Posts Tagged: literature

Apr 29
Different Perspectives in Literature (Feat. Mini Reviews of Popular Books by Friends)

Different Perspectives in Literature (Feat. Mini Reviews of Popular Books by Friends)

Discussion 2

Why is reading so important? In my opinion, the importance of reading lies in the various perspectives readers are exposed to with every book they pick up. Authors and characters can come from any background and have any variety of experiences, and all the  important characters are those that teach you something or give you something to aspire to. As I mentioned in an earlier post that introduced our newest blogger, Leo, the different voices, or perspectives, in literature and in the discussion… Read more »

Mar 21
How Reading (and Being an English Major) Creates Empathy and Understanding

How Reading (and Being an English Major) Creates Empathy and Understanding

Literature 0

First, I’d like to address Diana Gabaldon’s tweet regarding English majors… By now, most people have heard of the “English degrees are useless” tweet that Diana Gaboldon posted a couple weeks ago. If you haven’t, here’s an article that sums it up pretty well. While there’s SO many things wrong with her tweet, especially the blatantly inaccurate notion that English majors are unsuccessful, the part that MOST sticks out to me is the fact that the girl, who asked for… Read more »

Jan 25
Why You Should Be Reading Literary Magazines

Why You Should Be Reading Literary Magazines

Literature 7

If you’re a bibliophile who is not reading literary magazines (or journals, etc) then you’re absolutely missing out! The fun of books and reading is devouring story after story, and typically in most books you only get one long (often fabulous- I am not discrediting novels) story. Don’t you want more!?  Literary journals offer collections of various short stories, poems, plays, excerpts, articles, interviews, essays, and sometimes art, comics, and lyrics as well. There’s so many options and so many different… Read more »

Oct 23
Review: Glass -Ellen Hopkins

Review: Glass -Ellen Hopkins

4 Stars, Reviews 0

  Ages 14+ – Deals with drugs/sex. While Crank shows us how easy it is to be pulled in by the monster, Glass shows just how hard it can be to climb out of its grasp. Kristina, aka Bree, is now living with her mother, raising her baby, Hunter, and working towards her GED. Not very fun, and most definitely not as fun as the monster, which seems to continue calling her name. So, of course, she hatches a plan… Read more »

Oct 21
Review: Taken – Erin Bowman

Review: Taken – Erin Bowman

3 Stars, Reviews 7

This review is fairly difficult to write because there’s so many things, important plot point or characters, that can easily be spoiled. So, I’ll try to not spoil anything important. Imagine living in a town, Claysoot, the only town that exists to your knowledge, surrounded by walls. These walls are dangerous. To climb over would mean death. No boy grows to be older, not even by a day, than eighteen years. They are all lost to the Heist. On their… Read more »

Oct 17
Review: Every Day – David Levithan

Review: Every Day – David Levithan

3 Stars, Reviews 2

This book left me feeling conflicted. Note: While saying A is pretty repetitive, there’s really no other pronoun to use for this character, and the character goes by the name ‘A.’ I may use he to refer to A, but keep in mind that A has no true gender, and so can just as easily be referred to as a she. A is… well, even A isn’t sure what A is. A doesn’t have a real name, parents,  a life,… Read more »

Oct 16
Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

Review: Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children – Ransom Riggs

3 Stars, Reviews 2

After reading the summary and a few reviews, I have to say I wasn’t very interested in reading Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children, but not because it sounded awful, or anything, rather it just didn’t really appeal to me. However, a friend of mine offered to loan me the book in exchange for borrowing one of my books (Paper Towns) and I accepted, figuring I’d give it a chance anyway. In all honesty, the beginning was slow, and I… Read more »

Oct 06
Review: The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp

Review: The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp

4 Stars, Reviews 2

Sutter is confident, but not full of himself. He lives life to the fullest- everything’s a party, or is it? Sutter is an alcoholic, but he doesn’t quite realize he has a problem. He thinks he’s just having fun; for him, drinking makes everything brighter, more beautiful, more spectacular. He’s stuck in the now, but see’s himself as embracing it. Enter Aimee. She’s quiet, insecure, nerdy. She’s the complete opposite of Sutter. When she finds Sutter passed out on a… Read more »

Sep 27
Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

Review: Eleanor & Park – Rainbow Rowell

4 Stars, Reviews 0

Sooo, I haven’t posted in a while. I have no excuse (I actually have many but honestly, they’re pathetic and I should be ashamed of neglecting this blog) but I am back (for real this time) and while I haven’t been reviewing, I have been reading, so I have some catching up to do. Anyhow, here’s my review of Eleanor & Park:   I’ve been dying to read this book since I first read about in a review a few… Read more »

Jul 12
Review: Paper Towns – John Green

Review: Paper Towns – John Green

4 Stars, Reviews 3

I’m a huge fan of John Green and after reading Paper Towns, I’m glad to say that I still am. Granted, I didn’t enjoy Paper Towns as much as I did the other books I’ve read by Green, but it’s definitely a book worth picking up. John Green keeps you guessing as Quentin searches for Margo, using the clues she left behind. As he get’s closer, he starts to fear the worst, that Margo committed suicide just like the guy… Read more »