Another World

When I read I’m sent to another world
My place, replaced by the book I hold
I can feel the rocky road beneath me and the winter’s cold
See the small village before me and the castle unfold

I can hear the townsfolk talking as the kingdom’s war wages
Meet the wizards, and the witches, and the masters, and the mages
The swarm of soldiers that rages and rages

Fighting for a world that is built from their pages
Later watch in horror as the bashful battle heats
Feel my fingers curl and my heart play the beat
To the sound of striking swords and running feet
Then the sounds of tremendous triumph at the enemy’s defeat

Now I can see folks celebrating with faces bright as gold
As the story comes to a close, now a great sight to behold
And though it happens every time, it never gets old
I love to be sent to another world in


Background: This is a poem I wrote about how I feel when I read. Reading can be such a fun and fantastic experience for me because it allows me to feel like I’m inside the story, or a part of the book’s plot. I wrote this poem to share that experience with others, since I believe it is an experience many people can relate to, as well as because I thought it would be an enjoyable experience to write about, which it most certainly was. 

Frankly in Love

Frankly in love by David Yoon is a book about a Korean American boy named Frank Li. In his high school he meets an amazing and kind girl named Brit Means. She is white. Frank’s parents want Frank to marry a Korean girl, for whatever reason he doesn’t really know. So, he comes up with what he thinks is a genius plan. He and his friend, Joy Song, (who is in the same predicament with her Chinese boyfriend Wu Tang) decide to fake date so that they can both go out with their partners. But when things with his parents start to go south, Frank has to try to get out of the mess he had gotten himself into. This book kept me giddy and guessing from beginning to end and the result utterly surprised me. I love this book and it’s relatable feeling to live up to expectations all while trying to make the best of the youth you have left. I would definitely recommend this book to people who need a little break from all of the drama.

The Seven Husbands Of Evelyn Hugo


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo by Taylor Jenkins Reid is a brilliantly written novel, published on June 13, 2017.


The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo follows the main character, Monique Grant, a seemingly random reporter who has been picked to do an interview with The Famous Evelyn Hugo, who lived one of the most successful careers in Hollywood. This comes as a shock to the world as up until now, Evelyn had been hiding from the public eye for years.

She starts off with her history, and how she became Evelyn Hugo. Then, she tells Monique about having to be cunning to survive in Hollywood. She talks about her relationships, and about how all of her seven husbands played a part in her life. Monique quickly finds out that Evelyn’s life was full of scandalous secrets, strategically kept from the public eye.

And as Evelyn’s story becomes more twisted and complicated, Monique also finds out about a secret relationship that no one would ever have thought that The Evelyn Hugo would be part of, and she finds out that Evelyn Hugo has cunningly tricked the public many times. But, Monique also finds just as in everything else in Evelyn’s life, she had a calculated reason for picking Monique to be her reporter.


I absolutely love this book. It is enthralling and once you pick it up, you can’t put it down. There are twists in every chapter and you will absolutely love all the complicated characters, especially Evelyn Hugo.


The 10 Best Books I Read In 2022, Part 3

The Five People You Meet in Heaven by Mitch Albom

Average rating on Goodreads: 3.97 stars

My rating: 4 stars

Genre: Supernatural fiction

Eddie is an old war veteran who maintains an amusement park. One day, in a tragic accident involving a falling cart and a little girl, Eddie is killed. Only, it’s not really over for him. In heaven, he gets to meet five different people who were significant to his life. They help explain to him how he impacted others and why his life had meaning.

This one surprised me! I did not think I would like it as much as I did. It was interesting, thought-provoking, and sad. I would recommend it for someone who likes a short, yet meaningful read. Warnings for abuse, death, violence, and substance abuse.

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

Average rating on Goodreads: 4.04 stars

My rating: 4 stars

Genre: Dystopian science fiction

Thomas is surrounded by strangers. He had woken up in the lift, which carried him up to the Glade—an oasis in the middle of a giant, terrifying maze. He and the others have no memory of what happened before. It’s only when the first girl arrives to the Glade that the stakes raise—and the group gets answers.

