While I didn’t fully love MILK AND HONEY until the end of the book, I loved THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS from the beginning. While MILK AND HONEY was raw in its honesty, somehow, this one felt a lot more personal, too. I’m not quite sure how.Read More September Reads: THE SUN AND HER FLOWERS by Rupi Kaur
Jeanette Walls’ voice is incredible, frank and captivating, gritty and elegant. Everything she says feels so real and honest that you believe her automatically. She doesn’t sugar-coat by any means, but her wording and the way she describes things seems almost delicate. But I also don’t have to enjoy a book to realize how good it is and necessary it is.Read More August Reads: THE GLASS CASTLE by Jeanette Walls
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
Matt’s staring at him, lips pulled down and eyes soft like he knows what Braedyn’s thinking, what he’s gonna say. It’s not the first time; it won’t be the last. “Nah,” he says, shaking his head. “Not today.” Then he turns around and walks away.Read More Story Snippet: December
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 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
As you can probably guess from the title (or if you follow me on Twitter), I just launched a novel with Tapas Media! I created a story with @tapas_app called HUMAN! It launched yesterday and I’m so proud of it. Check it out here: https://t.co/4eeYGEnLrx — A. C. Wyatt (Alex) (@alexisabooknerd) June 11, 2017Read More Announcement: I launched a story with Tapas!