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”

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”

Crevice by Trina Young — BURNING HOUSE PRESS

This was a particularly haunting and compelling look at depression. An absolutely excellent read! Click the link below to see the full story. Corinne shrunk herself to bird size, just hatched. Cupped on a leaf, she floated down from a tree branch delicately. Her mind rocked back and forth, rocking the leaf back and forth.Continue reading “Crevice by Trina Young — BURNING HOUSE PRESS”

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”

Meagan Reads SciFi: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer

I’ve been participating in the MadLibs Reading Challenge 2018, and I chose this book as one of the “noun” categories. Be warned that spoilers are coming ahead, so if you plan on reading the book, do not pass this line! Annihilation is a relatively short read, but don’t let it’s small size fool you. ThereContinue reading “Meagan Reads SciFi: Annihilation by Jeff VanderMeer”

Meagan Reads YA Fiction: Wrecked by Maria Padian

This is a post I made for my cousin’s blog. Click the link below to see the full review. This one is a bit of a backlist, as it was published in 2016. However, its contents and story are still relevant, as they have always been, and as I fear they may always be. IContinue reading “Meagan Reads YA Fiction: Wrecked by Maria Padian”

Meagan Reads Nonfiction: Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay

I’ve started contributing to my cousin’s blog. Here’s my first post on her site! Hi everyone! I’m a new contributor to Chronicles of a Music Journalist, as requested by my cousin. My name’s Meagan and I’ll start my debut here with a review of Roxane Gay’s Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body. Gay is anContinue reading “Meagan Reads Nonfiction: Hunger: A Memoir of (my) Body by Roxane Gay”

Why It’s Important to Diversify Your Reading

I’ve spent the last two and a half years reading for a book challenge my best friend and I decided to take on. She’s a much faster reader than I am and finished in about a year. It was the first time I’d ever done a reading challenge. Before I chose my books by whateverContinue reading “Why It’s Important to Diversify Your Reading”