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What to Read: Dash & Lily’s Book of Dares

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Dash and Lily’s Book of Dares by David Levithan and Rachel Cohn


Summary

A whimsical girl looking for love, Lily leaves a notebook tucked among the shelves of her favorite bookstore; a notebook full of dares for anyone brave enough to accept them. Enter Dash. The pair begin trading anonymous challenges through the notebook, launching them into a comedic, whirlwind romance.

Overall Impressions

A perfect read for Christmas break. Set around Christmas, this funny and heartfelt novel is a part of my personal library. I’ve read it at least three times and it never fails to make me smile. The idea behind this story is beautiful. Beyond the plot, Lily’s enthusiasm is a lovely juxtaposition to Dash’s thoughtful cynicism, their voices clear and equally balanced between shifting viewpoints. I recommend Dash & Lily to anyone looking for a fun and relaxing read this holiday season.

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What to Read: Sunlight and Shadow

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Sunlight and Shadow by Cameron Dokey


Summary

When Mina was born to feuding parents, a deal was struck. She would live with her mother, queen of the night, until after her sixteenth birthday. But her father breaks the pact, setting in motion a dangerous series of events. To bring back her daughter, the queen enlists the help of a young determined prince armed with his wits and a magic flute. So begins Dokey’s masterful retelling of “The Magic Flute”.

Overall Impressions

A light read for fairytale lovers, this book is my version of comfort food. It has everything: humor, romance, an age-old prophecy. Not to mention the charming characters who adventure across each page with wit and tenacity. What’s not to love? Told in true yet original fairytale fashion, I was immediately drawn into Mina’s competing worlds, and after reading it once I was happy to return time and time again (I think the count is somewhere around five?). Sunlight and Shadow speaks to a storyteller heart.

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What to Read: Catch-22

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Catch-22 by Joseph Heller


Summary

Welcome to the 256th Squadron of the Twenty-Seventh Air Force, where nothing’s more relative than sanity. As World War II draws to a close, Captain Yossarian and his squad are subjected to the whims of Colonel Cathcart, who continues to increase their number of dangerous missions in pursuit of becoming a general. Yossarian is determined to survive the war and has set to work on being discharged on grounds of insanity . But how do you prove your crazy when everyone else is just as insane, and the sane ones are considered even crazier?

Overall Impressions 

Told from the alternating perspectives of an extraordinary and unforgettable cast, I absolutely fell in love with this book. It’s smart, funny, and still undoubtedly relevant to today’s climate. Amidst the darkness of war, Heller finds a way to bring humor through satirical paradoxes and irony while making a powerful statement on the consequences of war and mishandled authority. As for those characters I mentioned? Phenomenal. Whether you love to love them, or love to hate them, it’s nearly impossible not to grow attached to the crazy bunch of soldiers that make up the 256th, from conman-cook Milo to painfully average Major Major Major Major. I recommend Catch-22 to anyone loves classic, poignant satire.

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What to Read: Fangirl

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Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell


Summary

Cath, a fanfiction writer and long-time lover of the Simon Snow series, has just entered her freshman year of college. With her is charismatic twin sister, Wren. Wren is eager for new-new places, new people, new experiences. Cath prefers the familiar. But the world outside of Simon Snow is calling, and Cath’s not quite sure which world she’d rather belong in.

Also by Rainbow Rowell: Carry On

Overall Impressions

Yes. Just…yes. Fangirl captures the essence of what it means to be a nerdy, eight-year-old girl stepping into the big wide realm of college for the first time. I would know. That was me two years ago, all anxious heart and fandom T-shirts. I’ve gotten over the nerves, mostly. But somedays that’s still me, which is why Fangirl is so relevant for today’s budding adults. It reassures us that shedding old ideas of who we are doesn’t have to mean letting go of what’s important, and that we never have to go through it alone. Rowell has a deep understanding of the young adult mindset, and her style shines on every page. Every girl in transition, fan or otherwise, should grab a copy of Fangirl ASAP.

Happy Reading!

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What to Read: The Rosie Project

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The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion 


 

Summary

Don is…odd. A brilliant professor and scientist, he abides by a strict lifestyle based on efficiency and science. It seems he’s only missing one thing: love. So begins the Wife Project–a carefully calculated endeavor to find himself a “suitable partner”. Then Don meets Rosie, an unpredictable hurricane in his quiet life of reason. Rosie is looking for her real father, and Don might just be the man to help her find him. Together they embark on the Father Project, catapulting Don into a world far more colorful than he thought possible.

