The truth is, SONG OF ACHILLES breaks my heart. Within the first few pages, I fell in love with Madeline Miller’s style and Patroclus’ voice. It’s so unique, so captivating and warm and curious; I feel each of the character’s emotions as they come, love and betrayal and hurt and grief.
To me, CATCHER IN THE RYE isn’t angry at all. It’s just sad. Holden is both too old for his age and too young. He’s too old for his peers and he desperately wants to stay a little kid so he doesn’t get phony, either. It’s a story of a boy who desperately wants to find some realness in this world, who feels stuck in place when all he wants to do is move.
The Odyssey is a pretty great adventure. There’s a reason it’s so famous, and that’s because it’s so characteristic of the adventure genre itself. The Odyssey is basically the “OG” starting point of the Monomyth, and t’s a perfect match for Joseph Campbell’s Hero’s Journey model. I’d recommend it to any and all adventure and epic fantasy writers.
Goodreads Summary: A father and his son walk alone through burned America. Nothing moves in the ravaged landscape save the ash on the wind. It is cold…… Read more “May Reads: THE ROAD by Cormac McCarthy”
No one ever knew who Gatsby was. Some said he had been a German spy, others that he was related to one of Europe’s royal families. Nearly…… Read more “April Reads: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald”
Up until now, my monthly book reviews have been pretty positive. So this month, I thought I’d change it up a little bit. She is only fourteen,…… Read more “February Reads: ROMEO AND JULIET by William Shakespeare”
I’m back with my monthly book recommendations! Did you miss me? “Himmlers Hirn heisst Heydrich”, or “Himmler’s brain is called Heydrich”. The most dangerous man in Hitler’s…… Read more “January Reads: HHhH by Laurence Binet”
MY TIME HAS FINALLY COME. If you haven’t yet realized I am a Harry Potter mega-nerd, you’re about to figure it out. I’m obsessed with Harry Potter.…… Read more “August Reads: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne”
I think everyone knows by now how much I love Rick Riordan’s books. I’ve talked about my love for his PERCY JACKSON AND THE OLYMPIANS and THE…… Read more “July Reads: THE HIDDEN ORACLE by Rick Riordan”
I’m back with another book recommendation! The year 1984 has come and gone, but George Orwell’s prophetic, nightmarish vision in 1949 of the world we were becoming…… Read more “May Reads: 1984 by George Orwell”