Book Review #36: Pride and Prejudice- Jane Austen

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Title: Pride and Prejudice
Author: Jane Austen
Publication: September 4th 2007, Vintage (first published January 28th 1813)
Genre: Classics, Romance
Pages: 368
Format: Paperback
ISBN:0307386864 / 9780307386861

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When Elizabeth Bennet meets Mr. Darcy she is repelled by his overbearing pride, and prejudice towards her family. But the Bennet girls are in need of financial security in the shape of husbands, so when Darcy’s friend, the affable Mr. Bingley, forms an attachment to Jane, Darcy becomes increasingly hard to avoid. Polite society will be turned upside down in this witty drama of friendship, rivalry, and love—Jane Austen’s classic romance novel.


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“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading! How much sooner one tires of any thing than of a book! — When I have a house of my own, I shall be miserable if I have not an excellent library.”

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Book Review #35: Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts #1)- Beverly Cleary

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Title: Dear Mr. Henshaw (Leigh Botts #1)
Author: Beverly Cleary
Publication: May 31st 2000, HarperCollins
Genre: Childrens, Fiction
Pages: 134
Format: Ebook
ISBN: 0380709589 / 9780380709588

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After his parents separate, Leigh Botts moves to a new town with his mother. Struggling to make friends and deal with his anger toward his absent father, Leigh loses himself in a class assignment in which he must write to his favorite author. When Mr. Henshaw responds, the two form an unexpected friendship that will change Leigh’s life forever.


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“De Liver De Letter De Sooner De Better De Later De Letter De Madder I Getter”

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Book Review #34: The Universe of Us- Lang Leav

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Title: The Universe of Us
Author: Lang Leav
Publication: October 4th 2016, Andrews McMeel Publishing
Genre: Poetry, Romance
Pages: 240
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1449480128 / 9781449480127

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Planets, stars, and constellations feature prominently in this beautiful, original poetry collection from Lang Leav.  Inspired by the wonders of the universe, the best-selling poetess writes about love and loss, hope and hurt, being lost and found.  Lang’s poetry encompasses the breadth of emotions we all experience and evokes universal feelings with her skillfully crafted words.


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“You only get one chance to fall in love with your heart still whole.”

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Book review #33: The Grownup- Gillian Flynn

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Title: The Grownup
Author: Gillian Flynn
Publication: November 3rd 2015, Crown
Genre: Short Stories, Fiction, Horror
Pages: 66
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1101907320 / 9781101907320

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A canny young woman is struggling to survive by perpetrating various levels of mostly harmless fraud. On a rainy April morning, she is reading auras at Spiritual Palms when Susan Burke walks in. A keen observer of human behavior, our unnamed narrator immediately diagnoses beautiful, rich Susan as an unhappy woman eager to give her lovely life a drama injection. However, when the “psychic” visits the eerie Victorian home that has been the source of Susan’s terror and grief, she realizes she may not have to pretend to believe in ghosts anymore. Miles, Susan’s teenage stepson, doesn’t help matters with his disturbing manner and grisly imagination. The three are soon locked in a chilling battle to discover where the evil truly lurks and what, if anything, can be done to escape it.


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“I’m not really a nerd; I only aspire to be one.”

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Book Review #32: November 9- Colleen Hoover

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Title: November 9
Author: Colleen Hoover
Publication: November 10th 2015, Atria Books
Genre: New Adult, Romance
Pages: 310
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1501110349 / 9781501110344

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Fallon meets Ben, an aspiring novelist, the day before her scheduled cross-country move. Their untimely attraction leads them to spend Fallon’s last day in L.A. together, and her eventful life becomes the creative inspiration Ben has always sought for his novel. Over time and amidst the various relationships and tribulations of their own separate lives, they continue to meet on the same date every year. Until one day Fallon becomes unsure if Ben has been telling her the truth or fabricating a perfect reality for the sake of the ultimate plot twist.


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“When you find love, you take it. You grab it with both hands and you do everything in your power not to let it go. You can’t just walk away from it and expect it to linger until you’re ready for it.”

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Book Review #31: Extraordinary Means- Robyn Schneider

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Title: Extraordinary Means
Author: Robyn Schneider
Publication: May 26th 2015, Katherine Tegen Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary
Pages: 324
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 0062392557 / 9780062392558

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At seventeen, overachieving Lane finds himself at Latham House, a sanatorium for teens suffering from an incurable strain of tuberculosis. Part hospital and part boarding school, Latham is a place of endless rules and confusing rituals, where it’s easier to fail breakfast than it is to flunk French.

There, Lane encounters a girl he knew years ago. Instead of the shy loner he remembers, Sadie has transformed. At Latham, she is sarcastic, fearless, and utterly compelling. Her friends, a group of eccentric troublemakers, fascinate Lane, who has never stepped out of bounds his whole life. And as he gradually becomes one of them, Sadie shows him their secrets: how to steal internet, how to sneak into town, and how to disable the med sensors they must wear at all times.

But there are consequences to having secrets, particularly at Latham House. And as Lane and Sadie begin to fall in love and their group begins to fall sicker, their insular world threatens to come crashing down.


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“Being temporary doesn’t make something matter any less, because the point isn’t for how long, the point is that it happened.”

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Book Review #30: I’ll Give You the Sun- Jandy Nelson

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Title: I’ll Give You the Sun
Author: Jandy Nelson
Publication: September 16th 2014, Dial Books
Genre: Young Adult, Contemporary, Romance
Pages: 371
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 0803734964 / 9780803734968

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Jude and her twin brother, Noah, are incredibly close. At thirteen, isolated Noah draws constantly and is falling in love with the charismatic boy next door, while daredevil Jude cliff-dives and wears red-red lipstick and does the talking for both of them. But three years later, Jude and Noah are barely speaking. Something has happened to wreck the twins in different and dramatic ways . . . until Jude meets a cocky, broken, beautiful boy, as well as someone else—an even more unpredictable new force in her life. The early years are Noah’s story to tell. The later years are Jude’s. What the twins don’t realize is that they each have only half the story, and if they could just find their way back to one another, they’d have a chance to remake their world.


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“Meeting your soul mate is like walking into a house you’ve been in before – you will recognize the furniture, the pictures on the wall, the books on the shelves, the contents of drawers: You could find your way around in the dark if you had to.”

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