June Reads: SIMON VS. THE HOMO SAPIENS AGENDA by Becky Albertalli

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.

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January Reads: TURTLES ALL THE WAY DOWN by John Green

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.

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June Reads: THE ODYSSEY by Homer

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.

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August Reads: HARRY POTTER AND THE CURSED CHILD by J.K. Rowling, John Tiffany and Jack Thorne

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. The books were part of what first got me into writing. I love the entire universe. I’ve been to Universal Studios twice. I have a wand. I have […]

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May Reads: 1984 by George Orwell

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 is timelier than ever. 1984 is still the great modern classic of “negative utopia”—a startlingly original and haunting novel that creates an imaginary world that is completely convincing, from the […]

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