Among other things, 2021 was a great year to read. Reading is an activity ready-made for COVID: it's done alone, often at home, but it also creates communities—both on the page and around the world. Featuring dark academia, science fiction, and reading slumps.
Brooding inner turmoil and big muscles do not excuse stripping someone naked in public, biting them when they beg you not to, or general assault.
Connecting to these characters is hard, and not necessarily rewarding, even at the end. But that empty kind of discomfort...it reminded me of how modern netizen-dom can feel.
I'm surprised by how much I read this month! Eight books is pretty average for me, but there were a few real tombs in there, including Samantha Shannon's Priory of The Orange Tree and Donna Tartt's The Secret History. All the novels I read dealt with queerness in different ways, and overall I definitely had … Continue reading June Wrap Up | 8 Books
Aesthetically, what makes Dark Academia dark are the muted colors, rainy weather, and dim libraries full of dark wood. But in literature, the "dark" of Dark Academia is much more than just color. Books like The Secret History, The Atlas Six, Legendborn, and Ninth House try to reveal more sinister darknesses in academia: insularity, elitism, … Continue reading The Dark Academia Post.
CONFIRMED: The Atlas Six has a firm place in the cannon of dark academia. This book's strengths lie in its characters, meticulously and thoroughly written and spinning themselves into complex webs of relationships. I knew little going in, so one thing surprised me most: it's an adult-feeling book about adults. It's most interested in people … Continue reading Book Review | The Atlas Six