Lucy Knisley shares her experience as a bride in her graphic-novel memoir Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride. She shows how she fell in love with John, how her mother participated in wedding planning, and how difficult some her choices as a bride were. Mixed in the book are some facts about costs and traditions of weddings. Something New is an alright memoir, but the reader should not go into it with a critical mind toward weddings.
When was the last time you found a character in a young adult book who needed glasses? Were they ever one of the teen main characters? I was inspired to write this post by American Panda by Gloria Chao because Mei, the protagonist, admits to being nearsighted. Mei narrates, “Because of my nearsightedness and my mother’s… Continue reading Where Are the YA Characters Who Wear Glasses?
For months, I’ve thought about whether I would write a review for this graphic novel or not. I’m unsure how fairly I can rate and review the book because it was one of two major texts that I analyzed for my final project in my independent study last semester. Now I think it’s time to write this with the note that I’ve read and analyzed it too many times to feel particularly objective about it….
I go through cycles of wanting to reading Independent!Harry and Dark!Harry fanfics. Some of them give Harry new powers that are very unique or very dangerous. This list today is of fanfics that I like where Harry develops new and unique powers, playing up the “power that the Dark Lord knows not.” A note about… Continue reading Fanfics Where Harry Potter Has New Powers
This week’s theme for the I Heart Characters! meme is brainiacs, who could show that by being sly, clever, book smart, etc. As I thought about the characters who could be brainiacs, I remembered the the theory of multiple intelligences. Multiple Intelligences Oasis says Howard Gardner is a psychologist and Harvard Professor who developed the theory… Continue reading Characters and Gardner’s 9 Types of Intelligence
Happy Wednesday, everyone! It’s the first day of August, and I need to wrap up what happened in July. This will likely be the only post this week, but I should be back to my normal twice-weekly schedule next week. I normally share what I’m currently reading, but I’ve been more into reading fanfiction. I… Continue reading Wrapping Up July 2018
In the first Harry Potter book, we learn very quickly that there are four Hogwarts Houses: Ravenclaw, Slytherin, Gryffindor and Hufflepuff. We learn more about them from the Sorting Hat’s songs and through Harry’s limited perspective, but there is more to these Houses. Like many others, I have turned to fanfiction in hopes of satisfying… Continue reading Fanfic Recommendation: Hogwarts House Exchange Program
Since 2017, I’ve read more and more audiobooks than I ever have. The audiobook version of Girl Mans Up by M-E Girard made my top five list of 2017, and I’m in the middle of another audiobook now! I learned that I really like audiobooks, even if they’re not my favorite way to read. I… Continue reading 5 Reasons I Like Audiobooks
Every now and then, or very frequently, everyone has a moment where they would rather not finish the book they’re reading. Since the start of this year, there were three major books that I did not finish: Shadowsong by S. Jae-Jones, Cromartie High School Vol. 1 by Eiji Nonaka, and Tell a Thousand Lies by… Continue reading Books I’ve Recently DNF’d
Yesterday marked the end of the Retellathon, where we read retellings for a week. I read Colleen Oakes’ Stars for the readathon’s Unhappily Ever After challenge because it promised a dark twist on the already dark Peter Pan. If you know the original….