Book Review: “My Salinger Year” by Joanna Rakoff

WARNING: CONTAINS MILD SPOILERS FOR THE AFOREMENTIONED MEMOIR.  A synopsis taken from the writer's website: At 23, after leaving graduate school to pursue her dreams of becoming a poet, Joanna Rakoff moves to New York City and takes a job as assistant to the storied literary agent of J. D. Salinger. She spends her days [...]

The Suspending of “To Kill a Mockingbird” and “The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn”

I've read recently that Accomack County Public Schools are suspending To Kill a Mockingbird and The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn for their usage of the N-word. If you aren't sure what I'm talking about, you can see for yourself in this exert from "Classic novels pulled from Accomack County Public Schools" : Earlier this month, a parent voiced concerns [...]

Are Fairytale Reimaginings Becoming Unimaginative?

If you have perused a YA section of a bookstore in the last three years, then you've likely come across the cover of a fairytale reimagining. Perhaps one book tells the story of Cinderella, a valiant warrior, who loses her magical boot in the middle of a battle and an infatuated warlord must return it [...]

Enough With The One-Word Book Titles!

Is anyone else getting tired of one-word book titles? They've exploded in popularity in recent years and seem especially prevalent in YA lit. Particularly with covers that feature attractive female teens wearing extravagant ballgowns and holding their hair up promiscuously. I realize there are many good book titles with a single word or name, but [...]

My Thoughts On “Uprooted”By Naomi Novik Becoming a Movie

WARNING: THIS POST WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS FOR THE NOVEL "UPROOTED." IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THIS BOOK AND WISH TO DO SO, DO NOT CONTINUE READING THIS POST.   So after finally finishing Naomi Novik's excellent fantasy novel, Uprooted, I decided to do more research on her via her website. I was thrilled to discover [...]

Bookish Culture On the London Underground

We spent a day in London, which basically means we spent a day in the London Underground. Our professors told us to dress in layers since it was predicted to rain quite a bit that day.... So there we were, wearing long-sleeve shirts and rain coats in 75 degree weather  (23 degrees celsius) and thick [...]

Thoughts on “Bird Box” by Josh Malerman

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE NOVEL. DO NOT READ IF YOU HAVE NOT READ THE BOOK OR WISH TO DO SO IN THE FUTURE.  You can find a synopsis here. This was recommended by "ChapterStackss" of BookTube as one of her favorite horror novels so I thought I'd give it a shot. I am [...]

Thoughts on “My Grandmother Asked Me To Tell You She’s Sorry”

WARNING: CONTAINS SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE NOVEL. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED Synopsis can be found here. Positives:  It has a unique premise. There aren't enough stories about grandparents and their grandchildren. I think this is a shame since they often share such a strong bond and I, personally, have nothing but love for mine. I love [...]

The Author Knows Best: Book-to-Movie Adaptations

I'm not a purist like some readers when it comes to book-to-movie adaptations. I believe it's okay to change certain elements, or cut out scenes if the time constraints don't allow for them. However, Hollywood has a bad habit of fixing things that aren't broken. They make badass characters completely pointless (Annabeth in the Percy [...]

Unpopular Opinions: The Great Gatsby

WARNING: Contains a substantial amount of bellyaching. Those who do not wish to subject themselves to ranting about American literature should flee immediately. Hide your librarians.  The Great Gatsby was one of the few novels I remember people liking in high school. I was not one of those people. In fact, I thought it was [...]