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

Review: The Snow Fell Three Graves Deep 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

Revising Little Women: “Jo & Laurie” by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

Louisa May Alcott's Little Women is one of my truest book loves. This is not a surprise to anyone, if you'll recall my January post about my visit to Orchard House: "A (Cold, Broke) Boston Girl’s Guide to “Little Women”. Side bar: I'm always happy to discuss Little Women (or any other Alcott works!) just drop … Continue reading Revising Little Women: “Jo & Laurie” by Margaret Stohl and Melissa de la Cruz

A Literary Year in Review

2018 was a phenomenal year. I finished my junior year of college, spent the summer in beautiful Maine, started my senior year of undergrad, visited Washington D.C., attended the National Book Festival for the second year in a row, visited Boston, and ended 2018 by rereading the Harry Potter Series in the month of December. I've highlighted some of my literary happenings! 

My Great American Read

When PBS announced the Great American Read, I was excited to see PBS uncover literature in American and let the country decide what the nation’s favorite book is. Based upon a survey, they broke down America’s top 100 books and are narrowing it down to one. The show, as hosted by Meredith Vieira, started on May 22, with a two-hour kickoff episode introducing the books. This will be followed with five themed episodes and a finale in the fall to announce the results of the voting. I streamed the episode the day after it aired, and decide to live tweet the process.

Anyways, because of my live-tweeting and the general position I hold as I walk through life as a bookish person, I have thoughts on this list and what PBS is trying to accomplish. So, I’m going to hit it with some list analysis.