I read The Metamorphosis under great duress during both high school and undergrad. I remember despising it both times, and only reading enough to get through class discussion. But my mentor is teaching it this semester, and I’ve had no choice but to revisit it. It’s amazing how much perspective a decade and a half can give. I loved this novella, and aside from general immaturity and lack of language skills, I don’t know why I was so vehemently against this story in the past. Gregor the beetle is the most pitiful, sad character on the planet, and for most of the […]
I have a hard time with graphic novels, particularly Japanese manga. I’ve never quite been able to figure out why, but they’re difficult for me to follow and I tend to get lost easily. A friend of mine loves manga and suggested I try the “What’s Michael?” series as an intro since I’m an avid cat lover/owner. And seriously, who wouldn’t want to look at fun stories about cats? I’m happy to say these were a delight. There’s not a direct story line to our hero’s adventures. Michael seems to be companion to a family, a Japanese gang member, and […]
It took me a while to find my feet in this one, but once I did, it was a delightful romp through a fantastical Regency England. In Cho’s world, magic is in the air….or it would be if the Fairy Courts hadn’t plugged up the hole allowing their magic to trickle into England. But someone’s pissed off the Fairy Queen, and it becomes quite the kerfuffle for our titular Sorcerer Royal, Zacharias. On top of Fairy feelings, Zacharais is also fighting deep seated racism since he’s *gasp* African and *double gasp* the son of slaves with no societal connections to […]
After being so disappointed in my last go at a self-help book, I went rooting around the internet for other natural remedies to curing lady-parts issues and stumbled upon Marilyn Glenville. She’s a certified nutritionist with a Ph.D from Cambridge. And I’m happy to report that this was a fantastic read for anyone looking to make some lifestyle changes to regulate their cycle. Glenville’s book is broken down into easy-to-follow guidelines for making small, but effective changes over a period of time to get the body back in sync. And while she spends much of the book using diet, […]
A few years ago I was diagnosed with ovarian cysts, and one of my best friends recommended this book to me to stop my frantic scrolling through WebMD and other health sites that keep telling me I’m going to die. She read WomanCode while prepping for pregnancy and since the author herself suffered from PCOS, I figured it couldn’t hurt. And honestly it didn’t. But as a person who grew up with a professional salesman for a father, I know when someone’s trying to sell me something instead of just, you know, putting the information out there. The author, Alisa Vitti, runs […]
For years I’ve had issues with short story collections. The whipping from one plot to another so quickly makes my brain feel like it’s on a very shaky roller coaster. But it’s the genre my mentor most likes to teach, so I’ve found myself reading a lot of it lately. Thanks to his patience, I have a newfound understanding of the short story, and decided to start off the year by revisiting the first short story collection I ever finished, Neil Gaiman’s “Smoke and Mirrors.” When I read this four years ago, the stories disturbed me so much I had […]
A big THANK YOU to Sistercoyote for these awesome books! These are first up on my to-read for 2019!
In preparation for the upcoming new Amazon series, I decided to reread “Good Omens.” It’s probably been about a decade since I picked this up the first time, and while there were many parts that I thoroughly re-enjoyed, there were other parts that let me down. And not because it’s bad, but just because we’re getting farther and farther away from many of the contemporary nuances and details that were hilarious in the 2000s. Sadly, as time marches on, much of the ironic nuance in the jokes and satire don’t make sense simply because we’re missing the contemporary background. Published […]