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

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

Why You Should Be Reading Literary Magazines

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 … Continue reading Why You Should Be Reading Literary Magazines

Review: Taken – Erin Bowman

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 … Continue reading Review: Taken – Erin Bowman

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

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

Review: The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp

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, … Continue reading Review: The Spectacular Now – Tim Tharp