On the Joy and Disappointment of Not Finishing Books

In recent years, I’ve gotten much better about allowing myself to put down books I’m not enjoying. It’s still hard. There’s something about stopping a book halfway through that still feels wrong, even though I’ve gotten used to doing it. Sometimes it’s because I’m convinced that if I just stick with it long enough, it’ll … Continue reading On the Joy and Disappointment of Not Finishing Books

Just A Bite: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

One of the biggest differences between novels and real life (maybe the only real difference) is that novels are carefully, delicately, thoughtfully built. A good novel is exactingly crafted. Nothing happens by chance. Every character, every plot twist, every passage of dialogue—it’s all perfectly arranged by the author. Every sentence is there for a reason; … Continue reading Just A Bite: History Is All You Left Me by Adam Silvera

We are the Ants & The Age of Miracles: What is the end of the world, anyway?

I love it when I happen to pick up two books in a row that expound on similar themes. This recently happened with two exceptional YA novels: We Are The Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson and The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker. Two different but equally compelling novels about grief and growing up, … Continue reading We are the Ants & The Age of Miracles: What is the end of the world, anyway?