Category: Books

  • EXPeriencing Another Goodreads Challenge

    EXPeriencing Another Goodreads Challenge

    Another year, another Goodreads challenge I’ve failed. Okay, that’s a little harsh. The past two years, I’ve been reading the final book in my challenge when the clock struck midnight. Until I looked back at last year’s post, I thought I had set the same goal this year of 25, but it turns out I […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘The City of Brass’ by S. A. Chakraborty

    EXPeriencing ‘The City of Brass’ by S. A. Chakraborty

    Cover image via Amazon. I know reading and travel quotes can be a bit cliche, but reading a great book can sometimes take you on journeys that rival those in real life. I found just that in S. A. Chakraborty’s novel The City of Brass. It’s an adventure in time, religion, and the fantastic, and I […]

  • EXPeriencing the 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge (and looking forward to 2018)

    EXPeriencing the 2017 Goodreads Reading Challenge (and looking forward to 2018)

    Hello, old friend. I’ve missed filling your pixels with my rambling thoughts about books and video games. Well, it’s a new year, and like I end up doing every year, I’m committed to writing on you more. Three times a month feels reasonable. We’ll see how that sounds come August. To kick off the New […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ by Sabaa Tahir

    EXPeriencing ‘An Ember in the Ashes’ by Sabaa Tahir

    Cover image via. You know when you read a new Harry Potter book for the first time and you just couldn’t stop reading? All the way through the night, you kept turning pages because you just had to find out what happened next. Rarely did a chapter end where you thought, Yeah, I can put the bookmark […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman

    EXPeriencing ‘The Graveyard Book’ by Neil Gaiman

    Cover image via, which is a helluva way to open a book. Thank you, airport bookstores. Not much is worse than having a long layover or delay and running out of things to read. Last month, I had a several-hour layover in O’Hare before heading home to Indy. I’d finished the book I brought with […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)’ by Felicia Day

    EXPeriencing ‘You’re Never Weird on the Internet (Almost)’ by Felicia Day

    Cover photo via. If you’re a gamer or on the internet often, you know who Felicia Day is. If you’re not, here’s an introduction, in her own words: Hi, I’m Felicia Day. I’m an actor. That quirky chick in that one science fiction show? You know the one I’m talking about. I’m never on the […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik

    EXPeriencing ‘Uprooted’ by Naomi Novik

    Cover image via. Who doesn’t love a good, mindless Buzzfeed quiz? At worst it’ll eat up a few minutes as you’re waiting for your Starbucks order. At best, you’ll get a killer book suggestion. It was through a Buzzfeed quiz that I discovered Uprooted by Naomi Novik. It was something like, “Pretend to Write a Book […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood [The Novel]

    EXPeriencing ‘The Handmaid’s Tale’ by Margaret Atwood [The Novel]

    Cover image via. I had always heard Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale was a disconcerting dystopian novel. Nothing encouraged me to pick it up, though. It was simply a book written before I was born about some hypothetical “What if.” And then Donald Trump was elected president, a man who multiple women have accused of sexual assault, […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith

    EXPeriencing ‘Swing Time’ by Zadie Smith

    Cover image (and a more comprehensive review) via. As an introduction to Zadie Smith, Swing Time may not have been the best choice. While I did enjoy the novel, Goodreads comments tell me it’s not as good as her earlier White Teeth or On Beauty. That said, as a standalone novel without the comparison to Smith’s other works, I […]

  • EXPeriencing ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

    EXPeriencing ‘The Color Purple’ by Alice Walker

    Cover image via. Banned books, particularly those by women of color, always seem to be the most beautiful. I have a long list of books to read on my Goodreads account, and when I was making my 2017 reading challenge, I decided it was high time I made a dent on that list. As I was […]