Free to Read · Short Stories I Love

‘The Man I Could Be’ by Brenda Peynado

I just recently discovered Hunger Mountain and I am in love. "The Man I Could Be" by Brenda Peynado is super cool. Go read it yourself if you don't believe me. Magical realism is one of my personal favorites. This one is so fun because it raises these questions of our potential versus our reality and… Continue reading ‘The Man I Could Be’ by Brenda Peynado

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November Means NaNoWriMo. . .Sort Of.

I've done National Novel Writing Month all of one time. My sophomore year of college, it seemed like a good idea. I'd recently committed to a creative writing major, I had the time. I ended up with the shittiest romance novel I could have ever possibly conceived. It was bad. Really, really, bad. But knowing… Continue reading November Means NaNoWriMo. . .Sort Of.

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

Free to Read · Nonfiction Essays I Love

‘If It Had to Perish Twice’ by Ryan Habermeyer

 This piece, published by the Cimarron Review, really made me think. Not only is it highly relevant, it does an incredible job of exploring complex emotions that I think a lot of us can relate to right now. So, please read "If It Had to Perish Twice," by Ryan Habermeyer. I'll say a few things… Continue reading ‘If It Had to Perish Twice’ by Ryan Habermeyer

Flash Nonfiction I love · Free to Read

‘When Birds Devour the Bread Crumb Trail’ by Tessa Mellas Is Definitely Worth Your Time

 I'm very picky about nonfiction, but this piece published by Grist Online really captured my attention. Go read it, then come back and see what I think (or just read it. I'm not picky). The details in this piece are something else, from the actions the husband takes to describing how the organ sits under the… Continue reading ‘When Birds Devour the Bread Crumb Trail’ by Tessa Mellas Is Definitely Worth Your Time

Fiction Books I Love · Gotta Buy This Book

‘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

Free to Read · Short Stories I Love

‘Prayer’ by Natalie Mesnard Is Mesmerizing

I stumbled upon "Prayer" by Natalie Mesnard thanks to Kenyon Review's newsletter. It's lovely and beautiful, and I highly encourage you to read it. As always, I will be detailing exactly what I love about this piece in list format: Second person. I am such a sucker for second person, and this is such a cool use… Continue reading ‘Prayer’ by Natalie Mesnard Is Mesmerizing

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

Fiction Books I Love · Gotta Buy This Book

‘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

Flash Fiction I Love · Free to Read

You Need to Read ‘The Girls at the Kaiulani Resort’ by Lori Sambol Brody

 If you want. But I highly recommend it. And since I know you're wondering (because you, as an avid reader of my blog, have noticed this) I'm publishing my 'review' on the 15th, which is normally my book quote day. It's all my fault because I didn't plan ahead and am on vacation with no… Continue reading You Need to Read ‘The Girls at the Kaiulani Resort’ by Lori Sambol Brody