Diverse Book of the Month: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Beauty pageant contestants crash-land on a desert island in this gender-swapped, satirical spin on The Lord of the Flies. Genre:¬†Young Adult Fiction Format: Audiobook Length: 14h, 37m Author: Libba Bray Narrator: Libba Bray Publisher: Scholastic Audio Release Date: 5/24/2011 Language: English From the author of the wildly popular Diviners series and The Gemma Doyle Trilogy… Continue reading Diverse Book of the Month: Beauty Queens by Libba Bray

Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

I just recently finished rereading both volumes of¬†Castle Waiting by Linda Medley for the second time. But I’ve never sat down to write an actual review of it, so that is what I’m doing now because it deserves it. On a whim, I originally checked these graphic novels out of the Canisius College library where,… Continue reading Lee Ann (Re)reads: Castle Waiting Volumes 1 & 2

Lee Ann Reads: Bitch Planet, Volume 1

“It’s not about adding diversity for the sake of diversity, it’s about subtracting homogeneity for the sake of realism.” – Mary Robinette Kowal (@MaryRobinette) Okay, so I’ve said before that I want to post book reviews every once in a while on my WordPress, especially when I find a book I really really love. And… Continue reading Lee Ann Reads: Bitch Planet, Volume 1

Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan

For my first writing piece, I would like to share my English Honors thesis, which I submitted for review in the Fall 2014 semester. In the essay, I explore gender and power in C.S. Lewis’s The Chronicles of Narnia and compare it to those within Elizabeth Cunningham’s Magdalen Rising: The Beginning. I had so much… Continue reading Terribly Female: Religion, Femininity, and Power in Narnia and Tir na mBan