The Maze Runner was really interesting, and I was pleasantly surprised by it! I loved the aspect of a high-stakes psychological puzzle that the characters had to solve. It was definitely a page-turner. Be warned though: like most dystopian series, the next books are tremendously disappointing. Warnings for violence, death, and gore.

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The 10 Best Books I Read In 2022, Part 2

I Killed Zoe Spanos by Kit Frick

Average rating on Goodreads: 3.8 stars

My rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Mystery/thriller

Anna Cicconi is eager to spend the summer in the small Hamptons village of Herron Mills for her new nanny job. She wants to distance herself from her old life in Brooklyn before she starts college – the alcohol, the parties, the friends. Anna soon discovers that a local girl named Zoe is missing, who bears an eerie resemblance to her. After Anna confesses that she killed Zoe, teen podcast host Martina Green is unsure of Anna’s guilt. Did Anna kill Zoe Spanos? Or is the true murderer still on the loose?

The plot of this book is brilliant! The dual timelines complemented each other and kept me vigorously turning the pages. I was left constantly guessing, and the unreliable testimonies and memories of the characters made the story all the more complex. Warnings for violence, strong language, gore, death, mental illness, and substance abuse.

We Were Liars by E. Lockhart

Average rating on Goodreads: 3.72 stars

My rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Mystery

Cadence is confused. She’s in pain and traumatized from something that happened two summers ago—something that she can’t remember. When she visits her rich family’s private island, the very place that she was hurt, her memories begin to return. Her cousins and lover hold the answers. Only, is Cadence ready to face the truth?

I was a little (okay—a lot) late to the hype on We Were Liars, but I’m so glad I succumbed. It was so hard-hitting, and the way the plot unfolded was kind of amazing. Warnings for violence, racist themes, gore, self-harm, death, strong language, and substance abuse.

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The 10 Best Books I Read In 2022, Part 1

I’m going to be honest—I was not over the moon about many of the books I read this year, evident by my 2.9-star average rating and the complete absence of books that I rated 5 stars. Compared to last year’s five 5-star books and identical average rating, it becomes apparent that I just felt “meh” about most of the content I read. There were a couple of 4-star gems though, so I am not completely disappointed. I read 75 books this year, compared to last year’s 77, however, I read around 5,200 more pages! (Psst—wondering how I got these numbers? Goodreads provides readers with their personal book stats at the end of every year, and they’re so satisfying to look through!) Enough with my rambling; let’s get on with number 10!

Gilded by Marissa Meyer

Average rating on Goodreads: 3.93 stars

My rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Fantasy

Serilda, a poor miller’s daughter, has a knack for telling stories and weaving tall tales. Unknowingly, she catches the attention of the ominous Erlking, who takes her to an unsettling world of monsters, forcing her to do the impossible task of spinning straw into gold in order to catch her in a lie. Only then does she meet Gild, a mysterious boy with a mysterious gift—one that she may, in fact, need to stay alive.

The writing and the plotline were phenomenal. I really liked the folklore and the way that the tale of Rumpelstiltskin was retold. Warnings for violence, gore, and sex.

Skyward by Brandon Sanderson

Average rating on Goodreads: 4.49 stars

My rating: 3.5 stars

Genre: Science/supernatural fiction

Her entire life, Spensa has wanted to be a pilot. Even more determined to do so because of her pilot father’s death and branding as a traitor, she makes it into flight school, where she and her flightmates learn the techniques necessary to defeat their evil enemy aliens, the Krell. Only, after devastating losses and shocking new discoveries, Spensa begins to realize that everything is so much bigger than she ever imagined.

Skyward would make a fantastic movie. There are a lot of entertaining action-packed moments, the characters are dynamic and often humorous, and there is a deep complexity to the science that constructs the world. Warnings for violence and death.

