In February I saw several glowing reviews for the audiobook version of The Hate U Give, by Angie Thomas, and I decided to put myself on the waitlist. It was worth the wait to read this powerful book. One night Starr Carter finds herself the only witness to the fatal shooting of her childhood friend, Khalil, at the hands of a police officer. As the story….
As a reader and reviewer of young adult books, I’ve mostly focused on novels, but there are also young adult stories. They haven’t typically been my forte, but I’ve learned to appreciate short stories from a creative writing class and from being an undergraduate reader for Blue Mesa Review. This has gotten me thinking about… Continue reading Reviewing Recommended YA Short Stories in Literary Magazines
Janna Yusuf is a high school sophomore and hijabi who is dealing with a crush and a monster. Beyond this, the three main types of people in her life are saints, misfits and monsters. I was more sold by the first scene of the book than the synopsis. In this scene, she wears a burkini to the beach despite her father’s criticisms, and shortly after we learn about the monster. S.K. Ali’s Saints and Misfits visits the crushes, friendships and struggles of a Muslim girl.
It’s the last day of May! I’m mixing up my monthly wrap-up for something different. Earlier in the month, I participated in an old 6 Degrees of Separation meme because I was annoyed with myself for missing the month everyone connected Memoirs of a Geisha to six other books. So, I did it anyway, and… Continue reading Wrapping Up May 2018
Instead of reading a lot of original fiction or nonfiction, I read a lot fanfiction. That means I’m finally making progress on the Fanfiction Reading Challenge! I found myself in a reading slump after the semester ended, but it turned out that I needed to read tons of fanfiction. I basically read 11 fanfics, most… Continue reading I Binged on Fanfiction This Month, and This Is What I Read
If you received a letter from your future self and it told you what was going to happen to you that day, what would you do? That’s the premise of Ichigo Takano’s Orange. Takamiya Naho runs late to school for the first time in her life and receives….
Spanish artist Pablo Auladell set out to adapt John Milton’s Paradise Lost into this graphic novel. A few days after Satan’s Fall, he awakens in Hell and rallies his troops to come up with a new plan to attack God. Meanwhile, Adam and Eve are starting their lives together in the Garden of Eden. In this adaptation, we see a condensed and beautiful version of Paradise Lost, even if the characters are relatively flat.
Warning: The content of Blood Water Paint includes scenes of rape experienced by the protagonist, and she also faces torture for accusing her rapist. Artemisia Gentileschi was an Italian Baroque painter when women were not….
Today I am assuming the identity of Lord Voldemort and will defeat Harry Potter. I have stolen his birth certificate, taken a few credit cards out in his name, and am getting ready to take an international Portkey to the Cayman Islands…. I mean, I am helping him figure out how to defeat Harry Potter… Continue reading Harry Potter MOTW: My Evil Plans to Kill Harry Potter
I wish I had paid attention to the April Six Degrees of Separation to see that Memoirs of a Geisha was done. I still want to do it, even if it’s late and I don’t personally mind replacing this month’s chosen book, The Poisonwood Bible, to make up for missing April’s book. It’s also going… Continue reading Six Degrees of Separation from Memoirs of a Geisha to Children of War