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Aug 28

How to Write a Book Review

I love writing book reviews. If reading a book is like going on a vacation, writing a book review is like showing the photos and souvenirs and telling my friends about the trip. Book reviews can turn the solitary pleasure of reading into something shared with a community of like-minded readers. It also helps other …

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Aug 13

Book Review: The Merciless

The Merciless by Danielle Vega I’ve had this on my shelf forever and just picked it up by chance looking for books to cull. Randomly flipping open the page I hit upon a dark and twisted scene and decided that I was in the mood for an evil story about evil people. It starts out …

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Aug 09

Book Review: A Far Cry from Kensington

A Far Cry from Kensington by Muriel Spark I’d never read anything or heard anything about this author, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. I don’t always like to read stories about female protagonists set in historical periods, because it often fills me with feminist rage, but Mrs. Hawkins manages to live in the …

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Aug 03

Book Review: The Map That Changed the World

The Map That Changed the World by Simon Winchester I usually love books like this, and I usually don’t review books that I haven’t finished, but I don’t know if I want to waste any more time on this one. I’m 93 hard-won pages into this and I think I’m going to quit. So far …

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Aug 02

Book Review: I Contain Multitudes

I Contain Multitudes: The Microbes Within Us and a Grander View of Life by Ed Yong Through this book I learned that the answer to just about every question you might have about microbes and how they interact with the world is “it’s complicated.” Yong talks about many ways in which bacteria and other microbes …

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Jul 23

Book Review: If I Stay

If I Stay by Gayle Forman The book’s cover advertised that it was great for fans of Twilight, and it looks like the kind of cover done after they make a movie based on the book. Despite these two blemishes, I decided to give it a read, since I like YA. Anyone who picks this …

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