SUMMARY: You know the type: the woman who won’t shut up, who’s too brazen, too opinionated–too much. It’s not that she’s an outcast (she might even be your friend or your wife, or your mother) so much as she’s a social variable. Sometimes, she’s the life of the party; others, she’s the center of gossip. […]Read More January Reads: TOO FAT, TOO SLUTTY, TOO LOUD: THE RISE AND REIGN OF THE UNRULY WOMAN by Anne Helen Petersen
When I think of Edgar Allan Poe, I tend to think about spooky, creepy stuff. And yeah, that’s a big part of it—and his spookier poems are some of my favourites—but while a lot of the poems are haunting, there’s a lot more to them.Read More October Reads: The Complete Poetry of Edgar Allan Poe
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
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
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