Meagan Reads Fiction: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler

The Book of Speculation tells a story across generations of Simon, the protagonist’s, family. His is a family of circus performers, but more than that, one of “dangerous” women who suffer from undiagnosed mental illness. When a man named Churchwarry, a book collector, sends Simon a mysterious book that is somehow connected to his family,Continue reading “Meagan Reads Fiction: The Book of Speculation by Erika Swyler”

What I Learned About Writing From Taking a Long Time to Read a Book

I picked up a book in Spain over three years ago because it looked interesting. I thought, “I’m proficient enough in Spanish, and this sounds like a fun action-thriller that will be a breeze.” It was not a breeze. I am not proficient in Spanish (though my father said he didn’t think it was aContinue reading “What I Learned About Writing From Taking a Long Time to Read a Book”

Meagan Reads YA Fantasy: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova

There are spoilers ahead, so if you plan on reading the book, proceed with caution! Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova is the followup to Labyrinth Lost, all part of the Brooklyn Brujas series. This book is told from the perspective of the older sister, Lula Mortiz, after the events of what happened in the firstContinue reading “Meagan Reads YA Fantasy: Bruja Born by Zoraida Cordova”

How to Find the Right Romance Novel

I used to be one of those book snobs who scoffed at romance novels, but after educating myself on the gendered implications of the genre, I decided I wanted to try to get into at least one. I won’t lie. Letting go of my old prejudices that were deeply rooted in misogyny was not easy.Continue reading “How to Find the Right Romance Novel”

Admitting — ShiftnShake

Coming soon! An excellent set of stories. Follow the writer’s blog to get a glimpse of what’s in store 🙂 I am D. Avery and it’s been 9 days since I have posted anything or written anything new. I have not quit writing. In fact I have been… formatting. I am pretty excited to beContinue reading “Admitting — ShiftnShake”

Meagan Reads Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini

This is an older novel now, but I read it for my coworkers’ book club. I went with Hosseini’s And the Mountains Echoed because I’ve read his other two big novels (Kite Runner and A Thousand Splendid Suns) and loved them. Spoilers may come up in this article, so if you haven’t read the book and plan to, proceedContinue reading “Meagan Reads Fiction: And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini”

Meagan Reads Sci-Fi: Feed by Mira Grant

I went on vacation, so I’m getting to this review a bit late. Spoilers are also ahead, so read at your own risk if you plan on picking up this book. It’s the first in the Newsflesh trilogy, taking place in the U.S. after a zombie apocalypse has occurred. Except it’s not really an apocalypse,Continue reading “Meagan Reads Sci-Fi: Feed by Mira Grant”

Meagan Reads YA Fiction: The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie

For my workplace book club, a coworker chose The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. I had my reservations about reading this book because of the accusations that recently came out about the author in light of the Me Too movement. I also knew that this was a book that’s beenContinue reading “Meagan Reads YA Fiction: The Absolute True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie”

Meagan Reads Speculative Fiction: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor

Here’s another backlist I recently read as part of a book club with my coworkers. I figured since it’s been slated for production as a television show with HBO though, it might be relevant to some media fans. Readers beware: spoilers are ahead! Also, tw: sexual assault, rape, violence. Here’s a quick rundown of the story. TheContinue reading “Meagan Reads Speculative Fiction: Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor”

The Benefits of Diverse Reading

Lately, I’ve made a much more conscious effort at reading diversely. We chose The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu for my cousins’ book club. I read Krik? Krak! by Edwidge Danticat for the 2018 Madlibs reading challenge. And for my book club at work with my coworkers, we’re reading Who Fears Death by Nnedi Okorafor.Continue reading “The Benefits of Diverse Reading”