Hello, TBR Pile Challengers! WE ARE HALF-WAY INTO THE CHALLENGE! Can you believe it? I am suddenly feeling all, "oh crap!" about this. HA! Anyway, we have 100+ participants this year, with 145+ reviews already posted! That's some pretty good reading and writing, y'all. I hope you're having a good time making progress through your own … Continue reading June Checkpoint! #TBR2018RBR
Net Neutrality is officially dead in the United States, as of today. This is a terrible thing. Now, ISPs can charge additional fees for different websites or platforms, and slow down or speed up downloads/streaming in order to charge for higher plans or actively harm competitor services. This is an attack on knowledge and information, … Continue reading Net Neutrality Is Dead and So Are We
Hello Readers and Writers! I would like to take a moment to welcome author Alex Epstein, author of THE CIRCLE CAST, to Roof Beam Reader! Alex is here today to share with us -readers and writers alike- some of those great ideas that just didn't go where they should have or could have. We all … Continue reading Author Alex Epstein Shares Ten Stories That Got Away
Hello, Bible-As-Literature readers! As you're probably noticing, I'm way behind in my own reading/posting. The end of the semester was a real beast, but I do plan to get caught up (I might not post weekly, however. I'm going to try to get caught up on the reading and then post one big "catch-up" -- … Continue reading #2018BibleRBR Daily Reading Plan: June
Recently, Electric Lit published an essay by Erin Spampinato titled, "The Literary Roots of the Incel Movement." In it, the author argues that a culture of reading and privileging "white male" (para. 5) texts has resulted in the modern-day incelmovement (note: the term "incel" is a portmanteau for "involuntary celibates." It is most often used by … Continue reading Reading Literature Causes Misogyny?
In this second "potpour-reads" post, I share some quick thoughts on three recent reads, all of which were completed in May. The Secret Garden was a title on my Classics Club Challenge list. The Burning Maze is third in the Trials of Apollo series by Rick Riordan, and I read Pet Sematary because a new … Continue reading A Garden, A Maze, A Sematary*
Zan-Gah is a prehistoric adventure tale of young Zan, a tribal boy and twin brother, who earns his name “Zan-Gah” after fearlessly slaying a dangerous lioness and, in the eyes of the local clans, proves himself a hero and future leader. The book spans more than a year (or more, with flashbacks), in which time … Continue reading Zan-Gah by Allan Richard Shickman