THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern | Review

"The circus arrives without warning. No announcements precede it. It is simply there, when yesterday it was not." And if that's not enough to intrigue you, then let me continue. Not only is the circus full of amazing performers and spectacles, it is also the arena for a mysterious competition between two magicians, Marcus and … Continue reading THE NIGHT CIRCUS by Erin Morgenstern | Review

July 2017 Book of the Month: ONE MORE THING by B.J. Novak

I. loved. this. book. K bye. . . . . . . Just kidding. I'll review it I guess. Though I've noticed it's almost harder for me to talk about the books I absolutely loved than the ones that were horrible, or even just ok. So, in B.J. Novak's style, I'll keep it short and … Continue reading July 2017 Book of the Month: ONE MORE THING by B.J. Novak

June 2017 Book of the Month: Yeah, I Read Teen Fiction Again and Freaking Loved It

So stop giving me shit. (Really no one is giving me shit, but for some reason I think it's embarrassing to read teen fiction when you're, you know, not a teen anymore, even though it definitely shouldn't be). The book, or books, I am talking about are A Court of Thorns and Roses, A Court of Mist … Continue reading June 2017 Book of the Month: Yeah, I Read Teen Fiction Again and Freaking Loved It

April 2017 Book of the Month: THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

Here's another book where the cover drew me in, but this time around (unlike A Little Life), I actually liked the contents I found inside. After reading Cline's short story "Northeast Regional" in the April 10th issue of the New Yorker, I figured I needed to read this novel, as she is apparently a writer … Continue reading April 2017 Book of the Month: THE GIRLS by Emma Cline

February Book of the Month: Rereading HARRY POTTER During My Quarter-Life Crisis

I’ve reread Harry Potter too many times to count since the books have been released. I tend to read the final scenes of the seventh book just when I’m feeling down. These books inspire me in a way that I haven’t felt inspired by books in some time. After setting a goal to read 35 … Continue reading February Book of the Month: Rereading HARRY POTTER During My Quarter-Life Crisis

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

A LITTLE LIFE, A Not-So-Little Book

***WARNING. SOME SPOILERS AHEAD.*** Right off the bat, I’m going to say that this book should come with a trigger warning. We’re talking dark stuff. So if you have problems with the subjects of child molestation, sexual abuse, physical abuse, or self-harm, by all means stay away from this book. To those still reading, I … Continue reading A LITTLE LIFE, A Not-So-Little Book

Introvert or Extrovert, Pick Up QUIET by Susan Cain

Every now and then a book comes along that just gets me. I first heard about Susan Cain when a friend of mine posted her Ted Talk on her timeline. The title alone intrigued me - "The Power of Introverts." I thought, "That's me. I'm an introvert." I didn't feel very powerful at the time - I … Continue reading Introvert or Extrovert, Pick Up QUIET by Susan Cain

You should read A Series of Unfortunate Events, even if the author tells you not to.

***WARNING: SPOILERS AHEAD*** I'm not exactly sure why, but when it comes to fiction, I often gravitate towards the severely dark and twisted novels of the world. Some of the best writing I have ever encountered was found in such stories as Vladimir Nabokov's Lolita, Gillian Flynn's Gone Girl, and Steig Larson's The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. My inclination … Continue reading You should read A Series of Unfortunate Events, even if the author tells you not to.