PODCAST | A Wish in the Dark

In this episode of the Story Matters podcast, I sit down with my 11-year-old daughter, Sophia, to discuss Christina Soontornvat's A Wish in the Dark. While this book was required reading for her middle-school English class, we definitely didn't regret it! A Wish in the Dark is set in an alternate-history, Asian-inspired world, with only... Continue Reading →

PODCAST | Graceling by Kristin Cashore

What does Kristin Cashore's Graceling, Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, Terry Pratchett, The Promised Neverland anime, the Twilight series, Fifty Shades of Grey, X-Men, Philip Roth’s The Plot Against America, George Orwell's 1984 and Animal Farm, Alice in Wonderland, The Handmaid’s Tale, and The Testaments ALL have in common? Answer: THIS... Continue Reading →

PODCAST | The Book of Lost Things and Circe

Quick Blurb: John Connelly's The Book of Lost Things starts off strong, with an evocative hook that instantly draws you into the story. But the middle hundred pages or so felt like needless padding, and I started to lose interest. Much of what happens feels random and disconnected to the overall plot and the development... Continue Reading →

PODCAST | Stardust Review

Who wants to read when they can listen? While going to work in your car, or coming back from a long stressful day, you can sit back, relax, and listen to me ramble on about books! What could be better? Now, I am very excited to announce my official foray into sponsored podcasting using the... Continue Reading →

Circe Review

Imagine if, in The Force Awakens, everyone was either cruel, evil, or a bumbling idiot, except for Rey. Then imagine a Star Wars sequel where Rey isn't just a Mary Sue, but doesn't actually do anything to move the story forward, where she just waits on her planet for people to show up and tell... Continue Reading →

Aenya Newsletter 11/11/20

Greetings, Aenya fans!!! I am back with another super-exciting update . . . OK, let's be honest, I am not getting a ton of followers here, and it's not hard to see why. I can't compete with the billion-dollar algorithms put out by Facebook, Instagram, TickTok, etc., or whatever new thing will be turning kids... Continue Reading →

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