Posts by Whitney


I want to take a moment to thank everyone who has joined the Imaginary Book Club. When this was just a simple birthday gift to myself, I wasn’t sure whether I would be compelled to commit to keeping a blog alive. I wasn’t sure it would last the month, TBH. But instead of quitting, as I am wont to do, the Imaginary Book Club has become quite it’s own little world of book lovers and literary enthusiasts – almost...

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There have been a few veiled references in this blog and some of the comments to a notorious high school English teacher from my hometown, oft referred to as Old and Cranky (this was used when we were in school too – I think he was aware of the nickname and appreciated it. It was a contrast to his son, who also taught English). Old and Cranky taught English with extremely high expectations, and a healthy dose of strong opinions....

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The first author I truly truly loved was John Steinbeck. I think at first I wanted to love Steinbeck to be different. While all my classmates were struggling through The Grapes of Wrath, hating on the interchapters, I was determined to love the crap out of an unpopular book. Yet somehow, I played a trick on myself. By wanting to love The Grapes of Wrath, I ended up diving deeper and deeper into the story. I savored every nuance. Every...

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I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie snuck up on me. I hadn’t realized that she had become one of my favorite authors until much later. I have a bit of amnesia when it comes to author names sometimes, and Adichie took advantage. She just kept writing some of my favorite books, and suddenly… well, she became a favorite. If there was anything that could cement my love, it was...

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I cannot believe that February is already over! I get that it’s the shortest month of the year, but it felt like the whole month just completely disappeared in a minute. Here on IBC we had some fun with Galentine’s Day, and a couple great guest posts. February is always super highs and lows for me – this February was my eighth anniversary of dating my partner, which was fun to celebrate! But it was also cold. And...

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