Harry Potter Rereads: The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets

Since I last checked in, I’ve finished my rereads of The Sorcerer’s Stone and The Chamber of Secrets. I do think I followed the rules that I gave myself in this post, because I ended up enjoying The Chamber of Secrets way more than I remembered. Perhaps the movie tainted my vision of the book?  Continue reading


Review: The Secret History of Wonder Woman

As I mentioned in my teaser post for this book, I actually picked up this copy toward the end of last year and began reading it shortly thereafter. For some reason, I put it down but with the movie coming out, I knew I should finish it up. While I wasn’t able to finish it before seeing the movie, I breezed through the final pages and actually learned some interesting things about Wonder Woman, her creator, and her hushed beginnings.  Continue reading

Review: On the Road

As I might have mentioned before, I’m not one to reach for American writers. I’m not sure if I have a weird taste aversion from my high school AP American Studies class or what it is, but I usually prefer British classics over American. With that said, I’ve come to find American authors that I do enjoy reading; however, I’m not sure if Jack Kerouac will make that list.
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Review: Shame

I want to first say that I am not especially well versed in Pakistani, Indian, or postcolonial history/literature. Although I did take one class in college concerning this topic, I am no scholar. However, I did enjoy many of the books I read during that class, which inspired me to pick up a few other copies of Salman Rushdie’s works. In short, this post will focus mainly on Rushdie’s style, characters, narrator, etc.–that is, I will not pretend to understand the historical events Rushdie is referring to in many of the scenes in his novel. If you are interested in reading more about these historical aspects, I found this link that explains some of the parallels. Ok, with that disclaimer of sorts out of the way, let’s get started. Continue reading