I have already completely full-on loved 4 books in 2018 and here they are

Last year, in the whole 365 days. Of all the 131 books read. Of all the seconds and minutes and other increments of time that elapsed.

I only gave 6 five star ratings.

Yes. Six. I only truly actually loved six books during an entire calendar year.

Compare that to the 1.5 months that have thus far taken place within what we call “2018.” I’ve read 37 books (yes, feel free to congratulate me in the comments below) AND I’VE GIVEN FOUR FIVE STAR RATINGS BOIIIIII.

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Daisy is the Best Character in The Great Gatsby and Nothing You Say Could Convince Me Otherwise: A Thinkpiece/Gatsby Review by Me

The thing about Daisy Buchanan is that she is an angel, a gift to readers everywhere, the light of my life and the joy of my existence. A fictional female 1920s Kumail Nanjiani in terms of the sheer happiness she provides me.

I’ve known that Daisy effin’ rocks since I first read this book. (Fun fact: my first read of this took place in the back of the family minivan when I was 13, on a roadtrip to, like, Disney World or something. While thoughts of princesses and mouse-shaped ice cream bars danced in my siblings’ heads, I was reading about moral corruption in the Jazz Age.) (All because I saw online that if a college interviewer asks what your favorite book is, you should say The Great Gatsby. And for some goddamn reason, I was like, Yeah, it’s definitely urgent that I, an eighth grade student, be prepared to have a college interview at any moment.) (I only ever had to do one college interview anyway, because only one was required and of COURSE I didn’t opt into the non-mandatory ones because CANYOUIMAGINE. Guess what? The interviewer did ask me what my favorite book was. Guess what I didn’t say?The Great f*ckin’ Gatsby! I panicked and, I think, said All the Light We Cannot See, because it was the first non-embarrassing book that came to mind. My life is just one mistake after another.)

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Graphic Novels: Three Mini Reviews

In an attempt to catch up with what I thought was a hopelessly lost battle between myself and my reading challenge, I hit up my local library. (Nice! is what you should all be saying, in unison, pumping your fists.)

Anyway, I headed over to the (newly expanded!) graphic novel section to do what I perceive as a lil harmless cheating. I picked up five, ended up reading three, and did not really enjoy them at all.

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Review (My Favorite Book Everrrr)

Synopsis: Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: once or twice she had peeped into the book her sister was reading, but it had no pictures or conversations in it, “and what is the use of a book,” thought Alice, “without pictures or conversations?”

So begins the tale of Alice, following a curious White Rabbit down a rabbit-hole and falling into Wonderland. A fantastical place, where nothing is quite as it seems: animals talk, nonsensical characters confuse, Mad Hatter’s throw tea parties and the Queen plays croquet. Alice’s attempts to find her way home become increasingly bizarre, infuriating and amazing in turn. A beloved classic, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has continued to delight readers, young and old for over a century.

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A Little Princess & The Little Prince Reviews: Apparently, I love small monarchs

Back in the day,  I used to post multiple full reviews in the same post. I presume that everyone hated it, but then again I had approx 0 followers then so it’s not like there was a huge difference in response rate. 0 – 0 = 0.

But these two aren’t full reviews. They’re little. Like the characters that inspired them! Hahaha. Sometimes my wit impresses even me.

Anyway, both these books are great. Read them both. It is my royal decree.

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Northanger Abbey Review

Synopsis: During an eventful season at Bath, young, naïve Catherine Morland experiences the joys of fashionable society for the first time. She is delighted with her new acquaintances: flirtatious Isabella, who shares Catherine’s love of Gothic romance and horror, and sophisticated Henry and Eleanor Tilney, who invite her to their father’s mysterious house, Northanger Abbey. There, her imagination influenced by novels of sensation and intrigue, Catherine imagines terrible crimes committed by General Tilney. With its broad comedy and irrepressible heroine, this is the most youthful and and optimistic of Jane Austen’s works.

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Dracula Review

Synopsis: A true masterwork of storytelling, Dracula has transcended generation, language, and culture to become one of the most popular novels ever written. It is a quintessential tale of suspense and horror, boasting one of the most terrifying characters ever born in literature: Count Dracula, a tragic, night-dwelling specter who feeds upon the blood of the living, and whose diabolical passions prey upon the innocent, the helpless, and the beautiful. But Dracula also stands as a bleak allegorical saga of an eternally cursed being whose nocturnal atrocities reflect the dark underside of the supremely moralistic age in which it was originally written — and the corrupt desires that continue to plague the modern human condition.

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Christmasy Books: A Christmas Carol, Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, & What Light Reviews

Tis the season! What, you say? It’s not the season? In fact, it’s about a month out? I know. I’m sorry. But I’m still trying to do group reviews in order to pretend I can ever catch up on posting here and it just made sense to do a Christmas post. So here we are.

There are three books here (A Christmas Carol, The Twelve Days of Dash and Lily, What Light) and in classic Emma fashion, I didn’t like two of them and did like one. (Feels like I’m constantly working at that ratio lately.) I know probably no one is interested in this – I mean, a collection of reviews AND a post that is entirely out of season? I’m asking for it. But can you pretend maybe? For my fragile ego? Thanks guys.

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Happy New Year! My 2016 Favorites

At this point, every time someone makes a 2016 joke, an up-and-coming comedian’s career dies. Still, it was a pretty shitty year, and even though time is a human construct and the supposed fresh start is really just another day, the symbol of the thing is nice! To celebrate, here are some mini-reviews of my favorite reads of the year. I gave out 13 five star ratings of 125 total. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Persuasion, and Everything is Illuminated all have reviews here already. Here are some mini reviews and mini synopses of the other 10! Warning: these are not in order, but check the bottom for how you can find a ranking.

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