26. “The Uglies,” Scott Westerfield

August 25, 2011 Leave a comment

It Tally’s world, everyone becomes pretty on their sixteenth birthday, and are whisked away from the ugliness in which they have grown up to become self-assured Pretties. SHOCKINGLY, this might not be the best thing and doesn’t erase the pain of being ugly, just turns it into a disease.

Tally can’t wait for her birthday to take away the burden of her squinty eyes and frizzy hair, and to reunite her with her best friend, Peris, who turned pretty two months before her. When she meets Shay, a fellow ugly with the same birth date as her, Tally is happy to have someone to pass her last few months of ugliness with. But when Shay reveals that she is running away rather than be made surgically pretty, Tally is torn between her community, the desire to be pretty, and the urge to protect her new friend.

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25. “The Magicians,” Lev Grossman

August 23, 2011 1 comment

Think “Chronicals of Narnia” with cynicism and self-hatred instead of Christianity.

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24. “Bossypants,” Tina Fey

August 10, 2011 Leave a comment

I read this book in a few hours, which is something I have not been able to do for a while. Somewhere in the middle, I fell asleep and had a dream wherein Tina Fey was instructing me on how to get a dozen doughnuts and keep them all to myself. (The recommended technique was to transport said doughnuts by car to a second location that also sells doughnuts. And then to eat the doughnuts in your car. Turns out Tina Fey can’t drive. Otherwise, I think it is suitably Liz Lemonish.

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23. “Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,” JK Rowling

August 9, 2011 3 comments

Shit just got REAL.

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22. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” JK Rowling

July 26, 2011 Leave a comment

I hadn’t read this one in a long time! My heart just about broke when Neville stood up to the gang– and then was awarded the winning ten points. And when Hermione was commended for her logic, and Dumbledore recognized how Ron was always being overshadowed. I like the Mirror, too. I think it is a really absurd plot convention that Voldemort would live in the back of someone’s head for a year unnoticed, though. I mean come on? For real?

I saw something on Tumblr about the Draco Malfoy books and this one is called Draco Malfoy and the Spurned Handshake (or something like that) and that is some funny shit.

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21. “Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets,” JK Rowling

July 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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20. “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban,” JK Rowling

July 26, 2011 Leave a comment

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