Rick Riordan is a very famous YA writer who has written two series about modern teenagers with one mortal parent and one parent who happens to be a Greek god. (It happens.) They go on adventures, save the world, train at their godly summer camps (they exist), and blow up ancient monsters. This has been the general and very enjoyable gist of all of Riordan's YA books up until "The House of Hades." This newest installment in "The Heroes of Olympus" series is told from the perspective of 7 demigods on a quest to stop the evil goddess Gaia from taking over the world and to save two of their friends from dying in the Greek hell of Tartarus. It was a very action-packed story, of course, but it was different from its predecessors in that it had more of a conscience. For example, the two heroes who were banished to Tartarus, Percy and Annabeth, are at one point forced to fight a mob of demons who force them to feel the curses of every enemy and person whom they have ever caused pain. At another point, one character who had so far been a bit of a joke developed into a leader, and another demigod who had always seemed dark and aloof for no particular reason suddenly revealed a whole new level of depth. When I first noticed this pattern developing, I was very upset because I had been reading these books since fifth grade and thought they should remain lighthearted and semi-mindless. But as the story went on I warmed to this new installment of the demigod saga, and I can now safely say that well into his second-of-a-kind series Rick Riordan is still kicking butt. I encourage you all to scarf this book down. It had all the explosiveness and irreverence of its predecessors, with a little added morality to it - and really, what's so wrong with that? :) -Carly
Once again, this semester's schoolwork took precedence over this blog. It had to happen, but now I'm back to let you all know about the wonderful books I read in my classes.
On an unrelated note, feel free to add me on LinkedIn! I made an account but I only have four connections so far, it's very sad.
1. Cane by Jean Toomer - A gorgeous genre-blending novel which describes the lives of black people in rural Georgia in the early twentieth century.
2. Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston - The greatest self-love story of all time.
3. Passing by Nella Larson - A novel which examines the complex friendship between two wealthy black women, one of whom passes for white.
4. Smoke, Lilies and Jade, a Novel by Richard Bruce - A semi-autobiographical, experimental text peppered with ellipses and the names of great Harlem Renaissance artists.
1. "The Closing Door" by Angeline Grimke - This story demonstrates with intimate, hea…
I read this book courtesy of my friend Shanille, who purchased it for a class on the novels of Toni Morrison (!!!) and lent it to me when she was done. Thank you girl!
As usual, this book did not disappoint. It is about a beautiful, successful, dark-skinned woman named Bride who sets out on a journey to confront an ex-lover, and by extension the many traumas she has experienced both as a child and an adult on account of other people's perceptions of her skin color.
My favorite aspect of the story is its characters, because they are drawn in such precise and lush detail. Bride, for example, has constructed her outward appearance in order to thrive. For example, she goes by 'Bride' rather than her given name, Lula Ann
Bridewell, and exclusively wears white clothing, in accordance with the
advice of a lifestyle consultant. At one point, she refers to herself
as "The [woman] driving a Jaguar in an oyster-white cashmere dress and
boots of brushed…
I love the cover of this book. Look closely - it's a little skeleton man clasping his hands over a cup of black coffee. I don't know what it means, but it's delightful.
Anyway, I read this collection of short stories in Spanish - El cuento hispanoamericano - for a class I am taking this semester, but it is also available in English. According to my professor, it's a unique book in that it offers the best representation of Latin American short stories throughout modern history, with details about literary movements and authors as well. I liked some stories better than others - "The Tree" by Maria Luisa Bombal and "The Ruby" by Ruben Dario were my favorites - but even the ones I disliked, such as "Secret Love" by Manuel Payno, were included because they were representative of a certain movement or regional style that was worth acknowledging.
My only issue with this book is that a story I just mentioned, "The Tree,&…