Rants

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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Author Speaks

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

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

Author Speaks

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

Guest Post, Wrap-up

Guest Post: Finding Ourselves

Since April is Autistic Awareness month, I wanted to find a way to showcase characters within popular culture and media that mean a lot to those who are autistic. So who better to ask than a friend? So here is my first ever guest post from Lani Hayes, great purple ancestor, costumer, fellow geek, and… Continue reading Guest Post: Finding Ourselves

Give Me Five Friday

Give Me Five Friday: Five Characters 

Characters mean a lot to people. Sometimes you just identify with them on such a level that you use them to explain yourself, and it's wonderful, because somehow they explain you more than you ever could have. Your favorite characters can say a lot about you personally, and I always find it an interesting question… Continue reading Give Me Five Friday: Five Characters 

Reading Lists

Sunday Suggestions: Diverse Children’s Books

"A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest."-C.S. Lewis I'm with Lewis on this one. Children's novels have an honest way of capturing the imagination and exposing readers to new experiences and cultures quickly. They're also a nice pick-me-up for after you've read Bearheart and… Continue reading Sunday Suggestions: Diverse Children’s Books