REVIEW #37 | “Sula” by Toni Morrison

Title: “Sula”

Author: Toni Morrison

Pages (paperback): 174 pages

Original Publishing Date: November 1973

Synopsis (from Goodreads):

“This rich and moving novel traces the lives of two black heroines from their close-knit childhood in a small Ohio town, through their sharply divergent paths of womanhood, to their ultimate confrontation and reconciliation.

“Nel Wright has chosen to stay in the place where she was born, to marry, raise a family, and become a pillar of the black community. Sula Peace has rejected the life Nel has embraced, escaping to college, and submerging herself in city life. When she returns to her roots, it is as a rebel and a wanton seductress. Eventually, both women must face the consequences of their choices. Together, they create an unforgettable portrait of what it means and costs to be a black woman in America.”

Trigger/Content warnings for the novel:

  • blood
  • gore
  • description of burns
  • fire

Representation in the novel:

  • cast of black characters (most, if not all, the main characters and “important” side characters are black)
  • black girl/woman main characters
  • black love interests

⭐⭐⭐⭐ .5
4.5/5 stars

My thoughts on this book can be summed up with my last goodreads note about it.

Seriously, I do not know what to even think. As you could see from above, it is a short book, less than 200 pages, but it packs a punch. The reader becomes intersted in the characters pretty quickly; one may not exactly love them, but they are intriguing enought that one wants to see what happens next. I also really enjoy novels that not only skip years, but go through an entire lifespan, and Sula delivers as it follows Sula and Nell, the main characters. I do want to point out, though, that I was serious about not grasping everything. There is a bunch of literary merits that I missed for sure, and I do not want to say that I have a comprehensive grasp on the book.

Anyway, moving on. Sula takes place across a good portion of the 20th century in the small town of Bottom, in Ohio. Beginning in 1919, the book ends almost fifty years later, in 1965. It follows two girls, Sula and Nell, as I said earlier. They are two young childhood friends who, as they grow older, go their separate ways. However, life brings them back together years later. But is the ultimate betrayal enough to push these two women away from each other forever? Sula delves into friendship, identity, and community in a way that sucks the reader in and does not let go until they finish the very last page.

I am not going to lie: I am having a really hard time articulating myself throughout this review. I just…do not know what to say? This was a wonderful book, and it kept me interested and engaged. The writing is simply beautiful. But I do not know what made me interested in particular, if that makes sense. I think that is where reading it a second time comes in.

I dunno, bottom line is, I liked reading it; y’all should read it; and it is actually a book that is deserving of the title “classic.” We good? We good. Good day.



MONTHLY TBR #9 | December 2018 TBR

Hi, everyone! So for my TBR, I usually just pick a bit of whatever sounds good and make a list out of it. But for December, I tried something different: I allowed the denizens of Twitter to choose my TBR through polls! Although, I do have to say, there were a few books I knew for certain I was going to read no matter what. If you want to look through the thread for yourself, here’s the link! To make it extra fun, I created categories for the polls, as you will soon see. Most of them are self-explanatory, but the last one, “Set in Stone,” is for the few books that I know I’ll read.

Now, let’s get into it!

Storm Front by Jim Butcher


A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

It…wasn’t very close at all. Out of 23 votes, 87% were for A Darker Shade of Magic and 13% for Storm Front.

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TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #2 | Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations


Hi, everyone! I have another Top Five Wednesday here for you this week. As always, Sam from Thoughts on Tomes hosts this weekly meme/post, and if you’re interested in participating or seeing prior prompts, there is also a Goodreads group you could check out. This week’s prompt is pretty self-explanatory: classics you wish had modern adaptations. I…don’t really have strong feelings towards classics outside of one or two, so we’ll see how this goes, haha.

1. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen

Pride and Prejudice

I said that I only have strong feelings for a few classics, and this is one of them. I really enjoyed it the first time I read Pride and Prejudice, I watched one of the adaptations for AP Literature, the whole shebang. But I think a modern twist to it would make it a lot of fun. Such as…Darcy’s actually a woman, and she and Elizabeth are, like, extra gay. Please and thank you. Continue reading “TOP FIVE WEDNESDAY #2 | Classics I Wish Had Modern Adaptations”

DISCUSSION #1 | Book Subscription Boxes

Hi, everyone! I wanted to try something new and decided discussion posts might shake things up! For any post, of course, I encourage you to comment, but now even more so. I want to know your thoughts on whatever topic it is for that particular post. As such, these posts are probably going to be slightly smaller because the purpose is for it to be more of a conversation instead of me just blabbering to you.

So for today? Subscription boxes! Particularly, the book variety.

I’ve never paid for a monthly subscription box before, but I like to search for them. I just don’t think I would have the money for them — I thought $5.99 for Hulu was a bit too much, mostly because I barely used it.

However, through my little excursions through the Internet, I’ve come across so many different kinds of book sub. boxes. There are all sorts for practically anything you can imagine: YA, science fiction/fantasy, adult fiction, classics, and even just book merch in general. A lot of them come in quite a few different sizes (and prices). One YA-themed box may have two books and plenty of different things related to them in the “large” size, and it’s smaller counterpart may be only one book and two or three different trinkets. There’s just so much variety.

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