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My Foray into Reading Challenges

Every year around this time, my friend and fellow blogger Alison mentions that she is taking part in a yearly reading challenge (this year, it has been termed an event) called R.I.P. This delightfully spooky happening, hosted by Carl of Stainless Steel Droppings, asks readers and bloggers to commit to “imbibing all things ghastly and ghostly” during the months of September and October and then to share what they’ve read with others. Seeing as I have a taste for these types of entertainment all year round and I always read/watch more creepiness in October than any other month, I figured this had to be the year that I stop just watching from the sidelines and actually participate. Continue reading

Michel Faber’s Under The Skin

Wowzers, it’s been a while! I know, I know: I’m a bad blog-father. I won’t bother trying to defend myself. Rather, I submit here to you, Internet, a review of Michel Faber’s Under The Skin, an excellent novel I just finished reading, published first on my Goodreads account. This novel blew me away.

The cover of Michel Faber's "Under The Skin"

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My Newfound Love for Memoir

As an English major and a library science graduate student, it’s pretty obvious that I have a thing for books. I don’t quite feel complete unless I have a book (usually more like three or four) on my bedside table in various states of completion. My taste in books is vast and varied, as I love the annoyingly-titled “contemporary fiction” genre, short stories and classic literature as well as graphic novels, campy thrillers and horror novels. The only thing I never really took a liking to was nonfiction. Truth seemed just so much more boring than the sweeping worlds of fiction! Continue reading

"Lock up your libraries if you like, but there is no gate, no lock, no bolt that you can set upon the freedom of my mind."

-Virginia Woolf, "A Room of One's Own"

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