Overall Impressions

Yes. Yes to all. The Rosie Project is a triumph of nerd love. The characters are full and authentic and the dynamics between the various couples are nicely blended. I loved Don’s quirky yet relatable take on life. I smiled at nearly every page thanks to the brilliantly crafted voice. It’s a fast read, the kind of book you can sit down with and enjoy over the weekend. If you’re looking to fall in love with reading all over again, check out The Rosie Project. 

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What to Read: Yes Please

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Yes Please by Amy Poehler


Summary

Amy Poehler recounts her journey to fame, motherhood, and self-discovery in her usual heartfelt, bright-eyed manner. She discusses her time spent with the Upright Citizens Brigade and the cast of SNL. She tells life like it is. Full of insight into the world of writing, directing, and straight up people-ing, Poehler’s book is a glimpse into the life of an ordinary woman accomplishing extraordinary things.

Overall Impressions

First off, I LOVE AMY. (Can I call you Amy? I’m going to call you Amy. Maybe wishing to be friends will someday make it so.) She’s a force to be reckoned with across the board- writing, acting, comedy. As for Yes Please, I enjoyed getting to look into the life of someone I admire. Well I couldn’t always connect personally with her stories, I walked away feeling entertained and enlightened on a world I didn’t know. I imagine as I get older I will go back to this book and find myself nodding along to much of Amy’s advice. For now, I can only say this: Yes please, and thank you.

Happy Reading!

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What to Read: Carry On

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Carry On by Rainbow Rowell


Summary

Simon Snow was born with a great destiny ahead of him. Great, but not pleasant. Burdened by his title of The Chose One, Simon enters his final year at the Watford School of Magiks with a sense that his destiny may be fast approaching. It’s believed he will defeat the Humdrum, a monster devouring power from the magical atmosphere. With the help of his friends, and a few enemies, Simon seeks to unravel the dark mysteries surrounding Watford and the Magical World.

Also by Rainbow Rowell: Fangirl

Overall Impressions

Initially, I was skeptical of the book. Partly because of its resemblance to the Harry Potter series, which is near and dear to my heart. But after finding out the parallels were intentional, and that it was written with fan fiction in mind, I dove right in. It’s a long read, but has a nice balance of plot twists and predictability. It’s length is also offset by the shifting POVs, which I found made the read more fast-paced. The characters are wonderfully diverse and three dimensional. (My personal favorite is Ebb, the gentle if not overly emotion goatherd.) It’s not a book for everyone, but I would  recommend it to lovers of Rainbow Rowell, fanfiction, and modern YA fantasy.

Happy Reading!

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Absolutely Mad (Lib)

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We’re going to try something different. Today’s post will be in the form of a Mad Lib! Play along and comment your completed story below.

Absolutely Mad: A Scientist’s Tale

This is where it happened, in this (noun/place)-this very spot. Here is where I created my monster. Sit. Allow me to tell you how I defied death. It was late, and I was just about to (verb) when there was a fevered knock at the door. Upon opening it, I discovered a (noun) holding a (noun), which (s)he offered me. A family member had died and (s)he knew of my special talents, specifically my  (adjective) ability to (verb) . I admit my curiosity got the better of me. After procuring the body, we hurried to the (noun) to gather the necessary elements. We returned to this spot. Using my (noun)(noun), and a dash of luck, I revived the corpse. What was god compared to (noun)? But then I saw the undead man’s eyes. They were void of all (noun). What had I done? I had conquered death, but at what cost?

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The Girl

 

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What to Read: Eyes Like Stars

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Eyes Like Stars (Théâtre Illuminata #1) by Lisa Mantchev


Summary

Bertie Shakespeare Smith grew up parentless inside the Théâtre Illuminata, cared for by the characters of every play ever written, who are bound to the theatre by The Book. But unlike her adoptive family, Bertie isn’t a character (she isn’t even an actress), and her origins are shrouded in mystery. Now, the only family she’s ever known is under threat, and she’ll do almost anything to stop it.

Overall Impressions

Brimming with lovably colorful characters, this book is a personal favorite. I highly recommend it for its wit, drama, and heart.

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What to Read: The Hunger Pains

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The Hunger Pains: A Parody by the Harvard Lapoon


Fellow Hunger Games fans, as we prepare for the release the “Mockingjay” part two on November 20, consider picking up this clever parody. I laughed through the whole thing. It’s a quick, fun read, and good for a diverse sense humor.

Happy Reading!

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