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Book Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

| May 2, 2017 | 0 Comments
Book Review: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

For the longest time, one of my best friends kept badgering me to read One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Ken Kesey. She ranted and raved about how amazing the book is and since it’s a literary classic, I decided to give it a try. I’m really intrigued by mental asylums and people with […]

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The Girl in the Spiders Web

| March 29, 2017 | 0 Comments
The Girl in the Spiders Web

“The Girl in the Spider’s Web” is the fourth book in the “Millennium” series of books originally written by Stieg Larsson. The original trilogy, published posthumously in 2006, took the world by storm, including a Swedish trilogy of films and a high-profile American remake starring Daniel Craig and Rooney Mara. Published in 2015, “The Girl […]

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Book Review: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

| September 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
Book Review: ‘Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children’

If you are tired of reading a regular book, pick up a copy of “Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.” The book has many differentiating characteristics that make it unique, such as hundreds of old photos throughout the book, a plot twist and a spooky story. “Miss Peregrine’s” was first published in June 2011, and […]

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Book Review: ‘The Sound and the Fury’

| May 4, 2016 | 0 Comments
Book Review: ‘The Sound and the Fury’

“The Sound and the Fury” is a fiction novel written by William Faulkner. It was first published in 1929. If you’ve ever had to learn about classic American literature, then you’ve probably heard of Faulkner and his most widely known work, “The Sound and the Fury.” The novel is considered a great American classic and […]

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Book Review: ‘Modern Romance’

| April 12, 2016 | 0 Comments
Book Review: ‘Modern Romance’

“Modern Romance: An Investigation” is a book written by comedy star Aziz Ansari. It was published on June 16, 2015. There’s been a string of new books and novels written recently by popular comedians and YouTube celebrities. Just in the past year or so we’ve had releases from Mindy Kaling, Tyler Oakley, Zoe Suggs and […]

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Book Review: ‘The Invention of Wings’

| April 6, 2016 | 1 Comment
Book Review: ‘The Invention of Wings’

“The Invention of Wings” is a historical fiction novel based on a true story and written by Sue Monk Kidd. It was published on Jan. 7 2014 by Viking. If the author name sounds familiar, it may be because you remember her critically acclaimed novel, “The Secret Life of Bees” from the early 2000s, or […]

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Book Review: ‘Station Eleven’

| March 15, 2016 | 0 Comments
Book Review: ‘Station Eleven’

“Station Eleven” is a science fiction/literary fiction novel written by Emily St. John Mandel. It was published on Sept. 9, 2014 by Knopf. As I do with most novels, I picked up “Station Eleven” because of its beautiful cover. I loved the atmosphere it created. I’d heard about the novel somewhere before, maybe read about […]

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Book Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’

| January 12, 2016 | 2 Comments
Book Review: ‘The Girl on the Train’

“The Girl on the Train” is a psychological thriller novel by Paula Hawkins. It was published on Jan. 13, 2015 by Riverhead Books. Paula Hawkins has sort of erupted onto the scene as of late. “The Girl on the Train” is her debut work of fiction. It received wide critical acclaim, selling more than three […]

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Book Review: ‘All the Light We Cannot See’

| December 24, 2015 | 1 Comment
Book Review: ‘All the Light We Cannot See’

“All the Light We Cannot See” is a historical novel written by Anthony Doerr. It was published on May 6, 2014 by Scribner. It’s about time I finally got around to reading this. “All the Light We Cannot See” has become a recent phenomenon in the literary world. It won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction […]

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Book review: ‘Light in August’

| December 1, 2015 | 0 Comments
Book review: ‘Light in August’

“Light in August” is a southern gothic novel written by William Faulkner. It was published on Mar. 12, 1931 by Smith and Haus. It doesn’t matter if you’re not an English major, not American or even not a reader, you’ve probably heard of the name William Faulkner. He is widely considered today to be the […]

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Book review: ‘Mockingjay’

| November 17, 2015 | 1 Comment
Book review: ‘Mockingjay’

“Mockingjay” by Suzanne Collins is the third and final book in “The Hunger Games” trilogy. It was published on Aug. 24, 2010 by Scholastic Press. Just in time for the movie, it’s time to take a look at this final novel in a trilogy that has gone on to become the flagship of the young […]

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Book Review: ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’

| October 20, 2015 | 0 Comments
Book Review: ‘We Have Always Lived in the Castle’

“We Have Always lived in the Castle” is the final novel written by Shirley Jackson, three years before her death. It was first published in in 1962 by Viking Press. In honor of the season and the approaching proximity of Halloween, it’s time to review some gothic horror fiction. Now, “We Have Always Lived in […]

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BOOK REVIEW: ‘Under a War-Torn Sky’ by L.M. Elliott

| October 2, 2015 | 0 Comments
BOOK REVIEW: ‘Under a War-Torn Sky’ by L.M. Elliott

 I was asked to read “Under a War-Torn Sky” in high school by my English teacher. I wasn’t particularly excited because the font was somewhat small and it consisted of 284 pages. By the time I was a fourth of the way through the book I was trapped. The story is set during World War […]

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Book Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

| September 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
Book Review: Unwind by Neal Shusterman

“In a perfect world everything would be either black or white, right or wrong and everyone would know the difference. But this isn’t a perfect world. The problem is people who think it is.” -Neal Shusterman Unwind is an articulately written book, set in the future after the “Second Civil War” between the Pro-life and […]

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Book Review: ‘Looking for Alaska’

| September 15, 2015 | 0 Comments
Book Review: ‘Looking for Alaska’

“Looking for Alaska” is John green’s debut novel, published in Mar. 2005 by Speak. “Looking for Alaska” was my first ever experience reading Green. I was mid-teens, just coming out of “The Hunger Games” train and looking for a new experience. I don’ think Green had risen to the monolithic popularity we see with him […]

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BYOB: “The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston

| August 10, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston

“The Winter Witch” by Paula Brackston is a new adult low-fantasy novel published on Jan. 29, 2013 by Thomas Dunne Books. When I decided to pick this novel up, several things went through my mind. Beautiful cover, first off. But really, it had been a while since I read a real fantasy story and I […]

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BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

| July 27, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant

“The Boston Girl” by Anita Diamant is a generational immigrant story set throughout most of the twentieth century. It was published by Scribner on Dec. 9, 2014. I may have said this some time before, but I am an absolute sucker for beautiful book covers and boy did this one nail it on the head! […]

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BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

| July 20, 2015 | 2 Comments
BYOB: “Paper Towns” by John Green

“Paper Towns” is John Green’s third novel. It was published on Oct. 16, 2008 by Dutton Books. By now, you’ve probably heard of John Green from somewhere – his novels, movies, activism, charities and dozen or so youtube channels, most famously Vlogbrothers. He’s getting to be a big deal right now, ever since the immense […]

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BYOB: “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

| July 13, 2015 | 2 Comments
BYOB: “Slaughterhouse Five” by Kurt Vonnegut

“Slaughterhouse Five” is a satirical-wartime novel written by Kurt Vonnegut. It was published in 1969. I have never been a big reader of classical novels. Something about the diction, often slow pace and outdated character archetypes has always put me off from them. I remember the first time I was really asked to read one by a […]

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BYOB: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley

| June 22, 2015 | 0 Comments
BYOB: “The Carnival at Bray” by Jessie Ann Foley

“The Carnival at Bray” is a young adult novel set primarily in Ireland. It is Jessie Ann Foley’s debut novel. It was released on Oct. 1, 2014. The early ’90s, in which this novel takes place, is a very interesting period of music for me. I wasn’t born until May of 1994, but I am proud […]

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