We witnessed history a couple weeks ago, as the first ever photograph of a black hole was seen and shared and reported on countless times on Wednesday, April 10. This is a monumental achievement, as it took a team of over 100 scientists and engineers several years and a computing telescope the size of the … Continue reading Science Nonfiction to Read if You’re Still Excited About the Black Hole Photo
Have you seen Us yet? If you haven't you need to, like, right now. And not just because there are spoilers in this post. Jordan Peele's second movie is a complex horror-thriller masterpiece that warrants multiple viewings, and even then, I don't think we'd fully grasp all the depth and richness of this film. Plus, … Continue reading Classics to Read if You Loved “Us”
This is a little late, but I met Katherine Arden, author of the incredible Winternight trilogy (I've posted briefly about it before, if you're not familiar, and probably will more in the future...) at her book signing at Emerald City Comic Con last weekend! She was really friendly; she gave me a free poster and said … Continue reading Did I Mention I Met Katherine Arden?
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
Is summer reading fundamentally different from reading during any other season? I mean, not really. But there is something about reading in the summer months that just seems a little more lighthearted, or adventurous, or even magical. Maybe it’s a residual impression from school days, when summer itself came with the promise of freedom and … Continue reading Summer Reading Adventures
Who doesn’t love a good TED Talk? They’re usually reasonably short, endlessly fascinating, and you always feel super smart and inspired afterward, or at least I do. There are TED Talks on pretty much any topic imaginable, but the ones I like watching the most are about (no surprise here) books, literature, and language. Here … Continue reading Five TED Talks to Help You Fall in Love with Reading (Again)
I was originally planning to live-blog the Royal Wedding, just like I did for William and Kate's wedding seven years ago, but as I sit here at 3 a.m. in my sweatpants and tiara, with my tea in my Queen Elizabeth II 1977 Silver Jubilee mug that I got at a garage sale, I'm thinking … Continue reading In Honor of the Royal Wedding: My Favorite Royalty-Related Books
Confession time: I started but didn’t finish a lot of books this year, maybe more than I have in any other year. I have no qualms about ditching a book if I’m just not finding it engaging, but I try to give it at least 100 pages before I call it quits. Well, that happened … Continue reading The Best Books I Read in 2015