Category: bookish

#FridayReads: My favorite Ursula K. Le Guin novels

#FridayReads: My favorite Ursula K. Le Guin novels

Ursula K. Le Guin, whom I’m going to call the greatest writer of all time, passed away on Monday. I don’t usually cry when people I’ve never met died, but I cried when I read that sad news. Le Guin’s work touched me in so many ways—too many to share them all here. But there...

#FridayReads: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

#FridayReads: The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis

I don’t read a ton of YA, but for whatever reason I found myself craving a good young adult novel at the beginning of the year. I’d seen all the buzz for The Female of the Species by Mindy McGinnis, so I checked it out from my local library. Boy, what a ride. This book...

Their Eyes Were Watching God and meta-storytelling with a frame narrative

Their Eyes Were Watching God and meta-storytelling with a frame narrative

Some critics have said Zora Neale Hurston’s novel about love and loss is not “good” because the narration slips between Janie’s dialect and the narrator’s voice. I think Edwidge Danticat’s words in the introduction to Their Eyes Were Watching God say it best, though: “Hurston herself also becomes Janie’s echo by picking up the narrative...

Friday night at the bookstore

Friday night at the bookstore

Some people like to spend their weekends bar hopping, or going out to the movies, or shopping for new clothes. I like to go to the bookstore. I don’t necessarily go to buy anything, though it’s hard to resist the pull of a new book, the weight of it in my hands, the smell of...

#FridayReads: The Imperial Radch Trilogy by Ann Leckie

#FridayReads: The Imperial Radch Trilogy by Ann Leckie

Just yesterday I finished reading the Imperial Radch trilogy by Ann Leckie. I enjoyed every second of it, and am excited to learn that a new entry in the series comes out in September, right after my birthday! I’ve felt a bit out of the sci-fi loop for not having read this series since it...