5 4 3 2 1 – #20

5 Articles I’m Reading

Book Riot has a list of Native American poets to read. I’m not usually one to read poetry, so I’m excited for these recommendations!

Electric Literature has a great roundup of advice from women writing nonfiction.

Looking for some women centered thrillers? Crime Reads has you covered.

Not exactly book related, but if you haven’t seen Rita Moreno’s moving reading of “The New Colossus,” you’re missing out.

There’s been a lot of buzz surrounding Tommy Orange’s new novel, There There, and it seems we’re in the midst of a Native Renaissance, according to The Paris Review.

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Coco

Kingsman: The Golden Circle

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel

Orphan Black

3 New to Me Books

The Brutal Telling by Louise Penny

The Last Hours by Minette Walters

North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Dead Girls by Alice Bolin

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows

1 Quote

“Always remember that when a man goes out of the room, he leaves everything in it behind… When a woman goes out she carries everything that happened in the room along with her.”

Alice Munro

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5 4 3 2 1 – #19

5 Articles I’m Reading

Crime Reads has a great roundup of Irish women mystery writers.

Here are the top ten lost women’s classic novels.

Looking to read some Toni Morrison? Here’s where to start!

Pride Month recommendations from LGBTQ authors that can really be read yearlong!

What happens when we only celebrate ‘rebel girls’?

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

American Made

Brooklyn99

Suits

Westworld

3 New to Me Books

Fruit of the Drunken Tree by Ingrid Rojas Contreras

The Last Time I Lied by Riley Sager

The Summer Wives by Beatriz Williams

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Mrs. Dalloway by Virginia Woolf

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

1 Quote

“One can follow the sun, of course, but I have always thought that it is best to know some winter, too, so that the summer, when it arrives, is the more gratefully received.”

Beatriz Williams

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5 4 3 2 1 – #18

5 Articles I’m Reading

Book Riot is sharing 50 books about neurodiversity.

Crime Reads has a great list of road trip Noir.

The New York Review of Books has an article on Eileen Chang! See which one of her books I’m currently reading below.

Over at Electric Literature, two authors discuss how their Lyme disease interacts with their identities as women of color and as writers.

“The Unapologetically Lesbian, Latina Poetry of tatiana de la tierra.”

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Baywatch

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Suits

Tully

3 New to Me Books

The Forgotten Room by Karen White, Beatriz Williams, and Lauren Willig

Still Lives by Maria Hummel

Visible Empire by Hannah Pittard

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Educated by Tara Westover

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

1 Quote

“Between memory and reality there are awkward discrepancies.”

Eileen Chang

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5 4 3 2 1 – #17

5 Articles I’m Reading

Crime Reads has six new international crime novels out this month.

Did you see it? Modern Mrs. Darcy released her 2018 Summer Reading Guide!

Ever wonder who your author horoscope is? Electric Literature has the answer!

Here’s why you need to read Attica Locke. By the way, I loved her novel Bluebird, Bluebird!

Looking to start reading Toni Morrison? Book Riot has you covered.

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

Scandal

Suits

Westworld

3 New to Me Books

Before and Again by Barbara Delinsky

Providence by Caroline Kepnes

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

The Favorite Sister by Jessica Knoll

Monsoon Mansion by Cinelle Barnes

1 Quote

“Don’t ever think I fell for you, or fell over you. I didn’t fall in love, I rose in it.”

Toni Morrison

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5 4 3 2 1 – #16

5 Articles I’m Reading

Check out this great interview with Elaine Castillo over at Asian American Writers’ Workshop.

Did you know that Jane Austen is often cited in court?

Jane Austen and mansplaining. Need I say more?

LitHub ranked the best 90s Shakespeare screen adaptations and I have to say, they’re pretty spot on!

The New York Review of Books has a great article on Julia de Burgos, Puerto Rico’s greatest poet. Admittedly, I’d never heard of her before, but I really like her work!

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Face/Off

L.A. Confidential

Mission: Impossible II

Westworld

3 New to Me Books

All We Ever Wanted by Emily Giffin

By the Book by Julia Sonneborn

You Think It, I’ll Say It by Curtis Sittenfeld

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan

What I Saw and How I Lied by Judy Blundell

1 Quote

“After, when the sea will curl violently

They will say: “it is the fatal conscience of that girl,

She had many sins because she always lived in verse

And what you do on earth, on earth you pay for.”

-from “After,” by Julia de Burgos

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5 4 3 2 1 – #15

5 Articles I’m Reading

Be sure to watch the trailer for the upcoming HBO series, Sharp Objects, based on the novel by Gillian Flynn!

