THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin | Review

Four siblings (the Golds) set out one day in search of a mysterious woman who has just moved to town. They are seeking her because they've heard she has the ability to predict the exact date you'll die. When they find her living in an apartment building not unlike their own, they enter one at … Continue reading THE IMMORTALISTS by Chloe Benjamin | Review

November 2017 Book of the Month: SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

This is incredibly late and I have not posted in a while, mostly from a lack of creativity and busy-ness due to the nightmare that is holiday retail. But I'm still reading, of course - because how else would I stay sane amidst the insanity? So. I have a new favorite book, everyone. It's Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo. … Continue reading November 2017 Book of the Month: SIX OF CROWS by Leigh Bardugo

October 2017 Book of the Month: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

I don't know what it is with books about magic, but there's something about them that pull me in and make me feel at home in them. There's something about a fantasy world that can take your breath away in a way that not even the most beautiful of landscapes here on earth can. And … Continue reading October 2017 Book of the Month: A DARKER SHADE OF MAGIC by V.E. Schwab

March 2017 Book of the Month: WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES by David Sedaris

I read another collection of essays by David Sedaris this month, and of course I loved it. Specific essays stand out to me: "The Understudy" offers a poignant comparison of how we view people as children and our eventual opinions of them once we grow up. In this essay, Sedaris specifically speaks about a nanny … Continue reading March 2017 Book of the Month: WHEN YOU ARE ENGULFED IN FLAMES by David Sedaris

January 2017 Book of the Month: THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

I haven’t done a book review in a while, but truthfully, it’s been a while since there was a book I truly connected with. Rather than try to write about every single book I read (as I was trying to do for a while there), I’ve decided to only share the best books I read … Continue reading January 2017 Book of the Month: THE CIRCLE by Dave Eggers

CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD and Proper Deaf Representation

I am a hearing person. Therefore, I hope that any non-hearing people who wish to further contribute and/or correct any statements I make in the following post feel free to do so. Reading this script by Mark Medoff has its own learning curve. First, you must read all of the specifications indicated at the beginning … Continue reading CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD and Proper Deaf Representation

MANSFIELD PARK: A Return to Jane Austen

This book has been described as Jane Austen’s most politically-charged and therefore most controversial novel because she mentions the British slave trade and Fanny’s uncle does business in the West Indies. To me, however, it’s mostly just like Jane Austen’s other works - it is the story of a young lady becoming a woman. In … Continue reading MANSFIELD PARK: A Return to Jane Austen

To Kill a Mockingbird, Revisited

I recently saw To Kill a Mockingbird at a local theater, a story that has stuck with me through many years, and will continue to stick with me for the rest of my life. My interest in the production peaked when I found out my director from high school would be playing Atticus. He is possibly my … Continue reading To Kill a Mockingbird, Revisited

David Sedaris’ DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM is Life-Giving

I have made the conscious decision to read everything David Sedaris writes. He shares this honor with only three others: Gillian Flynn, Jane Austen, and J.K. Rowling under any pseudonym. Sedaris was first introduced to me by my Writing Essays professor in college. That class allowed Creative Non-fiction to become my favorite genre. The writer is … Continue reading David Sedaris’ DRESS YOUR FAMILY IN CORDUROY AND DENIM is Life-Giving