“The Book With No Pictures” by B.J. Novak

  The Book With No Pictures is an inherently silly book, even though (and perhaps because) it doesn’t contain any pictures.  B.J. Novak tells the story through two distinct voices.  The first is the text itself, which features onomatopoeia and absurd phrases such as “… and my head is made of blueberry pizza”.  The textRead more

“Fire” by Kristin Cashore

  Kristin Cashore’s Graceling series is singularly responsible for making me stop dismissing YA as something that’s just for teenagers and making me realize that YA fantasy can be just as amazingly beautiful and thought-provoking as fantasy that’s written for adults.  I read the series in completely the wrong order, starting with the third book,Read more

“The House of the Spirits” by Isabel Allende

  I wasn’t quite sure what genre to categorize this book as, largely because it blends elements of multiple genres into a unique novel.  Is there a line between magical realism and fantasy other than the fact that magical realism tends to be written first in Spanish?  While “The House of Spirits” incorporates elements ofRead more

“Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

  I just finished reading “Slaughterhouse Five” for the first time.  I should have read it years ago; in fact, I attempted to read it my freshmen year of high school, but then was mildly traumatized after reading that a soldier in the novel carried around a picture of a girl attempting intercourse with aRead more