Originally posted 2017-01-03 17:00:47. I have not read a good book in months. After suffering through The Hunger Games series and the 50 Shades of Grey trilogy, I was craving something straightforward, so I turned to nonfiction. A few weeks ago I had the misfortune of viewing a travesty of a film titled The Raven;…

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Originally posted 2016-12-20 17:00:42. Andrew Morrison is twenty-three years old and still lives with his mother. Employed by the local Kroger and with no college education, Drew is dedicated to supporting and enabling his alcoholic, agoraphobic mommy. After years of self-neglect, Drew finally throws a temper tantrum and abruptly moves into the degenerate bachelor pad…

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Originally posted 2016-12-06 17:00:36. If I Stay is the latest in Young Adult trilogies to be made into film franchises. At least I’m assuming that’s the plan, as the first installment is slated to hit theaters Friday. Unlike its more supernatural counterparts, Gayle Forman’s novel lacks any mythological creatures, but never fear:she more than overcompensates…

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Originally posted 2016-12-03 12:00:52. On Halloween, a book site that I am a fan of on Facebook posted a list of some underrated scary novels. One of the most highly recommended books on this list was Victor Lavalle’s The Devil in Silver. Whoever posted this list is fortunate that I do not remember their identity,…

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Originally posted 2016-11-29 17:00:22. Allegedly, my generation is one that has been largely desensitized to violence and gore. We are harder to shock and gross out, which explains why film, television, and literature have become increasingly graphic. That being said, American Psycho is one of the most disturbing novels that I have ever read. This…

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Originally posted 2016-11-26 12:00:59. I enjoyed this novel; it’s well-written and quite clever. I was, however, expecting to like it a lot more. I actually think it is because the termStepford Wife has become fairly common, and in 2013 it’s impossible to start reading this book without knowing how it is going to end. Joanna…

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Originally posted 2016-11-22 17:00:45. I never pegged myself as a fan of Young Adult fiction, but I am coming to learn that I just have a distaste for Young Adult fiction that incorporates supernatural elements. I loathed Twilight, but I loved The Fault in Our Stars. The Tiger’s Curse was a painful, painful experience, but The Absolutely True Diary…

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Originally posted 2016-11-19 12:00:16. Finally, someone has created a refreshing vision of the apocalypse! Let’s face it, as the Mayan calendar comes closer to its end, we have been inundated with books and movies detailing our final destruction. Karen Walker’s The Age of Miracles takes a refreshing stance on the end of the world, for…

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Originally posted 2016-11-08 17:00:16. Recently, I found myself bookless. This is a problem that I don’t encounter very often, but when I do, it is a source of great anxiety. Panicked, I immediately began browsing some of those “Best Books of 2013” lists, which is where I discovered Diane Chamberlain’s Necessary Lies. I loved this…

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Originally posted 2016-10-25 17:00:33. The Fever is a mediocre novel that doesn’t quite live up to its Amazon reviews. Abbott is clearly retelling the Salem Witch Trials, but her blatant emulation of Arthur Miller’s The Crucible and of the historical event itself falls way short of its source material.High school student Deenie Nash’s best friend has…

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Originally posted 2016-10-22 12:00:24. After reading President Me, I vowed to hunt down more of Adam Carolla’s books and to purchase some Mangria. It seems that no liquor store in the state of Pennsylvania carries Carolla’s booze, but fortunately, his books are easy to come by. In Fifty Years We’ll All Be Chicks is certainly not a…

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Originally posted 2016-10-18 17:00:02. It’s no secret that I love Stephen King, and I will support him in all of his endeavors. That being said, I was not particularly enthused when I read the synopsis of Mr. Mercedes. King’s detective novels can go either way: I hated The Colorado Kid, but I couldn’t put Joyland down. Mr. Mercedes isn’t…

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Originally posted 2016-10-15 12:00:14. Miles Adler-Hart decides to spy on his parents, and he finds out more than he bargained for. By the end of Casebook‘s 336 pages, that’s still about all I got out of it. Mona Simpson dances around concepts such as the dissolution of marriage, privacy, and growing up, and yet she says…

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