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My Objective Thoughts on 1984 (Yes, the Book)

Cover of "1984" by George Orwell depicts a large blue eye on a bright red background. The title "1984" is superimposed over the center of the eye.

I’m going to be completely honest here. Trust me when I say that this book, yes this classic book that is praised and practically used as a political chunk of evidence, is in fact, overrated. It just is. I know so many people say that this is what a dystopia truly would look like, and they’re not wrong, it’s simply that this doesn’t hold up to a lot of modern aspects of society and that the book doesn’t actually focus on the dystopia itself, but the act of living in it.

I’m not saying the book is bad, but it certainly isn’t great. Orwell has a very superior book that actively portrays a dystopia and the effects of one better. And that book is Animal Farm. Now this isn’t going to be some compare and contrast essay. I just wanted to point out the fact the Orwell has a better book on this subject. I suggest you read that instead.

Now the main problems I have with 1984 is that it is segmented into three parts. Well, I am not mad about this, but it all comes down to the execution. The different parts of the book are so clearly separate that it doesn’t feel all too coherent. Basically it has a very good exposition that sets down a lot of rules in this world but then the second part is almost purely raunchy. Like, this is the raunchiest stuff I’ve read. Although that says a lot about me I suppose. But, it also says a lot about the active lack of plot. And then the third part is one very drawn out torture scene.

It just feels not good enough for something that is supposed to be the best example of a dystopia. It just isn’t.

Anyway, those were my objective thoughts on 1984.

The Inheritance Games Review

The Inheritance Games by Jennifer Lynn Barnes


The Inheritance Games is a mystery thriller novel.


The Inheritance Games is about 17 year old Avery Kylie Grambs. She had a normal life and planned to finish high school and get to a decent college. However, her life turns upside down when billionaire Tobias Hawthorne leaves Avery with almost his entire fortune. To receive the inheritance, Avery had to move in the Hawthorne mansion, filled with secret passages and the old man’s puzzles in every room. Unfortunately, Tobias Hawthorne’s angry and confused family remain in the mansion, including his four cunning and jealous grandchildren. Why did Tobias Hawthorne give Avery his fortune? With danger present everywhere, Avery has to figure Tobias Hawthorne’s puzzle to stay alive.


The Inheritance Games is fast-paced and entertaining, with the right amount of mystery and drama. The puzzles and riddles are engaging, with many twists along the story, makes it hard to put down the book.

I would recommend this book to age groups 12 and older due to bits of inappropriate language throughout the book.

A combination of mystery, drama, and entertainment easily makes The Inheritance Games a 10/10.

Reviewed by Akshobya P

The Hate U Give


The Hate U Give is a YA novel by Angie Thomas, published on February 28th, 2017. It is about how 16-year-old Starr Carter’s life changes after watching her friend Khalil killed by a police officer.


Starr Carter’s life is shattered after watching a police officer shoot her childhood best friend Khalil. As the only witness, Starr is pressured to tell the world what happened that night, but it isn’t that simple.

Starr lives in a poor neighborhood, but attends a wealthy prep school, having to be two different people to fit into both worlds. But speaking out about the truth, or withholding it could both have shattering consequences that not only Starr has to live with, but her loved ones as well.

When Khalil’s death blows up with activists and protesters, Starr has to juggle the gang and the drug lord of their neighborhood, and her prep school friends. All while she makes a decision about whether or not she should speak up or not.


This powerful and inspiring novel about civil rights and racism has an interesting and complicated main character, which adds to the story about the struggle for justice.


~ Reviewed by Anika A

Dune – Book vs. Movie (2021)

Dune tells the story of Paul Atreides, who travels to the desert planet Arrakis with his family, as his father, the Duke, was assigned it as a fief for the Emperor. However, violence and betrayal soon follow the Atreides’ arrival due to disputes over the planet’s most valuable resource – spice. In his struggle for survival, Paul discovers his true destiny, one that the people – his and Arrakis’s – have been awaiting for generations.

Because the Dune movie was released way back in October, I decided to bite the bullet and read the classic – albeit very lengthy – book. I then watched the movie afterward (Also very lengthy!). Here are my thoughts on the two.

