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Something New: Tales from a Makeshift Bride by Lucy Knisley | Graphic Novel Review

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.

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Thoughts · Young Adult

Where Are the YA Characters Who Wear Glasses?

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?

Graphic Novel · Modern Fantasy · Review

Songy of Paradise by Gary Panter | Graphic Novel Review

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….

Fanfiction

Fanfics Where Harry Potter Has New Powers

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

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Characters and Gardner’s 9 Types of Intelligence

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

Fanfiction

Fanfic Recommendation: Hogwarts House Exchange Program

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