• Manga Reviews

    Junji Ito’s Cat Diary: Yon & Mu

    A little off-beat for the king of Japanese horror, Cat Diary: Yon & Mu is a collection of short and funny anecdotes about Ito’s family and their two cats: Yonsuke and Mu. Decidedly a dog person, Ito comes to adopt two cats when his fiancé Ako moves in with him. “Are you a dog person? Or a cat person?” From the drawings I had seen before picking this book up, I had expected this collection to contain some element of horror, but it was nothing of the sort. Everything in this collection was bursting with humor and sweet family memories that many cat owners can relate to. Ito’s clumsy attempts…

  • Historical Romance Book Reviews

    The Female Correspondent

    Finally! A real regency romance! I’ve been wary of the regency and historical romance genres as of late due to many of the stories just feeling so out of place for their respective time periods. I had no such issues with this book and it was actually pretty refreshing. “The words seemed to rearrange themselves on the paper, until the familiar hand became the strong, sweet voice of Miss Debord, chronicling, not the leisurely life of a gentleman of means, as he had supposed, but the lonely and isolated life of a woman who had striven to enrich her own life and that of others by her tireless work, without…

  • Monthly Review

    Monthly Review – April 2019

    A bit of a busy month for me! I got married and moved at the beginning of the month, and I’ve spent every week taking care of paperwork and I’m so thankful I decided to only take one class this semester because whew! I started a few books that I’m working on finishing, but overall I had a pretty slow reading month as I didn’t manage to finish much. I’m hoping to finish a few books next month, so wish me luck! This Month’s Posts Book Reviews • Fragments of Horror by Junji Ito • I Wish I Weren’t a Djinni by Erin Hayes • Nocturnal by Wilder Poetry •…

  • Poetry Book Reviews

    Nocturnal

    Nocturnal is a poetry book about self discovery, love, and healing. This book shared a lot of similarities in style and themes with other popular instapoets such as Rupi Kaur, Alison Malee, and Amanda Lovelace. Like the aforementioned poets, it’s all free-verse with random spacing between lines. While I can appreciate the form at times when the spacing is used to emphasize specific words, most of the time it just feels pointless and serves no real purpose at all. “I will wait at the corner of I miss you and sorry” Now aesthetically speaking, Nocturnal is one of the most beautiful poetry collections I’ve read in some time with full-page…

  • Weird Fiction Reviews

    The Universe Inside Me

    This was an interesting piece of weird fiction about a man that finds that he has a universe growing inside him – quite literally. He is given six months to live and spends his final months pondering the life that he had built, the limits of time, and the endlessness of love. “I read a theory once, that time isn’t infinite. Like all things, it too will die. Time and reality is like an old clock and with every passing second, it’s calmly winding down. As it does, everything in existence will slow down and eventually stop, leaving us frozen in place forever.” It is a short and sad piece…

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