March 2022 Leisure Learning

March 2022 Leisure Learning

Happy Sunday, leisure learners! Can you believe that it’s almost reading outside time?! (It’s like swimsuit season, but for word nerds.) As you probably know, we are heading into National Poetry Month for April. The selections below are in the spirit of throwing grammar temporarily aside, focusing on individual words and even individual letters.  In… Read more »

The Book Nook: 1984 by George Orwell

The Book Nook: 1984 by George Orwell

This month I surprised myself. I was originally planning on rereading a book for this column, then switched to rereading a different book, then finally settled on buying and reading Orwell’s 1984 in graphic novel format. I would say I’m a bit surprised that I haven’t read 1984 before now, but I was a bit… Read more »

February 2022 Leisure Learning

February 2022 Leisure Learning

Hello, word nerds and other lovers of language! Hopefully, by now, you are fully into your new writing schedule or project that will carry you through 2022. If not, if you are perhaps still trying some ideas out, just tell everyone you’re going through your experimental period and have a blast! After all, authentic emotion… Read more »

#5onFri: Five Things to Remove from Your TBR List

#5onFri: Five Things to Remove from Your TBR List

I love reading. It is my main hobby. I am always on the lookout for new authors and books to enjoy. But, I also get recommendations from friends, magazines and the Internet that I ignore. Because of my ever-growing TBR list, I have more books to read than I could ever get to. Lately, I’ve… Read more »

Writer to Writer: William di Canzio and E.M. Forster

Writer to Writer: William di Canzio and E.M. Forster

When I was in college, I had the privilege of taking a course titled “Writing Back to Empire.” It was a study of postcolonial literature taught by the brilliant Professor Kathleen Renk, but the course title alone did more to describe that school of theory & criticism for our young minds than any other definition… Read more »

The Book Nook: Maus by Art Spiegelman

The Book Nook: Maus by Art Spiegelman

If you read my last post, you’re probably wondering why I’m talking about Maus today. The answer is simple. Shortly after I shared my last post, in which I listed twelve books that I’ve owned for a long time and vowed to read in 2022, a school board in Tennessee banned Maus, the graphic novel… Read more »

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: My Auto-Buy Series, Part 2

Cozy to Cold-Blooded: My Auto-Buy Series, Part 2

Last time, I shared part 1 of this list of auto-buy series, so today you get part 2 of my auto-buy series. You will get the authors next time and will probably be surprised at the different types of books. 😉 I recently realized that in the course of writing this column, I haven’t shared… Read more »