Before I get started on today’s blook report, I want to take a moment to say that this book and the discussion that I’m going to have about it directly addresses the severity and stigma around eating disorders. This may be triggering for some who have struggled or are struggling with disordered eating, and I would like to offer this as a content warning. I’d also like to say that if you’ve reached your rock bottom, and you need someone to talk to, please reach out to the NEDA (National Eating Disorders Association) helpline at 1(800)931-2237.Read More
Wow. Okay. Where do I even start with this one? I guess I should start by saying that these books are not for the faint of heart. Every single one of these novels is gruesome, and the graphic violence would have anyone cringing in their chair. And I couldn’t get enough! The horror and carnage from…Read More
My mother always told me that if you needed to critique someone, the best way to do it was in a compliment sandwich: one positive thing, the critique itself, and then end on a positive note. I’m sure we’ve all heard it before. “I really loved the introduction to your short story. I don’t understand why you claim to be a writer, and all of your craft is garbage. But you have a lovely point of view and your love of the protagonist is inspiring.” You know, The Critique. The “don’t call us, we’ll call you.” Nobody ever wants to be on the receiving end of that kind of a critique. Why do I bring all this up?
My first thought after finishing How to Make a Wish was that everyone agrees that peanut butter is inherently the best comfort food. I, for one, have been of this school of thought since peanut butter and Oreos in Lindsay Lohan’s revamp of The Parent Trap. It’s funny and also comforting to know that other authors (and characters) believe in the curative, transformative powers of peanut butter.Read More