If you’re looking for something ground-breaking or philosophical, this isn’t the book for you. It’s just a simple, slightly cheesy love story, and it doesn’t pretend to be anything else. And that’s probably one of the best things about SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA.Read More June Reads: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli
I’ve always supported the Black Lives Matter movement, but I’ve also always been an outsider as both a non-black person (my ethnicity is a mix of a few things, but there’s a fair amount of white in there) and someone who grew up in a ‘good’ neighbourhood. I can’t truly understand it because I’ve ever lived it and probably never will. I still don’t, but this book certainly helped a lot. It’s easy to support the movement and want justice for the black men and women killed, but understanding police brutality in the larger picture of systematic racism and its effects on society is different and much more complex. It’s easy to see supposed drug dealers and gang members as purely bad when you don’t understand the circumstances that go behind it, when you don’t know about the Khalils and DeVantes.Read More May Reads: THE HATE U GIVE by Angie Thomas (Review)
MILK AND HONEY is one of those books you know about even before you pick it up.
Turns out, even though I thought I knew a fair amount about MILK AND HONEY, it still surprised me. People have told me that’s its so incredibly beautiful—life-changing, even. The truth is, it wasn’t all that life-changing for me. But it was still one of the most beautiful things I’ve read.
TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN is very different from a lot of John Green’s books. If you’re expecting the grandiose of TFiOS or PAPER TOWNS, you won’t find it here. But John’s said it’s his most personal novel, and that shows.
I’ve been waiting five years for another John Green book, and BOY DID THIS ONE NOT DISAPPOINT.Read More January Reads: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green
Altogether, FRANKENSTEIN is a lot more human than I expected from a story about such a culturally important monster. But I think that’s the way it’s supposed to be—don’t we create our own monsters, too?Read More October Reads: FRANKENSTEIN by Mary Shelley
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.Read More September Reads: THE SONG OF ACHILLES by Madeline Miller
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.Read More August Reads: CATCHER IN THE RYE by J. D. Salinger
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.Read More June Reads: THE ODYSSEY by Homer
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 enough to crack stones, and when the snow falls it is gray. The sky is dark. Their destination is the coast, although they don’t know what, if anything, […]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 everyone took advantage of his fabulous hospitality. And it was fabulous. In his superb Long Island home he gave the most amazing parties, and not the least remarkable […]Read More April Reads: THE GREAT GATSBY by F. Scott Fitzgerald