Reading the National Book Award Longlist

When the longlist for the 2020 National Book Award for Young People's Literature was announced clear back in September 2020, I immediately put as many of the long list book on hold as possible. Given that it's four months into 2021, and my last hold wasn't fulfilled until March, that speaks to the popularity of … Continue reading Reading the National Book Award Longlist

Considering the Caldecott

This past semester (Fall 2020), I took CHL 403 - Picturebook at Simmons and we finished our semester with a Mock Caldecott, which was won by We are the Water Protectors. Because of this, I feel qualified to make commentary on the actual winners and honor books of the 2020 Caldecott. I had hoped to … Continue reading Considering the Caldecott

Review: The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep

https://twitter.com/BookishlyBright/status/1347731401265672192 I tweeted this a while back, and then quickly realized if I wanted to tell lots of people about the Donner Party book I read in full detail that I could just write a blog post about it. Literally the reason I have a blog is to tell people about the books I'm reading. … Continue reading Review: The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep

I read it so you don’t have to: “Rodham” by Curtis Sittenfeld

In undergrad, I picked up a used copy of Curtis Sittenfeld’s American Wife, a fictionalized look at Laura Bush’s life, at the Dusty Bookshelf (Manhattan, Kansas’s favorite bookstore). I really enjoyed Sittenfeld’s writing and the fictional exploration of a real person’s life was interesting. Because of this, and because of how talked about it was, … Continue reading I read it so you don’t have to: “Rodham” by Curtis Sittenfeld

Life is a Highway: A Look at America’s Interstates in “Divided Highways”

I have spent countless hours on I-70 traveling east and west through Kansas with the most miles traveled between Exit 76 at Oakley and Exit 303 leading to Manhattan during my undergrad years. I loved to set my cruise control at 80 and turn up country radio, pop on a podcast, or often I listened … Continue reading Life is a Highway: A Look at America’s Interstates in “Divided Highways”