On Friday, as many of you may have learned by now, the YA internet world blew up, and this article by Ruth Graham is why. Here's the crux of her argument: ...a whopping 28 percent of all YA sales—are between ages 30 and 44. That’s my demographic, which might be why I wasn’t surprised to hear this … Continue reading In defense of YA
Starting The YA Wallpaper with Gretchen has been a lot of fun. We're just getting going and I think we're doing something different from what anyone else is doing when they engage the genre. We're taking it on its own terms: YA is a serious genre taking on serious issues and expects more of its readers … Continue reading On criticism
I'm going to be giving the Immodesty Rail series a rest for now and turn to something else that's been making me excited lately. Sometimes I rant about books on Twitter. Sometimes I write stupid posts about books that annoy me. And I always I grumble about bad writing with my inner feminist curmudgeon. But … Continue reading Introducing: The YA Wallpaper
I've been waiting for this book to come out for months. It finally showed up on my doorstep on Friday (it releases tomorrow, but I got lucky and got an ARC) and I gobbled it up by Sunday morning, reading it during stolen moments here and there. Blogger Elizabeth Esther isn't everyone's cuppa tea. She's … Continue reading Girl At The End Of The World
Hi guys. We're going to change things up a bit here today. I want to talk to you about something I've learned at my job, the one that I work to pay the bills. The one where I'm working hourly and on my feet all day and where I sometimes get off at midnight or … Continue reading Notes from a bookseller
I was talking with some friends this week about favorite childhood books (we're still not over Sheftu. True story.) and I realized that reading good stories with strong female characters built a lot of subconscious mental structure which helped me see women as equal to men, and drove me to be skeptical of the soft … Continue reading Why I’m a feminist: books & opinions of my own
I love reading. When I was in third grade, my mom had me make a list of all the books I'd read in the last year. Once we got through the library loan records and my Sonlight reading list, I discovered that I'd read between two and three hundred books that year. When I was … Continue reading Short Stories: an announcement and a giveaway
Since graduation, I've been trying to keep reading works in the canon of great Western literature (likely an unattainable dream). Last week I finished Brideshead Revisited (which mostly made me more annoyed at Downton Abbey for existing and also wishing that every Catholic author had the clairvoyance of Walker Percy). This week I'm reading Lord of the Flies for … Continue reading Lord of the Flies: Really?