Review: Becoming, by Michelle Obama

I decided to read Becoming because I’d heard such great things about it, and it did not disappoint. I was delighted to find how well-written the book is, given that it’s a memoir by a public figure. I waffle between 4 and 5 stars, so we’ll say 4.5 / 5 stars. Maybe 4.75 / 5….

Brené Brown Meets the Sorting Hat Chats

I’ve been thinking about Hogwarts Sortings again recently, for two reasons. One, a little while ago a co-worker clued me in on the Sorting Hat Chats quiz. And two, I’m re-reading Braving the Wilderness as part of my work with Mormon Women for Ethical Government, and one of our discussions centered around our core values.

So today we’re going to talk Hogwarts. Again.

Book Review: Piecing Me Together, by Renée Watson

Piecing Me Together was a bit slowly paced for me, but in the end I loved the book. 5/5 stars. Spoilers to follow. Pacing For the first half of the book, we watch Jade live her life. While we’re getting used to her reality, this is interesting. However, for me, this get-to-know-Jade period lasted too…

4 YA Romance Tropes That Need to Die Now

I recently read Spin the Dawn, which had some interesting elements but also used some YA romance tropes that I hate. Today I will rail against those tropes. Spoilers for Spin the Dawn to follow. Creepy Power Imbalances Maia, the protagonist for Spin the Dawn, is 18, and she gets with an incredibly powerful enchanter…

Review: Left to Tell by Immaculée Ilibagiza

Left to Tell: Finding God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust tells about Immaculée’s experience in the 1994 Rwandan genocide and how she forgave the people who murdered most of her family. I rated the book 4 stars on Goodreads.

Thoughts on The Dance of Anger

I recently read The Dance of Anger by Dr. Harriet Lerner, and I loved it so much that I’m going to tell you all about it. Check out these highlights.

4 Exercises to Develop Writing Voice Flexibility

In writing, your voice is the combination of tone, personality, style, and everything else that makes your writing an authentic expression of you. Writing voice is the reason that A Series of Unfortunate Events became more than a depressing saga, and it’s the reason the Fantastic Beasts movies may feel more like Harry Potter to…

How to Balance Writing Time and Chores

your work done first, then you’ll never write. Here’s a five-step process I’m trying out to set boundaries around my writing time. List Your Chores and Rank Them by Importance First, list all the chores you have to do on a regular basis. How you define “regular” is up to you — I interpret “regular”…