Category: Books

Sing It Out Sunday: Toni Morrison Edition!

The weather has finally started to warm up, and I have spent a delightful weekend walking around, enjoying the sunshine, and delighting in the end of winter. I have been joyfully busy, avoiding the internet to a certain extent, dreaming, existing, readying myself for whatever is next. However, that’s not the only reason there’s only

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The Great KonMari Book Purge of 2015

Have you read the organization book that’s sweeping (pun totally intended) the nation? It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, by Marie Kondo, and it’s fantastic. And I bet if I followed her method exactly, it’d live up to its life-changing claim. I, however, naturally ignored most of her advice (i.e. be systematic, start

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Reading My Way Through LeakyCon

This year, I’m going to my first-ever convention: LeakyCon! For those of you wondering why I’m heading to a plumbing convention, it’s actually a Harry Potter convention (named after the Leaky Cauldron), which has transformed into more of a general Young Adult fiction and fandom convention, with Rowling’s opus as the central, uniting force. In

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Twitchy Fingers

For a writer, there are three kinds of books in this world: Books that are so incredibly good that when you are finished reading them, you have to throw it down in disgust because there is absolutely no way in the world you will ever be able to write anything nearly as good Books that

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84, Charing Cross Road

84, Charing Cross Road has to be one of the most delightful books I have ever read! Why did it take me so long to pick it up? It’s only been sitting on my Goodreads ‘to-read’ list forever! While the author is technically Helene Hanff, the book is actually a collection of letters she wrote

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You Know You’re Destined for Grad School When…

… you start thinking of ways to create a course around an amazing book you just finished, i.e. figuring out what other books you might include, what the major themes of the semester should be, ways to connect it to our world, etc. In other news, I just finished Suzanne Collins’ Hunger Games trilogy, and

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The Joys of the ‘New Books’ Section

The first place I go whenever I head to the library is the ‘New Books’ section.  There, split only into fiction and nonfiction, are all of the most recent books that the library has bought, ready for perusal. It only takes me about 20 minutes to browse each section (30 if there are some really

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Why I Avoid Popular Books (Until I Can’t)

You know those books that everyone and their mothers are reading?  Those covers you can’t avoid anywhere?  The ones hailed as the saviors of publishing, as proof that America still reads? I avoid them like the plague. Call it my own private form of going against “the man.”  A private rebellion, if you will. Now,

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