Author Speaks

What’s the Sitch?: This Week in Articles

Part of my plans for blogging included reading more news articles. As part of my process of keeping up with how much I read and what kinds of articles I'm reading. So on Saturdays I plan on posting my week in articles. I'll do seven, one for each day, and provide the links to the… Continue reading What’s the Sitch?: This Week in Articles

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Author Speaks, Reading Lists

Lessons From Moana: Polynesian Authors to Check-Out

While I could wax poetic about the importance of believing in yourself and finding strength in your own ingenuity I would rather not. Because I feel like for me, the blogger, to stroke you, the reader's hubris with a post would be redundant. There are plenty of blogs you can find that on. So instead,… Continue reading Lessons From Moana: Polynesian Authors to Check-Out

Author Speaks

Lessons From Amélie: Finding Simple Passions

In light of my recent Movie Monday I've been thinking about the small things that bring me joy, like Amélie's affinity for cracking Crème brûlée and sticking her hand in a bag of grain (which actually sounds quite wonderful). So I set out to make a short list of my simple pleasures, trying to keep it short,… Continue reading Lessons From Amélie: Finding Simple Passions

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The Diversity Directive: A Personal Challenge to Read/Watch More Minority Voices

As someone with a cultural studies addition to my majors I don't do a good job of diversifying my media intake. Sure, I've tried to make some cultures more relevant by liking several Facebook pages, but that doesn't factor into a lot of my intake of media and ideas. So I decided to challenge myself… Continue reading The Diversity Directive: A Personal Challenge to Read/Watch More Minority Voices

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Banned Books Week: My Favorites of the Bunch

For the past two years one of the campus groups I am involved in has done a "Get Caught Reading a Banned Book" Photo Booth outside our cafeteria.  It's one of our more popular events, okay let me be honest. It's really our only popular event, being the resident atheist/secular club on a college campus… Continue reading Banned Books Week: My Favorites of the Bunch

Author Speaks, discussion posts, Guest Post

The Diss Track: 13 Reasons Why feat. Erin Green

  Alright readers, what's good? 13 Reasons Why has been making waves both in the literary and visual sense. Love it or hate it the impact this story is having seems to be undeniable on several fronts. When it comes to hot topic and controversial books, shows, or movies, the best thing for anyone to… Continue reading The Diss Track: 13 Reasons Why feat. Erin Green

Author Speaks, Rants

13 Things That Happen When You Date an English Major, and Why They’re Wrong

Sometimes, usually when you're on the phone with a fellow English major, you stumble across some articles that leave you both cackling in your seats while making hilarious comebacks to the author's claims. This was one such article. Erin Cossetta (who shares a first name with my friend in question), either has never even met… Continue reading 13 Things That Happen When You Date an English Major, and Why They’re Wrong

Author Speaks, Give Me Five Friday

Give Me Five Fridays: How to Read a Book in a Day, the Five Step Program

I'm a fast reader, and when I say that I'm not over-exaggerating my ability. I literally eat through 400 page books in under 24 hours on a good reading vibe, then roll over to grab my next book. Multiple people have asked me how I do it, so here it is. The secret to my… Continue reading Give Me Five Fridays: How to Read a Book in a Day, the Five Step Program

Author Speaks, Rants

Agonies and Annoyances: Romanticizing Male Love Interests

Maybe I'm not the best person for this post. I make it known that I'm not a love story, happy ending, teenage drama kind of book reader. (There is the occasional exception, like Anna and the French Kiss) But I'm here to say, for all the shippers that like to dominate YA, your boy ain't… Continue reading Agonies and Annoyances: Romanticizing Male Love Interests

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Sunday Suggestions: Finding Books With Autistic Characters

I created and deleted this post several times before I reached this draft. Originally I had a list of books with characters who are canonically autistic, but I couldn't post it in good faith. For one, I'm not autistic, so I was going by what other readers classified as autistic characters. Another issue I found… Continue reading Sunday Suggestions: Finding Books With Autistic Characters