By now, everyone knows about the great boiling point the U.S. has reached, with the murder of George Floyd the latest in a string of such cases that has sparked protests in every state and in many countries across the globe. I have posted quite a bit about this on social media, but I haven't … Continue reading Words from Kwame Alexander, Jacqueline Woodson, and More from the KidLit Rally for Black Lives
The world is a strange and kind of scary place right now. With the spread of COVID-19 affecting both physical and mental health all over the world, and social distancing, self quarantine, and shelter-in-place measures being enacted throughout the U.S. and dozens of other countries, I think everyone is at least a little on edge. … Continue reading How Has Social Distancing Affected Your Reading?
Now, before you leave a long, impassioned comment (which I welcome, by the way) or just skip this post altogether, let me just say upfront that I fully support every reader's right to read and love what they want to read and love. I recognize that Harry Potter has a very special place in many … Continue reading I Am Not On Board with “Harry Potter”
I've written a little before about my peeve of authors trying to closely control readers' perceptions of their work. *cough* Tolkien *cough* And of course there have been ongoing discussions of Authorial Intent and "Death of the Author" from experts much more highly qualified than I for centuries. But today, I had a very personal … Continue reading I Am Not On Board: Let’s Talk About Authorial Intent
The first trailer for the upcoming Emma adaptation dropped today, and I have thoughts! If you haven't seen it yet, watch it here: So right off the bat, spot-on casting of Miss Bates. Miranda Hart, 100%, absolutely, done and done. I also love the casting of Bill Nighy as Mr. Woodhouse. I do wonder if he's … Continue reading Let’s Dissect the New “Emma” Trailer!
We all know Amazon is The. Worst. There are reports and lots of articles detailing how the multi-billion dollar corporation has put small, independent retailers out of business, as well as the terrible ethics with which they treat their employees, both warehouse workers and delivery drivers. (Meanwhile, Jeff Bezos is a billionaire a hundred times … Continue reading So You Don’t Want to Support Amazon Anymore
The most highly-anticipated book release of 2019, The Testaments, Margaret Atwood's companion novel to her 1985 dystopian classic The Handmaid's Tale, was waiting for me on my Kindle when I woke up this morning (it's Tuesday, September 10 as I write this). I wanted to spend all day reading, but alas, the duties of adulthood call. But as … Continue reading I Live Blogged the First Chapter of “The Testaments” Because of Course I Did
So this post started out as my April wrap-up post. And then when I didn't end up reading much in April it was going to be an April/May combo post. But then that didn't happen, either, and I was thinking I might just do a monster "Late Spring-Summer" wrap-up, but I'm just not feeling that. … Continue reading Let Me Tell You About My Book Club
The trailer for the upcoming Little Women adaptation, directed by Greta Gerwig and starring Saoirse Ronan, was just released this week. I feel like I've been hearing news about this movie for about a year at this point, and very little that I've heard has inspired any excitement. Maybe it's too early to judge, as … Continue reading I Am Not On Board With Greta Gerwig’s “Little Women”
(This is the second post in a three-post series featuring interviews with the hosts of literary podcasts. Check out the first post here.) This week I got to interview Bob, Tonya, and Derek of the Books, Beards, Booze podcast. Here's what they had to say about their show: Rhonda: What’s your show called and what’s … Continue reading Interview with Books, Beards, Booze Podcast!