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: The Scorch Trials

After slogging through two books in this shitty fucking series, my thought process regarding it has pretty much been reduced to crazed, maniacal laughter. But I am going to try to use my words, just for you, dear readers. Just. For. You. The Book: The Scorch Trials by James Dashner Genre: YA, scifi, second in a series First… Continue reading I Read It First: The Scorch Trials

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I Read It First: Me Before You

I'm not really sure how to talk about this book without also delving into an enormous can of worms about disability and death with dignity laws and both of those things as they relate to blatant tear-jerker literature, but here we are anyway, so I guess here we go. The Book: Me Before You by Jojo Moyes… Continue reading I Read It First: Me Before You

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The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly

I bought this book a few weeks ago, almost entirely on a whim, when I was at Powell's City of Books in Oregon. I didn't know anything about the book, and all I knew about the author, Sun-mi Hwang, was that she was Korean and her name popped up a few times in connection with… Continue reading The Hen Who Dreamed She Could Fly