Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur

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Nonfiction is having a moment in my life. With Nonfiction November over, I’m a bit sad to report I only read one nonfiction book. However, seeing as November was a terribly slow reading month (I only read two books!), I’m happy that I at least read one nonfiction book. I used to read exclusively fiction, warding off nonfiction like it was an evil spirit. Still, I find myself gravitating toward nonfiction more than I ever have, and I wanted to share my thoughts about Wild Game, the memoir I finished over the weekend. Continue reading “Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur”

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering

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Attraction is illogical and is not always reasonable or controllable. Sometimes we encounter people who, for inexplicable reasons, create a sort of stirring in our gut, one that gets us excited and, sometimes, makes us a little crazy. When you find someone who makes you feel like the only person in the room, who generates a flutter of butterflies deep within you every time they say your name or their name appears on your phone, it’s sometimes hard to let them go. Continue reading “Tell Me Lies by Carola Lovering”

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center

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You know the books whose covers you recognize because they pop up everywhere for a period of time? Well, Katherine Center’s How to Walk Away was that book for me. When it came out, it seemed like everyone I followed was posting about it—raving about it! I wanted to read it but seeing as I was in the midst of finishing law school, I didn’t get to it. This summer, while studying for the bar exam, I noticed Center’s new book, Things You Save in a Fire, was a Book of the Month pick. I knew I wouldn’t get to it immediately but chose it anyway. Well, three months later and after receiving news I passed the bar exam, I got through this book and I’m so glad I did. Continue reading “Things You Save in a Fire by Katherine Center”

Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore

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Sometimes I think romance novels peaked with Austen and Bronte. The After series, a beloved romance series, references Pride and Prejudice almost religiously and Wuthering Heights acts as the model for the main relationship. Other modern romances often harken back to the Elizabeth Bennet and Mr. Darcy scenario. A man aching for a woman but utterly incapable of showing it; a strong-willed woman who mistakes his lack of game for pompous superiority. The story is one we’ve come to know well as a society, and yet it’s one that, when executed well, never disappoints. Continue reading “Bringing Down the Duke by Evie Dunmore”

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman

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I’m writing this post roughly two hours after finishing Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman. I have to tell you: I love this book so much. I gravitate toward books about college-aged people, and I’ve read some great books about this age range over the years, but this book captures college in way palpable, honest, raw way that I haven’t encountered. A lot of books have glimmers of my college experience, but this one just blew it out of the water. Brockman went to a small liberal arts college, which inspired Hawthorne, the college in the novel. While my small liberal arts college was on the west coast and Hawthorne is in Maine, some of the small liberal arts college quirks were so authentic. Continue reading “Tell Me Everything by Cambria Brockman”

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams

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The bar exam is over. School is starting up again and for the first time in my life, I’m not returning. My education is complete (at least my formal education). Now that I’m no longer a student, and will be working full-time beginning in mid-September, I want to get into a steady rhythm in this space. My blog posts dropped dramatically in law school because I, quite frankly, was pretty exhausted from all my school-related activities. More to come on what my content will look like and where I want to go with this space now that I am prepared to dedicate more time to it! For those who have followed along faithfully while my posts have been sporadic, thank you! I truly appreciate you reading along and I hope you continue to do so. Continue reading “The Golden Hour by Beatriz Williams”

Normal People by Sally Rooney

Normal People by Sally Rooney

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I have a relative who always says, “yeah, but what is normal?” about various things when people say “that’s normal” or “that’s not normal.” Normalcy is, in many ways, a social construct. What is “normal” to some may not be normal to others. Sally Rooney’s Normal People brings to light what it’s like to yearn for something normal and also examines why “normal” is a loaded term. Connell and Marianne are two people who appear very different but form a very strong friendship and complicated on-again-off-again relationship. Continue reading “Normal People by Sally Rooney”

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

Fruit of the Drunken Tree

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One of my bookish goals for 2019 was to read books featuring diverse voices. One of the books I’d seen pop up on Instagram was Fruit of the Drunken Tree, Ingrid Rojas Contreras’s debut novel about two young girls in Escobar-era Colombia. Told from alternating perspectives, this story is about Chula, a seven-year-old girl from a wealthy Colombian family and Petrona, a thirteen-year-old girl from a poor family works as a maid in Chula’s home. The two voices diverge in important ways. Chula’s voice is marked with naivete and immaturity, which serves as a sharp contrast from Petrona’s voice, which is one tainted by early loss and understanding of the dangers in their world. Still, Petrona’s age does come through at important moments, specifically when she is easily manipulated by a character in the book. Continue reading “Fruit of the Drunken Tree”