Book Review: The Good Hawk by Joseph Elliott

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 368 pages

Published: January 21, 2020

Publisher: Walker Books US

Genre: Young Adult, Fantasy, Historical Fantasy

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Book Review: The Switch by Beth O’Leary

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 336 pages

Published: August 18, 2020

Publisher: Flatiron Books

Genre: Romance, Contemporary, Women’s Fiction

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10 Amazing Female Protagonists In Manga!

Hey there everyone! My name is Joe Pascullo, and I am a guest writer today on my pal Tabrizia’s blog! I’m a young adult librarian at the Grand Central branch of the New York Public Library. And when I’m not there, I help out with the non-profit organization Pop Culture Classroom’s Excellence in Graphic Literature Awards, as well as host the 2020-established podcast, Manga Monthly! Continue reading “10 Amazing Female Protagonists In Manga!”

Book Review: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 400 pages

Published: October 8, 2019

Publisher: Pamela Dorman Books

Genre: Fiction & Literature, Historical Fiction, Romance Continue reading “Book Review: The Giver of Stars by Jojo Moyes”

Book Review: The Exact Opposite of Okay by Laura Steven

Format: Hardcover

Pages: 352 pages

Published: June 11, 2019

Publisher: HarperTeen

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More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves

Are you tired of reading books that involve women finding the elusive “the one”? When I was a teen, I was constantly bombarded by books that characterized women needing to find a guy in order for their lives to be whole and complete. In this ever-changing society, books in the publishing world have started to reflect the independence and resilience of women. And thankfully, I have recently read great books that hit the mark: Continue reading “More Than Just Romance: Books About Women Finding Themselves”

Quote of the Day – March 24, 2016

“I am no bird; and no net ensnares me: I am a free human being with an independent will.”
― Charlotte Brontë, Jane Eyre

Weekly Tea Discussion: Adult Female Characters

I started thinking about this when I read Kernel of Nonsense’s post ” ‘Perfect Heroes’ “. Although she mainly concentrates on female protagonists in YA literature, she questions why are female protagonists portrayed as insecure and awkward while the male characters are portrayed as “perfect”. And it gave me an idea on a different topic: the portrayal of female characters in adult fiction. There is always a discussion about young girls being portrayed in literature but never any real discussion about adult woman. Are there any adult female characters to look up to?

I know some of you are already go on the defense and believe that I’m forgetting the likes of Elizabeth Bennet or Jane Eyre and while they are terrific, I was more thinking of contemporary heroines. Adult female

Hermoine Granger (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005)
Hermoine Granger (Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, 2005)

characters who are written in this century. When we’re asked about present day heroines who we admire, some immediately respond Katniss Everdeen and Hermoine Granger. These two great characters are great role models and should be just admired. However, what about the characters who are in their 20’s, 30’s, or 40’s? Where is their recognition when it comes to admiration?
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Top Ten Tuesday: Books I Would Love To See as Movies/TV shows


Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the Broke and the Bookish. Today’s theme is:

Top Ten Books I’d Love To See As Movies/TV Shows”

I am not a big fan of movie/TV adaptations. They always manage to change so many things that you’ll definitely won’t be receptive to and in return, ruining your favorite book. However, for the sake of this meme, I can compile a list that I feel, maybe wouldn’t be done exactly right but will be done properly:

1. Size 12 Is Not Fat Series by Meg Cabot Heather Wells is a unique and interesting type of heroine and I think we need to see her representation on the screen.

2. A Great and Terrible Beauty Series by Libba Bray I think it is time for a female version of Harry Potter, don’t you?

3. Sanditon by Jane Austen Yes it is incomplete but so was Wives and Daughters by Elizabeth Gaskell and the manage to do a great adaptation out of that.

4. Evelina by Frances Burney Give the filmmakers a challenge…adapt a novel that is only told through letters.

5. Heist Society Series by Ally Carter This has been development hell far too long and we need an action packed movie or TV show with a female headliner.

6. Blue is for Nightmares Series by Laurie Faria Stolarz Again a female version of Harry Potter.

7. All Souls Trilogy by Deborah Harkness I think a movie is in the works but who knows how long that will take.

Longbourn7. Longbourn by Jo Baker We have so many adaptations of Pride and Prejudice, I think we need one told from the servants point of view.

8. The Mediator Series by Meg Cabot I surprised that an adaptation wasn’t created for this series already.

The Eyre Affair (Thursday Next, #1)

9. The Eyre Affair by Jasper Fforde I don’t know if a movie is in the works but for this one it is long overdue. A chance to jump in your favorite book? A book lovers dream.

Lives of Our Own

10. Lives of Our Own by Lorri Hewett With race tensions so high in this country, this is a type of movie that needs to be done.

You can see that I picked a lot of books with strong independent females as the main character because I feel that is strongly lacking in the entertainment industry. What books would you like to see to be made in movies or TV shows?