Yes, young adult books can be powerful, compelling and entertaining. The Hate U Give is just that. It's also one of the rare books I would classify as "illuminating," maybe even "life-changing." Here is why anyone who wants to understand others should read it...
This is one of those whiplash days where my normally sunny self looks at the world and says - what is wrong with people? I have a theory - it's a problem of empathy.
I just got a t-shirt with a Shakespeare quote that reads, "And though she be but little, she is fierce." It inspired today's blog about fierce women who inspire.
It's the last day of Women's History Month. Where does the time go? For this farewell to Women's History Month (until next year!), I'd like to highlight a few pioneering women who have served or are currently serving in the US military.
I haven't recently posted anything specifically for my Books Over Looks blog series, the purpose of which is to talk about how to help kids, particularly girls, realize books, reading, education and thought are more important than material things or how many likes they have on Instagram. A recent study that found as early as 6 years old, girls already think they are NOT as smart as boys made me think it was time for another installment.
My husband says my blog posts whip drastically into two extreme directions - happy fun blogs (usually somehow related to books, writing, stories or the arts) and dire "what is wrong with America" blogs. It's a fair and accurate assessment. My blogs are a reflection of me.
Have you ever heard people say women just aren't as funny as men? (Usually it's the men who say this.) Luckily, I am a woman and I find women very funny. And, since it's Friday and by Friday I'm always read for at minimum a laugh, let's talk about funny women and, in particular, their funny books.
I love strong female characters. And since it's women's history month, I thought a blog about some of my favorite badass female characters in TV, movies and literature and why they rock, would be fun. So here it goes!
Wake up to my dog taking a running leap off the bed while barking so loudly it makes the windows rattle and all because a squirrel scurried across the roof. Reluctantly get up and throw on a t-shirt and sweat pants...