• Required Reading for School

    I recently saw Alexis from The Reading Addict do a post (which you can find here) discussing some books they had to read in school and if they enjoyed them or not. I really liked the idea behind this, so I thought it would be fun to share some of my required reading and some thoughts on them. What I Liked Julius Caesar by William Shakespeare The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald My Sister’s Keeper by Jodi Picoult Travels With Charley by John Steinbeck Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper…

  • Circe by Madeline Miller

    This is a spoiler-free review of Circe by Madeline Miller, a standalone mythological retelling, which I gave 4/5 stars. Plot “I would say, some people are like constellations that only touch the earth for a season.” Circe the daughter of the Titan Helios, the god of the sun, was always considered a strange child. Seeking companionship which the gods and titans wouldn’t offer her, Circe turned to mortals, where she discovered her powers of witchcraft. With it, she can transform lives, turning mortals into gods, and gods into monsters. Zeus, threatened, has Helios banish her to a deserted isle where she hones her craft and crosses paths with some of…

  • Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong

    This is a review of Night Sky With Exit Wounds by Ocean Vuong, which I gave 5/5 stars. Overview “In the body, where everything has a price, I was a beggar.” This is Vuong’s first full-length poetry collection featuring thirty-five poems touching on topics of life, family, identity, grief, and growing up in Vietnam in the aftermath of the war. General Thoughts / Writing “How sweet. That rain. How something that lives only to fall can be nothing but sweet.” This collection was absolutely stunning. The writing was elegant and I was captivated from the start. Vuong’s lyricisms were bursting with emotionally charged words and stories. I’ve started reading more…

  • Recent Reads- Summer 2020

    “Recent Reads” is a series that I do where I discuss the books that I’ve read recently, give a small review, and share my thoughts. I find it difficult sometimes to write a full review of every book I read because I don’t always have a lot to say, but sometimes I still want to discuss my thoughts. Anyways, here are some of the books that I’ve read recently. Hamlet by William Shakespeare This play follows Hamlet, the prince of Denmark, seeking revenge on his uncle for murdering his father and stealing the crown. “Something is rotten in the state of Denmark.” A lot has been said about Hamlet before,…