I read. I write. I spend all together too much time on the internet. I talk incessantly about books, TV and movies. I write for Hello Giggles, and tweet frequently as Bookoisseur.
~ Wednesday, April 9 ~


9 required reading books that will change your life

Before you write off your high school or college reading list forever, take a moment to reconsider it. Here are nine books that you were probably meant to read at some point (we won’t judge you for skipping them) but now that grades are gone we recommend a revisit, especially in those important becoming a grown up moments. Plus there are some real world lessons in those pages that SparkNotes might have skipped right over. 

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I loved East of Eden. I loved it so much.

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~ Tuesday, April 8 ~
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~ Thursday, April 3 ~

The Secret Lives of Afghanistan’s Female Poets

A few years ago, award-winning journalist and poet Eliza Griswold learned the story of Zarmina, a young girl in Afghanistan who had regularly phoned a radio hotline for women who wanted to share poems called “landays.” Landays are couplets expressing laments, jokes, and frustrations; they are forbidden to many Afghan women because they imply dishonor and free will. When Zarmina was discovered writing them, her brothers beat her badly, and she protested by setting herself on fire. She later died in a Kandahar hospital.

Griswold teamed up with war photographer Seamus Murphy and reported the story of Zarmina for the New York Times Magazine in 2012. After the article was published, their work together bloomed into a much larger collaboration about Afghan women, which resulted in a a photographic and poetry compilation called I Am the Beggar of the World: Landays From Contemporary Afghanistan.


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~ Wednesday, March 26 ~
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~ Wednesday, March 19 ~
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~ Thursday, March 13 ~


William Shakespeare’s Star Wars: The Empire Striketh Back

You’re welcome.

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~ Tuesday, March 11 ~
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~ Wednesday, January 8 ~
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~ Thursday, December 19 ~
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~ Monday, December 9 ~

Expanding Diversity in Children’s Literature

First Book’s recent attendance at the Clinton Global Initiative and corresponding commitment to remedy the lack of diversity in children’s literature has garnered a good bit of media attention. A wide range of news sources, including Native News Network, GalleyCat,, BooksWorld, The Guardian, and an article in Publisher’s Weekly featured our commitment and our Stories For All project. 

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~ Tuesday, December 3 ~
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~ Saturday, November 30 ~

Day haunting the House of Mirth mansion.

I wish to go there.


Day haunting the House of Mirth mansion.

I wish to go there.

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~ Thursday, November 28 ~


Day 17- Favourite book you read in school

To Kill a Mockingbird

"Mockingbirds don’t do one thing except make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corn cribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” 

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~ Tuesday, November 26 ~


Michelangelo Penso, Sirtuine, 2013

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