So, I finally read my first “self-help” book. It wasn’t actually a self-help book, but it’s quite close. “Will I Ever Be Good Enough? Healing the Daughters of Narcissistic Mothers” by Karyl McBride, Ph.D. This book made me cry, like ugly cry. But, I don’t ever cry that’s the thing. Every time a tear falls,Continue reading “I DON’T READ SELF-HELP BOOKS!”
It’s like putting together a jigsaw puzzle With no reference picture and, sometimes, With no edge pieces. I stare hard at moving lips, always a phoneme (or two, or three, or four) behind the conversation, While my brain plays the matching game With puzzle pieces that constantly change Colors and shapes and get lost among Continue reading “Poem: “Lip-Reading” by Leigh Ann”
Once again I am back to writing another rave review about my recent reading conquest. Recently author Cassandra Clare came out with the second book in The Last Hours trilogy. Now, some won’t know or maybe have not heard of Mrs. Clare, or her work, but I’m warning you now, I AM OBSESSED. I haveContinue reading “Ball and “Chain of Iron””
Ground Control to Major Tom: We all need to consider how others feel, really learn to empathize.
If you’re anything like me, sometimes texting or responding to emails can feel overwhelming. It carries too much an expectation of an immediate response. There’s not enough time to really think about what I want to say or how to say it. In a capitalistic society that monetizes time, the feeling of urgency is especiallyContinue reading “Opinion: Snail Mailing with Pen Pals is Awesome”
Today I plan on delivering the best book recommendation anyone has ever read. I’m totally lying, my brain is fried from the semester. But I intend to convert some book readers! Behold!!!! Beautiful Disaster by Jamie McGuire I’m going to go ahead and describe it as a contemporary adult romance novel. Abby Abernathy attends aContinue reading “The Good Smut…I Mean Stuff”
Welcome back to Hypocritisms, the series in which we list a few double standards we find in literature! If you’ve ever read a book, you might have noticed that sometimes there are some double standards. All kinds. It’s not limited to gender roles or sexuality. Just like in real life, you see discrimination for aspectsContinue reading “Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 3”
It’s not culture if it’s ignorance and eugenics.
I recommend Ghost in the Tamarind: A Novel by Subramanian Shankar. It is a postcolonial story that takes place in India where a Brahmin boy, Ramu, finds a body of a laborer, Muragappa, under a tamarind tree. The time is pre-Independent India, and the class and caste boundaries prevent an investigation. Ramu cannot get theContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 8”
If I learned anything from last year is that a lot can happen in such a short time. Recently, I had to manage and learn how to survive an unexpected blizzard in the middle of Texas! Everything can change within a day- the way you live your life, the way you think, and the wayContinue reading “Back to School: Teacher Perspectives No. 3”
Many know me as a tea addict, and my best friend so kindly gifted me a book titled The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane by Lisa See for my birthday. The story starts with a girl named Li-yan growing up in an indigenous Akha village in the high mountains of China. Li-yan falls in loveContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 7”
Welcome back to Hypocritisms, the series in which we list a few double standards we find in literature! If you’ve ever read a book, you might have noticed that sometimes there are some double standards. All kinds. It’s not limited to gender roles or sexuality. Just like in real life, you see discrimination for aspectsContinue reading “Hypocriticisms: Double Standards in Literature No. 2”
I’m going to preface my opinion by saying this post is not going to be one of those blogs that vilifies the practice of diversifying characters, or claims that Black Indigenous Person of Color (BIPOC) diversity “replaces” or “displaces” white characters. Mostly because that sentiment ignores power dynamics, history, and root causes of practices thatContinue reading “Opinion: “Fake” Diversity in Literature”
We are all imperfect human beings, driven by passions. You and I are no exception.
I must admit that I’m a slow reader as it is, but it took me ten days to read The Disaster Artist: My Life Inside The Room, the Greatest Bad Movie Ever Made. I decided to challenge myself and read one hundred books this year, so this was a misstep if I had to readContinue reading “On My Bookshelf: Community Recs No. 6”
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