Creative Writing Fears

So I've been trying to be true to myself recently by making time to write creatively while also being swamped with PhD life/dissertation stuff/class prepping/academic work. One of my true passions is creative writing and it's so hard to not have that beaten out of you. Don't get me wrong, academic writing is definitely creative [...]

The Fault in our Stars – John Green

  3/5 Stars. Overall, I found this to be a fast and entertaining read. I liked how John Green captured the essence of teenage angst and attitude. This comes through despite Hazel and Gus being sick and made the characters more realistic to me, but in some other ways they seemed sort of unrealistic and [...]

Me Before You – Jojo Moyes

4/5, my grievances with this book were minor, and I read through it quickly, completely engrossed. I have some uncanny ability to select books to read at a time when they will help me in some way. Books call to me at "right" or "relevant" times in my life...  For example, I am usually about [...]

Nine Lives – Frank Say

4/5 Stars This book takes you on a journey through the unknown. As the main character Sam attempts to put his life back together after it has fallen apart, he realizes he may be on an even darker path than he realized. He searches for answers to the unexplainable events he has been experiencing, desperate to [...]

Eleven Minutes – Paulo Coelho

I sincerely love the way Paulo Coelho writes and the way he implicitly shares in all his works that there are things we cannot know and cannot completely understand--like how the meeting of two people can spark a vibrant passion and the meeting of two others spurs nothing at all, while the former two are [...]

Dark Places – Gillian Flynn

I will start by saying that I am a Gillian Flynn fan, even though I haven't read Gone Girl yet. I have read Sharp Objects and really enjoyed it. That being said, I was a little disappointed with Dark Places. Don't get me wrong, it was gripping from the start and written in a very raw [...]