National Poetry Month, or, How I’m Learning To Expand My Horizons

From poets.org

“National Poetry Month each April is the largest literary celebration in the world, with tens of millions of readers, students, K-12 teachers, librarians, booksellers, literary events curators, publishers, bloggers, and, of course, poets marking poetry’s important place in our culture and our lives.

While we celebrate poets and poetry year-round, the Academy of American Poets was inspired by the successful celebrations of Black History Month (February) and Women’s History Month (March), and founded National Poetry Month in April 1996 with an aim to:

Which is all well and good! I’m here for it. But…honestly? I hate poetry.

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F is for Friday: 3/30/2018

Another new meme for me this week!

How to participate in the meme:
1. Credit the creator of this tag (the great Nomadic Words!) and link back.
2. Answer the four questions to the best of your ability.
3. Most important of all, enjoy yourself!

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On Audiobooks: How I Make My Commutes More Fun

I used to be super against audiobooks. True, I owned the first four Harry Potter books on cassette (aw yiss, early 2000s technology), but that was just because I felt like I *needed* to own them. I think we gave up on books five through seven, which was fine, because as much as I loved the narration, it was far too slow for me. I don’t speed read on purpose, that’s just…how my brain works. I felt like audiobooks were cheating.

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“What a Pretty Bird You Are”–A Review of An Enchantment of Ravens

A skilled painter must stand up to the ancient power of the faerie courts—even as she falls in love with a faerie prince—in this gorgeous debut novel.

Isobel is a prodigy portrait artist with a dangerous set of clients: the sinister fair folk, immortal creatures who cannot bake bread, weave cloth, or put a pen to paper without crumbling to dust. They crave human Craft with a terrible thirst, and Isobel’s paintings are highly prized. But when she receives her first royal patron—Rook, the autumn prince—she makes a terrible mistake. She paints mortal sorrow in his eyes—a weakness that could cost him his life.

Furious and devastated, Rook spirits her away to the autumnlands to stand trial for her crime. Waylaid by the Wild Hunt’s ghostly hounds, the tainted influence of the Alder King, and hideous monsters risen from barrow mounds, Isobel and Rook depend on one another for survival. Their alliance blossoms into trust, then love—and that love violates the fair folks’ ruthless laws. Now both of their lives are forfeit, unless Isobel can use her skill as an artist to fight the fairy courts. Because secretly, her Craft represents a threat the fair folk have never faced in all the millennia of their unchanging lives: for the first time, her portraits have the power to make them feel. Continue reading ““What a Pretty Bird You Are”–A Review of An Enchantment of Ravens”