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Tag: YA classics catch up blogathon

  • A Wrinkle in Time

    Science Fiction Fairy Tale: A Wrinkle in Time

    My August/September YA classics read was Madeline L’engle’s A Wrinkle in Time — but technically, it was a reread. When I was a kid, probably only eight or nine years old, my mother read Wrinkle to me out loud, which left only two lasting impressions for me: the line “There is such a thing as…


  • A Separate Peace

    Blitzball Is Hell: A (Very) Few Thoughts On A Separate Peace

    Hey, before we dig in! I was on a podcast! Superhero Ethics invited me to drop by and talk about storytelling and the hero’s journey, especially with regards to Star Wars and what the changes from A New Hope to Rogue One signify. Recording was super fun and I think it was a great conversation,…


  • The Catcher in the Rye

    The Scourge of Apathy and The Catcher In The Rye

    So. The Catcher in the Rye. I have to admit, this was one of the books I most dreaded reading for this project, because it’s also one of the very few I’ve read before. And the truth was, I didn’t like it very much. And it’s really hard to talk about why without feeling like…


  • The Free World of Francie Nelson’s Brooklyn

    I knew even less about A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I started reading it than I had about Little Women. But it was, in a lot of a ways, a perfect answer to Little Women, right down to the moment, early on, where Francie mentions that she read and enjoyed Little Women. Liberty vs.…


  • Little Women: YA Classics Catch Up Blogathon

    Little Women, Female Ambition, and Castles in the Air

    Hey everyone, have you read your Pilgrim’s Progress lately? Because it’s time to talk about what I got out of reading Little Women, in this first real installment of the YA Classics Catch Up. But first, one housekeeping note — as I experimented with formats, I found I had a pretty fun time capturing some…


  • YA Catch up Blogathon

    The YA Classics Catch Up Blogathon

    My name is Becky and I have a confession: I am a YA writer who is shamefully un-read in the classics of my own category. I’ve never read The Outsiders. I’ve never read A Separate Peace. And while I have read The Catcher in the Rye, it was only grudgingly for class, and I hated…