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My Intercontinental Reading Challenge

If you want to read the world, if you want to encounter it with an open mind, the world will help you - Ann Morgan Last year, as I mentioned in a previous blog post, I discovered a problem with my bookshelves. They were loaded with bestselling novels by award-winning authors who provided vividly evocative …

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Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng

"The firemen said there were little fires everywhere,” Lexie said. “Multiple points of origin. Possible use of accelerant. Not an accident.” (pg. 11) Over the last few months, the literary media has been gushing about Celeste Ng’s second novel Little Fires Everywhere. Once again, her work has climbed its way onto several bestseller lists and …

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The Lovely Bones

Have you ever wondered just how many young girls disappear each year? Do you ever wonder about their stories, their lives, the circumstances that ultimately lead to their vanishing? And what about the life after that? What comforts may these countless, invisible women have in their lives after death? Alice Sebold ponders many of these …

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My 2017 Readings

Here is a full list of my 2017 Readings. J.R.R. Tolkien: The Making of a Legend by Colin Duriez (Incomplete) The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini Binti by Nnedi Okarafor Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile Me Before You by Jojo Moyes The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien The …

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My 2017 Reading Year-in-Review

 Ugh. I know. I fell on the blogger bandwagon yet again. Yes, I am ashamed of myself, and yes I have made a pledge to myself to do better next year. I have identified many of the reasons I just lapsed away, and I do have systems in place to combat it. The same old …

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My Dad, The Listener

For as long as I can remember, I have always known my father as a listener. If I ever wanted to find him, all that I had to do was use my ears. Whether it was BBC radio, cricket commentary, classic reggae or his Louis Armstrong collection, the spaces my father occupied were always thick …

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The Things They Carried

The Things They Carried is the only book on my list that I have listened to exclusively. This was purely coincidental. My father had bought the audiobook months ago, and for some reason, I was struck with a pang of laziness upon seeing the cover. I just didn’t feel like seeing the words for this …

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Reading Update (Halfway There!)

Note: For a full analysis table of my readings, click here. Dear Lord! I have been gone for quite a long time, haven’t I? I was so busy with my school work that I was forced to take a very LONG hiatus. There were so many exams, assignments, tests, and presentations that I needed to …

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Reading Table

Hello! Here is a table of the books I have read along with their associated countries and regions. I will be updating this from time to time, so do enjoy! # Book Countries and Regions 1. The Valley of Amazement by Amy Tan China East Asia U.S.A. (California and New York) North America 2. Memoirs of …

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#MyFavoriteMOMory

My mother’s greatest fear was that I would not be able to read. Don’t get me wrong. I am fortunate to not have any major problems that may impair my cognitive abilities, but still, my mother feared. This fear, as I later discovered, shaped the way she raised me. Mom told me that when she …

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Me Before You and the Ethics of Death

Because of my bad habit of stereotyping romance novels, I had no intention of ever reading Me Before You mainly because of my bad habit of stereotyping romance books. I know, I know. One should not judge a book by its genre, but romance has always seemed too overdramatic to me. For the most part, I …

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