Sitting in the Stacks (SitS) is primarily a site for conversations on books. Fiction, non-fiction, and academic. This blog is secondarily a reflection on a life spent in the stacks — as a bookworm, scholar, writer, freelancer, and teacher.
I have always felt that the average book reviews are esoteric and did not really help me determine whether a text was the one for me. Sitting in the Stacks works to combat the ineffectiveness of those reviews by offering insights that give a reader an understanding of whether they would like the book or not.
To offer a personable book review, SitS does not use a rating system. Finding the best book to read is not formulaic and cannot be determined by 5-out-of-5 stars. I believe we form relationships with the books we read, meaning every book is not for everyone.
Each week, my current reads are summarized in the “Weekly Wraps” series. The day of the week will change based on my work schedule, but the format will remain the same. Each week I’ll offer quick reflections on the texts I’ve recently read and preview the readings for the coming week. Because I am a PhD student, I read more than I can write about in a week. Books and other texts featured in “Weekly Wraps” will not always be featured in their own review post.
Bookstores & Findings
Bookstores are a vanishing place with online shopping. Yet, there are some stores hanging on and sharing their personalities with everyone who visits. In honor of these stores, Sitting in the Stacks has a “Bookstores of the World” section that highlights the stores I explore.
“Findings” includes different book related items I have stumbled across on the Internet that I think any book lover may enjoy. You can also see other interesting book finds on the Sitting in the Stacks Pintrest board!
In honor of my other love — writing — there is another section to this site. “Creative Words” includes various creative writing pieces I have completed. These works vary from poems and monologues to short stories.
The “#AmWriting” series includes occasional posts about the writing process. These posts can include everything from editing and where we find inspiration to the utter frustration of motivation and writer’s block. Warning: there will be humor and sarcasm.
“Musings” includes reflection, opinion, and academic pieces. In this section, I address the issues of a life sitting in the stacks and make observations about current events and society related to my work in religion, media, and nationalism. These observation pieces serve as my attempt to extend the scholarly conversations I have on campuses to those folks outside of universities. My informed opinion may come out in these writings, but this is more due to the fact that the work I do is highly political and not because I am trying to use this blog to indoctrinate others to my beliefs. In fact, I hope the writings in the “Musings” section will lead to respectful and constructive conversations that will expand the horizons of both readers and myself.
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Lastly, all material posted on Sitting in the Stacks expresses my opinion and not the view of any other person or institution (unless otherwise stated). All rights to these works are reserved.
Disclaimer: Any reviews (books or bookstores) done at the request of an author, a publisher or store owner will be noted in the post.
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