Don’t Create a False Equivalency between the Donald Trump Video & Fifty Shades of Grey


Mostly, I write about young adult books. I read them. I write them. I love them, and I love to blog about them. But sometimes I feel so GRRRRR about something, that I have to vent. I don’t think it’s will be a surprise to most of my few readers that I’m supporting Hillary in the upcoming election. In fact, I used the threat of Donald Trump to motivate me through writing my third draft/masters thesis last semester. It was incredibly effective. Smarter, more expert people have been talking about the vile audio recording of Trump released on Friday. I don’t need to add my two cents in about that one. But when Fifty Shades of Grey was invoked to justify and excuse his actions…that’s when the GRRRRR feeling got out of control.  Continue reading “Don’t Create a False Equivalency between the Donald Trump Video & Fifty Shades of Grey”

A Weekend Full of Good Things

Hi friends? What are you up to this holiday weekend? I’m taking advantage of the long weekend to visit my mom and see the new town where she lives. As much as I love New York City, I always love when I get a break from the noise and craziness. It’s nice to spend time with family and relax. This morning when I woke up, I got into bed with my mom like I did growing up and we talked for an out. Later, mom made me cheesy eggs and turkey bacon for breakfast. and I spent the rest of the morning watching the Kardashians and working on my grading/student feedback. I’m grateful for this time.

As per usual, I packed a lot of books for the long weekend. I brought Futhermore by Tahereh Mafi, Crooked Kingdom by Leigh Bardugo, and Shut Out by Kody Keplinger. In these weird personal & political times, I’m enjoying my retreat into the worlds of other people’s books and my own. Crossing my fingers for a productive writing and reading weekend, along with good family time.

Top Ten Jane Austen Villains


It’s villain week on Top Ten Tuesday. Even though there are some more obvious book villains, my first thought was of the antagonists in my favorite Jane Austen novels. Some I hate. Some I love to hate. Here are my top ten Jane Austen villains:

  1. Mr. Wickham from Pride and Prejudice 
  2. Caroline Bingley from Pride and Prejudice 
  3. Lady Catherine de Bourgh from Pride and Prejudice 
  4. Lucy Steele from Sense and Sensibility 
  5. Mr. Willoughby from Sense and Sensibility 
  6. Mrs. Norris from Mansfield Park 
  7. The Crawford siblings from Mansfield Park 
  8. Mr. and Mrs. Elton from Emma 
  9. The Thorpe siblings from Northanger Abbey 
  10. William Elliot from Persuasion 

Thank to The Broke and the Bookish for hosting this weekly book meme!

Marry, Date or Dump: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children


Hi friends! I’ve missed Marry, Date or Dump so I thought I’d do a few in October. I’ve been wanting to reread Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children for awhile. I read it during a confusing/grumpy time, and I’m worried my feelings about life seeped into how I felt about the book. So many people I know love this one and now there is a movie! When faced with the characters from the series, who would you marry? Who would you date? And, finally, who would you dump? Let me know your answers in the comments. Continue reading “Marry, Date or Dump: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children”