Category: Books

Best books from a very long 2018

Hello and Happy New Year’s Eve, dear reader. It’s been a long year, hasn’t it? Kind of feels like it’s been the longest year in the history of the universe. Maybe that’s why I was able to squeeze SO MUCH reading in this year, because it’s been the year that never ever ends. Will it... Read more »

The books I've read have become my passport

The books I've read have become my passport
When the new year arrived, I decided I was going to read less this year (I cannot for the life of me remember what my reasoning was, though I think it had something to do with carving out more time to finish *an important thing* and the fact that I’m starting grad school this fall).... Read more »

Feminist Book Club: The Purity Myth by Jessica Valenti

My friends and I created a feminist book club on Facebook to engage and discuss feminist topics. Our inaugural choice was The Purity Myth by writer and feminist activist Jessica Valenti. The subtitle of the book says it all: “How America’s Obsession with Virginity is Hurting Young Women”. The focus of Valenti’s novel is the... Read more »
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5 Ways to Give Your Friends the Reading Bug

5 Ways to Give Your Friends the Reading Bug
My life mission is to convert everyone I know into a reader. Reading has sprinkled my life with so much joy and magic, and I’ll be damned if my friends miss out on that experience. But it’s not easy. People are resistant to the idea of reading. I partially blame high school English. Apologies to... Read more »

My Favorite Books of 2017 (and the female authors who wrote them)

My Favorite Books of 2017 (and the female authors who wrote them)
It’s been a packed year of books and a tough year for women. Maybe in some twisted way it seems triumphant, like a forward march towards equality, but really it’s been painful, angry, and exhausting. 2017 feels like one giant I-told-you-so, but already I can feel the backlash brewing, the Roy Moore’s of the world... Read more »

Some sleep-deprived thoughts about reading 52 books in 10 months

Some sleep-deprived thoughts about reading 52 books in 10 months
This is crazy, I’m a monster, and I’m never reading this many books again…  … who am I kidding. I live to out-do myself. Not in 2018. 2018 is going to be for the giant books I’ve been too scared to open for the past three years. But maybe 2019… It’s okay to not finish the book. Reading... Read more »
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Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is still the most infuriating movie

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince is still the most infuriating movie
Time has not softened me on Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince. This movie has so many WTF moments that it makes my head spin. You have over 600 pages of material to work with and you’re going to drop random, pointless scenes into the middle of the movie? I strongly object. The Harry Potter movie... Read more »

Twilight was my biggest teenage obsession

Twilight was my biggest teenage obsession
Once a month, Chicago Now bloggers are given a prompt and challenged to write about said prompt in one hour’s time. Tonight’s prompt is “Write about something in your life you once obsessed about but now rarely, if ever, think about” (Can be a good or bad obsession, about a person, place or thing.) I used... Read more »

When did I fall in love with writing?

When did I fall in love with writing?
I’ve been writing here and there for as long as I can remember but only seriously started trying to make an art of it for the past two years. After I graduated last May, I was tearing through one of those “find your bliss” type of books and realized what a fool I’ve been to... Read more »
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Book list: my favorite reads of 2017

Book list: my favorite reads of 2017
To celebrate reading my 30th book of the year this weekend, I wanted to commemorate the stories that have stuck with me over the past six months. Each year I have upped the ante and challenged myself to read more, but this year I also wanted to diversify my reading selections. I could live and... Read more »