Watership Down is one of those books that was required reading in high school, and thus has a bit of stigma attached to it for that reason alone. I’ve been thinking about rereading it for a time – for me, this was Freshman English in 2003, half my lifetime ago! I didn’t remember much about it other than a lot of discussions about allegory and metaphors, and Richard Adam’s supposed conversations about politics and society within the rabbit communities. All that made me chuckle, because re-reading it, it opened with a note from Adams about how Watership Down came about, and […]
Much like Gone Girl and Where’d You Go, Bernadette?, Lily and the Octopus was one of those books that everyone was reading for a while. The title and description were just enough to get me vaguely interested and I added it to my TBR… but I wasn’t so invested that I jumped on board the hype train immediately. And you know what? This book was good. It was the perfect balance of funny and sad. Also, the little summary does it no justice. Lily and the Octopus is the story of a middle-aged gay man who discovers, one day, that his beloved dachshund has an […]
So nobody really talks about it anymore, and I don’t know any friends who have read these tales to their children, but Beatrix Potter is such a classic. These short tidbits, written over a hundred years ago, are so familiar today. It was such strange nostalgia going back not just to childhood favorites, but to stories I remember having read to me, and the memory of illustrated collections we used to have. I’m going to try something a bit different here, because this is a collection of very short children’s stories. So, rather than try to summarize the collection as […]
It’s complicated to review comic book like this because it really all comes down to someone’s sense of humor. There’s no coherent plot, because it’s just a set of humorous strips. Add to that the fact that Matthew Inman – aka The Oatmeal – is a web comic, then reading one of his books probably seems kind pointless, right? Why bother with the book when at least 75% of the content is available for free online? I’ve been following The Oatmeal for a decade and his comics have always made me smile. I’ve thought about acquiring one of his books for YEARS […]
As a kid growing up, I relished the twice-annual Scholastic Book Fair. Ghost Cats was a purchase from this fair, probably when I was nine or ten. I had few pets and thus didn’t relate as well with the loss of them, but this story of family and change was one that stuck with my nine-year-old self… enough so that at 26, I still have this old paperback sitting on my shelf.