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Book Review | Cinder, by Marissa Meyer

I love young adult (YA) fiction. Even though my favorite book in middle school was The Bell Jar (decidedly NOT a YA book), as an adult I still enjoy a good YA read. Cinder is a really really really good YA read. Set in a future still recovering from the wars of the past, Cinder is a cyborg mechanic who lives in New Beijing. At only 16, she’s really freaking good at her job. So good, in fact, that the prince seeks her out to fix his android. She’s named Cinder, she’s dirty (literally-she’s a mechanic, she’s covered in grease),...

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Book Review | When J.K. Rowling Wrote Under a Pseudonym and was Still Awesome: Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

I was so scared to read this, honestly. I love the Harry Potter series and had heard nothing good about JK Rowling’s post-HP novel, A Casual Vacancy. But then I heard about The Cuckoo’s Calling, and the great reviews it was receiving. Writing under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith, Rowling had me intrigued, and after beginning his book, I was hooked. I read it on all of my tens and lunch breaks at work, and even read in lieu of Netflix. Rowling’s war veteran turned private detective, Cormoran Strike, isn’t a handsome noir detective full on snappy one-liners and oozing...

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Book Review | A Lesser Known Christie Classic – N or M?

I love mysteries and Agatha Christie is the queen of mysteries. After reading her classics like Murder on the Orient Express, And Then There Were None, and several Hercule Poirot novels, my sister stumbled upon a bunch of Christie paperbacks at a yard sale and gave me a pile, including N or M?. Set during World War II, Tommy and Tuppence Beresford are an older couple who served in World War I and want to help the war effort but aren’t allowed to enlist. Instead, they are secretly recruited to stay at a seaside inn under aliases to find...

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Re-reading a Classic a Decade Later: The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath

I love to read, and growing up I read any book I could get my hands on, which resulted in my first reading Sylvia Plath’s The Bell Jar in 7th grade. I have no idea how I found the book, or why I felt compelled to read it, but I could not put this book down. I got in trouble several nights for reading past my bedtime (curse you flashlight for giving me away!). I also had to have a talk with my teacher, probably because I submitted a book report on The Bell Jar that included a drawing...

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TRADE | My Kind of Hero: Ms. Marvel

Holy shit you guys- Ms. Marvel is amazing. I’m not the biggest fan of the typical superhero comic book, but this is different. Kamala is a Muslim teenager born and raised in Jersey City. She has parents that she feels are too strict, cool kids at school that she doesn’t fit in with, a mosque where she’s frustrated that men and women are segregated, and too many people trying to “protect” her. So she’s an average American teenage girl. She’s clever and frustrated and extremely relatable. When Kamala’s life changes and she becomes a superhero, will she stay true...

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