• Books,  Fiction,  Reviews

    Summer Summary

    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins At the beginning of the summer, I joined the masses and picked up a copy of The Hunger Games. Unfortunately I approached this addictive series differently than I normally do movie-book franchises — I saw the movie first. My main reason for picking up The Hunger Games was to reap the extra background information necessary to fully understand the intricacies of the film. I was left pleasantly surprised and frustrated after reading the first book in the trilogy.

  • Movies & TV,  Reviews

    Movies, movies, movies!

    I love my books, but I also love movies. This past week my love of movies took shape in a Traverse City Film Festival marathon. Seven movies in four days – whew! Each film was fantastic in its own way and brought a ton of thoughts to swirl around my noggin. First of all, learn more about the film festival here!

  • Books,  Fiction,  Reviews

    A Book To Be Digested Very Slowly: The Name of the Rose

      *Before I relate the tale of The Name of the RoseI feel I owe anyone who stuck through my prolonged absence a sincere apology. To anyone who thinks I relinquished my love of books, I say fie! In all honesty — I was lazy. After graduating from college I went on a literal and metaphorical holiday. I literally traveled to two states and one country. I metaphorically took a hiatus in a land of no responsibility. As summer comes to an end, I find myself restless (as usual) and ready to attend to sharing literary findings again. That and graduate school is around the corner — gulp. On to…

  • Books,  Fiction,  Reviews

    Dystopic Battles: The Hunger Games

      At the beginning of the summer, I joined the masses and picked up a copy of The Hunger Games. Unfortunately I approached this addictive series differently than I normally do movie-book franchises — I saw the movie first. My main reason for picking up The Hunger Games was to reap the extra background information necessary to fully understand the intricacies of the film. I was left pleasantly surprised and frustrated after reading the first book in the trilogy. The surprise came from the fact that Suzanne Collins captivated me with her intriguing plot and cliffhangers. On the other hand, my frustration resulted from a lack of background detail that…

  • Books,  Fiction,  Reviews

    The Secret Scripture

        *Feb. 2016 UPDATE: The movie is in post-production, but haven not found a release date   The Secret Scripture takes place in Sligo, Ireland across multiple decades. Roseanne McNulty, an elderly patient in an asylum, secretly recounts the story of her life throughout the pages of The Secret Scripture. Dr. Greene’s journal compliments the narrative told by Roseanne as each of their stories contradict each other and intertwine. Besides being a marvelous story about family, the elusiveness of memories, and the unreliable state of historical fact due to authorship, The Secret Scripture captures an Ireland recovering from the tragedy of The Troubles. Having the opportunity to be in…

  • Books,  Fiction,  Reviews

    Good Omens of Religious Humor

      Pratchett and Gaiman combine humor, religion, and wonderful writing to create a book that a reader cannot put down. Good Omens had me laughing in public to the point where people stared. Also, the apocalyptic plot line tingled my religious studies senses and kept me intellectually enthralled. It is not difficult to understand how Good Omens has developed a cult following. I apologize for the brevity of this review, but Good Omens is neither a book to be analyzed nor a book I can find to have a flaw (besides it’s too short). Go forth and find a copy of Good Omens and you will not be disappointed. Note:…

  • Books,  Non-Fiction,  Reviews

    My Dreams Turned Into My Personal Comedy Show

    It’s been a month, since I last posted a book review. Hopefully everyone enjoyed the emphasis on bookstores this past month, but it’s time to return to the land of bound paper.     Last month, in an effort to have some light reading, I bought Are You There Vodka? It’s me, Chelsea. I need to start this review in a state of confession. I read this book on a Kindle. Keep your pants on folks! Before everyone races back to my post on ereaders and points out my hyposcrisy, let me explain myself.

  • Books,  Non-Fiction,  Reviews

    Different Paths to the Same Mountain Summit, Religion is Not: And other Yodic-esque Ideas

      From the outset, God is Not One forced me to reevaluate my reasoning for studying religions. Stephen Prothero introduces the idea that the current trend of defining religions as different paths to the same end goal, an attempt at pluralism, is false and argues that each religion has different problems and different goals. Prothero outlines these problems and solutions as follows:

  • Books,  Fiction,  Reviews

    When Reality is Seemingly Condensed into 597 Pages

      Sitting in the Stacks Rating: 3.5 (this requires an explanation) My explanation behind giving this book a 3.5 instead of a 4 deals with the cynical view of life the book gave me for a period of time. Although I was riveted to the storyline and would stay up until 2am reading, every page was also a punch in the gut. Adultery, death, self-deprecation, rape, lies, depression, death, etc, this book has it all and constantly reminds you shit can and does happen in life.