Book Thoughts: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

[Warning: This post contains spoilers for Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe, as well as discussion of homophobic violence. Please proceed with caution!] It seems like everyone I know has either read or wants to read Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz. The book is a queer…

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Book Thoughts: Gone Girl

This post contains MAJOR spoilers for Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn. [Initial review on GoodReads.] I’m not good at keeping up on what’s cool in the literary world. I don’t pay much attention to the New York Times Best Sellers List and I delete the recommendation emails that Amazon sends me. I typically do pay attention to my GoodReads…

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To Read or Not to Read: My challenge for 2014

This year, one of my “resolutions” (though I hate that term, because I never stick to them, and then I feel like a failure) is to read all of the books in my Kindle library and on my bookshelf that I haven’t yet read. I spend a lot of money on books — whether digital…

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Turn your fear into something absurd

As is the case with many people of my generation, J.K. Rowling’s Harry Potter series has had a profound and lasting impact on my life. As I’ve gotten older, many of the issues inherent in the series have come to light and I’ve begun to cast a much more critical eye on the series as a…

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Book Thoughts: Looking for Alaska

[Reposted from GoodReads.] Okay. I’m going to be upfront with myself and whoever might be reading this and say that I went into this book expecting to hate it. Prior to picking up Looking for Alaska, the only John Green book I’d read was Will Grayson, Will Grayson, and I don’t think that really counts…

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Obsessed with William Shakespeare: A Memoir

“Hell is empty and all the devils are here.” – William Shakespeare, The Tempest My first exposure to William Shakespeare (that I can remember, at least) was reading Romeo & Juliet in the fourth grade. Seems a bit heavy for a 9 year-old, right? I made it through the first act — like my reading group and I…

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Book Thoughts: The Mortal Instruments Series

So here’s the thing. After reading the things that crop up on my Tumblr dashboard from time to time concerning Cassandra Clare and her notorious history as a “Big Name Fan” on the very permanent interwebz, I don’t have much respect for her as a writer. That being said, the trailer for The Mortal Instruments:…

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Book Thoughts: The Solitude of Prime Numbers

Sometime during the course of the summer, my best friend and fellow literary masochist, AR, suggested that I read Paolo Giordano’s The Solitude of Prime Numbers. Set in Italy, the novel follows the lives of two people — Alice and Mattia — whom are both, in their painfully human ways, prime numbers. A prime number is…

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