The Commitment: Love, Sex, Marriage, and My Family (Review)
reviews / November 25, 2014

The only writing of Dan Savage’s that I’d read before this book was a bit of his Savage Love column, though I’d obviously heard his name around a lot. He’s famous in certain circles for a lot of things, namely writing no-nonsense responses to reader questions (primarily about sex or relationship issues), and more recently for creating an anti-Rick Santorum website.

The Mephisto Club (Review)
reviews / October 15, 2014

The Mephisto Club definitely pushed the series into a bit of a new direction. It introduced some new secondary characters and a bit of a recurring theme of intellectual curiosity about evil into the series.

Definitely Dead (Review)
reviews / February 4, 2014

I think I rather preferred the version of Hadley in the book series than in True Blood. Even though she’s never really depicted alive – or undead – in the books, there’s a certain sense of her that you get in Definitely Dead. You get to know her a little through the recollections of the Queen of Louisiana, and through some of the other things that happen in the book (I don’t want to give spoilers … but the witch Amelia is so much more fun to read about than the witches in the tv show were to watch).

Sharp Objects (Review)
reviews / January 20, 2014

This is definitely my favourite of Flynn’s novels. Gone Girl was the first one I read – like most people, when it hit the blogs and I couldn’t seem to escape it any longer – but, in the end, I liked both Sharp Objects and Dark Places better.

Maybe it’s because Camille reminded me a bit of myself as a teenager, or maybe it was because the story focused had a strong female narrator. Camille isn’t always strong, but even in her weakness, she’s more relatable than Nick in Gone Girl.

The Boy in the Striped Pajamas (Review)
reviews / February 11, 2013

I’d heard a lot about this book in the past, and one of the schools that I was teaching at even used it as required reading for one of its courses. I’ve been meaning to pick up a copy and see what it was about for quite a while, but hadn’t until now. I wanted a shorter book aimed at a younger audience to be a “buffer” between longer, more difficult books, and it definitely provided that.