The Key Elements of a Dystopian Novel

By Kathryn O’Donnell Times are weird, there’s no doubt about that. The government is ordering citizens to stay at home. Traveling is limited. People are walking around grocery stores with masks. Businesses and universities have shut down. Places that have never shut down in their history are closed. Honestly, things have never felt more dystopian… More The Key Elements of a Dystopian Novel

Nostalgic Novels: Revisiting Childhood Stories Alyssa Grimaldi

By Alyssa Grimaldi Self-isolating has not been easy for me, as I know it has not been for many people. While physically distancing from friends and unable to leave the same house for weeks on end, mental health can be negatively impacted. It is essential during these times to reach out to those you care… More Nostalgic Novels: Revisiting Childhood Stories Alyssa Grimaldi

Treating the Quarantine Blues: Where to Read for Free

By Jordan Shaw It’s been a few weeks since quarantine started, and we’ve all had to make some major adjustments. Many people have begun working remotely, classes have been moved online for students, and we’ve all been instructed to stay indoors in order to “flatten the curve” — or in other words, curb the rate… More Treating the Quarantine Blues: Where to Read for Free

‘Twilight’ characters on ‘Big Brother’

By Lili Fishman For my blog post I decided to do a little experiment: running the characters of Twilight through a Big Brother simulator. Big Brother is a reality TV game show where several “houseguests” live in the same house, with no contact with the outside world for weeks (sound familiar?) and compete in competitions to win a cash prize.… More ‘Twilight’ characters on ‘Big Brother’

Historical Fiction to Remind Us That This Too Shall Pass

By Natalie Baliker History is written in black and white, words on a page. Often, the darker parts of history are so many years removed from the present that we can safely regard the deaths of many as an “event” rather than the tragedy it was for those who lived through it. But when we… More Historical Fiction to Remind Us That This Too Shall Pass

‘Queen of Nothing’ and female fantasy archetypes

By Alex Houdeshell As I got my hands on each new installment of Holly Black’s Folk of the Air trilogy, I went through the exact same speed-reading, can’t-put-it-down-until-I’m-finished, suspense-filled experience. Starting with The Cruel Prince and ending with Queen of Nothing (released last November) Holly Black kept my eyes glued to her pages with new… More ‘Queen of Nothing’ and female fantasy archetypes

6 Books to Get You Through Your Quarter Life Crisis

By Brenna Sarantides We all can agree that times are weird right now. In the midst of quarantining, existential dread is abundant. For those in their 20s, panic was already on the horizon. These conditions have merely exasperated the effects.  On the brink of adulthood, many people find themselves questioning all the uncertainty. Will I… More 6 Books to Get You Through Your Quarter Life Crisis

What Quarantine Book You Should be Reading Based on Your Star Sign

By Jennie Fetzer It’s Monday, March 23, 2020, and the CDC has officially closed all non-essential businesses in the state of Connecticut. It has also been advised that we practice social distancing to stop the spread of COVID-19, better known as “Corona”. For many, this means hunkering down in our homes and figuring out ways… More What Quarantine Book You Should be Reading Based on Your Star Sign