April 30, 2015
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10 Reasons You Should Be Reading Young Adult Literature

1. All the cool kids are doing it. Actually, all the cool people (and probably some uncool people) are doing it. In a post-Harry Potter world, YA lit is officially trendy—and if you want in on the pop culture conversation, you’re going to have to pick up The Hunger Games or Eleanor & Park. Everyone—from…

April 7, 2015
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Classic Review: The Lord of the Rings

So there’s this hobbit. You may have heard of him. He is unwisely chosen to venture beyond the gates of hell to destroy a powerful ring on which the fate of Middle Earth depends—a quest that should ABSOLUTELY kill him but doesn’t. He’s joined by a few burdensome, incompetent fools, mainly to emphasize that these are unlikely heroes (like most British protagonists), and…

March 3, 2015
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Classic Reviews: “The Pilgrim’s Progress”

The full title of John Bunyan’s 1678 masterpiece is The Pilgrim’s Progress from This World to That Which Is to Come; Delivered under the Similitude of a Dream; Wherein is Discovered the Manner of his Setting Out, His Dangerous Journey, and Safe Arrival at the Desired Country. It has been translated into more languages than any book, ever, except for…

February 2, 2015
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Classic Reviews: “Vanity Fair”

Vanity Fair, published in 1847, follows the adult lives of two women opposite in breeding, personality, ambition, hair color, and pretty much everything else. Becky Sharp is a 19th-century Mean Girl, unleashing her inner sociopath at every opportunity, while Amelia Sedley is a naïve wallflower who barely provokes an opinion of any kind. I, for…

September 18, 2014
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10 Reasons for Banning Books, and 5 Much Better Reasons Not To

“Banned Books: Off we go into the murky mindset of those who would take away our beloved stories and fictional best friends.” Jamie Leigh defends our right to read.

July 20, 2014
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Classic Review: 1984

“Like so many sci-fi authors and Tarot card readers, George Orwell sat down one day, combed out his half-mustache, and pondered the fate of humanity.” Jamie Leigh kicks off Classic Reviews with 1984.

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