Technology · Thoughts

What I Learned about Ebooks from College

E-textbooks are generally cheaper than physical textbooks, so I tend to pick them when I feel the price of the physical book is too high. Since starting college, I have used ebooks in my classes. I anticipated buying ebooks for my classes. When I visited colleges, we were advised that it was in our best… Continue reading What I Learned about Ebooks from College

Classics · Review

The Country of the Pointed Firs by Sarah Orne Jewett

A Bostonian woman, the unnamed narrator, moves to Dunnet, Maine, a small coastal town. Mrs. Almira Todd, her landlord, keeps her company and invites her into the town and its history. The narrator rents a schoolhouse so she can focus on writing her novel and interviews some major figures in the town. Sarah Orne Jewett’s The Country of the Pointed First introduces a small town in Maine from the outsider’s perspective in chapters that are like short stories.

Review · Young Adult

This Is Our Story by Ashley Elston

No one knows what happened at River Point. Of the five boys who went hunting, only four came back. Grant Perkins was killed by his Remington, and everyone had handled that gun. Kate Marino, who interns at the DA’s office, wants justice for Grant, despite the DA wanting to sweep it under the rug. Was it an accident or was it murder? That’s what Kate hopes to find out. This Is Our Story, by Ashley Elston, is a mystery, involving love, a photographer’s eye, and careful combing through the evidence.

Thoughts

What Makes a Book-to-Movie Adaptation Unsuccessful?

In a creative writing class about three months ago, we briefly talked about what makes an adaptation good or bad. I had to put into words what I hate about bad adaptations. Where do they generally go wrong? Just as there is no one formula for a great movie, there is no one formula for… Continue reading What Makes a Book-to-Movie Adaptation Unsuccessful?

Graphic Novel · Review · Science Fiction

America #1 | Comic Book Review

America Chavez, the leader of the Ultimates, has decided to go to university. After saving the world from a new bad guy, she starts her first day at the university for superheroes. One professor seems to be out to get her, so she decides to make her assignment big and impressive. Marvel’s America #1 begins a new series for America Chavez.

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Review · Young Adult

True Letters from a Fictional Life by Kenneth Logan

James Liddell is in the closet in his small Vermont town. Everyone in town knows him to be a star athlete who is dating sweet Theresa. He writes his darkest secrets in letters that he will never send, like Abraham Lincoln. He likes boys. As he figures out who he is, he befriends new people and works through his problems in writing.

Book Tags · Children's Literature

Book Traveling Thursdays: A Strong Female MC

It’s been over a month since I last participated in a Book Traveling Thursday. I got caught up with writing reviews and discussion posts, but that was freeing for the last month. Book Traveling Thursdays is a weekly meme hosted by Danielle @ Danielle’s Book Blog and Catia @ The Girl Who Read Too Much. Every week you pick… Continue reading Book Traveling Thursdays: A Strong Female MC

Contemporary Realistic Fiction · Modern Fantasy · Review

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay

Difficult Women, by Roxane Gay, is an anthology of the fictional lives of women: difficult women, loose women, crazy women, frigid women, married women, and dead women. There are some flash fiction, contemporary realistic fiction, fantasy and other types of short stories. This collection expands the labels given to “difficult” women, and they show each woman in the story as a real person, how she got this way, and why she is the person she is.

Book Tags · Classics

Classic Remarks: Adapting Classics for Younger Readers

Classic Remarks is a weekly meme hosted by Briana and Krysta @ Pages Unbound. Every Friday, a new question about classic literature is posed each week. Participants and their readers engage in discussions “about canon formation, the ‘timelessness’ of literature, and modes of interpretation.” From what I see, the classics canon includes modern classics, like… Continue reading Classic Remarks: Adapting Classics for Younger Readers