What to Read: To Be Engaged in Current Feminist Discourse

Difficult Women by Roxane Gay Sex Object by Jessica Valenti We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Men Explain Things To Me by Rebecca Solnit You Can’t Touch My Hair: And Other Things I Still Have to Explain by Phoebe Robinson Oldies but Goodies: A Queer and Pleasant Danger: The true story of a nice…

The Resurgence of Poetry

I took my first poetry class in my last year of college. It was an unusual group ranging in age from 18 to 72 and we all came to this class for surprising reasons. To learn skills unique to writing poetry. To find new favorite poets. To help start our first book of poetry. To…

What I Read in 2016

Every year I try to read 100 books and every year I’ve failed. As far as failures go, this year Trumped them all. This year I read 31 books. Last year I read 87. There’s a small, dark pit in my soul where all of the books I didn’t read are holding each other and crying. It’s…

Buy Alert: Dark Matter by Blake Crouch

Stop everything you’re doing and read Dark Matter by Blake Crouch. I can’t really say a whole lot without giving it away. A man goes out one night. He’s abducted. Everything changes. Crouch gives us that hard to find feeling. The little jolt of electricity when a book surprises you. Again, and again, and again. This book…

What I Read in August 2016

Rick and Morty, Vol. 1 Where and why: I found it at the library holy shit -erp- Morty it was just sitting on the shelf. Should you read it: If you’re a fan of Rick and Morty and are experiencing soul crushing dread when you think about how long you have to wait until a new episode, please…

The Overwhelming Case of the Library Book Limit

At our public library we have a seemingly endless number of books we can check out (I hit the 40s with no punishment by the law.) For someone who loves to stroll the shelves and pick books at each sign of inspiration, this quickly leads to a towering handful. For months the bookcase by my bed…

What I Read in June 2016

The Club Dumas Where and why: The Club Dumas is one of my boyfriends favorite books and our recent book club book.  We already had a copy sitting on the bookshelf that I had been putting off. Should you read it: Yes. It’s a classic. Mystery! Literature! History! It’s a sophisticated, well written summer read. Follow it up with…

Hold Alert: Ruth Ware is Back

Ruth Ware, author of In a Dark Dark Wood is back with The Woman in Cabin 10 (july 19th) and I could not be more excited for this. When I saw it listed on gizmodos books to read list, I silently whispered     shit yeah. a common sign that something incredible is about to happen and one must give…

Finding a New Book at the Library: Scanning Technique

One of my favorite things to do is to go to the library just to look at the books. This is an amazing way to find something new to read, if you have a little time, and a little patience. Multnomah County Library is a fantastic resource. They have so many branches that you’re likely…

What I Read in May 2016

May may be the first month where I haven’t read a single book. In a long time. I’ve spent this month adjusting to my new schedule which has meant higher levels of exhaustion and pure business. My books stack high by my bedside and cry slow, gentle wafts of book smell at a me while I…

What I Read in April 2016

Shopaholic to the Rescue by Sophie Kinsella Where and why: I’ve been reading the Sophie Kinsella books since the first Shopaholic came out – before the movie, before it was popular, and y es, before I was a real proper grown-up. It was instantly a family favorite, something fun that my mother and I would both read separately….

What I Read in March 2016

This has been a book-sparse month. Even the most habitual reader experiences the occasional slump. And oh, boy. Am I in a slump. No more midday reading sessions, no more pre-bed reading rituals. I’m busy, and I’m tired. Two books for you this month, now with newly functional buy now links. Buying now totally optional and probably…