One of the tasks in the 2015 Read Harder Challenge (which I am completing this year) is to read an audiobook. Despite many friends raving about them, I’d always written off audiobooks as not-for-me. I like holding books; I like being able to flip through their pages and read the acknowledgments first. I was convinced … Continue reading The Reluctant Journey of a New Audiobook Fanatic
I love it when I happen to pick up two books in a row that expound on similar themes. This recently happened with two exceptional YA novels: We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Two different but equally compelling novels about grief and growing up, … Continue reading We are the Ants & The Age of Miracles: What is the end of the world, anyway?
I definitely had a honeymoon period with comics. Back when I first started reading comics in January, I could not devour them fast enough. I was reading close to a comic book per day, and although I did not love them all as much as Saga, each new book felt like an entry into an … Continue reading Comics Gobble: It’s Back, and Here to Stay!
This week, I turned to comics for escape. Sometime that's what reading is about: comfort, escape, the illusion that everything works out in the end and happily-ever-afters exist. I'm also on a quest to read comics that I can discuss with and pass on to my almost-seven-year-old nephew. He is a voracious reader, and on a … Continue reading Comics Gobble: Pirate Princesses & Girl Detectives
I started a reading journal this year, and one thing I've been doing is copying down passages in books that especially move me/challenge me/call me to action. It's useful to be able to go back and reread these passages, especially since so many of the books I read come from the library. I can go … Continue reading Uplift: Books I love in the words of the folks who wrote them
I couldn’t sleep on Saturday night. I stayed up until almost two o’clock in the morning, scouring the internet for books written by writers from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Somalia, Sudan, Libya and Yemen. These are the seven countries from which Trump has banned immigrants from entering (or re-entering) the country. The Muslim immigration ban is … Continue reading Read Against Trump: Protest with your Feet, Protest with the Books You Read
Welcome to Comics Gobble! Staring today, you can look forward to Comics Gobble every Friday. It’ll be a weekly roundup of my favorite comics from the past week, accompanied by my observations and thinkings about those specific comics and reading comics generally. I’m new to comics and I have fallen for them hard, fast, and … Continue reading Comics Gobble: Gentle Boys, Hardcore Lady Types, and Shapeshifting Superheroes/Villains