Book Review

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The world of Dune is very complex, and I have to commend the intricacies of the worldbuilding. The government, the landscape, the technology, and the supernatural element are all new and very creatively invented. However, it made the plot all the more confusing. The odd terms that were dropped without explanation made me feel as if I was reading the second book in a series; like I was missing something. Everything got mixed up in my head and I found myself wishing for some sort of description for these terms in the book, and not just in the appendix.

The book also frequently jumped to the side characters’ perspectives (that is – not Paul). The side characters were another thing that frequently got confounded in my head. There were lots of old men that didn’t contribute much to the story and weren’t fully fleshed out, yet there were plenty of chapters written from their point of view. It is one of my pet peeves when a story is told by an omniscient narrator as opposed to a limited narrator; knowing everything that is going on with everybody instead of just the main character. A good rule of thumb: if the story is too boring to be just from the main character’s point of view, then you’ve got too boring of a main character. I also hated that there were chapters discussing everything that the main villain, Baron Harkonnen, was plotting, because the book was much more dull knowing who the betrayers were and what he was going to do.

That brings me to my next topic: Paul did not have enough flaws. The character is an amazing fighter, astoundingly intelligent, all-knowing, and also the Chosen One. He is written as invincible, as incapable of making mistakes. He is also a spoiled brat, treating all others, especially women, with disrespect. He is uninteresting and irritating overall.

I also felt that this book was just not written compellingly. The way the words fit together was bland and made the book much more of a chore to read. It was very reminiscent of the way Lord of the Rings and other older epics were composed, seeing as it was published in 1965. I think this is just personal preference – I generally prefer modern books.

The thing that irked me the most about this book though, is the way that women are thought of, treated, and portrayed. The Kwisatz Haderach, or the “Chosen One” in Paul’s world, can only be a man because women are “limited.” The Bene Gesserits, who are a society of powerful women, exist to “breed with men” despite their abilities. The women in this world only exist to aid men, marry men, seduce men, and bear children. After having barely met Paul, his love interest throws herself into her arms and declares she wants to have his child. And this is only the tip of the iceberg. Much of the story revolves around the treating of women as property and the keeping of them as concubines. Just . . . gross. I understand that this book is old, but that doesn’t make this content any less disturbing.

Overall, I feel that I wasted my time on this supposed “classic.” At its bones, the story had potential, but the execution truly was not there.

Rating ➳ ★☆☆☆☆

Movie Review

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The complexities of the book were very well-handled in the movie. The graphics were incredibly done and rendered the various technologies, locations, and cultures expertly into a visual format. There was a lot less dropping of random names and words that didn’t add anything to the story, for which I was grateful. The casting was also great, and the acting made the storyline all the more convincing.

The jumping to side characters’ points of view actually lent better to the movie. It felt as if I was being subjected more to the full scope of the plot, rather than looking in on useless events. The side characters also were better-developed in the movie – the audience has a clear idea of who they are and what their motives are.

Paul is also more flawed. His emotions of sadness and confusion seemed very distinct to me as opposed to the book. He seems a lot more realistic and has a far better character arc.

The portrayal of women was, needless to say, corrected in this modern movie update. One of the main male characters in the book, Dr. Kynes, is female in the movie, which I loved to see. The Kwisatz Haderach happens to be a man, but no one mentions that women are limited. In fact, the movie hints at the Bene Gesserits having control of the politics of the Imperium. There is also more racial diversity in the movie as well. Overall, a far more tactful interpretation of these subjects.

The movie is watchable by a newcomer audience, although with some confusion. What frustrated me was that reading the book was the only way to have a full background on the events occurring in the movie. If I could have watched the movie without reading the book, I would have. I really enjoyed the movie and would definitely recommend it.

Rating ➳ ★★★★☆

This is one of those rare instances that I can say, “The movie was better.” The book really just rubbed me the wrong way, but the movie was very well done.