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: Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?

Admittedly, comedy isn’t usually my thing. I watch more dramas than I do comedies and I very rarely read lighthearted literature. Seeing as I’m a very emotional person, that’s sometimes really bad for me. But there are a handful of comedies that I adore and come back to time and time again. Most of them…

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Book Thoughts: Cunt: A Declaration of Independence

As a 22 year-old woman who’s been calling herself a feminist for years, my views on the word and what it means are always evolving. Similarly, my views on my body, my sexuality and what it means to me to be a woman are also evolving. Inga Muscio’s Cunt: A Declaration of Independence has been on my to-read list…

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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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