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Review: Fall in Love with Emma Donoghue’s ‘The Wonder’

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“Lib wrote down, 1:13 p.m., 1 tsp. water. Not that quantity mattered, she supposed, except that she wanted to be able to give a full account of anything the child ingested on her watch.” For fans of historic classics such as The Kite Runner and Angela’s Ashes, The Wonder (Little, Brown & Company, September 20, 2016) will have you on a suspicious journey of religion and ethics. Warning: You may want to add this book to the top of your reading list. To say Emma Donoghue has a way with words is an understatement. For those who have read her heart-stopping novel, Room, you understand exactly what I’m talking about. The way Donoghue captures the voice of 5-year-old Jack is reflected perfectly in…

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Not Barstool Sports: Books to Read Before You Go off to College

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Just about to begin your freshman year of college, eh? Make sure you have your shower caddy ready, your matching bed set from Target (XL Twin, for sure), and all of those Cup Noodles you’ll never end up eating because you have a meal plan. College is easy! Just kidding, college is pretty hard, duh! However, if we were able to get through it, you probably can, too. With these books, you will have everything you need to be the big person on campus. The Book of Human Emotions: From Ambiguphobia to Umpty – 154 Words from Around the World for How We Feel Hardcover, Tiffany Watt Smith (Little Brown and Company, June 7, 2016) You’re about to meet a…

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Obsessing Over Lifetime’s UnREAL and the Books that Expose Reality TV

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I’m always on the hunt for a new TV obsession, and this summer I found it in Lifetime’s UnREAL. I’d been hearing buzz about the show for months, and when I saw that season 2 premiered on June 6, I knew it was time to take the plunge. Luckily, the whole first season is available on Hulu, so I set myself up with some snacks and settled in for a weekend-long marathon. Holy. Crap. This show is soooo good. It’s dark and funny and tragic and everything I wanted it to be. It stars Shiri Appleby as Rachel, an emotionally unstable producer on the set of a reality show (ala The Bachelor) who seems to both enjoy and be tortured…

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Two Book Series That Dropped the Ball on the Final Book and One That Nailed It

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There is nothing more disappointing than strongly disliking the last book in a series. You’ve spent years reading the earlier novels, obsessing over the characters, and waiting for the next one to come out. When a long-running series is finally over, you’re hoping for some sort of resolution, all those loose ends tied up, and maybe even a happy ending. So if you don’t get any of those things, it’s very, very hard not to feel let down. Thankfully, most authors nail it all the way through. But there are those few series we wish we could erase from our minds, or at least go back to the beginning and stop ourselves from reading in the first place. Here are two…

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From Jane Eyre to Mockingjay to Austenland: Books that Need More Sex

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I should preface this by saying I’m not a pervert. Well, not much of one anyway. But sometimes you’re reading a book and you just know that a sex scene would make all the difference. Maybe the couple is getting a little too close; maybe that kissing scene is just a little too hot. The reason doesn’t even matter really—you just pray that the characters will start to go to town. And if you’re lucky, they do. But there are times when your fave couple just chastely kisses or walks away, letting all that delicious sexual chemistry go to waste. For those of us who are a little more, um, in need of that great love scene, here are five…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Books Deserving of Their Own Category

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Have you ever had a completely random pile of books that you’re dying to read but don’t know which one to start first? That was my dilemma this week for Heat Index. Each of the books that I picked is fabulous in its own right, but I just didn’t have a category that each one fit in. That is, until I had five of them and the category made itself! From a magical and dystopian world, to WWII, to love a second time around, there’s something here for everybody. The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine, Alex Brunkhorst (MIRA Books, September 22, 2015) “Brunkhorst’s story is full of memorable characters and contains a first-rate plot; the latter will delightfully surprise the reader.…

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Heat Index: 5 Hot New Book Covers We Can’t Stop Looking At

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One of the most alluring factors for me when picking my next read is the cover. I’m a sucker for a stop-you-in-your-tracks book cover. Gorgeous covers inspire an immediate top spot on your TBR list before you’ve even read the inside flap to find out what the story is about. So for this week’s Heat Index, I’m compiling five of my recent favorites and let me tell you, narrowing it down to five was a tough job. Not only were these five reads a delight to look at, but they earned mega bonus points for having a fantastic story living between the covers. The Girl at Midnight, Melissa Grey (Delacorte Press, April 2015) “A feisty heroine, fun supporting characters, a mission…

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