Just Wear Sunglasses: A Review of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy

One day, while mailing a postcard at a post office, I found a card that said, “Dear Optimists, if you look too much on the bright side, you’ll go blind. The Pessimists.” I think that card is outrageously funny. And yet, in some way, it is true: there must be a balance between optimism and…

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The Quilt: A Review of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

My grandmother has several quilts she made herself. I like them: little triangles and squares arranged in quaint mountain-like patterns. And while reading the book Huckleberry Finn, I came to think of American English as a large quilt. It is made up of many different pieces of languages—Dutch, Latin, French—and America is made of many…

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The Wonders of a Book: A Review of Speaker for the Dead

I stared at the words. My face crinkled, my eyes squinted—I started to cry. My whole soul seemed to cry out: “It’s not your fault! I’m so sorry!” I recovered soon enough, but I fixed the page number in my mind: 216. When I have gone back to that page and read the excerpt, the…

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Lost While Found: A Review of Ender’s Game

Countless times I have paced in front of my bookshelf looking for a new book to read. Often I grab a book and run away with it. Sometimes, however, I search fruitlessly for what seems like hours. On one of those miserable days, a certain name caught my eye: Orson Scott Card. Although I was…

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The Enchanter: A Review of The Hobbit

Picture an eleven-year-old girl hunched on the floor, reading a book that had been left lying on the ground from yesternight’s reading. A few forgotten math textbooks lie forlornly on a desk next to a blue clock reading “9:00 am.” If you lived with me, you would often see me in this position. And when…

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Worth Rereading: A Review of The Wolves of Willoughby Chase

Some books are just so enrapturing they have to be reread. The Hobbit, The Sisters Grimm, and The Lord of the Rings are some of these books, at least for me. Unfortunately, many books worth rereading escape my mind! This is why I keep a booklist. Every time I read a book I write it…

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Serious Time Travel: A Review of Timeline

To me, time travel has always been fascinating. I could meet J. R. R. Tolkien! Charles Dickens! Agatha Christie! Naturally, I read all the books on time travel I could get my hands on. However, after a while I got tired of them and I stopped. But then I read Timeline. This book, by Michael…

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Magnum Opus: A Review of The Mysterious Benedict Society Trilogy

Many people, if not all, know the saying “Never judge a book by its cover.” A couple years ago, I had resolved never to judge a book by its cover. I was pretty sure that I had followed that rule—until now. You see, a few years ago a friend gave us a book. Unfortunately, the…

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