2016 Reading Challenge · Grad School Self-Care · Meditations

Grad School and Diversity

I started the first semester of my MA program in Literature and Cultural Studies at the University of Cincinnati this past August. I knew my pleasure reading would slow down, as it always does when school starts, but this time, it stopped completely. As I’ve continued in my program, I’ve been thinking about diversity a… Continue reading Grad School and Diversity

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews · Conferences

The Girls

I picked up an Advanced Reader Copy (ARC) of THE GIRLS at the AWP conference, long before I knew about the pre-publication buzz surrounding Emma Cline’s debut novel. I didn’t want to wait to see what the fuss was about, so I decided not to save it for next year. I found myself disappointed. THE GIRLS… Continue reading The Girls

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews

The Killer in Me

This book hadn’t been on my radar at all. As I’ve stated before, YA isn’t my go-to genre. I’ve spent the summer interning with literary agent Jessica Sinsheimer and she kept raving about this book. So I cracked the spine and it reshaped the way I think about YA literature and thrillers specifically. Nina Barrows sees the… Continue reading The Killer in Me

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews

Humans of New York: Stories

Brandon Stanton, author and curator of the wildly popular HUMANS OF NEW YORK Facebook page (and following books), is very much your normal white American man. I made an exception to my challenge to look through HUMANS OF NEW YORK: STORIES. I randomly picked it up and my library and decided that this book more or less fits… Continue reading Humans of New York: Stories

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews

13 Ways of Looking At a Fat Girl

This was a 100% spontaneous pick. I had seen Penguin post about it on Facebook and I picked it up at my library. I was in no rush to get to it, but once I started, I had finished it in 24 hours. In their review, The Washington Post wrote, “You’ll want to grab a friend and… Continue reading 13 Ways of Looking At a Fat Girl

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews

The Good Girl

Mary Kubica’s debut novel received quite a bit of buzz upon its publication in 2014. However, I don’t think I quite expected just what this novel held. It had been compared to GONE GIRL (as most female-driven thrillers are now), was a New York Times bestseller, and received a starred review from Publishers Weekly—all of which pointed me to… Continue reading The Good Girl

2016 Reading Challenge · Book Reviews

Fates and Furies

The selection of this book follows a rather predictable narrative in my life: I buy a bestselling book, put on my shelf because I’m in the middle of about five other books, and read the new one a year later. I purchased FATES AND FURIES not long after its National Book Award nomination and finally… Continue reading Fates and Furies