Book Reviews

On My Shelf: Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality

How can anyone resist a title like Revenge of the Girl with the Great Personality (Elizabeth Eulberg)? I love these long, wordy titles that promise all kinds of mischief and mayhem. Also, speaking as someone with a great personality and zero pageant crowns (though, in fairness, I’ve never been in a pageant), all it took was a […]

On My Shelf: Let’s Talk About Love

It’s Pride Month, and I’ve wanted to read Claire Kann’s Let’s Talk About Love since the moment I heard about it. It is an asexual romance, people. I have never in my life seen a book starring an asexual person, never mind one that focuses exclusively on the romantic longings of an asexual person. In […]

Character Study: Bella Swan

Yes, it’s true. We’re talking about Bella Swan today. Hey, where are you going? Get back here! Look, I know that Bella Swan isn’t a very interesting character. She’s pretty bland, and pretty passive, and—from a writer’s point of view, at least—obviously designed as a self-insert character. She’s a whole lot of nothing, which means […]

7 YA Books that I’m Dying to Read

There are SO MANY BOOKS that I’m dying to read. D Y I N G. But because it’s exam season, and because I’ve been preparing to begin dissertation fieldwork, I haven’t been reading much YA. Most of what I’ve read for the past month and a half has been titled stuff like, “The Conservative Governments […]

On My Shelf: Dumplin’

I’ve wanted to read Dumplin’ for over a year now, but because I’m a poor grad student, buying it wasn’t an option. My budget is limited and I don’t want to buy a book that I haven’t already read and loved. Being an adult is hard. Enter my trusty local library, and some minor begging and […]