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 [...]

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 [...]

Wherein a Writer Takes a Break From the Internet

For the past few days, I've decided to use one of my hundreds of unused journals in leu of battling my internet addiction in an attempt to crank out a chapter or two. I believe the results speak for themselves. I started writing about three days ago and I'm halfway through with this journal. That's with [...]

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 [...]

What’s the Point of Critiquing Published Books?

Recently, a friend of mine posed the question: What's the point of critiquing published works? It's already published so it's not like the author can rewrite it for a better review or something. Personally, I don't critique books that often unless the author is dead, or I have something positive to say about the novel. [...]

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 [...]

Thoughts On “Me Before You”

WARNING: SPOILERS FOR THE ENTIRE NOVEL. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED.  I hadn’t heard about this book until after I saw the movie trailer with Khaleesi as the main role. However, it seemed like a good premise so I decided to give it a go. Here are my thoughts after having completed the novel in its [...]

Matchmaking Literary Characters

WARNING: Contains spoilers and crack ships. If you are a fan of any type of fiction, you may have engaged in what is known as "shipping." I've been exposed to many ships and it's made me experimental when it comes to the exploring the dynamics of compatibility. For fun, I decided to pair up characters [...]