Gotta Buy This Book · Nonfiction Books I Love

‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz

 The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz is a bit unusual in that it's not exactly creative nonfiction. It's more of a self-help type thing. Is that usually what I post about on this blog? Nope. But I'm a writer with a zero percent acceptance rate right now. I could use a little help. As always, I… Continue reading ‘The Four Agreements’ by Don Miguel Ruiz

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Gotta Buy This Book · YA Books I Love

‘Scythe’ by Neil Shusterman Is Brilliant

I've been a fan of Neil Shusterman for awhile Scythe is just as exceptional and thought-provoking as his other work. Don't believe me? Look at this quote from the first page: Humanity is innocent; humanity is guilty, both states are undeniably true. If YA is your thing, go read this book. Interested in adult fiction? Try this. Want… Continue reading ‘Scythe’ by Neil Shusterman Is Brilliant

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‘2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas’ by Marie-Helene Bertino Is Stellar

This is an exceptional post for two reasons. The first is that it is my first blog post from Disney World, where I am currently participating in the Disney College Program as a cashier at the "World of Disney" store in Disney Springs (Yes, we experienced a hurricane. I am fine. Being stuck in an… Continue reading ‘2 A.M. at the Cat’s Pajamas’ by Marie-Helene Bertino Is Stellar

Gotta Buy This Book · Short Story Collections I Love

‘The Refugees’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen Is Stellar

Is stellar because it's one book, or are stellar because it's a short story collection? Whatever. I don't usually read a lot of short story collections, but I was excited about The Refugees not only because Nguyen is a great writer, but because my boyfriend is Vietnamese. His mother actually came to the US on a… Continue reading ‘The Refugees’ by Viet Thanh Nguyen Is Stellar

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‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ by Junot Diaz is Wondrous

Don't you just love my original titles? I'm a little late to the game on The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz, but it is beautiful and definitely worth reading if you haven't already. So read it. And in the mean time, enjoy the quote that made me quit 'reading' and had me… Continue reading ‘The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao’ by Junot Diaz is Wondrous

Gotta Buy This Book · YA Books I Love

‘The Haters’ by Jesse Andrews Is Awesome

I don't read a lot of young adult fiction anymore, but I happily make an exception for books by Jesse Andrews. I loved Me and Earl and the Dying Girl as well, but this book was even better than that one. And here's my favorite quote. Or, one of my favorite quotes. Actually, the entire conversation I'm… Continue reading ‘The Haters’ by Jesse Andrews Is Awesome

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Go Read ‘Black Bazaar’ by Alain Mabanckou (if you feel like it)

Not only is Black Bazaar hilarious, it raises really interesting questions about what it even means to be an author, especially when an author falls into the "underrepresented minority" category. For the narrator of this book, it's about what it means to be an African immigrant author in France. When I was reading it, I started… Continue reading Go Read ‘Black Bazaar’ by Alain Mabanckou (if you feel like it)