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Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know
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Book Review - The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling

I absolutely loved this book. It's horribly realistic in many ways. The reflection of society is uncanny. The characters are all well-rounded, giving everyone atleast one to relate to. Rowling did not fail in her return to the literature world. She proves, again, to be a flawless author that truly understands struggle and can take on multiple perspectives in a single novel.

I especially admired the way that single chapters transitioned between characters. I felt that this must have been difficult to incorporate but seemed effortless.

At first I had a hard time getting all of the characters straight but that is a given in any novel with such a large cast.

This is not a book of frilly romance or filler plots but is intended for an audience that wants their literature to mean something and reflect the real world.

I have a hard time understanding how others were supposedly reading this same book and found it boring, unimaginative, or slow. I assume these individuals are not avid readers and look just for the thrill and the direct "murder-mystery-type" suspense that was often common to the Potter series.

It's no magical adventure but still has the magical eloquence in writing style and how easily the words seem to flow on the pages.

The Black Cat: A Richard Jury Mystery (Richard Jury Mysteries)

The Black Cat - Martha Grimes I gave up around page 65 ... it just wasn't holding my attention. No hard feelings, Martha Grimes.

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know

Inside of a Dog: What Dogs See, Smell, and Know - Alexandra Horowitz I am currently majoring in Psychology and am employed at a Doggie Daycare. Psychology and Animals completely make up my life. I was surprised to see this on the top sellers at the bookstore because I felt it would only reach a limited audience. Either way, I find it extremely interesting and captivating. While very informative, it is also entertaining.

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts

The Magical Worlds of Harry Potter: A Treasury of Myths, Legends, and Fascinating Facts - David Colbert Fascinating! I am making a point to read every page.

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto

Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs: A Low Culture Manifesto - Chuck Klosterman For the parts that one has experienced, this author can have you literally laughing out loud. This book provides a refreshing laugh when looking at a lot of our lives through a different perspective. The title was definitely eye catching and for the most part, the text between the pages held up it's end of the bargain. The only parts I didn't enjoy were the ones where he spoke about things I had nit experienced too much.

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide - Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn While this is a topic everyone should read about, it is not as interesting for those who already understand the cruelties this world holds. The fleeting stories made this book feel more like a textbook. I would have been more interested had it been presented in a more story-like fashion. However, I know many people can still appreciate the material as is.

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button - F. Scott Fitzgerald Didn't expect it to be so short!

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao

The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao - Junot Diaz This book honestly did not hold my attention very much. While it was interesting overall, I only finished it because I could never abandon a novel that I started. I'm not really sure what made me not like it.

The Tales Of Beedle the Bard

The Tales of Beedle the Bard - J.K. Rowling I think this book is self explanatory. A must have for any Harry Potter fan.

The Handmaid's Tale

The Handmaid's Tale - Margaret Atwood Read it for summer reading a few years ago. I actually found it very interesting because of the futuristic aspect of the plot. It evoked a ton of emotion out of me. I would have liked it ore if I had been reading it for pleasure but I didn't have much of a choice. The women in this book are amazing!

The Maze Runner (Maze Runner Series #1) (Maze Runner Trilogy, Book 1)

The Maze Runner - James Dashner The writing wasn't the best but was no doubt a great form of entertainment. A lot of the story seemed predictable at times. I'm not sure if I will pick up the second book anytime soon but maybe eventually.

Neverwhere: A Novel

Neverwhere - Neil Gaiman The ending of this book was really interesting. It really made you rethink what had happened and what was real and what was fake. I thought that it got kind of predictable but what I had "predicted" ended up not being what happened. I was hoping the umbrella would come back into play - unless that was supposed to be the same umbrella with the homeless person at the end. I also feel like Richard may have had a tarnished idea of what London Below actually is. He was on a adventure in his time there and going back after that may be different or boring, but definitely not what he expected it to be. The idea of him "just being crazy" didn't make sense to me either because he got a promotion during this time, which was already something that didn't make much sense. Either way, this was a very interesting book and the story was very original, something that I always love to experience.

A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2)

A Clash of Kings - George R.R. Martin Since I read this after reading the first book in the series, I just kind of wanted to finish it after getting about halfway done. I definitely needed a break from the series since two thousand pages of the same story and same characters was getting exhausting. I liked how Martin would let the story continue in between chapters told through the perspective of the same characters. However, there were times when I wish they better told what had happened in that time. I have the same critique that I had for the first book as well. There are so many characters and places that it gets hard to keep track of them all. However, along with this, I truly appreciate all of the though put into the series and how complex it is. It is as if the series is legit a world in itself.

A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)

A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin Very good! Starts off a tad confusing with so many characters but it sorts itself out and the appendix helps a ton. It feels great to finish such a long book that I enjoyed so thoroughly. Series have a true magic to them that singular novels cannot always encompass.

The Fault in Our Stars

The Fault in Our Stars - John Green Very good book. I was concerned at how they would end the book, but I think it worked well. The only problem I had was how unrealistic it seemed for their relationship to bloom as quickly as it had

The Stormchasers

The Stormchasers - Jenna Blum I liked the book better once part two began. In the end, I was still indifferent. As a Psychology student, the topic of bipolar disorder is very interesting. However, throughout the book I felt a dislike towards each of the characters. Each seemed to overreact to small things. Knowing someone with bipolar disorder should have the opposite effect. When things can change on a dime, each little action matters less. The way that Wiebke reacted to the motorcycle incident made me think that it was going to have been his close friend or relative that they had actually killed. He seemed so traumatized by the event that he hadn't even begun to understand. They had known each other a few weeks at most, no one in their right mind would have told them the biggest secret of their life this early.