• Romance Book Review,  Science Fiction Book Review

    Bellwether

    My Review: I didn’t know a single thing about Bellwether when I picked it up, but I decided to give audiobooks a try while at work and remembered a friend’s glowing comments about the book. This novel was quite simply a pleasure to listen to, and I’m so glad that I took that blind recommendation. Bellwether transcends genres: science fiction, satire, romantic comedy. When I say science fiction, I mean fiction about science. The main character Sandra is a researcher studying fads and this book screams 90s nostalgia. The book pokes fun at popular trends, from fashion fads to new work culture mantras. The characters were charming and I found…

  • Media & Pop Culture Book Review

    Blood, Sweat, and Pixels: The Triumphant, Turbulent Stories Behind How Video Games Are Made

    My Review: I love video games as much as I love books, so this book was a natural selection. I was excited to get my hands on this book, especially to read about the creation of Stardew Valley, one of my all-time favorite games. This book was shocking but fun, and an easy recommendation for any gamer. Jason Schreier has made a name for himself in the last few years for bringing attention to the poor practices in the gaming industry, particularly about crunch culture. This book feels like a stepping stone to the articles he writes today and provides a broad survey of video game development. AAA and indie…

  • Poetry Book Review

    Milk and Honey

    My Review: When I put out a survey on Goodreads asking my fellow users what poetry books I should read Milk and Honey was overwhelmingly recommended to me. I had heard the author’s name and seen the book cover but did not know what to expect when I picked it up. This has by far been one of the best book recommendations I have ever received, so thank you to all the lovely readers that brought the book to my attention! Milk and Honey is an outstanding collection that strikes that perfect balance between pain and healing. The book has been divided into four sections, each detailing different phases of…

  • Erotica Book Review

    The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy

    My Review: This one’s from the vault, one of the earliest ARCs I had ever read. The Cost of Pleasure and Sexotherapy are two short stories in which two women find themselves the unknowing participants in secret pleasure groups, making all of their fantasies and so much more come true. I liked the first story, The Cost of Pleasure, just a little bit more. I thought the rumors of the company founder and the intrigue of the office worker’s activities made for an interesting concept. With just the slightest touch of BDSM, this story is fun with a narrator who is comfortable in her sexuality, and it was refreshing to…

  • Classics Book Review,  Dystopia Book Review

    Nineteen Eighty-Four

    My Review: Winston is our everyman, a middle-aged average male living under the heel of a totalitarian regime. His work is bland, his food is bland, his everyday routine is bland. Winston is losing it, he wonders about the world that was before the party and resists in small ways. He ponders about the subtle ways that the party exerts its control, by perpetual war, by rewriting history, by lying so blatantly that the members of the party have to accept the lies as truth. Winston dreams of revolution and finds himself seeking out others like him. Nineteen Eighty-Four was not an easy read by any means, it’s startlingly brutal.…