“Naamah’s Blessing” by Jacqueline Carey

Over the past month or so, I’ve been participating in a readalong of “Naamah’s Blessing” by Jacqueline Carey. See posts here and here for in-depth discussion of the book. Since readalongs contain lots of spoilers, I figured I might as well do a quick spoiler-free review my final thoughts. Naamah’s Blessing is the third book of theRead more

Bookstores in the Digital Age

With the rise of e-readers and the fall of Borders, the fate of physical bookstores is at a crossroads.  On one hand, e-books are more eco-friendly, cheaper, and convenient.  At the same time, there’s just something about the feel of a book, and by extension, browsing through bookstore shelves. Earlier this week, I went toRead more

Polish-American Christmas Traditions

Today I’m going to take a break from writing about books, and instead share with you some Polish Christmas traditions.  As my family is part Polish, these are the traditions that I grew up with, and form some of my fondest Christmas memories. Traditionally, Christmas celebrations begin on Christmas Eve rather than Christmas day.  ThisRead more

“War Dances” by Sherman Alexie, Part 1

  I decided to break up this book into a couple posts, as it is a collection of short stories and poems.  I picked up this book at the National Book Festival back in September.  Alexie’s novels are often challenged in schools because his writing addresses the problems faced by Native Americans in the modern US. Read more

“The Left Hand of Darkness” by Ursula K. LeGuin

  Ursula K. Le Guin is phenomenal.  A few months ago, I read her novel “The Telling” and loved the anthropological manner in which she describes the culture of her sci-fi worlds.  I had heard good things about “The Left Hand of Darkness,” and was not disappointed.  It is now one of my favorite booksRead more

“The Way to Rainy Mountain” by N. Scott Momaday

  I read this book as a part of a class I’m taking this semester on multiculturalism and librarianship. The book is about Native American culture, specifically the Kiowa.  It tells the story of the author’s journey to visit his grandmother’s grave near Rainy Mountain.  Each page is split into three segments.  Momaday opens eachRead more