Originally posted 2016-09-17 12:00:05. It seems that as a woman, I am obligated to hate this book. Female Goodreads reviewers consistently label the collection as full of “gender stereotyping” and “easily accessible sexism.” I admit that my sense of humor can lean towards the low-brow. I also know that I tend to love things that…

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Originally posted 2016-09-13 17:00:55. My reasons for selecting a particular novel aren’t always the most noble or inspired. I chose The Slap because I saw a commercial for the TV show version and Zachary Quinto is in it. I love Zachary Quinto, the series is based on a book, and boom: I must read it. The Slap, in…

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Originally posted 2016-09-10 12:00:39. I don’t know if this book is in Oprah’s rebooted reboot of her book club, but Helen Oyeyemi is clearly aspiring towards a coveted position there. From the dumb-but-attempting-to-be-deep title to the overabundance of complex human issues, Boy, Snow, Bird essentially makes a parody of itself from trying too hard. Spoilers ahead,…

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Originally posted 2016-09-06 17:00:53. My opinion of My Sunshine Away may be skewed by the fact that I listened to the audio version, and the narrator had the voice of a serial killer. This contributed to my misgivings about the protagonist, although this guy is creepy enough in his own right. The plot of this novel…

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Originally posted 2016-09-03 12:00:14. I hesitated to watch Girls for a long, long time, primarily due to an innate distrust towards Lena Dunham. As soon as I saw that she was billed as the writer, creator, director, producer, star, key grip, caterer, and every other credit-worthy action known to man, I just didn’t like her. I…

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Originally posted 2016-08-30 17:00:09. Dark Rooms tries to be a Gillian Flynn novel. I understand the appeal, for a while there every thriller published wanted to be Gone Girl. Amolik seems to be going for more of a Dark Places vibe, which is a far worse crime, as Dark Places is probably Flynn’s best novel. Flynn achieves gritty…

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Originally posted 2016-08-27 12:00:50. This book pained my soul. I knew it would. I hate post-apocalyptic stuff, but the back flap of Station Eleven mentioned something about Shakespeare, so I read it. Fail.  Station Eleven is set up to be a series, at least it seems to be. There is a big flu (how original) that…

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Originally posted 2016-08-25 17:00:59. Title: The Authorities Author: Scott Meyer Published: September 28, 2015 Pages: 328 Genre: Mystery/Comedy Kid Friendly Rating: 12+ The book opens with a non-sexual scene involving an adult toy, but it is mostly PG-PG-13 on balance. Contains some violence, mostly in the form of suspects resisting arrest.

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Originally posted 2016-08-23 17:00:52. The Troop is not for the easily nauseated. While not quite as disturbing as American Psycho, this tale of a boy scout trip gone awry did leave me dry-heaving on the side of the road (be wary of the dangers of listening to graphic Audible books while running). Every year, Scoutmaster Tim takes…

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Originally posted 2016-08-20 12:00:33. I just cannot get into this noir stuff. I’ve tried reading quite a few books in this genre, and my attention never fails to wander extravagantly. While reading Murder, D.C., I found myself seriously contemplating Fall Out Boy lyrics, only to realize that I’d “read” 20 pages and had no recollection of doing so….

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Originally posted 2016-08-18 17:00:42. I don’t really associate Jonah Hill or James Franco with serious films. I do know that they are both trying to go that route, and if the movie is anything like the book, True Story just might be their ticket. I only wonder how long it will take Franco to re-release the…

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Originally posted 2016-08-16 17:00:38. I did not hate all of Wreckage. In fact, I honestly enjoyed the majority of it. That is, until the ending. Emily Bleeker has created an ending to infuriate me like no ending before it. I have read some bad books in my time, and I have been angered to the point…

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Originally posted 2016-08-14 12:00:49. This one was easy! We homeschool and this year we have chosen Veritas Presses Literature!  Grade Three includes some awesome classic reads such as: Charlotte’s Web Homer Price Misty of Chincoteague The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe The Magician’s Nephew Peter Pan The Emperor’s New Clothes The Random House Book…

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Originally posted 2016-08-13 12:00:16. The Mermaid’s Sister is some of the most cliched garbage I have ever read. Carrie Anne Noble is weakly grasping at J.K. Rowling’s coattails, yet the world that Noble has drafted pales in comparison to the vibrant and alluring world of Harry Potter. YA authors need to abandon this quest to revise Twilight…

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Originally posted 2016-08-13 08:00:07. Today is day 13 of the Books and Cupcakes Book Photo Challenge! I got these bookmarks from Elise Kova all signed by the author of the Air Awakening series. She just wrapped up the final book in the series and celebrated by hosting a giveaway for the entire series.  She writes…

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