Why I Loved…The Girl at Midnight by Melissa Grey

For months, I was champing at the bit, hoping to get an ARC of Melissa Grey’s The Girl at Midnight. The cover is beautiful, I love YA, the title reminded me of Laini Taylor’s Daughter of Smoke and Bone, and the author is a hoot on Twitter. So, I wanted the precious. WARNING: If you have not read the book, this review contains information some may consider spoilers.

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Supergirl: A Bit of Light Amid the Dark — Why That’s Not a Bad Thing

Heather Wheat:

So good. I can’t wait to watch now!

Originally posted on alwayscoffee:

So, the Supergirl trailer debuted yesterday, and the internet went bananas. It seems like there’s no middle ground – it’s either SQUEE or NOPE. I’m in the SQUEE camp, and here’s why: she’s layered and relatable. And she’s a charming badass. Let’s discuss.

The major complaint I’m seeing in that kind of a bumbling goofball, work-wise. But one thing I loved – that I related to – is the idea of working so hard to be normal (aka to fit in). Because I’ve done that. I’ve spent time trying to not rock the boat, to be less. And there’s usually some kind of impetus that shakes a person out of that. For Kara Zor-El, it’s her sister and an entire plane full of people being in danger.

In the pilot, Kara rescues a plane full of people. She flies. She kicks ass. And then has a goofy grin about it…

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The TBR Guilt Problem…Solved (Pt. 1)

I wrote several posts a little while ago about my TBR shelves (you can find them here, here, here, and here). I looked at all of the books I have, and why I have them. Well, over time, I’ve come to realize (though I’ve known all along) that I simply cannot read all of the books I have…and so I’ve decided to do a (slight) purge of my TBR shelves.
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Review—House of Hawthorne by Erika Robuck

I read The Scarlet Letter in high school (like many other high school students, I’m sure). Throughout the reading, we were focused on the symbolism of the light, Hester Prynne’s “ignominy,” and the perils of an overly religious and judgmental society.

Never did we focus much on the man who actually wrote the novel.

Now, though, thanks to Erika Robuck and her novel The House of Hawthorne, I feel as though I know both Nathaniel Hawthorne, but I especially feel as if I know his wife Sophia Peabody Hawthorne.

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Review—Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley

As I was reading Magonia by Maria Dahvana Headley, I cannot even begin to tell you how many times I said, “I wish I had her brain!”

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Reading Into Reading: Reading With Purpose as an Author with Julie

Heather Wheat:

This post by Julie Hutchings provides an interesting insight into how authors use the works of others to influence/help/facilitate their own writing processes.

Originally posted on deadlyeverafter:

TODAY’S BREW: It’s the last day of school vacation. ALL OF THE BREW.

By Julie

My book-buying habit is worthy of intervention, but it’s BOOKS. B O O K S. I justified to a friend online with her own book habit (this could be like, two thousand people on Twitter alone) that I only buy books that coincide with what I’m writing at the time.

BUT WHAT DO YOU MEAN? she asked.

While writing THE WIND BETWEEN WORLDS, I’ve read a lot of books for a lot of different reasons, all of which contribute directly to my writing. Here’s a few and what they’ve helped with:

  • THE FAIRYLAND SERIES by Catherynne Valente. September is a young female character with incredible self-awareness and backbone. I want that for a couple of the Witches in this book so I read to take note of how her strength was portrayed in such a…

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How Shakespeare’s Heroines Evolved From One-Dimensional to Feminist

Heather Wheat:

Awe.some. Truly. A great read.

Originally posted on Flavorwire:

It’s the Bard’s birthday! Some celebrate the day by inserting “thee”s and “forsooth”s into their speech, and others by gathering Shakespeare’s quips and aphorisms. But there’s another way to honor his legacy, and that is to take a look at his treatment of women, which might be very instructive to some of our more boorish and misogynist culture creators today. Shakespeare was once just like them, but he evolved into something far greater.

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