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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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Jul 19

Book Review: Bellman & Black

Bellman & Black by Diane Setterfield This book feels like a skilled author who has contempt for fantasy set out to write a fantasy novel but chickened out at the last minute. Three stars isn’t an accurate rating for the book. The first part is four stars, and the last part is one or two. …

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Jul 16

Book Review: We Are Okay

We Are Okay by Nina LaCour I bought this book for my daughter, who read it and implored me to read it, adding “it will make you cry, but it’s good” which I usually equate with “drink this, it will make you vomit, but it’s good.” I don’t like crying, I don’t want to cry …

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