Books: Turning Crappy Days into Happy Days Since the 15th Century

Rainy weather tends to put me in a pretty crappy mood. I absolutely hate it when the sky is overcast and it seems like the rain is NEVER GOING TO STOP. In June, I had one particularly icky day in New York City. I went in with a friend, and it unceasingly poured for HOURS. … Continue reading Books: Turning Crappy Days into Happy Days Since the 15th Century

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What I Learned as a (3-Time) Transfer Student

No, you didn't read that wrong. I did, in fact, transfer three times. Now, four colleges later, I'm finally on track, and right where I need to be. It's always pretty awkward talking about my transfers. Believe me, if I was contented at any of the previous schools, I would have stayed. Transferring is extremely … Continue reading What I Learned as a (3-Time) Transfer Student

On a Road to the Past: A Review of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing 

In February, I was so impressed by Jesmyn Ward's Salvage the Bones that I immediately ordered a used copy of Sing, Unburied, Sing at the recommendation of my professor. To my surprise and delight, I ended up with a signed copy! I was itching to pick it up throughout the rest of the semester, and … Continue reading On a Road to the Past: A Review of Jesmyn Ward’s Sing, Unburied, Sing 

Review of Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties 

Well, this was an interesting read. Here’s a quick synopsis: eight short stories, a Law & Order: SVU reboot, diverse yet connected descriptions of the female experience, a lot of sex, and aspects of reality disguised in Machado's brilliant mixture of fantasy, horror, and romance. I may not judge a book by its cover, but … Continue reading Review of Carmen Maria Machado’s Her Body and Other Parties 

Review of Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs 

The Association of Small Bombs begins with the detonation of a bomb at Lajpat Nagar market in Delhi, India. Two adolescent Hindu boys, Tushar and Nakul Khurana, are killed instantly while their Muslim friend Mansoor Ahmed is spared, walking away from the incident with only an injured hand. The story then unfolds as Karan Mahajan … Continue reading Review of Karan Mahajan’s The Association of Small Bombs