Day: June 19, 2016

Lately, I’ve been on a quest for a good escapist novel. I’d hoped that Outlander or Flatland might help, but they didn’t. I started a kids book about a boy who can’t swim who goes to another world and must potentially fight a dragon in the water. It was ok, and maybe I’ll go back […]
Physics and literature studies may not seem to have much in common, but an interesting aspect of both of them is how important perspective is. One of my favorite things to consider in literature is how a story might change depending on who’s narrating it, as well as how trustworthy or not a narrator might […]
Pay no attention to the 14,000 five-star reviews of this book: it’s nothing but a trashy romance novel! I made the mistake of trying to read Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon, because it came with so many strong recommendations. And 14,000 five-star reviews??? It turns out that, yes, 14,000 people can be wrong. It also turns […]
I always like a good murder mystery, and I especially love quirky characters. So Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries quickly became a Netflix favorite of mine. Imagine my joy when I discovered the TV series was based off of a series of books! Now, obviously, the disgruntled reader in me downloaded the book with some trepidation, […]
Teresa and George Littledale weren’t just two of the most accomplished adventurers of the late 1800s, Teresa was also one of the first (if not the first) European woman to ever embark on such extreme expeditions. So Through a Land of Extremes: The Littledales of Central Asia, by Elizabeth and Nicholas Clinch, should have been […]
What happens when the dystopic society created by an author doesn’t actually seem that bad? This was the question I found myself asking often as I read The Giver by Lois Lowry. The book started out brilliantly and the premise was fascinating. The main character, a 12-year-old boy, lives in a futuristic society in which […]