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The Ministry of Utmost Happiness (2017) 4 stars

The Ministry of Utmost Happiness is the second novel by Indian writer Arundhati Roy, published …

Review of 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

I honestly have no idea to rate this. I'm not sure of my thoughts or anything, but it was an experience for sure. I'm going to have to reread this at some point because it's just a lot to take in but I think I liked this a good bit! Time to continue to write an essay on this.

The Fire Next Time (Paperback, 1993, Vintage) 5 stars

A national bestseller when it first appeared in 1963, The Fire Next Time galvanized the …

Review of 'The Fire Next Time' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

Wow. This took me way longer to read than it should have, but I'm also glad I gave it the time I did, because it's deserving of every second I gave it. In The Fire Next Time, Baldwin tackles the issues of racial disparity with an empathy that is second to none. This is a must read.

Lost in America (2003, Knopf, Distributed by Random House) 4 stars

Review of 'Lost in America' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Just as simple as that–’He’s dead.’ My father’s life was over. Meyer Nudelman’s life was over. And yet, I was somehow not surprised. And on the other hand, I was.

‘But how? What do you mean? It can’t be.’

‘We found him when we got to his bed on rounds, about half an hour ago. I have no idea how long he’d been that way.’

‘But I just saw him on Wednesday and he was fine.’

‘I know. He was okay all day long. It must have happened suddenly while he was lying in bed. The patient next to him thought he was sleeping.’

I was, after all, a doctor. Possible causes of death should have been flying from my tongue–pulmonary embolus, massive coronary, ruptured aneurysm, et cetera, et cetera–and there were appropriate clinical questions to ask. But nothing of the sort happened. Dully, without being able to think of …

The Bluest Eye (Paperback, 2007, Vintage International) 4 stars

Pecola Breedlove, a young black girl, prays every day for beauty. Mocked by other children …

Review of 'The Bluest Eye' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

(4.5 Stars) I'll be writing a review for this over the next week.

Update (June 8): will probably not actually write any kind of review at this point but just know it is great.

Review of 'The house on Mango Street' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

I think that this book is amazing. First of all, it is written in a very, VERY interesting way, omitting quotation marks aside from direct quotes from books and poems, so all dialogue is implied. You have the "they said" stuff still, but what is conversation and what is not can sometimes become blurred, and I do love that aspect. It is also written in such a way that you could pick it up at ANY chapter and still pull something from whatever vignette you happen to land on. It is very, very enthralling in that sense.

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also tw for discussion of sexual assault and sexual harassment

The book itself is about Esperanza Cordero, a young Latina girl growing up in Chicago on Mango Street. Her family moved around a lot prior to the book, but all of it takes place on Mango Street, showing her …

Farewell to Manzanar (Paperback, 1976, Bantam Books) 4 stars

Review of 'Farewell to Manzanar' on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

(4.5 Star)


Wow, wow, wow, wow. This book is INCREDIBLE and I am so glad we read this for my lit class. This is a part of history that is often brushed over in history class, resorted to only a couple of paragraphs of reading. This memoir is both informative on what happened in the camps, specifically in Manzanar, but it is also incredibly heartfelt, and made me cry on multiple occasions.

In this, the author, Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston, really goes through her own experiences and shows what it was like to grow up, to have your life really begin in such a place. One of the refrains she mentions a couple of times is how the camp is where her and her father's lives intersected, hers beginning there and his ending there. These are not literal meanings, Papa survived a great many years after the closing of the …

A Christmas Carol (Bantam Classic) (Paperback, 1986, Bantam Classics) 4 stars

An allegorical novella descibing the rehabilitation of bitter, miserly businessman Ebenezer Scrooge. The reader is …

Review of 'A Christmas Carol (Bantam Classic)' on 'Goodreads'

5 stars

(4.5 Star)

What a great little read!! I don't really have too much to say about it other than a couple of notes. For one, I just really recommend this book. I love how the focus of the book and all of the spirits isn't just Scrooge finding more joy in Christmas, but him finding more joy in it THROUGH the impact that he has and can have on people. It really shows what Christmas should truly be: spending time with those you love and GIVING, being the opposite of selfish, and finding joy in that.

It's just so good, and Dickens is such a good writer. Often he'll describe or have things happen through the dialogue, which was pretty interesting. He's also just pretty comical, I found myself chuckling multiple times throughout reading the book, and also smiling. Also started choking up at one point, like damn. I love …

Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein (1983, Marvel Comics Group) 4 stars

Review of "Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley's Frankenstein" on 'Goodreads'

4 stars

Honestly, I was feeling meh about this book for a bit. Around the middle section, after Junior (the name I call the creature) explains his backstory, I just wasn't feeling it. It wasn't bad, and might not have been anything to do with the book itself. Either way, that section was a bit of a trudge to get through, but the book definitely stuck the landing, and the ending made me look back upon the sections I had deemed to be "weaker" in a different light.

This shit is sad, plain and simple. Really leaves you with a lot to think about too. All in all, I really enjoyed this one.