Did you see this interview with Tracy K. Smith and Jacqueline Woodson?

Four Latina authors talk about the diversity problem in the romance novel industry.

Rebecca Solnit asks, Whose Story (and Country) Is This?

Shondaland gets at to the heart of how America became the way it is in 2018.

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Brooklyn 99

Chef’s Table

A Quiet Place

Scandal

3 Quotes

“Only the very weak-minded refuse to be influenced by literature and poetry.”

Cassandra Clare

“Think before you speak. Read before you think.”

Fran Lebowitz

“Until I feared I would lose it, I never loved to read. One does not love breathing.”

Harper Lee

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Liar’s Candle by August Thomas

She Caused a Riot by Hannah Jewell

1 New to Me Books

Every Other Weekend by Zulema Renee Summerfield

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5 4 3 2 1 – #14

5 Articles I’m Reading

Book Riot has a mystery giveaway!

Modern Mrs. Darcy shared 20 books in translation.

“Reading About the Worst Parts of Motherhood Makes Me Less Afraid.”

Stop reading mediocre books. Just stop.

YA Women of Color Authors to Add to Your Reading List, brought to you by Shondaland.

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Cocktail

Frasier

Mad Men

A Series of Unfortunate Events

3 New to Me Books

Chloe Flavor: Saucy, Crispy, Spicy, Vegan by Chloe Coscarelli

Hot for Food Vegan Comfort Classics: 101 Recipes to Feed Your Face by Lauren Toyota

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

1 Quote

“She is too fond of books, and it has turned her brain.”

Louisa May Alcott

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5 4 3 2 1 – #13

5 Articles I’m Reading

Book Riot has a roundup of 100 books about siblings.

I admit I’ve never read any Rachel Carson. But The New Yorker has a fantastic piece on her life and now I’m moving some Carson up my TBR.

Love Victorian Gothic literature? CrimeReads has you covered.

Oprah is sharing the most addictive books over the last 25 years!

What does a librarian do?

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Backdraft

Imposters

Jumanji

Santa Clarita Diet

3 New to Me Books

Crenshaw by Katherine Applegate

The Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware (out May 29)

French Exit by Patrick DeWitt (out August 28 from Ecco)

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Little Women by Louisa May Alcott

The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson

1 Quote

“Tell me about a complicated man.

Muse, tell me how he wandered and was lost

when he had wrecked the holy town of Troy,

and where he went, and who he met, the pain

he suffered in the storms at sea, and how

he worked to save his life and bring his men

back home. He failed to keep them safe; poor fools,

they ate the Sun God’s cattle, and the god

kept them from home. Now goddess, child of Zeus,

tell the old story for our modern times.

Find the beginning.”

Emily Wilson, The Odyssey

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5 4 3 2 1 – #12

5 Articles I’m Reading

Here’s why Mary Wollstonecraft deserves her own statue.

I think the title says if all: 5 Writers Who Should Be Feminist Saints.

It’s almost spring, which means rainy weather is coming! Book Riot has some great recommendations for rainy day reading.

The Times is recommending fifteen contemporary books by women for women’s history month.

Who else is excited for the news about Celeste Ng’s Little Fires Everywhere?!

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Annihilation

Baby Driver

Spotlight

A Wrinkle in Time

3 New to Me Books

The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X.R. Pan (out March 20)

Dread Nation by Justina Ireland (out April 3)

Erotic Stories for Punjabi Widows by Balli Kaur Jaswal

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

A Fatal Grace by Louise Penny

Reading People by Anne Bogel

1 Quote

“We all live in a kind of continuous dream,” I told him. “When we wake, it is because something, some event, some pinprick even, disturbs the edges of what we’ve taken as reality.” – Jeff VanderMeer

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5 4 3 2 1 – #11

5 Articles I’m Reading

The Atlantic takes a look at how the FBI treated Black-Owned Bookstores during the height of the Black Panther movement. Spoiler alert: not well.

Book Riot has some great tips to make reading the classics a little bit easier.

Here are 15 Great Books That Would Make Terrible Movies.

Over at Electric Literature, one writer shares her disappointment with travel memoirs.

Yes! There’s an interview with Carmen Maria Machado!

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Altered Carbon

Mission: Impossible

The Post

I, Tonya

3 New to Me Books

The Belles by Dhonielle Clayton

Educated by Tara Westover

Stray City by Chelsey Johnson (out March 20)

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

The Duchess Deal by Tessa Dare

Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts

1 Quote

“We read books to find out who we are. What other people, real or imaginary, do and think and feel… is an essential guide to our understanding of what we ourselves are and may become.” Ursula K. Le Guin

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