What a Week! Plus Book Recommendations for Mid-September

I meant to run this update last week, but I ended up being so busy that time got away from me. In the last week and a half, I've had several things published. One of them is my essay in the fall issue of Tin House! https://www.instagram.com/p/BnuRbvlFEuF/ Another publication that really blew up was this…

Book Riot’s Read Harder Challenge 2017 – May Update

I am seriously behind on my Goodreads Challenge. I blame working on my novel. But since I made the first post about Book Riot's Read Harder Challenge, I fulfilled a major dream and became a Book Riot Contributor! And yet, that gives me less time to read. Ha! Anyway, here's an update on my Read Harder progress.…

LITSY A-TO-Z READING CHALLENGE – May Update

My life has been so crazy full this year. I am unbelievably behind on my Goodreads reading challenge. I think I'll make it up. Maybe? I'm also participating in the Book Riot Read Harder Challenge, which I'll write an update post on soon. Another challenge I’m participating in this year is the Litsy A-to-Z challenge.…

Book List: Five Horse Books to Get You Hyped for the Kentucky Derby

When I was a baby, my dad ran a horse farm in Ocala, FL, and my mom trained racehorses. They first put me on a horse before I could walk. My earliest memories include the slough of horse hair on my mother’s jeans from riding bareback and the sway of the horse’s shoulders as we…

Book Review: Gilded Cage by Vic James

Vic James’s debut dystopic fantasy, Gilded Cage, blends the magic of Victoria Aveyard’s Red Queen and the well-known squalor of The Hunger Games with a relatable cast of characters and vast plot that reminds me of A Song of Ice and Fire. In the world of Gilded Cage, not everyone is created Equal. Most aristocrats…

More than Weirdness Machines: The Inequality of Hurricanes in Fiction

I wrote this post right after Hurricane Matthew, but my life was so scrambled that it never got posted. The following are my belated thoughts on hurricanes in fiction. Like many of my fellow Floridians, I evacuated for Hurricane Matthew. As I’m writing this, it’s been nearly a week since it hit. I’m still without…

Six Oscar-Nominated Movies Based on Books

This year, the Academy Awards will air on February 26th this year. Several of the movies nominated are based on books or stories. Arrival (2016) is the story of an alien arrival on planet Earth and the linguistics professor, played by Amy Adams, who endeavors to interpret the language of the alien visitors. Arrival is nominated for…