6 Ways “Arc of a Scythe” Will End Your Reading Slump

Late to the game as always, I’ve come to rave and rage about a trilogy. While it is set in the future, Neal Shusterman’s Arc of a Scythe series is a shoo-in for a wonderful point of reentry for Hunger Games and Twilight fans. If you haven’t read a story that keeps you up at night, …

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Barking Mad: Patrick Ness’ “Chaos Walking” Strikes a Chord

Patrick Ness thought of two ideas when he created the Chaos Walking trilogy. First, he thought of information overload. Then, he considered the idea of hearing a dog’s thoughts. The result is agonizing sweetness and thoughtful exploration of humanity. As readers often note, there is a tragic event that takes place in the first Chaos …

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The 5th Wave Book and Exploring the Fear of Human Extermination

Summary of Post: This post is a discussion of Rick Yancey’s The 5th Wave and its reflection on humanity’s anxiety around the future and the unknown. In particular, I want to talk about Yancey’s focus on the effects of the alien invasion on the characters within the story, especially: Cassie Sulivan, Ben Parrish, and Evan Walker.

Meeting History and Toxic Masculinity in Classic Naguib Mahfouz Novel

Some of you may know that I lived in Egypt in the 90s. I was mostly isolated by my mental illness, but even then, I had noticed the prominence of the Si-Sayed figure. What I didn’t ever expect is that this figure appears in Naguib Mahfouz’s 1956 classic called The Palace Walk.  Give This a Listen: …

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My Mental Health Emotional Toolkit

**Image by: Free-Photos on Pixabay Rather than having a blog entirely dedicated to books, I want to raise awareness on my intersectional existence across different communities. One of those landmarks is mental illness. As someone trying to cope with mental illness, I am exploring options for my emotional, emergency toolkit. The Emotional Toolkit An “emotional toolkit” …

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