Why ‘The Giver’ Is a Great Teen Novel

The Giver is the book that got me into reading. Oh sure, I had read lots of books before, but they were always just stories. Stuff happened until there was no more book left to read and you moved on without a lot of thought into what it all meant. The Giver was different. I remember being entranced by the story in the 7th grade, … Continue reading Why ‘The Giver’ Is a Great Teen Novel

A Genre For Every Season: Winter

Winter is almost upon us. With it comes fuzzy socks, marshmallow-laden hot chocolate, and the biting cold. But if you’re like me, winter is the perfect time to cuddle up with a soft, warm blanket and read. Maybe you’re wondering what to try. Well, instead of giving you suggestions, although I’ve sprinkled a few here and there, I’d rather speak about the best genres to … Continue reading A Genre For Every Season: Winter

Literally Epic: How to Strengthen Your Poetry’s Rhythm and Flow

Villains, monsters, heroes, bloody battles, dramatic scenery, and beautiful women who don’t do too much. Shockingly enough, that’s not a description for the current blockbuster action film, but a description of one of the oldest existing epic poems written in English: Beowulf. Maybe you read it once in high school, or in your first English class in University or College, maybe you listened to a … Continue reading Literally Epic: How to Strengthen Your Poetry’s Rhythm and Flow

Relevant Reads: Books for Misfits

As a teen librarian, it’s my duty to be as unbiased and inclusive as possible. A collection blossoming with diversity, difficulty, and depth is important for any patron, but it’s especially important for youth. The current Young Adult (YA) market provides me with a variety of deep and diverse pieces of literature. Books of any kind help answer questions of self discovery, and what’s even … Continue reading Relevant Reads: Books for Misfits

A Millennial Female’s Thoughts on Rupi Kaur

Instapoetry has been taking over the once gloried world of Shakespeare and Byron, Ginsburg and Dickenson. As every generation of poets has done before, the #instapoets have taken an ancient form and, in the ultimate act of cyclical artistic rebellion, made it their own. And like every generation before, accusations of tastelessness and artless pandering are echoing through literary circles. But what is it about … Continue reading A Millennial Female’s Thoughts on Rupi Kaur