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The Young Elites by Marie Lu

The Young Elites by Marie Lu

I go bananas for books featuring female characters with agency. I go crazy for stories where the heroine’s story is her own, and she isn’t immediately (or at any point of the journey) chasing after a male stud. I go berserk for novels where the ‘strong’ female lead is something other than an Arthurian / … Continue reading

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Tsarina by J. Nelle Patrick

Growing up like many of my fellow die hard readers, I came to have a bit of a ‘Matilda’ reputation with the elementary school librarians because I was one of the few 9 year olds with a penchant for biographies. I devoured these real life stories of men and women who’d composed symphonies, traveled the world, … Continue reading

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell

*It is known* that I’m not the biggest fan of contemporary YA fiction around here. Actually, that’s kind of an understatement. Until recently I pretty much avoided this sub-genre like the annoying popular clique at my high school. Rolling my eyes as mentions of it passed me by on twitter, and scurrying down back alleys … Continue reading

In Celebration of Matilda

In Celebration of Matilda

I always find it impossible to say which of Roald Dahl’s books is my favorite, but it’s usually a close tie between Fantastic Mr. Fox and Matilda. Here’s a link to a lovely little interview from NPR with Roald Dahl’s daughter Lucy Dahl, in which she reads an excerpt from a letter he wrote to … Continue reading

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

The Bone Season by Samantha Shannon

There’s a a spectacularly eerie song, called “Danse Macabre” composed by Camille Saint-Saëns, that is woven through the narrative of Samantha Shannon’s The Bone Season. You should definitely listen to it if you’re thinking about reading this book. It’s fevered, emotional, dark, at times frenzied, rich and innovative; a tone poem set for orchestra that is … Continue reading

On Female Characters…

“Female characters should be people. Flawed, glorious, interesting, enthralling people. Let them dye their hair and pierce their ears without going “wah wah wah I’m so bad at being a girl wait hey look suddenly I’ve gotten a makeover and I’m gorgeous.” Let them have female friends. Let them fuck up. Let them have bad days, and … Continue reading

Writing Tips and Resources for Camp NaNoWriMo

Writing Tips and Resources for Camp NaNoWriMo

I’ve been meaning to do it for ages, but this year I finally made the commitment and signed up to try and write a novel, or at the very least get one started, in a month. Gulp. NaNoWriMo (the affectionate shorthand for National Novel Writing Month) offers a Camp version in July. The timing was perfect! … Continue reading

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Siege and Storm by Leigh Bardugo

Reading Leigh Bardugo’s writing is like sinking your teeth in to the most decadent macaron. Your palette is submerged in tantalizingly complex flavors and textures, your imagination is lit when your taste buds are left tingling. How is the shell at once crispy and feather light? What witchcraft is it that makes this palm-sized sweet, … Continue reading

The Girl with an Axe by Helmut Newton

The Girl with an Axe by Helmut Newton

There’s something so arresting about the fevered energy that this girl is putting in to the swing of her axe; it makes me think of fairy tales where so many female characters are in danger of the woods – except unlike Red Riding Hood or Gretel, this heroine is poised to strike at whatever might … Continue reading