Re-Shelving: 2016

It's well past January, and perhaps a bit belated for this post, but I've read too many good books this past year to not re-visit them. I have to say that my decision to read more diversely this last year was quite effective (and made me realize how much I'd been missing out on). More... Continue Reading →

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Austen & Me, Then & Now

So yesterday was Jane Austen’s birthday in New Zealand. And today is Jane Austen’s birthday in most other places. Therefore, this post is still valid. Now that we’ve got that disclaimer out of the way, we can move on. As a way of celebrating Austen's birthday, I decided to write this completely self-indulgent post. I... Continue Reading →

Transcending the Gothic Canon

Gothic literature and I are pretty tight. What's not to love? Isolated, looming mansions; floating, mysterious figures; sinister secrets. It speaks to the psychological thriller loving, mystery aficionado in me. If you're not familiar with this genre, a Gothic story will usually have these common identifiers: an isolated, naive/idealistic/clueless protagonist (usually female); who finds themselves... Continue Reading →

Almost Everything, Everything Was On Point

Maddy is sick. Really sick. Like can't-leave-the-house-or-her-body-will-shut-down kind of sick. As far as she can remember of her eighteen years, she has been confined to her home with her mother and her nurse, Carla, for company. She has been home-schooled, and her only visitor is her architect teacher. Maddy is happy. She is happy reading... Continue Reading →

The Diverse Books Tag

Naz at ReadDiverseBooks has started up a great conversation on the twittersphere with #DiverseBookBloggers. Those who blog, and are marginally represented in the literature that is widely available for consumption have been able to gather and discuss the needs and importance of representation and diversity. It's not simply throwing around the word "diverse" and being... Continue Reading →

In Order to Live by Yeonmi Park

I’m not quite sure how to begin this review. This book is not an overly large one, but I feel as if I experienced a lot as I was reading it. It was both a draining and inspiring read. Yeonmi Park was born in North Korea, a country she describes as “unimaginable” and “indescribable” in... Continue Reading →

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