Shorts on a Theme: The End of the World

I’m not sure why I enjoy reading end of the world scenarios so much, but they’re one of my favorite sub-genres. I mean, I just took an hour walk outside admiring the springtime green, my neighborhood’s lovely flowers, the birds singing, and what do I do when I get home? Decide to write a post recommending … Read more Shorts on a Theme: The End of the World

Reading Railroad: April’s Reading

Everything I read in April! 6 books total. Novels The Snow Child by Eowyn Ivey. Published in 2012. A childless couple, Mable and Jack, move to Alaska after a terrible heartache, hoping to make a new life for themselves. On one wintry evening they build a snow child, and the next day a real child … Read more Reading Railroad: April’s Reading

How I Teach Drafting Papers

A Bookshelf of Writing Books

On the first day of the semester in my University Writing class, I ask my students to generate a research question and to ask as many of their fellow students the question before the class ends. The question can be anything: best place for pizza in town, favorite ice cream flavor, what to watch on … Read more How I Teach Drafting Papers

Reading Railroad: March’s Reading

Everything I read in March! 7 books total. Novels Midnight Robber by Nalo Hopkinson. Published in 2000. A Caribbean, carnival, multi-dimensional space travel science fiction novel that deals with abuse, rape, marginalization, colonization, and othering. Seem like a lot? It really is. A young Tan-Tan pretends she’s the Robber Queen — a carnival rogue — … Read more Reading Railroad: March’s Reading

My Book Riot Posts Roundup

I need to catch up on grading this week (it never ends!), so I thought I’d roundup all the posts I’ve done for Book Riot so far, in case you haven’t read them: How Fantasy Made Me a Feminist Teaching Students Who Hate Reading Fairy and Folk Tale Collections that aren’t The Brothers Grimm 8 … Read more My Book Riot Posts Roundup

Book Review of The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Title and Author: The Wanderers by Meg Howrey Publication Date: March 14th, 2017 Genre: Science Fiction How I got it: Thanks to Netgalley and PENGUIN GROUP Putnam for providing me an advanced copy in exchange for an honest review. Review The Wanderers takes place in a very near future. Prime Space — sort of like Elon Musk’s SpaceX … Read more Book Review of The Wanderers by Meg Howrey

Book Review of The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

Title and Author: The Djinn Falls in Love and Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin Publication Date: March 14th, 2017 Genre: Short Stories across the spectrum of genres How I got it: Thanks to Netgalley and Rebellion Publishing for providing me with a free copy in exchange for an honest review. Review: “When Allah created … Read more Book Review of The Djinn Falls in Love & Other Stories edited by Mahvesh Murad and Jared Shurin

Reading Railroad: February’s Reading

Shelves of fairy tale books.

This may be my slowest reading month ever. Due to my hospital visit in January, I became super behind on work, so I didn’t read as much as I normally do. I did finish 5 books in all; surprisingly, not a single novel. Fairytale Collections One Thousand and One Nights: A Retelling by Hanan Al-Shaykh. Published in 2013. In … Read more Reading Railroad: February’s Reading

Book Review of The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Title and Author:  The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis Publication Date: June 2016 Genre: Thriller, Post Apocalypse, Western How I got it: Bought it used at the bookstore I work at Review: “This is a world a’ hurt and shit and blood and bullets. This is a world where a strong arm is a’ more value than a … Read more Book Review of The Wolf Road by Beth Lewis

Suffrage History: The Triangle Shirtwaist Strike and Fire

For my current writing in progress, I’m researching the women’s suffrage movement, a movement I knew little about despite having taken at least half a dozen U.S. history classes. (Why is discussion of this movement left out of classrooms?) In my research, I came across the triangle shirtwaist strike and fire. I’d heard of it before, … Read more Suffrage History: The Triangle Shirtwaist Strike and Fire

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