How We Remember What We Read

A few years ago, I read a very interesting book called What We See When We Read by Peter Mendelsund. It was a work that explained what we see in our mind's eye while we read, how our brain processes and rewrites information, and why my Anna Karenina is not Tolstoy’s or yours. It was … Continue reading How We Remember What We Read

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Book Review: “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Ok. Imagine I took the films Lady Hawke, A Knight’s Tale, Disney’s Tangled, Ever After, Monty Python, and The Princess Bride, mixed it with the tv show Galavant, some Lady of the Forest by Jennifer Roberson, The Hero and the Crown by Robin McKinley, The Tale of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, and Heir Apparent by … Continue reading Book Review: “My Lady Jane” by Cynthia Hand, Brodi Ashton, & Jodi Meadows

Mary Lennox Is a Jerk: How “The Secret Garden” Makes It Okay to Despise the Bad and Love the Good (Guest Post by Melissa Gonnella)

Do characters need to be likable? When people read, they often want to see themselves reflected and the stories of their own lives retold, presented as valid and worthwhile. This is one of the reasons why representation is so important. A woman may wish to see another woman like herself presented as a fully developed … Continue reading Mary Lennox Is a Jerk: How “The Secret Garden” Makes It Okay to Despise the Bad and Love the Good (Guest Post by Melissa Gonnella)