Format: Paperback

So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

Posted June 24, 2016 in Reviews / 8 Comments
So Sad Today by Melissa Broder

For four years, Melissa Broder has been tweeting funny but achingly sincere tidbits like, “I don’t feel at peace unless I’m torturing myself,” and, “the road to hell is you not texting me enough,” from the @sosadtoday Twitter account. Each tweet is an effort to connect, to entertain, and to score a tiny dopamine hit as the faves and retweets come rolling in — because her tweets are an effect of the very obsessions she is speaking about. In her book […]

Giant Love for Giant Days by John Allison and Whitney Cogar

Posted May 23, 2016 in Reviews / 13 Comments
Giant Love for Giant Days by John Allison and Whitney Cogar

I’m still a newbie to the comics game, but when I came across Giant Days, Vol. 1 at my job at the library, I couldn’t help reading the first few pages. And I was IMMEDIATELY hooked. I requested the first two volumes from the library and basically devoured them. Giant Days follows three students who recently started university and quickly became best friends: Goth, statuesque Esther, whose powers for stirring up drama are truly remarkable; snarky, cynical Susan, the trio’s […]

Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone With The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

Posted May 18, 2016 in Reviews / 15 Comments
Stepping Outside My Comfort Zone With The Killing Moon by N.K. Jemisin

  When I was a teenager, fantasy novels were my jam. I couldn’t re-read the Harry Potter series enough times, I was always anticipating the next Artemis Fowl book, and the Abhorsen series was a regular part of my rotation. And yet, as I transitioned to adult fiction, my interest in fantasy fell by the wayside. However, a few months ago, in the depths of the worst reading slump I’ve ever experienced, I decided to shake things up and try reading The Killing Moon, the first […]

Book Review: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Posted May 10, 2016 in Reviews / 3 Comments
Book Review: The First Book of Calamity Leek by Paula Lichtarowicz

Safely secluded from the Outside world by a massive stone wall, Calamity Leek and her 12 sisters spend their days tending roses in the Garden, embroidering petal-stuffed cushions, and learning the skills they will use when they are old enough to go to war against the demonmales. In the place of textbooks, their dedicated, deformed caregiver Aunty instructs them from her multi-volume Appendix, a document made up of a Showreel; beauty rituals; and bizarre myths about the sisters’ purpose, life Outside, […]

Screen and Page Pairings: Girls and Treasure Island!!!

Posted May 5, 2016 in Reviews / 12 Comments
Screen and Page Pairings: Girls and Treasure Island!!!

Nearly two years may have passed since I lamented the seeming lack of literary fiction centered around characters in their twenties, but I still feel that same frustration. My thirst for stories about people in my stage of life is slightly slaked by HBO’s Girls, which, despite its failings in representing only a very narrow, white, privileged version of Brooklyn millennial life, is one of the only shows I’ve seen that stars characters I relate too. (It’s a curse as much as […]

In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

Posted October 5, 2015 in Reviews / 19 Comments
In Which I Freak Out About the Harry Potter Parallels in Jane Eyre

In the 16 years since I first cracked open a Harry Potter book, I’ve seen the series compared to Lord of the Rings, Chronicles of Narnia, The Bible, Star Wars, and numerous other cultural touchstones. As an avid Potter fan (with the tattoo to prove it), I thought I had a pretty good handle on J.K. Rowling’s influences. And yet, I recently read a classic to which Harry Potter has startlingly obvious parallels that I’ve never heard anyone talk about. (Even the Harry Potter Influences and […]

Playing Murakami Bingo With South of the Border, West of the Sun

Posted August 14, 2015 in Reviews / 11 Comments
Playing Murakami Bingo With South of the Border, West of the Sun

Aside from J.K. Rowling and Cheryl Strayed, Haruki Murakami is the main author I turn to when I need a comfort read. There’s something quiet and soothing about his writing. He often has his characters swim laps, evoking  long, stretched-out strokes and a kind of relaxing repetition. As a (lapsed) swimmer, I get a similar feeling from Murakami’s writing. Starting one of his books always feels like diving in and taking the first few glorious strokes after a long absence from the […]

Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

Posted July 23, 2015 in Reviews / 16 Comments
Relieving Stress With Adult Coloring Books

Few things are better for relieving stress than coloring. I’m not talking about creating beautiful art; I mean putting Crayola colored pencils to paper and trying to stay within the lines (or not) of a design that has already been drawn. Whether you like to color in silence or while watching TV or listening to music or an audiobook, the act of choosing colors and moving a pencil across a page is a great way to take your mind off […]