Let Me Upgrade Ya: Better Versions of Popular Books

  Featuring two fall faves.              Unless you’re living under a rock that safely shields you from all things pop culture, it’s likely you’re aware of the phenomenon that was John Green’s The Fault In Our Stars and the movie adaptation that came along with it. If you had the finger on the pulse of…

Get Your Sh*t Together September, Literary Edition

    Unlike most people, January is not my preferred time for resolutions. Since January is my birthday month, I generally spend it indulging, reserving the New Year diets and detoxes for the rest of the world. For me, September is the month of motivation. Maybe it’s the Back-to-School organizers and calendars prominently featured in…

GUEST POST: Best Books I’ve Read for College Courses

By Charlotte Klein In my experience, reading for academic courses in high school was a make or break situation. Reading A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce for AP English Literature was a seemingly endless month of essays that analyzed symbolism, tone, themes — the whole shebang. Analyzing literary devices…

Your Definitive [Maybe] Fall Reading List

  I apologize for the delay since last posting, but I have been debating for a while whether it makes more sense to group a few books into one “round-up” review, as I did when I first started this blog, or to review individually; I’ve come to the conclusion that if there’s a particularly exceptional…

Back to School: The Best Books I’ve Read for Academic Courses

Learning about the Japanese Diet while indulging in the American one [get it?]     From Kindergarten through my senior year of high school, English was essentially the only class for which I read books that weren’t of the McGraw-Hill [the memories of that textbook logo still fill my heart with dread] variety. Some of…

Navigable Neuroscience: Let’s Be Less Stupid by Patricia Marx

I do not think I stand alone in advocating the theory that students return from summer vacations with decreased intelligence. Come August, I find it difficult to hold a pen, let alone write a coherent sentence. Despite this concerning cognitive slide, I am always comforted by the fact that I will be returning to school…