Review #170 // A Little Life – Hanya Yanagihara

A Little Life

Three college roommates are brought together through the life of the fourth, Jude St. Francis. Jude has lived a difficult life, but had finally made it to New York  and was ready to build a new life different then his first.

Why this book?: I had to read this one for a community college course, Gay and Lesbian Literature. It was related to my final essay, and so I really had to delve deep into this one.

Needless to say, my feelings on this book are fairly well thought out.

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Review #169 // 1984 – George Orwell

1984Winston Smith is one of the few that remembers life before the Party. After years of submitting to their every whim, Winston finally does one of the worst things imaginable: thought crime.

Why this book?: I’ve been interested in it for a while, but it was also a required reading for my AP lit class.

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Review #168 // Orlando – Virginia Woolf


Orlando, a prestigious young man, is chosen by the current Queen of England to join her entourage in London. During his time there, he meets his love, which is ultimately ruined, and he leaves in disgrace.

Why this book?: I heard it’s queer. Specifically, I heard Orlando is possibly genderqueer or genderfluid.

Plus I had to choose another AP Lit book for the last quarter. My teacher found this book for me, so I had to read it.

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Review #167 // The House of Power (Atherton #1) – Patrick Carman

The House of Power (Atherton, #1)

Edgar, an orphaned boy on the world of Atherton, finds solace in climbing the walls separating Tabletop and the Highlands. Climbing the walls is forbidden, but so is having books, which is exactly what Edgar finds.

Why this book?: I remember reading this when I was just getting into reading. I didn’t know it was a series, and read the third book a few times before realizing that it was a trilogy. By then, I was too lazy to read the others, because, in my head, I already knew the ending!!

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April & May Wrap-Up

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This year, I’ve decided to start doing monthly wrap-ups. You can look forward to these posts on the first of every month, with the previous month being discussed.

Deciding what I wanted to include in these posts was hard, but in each of these, you’ll find: books I’ve read this month, posts published, as well as news (be it personal or public). Enjoy!

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Review #166 // The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2) – Jonathan Stroud

The Whispering Skull (Lockwood & Co. #2)Six months after the events in The Screaming Staircase, Lockwood and Co. are doing better than expected, except for the fact that Lockwood’s rival, Quill Kipps, is constantly stealing their jobs. In a fit of anger, Lockwood challenges Quill Kipps that on the next job they have together, the loser has to publicly state that the other is better.

Why this book?: I enjoyed the first, although I have to say I wasn’t excited for this one after seeing the summary. I was, though, interested in learning more about the skull!

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