A Communal Experience

So the new Hunger Games movie came out this week, and it has done very well at the box office so far. It’s interesting to me that a book written for such a specific audience (young adults interested in science fiction) has gained such traction with the public at large. It doesn’t happen very often, but when a series manages to transcend markets and generations in just this way, it becomes very powerful.

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Why You Need To Be Reading Tamora Pierce

Have you heard of her? I’m guessing probably not: outside of a very specific subset of feminist young adult fans, she’s not very well known. But she should be: her books are some of the best young adult fiction I’ve ever read, much better (in my opinion) than those of more popular writers like Suzanne Collins or John Green. Continue reading

A Family History

Something a little different this week; I did mention the potential for posting assignments occasionally, and I’ve finally produced something I’m pretty proud of. It was a journalism assignment for Remembrance Day, and I interviewed by grandmother about her experiences during the Second World War and what Remembrance Day means to her.  Continue reading

A Small Interlude

So I’ve been having a bit of a rough time of it lately, which is to be expected I guess. Nobody ever said post-secondary education would be easy, much less such a stringent program. And in times of hardship, settling down with a comfort read is a big help.

These books are nothing I’d recommend normally, or even consider very good. But there is something undeniably reassuring about settling down with the literary equivalent of junk food.

I’m a sucker for crappy romance novels, and I have a couple of very battered Spider-Man novels that I pull out if I need a dose of comic book therapy.

So what do you pull out when you need to forget the world and unwind? Any guilty pleasures? (We all have them, don’t pretend you don’t.)

And of course, if all else fails, there’s always the internet.

A Book about a Book about a Review of a Documentary about a House that’s Bigger on the Inside

That’s what I say whenever I’m reading House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski and someone asks me what it’s about. And if it bends your mind in strange ways and leaves you totally confused and a little scared? Good. Because that’s what this book is about.

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