• Book cover for Nimona


    Stevenson, ND

    Reviewed: December 21, 2022

    Nimona by ND Stevenson is a stand-alone graphic novel. In this story, there is a shapeshifter who decides to become the sidekick of the villain, Lord Ballister Blackheart, but it turns out Blackheart is not as bad as society makes him out to be.

    Nimona is a more light-hearted story for those who do not like angst, and it is appropriate for teens of any age. The genre of this graphic novel is comedy and action. As the story progresses, Nimona learns to be more comfortable with who she is, which is something that a lot of people can relate to.

    I really... Read Full Review

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    Born a Crime: Stories From a South African Childhood

    Noah, Trevor

    Reviewed: December 14, 2022

    In Born a Crime, Trevor Noah shares his earnest, wholehearted experiences growing up in South Africa. A series of conflicts on race, culture, and values teach Trevor how to live and adapt to the modern world around him. Noah was born in 1984 to a single mother, Patricia, and though Apartheid ended in 1994, racial segregation was nowhere near accomplished throughout society. As Trevor follows his mother throughout the story, he grows, messes up, and learns from his experiences about what makes humans, humans. As he connects with his family and his brothers, Andrew and Isaac, he... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Crazy Rich Asians

    Crazy Rich Asians

    Kwan, Kevin.

    Reviewed: December 7, 2022

    Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan is the first book in the Crazy Rich Asians trilogy. The story focuses on Rachel Chu as she travels to Singapore with her boyfriend, Nicolas Young, and then meets his family. But things start to take a turn towards the unexpected as Nicolas’s family is actually filthy rich, and they start to look down on Rachel for her lack of wealth and a notable bloodline.

    This is one of those books that you do not want to put down—with the vivid scenery of the grand buildings and beautiful islands and, not to mention, a roller coaster of emotions... Read Full Review

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    Howl and Other Poems

    Ginsberg, Allen

    Reviewed: December 1, 2022

    Howl and Other Poems by Allen Ginsberg is an unforgettable book of poetry. This book of poems was published at the rise of the beat poetry movement. It gained national attention when Richard Eberhart described "Howl" as "the most remarkable poem of the young group" of poets in the beat generation. Inside the petite, intimate book "filled with sincerity and lyrically intense lines" is one of the most renowned poems the world has ever read. One of the major poets of the beat poetry movement, Allen Ginsberg brilliantly created his own form of beat poetry with the poem "Howl."... Read Full Review

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    The Eye of the World

    Jordan, Robert

    Reviewed: November 23, 2022

    The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan is the start of a journey, and it's obvious. I really enjoyed this book because of that very fact, but it is mostly world-building and a whirlwind of new characters. As this is the start of a fantasy series, it is dense, it is more than a thousand pages long, and it focuses on development.

    The plot of this book follows the regular formula of the hero’s journey. Rand, Mat, Perrin, Egwene, and Nynaeve are ignorant villagers who are suddenly attacked and whisked away by a mysterious and powerful woman. The characters must leave their... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for La La Land

    La La Land

    Reviewed: November 17, 2022

    La La Land is a 2016 film and 3rd directed by Damien Chazelle, and my personal favorite. The movie follows two star-crossed lovers, Mia and Sebastian (played by Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling). Mia is an aspiring actress, and Seb is a jazz pianist trying to make a living. The two meet several times and become interested in each other. Things are going in the right direction, but will the City of Stars (otherwise known as L.A.) have different plans? The only way to find out is to watch this film!

    The movie's plot is great, but I can not just finish my review without talking... Read Full Review

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    The Good Earth

    Pearl S. Buck

    Reviewed: November 9, 2022

    The Good Earth by Pearl S. Buck details the life of Wang Lung, a peasant in 20th-century China. It begins with Wang’s early life filled with hardships, from begging on the streets to having to kill his own daughter. Despite this, he retained a great amount of devotion to the Earth, which would become one of his defining character traits throughout the novel. As he grew richer by luck of the land, many of his family and friends are spoiled by their wealth which subsequently cause him to be troubled. He realizes that no matter how many concubines he takes in and the opium he smokes... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Know My Name: A Memoir

    Know My Name: A Memoir

    Miller, Chanel

    Reviewed: November 3, 2022

    Written by Chanel Miller, Know My Name is a captivating book that encompasses the author’s experience not only as a sexual assault victim but also as an Asian American. Miller was assaulted by Brock Turner, a former Stanford University athlete, and sentenced to serve only six months in jail after violating her boundaries. The memoir expresses the dark struggles many sexual assault victims face today and the corrupt justice system implemented to combat those who commit life-devastating acts.

    In my opinion, Know My Name is one of the most eye-opening books I have... Read Full Review

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    A Raisin in the Sun

    Hansberry, Lorraine, 1930-1965

    Reviewed: October 27, 2022

    A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry focuses on the life of the Youngers, a Black family living in the south side of Chicago in the 1950s. The family consists of Walter (Father), Ruth (Mother), Lena (Mother of Walter), Beneatha (Daughter), and Travis (Son). This family lives in a small, run-down apartment. This all changed when Ruth receives an insurance check for $10,000 because of her dead husband's life insurance. Each member of the family has different ideas on how the money should be used, which causes a lot of clashes between them all. Overall, the main focus is on the... Read Full Review

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    A Memory of Light

    Jordan, Robert

    Reviewed: October 19, 2022

    A Memory of Light by Robert Jordan and Brandon Sanderson is the last book in an incredible series. It pulled all the threads woven throughout the previous thirteen books together very well and had me very stressed at many points. It is twisty, well-written, and left me with more questions than answers.

    I would say that most of the book is planning, plotting, or fighting, which can be taxing, especially because of the constant death and tragedy. Rand is trying to create a legacy that will eliminate all war while juggling politics, preparing for the Last Battle, and fighting... Read Full Review

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    The Raven

    Poe, Edgar Allan

    Reviewed: October 12, 2022

    Poe's narrative poem follows the development of an unnamed speaker/narrator whose interaction with a raven causes him to go mad. The story implies that the narrator lost his lover Lenore and is greatly devastated due to her death. He decides to cope by reading, hoping it will drive his mind off the terrible circumstances. On a cold December night, the narrator hears knocking on his chamber door and wonders who it could be at this time. He opens it only to find no one, which causes him to question more. He looks around into the darkness and sees no one. Upon closing the door, a raven... Read Full Review

  • Book cover for Kiki's Delivery Service

    Kiki's Delivery Service

    Reviewed: October 5, 2022

    Kiki’s Delivery Service (1989) is the fourth movie by the Japanese Company Studio Ghibli, whose other works include Spirited Away and My Neighbor Totoro. The story follows a witch named Kiki, who, on her 13th birthday, moves away to a seaside town with her talking cat Jiji. As Kiki continues to master her skills as a witch, she befriends new people like the owner of a bakery named Osono and a kid named Tombo, who she’s initially hesitant about. As Kiki lives with Osono and helps around the bakery, she comes up with the idea to start a delivery service with her... Read Full Review