"The Graveyard Book"- Book Review This past month I decided to revisit the work of an author who had a firm hand in shaping my life-long interest in storytelling. British writer Neil Gaiman is responsible for some of the best books I read growing up. His 2002 dark fantasy novella, Coraline, was a frequent re-rental... Continue Reading →

"The Bluest Eye"- Book Review It's become a tradition of mine to celebrate Black History Month by devoting my attention to African-American literature. No matter the type- modern works, poetry, deconstructive essays, autobiographies, etc.- I often remind myself during the month of February that the written word of the black perspective is not to be... Continue Reading →

"Salem's Lot"- Book Review Another year has passed, and thus another Halloween has come and gone. This October, I really wanted to sink my teeth into a story that fit nicely into the Halloween spirit. I thought long and hard about which author I'd choose from: Edgar Allan Poe? H.P. Lovecraft? Bram Stoker? In the... Continue Reading →

"A Separate Peace"- Book Review I know next to nothing about author John Knowles. If you were to quiz me, all I could say is that he was American, he was a novelist, and he's best known for the book I'm getting ready to talk about. That's it. I hadn't read many reviews for A... Continue Reading →

"The House on Mango Street"- Book Review The first book I ever read that featured a Latina lead character was Pam Muñoz Ryan's Esperanza Rising. It was one of my favorite books as a kid, and I often found myself reading it over and over and over again to point where certain scenes and prose were seared... Continue Reading →

"Mr. Mercedes"- Book Review After I'd crossed IT off my list of must-read Stephen King books, I wasn't sure which one to tackle next. Of course, my options seemed limitless. The man's bibliography stretches as far as the river Nile, with everything from short stories to novels the width of a King James Bible. Naturally I... Continue Reading →

"Sharp Objects"- Book Review I've had Gillian Flynn on my radar for quite some time. When I first saw the movie Gone Girl, I had two things on my mind- the first being how great David's Fincher's unflinchingly bleak style matched the darkness of the story, the latter being how strong and sharp the writing for... Continue Reading →

"Invisible Man"- Book Review   At the start of the year I made it a goal of mine to commemorate Black History Month by delving into some Afro-centric literature. The options were plenty: Alice Walker's "The Color Purple", the biographies of Martin Luther King and Frederic Douglas, the essays of Booker I. Washington, Franz Fanon's... Continue Reading →

"Ready Player One"- Book Review It seems like everyone's trying to go back to the 80s, doesn't it? Not only do I hear people bragging about how fun and awesome that time was as if it was the most wonderful decade of all human history. And as someone who lived a blissfully ignorant childhood in... Continue Reading →

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