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's Review No: 32

Unique magic based on light and colors!

In preparation for The Broken Eye (the third book in the Lightbringer series) I wanted to re-read The Black Prism and The Blinding Knife. This series takes place in a world where some people (‘drafters’) have the ability to make colors solid. In addition to the unique magic system, there is also a lot of … [Read More »]

's Review No: 16

2 for 1: Harry Potter and the Cuckoo’s Calling and Harry Potter and the Silkworm

Cuckoo's Calling

The Cuckoo’s Calling and The Silkworm are the first two entries in a new detective series featuring Cormoran Strike and written by much-beloved J.K. Rowling (her pseudonym should hopefully not be a spoiler, as it has been well-publicized and Rowling has been interviewed as Galbraith by now). Strike is a veteran and an amputee, struggling … [Read More »]

's Review No: 14

The Bell Jar

I read The Bell Jar this summer somewhat accidentally; two people traveling with me happened to read it and vehemently disagreed on it, so naturally I felt curious and wanted to participate in the arguing.

I was fairly surprised by how relatable this book was (plus for whatever reason, I’ve always associated Sylvia Plath with … [Read More »]

's Review No: 13

That Time Lady Macbeth Went Hunting

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Serena is described on the cover as a “retelling of Macbeth in Appalachia” and that is the most accurate five-word description that can be given to this book, except in this version, Lady Macbeth quickly outdistances her husband. George Pemberton is the owner of a timber business in 1929, and he and his new wife … [Read More »]

's Review No: 12

Brain on Fire

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Brain on Fire is the memoir of Susannah Cahalan, a New York Post reporter who at the age of twenty-four began experiencing symptoms of psychosis. These ranged from episodes of paranoia to personality changes to more neurological findings such as grand mal seizures and visual changes. She was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and alcohol withdrawal … [Read More »]

's Review No: 11

“The girl who wouldn’t die hunts the killer who shouldn’t exist”

Note: This is the first of the ten (ten!) books that were finished while abroad or while adjusting from returning from abroad. The other reviews will be along shortly and will be mostly retrospective, so apologies for any gaps in my memory.

First up….

Harper Curtis is down on his luck in 1931 Chicago when … [Read More »]

's Review No: 37

Just Another Reason Why Legislators Shouldn’t be Educators

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I’ve been working my way through Kelly Gallagher’s cannon and this is my latest read, Readicide: How Schools are Killing reading and What You Can do about It. It’s a great analysis of the reasons why reading scores have fallen even though a lot of legislation has gone into trying to make the U.S. … [Read More »]

's Review No: 36

Caressing, Ravishing, and Anti-Slavery sentiments, Or Behn be Crazy

Oroonoko

I first heard about Oroonoko by Aphra Behn from my wife. She’s a British Literature guru and recommended this work to me when I asked for a piece that was from the Restoration period and written by a woman. I’ve picked it up a few times over the summer, but I just didn’t think … [Read More »]

's Review No: 37

A Glamorous Tragedy

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This YA novel, inspired in part by the life of Edie Sedgwick, follows the meteoric rise and precipitous fall of Addison Stone, an 18-year-old art phenom from Rhode Island who makes a huge splash on the NYC art scene before her untimely death. The story itself is bold and fast-paced (much like Addy) … [Read More »]

's Review No: 16

An Inspirational Message that Just Wasn’t for Me

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Okay, this is a tough one for me. Quite simply, I know the author and I’m not sure I can give this book a rave review. Despite this, the book is intriguing and evoked strong emotions in me. I’m just not sure they’re the emotions the author was hoping to elicit.

Smile is the autobiography … [Read More »]