Well Deserved Hype: Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give (2017 Reading Book #49)

I’m always a bit wary of books about current social issues or other fads as I know publishing is a business and they’re going to pick books that will sell well, even if the story itself isn’t the best or what readers really need to read to understand an issue. … Continue reading

I Don’t Usually Read Graphic Novels: Bryan Lee O’Malley’s Lost At Sea (2017 Reading Book #48)

A friend gave me this book a couple of birthdays ago, and I am ashamed that it took me this long to sit down with it. I don’t normally read graphic novels, but I have read several of them for various courses in college. It’s a really interesting way to … Continue reading

An Adventure in History & Peculiarity: Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children series (2017 Reading Books #45-47)

In the fall of 2015, I first read Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children and was so creeped out by it that I decided not to continue reading the series even though I was intrigued as to how the story continued. I’d never read a YA novel that has creeped me … Continue reading

This Wasn’t the Story I Longed For: Ellen Emerson White’s The President’s Daughter (2017 Reading Book #44)

I ran across the recommendation for this book around the time that Hillary Clinton lost the 2016 presidential election. This story sounded like the perfect escape from Trump’s reign. But unfortunately, much like the election, this novel did not live up to my hopes and dreams. The novel has a … Continue reading

Don’t Mess with Hillbillies & Other Things I Learned: J.D. Vance’s Hillybilly Elegy: A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis (2017 Reading Book #43)

I don’t have much experience with the blue-collar hillbillies of America. While I do live in an area that is pretty blue-collar and very supportive of Trump, the culture of these people is largely a mystery to me. I came into this book really only knowing the stereotypes of these … Continue reading

A Horrible Roadmap for Surviving Trauma: Katja Millay’s The Sea of Tranquility (2017 Reading Book #42)

“You say things like that all the time that make absolutely no sense! Like you want me to know something, but you won’t tell me, so I’m just supposed to pick up random clues and figure it out. Guess what? I can’t. I can’t figure it out. I can’t figure … Continue reading

This Is What Reading a Favorite Book for the First Time Feels Like: Emily St. John Mandel’s Station Eleven (2017 Reading Book #41)

It’s been a long time since I have read a book and gotten that wonderful feeling of reading a favorite book for the first time. Of course, I’ve felt the delight of reading a really good book many times already this year, but up until Station Eleven, I had not felt … Continue reading

This Was More Enjoyable Than I Expected: George Packer’s The Unwinding (2017 Reading Book #39)

This is one of six books recommended in order to understand how Trump won the presidential election. I’ve never really read political books prior to this year, and only in recent years have I taken a real interest in our country’s politics (I guess this is growing up). This being … Continue reading