3 Lessons From Wonder Woman

I know I’m very, very late in coming to the Wonder Woman party. I finally saw it for the first time last week and have been thinking about it a lot since then. There were definitely things that bothered me and that I didn’t like, but there was an incredible power about it that I couldn’t…

Everything I need to know I learned from Harry Potter

It’s funny, really, what you can learn from a children’s book. And funny how powerful such a book can be. Only, it’s not funny at all. It’s true. Right now, I want to talk about one children’s series: Harry Potter. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s/Philosopher’s Stone was first published 20 years ago today, and it…

The New Normal

The stories aren’t new. Not new anymore. Don’t shock like they did. Don’t shock anymore. Drawn out of the past. Dusty books on shelves. Somewhere, yes; not here. Never close. Never real. Not anymore. How? We buried the dark, The monsters. Turns out it’s stubborn. Iron. Civilized, we thought. And better, we thought. But now…

Lessons from rereading

Every reader’s dilemma: “So many books, so little time.” It kills me to know that there are so many wonderful books that I’ll never get the chance to read. Because of that, I don’t usually reread books. I used to. When I was younger, I reread books all the time. I’ve read each of the…

Another reason to love reading

There are plenty of things I’m not very sanguine about, but on the whole, I have a fairly optimistic view of human nature. I think people are mostly good and that there’s not as much bad as it’s easy to think there is. Sometimes, though, it can be hard to hold on to that view. And…

A Public Faith

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to do an internship in Amman, Jordan. It was an incredible experience, though I’ll admit I was definitely ready to come home by the end of it. I remember thinking in the final weeks of my internship about what I would miss the most – what I would…

The Problem with Classics

I love a lot about classics. For the most part, there’s a reason they’ve stuck around. As wonderful experiences I have had reading classic literature, there are some definite challenges that come along with it. One of the challenges of reading classics is reconciling “old-fashioned” ways of thinking with modern expectations. This stood out to me…

The Classics Book Tag

For something slightly different today, let’s do a book tag! It’s simply a series of questions to answer and then you would tag somebody that you also want to answer those questions. Except I haven’t actually been tagged to do this one, and I’m not going to tag anybody, so I guess this is more of…

The Right Time

When I was eight, I tried to read my first adult book. I seem to remember it being at least 800 pages long, although Goodreads claims it is just over 400 pages, so…there’s that. It had been given to me by my grandmother and was part of an enormous series called The Work and the…

Reading wrap-up: part 2

If you missed part 1 of my reading wrap-up, click here. It’s time for more books! We’ll jump right into it. I remember hearing oodles of rave reviews for We Were Liars by E. Lockhart when it came out a few years ago. I’m not sure why I waited so long, but I was in the mood…

Reading wrap-up: part 1

As I mentioned in last week’s post, I have read a lot over the last few weeks, so I thought I would share what I’ve read and what I thought about it. I was planning to put it all in one post, but it got a little wieldy. (Yes, I’ve read that much.) So I’ve…

Yo ho, yo ho, a writer’s life for me

Back in January, I shared some writing goals that I hoped would help me get “unstuck” in February. I suspected that my “writer’s block” (which I don’t really believe in) was due mostly to the fact that I did not quite know what to do next, and I thought that making a plan would help me…

Song and Dance: Why I Love Musicals

Differences between art forms are fascinating to me. Reading and writing are my favorite things in the world, so literature is the art form that I understand best and relate to most. But I love looking at everything from dance, music, visual art, film…you name it. Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about musical theatre in…

Revolutionary Fun Facts

  Last week, I wrote about feeling overwhelmed with my project, and how uncertain I was where to even begin. So I finally made a plan and set some goals. I decided in February (and the last week of January), I would focus on research. So far, it’s been going well. I’ve got quite a…