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Meagan Reads YA Horror: Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal

I had the opportunity to see Cardinal speak at a panel at the Miami Book Fair in November 2019. The panel had four authors speaking about Caribbean mythology and storytelling. Needless to say, it was an excellent event. I picked up a copy of Five Midnights that day. I will try my best not toContinue reading “Meagan Reads YA Horror: Five Midnights by Ann Dávila Cardinal”

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Meagan Reads Fiction: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I picked this book up for black history month and finished it just before February ended. Americanah tells the story of Ifemelu, a Nigerian woman growing up in Africa with some of the same concerns as most teenagers, and some not so common. As she navigates her youth and becomes a college student, the constantContinue reading “Meagan Reads Fiction: Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”

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”

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 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”

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”