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Scenic Sundays 58: A Season of Change

Scenic Sundays 58: A Season of Change

Fall is hanging on here in Iowa. We are hitting some unexpected highs this weekend. And while I am not a fan of the cold and snow, I am itching for a change. Over the Thanksgiving holiday, I purchased the TweakMe v2 theme from Nosegraze (affiliate link). Over the last week or so I’ve been working on a new layout for Second Run Reviews. Like winter this year, I’m trying not to rush into rolling out the new design. But it is so darn difficult to not be excited about the things I’m learning and doing and not share those things IMMEDIATELY with all of you. So to help calm my excitement, I thought I would share where I’m headed. While I am keeping my logo and the color scheme somewhat the same (I’ll be adding light purple as an accent color), I designed a new header using Canva and am working through some new menu layouts. I thought, perhaps, after two years of blogging, my love of books and talking about books would wane a bit. But I’m as excited as ever for this next season…this next chapter…here at Second Run Reviews. And I can’t wait to share it […]

12 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on December 6, 2015
What Does “We Need Diverse Books” Even Mean? | A Note from the Director

What Does “We Need Diverse Books” Even Mean? | A Note from the Director

Over the last year I have attended several different science fiction and fantasy conventions. At most of these events I have attended or participated in discussions about the representation of diversity in books. The conversations have gotten heated and frustrating because almost everyone in the room seems to agree the there is not enough diversity in books. And it’s not that I disagree and it’s not that I agree, it’s just not what I’m looking for in a book. Maybe it is because I’m white girl living in Middle America and the majority of my friends look just like me. I’m more concerned about reading a quality novel that grabs me and doesn’t let me go until the last word than I am that a particular character is black or white, gay or straight or looks and acts just like I do. When I read The Hunger Games, I did not see Rue and her district as African-American or Black or dark-skinned. I saw them as oppressed farmers and Rue as a young girl fighting for her life. And then I saw the movie. Does it make sense that Rue’s District is assigned with this ethnic group? If Panem is […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on November 23, 2015
The Unknown Power of Books | In the Spotlight Guest Post

The Unknown Power of Books | In the Spotlight Guest Post

The Unknown Power of Books by Swati Prakash   We all know about the obvious power of books – the knowledge, the inspiration and the numerous hours of entertainment they provide. But is there something more sinister to them at work, unknown to us overtly. Are books just books – or are they magical beings that start affecting our lives in ways we never realised? Look at your bookshelf and look at your life – just observe and try to connect the two. Are there any similarities? Some of you will begin to realise so many…some of you may take more time. The similarities may not be literal, or they may be. The way our books connect with us may be superficial or deep rooted. Perhaps we were drawn to certain books because they called out to us, like a lost part of our soul wanting to be right back home. And no matter how much we deny it – books change us – they have changed us and will continue to change us, more deeply than we can imagine. As for me, I live in a magickal world (so do you, whether you know it or not). In my […]

0 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on November 13, 2015
Scenic Sundays 54: The Role of the Writer #GivingThanks

Scenic Sundays 54: The Role of the Writer #GivingThanks

Each day I encounter new authors and new books. I want to take a minute to brag about Felix J. Palma, who I do not know personally (but wish I did). His novels fell into my lap thanks to a GoodReads giveaway. They combine all the things I love (time travel, historical fiction, science fiction and fantasy) with some amazing twists. His Trilogi­a Victoriana series just blows my mind! I was thrilled to be able to get book #3 while I was in Canada earlier this year. Yes, Mr. Palma is one source of breaking my #ShelfLove Challenge this year. Palma’s books definitely make me a dreamer. They also make me a hunter. A hunter for more quality novels that challenge my perception of time and space. I’m appreciative of novelists like Mr. Palma. Thank you to all the writers in my life for making me dream. My life is forever changed because of your words. Taken on May 22, 2011 in Marion, IA with a Fujifilm FinePix Z5fd. View this quote on flickr. “Writers perform an extremely important role: they make others dream, those who are unable to dream for themselves. And everyone needs to dream. Could there be […]

10 Comments | Join in on the Conversation | Posted on November 8, 2015