Book Review of Kenneth Oppel’s “The Nest”

Last weekend I did the Dewey’s 24-Hour Readathon, a twice-yearly, one-day reading marathon. It was my first time participating, and I really didn’t know what to expect. But I needed some momentum with my reading, and I also wanted to show solidarity with fellow book bloggers, librarians, writers, and readers. I learned that the key was to have a huge pile of books pre-selected for the occasion so that once you finished a book, it required virtually no decision-making to find another one to read. It was simply a matter of looking at the pile and selecting a book you felt like reading at the time. In the end, I read four books. Four books in 24-hours. They included “Lumberjanes, Vol. 2”, “Wytches”,” “Audacity, and the novel I’m going to talk to you about today, “The Nest”. When I finished “The Nest” sometime before noon, I felt shaken, shattered with how much it teased out some of my secret fears and anxieties. As a person with a disability/chronic illness, its themes were immediate to issues I have with my identity as a “sick kid.” It was a nearly upsetting read, but ultimately, it made me feel hopeful and helped me...

Books for Wes Anderson Fans: Children’s Literature Edition

If director Wes Anderson’s films were novels, there would be midnight release parties at bookstores around the world each time an Anderson-penned hardback hits the shelves. Your friend who always dresses up as Margot Tenenbaum for Halloween would be chatting it up with the Max Fischer wannabe ahead of her. Meanwhile you’d be jealously scrolling through your Twitter feed reading tweets from your Goodreads friends in another timezone as they chronicle their initial reactions to the novel. And once you have the book is in your hands, you and Margot would head to the 24 hour Dunkin Donuts for liquid energy to propel you through a marathon night of reading. If only. With the sole exception of Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009), none of Anderson’s films have a novel equivalent, at least not officially. Yet Anderson’s films contain definable themes and styles that are firmly rooted in children’s literature past and present. To immerse yourself in that same blend of Anderson twee, whimsy, and bittersweet optimism, spend a few hours reading these children’s novels that perfectly encapsulate Anderson’s unique and idiosyncratic film formula. Hey, it beats obsessively refreshing IMDb for updates on his next project. Greenglass House by Kate Milford (2014)...

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