Halo Effect, I want to explain that though I am professor (my day job), I am not an English or Literature professor. Very, very far from it. The last time I took a lit class was AP English my senior year of high school. Somewhere in Massachusetts is Mr. Kennedy, maybe still coaching debate and teaching English. He made us read Catch 22 and A Street Care Named Desire, and possibly The Great Gatsby, though that could have been Ms. Donnelly, who actually taught the AP class... Those where the days of passive-aggressively manufacturing papers that would amuse me and satisfy them as I made my way through books I didn't enjoy or get. Anyway, the Halo Effect that I'm trying to stave off is that though I am a professor and teach classes, I have no credentials for reviewing books other than loving to read. The very same credentials Nikki and Cheyenne have.
Cheyenne's first pick is May Sarton's Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing, which was first published in 1965. Nikki and I will be reading The Mother-in-Law Cure by Farha Z. Hasan, which was published in 2013. Cheyenne and I should be posting about Mrs. Stevens soon.
In my mind, I had this image when I was thinking about writing together:
But we would be writing about books, not talking about movies. And no one is imprisoning us and forcing us to read bad books. We'll be reading books we chose, and books we are willing to finish. We reserve the right to be silly. By the way, I barely remember Mystery Science Theater 3000. I had to google "robot movie reviewers".
Book review sounds so serious.
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Thank you to Nikki & Cheyenne for agreeing to try this out!
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