Books, I Read It First

I Read It First: The Revenant

Leonardo DiCaprio is going after that elusive Oscar win again, taking on the role of beleaguered but resourceful frontiersman Hugh Glass just before the 2015 film season closes. This has "Oscar-bait" written all over it. I see what you are doing, DiCaprio, but you may have torn off more than you can chew with this… Continue reading I Read It First: The Revenant

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I Read It First: The Jungle Book

Yet another children's book! Admittedly, the Jungle Book is in a pretty separate category from most of the YA I've read this year, but it makes up for it with that complicated racial and colonial history. Let's talk about native kids portrayed as animals! The Book: the Jungle Book by Rudyard Kipling Genre: YA, fantasy, colonial imperialism...? First… Continue reading I Read It First: The Jungle Book

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I Read It First: Frankenstein

I'm glad this project finally gave me a kick in the pants to actually read Frankenstein, which is often hailed as one of the first-ever science fiction books. It's a grandmother of the genre, and for good reason: the ideas and moral implications that it grapples with are enormous, and it has a really nuanced and… Continue reading I Read It First: Frankenstein

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I Read It First: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal

We've officially reached the book on this year's reading list that I am least likely to have ever picked up on my own. What can I say? I really don't give a shit about gangsters and feds trying to out-swagger each other. The Book: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil's Deal by Dick… Continue reading I Read It First: Black Mass: Whitey Bulger, the FBI, and a Devil’s Deal

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I Read It First: Peter Pan

Those raised on the Disney canon (like myself) are already familiar with the basic jist of this story, but you are missing out on SO MUCH. I really liked this book. It has charm dripping out of its spine. The Book: Peter Pan by J.M. Barrie (1911) Genre: YA, fantasy First impressions: Why the hell did it take me so… Continue reading I Read It First: Peter Pan

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I Read It First: Paper Towns

And now we come to the book-to-movie adaptation from one half of my inspiration for this series. Oh, John Green. I have such complicated feelings about you as an author. Excellent feelings about you as a human being, but as an author, just...complicated. This is also the only book on this year's movie list that… Continue reading I Read It First: Paper Towns

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I Read It First: The Longest Ride

What the hell do people see in Nicholas Sparks that keeps getting his pointless drivel turned into movies? I don't understand. It's not even good romance. He just throws poorly realized trauma-victim stereotypes at one another and mashes their faces together like a toddler playing with barbies. IT'S JUST NOT GOOD. Goddammit. Okay, let's get… Continue reading I Read It First: The Longest Ride