Matilda Reviews: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

Summary:  Years ago, when House of Leaves was first being passed around, it was nothing more than a badly bundled heap of paper, parts of which would occasionally surface on the Internet. No one could have anticipated the small but devoted following this terrifying story would soon command. Starting with an odd assortment of marginalized… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: House of Leaves by Mark Z. Danielewski

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Matilda Reviews: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

If you're LGBT, interested in film, or not living under a rock, chances are you've heard about Blue is the Warmest Color, the French film about two young lesbians that won the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival last year. Well, that film is based on the French graphic novel Le bleu est une couleur chaude (in English,… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Blue is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh

Matilda Reviews: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Summary: Despite the tumor-shrinking medical miracle that has bought her a few years, Hazel has never been anything but terminal, her final chapter inscribed upon diagnosis. But when a gorgeous plot twist named Augustus Waters suddenly appears at Cancer Kid Support Group, Hazel's story is about to be completely rewritten. Why I Read It: Because… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Fault In Our Stars by John Green

Delicious Chocolate-Themed Books

Happy Valentine's week, everyone! In anticipation of this delicious holiday, I've compiled a list of my favorite chocolate-filled children's and YA books. I'm lucky to have savored quite a few in my day. Enjoy. Max's Chocolate Chicken by Rosemary Wells. Sweet, dear Max is one of my favorite children's book characters, so of course I can't help… Continue reading Delicious Chocolate-Themed Books

Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Unpopular Opinion: I didn't really like this book. But hear me out. Most of the people I know who have read Divergent loved it, and I think that's great! I love when people love books, and I even appreciate it when people love books that I don't particularly like, because it makes me think more about what… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: Divergent by Veronica Roth

Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Summary via Goodreads: In Tokyo, sixteen-year-old Nao has decided there’s only one escape from her aching loneliness and her classmates’ bullying. But before she ends it all, Nao plans to document the life of her great-grandmother, a Buddhist nun who’s lived more than a century. A diary is Nao’s only solace—and will touch lives in… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Matilda Reviews: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Synopsis (via Goodreads): The Poisonwood Bible is a story told by the wife and four daughters of Nathan Price, a fierce, evangelical Baptist who takes his family and mission to the Belgian Congo in 1959. They carry with them everything they believe they will need from home, but soon find that all of it—from garden seeds… Continue reading Matilda Reviews: The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver

Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

I added this book to my October horror reading lineup at the last minute, but after reading it, I'm not sure it can even be classified as a horror book. Horrifying, certainly---not at all for the faint of heart (or stomach)---but not horror. Here's the premise.  Twenty-three writers answer an ad for a writer's retreat:… Continue reading Review: Haunted by Chuck Palahniuk

Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

I've been sitting on this review for a while, trying to decide what to say about this novel. It was a difficult read, and although fiction, it was full of gritty, heartbreaking realities that we often would like to pretend don't exist. (The book was inspired by a statement made by one of Toni Morrison's… Continue reading Review: The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison

Review: Watership Down by Richard Adams

My Thoughts Until about a year ago, I had some misconceptions about Richard Adams's novel Watership Down. At first, knowing nothing about its plot, I assumed that it must be about a naval battle. Later, when I learned that it was in fact about rabbits, I thought that it must be a children's book. I… Continue reading Review: Watership Down by Richard Adams