Rants, Reading Lists

Late Congratulations to Kazuo Ishiguro!

The 2017 decision was made, and the Nobel Prize for Literature was awarded to British based author Kazuo Ishiguro on October 5th! So who is Kazuo Ishiguro? Ishiguro is a novelist, screenwriter, and songwriter. Born in Nagasaki, Japan in 1954 he moved to England with his family when he was five-years-old. He holds a master's… Continue reading Late Congratulations to Kazuo Ishiguro!

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Confessions of a Plus-Size Reader: On YA and Body Diversity (Again)

Maybe this is a dead horse and I'm still beating it with a stick. Maybe the turnip is out of blood. Maybe aforementioned dead horse has already bolted from the stable I just locked. Maybe the milk has spilt all over to carpet and I'm just sitting here sobbing. Are we done now? Because I'm… Continue reading Confessions of a Plus-Size Reader: On YA and Body Diversity (Again)

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Confessions of a Double Major: My Favorite Major FINALLY REVEALED

Walking into my college career, I thought I had myself figured out. An aspiring history major who wanted nothing more than to take the campus by storm, become a leader in various organizations and land some kind of job in archival or a museam. Now, entering into my final year I think back on my… Continue reading Confessions of a Double Major: My Favorite Major FINALLY REVEALED

Author Audit, Rants, Reviews

Author Audit: Katie Alender

While I was at work the other day I was rehashing some of my recent reads in my head. One of the books was by an author that I had read several books by, but I had never heard of her before I found her books. That seems to be a prevalent theme in my… Continue reading Author Audit: Katie Alender

discussion posts, Rants

Why We Need More Sensitive Male Protagonists (ft. Newt Scamander)

I feel like this fits well into all my rants and posts about my displeasure with the way male protagonists aren’t portrayed. Male characters need to break down barriers too. I like this reading of Fantastic Beasts and of Newt and how that plays into the portrayal of men in fantasy and Sci-Fi!

My Paper Infinity

It’s been a while since I’ve posted an Infinity Talk, but I’m back now with a new discussion topic. As you can tell from the title, today’s topic is the male protagonist. More specifically, why we need more sensitive or otherwise atypical male protagonists instead of the same male characters we see being reused in every book and Hollywood movie.

I was inspired to write this post after watching Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, a spin off movie about the famous Magizoologist from the Harry Potter universe. I watched the movie for the second time on Sunday after seeing it in the cinema when it released. Before I get started, I need to make a confession: I didn’t like Newt the first time I saw Fantastic Beasts. I thought he was bland, a tad boring, and lacked any real character development. While I thought the movie was…

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Discussion: Diverse Things I’d like to see more in books

I love when people get critical about how un-diverse books can be. Yes we’ve come so far, but there are still so many stories missing that I would love to see.

Lost In A Story

Diversity is really important to me, and to many others as well and I feel like there is a rise in a number of diverse books coming out. This rise is, I believe, quite a direct result of the increased attention in the bookish community. Diverse bloggers and readers speak up about their opinions and publishers are picking up on that.

I believe that pretty much every single person is diverse in a way. Maybe not in skin-tone or sexuality, but if you look closely enough, something about you stands out of the crowd, even if that is a small thing.

What I see from my perspective as a reader is that a lot of the diverse books are either diverse in sexuality-representation or POC (people of colour)- representation. There are, however, a lot of other ways in which a book can be diverse still forgotten. And I want to…

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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, 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

Rants, Reviews

Review: Pride Prejudice and Zombies

1/5 “It is a truth universally acknowledged that a zombie in possession of brains must be in want of more brains.” So begins Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, an expanded edition of the beloved Jane Austen novel featuring all-new scenes of bone-crunching zombie mayhem. As our story opens, a mysterious plague has fallen upon the… Continue reading Review: Pride Prejudice and Zombies