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Hello. Hello! I know I am the worst at remembering to blog. But for once, I wasn’t avoiding blogging because I felt guilty about not writing. I was… wait for it… actually writing. Actually, actually writing. Here were the original goals for the summer: Finish the book manuscript. Write a promised book chapter. Write two conference […]

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I'm a doctor, but, like, not that kind of doctor. I'm a recent PhD (Canadian Literature) starting my first teaching job in a brand new city on the other side of a really large country. I study pop culture, September 11th, gender stuff, and contemporary American and Canadian fiction. My major scholarly passion, though, is the pedagogy of undergraduate literature and composition. In real life, I like terrible television, Dr. Drew, Nintendo, avoiding exercise, and cooking elaborately. I'm married and I have two cats who completely run the show. My favourite isms include femin-, athe-, human-, patriot-, and popul-.

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge

2014 Reading Challenge
brenna has read 30 books toward her goal of 72 books.


brenna's bookshelf: read

Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can't Stop Talking
3 of 5 stars true
I really loved parts of this book a lot, and felt really validated about many of my own choices as I read it. But while I know this is a pop psychology book for a broad audience, I was disappointed by the simplification of the Big 5 trai...
tagged: read-2-2013 and read-2013
The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother
2 of 5 stars true
I'm a lover of Gregory's historical fiction and always really enjoy hearing her talk about the process of constructing fiction from history, so I expected to love this. But I didn't at all! I found it really dry and I didn't love the pro...
tagged: read-2013 and read-2-2013
5 of 5 stars true
I really loved Helen. I wants to crawl inside her tragedy and breathe it. But I also really dig on this style of writing -- the leaping between moments seems to capture something that feels very real to me about the way I engage with t...
tagged: read-2-2013 and read-2013
The Silence of Bonaventure Arrow
1 of 5 stars true
I will start by saying that this book is most definitely going to be a massive hit. I will also say that this will be a lot of people's favourite book, and I don't mean to detract from that in this review. For those who appreciate the ...
tagged: read-2-2013 and read-2013
High Fidelity
5 of 5 stars true
I'm not particularly critical when it comes to this book. It is the story of too many people I love way too much. But Rob's voice is so well-executed and the characters seem so real to me that I can't help thinking it's Hornby's best nov...
tagged: read-2-2013 and read-2013