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All the Ugly and Wonderful Things, Bryn Greenwood

(Disclaimer: this post is about a book that features a consensual relationship between a child and an adult.) Books that make you uncomfortable? Totally my kind of thing. I dive headfirst into books that contain touchy subject matter. I rage when anybody dares to say anything less than wonderful about Lolita because it is one of the most exquisitely written books in the world. I found All the Ugly and Wonderful Things in a BookRiot post called “Books We Wanted to Hate but Had to Love.” This  ...

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The Valedictorian of Being Dead, Heather B. Armstrong

I was on the library waitlist for this book since before it came out. I got it on Friday and finished it the same day. To be brief, I’ll say this: I hate memoirs and usually refuse to read them. However, I gave this one 5 stars on Goodreads. It’s compulsively readable and Armstrong is an excellent writer. (I mean, when you’ve had a successful blog for almost 20 years, that’s pretty clear.)

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State of Wonder, Ann Patchett

I’ve said this before, and it’s still true: the more I like a book, the harder it is to review it. I don’t know what it is, exactly, about State of Wonder that I liked so much, but what I do know is that once I started it, I couldn’t put it down, and even when I wasn’t actively reading, I was often thinking about the characters. The characters in this book are interesting and intricate, and not all of them are entirely likeable. I did quite like Marina; she was  ...

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The Rosie Project, Graeme Simsion

I finished reading The Rosie Project yesterday while I waited for Lance to come out of an appointment. I think I might have been the last person on the planet to read it. 
Overall, I really enjoyed the book. I liked reading Don’s lists and I really loved his own take on social interactions. His response to Phil’s “tell me something I don’t know” had me laughing out loud in the doctor’s office. I also loved Don’s relationship with Rosie. I wish I knew more about her, but I guess that might  ...

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