Category: Favorites

We the Animals by Justin Torres

Justin Torres’ We the Animals is a semi-autobiographical coming-of-age novella about a young boy and his two brothers, growing up mixed-race (their father is Puerto Rican and their mother is Caucasian) in New York. Though the book is rather short, at just under 130…

Far From the Madding Crowd by Thomas Hardy

After reading Thomas Hardy’s Mayor of Casterbridge in college, I certainly appreciated Hardy and was grateful to him for truly piquing my interest in the classics. Now, after reading Far from the Madding Crowd, I can absolutely call myself a fan. It is no…

The Marbled Swarm by Dennis Cooper

  Harper Perennial calls The Marbled Swarm, Dennis Cooper’s “most haunting work to date,” and it is impossible to disagree. Although this latest from Cooper is more psychological and subtle, in many aspects, than most of his other works, it is perhaps because of…

10 Best Reads in 2014 (So Far)

It’s been a while since I’ve participated in a “Top Ten Tuesday” meme. These are hosted by The Broke and the Bookish, and they always have great topics.  This week’s topic is “favorites of the year so far.” Since I like to keep track…

Thoughts: Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD:  51 When you look at the cover for Two Boys Kissing, you get a pretty good idea of what this book will be about.  Then you read the synopsis on the…

Review: Winger by Andrew Smith

Winger by Andrew Smith Final Verdict: 4.0 out of 4.0 YTD: 36 Ryan Dean West is Winger, so nicknamed for the position he plays on the high school Rugby team.  He is fourteen years old and, being intellectually gifted, is already heading into his…

Thoughts: A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Woolf

A Room of One’s Own by Virginia Wolf Final Verdict: Perfection YTD: 22 I finished reading Virginia Woolf’s A Room of One’s Own two days ago, and I have been thinking about it ever since. I imagine that I will be thinking about it…

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