Have you read a book (or watched a movie/show) lately that featured a vegan or vegetarian side character? Did you notice how they were characterized? Were they friendly? Or did they feel like an exaggerated version? Here’s the thing: vegans have a bad reputation. It’s sad, but it’s true. We’re obnoxious, we push our beliefs… Continue reading Authors, Your Vegan Characters Do Not Have to Be Stereotypes
"Feeling is always worth it." Title: Take a Hint, Dani BrownAuthor: Talia HibbertPublication: June 23, 2020Rating: 4.5/5 starsCW/TW: anxiety, depression, panic attack, mention of deathNotes: I received an advanced reader copy via Netgalley Is there anything better than a good rom-com? In my eyes, Talia Hibbert is one of the queens of this kind of… Continue reading REVIEW: Take a Hint, Dani Brown by Talia Hibbert
“But, these days, fairy-tale endings come in all shapes and sizes. It’s okay for the princess to end up with the prince, it’s okay for her to end up with the footman, it’s okay for her to end up on her own. It’s also okay for her to end up with another princess, or with… Continue reading Book Review: The Cactus by Sarah Haywood
“Sister...all the trees of the world are like brothers and sisters.” Title: The Vegetarian Author: Han Kang Publication: 2007 Rating: 3/5 stars CW/TW: abuse, rape, sexual assault The Vegetarian by Han Kang is a relatively short read (the English edition clocks in at 188 pages), but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. Originally published in 2007… Continue reading Book Review: The Vegetarian by Han Kang
In 11th grade, I had three options for English courses: English, Honors English, or AP English. Interestingly enough, not all the classes were taught by the same teacher, as my classmates had become accustomed to. Choosing AP English meant summer work, being in a class with seniors, and having the hardest English teacher - possibly… Continue reading An Ode to Jane Austen
Where are all the vegan (or at least vegetarian) books? Sure, I know what you’re thinking: there is an abundance of vegan cookbooks in the world, but that’s not what I mean. A person could just as easily go on Pinterest or, even easier, Google and search for vegan recipes. I want to know where… Continue reading Where is My Fictional Vegan Heroine?
At 17 years old, I found the literary love of my life. Unfortunately, at 17 years old, I rejected her. During my junior year of high school, I took AP Literature, a course that helped me find my purpose of sorts in life. It was that year that I truly fell for the written word,… Continue reading Anne Brontë and Me: The Literary Love I Once Rejected
"What when & how shall I be when I have got through?" When my professor/adviser first approached me regarding my college's new summer fellowship, it seemed far-fetched. My college has an abundance of students in various scientific fields: molecular biology, chemistry, environmental science, etc. . These students (and professors) are doing important work, which typically… Continue reading What’s Old Is New: Reflections from My Summer Research