I hate anyone who tries to tell other writers how to write, who pretends to know the exact elements that a story “must” have. Anyone who thinks that there is a clear formula or clear method of creating a story is diluted.
Creativity Inc. was recommended to me by a good friend years ago, but I only got around to reading it this holiday season because of my New Year’s resolution to read and watch things that people recommended to me (as opposed to putting it off for weeks, months, or years). And hey, the title was about unleashing creativity, not work-shopping a story. How bad could it be?
It was phenomenal. … More Creativity Inc. by Amy Wallace with Ed Catmull (2014)
What I find interesting about my history with Harry Potter is that every time I read the series, it seemed to change. I had different opinions, enjoyed different parts, and noticed different things about it. Perhaps that will always happen with every book I reread, perhaps it will stop happening when I stop growing, or perhaps it’s a quirk of the series itself.
But what did I think of it this time, reading it just before my junior year of college? … More The Harry Potter Series by J.K. Rowling (1997)
Originally published 2/27/2016. Lead image via Wikipedia. 5 STARS You may have heard the phrase “Brave New World” before. It’s from Shakespeare. And a character in Brave New World doesn’t just happen to say it; he actually quotes Shakespeare all the time. This was, once again, a book I was required to read in English class (though … More Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (1932)
Originally posted 1/3/2016. Lead images from Amazon. 5 STARS and 3 STARS (respectively) So the full titles of the books are: Epigenetics: How the Environment Shapes Our Genes by a professor named Richard Francis and Rock, Paper, Scissors: Game Theory in Everyday Life by Len Fisher. These are both non-fiction books, so I won’t exactly be focusing … More Epigenetics (2012) and Game Theory (2008)
Originally posted 4/13/2016. Lead image from Amazon. 5 STARS The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins I never noticed before, but those little dark circles in the background of Hunger Games and Catching Fire are broken on Mockingjay. It’s still RE-READ SEASON (re-posted from back in January) and still going well! The Hunger Games series is also better than I remember! In fact, … More The Hunger Games Trilogy by Suzanne Collins (2008)
I was eager to see how I would view the series while reading it as a senior. Would I be bored with it, knowing the plot? Would I have outgrown the writing style?
The answer is no. I could hardly restrain myself to only re-reading the first book. … More The Warriors Series by Erin Hunter (2003)
The second installment in my series of reviews for Worm by Wildbow. … More Worm Review #2
Book Review of “Hamilton: The Revolution” by Lin Manuel Miranda and Jeremy McCarter.
The highest recommendation I can give to any book, and why. … More Hamilton: the Revolution by Jeremy McCarter and Lin-Manuel Miranda (2016)
I post lots of book reviews, but who has the time to comb through them to see which books are worth reading? Well, you can start right here. Here’s the full list of all 12 books that you absolutely MUST read. These books changed my life, and they may just change yours. … More The 12 Books I’ve Given 5/5 Stars