Dear reader, when was the last time you deliberately avoided reading for any amount of time? I'm not talking "force myself to put down this book so I can get at least four hours of sleep" or "I have to finish this project before I can figure out what happens next". I'm talking "don't pick … Continue reading Reading Deprivation: An Exercise
Hello, dear reader! Wow, what a pair of months we've had, eh? I'm not sure about how things look in your neck of the woods, but in Georgia, our governor made a controversial decision to reopen some of the state after nearly two months of social-distancing and self-isolating. While this decision isn't one that I … Continue reading Quarantine Top Ten (Part One!)
What a weird month this has been! We've been in quarantine for the majority of this month, but luckily, all my library holds for Central America came in before the libraries closed. I had a pretty successful reading month and, as usual, really enjoyed the stories I read for this month. Here's a what I … Continue reading Central America: Wrap-up
I hope everyone had an informative and reflective Black History Month! This month for the Own Voices Global Reading Challenge we read for Black America (#ownvoices selections from Black American authors). Here's what I read, listened to, and who I followed this month! What I Read Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston: … Continue reading Black America: Wrap-up!
I've already spoken about my love of classics here, but I want to expand what I mean when I say "classics." As I'm working through the Own Voices Global Reading Challenge, I'm finding my idea of what a classic is changing each month. Each month, a new book gets added into the canon for me. … Continue reading We Need Diverse Classics
January is (finally) over! In this post, I'm going to wrap up what I read for the Own Voices Global Challenge for Indigenous America, share with you some cool playlists and accounts I love on Instagram, and we're going to close up with a bit of info on some current topics in Indigenous America that … Continue reading Indigenous America: Wrap-up!
If you’re at all involved in the book world online, you’ve probably seen some controversy about the new release by Jeanine Cummins, American Dirt. If you’re unfamiliar with the novel, here is the synopsis on Goodreads: También de este lado hay sueños. On this side, too, there are dreams. Lydia Quixano Pérez lives in the … Continue reading The American Dirt Controversy
I am a firm believer in the timing of the universe. Everything happens exactly when it needs to, and I really live my life with that trust and graciousness. But let me tell you. I wish I had read Beloved by Toni Morrison sooner. I could kick the universe for holding out on me with … Continue reading Beloved and the Haunted House Novel
I've made a lot of resolutions -- no, let's call them, "intentions" for 2020 that have to do with taking the next step in my life. I've felt my life to be really stagnant and still the past few years, and with the turn of the decade, I was inspired to make some real commitments … Continue reading 2020 Reading Challenges
I see the ghosts and creaking floors and sharp teeth didn't scare you off... Welcome back to Part 2 of my book recommendations based on my favorite Halloween films. Today, we're diving deeper into the Gothic. Tower of Terror (1997) This was the first movie that I remember being terrified of. It used to air … Continue reading 13 Book Recommendations Based on My Favorite Halloween Films (Part 2)