Those of you who write book reviews, and who care about reading fiction with well-developed female characters, may find this article in Literary Hub as fascinating as I did. Science fiction author Daniel Price writes about the response his book The Flight of the… Continue Reading “Developing strong female characters: one author responds to negative reviews by writing a better book”
I had heard this wasn’t Kingsolver’s best book, and I’d tried starting it a few times and it didn’t really grab my attention. I went back to it last month and I’m so glad I did. Yes, Kingsolver can be a bit preachy on… Continue Reading “Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver”
I wasn’t sure I would love this book. On the pro side, it’s historical fiction about a dramatic, tragic event. It’s written by Alice Hoffman, who’s terrific. Though her books can be uneven, she definitely knows about writing strong female characters. And finally it’s… Continue Reading “The Dovekeepers by Alice Hoffman”
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley. It published on May 15, 2012 by Hyperion Books CH. The worst thing I can say about this book is that it was unevenly written, meaning there were times that the pacing and story didn’t… Continue Reading “Review of Code Name Verity by Elizabeth Wein”
This week Biblibio posted on one of my favorite topics: strong female heroines in young adult literature. The post refers to a list published by The Atlantic on “the greatest girl characters of young adult literature” which includes Laura Ingalls Wilder, Pippi Longstocking, Harriet… Continue Reading “Greatest Girl Characters: Who’s on Your List?”
After many months of reading War and Peace, I finally finished it. Did I enjoy it? Absolutely, for most of the book. I loved the way Tolstoy developed his characters. I had a lot more trouble with the pages and pages of military strategy… Continue Reading “My Favorite Character from War and Peace: February’s Classics Challenge”
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