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The Sellout

I just finished reading Paul Beatty‘s The Sellout, the Man Booker Prize winner of 2016.  It’s a short, strange, witty novel that, though seemingly humorous, tackles very serious social and cultural issues. The novel starts with the protagonist, a first name-less African-American Mr. Me, high on his homegrown marijuana at the Supreme Court of the…

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A Gathering of Shadows (Shades of Magic #2)

A Gathering of Shadows is the second book in my newly discovered and recent favorite fantasy series, Shades of Magic, by V.E. Schwab. It tells the story of the magical and non-magical inhabitants of 4 Londons – Grey, and non-magical London; Red, harmonious, and magical London; White, chaotic and brutal London; and Black London, the…

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TL;DNR (Unfinished Books in 2016)

As part of my read more/blog more New Year’s Resolution, I’ve decided to read all the books I stopped reading, unfinished, for one reason or another, in 2016. To my knowledge, they are:  Tom Jones – Henry Fielding The Name of the Rose – Umberto Eco A Strangeness in my Mind – Orhan Pamuk Bel…

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A Darker Shade of Magic (Shades of Magic #1)

Like most, if not all readers, I’m always on the lookout for new reads, and authors.  I subscribe to several bookish sites which regularly feature new and upcoming authors and their novels, look back on best-loved Classics, and also recommend books for every occasion / interest, etc. Sometime in 2016, I came across an npr.org…

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Back to the Classics Challenge 2017

The last time I did a Back to the Classics Challenge was back in 2012, and I don’t think I did very well.  I like this challenge because it’s a good way to force encourage myself to read the Classics, which I enjoy, but sometimes forgo for easier, more contemporary reads.  I think it’s time…

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The Light Between Oceans

During the Holidays, most people choose to read books more fitting the occasion, about family, or about things warm and fuzzy… I decided to read M.L. Stedman’s debut novel, The Light Between Oceans.  Yes, the one recently turned into a movie, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander.  Those who have read the novel or seen…

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Sorcerer to the Crown

I feel a bit bad about not updating my blog; it’s been a while since I last posted a review, though I’ve only finished one book since.  I’ve been a bit busy with some freelance work, and now with the Holiday season coming up, there’s always something that needs to be done.  But today I…