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THE SILMARILLION by J.R.R. Tolkien | Review

I did it: after of years of it taunting me from my bookshelf, I finally got around to reading The Silmarillion by J.R.R. Tolkien. I had the pleasure of buddy reading it with Mary Drover, which was a lot of fun. To be honest, I was a little intimidated by this book at first, so reading it alongside another… Continue reading THE SILMARILLION by J.R.R. Tolkien | Review

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UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe | Review

"The narrative drive of Stowe's classic novel is often overlooked in the heat of the controversies surrounding its anti-slavery sentiments. In fact, it is a compelling adventure story with richly drawn characters and has earned a place in both literary and American history. Stowe's puritanical religious beliefs show up in the novel's final, overarching theme—the… Continue reading UNCLE TOM’S CABIN by Harriet Beecher Stowe | Review

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THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins | Review

Wilkie Collins is commonly known as a master of Victorian sensationalist fiction whose work has greatly influenced what we now know as detective and mystery genres of literature. The Woman in White was published as a full novel in 1860 after having been an extremely popular serialized publication from November 1859 to August 1860. Collins' clever… Continue reading THE WOMAN IN WHITE by Wilkie Collins | Review

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TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt | Review

I never realized how many popular children’s books I neglected to read when I was younger until I started talking about them with my friends one day. This led me to read books like Matilda by Roald Dahl and Flipped by Wendelin Van Draanen in the midst of all my required summer reading to take… Continue reading TUCK EVERLASTING by Natalie Babbitt | Review

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MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot | Review

George Eliot’s classic novel Middlemarch has been on my bibliophilic radar for years, though I never found time to read it until it appeared on one of my required reading lists for Oxford. I once had a professor who described Middlemarch as being a “smarter Pride and Prejudice.” This comment immediately intrigued me. What did… Continue reading MIDDLEMARCH by George Eliot | Review

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BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater

“Blue was perfectly aware that it was possible to have a friendship that wasn’t all-encompassing, that wasn’t blinding, deafening, maddening, quickening. It was just that now that she’d had this kind, she didn’t want the other.” How Blue feels about her friendships with the Raven Boys is similar to the way I feel about reading… Continue reading BLUE LILY, LILY BLUE by Maggie Stiefvater

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THE STARBOARD SEA by Amber Dermont

“Bellingham Academy: everything you always wanted in a prep school and less.”  Boarding schools have always been a setting that immediately intrigues and captivates me. Generally, young adult literature is criticized for its lack of adult or parental figures, primarily because it doesn’t accurately reflect life as an adolescent. Sure, teenagers may feel as though… Continue reading THE STARBOARD SEA by Amber Dermont

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Book Review: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

Author: Andy Andrews Number of Pages: 112 Publisher: Thomas Nelson Publishers Release Date: August 31, 2010 "The decisions you make and the way you treat others have more impact than you may ever realize. This title presents a story about a decision one man-made over a hundred years ago, and the ripple effect it has had on us individually,… Continue reading Book Review: THE BUTTERFLY EFFECT

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Book Review: THE SUN ALSO RISES

Author: Ernest Hemingway Number of Pages: 251 Publisher: Scribner Release Date: 1926 "A poignant look at the disillusionment and angst of the post-World War I generation, the novel introduces two of Hemingway's most unforgettable characters: Jake Barnes and Lady Brett Ashley. The story follows the flamboyant Brett and the hapless Jake as they journey from the wild nightlife of… Continue reading Book Review: THE SUN ALSO RISES

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Fat Girl Walking: Book Review & GIVEAWAY!!

I've been asked to take part in this exciting campaign for Brittany Gibbons' new memoir, Fat Girl Walking. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review, as well as the opportunity to offer a giveaway of one copy of the book. Read on for more information! "Fat Girl Walking isn't a diet… Continue reading Fat Girl Walking: Book Review & GIVEAWAY!!