1962 novel by  Kōbō Abe.

The entire time I was reading this I was confused. When you finish it however, you come to a consensus that this is a powerful book. It holds a lot about what makes us humans and not bugs. (You’ll get that joke when you read it.)

This is something you’ll have to devote yourself to in order to understand it fully, but it’s absolutely worth it when you come to the climax and conclusion of the novel.




Ron Rash’s 2006 novel immerses the reader and let’s them know upfront what it means to be from Appalachia. The ties he holds dear are shattered when something out of the ordinary comes across Travis Shelton’s path. The consequences of learning what your family truly was causes Travis to reevaluate all that he has ever known.

A novel that is not for the faint of heart. It’s a moving book that I have to reread every chance I get.



I know this is a bit older (1997), but I really enjoyed reading it for my contemporary Latino lit class. Díaz is quickly becoming a favorite of mine.

Díaz forces you to consider what it means to be a man, an immigrant, a son, a friend, and all the rest. It’s a short story collection, I think it’s best read in pieces so you aren’t overwhelmed, or confused. It’s a pretty good read if you want a short story that will make you think for the whole day. Díaz writes in a minimalist style that leaves you (the reader) to fill in the blanks. A neopicaresque that you need to own.



My name is Taylor Sluder. This is me, I’m in the middle:

Me with friends

I’m currently an English Literature major at UNC Asheville.

I’m a senior pursuing my degree so that I can become a teacher. Wish me luck.

I’ve been bored this summer with classes, so I decided on making a nice little blog to review some of the books I’ve been reading, I hope you enjoy it.