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Peter Pan is one of the most adapted, spun off, and expanded stories. Not only are there multiple films — both live action and animated — from multiple perspectives and time periods, but he’s a character on several television shows as well. Authors have adapted Peter’s world in literature from all different angles. It’s hard to keep track of them all, but I’ve collected the ones that interest me the most on a Bookshop list! Full disclosure, if you order any of these books from my…


The Crowns of Croswald book Cover (via Goodreads)

This book has been sitting in my NetGalley for way too long, but here’s my review:

“The Crowns of Croswald”, by D.E. Night, is the first in a series of middle grade fantasy novels that I was sent last summer via netgalley. I don’t know how I missed that I was approved to read it (yes, I do, 2020 was a LOT and I missed a lot of things…) but I finally dove in. I had a lot of trouble getting through it, unfortunately, but I tried to identify why and I hope this review is helpful to you!

The…


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READING

This month I finished reading four books, which was my goal for the month! I just spent about an hour cleaning up my StoryGraph Beta profile, so it reflects my reading habits and goals a little better. It definitely still needs work but I much prefer their review system to Goodreads and I’m happy to be unplugged from Amazon in one more way.

I finished reading Loki: Where Mischief Lies (Mackenzie Lee), Tipping the Velvet (Sarah Waters), How to Be an Anti Racist (Ibram X. Kendi), and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (Douglas Adams), which was both a re-read and…


Cover art for Mackenzie Lee’s “Loki: Where Mischief Lies”

EDIT: I wasn’t caught up on Mackenzi Lee drama until after writing this review so…I guess I am kind of caught up now. It doesn’t change my review.

“Where Mischief Lies” is a new YA novel from author Mackenzi Lee. It follows a young Loki as he learns to tap into his magic, then finds out it may be the one thing that keeps him from the crown. In a single day, Loki and his mischievous best friend Amora plan one prank, then abandon it for one much bigger, destroy one of Odin’s treasures, discover Loki is destined for treason…


Back cover image for “Queen’s Peril”. Art by Tara Phillips

Here are some things I love about “Star Wars”: Padmé, Padmé’s costumes, Padmé /Anakin falling in love?, Ewoks, the Millennium Falcon, Han’s relationship with the Millennium Falcon, Han’s relationship with Leia, Han’s relationship with Rey, Han’s relationship with Finn, Poe’s hair and facial profile and everything he’s ever done…

Here are some things I don’t love about “Star Wars”: how very clear it is the universe was created by, about, and for men. Thankfully, women never quite bought into that idea. We’ve come a long way from space bras strangling you, and it shows in “Queen’s Peril”. This is a…


Trevor Noah’s face is painted on a wall with peeling paint. A woman stands facing it. The book title is painted above it.
A cropped cover image from “Born a Crime”

This was the first book off the shelf in my increased “anti-racist” reading efforts. Noah’s essay collection on his life in South Africa is…delightful? Is that the right word? The book and its audio counterpart came highly recommended. In fact, I enjoyed reading it so much that I plan to download and listen to the audiobook, narrated by Noah himself.

“Growing up the way I did, I learned how easy it is for white people to get comfortable with a system that awards them all these perks. …


A young white girl stares at the camera from among the large leaves of a plant. “Uglies” is written in white font.

Uglies is often clumped together with other YA dystopia such as The Giver, Hunger Games, and Divergent, but a few things set it apart. The protagonist, Tally Youngblood, wants to be a part of the “dystopia” and fully engage with society as it exists in her reality. What looks initially like a sort-of-bad future turns out much darker. And there are secrets buried under secrets that keep the pages of Uglies turning from beginning to end.

“The early summer sky was the color of cat vomit.” -Uglies opening line.

The book challenges our expectations of beautiful from the very first…


The movies that I chose so far for this paper were based on a few criteria. First, they had to serve directly as an inspiration for Stranger Things, as referenced in interviews or in Worlds Turned Upside Down. Next, I chose films that were referenced in one or more secondary source on gender and the horror genre. Finally, I watched movies that had a “modern” remake or at the very least an equivalent from the last fifteen years, so that I could compare the original with a similar text from the same era in which the Duffers created their show.

Sissy Spacek as Carrie (1976)

Girls Just Wanna Have Bloodbaths


“Runaway Max” Might Be Better than “Stranger Things”

“Runaway Max” is the first book I’ve read in a long time that surprised me. I read “Darkness on the Edge of Town” before “Stranger Things 3” premiered, and I was a little underwhelmed with the book overall — and maybe that set my expectations low for “Runaway Max”. “Darkness” veered far off the course of the show, and I expected “Runaway” to do the same. …


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A while back, the podcast “Literary Disco” reviewed this book and they didn’t love it. I wanted them to be wrong. I wanted this book to dive into the psychology behind “Sesame Street’s” creation, showing how it teaches school room basics, but also helps kids understand complex ideas.

The problem with the book begins with the title. Author Michael Davis would like you to believe that the creators of “Sesame Street” were a scrappy little group of folks with nothing but a dream. What they actually had was millions in funding and tons of allowance to make mistakes. Did they…

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