Advice from an Almost Graduated English Major to Future English Majors

            I would like to start off by saying: Congratulations! You’ve passed the first test that all aspiring English majors encounter when choosing a major. That is, when people found out you graduated and launched into the same three questions (Where are you going to school? What are you majoring in? What do you want … Continue reading Advice from an Almost Graduated English Major to Future English Majors

The Best Edgar Allan Poe Stories for the Halloween Season

Halloween is just around the corner. You can tell it's coming by the smell of pumpkin spice in the air. To prepare for my favorite holiday, I recently busted out my collection of stories by Edgar Allan Poe. And just in case anyone else is disappointed with Netflix's selection of scary movies, I have compiled … Continue reading The Best Edgar Allan Poe Stories for the Halloween Season

How to Be a Great Writer? Turn Off Your Phone. How to Develop a Writing and Reading Habit in an Age of Distractions

None of us read enough. None of us write enough. I know that I don’t, and I’m not alone. I have been asking my creative writing students how much they would like to read and write, and how much they do read and write. Not one student has replied that she spends as much time … Continue reading How to Be a Great Writer? Turn Off Your Phone. How to Develop a Writing and Reading Habit in an Age of Distractions

A List of Some Exciting 2017 YA Books!

As a book blogger, I’ve discovered that some of the most popular bookish posts are lists. People love lists, especially lists of books. I think it’s obvious that readers like getting reading recommendations and adding new books onto their already endless list of books they wish to read eventually. What’s even more fun for readers, … Continue reading A List of Some Exciting 2017 YA Books!

Five Super Chic Books of Poetry

5) Davis McCombs- Ultima Thule When I was a sophomore, I’d only known the superstars of the poetry world: Hass, Dove, Wojahn, Komunyakaa. Ultima Thule, the 1999 Yale Younger Series winner, was literary mouthwash at a time when I’d only had practice dissecting memory narrative. A deep imagist, McCombs realizes primitive truths through the voice … Continue reading Five Super Chic Books of Poetry

How to Become a Professional Reader

If you spend most of your time reading newly published books and enjoy sharing your opinion and excitedly discussing those books, then you’re the perfect candidate to be a professional reader. If you don’t know what a professional reader is, it is someone who reads, reviews, and recommends books to other people, whether for libraries, … Continue reading How to Become a Professional Reader