Author: Marissa

February 27, 2020 /

Hello, my fellow bibliophiles! I don’t know about you, but I’m a folder. I fold books when I read them. There, I’ve said it. I can’t be the only one, right? Perhaps I can defend myself a little… Books are sacred. I love them! They give life, meaning, love, purpose, entertainment, a place to hide, etc. The list is endless. So when I get a new (new to me) book, I’ve got to smell it, flip through the pages, inspect the design, pilfer through the extras at the end, and dissect the summary and author bio. Once I’ve gone through…

February 25, 2020 /

In a couple days, I’ll be taking a road trip back home to Kentucky and I’m searching for an audio book to keep me awake during the 14+ hour drive. Any suggestions? Last night I found myself scrolling through a list of books to choose from and I couldn’t really find what I was looking for. I was searching by genre and I found terms like “Juvenile Fiction” and “Women’s Fiction.” Not only are these terms outdated, but they are also offensive. The database of audiobooks I’m using is clearly outdated, but even the glorified Audible doesn’t use the appropriate…

February 21, 2020 /

Since this week has been focused on the magic of reading, today I thought I would share with you the top 5 books I’m excited to read in the next season. The following are books that will be published in spring 2020 to early summer 2020. The Illustrated Letters of Oscar Wilde, selected and introduced by Juliet Gardiner “ ‘I don’t regret for a single moment having lived for pleasure. I did it to the full, as one should do…’ Oscar Wilde. Explore the life of Oscar Wilde through his own words, lavishly illustrated with paintings, photos, cartoons, and caricatures.” (Goodreads)…

February 18, 2020 /

“Reading is the magic key that takes you where you want to be.” These words are the cornerstone of every Alice Joyce Davidson book in her Alice in Bibleland series. She wrote the series to make accessible the complex stories of the Christian Bible to young children. My mother read Davidson’s words to me every night before bedtime and my mind soared at the possibilities in them: Where could I go? What could I see? Who could I meet?  My mother planted Davidson’s words in me like a seed in soil and as I grew older, those seeds grew as…

February 14, 2020 /

Today is National Library Lovers Day in the USA. To mark this day, I thought I’d share a little bit of love for the libraries in my life and to do that I’ll need to transport you back in time… Once there was a quiet fifteen year-old girl named Marissa. Marissa had just moved to Kentucky from California and didn’t know a soul at her new high school. She was quite the introvert back then and preferred the company of books to the company of people. (Let’s be honest, she still does.) So, on the first day of her junior…

February 12, 2020 /

We’ve entered the great debate now: what the heck constitutes “Literature”? Our stuffier bookworms might say that only the “classics” can be considered literature: Oscar Wilde, Robert Frost, JD Salinger, and Ernest Hemingway. Others might remark that only ye olden day works like William Shakespeare, John Milton, or Edmund Spenser can be considered “Literature” with an uppercase “L”.  But the problem with those theories is that they discount time. In one hundred years, or five hundred, the classics may be Anna Todd’s After series, Veronica Roth’s Divergent trilogy, or Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants (a personal favorite of mine). Who knows…