Anxiety made me a rule-follower. It made a kindergarten teacher voice concern to my parents. Was I being punished at home for small mistakes? (“No!” my parents cried. “She’s just always been like that!”) In second grade, it made me hyperventilate in a school hallway, when I realized I didn’t have a permission slip… that… Read More These Words Matter: Emery Lord
In early June I took a trip to Kelowna, BC as a birthday present to myself. My best friend Phil has lived out west for years so I figured my 25th birthday was as good a time as any to catch a flight. I felt like I got dropped into the middle of a Twilight… Read More On the Road: Kelowna, BC
Trying to identify one book that turned me into a reader is like trying to pick one word to be my favourite, whereupon I give you THE DICTIONARY. I’ve never not read. I came out of the birth canal with a book in my tiny hand. In a house filled with books, reading was like… Read More These Words Matter: Harriet Reuter Hapgood
This is what was in my mailbox: winter & spring 2017. Reading was hard this winter, but I’m optimistic that things are picking up. What did you take off of your TBR pile? I was sent a few books from publishers, which is always so nice. So, let’s get into it! We Come Apart by Sarah Crossan… Read More In My Mailbox: Winter & Spring 2017
Ugh, this book. Prisoner of Azkaban is the Harry Potter book that made me really fall in love with the series. Obviously I enjoyed Philosopher’s Stone and Chamber of Secrets, but it was Prisoner of Azkaban that made me really fall in love. I have fond memories of running through forests to find a place… Read More Book Review: “Prisoner of Azkaban” by J.K. Rowling
I’ve thought long and hard about this, and I can’t really come up with the book that made me a reader. And that’s because I was never a not-reader. I have no memory of a time when I wasn’t regularly reading (or being read to). I realize how arrogant it sounds—as if I’m suggesting I… Read More These Words Matter: Richelle Mead
Mother’s Day is this weekend, which got me thinking about my favourite fictional women. The numbers are staggering; there are so many strong, beautiful women in the fiction that adorn my shelves, and for that I will be forever grateful. These women have taught me about respect, ambition, and friendship. So, in time for this… Read More Badass Heroines
The Journey: Writing Inspiration As winter gives way to spring, I am reminded of what inspires me most: nice weather. To me, there is nothing better for writing inspiration than a good dose of sunshine, just as sunshine is good for your health. As the world comes back to life, so does my writing inspiration.
When to Break Up With a Book So, when should you break up with a book? As in, when should you stop reading a book that you aren’t enjoying? It’s a question I’ve found that a lot of readers struggle with. If you start a book, you should finish it, right? Nope.
Ella Enchanted by Gail Carson Levine was my first true fairytale retelling. I’d always devoured fairytales and world mythology, but I hadn’t read anything that transformed something old and made it new. I hadn’t experienced what it meant for someone to take a story and make it her own. I picked it up because it was… Read More These Words Matter: Roshani Chokshi