• 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…

  • Book Review

    Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse

    Warnings: Death, Descriptions of a decaying corpse My Thoughts Summer, Fireworks, and My Corpse is perhaps one of the more experimental stories I’ve ever read. It is told from the point of view of Satsuki, a young girl who dies early on in the story, and the clumsy attempts of her childhood friends to hide her corpse. The writing style was good, the descriptions of the town paint a vivid picture of rural Japanese life. The sense of a hot, humid summer can be keenly felt as the characters struggle to get away with their crime. The story itself was pretty decent and honestly had me flying through pages wondering…

  • Book Review

    The Perfect Nanny

    Warnings: Child Death I really struggled to put my thoughts together on this book, partially because The Perfect Nanny was not what I had expected and one of the more unique stories I’ve ever read. I feel that it is mismarketed as a mystery thriller when it was neither, to me this is a horror novel through and through. I think I would have liked this book better if I had known this beforehand. The plot is slow and very intense as a portrait of Louise is formed from the point of view of other characters and their interactions with her. It occurred to me after a time that the…

  • Book Review

    Now You’re One of Us

    My Thoughts I have found a true Japanese gothic and I am head over heels in love! Now You’re One of Us is the story of a young woman that marries into a very large, traditional Japanese family. All members of the family live under the same roof in a sprawling estate, they welcome her with open arms and heap constant praise on her. She comes to love the family, but Noriko can’t help but feel that there is something off about this family. Despite now being part of the family, Noriko feels like there is a wall between her and the Shito family. As she gets to know them,…

  • YA Romance Book Review

    P.S. I Still Love You

    My Review: What a delightful and frustrating book, this series has become such a guilty pleasure for me to read. To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was such a delight because it introduces an understandable dilemma, and the reader follows Lara Jean as she clumsily falls in love with her first boyfriend. Drama ensues when another letter recipient shows up, and Lara Jean’s new squeeze Peter is still very close to his very jealous ex-girlfriend.Lara Jean, I think you half-fall in love with every person you meet. It’s part of your charm. You’re in love with love. In this book we see Lara Jean come into her own more…