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I usually check the interlibrary loan for my textbooks before I buy them. This time, I feel like the local public library knows me just a little too well.

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Keep Calm and Brew Up

I’m really enjoying this book overall, and of the most interesting parts of The Taste of Empire is about tea. The book explains that in  the mid to late 1700s, poor British workers often spent a tenth of their annual … Continue reading

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Five Star Billionaire

Rereading Five Star Billionaire, and I found a line I highlighted last time. China was at once lawless and unbending in its rules. Tash Aw, Five Star Billionaire Still so accurate.

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80 Days

Let’s talk about how freaking great 80 Days is. In this iOs game, you play as acrobat-turned-valet Passpartout in a steampunked version of Jules Verne’s Around The World In 80 Days. (I read this novel when I was in middle … Continue reading

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The History Major

The History Major, a novella by Michael Phillip Cash, tells the story of a college freshman who wakes up in a dorm where everything’s just a little bit off. Her roommate, her classmates, even her class schedule are unfamiliar, and … Continue reading

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Jane Austen Fanfiction

I was reading on the Common after class the other day when — ugh, this is one of the times when truth is misleading. This sounds like I left a well-executed English lesson, scooped up my papers, and walked across … Continue reading

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The Invisible Emperor

Long ago, a secret society known as the Order of the Dragon possessed abilities and ancient knowledge… The Invisible Emperor by Arnold von Cornova relies on history and myth to tell an epic fantasy story about good and evil. I … Continue reading

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Book Review: Eligible

You guys. I read another Pride and Prejudice reinvention. I like these, a little too much maybe, and they’re either wonderful or delightfully awful.   Curtis Sittenfeld’s Eligible is one of the wonderful ones. This novel tells the story of … Continue reading

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s “Americanah”

I got this from Cambridge library because I recognized the author’s name from the NPR story on We Should All Be Feminists, and also because I love expat and travel stories. I couldn’t recommend it more, both as an excellent, sympathetic expat account … Continue reading

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Book Review: Matriarch

Matriarch: An Australian Novel of Love and War by Geoffrey Hope Gibson tells the story of five generations of one family. The family saga begins when the son of a no-longer-wealthy British family arrives at a distant post in the Outback, … Continue reading

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