“Are You Ready to Be Strong?”

Today is International Women’s Day and to celebrate I want to share a bit about reading as a girl/woman and the woman characters from books and media that have (and do) inspire me.

Since starting this blog and diving into literature in the last year or so I have been thinking about my life experiences with fiction and imagination. As a girl I loved to read. I can remember keeping a flashlight under my bed so that after my parents tucked my sister and I into bed (oh the days of sharing a room!), I could continue to read under the covers.  Continue reading ““Are You Ready to Be Strong?””


Literature with a Capital L

Over a month ago there was a flurry of online debate when Jodi Picoult and Jennifer Wiener, both popular commercial/chick-lit authors, took to Twitter about the New York Times rave reviews of Jonathan Franzen’s new novel, Freedom.

Picoult tweeted,

“NYT raved about Franzen’s new book. Is anyone shocked? Would love to see the NYT rave about authors who aren’t white male literary darlings.”

Continue reading “Literature with a Capital L”