My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga

I’m a bit concerned that the only books that I seem to even vaguely enjoy anymore tend to be Young Adult. I use “enjoy” loosely, because I certainly didn’t love My Heart and Other Black Holes, but I did like it, which I’ll take at this point. Continue reading “My Heart and Other Black Holes by Jasmine Warga”


All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews

// My Puny Sorrows is a tedious and drawn-out novel detailing the frequent suicide attempts of Elf and her sister’s increasing desperation to keep Elf alive. Continue reading “All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews”

Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King

It’s no secret that I love Stephen King, and I will support him in all of his endeavors. That being said, I was not particularly enthused when I read the synopsis of Mr. Mercedes. King’s detective novels can go either way: I hated The Colorado Kid, but I couldn’t put Joyland down. Mr. Mercedes isn’t a Hard Case Crime novel, but it might as well be since it is a detective story that lacks supernatural elements. Taking all of these things into consideration, I was prepared to hate it. For a while, I did hate it. Then I became intrigued. And then I was just kindof ambivalent. The novel was compelling enough to make me finish it, but I don’t think I would read it again. Continue reading “Mr. Mercedes by Stephen King”

American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 308, “The Sacred Taking”

“The Sacred Taking” refers to a revered ritual that the ladies partake in in order to try and save the coven. Ideally, the climax of this ritual involves the Supreme taking her own life. Fiona clearly won’t go down without a fight, so Cordelia and co. must get creative to convince their Supreme that she should just end it all now. Strangely enough, Fiona doesn’t need much convincing. Continue reading “American Horror Story: Coven, Episode 308, “The Sacred Taking””

The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen


Amy Gail Hansen’s debut novel is impressively deplorable. The ending is not predictable, but this is not to be mistaken for quality, as it is only a testament to book’s meandering plot. Ruby dropped out of her all-women’s college after a botched suicide attempt. “Why would a soon-to-be graduating English major commit suicide?” you may ask. Well, maybe she realized that she had wasted four years of her life on a useless degree that she will luckily pay off by the time she’s 60, assuming she can find a job that doesn’t involve flipping burgers. If, like me, you are lucky enough to have an English degree, I’m sure you can think of many reasons that Ruby may have considered this option. Nevertheless, the true reason was a failed affair with her professor/thesis advisor, which, shockingly, he broke off. When he followed this up by giving her a D on her thesis, it was the final nail in the coffin. Continue reading “The Butterfly Sister by Amy Gail Hansen”