Guest Conversations: A Song of Jon and Dany

If GRR Martin died before finishing his series, and on his deathbed he tasked you with finishing his series, how would you end it? Rachel Adkins Alvarado, techno-crane operator, should read more. ASoIaF fan since 2011. I: @radk1ns If George RR Martin Died and Rachel Became Queen of Westeros -Jon Snow is resurrected by Melisandre. … Continue reading Guest Conversations: A Song of Jon and Dany

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Real Life Happens in Fairy Tales: Homeschooler Turned Harry Potter Convert (Guest Post by Leah Contreras)

Like many children in the home-schooling, Christian community I grew up in, I was not allowed to read Harry Potter. Why? “It has magical forces in it.” Duh. What about Lord of the Rings? Narnia? Star Wars? Totally fine. Harry Potter? That was of the devil. As my mother now apologetically admits, “All the other … Continue reading Real Life Happens in Fairy Tales: Homeschooler Turned Harry Potter Convert (Guest Post by Leah Contreras)

One Book Leads to Another: How the Library led me to my Favorite Books (Guest Post by Liza Q Diehl)

I don’t remember learning how to read, but my mother told me that I would sit on the couch with her while she was helping my older brother with his homework, and I guess I just absorbed all the letters and sounds. When I started Kindergarten, I thought there would be more books to read! … Continue reading One Book Leads to Another: How the Library led me to my Favorite Books (Guest Post by Liza Q Diehl)

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)

Are Fantasy Novels Worth our Time? (Guest Post by Elizabeth Koetsier)

I grew up in a very conservative household where God is the center of everything, and not a day goes by where I don’t feel some thankfulness for it’s privileges. I am a woman steeped in learning to make God my everything. I fail, again and again, and these past weeks have been a reminder … Continue reading Are Fantasy Novels Worth our Time? (Guest Post by Elizabeth Koetsier)

Hope & Hogwash (Guest Post by Elizabeth Silverstein)

As a child growing up in uncertain, fear-filled circumstances, writing and reading kept me sane and provided an escape from my day-to-day horrors. I was raised as a Christian with abusive parents, the second oldest of eight kids. I’m not sure where my sense of justice and fairness came from, since it certainly didn’t come … Continue reading Hope & Hogwash (Guest Post by Elizabeth Silverstein)