Literature · Novels and Novellas

Twilight/Stephanie Meyer Hate: Was it too much?

https://youtu.be/8O06tMbIKh0   I watched Lindsey Ellis’ video about Twilight entitled: “Dear Stephanie Meyer” recently. The gist of it is that she argues that while Twilight, isn’t a good book or film, the hatred for it was way over-the-top. And that it’s the anti-teenage girl attitude society has that helped drive the hatred. Essentially, we accept… Continue reading Twilight/Stephanie Meyer Hate: Was it too much?

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Literature · Novels and Novellas

Best Books of 2017

2017 certainly wasn’t the best reading year for me. Life was busy as heck but I still managed to read a few gems. Also, these are in no particular order and just because I read them in 2017 doesn’t mean they were released during the year. 😊 Tomie by Junji Ito A bizarrely beautiful manga.… Continue reading Best Books of 2017

Literature · Novels and Novellas

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg is a Sociopath? 

https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=cIFmnn47OoM This is very interesting video that makes a good arguement about the character Greg Heffley from the Diary of a Wimpy Kid series.  I have only read the first three books in the series, but I found Greg extremely unlikable. Even before watching this video I thought I was reading about someone with sociopathic tendencies. … Continue reading Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Greg is a Sociopath? 

Literature · Novels and Novellas

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman | Book Review

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman follows an unnamed narrator as he recalls strange/terrifying events from his childhood involving a young girl named Lettie Hempstock and her family. Gaiman’s book is definitely different. It’s one of those books where things just kind of happen. The fantastical elements all come with… Continue reading The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman | Book Review

Literature · Novels and Novellas

Panic by Lauren Oliver | Book Review

So, the most recent book I’ve read is Panic by Lauren Oliver. Oliver is one of my favorite authors and hasn’t disappointed me yet (except for, maybe, the third Delirium book.) Here I’ll breakdown what works in the book and what doesn’t.  (slightly spoiler-ish) Idea/Creativity: When I first read the synopsis for this book I… Continue reading Panic by Lauren Oliver | Book Review

Literature · Short Stories

Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

Connie is your typical attractive teenage girl – she likes going out with friends and flirting with boys. She’s annoyed with her family, especially her mother who’s constantly criticizing her. Her flirting is mostly innocent fun until she’s confronted by a strange older man named Arnold Friend at her home. Some may view this story… Continue reading Where are you going, Where have you been by Joyce Carol Oates | Short Story Analysis

Literature · Novels and Novellas

Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp | Book Review

Jane-Emily is a short Young Adult horror/ghost novel about a little girl named Jane who goes to spend a summer at her grandmother's house with her Aunt Louisa, whose also the narrator of the story. A girl named Emily who died at a young age previously lived in the house and unlike Jane she was… Continue reading Jane-Emily by Patricia Clapp | Book Review

Literature · Poetry

A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy | Poetry Analysis

The meaning of Piercy’s poem is simple. It uses metaphor to show how the female gender role can confine women and stop them from reaching their full potential. “The bonsai tree / in the attractive pot / could have grown eighty feet tall” A bonsai tree can grow to be quite large. But when it’s in the… Continue reading A Work of Artifice by Marge Piercy | Poetry Analysis

Literature · Novels and Novellas

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia | Book Review

  One Crazy Summer is a middle grade book that tells the story of the three Gaither sisters Delphine, Vonetta and Fern. In the late 60s during the summer they go to Oakland to visit their mother, Cecile who had previously abandoned them. She's very unwelcoming to them, viewing them as a distraction from her… Continue reading One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia | Book Review

Literature · Novels and Novellas

The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams | Book Review

The Chosen One is a Young Adult book follows the story of a young girl named Kyra who lives in an isolated polygamist community. Unlike her family who follow all the rules of the community, she shows a bit of a rebellious streak by visiting and reading forbidden books from a mobile library and having… Continue reading The Chosen One by Carol Lynch Williams | Book Review