If you’ve been anywhere on Instagram in the past few years, you’ve probably seen someone post an aesthetically pleasing photo of a book, maybe with a cup of coffee or tea, a perfectly positioned candle, or more bookmarks than any one person would ever need. Welcome to #bookstagram. Whether you’re considering becoming part of this book-loving community or you’ve been posting about books for years—or … Continue reading What They Don’t Tell You About Bookstagram
Spoilers included for Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald received a lot of backlash, especially on social media, after its release in theaters. Whether fans were confused by the plot, angry with J.K. Rowling for adding in a not-so-surprising twist, or wondering why Dumbledore is wearing suits instead of a fancy Hogwarts robe, the film and its prequel don’t … Continue reading ‘Fantastic Beasts’ Is Better Than ‘Harry Potter.’ Duel Me.
Male protagonists are a dime a dozen, but not a particularly diverse bunch. Take any popular movie or video game and the marketing for it will likely feature a tall muscular white man with short dark hair holding a weapon, staring towards whatever enemy looms on the horizon. Plenty of exceptions exist, but when in doubt writers seem to fall back on the same sort … Continue reading Atticus Finch Is the Male Hero We Need Today
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
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
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
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