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Book Review | The Girl on the Train, by Paula Hawkins

I know this must happen countless times in circles of book lovers. This book came highly recommended, from several different people, all with the same phrase used to describe it: It’s like Gone Girl! Now, first, those people were wrong. This book is not like Gone Girl. Gone Girl was a phenomenon of epic proportions, reminding American readers that a narrator should not be trusted (and that writers can generate original, engaging content). The Girl on the Train, however, is just kind of meh. But then, I can’t be certain. If I had read The Girl on the Train...

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Book Review | Garden Spells, by Sarah Addison Allen

In June of this year, my book queue was getting a little thin. I had just finished reconnecting with Hobbits, and I was in the market for some recommendations. I put the call out on Facebook and Twitter, as I often do, and received so many good recommendations – everything from The Lies of Locke Lamora and His Dark Materials to Things Fall Apart and Watership Down. There are some awesome readers in my life, pointing me to a whole variety of amazing reading adventures. <3 I developed a whole new list of books to read that took me...

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Imagination. Makes it happen.

Author note: Every time I read the title of this, I sing it. I have no idea why. I feel like this is some rhyme from childhood eking it’s way into relevance in my brain. Who knows. But if you also chanted/sang the title, please leave me a comment and help me understand WTF is going on in my brain. I recently read an article at Open Culture on how Franz Kafka believed that the insect in The Metamorphosis should never be drawn, which really got me thinking about how books combine words and imagination to create an experience completely unique...

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Book Review | Falling in Love with Lonesome Dove

I had never read a western before. I genuinely just assumed that I didn’t like them. Then, in a post on Jezebel about summer reading, Jane Marie recommended Larry McMurtry‘s Lonesome Dove. I will never stop recommending this book. It is the greatest story ever told. Perfect beach read—you’ll remember the summer you read Lonesome Dove for the rest of your life Never one to say no to a passionate recommendation, I immediately added it to my book queue this past summer. This was in the lead up to my August wedding, and I was looking for something that could take me...

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