It’s Banned Books Week! Or, maybe you’re reading this at some point in the future and it’s no longer Banned Books Week. Easy solution: Live your life like every week is Banned Books Week. In the past, I have often celebrated this auspicious occasion by reading a banned book. When I used to do a… Read More Read more banned books
I’ve experienced this thing several times in my life and I’m curious to know if it’s familiar to anyone. When I don’t know much about a subject, I’ll have a general opinion about it. Then, the more I learn about that subject, I’ll learn nuances I didn’t know before and my opinion will take a… Read More Should we demand accuracy in our historical fiction?
Recently, I had the delightful experience of being on the podcast What People Do with the ever wonderful Brendan Howard (listen to my episode!). We talked about writing and all the different forms of it and some of the questions he asked me got me thinking…why do I write, exactly? Aside from the fact that… Read More Why I write
Maybe! It really depends on your tolerance for long set ups and seemingly unrelated events happening. Also, as to be expected with a book written in the 1800s, there is some gender nonsense. The book is largely a romp. But it’s a really long romp and sometimes it forgets that it should be romping along… Read More Should you read The Count of Monte Cristo?
I read a lot of books and over the past several years I have tried to be more mindful of the authors I read and the stories I seek out. This first started with a concerted effort to read more women authors and has grown into reading more authors of color and LGBTQ authors. Despite… Read More Book recs for Pride Month and Juneteenth
I have been a Shakespeare nerd for many years. Ever since middle school, in fact, when I decided one day for basically no reason that I was about the Bard. I toted around an edition of the complete works my dad had used in college and thought it made me deep or something. But then… Read More My favorite Shakespearean couples
I was expecting it to be harder to read once I had kids. And it definitely is. You can’t just pick up a book on a weekend afternoon whenever you feel like it. There’s no way in hell you’re going to stay in bed until 10 just reading. And once the kids are asleep? Good luck having two brain cells left to rub together.… Read More Reading while exhausted: why I love audiobooks
Is it really worth it to try to date any of the men in Jane Austen novels? The books are a delight, and I find some of the relationships to be wonderful. But Mr. Darcy as relationship material? I’m not so sure.… Read More Would I date Mr. Darcy?