ellexamines blogging

“when a monster stopped behaving like a monster, did it stop being a monster? did it become something else?”

elle, 19, she/her, that gal you know from goodreads. infj, coffee enthusiast, morally grey heroine aficionado, big fan of story structure and narrative agency

hatred for Evil Lady Characters? in my goodreads reviews? it’s far less likely than you think


things I like: drawn-out character arcs, morally shitty characters forming healthy relationships, weird speculative fiction, painful-yet-hopeful endings, She Did That moments
things I don’t like: Hawt Terrible Manly Bad Boys. I know too many in real life. also, plot-driven books

  • ✔projected English and poli-sci major, maybe also a history minor

  • ✔in my spare time I do Shakespearean theater, student journalism, a couple of literary magazines, and a whole lot of D&D

  • ✔I’m very very passionate about my bullet journal

  • ✔on every single day it is loving my friends hours

  • ✔stressed hobby: making niche playlists on my Spotify account

  • ✔sometimes i go on twitter at 2 am and ascribe the phrase ‘rat bastard’ to various historical figures. it means i’m studying i apologize in advance

  • ✔i am begging you to read the news as well as twitter

Find Me

Reviews: You can contact me at my blogging email:
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Review Policy

Message me at [email protected] for requests. I wish I could take all your review requests but I often can’t.

I rate mostly off enjoyment [I hated it, it was okay, I liked it, I loved it, I adored it]. Please focus on my reviews rather than my ratings! Liking a book does not mean I think everyone will.

I write reviews for every book I read on my Goodreads account; I read a lot and can’t always review everything here without spamming. So check me out there!



adult sff/specfic
this is how you lose the time war amal el mohtar & max gladstone, long way to a small angry planet becky chambers, skin folk nalo hopkinson, freshwater akwaeke emezi, magic for liars sarah gailey, the murderbot diaries martha wells

adult fantasy
jade city fonda lee, vicious ve schwab, the fifth season nk jemisin, spinning silver naomi novik

adult more
in the dream house carmen maria machado, the seven husbands of evelyn hugo taylor j reid, m butterfly david henry hwang, red white & royal blue casey mcquiston, if we were villains ml rio, the sympathizer viet thanh nguyen, less andrew sean greer, little fires everywhere celeste ng, circe madeline miller, don't call us dead danez smith, you will know me megan abbott

ya sff/specfic
wild beauty anna-marie mclemore, sawkill girls claire legrand, the apocalypse of elena mendoza sean david hutchinson, never contented things sarah porter, jane unlimited kristen cashore

ya fantasy
six of crows leigh bardugo, queen's thief megan whalen turner, crier's war nina varela, mirage somaiya daud, the cruel prince holly black, graceling kristin cashore, the gilded wolves roshani chokshi, daughter of smoke and bone laini taylor

ya more
and i darken kiersten white the weight of the stars k ancrum, with the fire on high elizabeth acevedo, foolish hearts emma mills, release patrick ness, girl made of stars ashley herring blake, allegedly tiffany d jackson

rec lists
sapphic books


music i love
crushing julia jacklin, punisher phoebe bridgers, ceremonials florence, clean soccer mommy, historian lucy dacus, about u muna, be the cowboy mitski, when my heart felt volcanic the aces

television i love
the good place, little fires everywhere

movies i love
moonlight 2016 dir. barry jenkins, probably other things as well


  • “#1 The Abyss Surrounds Us stan” -Amy

  • “fake internet famous” -Prag

  • “adam parrish defense squad captain” -Chaima

  • “lesbian goddess” -Jami

  • “like inej ghafa. nice but with that subtle don’t fuck with me or you’ll regret it vibe” -Emma

  • “who is this radical tenderness person... oh, it's elle” -Marija

  • "elle i think you should probably stop listening to mitski" -my irl friend Alan

  • "you're just like 'let's read about it'" -my irl friend Meri

  • “my bro chillin in a hot tub five feet apart cause we are gay” -my irl friend Simon

  • “intj slytherclaw otherkin demifaegirl” -some asshole