just the name is so cheerful!  Thank you so much to Laura for the nomination!  Also – she dropped a post side-eyeing the new Fantastic Beasts content back in October that was interesting reading, I recommend it. Rules […]

Building a Likable Monster:  How Villains Keep Stealing Our Hearts

Building a Likable Monster: How Villains Keep Stealing Our Hearts

Posted October 23, 2020 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments

When I first read Shadow and Bone, I was confused.  About a lot of things, but mostly… I had a hard time understanding why so many people loved the Darkling character. For those who haven’t read Shadow and Bone and aren’t familiar with the Grishaverse, I won’t go into too much detail here as I don’t want to spoil things.  The Darkling is a powerful magic-worker in the world and there’s (in my opinion) consistent evidence of his nefarious ways.  And it’s constantly tossed aside by the easily-besotted protagonist.  And even more casually tossed aside by readers.  He never appealed to me […]

Empathy-Building Reads For Young Adults

Empathy-Building Reads For Young Adults

Posted August 28, 2018 in Memes // 18 Comments

This week’s Top Ten Tuesday is all about Back to School – and it’s a freebie!  Last year I made a list of some of my favorite books from my school years.  This year, I wanted to make a list of books that I thought should taught in schools because of the life-relevant lessons that can be learned from them. In making this list, it occurred to me that most these books probably wouldn’t make it to school reading lists because of the way our country perceives these topics.  I’ve chosen books that discuss everything from  racism to homophobia and […]

What’s America’s Favorite, Iconic Book?

What’s America’s Favorite, Iconic Book?

Posted August 9, 2018 in Bookish Things // 6 Comments

Have you guys heard about this “Great American Read” television show?  If you use the Goodreads web platform, it’s difficult to miss – the ad has been plastered all over mine for a couple months. There’s a lot of interesting books on this list, although I can’t imagine choosing just one book for an entire country.  PBS came up with 100 books for this competition, a mixture of popular modern reads and timeless classics.  I’ve read 37, how many have you read? 1984 by George Orwell ✓ A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole X A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving X A Separate […]