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Review: All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

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February 19, 2016

Magic. Pure magic.

This book…I’m almost at a loss for words! If you haven’t yet read All the Light We Cannot See, it’s imperative that you put it on your TBR list this instant.

Anthony Doerr’s brilliant and captivating style of writing and story-telling blew me away. I was enthralled with…

How Do I Begin


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Review: How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology

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February 15, 2016

This is two-for-one review for two books I read simultaneously: How Do I Begin? A Hmong American Literary Anthology, as well as the short educational essay, Hmong in Minnesota.
How do I begin my song?
Where do I enter the chorus
when my part is not yet written,
when the conductor won’t point
my…

The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman


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Review: The Ocean at the End of the Lane

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February 11, 2016

There are some books that should just be read aloud. That’s how we’re meant to hear stories — it’s etched into our linguistic history since we first tried to explain the phenomena around us with elaborate stories of gods, goddesses, and magic. Neil Gaiman is one of those authors…

Geek Love by Katherine Dunn


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Review: Geek Love

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February 10, 2016

What have I been doing with my life?! Why did I wait so long to read this book?! I have been aware of the existence of Geek Love for quite some time. My mother owned it. I remember its place on the bookshelf, one shelf up from the bottom….


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The Girl With All The Gifts by M.R. Carey

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February 6, 2016

When this book popped up as the next to be read in my book club, I had no idea what to expect.

See, I like jumping into book club books without reading about them first. I don’t read the synopsis on the inside cover if there is one, and I…

The Book Thief


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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

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February 6, 2016

The Book Thief is one of those books that everyone I knew was raving about five years ago, yet I somehow never managed to sit down and read it. I have been drawn to books about the Holocaust since I was a nine-year-old reading Child of the Holocaust, The…

1Q84 by Haruki Murakami


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1Q84 by Haruki Murakami

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February 6, 2016

800 pages is my mental limit for carelessly picking up a book and diving in. If a book exceeds that limit, it takes a little more procrastination and a lot more hemming and hawing over whether the novel is worth the effort. Let’s just say, I own War and…


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Alias Grace by Margaret Atwood

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January 31, 2016

Alias Grace was my first ever Margaret Atwood novel. *Gasp* not sure how I made it through 28 years of English-studying, book-loving life without reading an Atwood novel! Why exactly did I start with this particular one? I happened upon a garage sale this past fall that was just…

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Beyond Words: What Animals Think and Feel by Carl Safina

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January 28, 2016

Carl Safina is well-known for his research and work in seabird and ocean ecology and conservation. In his own words, “…what drives my work is a devotion to conservation. And what drives that devotion is my deep love and wonder for the living world.”

This deep love and wonder shines…


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The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters

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January 24, 2016

In January, the bookclub I belong to chose The Paying Guests by Sarah Waters. Here’s how I like to approach book club books: borrow or buy it without reading about it. There’s just something about diving into a book without knowing what to expect! I did, however, read some of…

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