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Book Review | MWF Seeking BFF, by Rachel Bertsche

This is a book that surprised me by sticking with me for longer than I ever thought possible. It’s a bit outside my normal reading space – I tend toward the literary and genre fiction and rarely step into memoires unless it’s by an author I’m familiar with. So this work, by Rachel Bertsche, about moving to a new city to live with her boyfriend and struggling to find, make, and keep friendships as a 20-something, was a little outside my comfort zone. I think I found it from one of the gazillion “books to read in your 20s”...

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The Longest Read – Slugging through Les Mis

When I was in high school, I started reading Crime and Punishment. It wasn’t required for anything, I just decided that it was a book that I needed to read, and so I stole a copy from my grandmother’s basement and dug in. It took me THREE YEARS to make my way through that damned book. To be fair to Crime and Punishment, it’s not even a long book! I just could not force myself to read the thing. I would read a few pages, then stop, then start, then give up completely, then start again. It was just...

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Favorites | November 2015

I won’t profess that I read enough books in a month to really generate a whole monthly favorites series dedicated solely to books. I don’t really think it would be that interesting for me to post something along the lines of “I read three books this month, this is my favorite”. That’s just silly. And you’ll hear plenty about my favorite books. These monthly favorites are more designed to give you a taste of other things happening in my life – things I’m sampling and enjoying, and things you might like too! We’ll see how this goes – on to...

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Book Review | Americanah, by Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie

I didn’t realize it when I started Americanah, but this was not the first book I had read by Chimamanda Ngoze Adichie. In fact, she is rapidly becoming one of my favorite authors, without me even realizing it. To be fair, I’m not always the person to pays a great deal of attention to author’s names (which is probably kind of rude, now that I think about it). If my Goodreads records are to be trusted, I first read Adichie’s Half of A Yellow Sun in October 2011. I recall reading it, even now. I made a mistake with that...

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Happy Birthday to Me!

When I was in high school, birthdays were something I liked to celebrate at home. On that special day, I would be most likely to be found sitting in front of the fireplace warming my bones and chatting with my best friend. Birthday gifts were never a huge deal, and I was not one for parties (I’m slowly learning to admit that I was a shy kid (am still a shy kid), and that’s okay). I was always a bit of a quiet kid. A textbook introvert, my natural state is home, quiet, and with my nose planted in...

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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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