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Shelfie 2022: Childhood Favorites

            If you’ve been a bibliophile since words first became stories then you know the all too real struggle of maintaining a growing collection of old favorites, new additions, and the ever-growing To Be Read. The size of my shelves has ebbed and flowed over the years, and so have their contents. At least four… Continue reading Shelfie 2022: Childhood Favorites

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“How Near Could Evil Get Without Us Noticing?”: The Last Witness by Claire McFall

            Novels that hinge on twists usually fall into two categories: brilliant pieces of work that force us to revisit the earlier plot with new eyes, or a lackluster pay-off like a firework that might illuminate the sky for a moment before going dull. While I won’t be revealing the turns Claire McFall’s The Last… Continue reading “How Near Could Evil Get Without Us Noticing?”: The Last Witness by Claire McFall

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My Year as an Average Reader

            At the end of each year I usually provide a list of my favorite books. However, I’ve found that, since graduating and in the midst of life, the selection to choose from has lessened significantly. A 2016 study found that the average American reads about 12 books a year. Since I keep track of… Continue reading My Year as an Average Reader

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“Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down”: Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

            Look, we all have our comfort books—the ones that lift you up when you’re feeling down, help you escape when you need an out, the comfortable world that feels made just for you. Like soaking in a warm bath, a comfort read settles the mind in ways some media just can’t. We all have… Continue reading “Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down”: Gamer Girl by Mari Mancusi

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“Dead or Alive?”: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

            One of the things I love about the Young Adult genre is how fluid it is—and has to be. While literary fiction and many other genres aimed at adults tend to remain rather rigid in how they deal with contemporary issues, stereotypes, or represent diversity, YA is aglow with change at all times. If… Continue reading “Dead or Alive?”: Nearly Gone by Elle Cosimano

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Black Literature Matters

A great piece of advice I learned early in my college career was that “every –ism is not a noun but a verb, and we are either constantly doing or undoing that action.” Feminism is an active verb. Classism is too. Most of all, so is racism. In this way, the beliefs and thoughts that… Continue reading Black Literature Matters

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“Too Clever to Be Naive”: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

*Edit: This post was meant for February 20th. Several years ago, I dedicated my blog to love for the month of February. This is back when I blogged every day and didn’t write as many reviews, and by the end of the month I was absolutely sick of romance. Daring to tempt a repeat and… Continue reading “Too Clever to Be Naive”: The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

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“Do Not Go Gentle”: Matched by Ally Condie

Several years ago, I dedicated my blog to love for the month of February. This is back when I blogged every day and didn’t write as many reviews, and by the end of the month I was absolutely sick of romance. Daring to tempt a repeat and happy with the moderate success of Octerror, I… Continue reading “Do Not Go Gentle”: Matched by Ally Condie

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“A Hard Question to Answer”: The Selection by Kiera Cass

Several years ago, I dedicated my blog to love for the month of February. This is back when I blogged every day and didn’t write as many reviews, and by the end of the month I was absolutely sick of romance. Daring to tempt a repeat and happy with the moderate success of Octerror, I… Continue reading “A Hard Question to Answer”: The Selection by Kiera Cass

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Reading Malone Shelfie Update: January 2017

When The Captain and I first moved into the Haus in October 2014, I was limited to a single bookshelf. Having to choose between my books and decide which ones would stay at my Mom’s and which ones would go with was the hardest part of the entire move. Luckily, two years later, The Captain… Continue reading Reading Malone Shelfie Update: January 2017