The Art of Hearing Heartbeats– Jan-Philipp Sendker

The Art of Hearing Heartbeats– Jan-Philipp Sendker

Read Date: January 18, 2020Rating: 3.5/5Format: E-book Julia Win's father has left. Out of the blue and without a trace, he disappeared and was never heard of again. To get to the bottom of this disappearance, Julia visits her father's native Kalaw in Burma (present day Myanmar), where she meets a mysterious man who inexplicably [...]

The Starless Sea– Erin Morgenstern

The Starless Sea– Erin Morgenstern

Read Date: January 16, 2020Rating: 3/5Format: Print Book The Night Circus author Erin Morgenstern returns with with another fantastic (double meaning!) novel that beautifully exhibits her knack for creating dreamy, twisty, quasi-steampunky worlds in The Starless Sea. When Zachary Ezra Rawlins checks out an antique, authorless, mysterious book from his university library, he discovers in [...]

Northanger Abbey — Jane Austen

Northanger Abbey — Jane Austen

Read Date: January 8, 2020Rating: 5/5Format: E-Book Northanger Abbey follows a much more run-of-the-mill heroine than the bulk of Austen's other novels, and herein lies the foundation on which the rest of the novel's strength is shaped. Catherine Morland is, through and through, a teenage girl. She is silly and naive and only making her [...]

2020 Reading Goals

2020 Reading Goals

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!! *clinks champagne glass* I'm so excited for a fresh start with new goals and challenges (the good kind, that is!) and energy! I try every year to shape intelligent reading goals that are informed by my success and difficulty with my challenges/goals from the year before, so after considering the busyness of [...]

2019 In Review

2019 In Review

Well here we are! The eve (of the eve) of 2020! My goal for this year was to read 78 books, and one of my resolutions going into 2019, as I've mentioned before, was to read more classics. I finally finished my challenge a mere two days ago with A Rule Against Murder, the fourth [...]

Decade In Review: Recognizing Self-Worth in an Increasingly Digital Age

Decade In Review: Recognizing Self-Worth in an Increasingly Digital Age

In 2013, I, a senior in high school, spent a weekend in Boston visiting two close friends in their first year of college. As we sat on the T, one of my companions introduced me to something I’d heard vague rumbles about but to which I gave no serious attention. After his brief pitch, I [...]