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MARY POPPINS OPENS THE DOOR by P.L. Travers | Review

Although I know I watched Mary Poppins (1964) at least once as a child, my only vivid memories of it were scenes of the penguins dancing at that garden restaurant and the chimney sweeps dancing on rooftops (a coincidence that these scenes both involve tap dancing?!). However, after recently watching the film with Wheaton's Film Club this… Continue reading MARY POPPINS OPENS THE DOOR by P.L. Travers | Review

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TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han | Review

I have been meaning to read To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before for the longest time. After reading Jenny Han’s Summer trilogy and not really enjoying it, I was a bit hesitant to pick this series up. However, a couple of my friends convinced me to watch the movie adaptation a few months ago and I immediately adored… Continue reading TO ALL THE BOYS I’VE LOVED BEFORE by Jenny Han | Review

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SWEET DREAMS by Nadette Rae Rodgers | Review

Nadette Rae Rodgers gave me an advanced copy of Sweet Dreams last summer, and I just got around to reading it now... it's been a hectic year! However, I can now confidently say that this third installment in the Illusion Trilogy was worth the wait. Here are some of my favorite things about this novel: It plays… Continue reading SWEET DREAMS by Nadette Rae Rodgers | Review

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KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard | Review

The anchor of The O'Reilly Factor recounts one of the most dramatic stories in American history—how one gunshot changed the country forever. In the spring of 1865, the bloody saga of America's Civil War finally comes to an end after a series of increasingly harrowing battles. President Abraham Lincoln's generous terms for Robert E. Lee's surrender are… Continue reading KILLING LINCOLN by Bill O’Reilly and Martin Dugard | Review

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FIRST FAMILY by Joseph J. Ellis | Review

"The Pulitzer Prize-winning, best-selling author of "Founding Brothers" and "His Excellency "brings America's preeminent first couple to life in a moving and illuminating narrative that sweeps through the American Revolution and the republic's tenuous early years. John and Abigail Adams left an indelible and remarkably preserved portrait of their lives together in their personal correspondence: both… Continue reading FIRST FAMILY by Joseph J. Ellis | Review

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MEN WITHOUT WOMEN by Haruki Murakami | Review

Across seven tales, Haruki Murakami brings his powers of observation to bear on the lives of men who, in their own ways, find themselves alone. Here are vanishing cats and smoky bars, lonely hearts and mysterious women, baseball and the Beatles, woven together to tell stories that speak to us all. Marked by the same… Continue reading MEN WITHOUT WOMEN by Haruki Murakami | Review

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WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS by Carrie Hope Fletcher | Review

Welcome to my first book review in MONTHS. I've decided to switch up the way I write my reviews, to let me know if you like this new format!  In 1952 two young lovers meet, in secret, at the beautiful Southern C ross theatre in the very heart of London's West End. Their relationship is… Continue reading WHEN THE CURTAIN FALLS by Carrie Hope Fletcher | Review

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WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys | Review

"Wide Sargasso Sea, a masterpiece of modern fiction, was Jean Rhys’s return to the literary center stage. She had a startling early career and was known for her extraordinary prose and haunting women characters. With Wide Sargasso Sea, her last and best-selling novel, she ingeniously brings into light one of fiction’s most fascinating characters: the… Continue reading WIDE SARGASSO SEA by Jean Rhys | Review

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THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo | Review

"Japanese cleaning consultant Marie Kondo takes tidying to a whole new level, promising that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you'll never have to do it again. Most methods advocate a room-by-room or little-by-little approach, which doom you to pick away at your piles of stuff forever. The KonMari Method, with its… Continue reading THE LIFE-CHANGING MAGIC OF TIDYING UP by Marie Kondo | Review

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GOODBYE, COLUMBUS AND FIVE SHORT STORIES by Philip Roth | Review

I'm currently in the middle of senior seminar all about Philip Roth. That's right: I'll be reading a dozen books by Philip Roth over the course of the next semester. In an effort to gather my thoughts on these similar yet disparate texts, I'll be reviewing them throughout the upcoming months. How far will I… Continue reading GOODBYE, COLUMBUS AND FIVE SHORT STORIES by Philip Roth | Review