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In the Woods by Tana French
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Luckiest Girl Alive by Jessica Knoll
Luckiest Girl Alive
by Jessica Knoll (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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Okay, here's the full review. First posted on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.:

There are many ways we recognize characters. The first, we learn as we learn to love to read, or before we can read sometimes: characters are like ourselves. (Oh m
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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan
Crazy Rich Asians (Crazy Rich Asians #1)
by Kevin Kwan (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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The review below covers the first two books in this series. There's not really any spoilers, its more an overall general impression, so you should be fine. But just FYI.

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China Rich Girlfriend by Kevin Kwan
China Rich Girlfriend (Crazy Rich Asians #2)
by Kevin Kwan (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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The review below is a general review of both of the first two books. Shouldn't really be any spoilers, but just so you know. Review originally appeared on my blog, Shoulda Coulda Woulda Books.

Time on to-read: A year or more for the first book, second
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The End of Everything by Megan Abbott
The End of Everything
by Megan Abbott (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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I really tore through this one- I thought it was a rather brave book with some pretty amazing writing. Review to come.
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David Foster Wallace
“If you spend enough time reading or writing, you find a voice, but you also find certain tastes. You find certain writers who when they write, it makes your own brain voice like a tuning fork, and you just resonate with them. And when that happens, reading those writers—not all of whom are modern . . . I mean, if you are willing to make allowances for the way English has changed, you can go way, way back with this— becomes a source of unbelievable joy. It’s like eating candy for the soul. So probably the smart thing to say is that lucky people develop a relationship with a certain kind of art that becomes spiritual, almost religious, and doesn’t mean, you know, church stuff, but it means you’re just never the same.”
David Foster Wallace, Quack This Way

Leon Wieseltier
“But even now, with the crates piled high in the hall, what I see most plainly about the books is that they are beautiful. They take up room? Of course they do: they are an environment; atoms, not bits. My books are not dead weight, they are live weight — matter infused by spirit, every one of them, even the silliest. They do not block the horizon; they draw it. They free me from the prison of contemporaneity: one should not live only in one’s own time. A wall of books is a wall of windows.”
Leon Wieseltier

Marina Tsvetaeva
“For the spell is older than experience. For the tale is older than the record.”
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Marcus Aurelius
“Do not disturb yourself by picturing your life as a whole; do not assemble in your mind the many and varied troubles which have come to you in the past and will come again in the future, but ask yourself with regard to every present difficulty: 'What is there in this that is unbearable and beyond endurance?' You would be ashamed to confess it! And then remind yourself that it is not the future or what has passed that afflicts you, but always the present, and the power of this is much diminished if you take it in isolation and call your mind to task if it thinks that it cannot stand up to it when taken on its own.”
Marcus Aurelius, Meditations

Henri-Frédéric Amiel
“Let mystery have its place in you; do not be always turning up your whole soil with the plowshare of self-examination, but leave a little fallow corner in your heart ready for any seed the winds may bring, and reserve a nook of shadow for the passing bird; keep a place in your heart for the unexpected guests, an altar for the unknown God. Then if a bird sing among your branches, do not be too eager to tame it. If you are conscious of something new - thought or feeling, wakening in the depths of your being - do not be in a hurry to let in light upon it, to look at it; let the springing germ have the protection of being forgotten, hedge it round with quiet, and do not break in upon its darkness.”
Henri-Frédéric Amiel, Amiel's Journal

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