Your Guide to the 2018 National Book Award Nominees

I am a sucker for a must-read book list. A hundred-books-to-read-in-a-lifetime list? Sold. A ranking of thirty literary fiction books you just have to read before you turn thirty? You’ve got my attention. If someone just rattled off a bunch of those recently-published books that are actually just Wattpad fanfiction in a light disguise under the heading “You Have To Read These,” there’s a 75 percent chance I’d at least consider adding them to my to-read list.

Backstock for Standing Rock with Pub Club

It has always been important to take action, but now is an essential time to be advocating for social and political change. That includes taking action here on Emerson’s campus, in the greater Boston area, or beyond. But, sometimes advocacy can mean showing solidarity. Or fundraising in support of an issue or movement. That’s why…

In Case You Missed It: The 2015 Boston Book Festival

Most people tend to go through many different choices when they decide what they want to be when they grow up, but I knew I wanted to be a writer from an early age. I’ve always loved interacting with other writers and other people who loved books. Last year, I found a more concrete community…

Movie Review: The Martian

What would you do if you got stuck on Mars? The movie The Martian is based on the book by Andy Weir. The time is somewhere in the near present and space travel is common. This is the story of astronaut Mark Watney, who is left behind and presumed dead after a manned mission is…

Book Review: A Work in Progress

Lately, a lot of YouTubers have been writing books. (Click here for my Atlas Online article about YouTubers branching out.) While I had heard of a ton of YouTubers coming out with books, I never bought one because none of the YouTubers who had released books were YouTubers I really followed closely. When Connor Franta…

Crossing Borders with Race: A Book Review of Americanah

Nigeria and the United States seem like worlds apart. In Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s third novel Americanah, these two countries are bound together by the story of Ifemelu. In this novel, Ngozi shines again with her sharp thoughts, deep prose and extremely important observations of the world we live in. This is an honest reading, where…

Book Review: The Infernal Devices

Warning: There are some spoilers! The Infernal Devices is a a urban fantasy series by Cassandra Clare. There are three books in the series, Clockwork Angel, Clockwork Prince and Clockwork Princess. I loved Clare’s first series, The Mortal Instruments, and when I realized that The Infernal Devices trilogy was the prequel, I had to read it. The series starts…

Breaking YouTube: Controversy About YouTubers Branching Out

When YouTube was created in 2005, it was just a platform for people to create and share videos all around the world. However, that has changed drastically. It was during my sophomore year in high school that I began to hear the word “YouTuber” being dropped around. A YouTuber is someone who accumulates enough subscribers…

Movie Review: Mockingjay Part 1

I had many mixed emotions about going to see Mockingjay. I was primarily excited. I love The Hunger Games and I pre-ordered my ticket weeks in advance. I even watched the first two movies in a row so that I could refresh my memory before the movie. However, I also felt anxious. I read the book, so…

Book Review: We Are Water

We Are Water is not a book one treads lightly. It is not a book that you buy for light reading or despite it’s name, as a good beach read. This novel is over 550 pages and covers topics from race to death to child molestation. As dramatic as this introduction is, I do not…