If you’ve read some of my previous literary analysis posts, you know there is always that feminist voice in the back of my mind while I read, critiquing the novel’s treatment of women. While this may dampen my enjoyment of some works, it helps me to be a more engaged and aware member of society. So how do you train yourself to start analyzing the feminist merit of a book? It comes from asking a series of questions while you read. You can also adapt these questions to check for representation of other minority groups as well, such as LGBTQ, people of color, people with disabilities, etc. Continue reading Feminist Questions to Ask Yourself While Reading
It’s that time of the year again where we make all sorts of promises to better ourselves in the new year. If books are a huge part of your life, why not include them in your self-improvement regimen by making some reading goals for 2017? For your inspiration, here are my 2017 Reading Resolutions: Continue reading Reading Resolutions: Bookish New Year’s Goals
One of my favorite conventions happened this past weekend, and most of you probably haven’t heard of it. Book Riot Live is a rather small reader convention held annually in New York City. It’s run by the people behind Book Riot—a website for book reviews, podcasts, and online community. Despite its small size and lack of superstar authors, Book Riot Live really impressed me with its welcoming environment, smooth organization, and thoughtful panels.
September 24th was a big day in the book world. At the same time some of my Daily Geekette colleagues were exploring Boston Teen Author Festival, I attended the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival in D.C. While there, I got to meet the new history-making Librarian of Congress, Dr. Carla Hayden, just ten days after she was sworn in! I also met children’s author Shannon Hale (again) and attended some interesting panels, learning such things as Lois Lowry’s preferred brand of toothpaste and the difficulties of literary translation. Read on to hear about my experience! Continue reading A Peek at the Library of Congress’ National Book Festival
To round out my Sci-fi Summer reading list, I chose Hugo Award winner and Nebula nominee The Three-Body Problem by Cixin Liu. With this choice, I branched out into the realms of hard science fiction and literature-in-translation (translated by Ken Liu). Three-Body Problem begins with the historical backdrop of China’s Cultural Revolution and then fast-forwards to modern time where the leaders and militaries of the world are faced with a mysterious virtual reality game and an impending alien invasion. How do those things go together? You’ll have to read it to find out! Continue reading Three-Body Problem Review and Sci-Fi Reading Challenge Wrap Up
There’s something about outer space, advanced technology, dystopian governments, and other sci-fi tropes that seem especially suited to summer. Maybe because the hot, lazy days make you want to stretch your mind to the world’s possibilities. In any case, since this book babe can definitely see herself toting some robot reads or steampunk stories in her beach bag over the next couple of months, the Daily Geekette has decided to join Fortified by Books’s Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge! Continue reading Geekettes Join Sci-Fi Summer Reading Challenge
World Book Night is this Saturday! The Book Babes here at DG never want to miss a chance to celebrate and promote literacy, so we wanted to make sure our lovely readers know about this awesome holiday. Read on to find out what it is all about. Continue reading Celebrate World Book Night this Week!
Planning a trip to China? Whether you are just going for vacation or plan to spend a year or more working there or teaching like I am doing, it can be intimidating to spend any amount of time on the other side of the world. One thing you can do to feel prepared is read some books relating to China. My pre-departure reading list consisted of stories about expat life in China, novels by Chinese and Chinese-American authors, and a few Chinese classics. Continue reading Carly’s Pre-China Reading List
This is it! The end of the road. Did we make it or did we try our best but still leave a few categories unread? Find out below. Also, don’t forget to read through to the bottom to enter our giveaway and win yourself an awesome post-holiday present. The giveaway for this month is a copy of the novel Unhinged by A. G. Howard, part of a series inspired by Alice in Wonderland but with it’s own mad twist.
Continue reading Geekettes’ Book Challenge: December Updates & Giveaway!
Welcome to the penultimate month of our challenge. We’re in the final stretch now; check out how close we are to finishing. And don’t forget to enter our giveaway and win some cool stuff this month! This time we’re giving away two books: The Whispering Skull, a YA fantasy mystery by Jonathon Stroud and Unhinged, part of an Alice in Wonderland inspired series by A. G. Howard. Read through to the bottom to find out how to enter! Continue reading Geekettes’ Book Challenge: November Updates and Giveaway!