Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Maus

“To die, it’s easy. But you have to struggle for life.” ― Art Spiegelman, Maus I: A Survivor’s Tale: My Father Bleeds History This graphic novel won Art Spiegelman numerous awards, including the Pulitzer Price in 1992. It is a powerful, and terrifying testament to the human memory. Within the pages of Maus Spiegelman recounts…

Love Thy Neighborhood Book Store

Check out this awesome interview The Girl in the Tiny Hat did for Book Culture on the Upper West Side with Annette Akers! Book Culture is a wonderful independent book store with three locations in the city. They give you the love, attention, and books that you so desire! Support is what makes small businesses…

Lookin’ Fresh

In West Philadelphia, born and raised… Just kidding. But for reals, come to my site and check out my new layout! It’s awesome, and well over do. The posts are set up in a unique way, but I kind of like it. I’ve always wanted the “Read More” feature to be an option so you…

Keeping Up With The Joneses

A couple of months ago I started following a few travel and cooking blogs that interested me. Every time I check my email, I have two or more posts from these blogs, and I always think to myself, “Well, shit. There is no way I could post that much.” I’ve learned over the last couple…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

“Success, after all, loves a witness, but failure can’t exist without one.” ― Junot Díaz, The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao Junot Diaz earned his mark on the literary world in 2007 with his tale of an ostracized king of all nerds. The novel is primarily literary fiction with hints of fantasy and folklore…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Battle For Wondla

“Maybe answers are found not in observing but in doing. Doing the right thing” -Eva Nine” ― Tony DiTerlizzi, The Battle For WondLa I’ve done the Wondla books in Bi-Weekly Recommendations previously, (the link will be below), and it’s time I completed the journey. The wonderful part is DiTerlizzi doesn’t disappoint in the finale of…

Endless Editing Summer

It’s time. It has finally happened. I have real days off!!! I’ve finished my initial school goal, and my days off are no longer spent in classes from early AM to late PM. At this point, I have been in classes so long that I was a little at sea with what to do with…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Lies of Locke Lamora

“There’s no freedom quite like the freedom of being constantly underestimated.” ― Scott Lynch, The Lies of Locke Lamora Scott Lynch struck gold with the Gentleman Bastard series. The Lies of Locke Lamora is the first of (so far) three  installments, and, as you can see on the cover, even George R.R. Martin has endorsed it….

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Dark Lord of Derkholm

“It was only when Shona, in sheer fury, turned the carnivorous sheep among them that they moved. They ran, some of them with charming little white sheep attached to their legs or backsides and the rest shouting about monsters.” ― Diana Wynne Jones, Dark Lord of Derkholm Diana Wynne Jones is one of my favorite…

Final Frontier of Fiction

This is my last semester at my current college, and I have to say the experience has been amazing. Although it has, many times, caused me great stress and frustration, I am leaving with a sense of satisfaction. School, and the piece of paper it comes with, was an abstract idea in my mind before…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: The Halloween Tree

“Suddenly the day was gone, night came out from under each tree and spread.” ― Ray Bradbury, The Halloween Tree Any time of the year is a good time to read some Bradbury! One of the many Godfathers of Scifi and Fantasy has done it again with his ghoulishly fantastic children’s novel. All Tom Skelton…

Bi-Weekly Book Recommendation: Grasshopper Jungle

“We killed this big hairy thing and that big hairy thing. And that was our day. You know what I mean.” ― Andrew Smith, Grasshopper Jungle I discovered this book by reading the author’s blurb on the cover the not-so-great book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda. I was a bit skeptical since I could not stand…