Sign the Petition to Reverse the Ban on Book Donations to Washington Prisons

The Washington State Department of Corrections quietly issued a complete ban on prison book donations last month. "So quietly, in fact, that they didn't bother to tell us first. We only know now because we found this memo on their website today. We're ready to fight it..." Books to Prisoners, the Seattle-based nonprofit that has … Continue reading Sign the Petition to Reverse the Ban on Book Donations to Washington Prisons

Book Hangovers and Binge-Watching: “The Passage” and “A Discovery of Witches” on Page and Screen (and Why “Station Eleven” Would Make a Great TV Series)

The season one finale of FOX's adaptation of Justin Cronin's The Passage aired this past week, and I couldn't be happier about where they left it. I also just signed up for a seven-day free trial of the Sundance Now app so I could binge the whole first season of their recent adaptation of Deborah Harkness' A … Continue reading Book Hangovers and Binge-Watching: “The Passage” and “A Discovery of Witches” on Page and Screen (and Why “Station Eleven” Would Make a Great TV Series)

The Ones Who Walk Away and the Ones Who Stay and Fight: Social Justice in Science Fiction

So I've recently discovered a new favorite author, three-time Hugo Award winner and all-around badass N. K. Jemisin. I finished reading The Fifth Season and immediately had to learn more about Jemisin and her other works. Of course books 2 and 3 of the Broken Earth trilogy have gone to the top of my TBR, … Continue reading The Ones Who Walk Away and the Ones Who Stay and Fight: Social Justice in Science Fiction

Books that Will Inspire You to Make a Difference in Education

So, maybe you’ve been hearing and reading a lot about education lately, and you’re wondering why it’s such a big deal? Or maybe you already care a lot about education, but you want to learn more about all the interconnected issues involved? Or possibly you’re a teacher or education advocate and you want some books … Continue reading Books that Will Inspire You to Make a Difference in Education

Apparently, I Have a Complicated Relationship with “Twilight”

This morning I read a piece of news about something I would have never guessed there would be news about: Twilight. So of course I dug out some old posts I wrote about my thoughts on the book and reposted them, just for fun. *** October 31, 2010-- "Upon Re-reading Twilight" Two years ago, I … Continue reading Apparently, I Have a Complicated Relationship with “Twilight”

The Human Story: An Exploration of “Havah” by Tosca Lee

(This article was originally posted on my other blog, Watts Up With Rhonda, about three years ago and labeled as a review, but it's not really a straight-up review, hence my calling it an "exploration." I decided to post it here because Tosca Lee just released a new novel about the Queen of Sheba, which … Continue reading The Human Story: An Exploration of “Havah” by Tosca Lee