What I’m Reading: April 2016

Posted April 8, 2016 in Books & Reading / 0 Comments
What I’m Reading: April 2016

This is a monthly feature in which I put together a list of ten books I’d like to read. I have some parameters for choosing the books that keep me reading widely. It also makes it really easy to choose my next book throughout the month. Well, I read one of the books on my list last month. I started one and gave up on it and I started another one that I’m continuing this month. March was quite a whirlwind. We had an apartment fire (we’re fine and most of our things are too, but we were displaced and […]


Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

Posted March 3, 2016 in Books & Reading / 0 Comments
Symptoms of Being Human by Jeff Garvin

This is such a fantastic debut. Riley is a character YA fiction needs. There may be other books out there about gender fluid characters or non-binary characters, but this is the first one I’ve come across that’s truly realistic. The closest thing I’ve read to that experience was David Levithan’s Every Day, which is a magical realism novel about a character who enters the body of a different person each day, no matter the gender. I’m excited to see something that’s more relatable. Not only is Riley a strong character to which teens can realte, the friends Riley makes practically […]


What I’m Reading: March 2016

Posted February 29, 2016 in Books & Reading / 2 Comments
What I’m Reading: March 2016

What I’m Reading is a monthly feature in which I put together a list of ten books I’d like to read. I have some parameters for choosing the books that keep me reading widely. It also makes it really easy to choose my next book throughout the month. Last month I did pretty well! I read five of my ten books. That’s not too shabby for me during a busy Spring semester, plus wedding insanity, plus still reading some comics. I have really loved having this list to go to as I finish books because I don’t have to deal […]


Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Posted February 22, 2016 in Books & Reading / 0 Comments
Firsts by Laurie Elizabeth Flynn

Yes, you read that copy correctly. This book centers on a girl who sleeps with virgin boys so that they can get their awkward first time out of the way. Without doubt, the premise will be absolutely scandalous to some readers. However, I felt that Flynn handled the issues that come with subject matter very well. Mercedes is not always a likable character which made me like her instantly. There’s something very real about how she can be both cruel and well-meaning. She has a certain air of dissatisfaction that keeps her just a little out of touch with reality. […]


The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

Posted February 15, 2016 in Books & Reading / 2 Comments
The Sacred Lies of Minnow Bly by Stephanie Oakes

To be perfectly honest, I’ve been putting this recommendation off for a while because I had so many thoughts. I thought it might be best to give myself a little space from the book so the recommendation wasn’t too gushy. It’s been over a month since I read it now, so hopefully I can do it some justice. Minnow Bly was not at all what I expected. It’s certainly part-mystery, but there’s so much depth to this book that it’s nearly impossible to fit into a box. Those do always end up being the best kinds of books. The first […]