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    The Books of the Longest Summer

    I’m back. What’s my excuse this time for being gone so long, you may ask. Well – nothing that sounds justifiable. Summer, which is only now ending for me, was long. I have never counted September as summer, but when the graduate school you are attending is on a quarter system everything changes.

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    River God

      “River God” transports you back in time to ancient Egypt through the eyes of the beloved slave Taita. Through Taita the reader experiences the immense love of childhood friends turned lovers, the glory and melancholy of a nation at war, and the intricacies of Egyptian culture and religion.

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    American Gods

      Neil Gaiman did it again! “American Gods” was an enthralling read that engages the reader in contemplating what happens to gods when immigrants come to the United States. Gaiman also asks, is it possible to create new gods in a consumer society?

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    Comedy or Tragedy?: A Confederacy of Dunces

      Have you ever read a book you either could not finish or had difficulty understanding? Up until the past month, the only book (besides school readings) that I did not enjoy or “get” was Jane Eyre. If you were to ask me why I do not like Jane Eyre, I couldn’t tell you. I tried three times to read that book and I was never successful. Last month, I picked up A Confederacy of Dunces by John Kennedy Toole. Toole’s work became my next read for two reasons – my boyfriend suggested it and my father included a sweet note when gifting me the book for my birthday. Reading this book contributed to…

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    From the Desert To the Improbable: The Tenth Saint and An Archeological Adventure

      The arid, unforgiving desert of Ethiopia plays host to the majority of D.J Niko’s thrilling novel. The Tenth Saint follows the work of Sarah Weston, an Oxford trained archeologist too independent for her own good. While on a dig, Sarah uncovers a tomb filled with perplexing finds. A tall, white man with good and advanced dentistry dating to the 4th century? An obscure dialect carved into the walls? Sarah, driven by a wish to learn and share the past, dives into an archeological mystery that will threaten her life,  her career, and question the impossible.

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    To the Afterlife and Back: Grim

      Grim, as my first book after a long semester of graduate school, was a particularly enthusiastic read for me. The author, Anna Waggener, was a classmate of mine in undergraduate school. Please, though, do not think my favorable comments about Grim are in any way the result of friendly support. I do not deny that I may lack the ability to offer deep criticism of the plot and writing style, because I am excited for Anna’s career as a writer and believe in supporting such a talented writer at the beginning.

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    Brussels

    If you hadn’t guessed, I’m back in school. This time it is the big bad world of graduate school. Between reading 500+ pages a week, research, trying to figure out what I want to do, and generally attempting to remain sane — Sitting in the Stacks has taken a back seat. Though, I am in the process of finishing Moby Dick. Whether I will have anything constructive to say, because it has been about 2 months since I’ve really read it. Fingers crossed, I will have something by the end of December (maybe earlier if we’re lucky).

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    Summer Summary

    Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins At the beginning of the summer, I joined the masses and picked up a copy of The Hunger Games. Unfortunately I approached this addictive series differently than I normally do movie-book franchises — I saw the movie first. My main reason for picking up The Hunger Games was to reap the extra background information necessary to fully understand the intricacies of the film. I was left pleasantly surprised and frustrated after reading the first book in the trilogy.

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    A Book To Be Digested Very Slowly: The Name of the Rose

      *Before I relate the tale of The Name of the RoseI feel I owe anyone who stuck through my prolonged absence a sincere apology. To anyone who thinks I relinquished my love of books, I say fie! In all honesty — I was lazy. After graduating from college I went on a literal and metaphorical holiday. I literally traveled to two states and one country. I metaphorically took a hiatus in a land of no responsibility. As summer comes to an end, I find myself restless (as usual) and ready to attend to sharing literary findings again. That and graduate school is around the corner — gulp. On to…

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    Dystopic Battles: The Hunger Games

      At the beginning of the summer, I joined the masses and picked up a copy of The Hunger Games. Unfortunately I approached this addictive series differently than I normally do movie-book franchises — I saw the movie first. My main reason for picking up The Hunger Games was to reap the extra background information necessary to fully understand the intricacies of the film. I was left pleasantly surprised and frustrated after reading the first book in the trilogy. The surprise came from the fact that Suzanne Collins captivated me with her intriguing plot and cliffhangers. On the other hand, my frustration resulted from a lack of background detail that…