Did you ever have a TA in college who was great – explained concepts well, always listened in office hours, was willing to help you out whenever you had a question – but absolutely ruthless when it came to grading?
I was that kind of TA. I was the kind of TA who took half a point off for every arithmetic mistake on math problem sets. The kind of TA who would stop grading a term paper at the page limit (the assignment was 12 pages – if you wrote 15 the last three pages didn’t exist as far as I was concerned). I generally watched violent movies while grading finals. It just seemed appropriate.
I also love books. I thought it would be fun to apply the ruthless grading standards I always had to books – both new to me and beloved – and share the results with the world. Some of these books will be new releases, but a lot of them will be on the older side, and dictated by my (admittedly eclectic) interests. I’m hoping you find something new to you to read while enjoying my reviews!