Booking Around the World

I am very excited about sharing a new personal goal with you all that I am making into a series on the blog, called Booking Around the World. By no means am I going to pretend this is an original idea. About a year ago, I watched a TED Talk by Ann Morgan. Essentially, she read one book authored by someone from every country around the world in one year. As a lover of all things cultural (after all, I did study International Relations) I thought this was such an incredible idea and wanted to take on the challenge. But life got in the way, and it quickly fell to the back of my mind. At the time, I was taking a World Literature course and was exploring literature from cultures that I had not previously read from, particularly a lot of East Asian literature. Continue reading “Booking Around the World”


Son by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet) // review

I grew up loving Lois Lowry and her novels. The Giver was a distinct favorite from my formative years for good reason, as it introduced to me the diverse, expansive world of dystopian literature. Son (2012)  proved to be a lovely end to a phenomenal Young Adult series that I will treasure forever.

Lois Lowry’s writing will always have a special place in my heart. Sometimes I’ll go back and read a childhood favorite and I am left with a dissatisfied feeling.

“But I used to love this! What changed?”

Then I realize that I changed, not the book. I grew up. Things that were seemingly profound at the age of sixteen no longer seem so consequential. This was not the case with Son. I found Lowry’s writing just as engaging as it was when I was ten or eleven years old and I sped through this book in several hours. If you have already read The Giver, I would recommend the rest of the series to you, Gathering Blue (2000) and The Messenger (2004). Overall, I would rate Son a 4/5, though I am not a big stickler with numerical ratings.

Here’s a ***SPOILER ALERT*** though I do not give away anything major. Continue reading “Son by Lois Lowry (The Giver Quartet) // review”