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

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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

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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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5 4 3 2 1 – #10

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Book Riot has a great list of books you can read in one sitting.

Bustle is sharing February non-fiction new releases!

Buzzfeed released a list of 42 Amazing Books Written by Black Authors.

The New York Review of Books reviews Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward. And you can read my review of her book here!

This title pretty much says it all: Is Homer’s Calypso a Feminist Icon or a Rapist?

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Episodes

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Ocean’s Eleven

Raiders of the Lost Ark

3 New to Me Books

The Broken Girls by Simone St. James

I Was Anastasia by Ariel Lawhon

Tangerine by Christine Mangan

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Women & Power by Mary Beard

1 Quote

“It is a dangerous myth that we are better historians than our predecessors. We are not.” – Mary Beard, SPQR

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5 4 3 2 1 – #9

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Book Riot is recommending eight moving graphic novels and memoirs.

Looking for some contemporary romances? Smart Bitches, Trashy Books has you covered!

Modern Mrs. Darcy is sharing a great roundup of classic books by or about women.

The National Book Awards announced a new category honoring works in translation.

NPR has a review of Starlings, by Jo Walton. I’m picking this book up tomorrow from the library!

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Episodes

One Day at a Time

The Hobbit, parts 1-3

The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

3 New to Me Books

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

This Will Be My Undoing by Morgan Jerkins

The Wedding Date by Jasmine Guillory

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

The Odyssey by Homer, Translated by Emily Wilson

1 Quote

“Of all creatures that breathe and move upon the earth, nothing is bred that is weaker than man.”

The Odyssey, Homer

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5 4 3 2 1 – #8

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Check out allllll of the Virginia Woolf book covers!

Here are 12 essential Spanish-language women authors.

LitHub has a new piece by Rebecca Solnit! Which means you need to read this immediately.

On learning sex-ed from romance novels.

When a biracial family talks about race.

4 Movies/Shows I’m Watching

Episodes (on Netflix)

North by Northwest

The Shape of Water

Vertigo

3 New to Me Books

I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Killing the Black Body by Dorothy Roberts

Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

No Good Duke Goes Unpunished by Sarah MacLean

The Strays by Emily Bitto

1 Quote

“People who deny the existence of dragons are often eaten by dragons. From within.”

Ursula K. Le Guin

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5 4 3 2 1 – #7

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Book Riot has ten new releases coming out this March. Don’t be on the bottom of your library hold list!

Here are four books to read over Martin Luther King, Jr. weekend.

“Searching for the Self-Loathing Woman Writer”

On the artistry of Kathleen Collins

LitHub has a great piece on the vamp/victim dichotomy in crime fiction and the creation of a character who lives outside it.

4 Shows/Movies I’m Watching

Allied

Peaky Blinders

Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Their Finest

3 New to Me Books

Half a Lifelong Romance by Eileen Chang

The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Love in a Fallen City by Eileen Chang

2 Books I’m Currently Reading

Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Sense & Sensibility by Jane Austen

1 Quote

“I hate to hear you talk about all women as if they were fine ladies instead of rational creatures. None of us want to be in calm waters all our lives.”

Jane Austen

That’s it for today! What are you reading and watching lately?

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