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2014 Required Reading: January

I've enjoyed doing Required Reading posts for two years now, thanks to Tina of I Like It Dog-Eared, and there is no excuse not to do it again this year. This meme has actually motivated me to read more and to venture into other genres, thereby enriching my reading experience every month. Before I go to my required reads for the first month of this year, let's do a quick recap of my December reading: Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling. This was a re-read, and I enjoyed it as much as I did the last time. Not to mention that I immensely enjoyed the online discussion/competit...
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THE ATONEMENT CHILD/Francine Rivers

Dynah Carey has her life going smooth-sailing for her -- doting and supportive parents, a handsome and intelligent fiance, good grades in a cozy Christian college, a part-time job that she loves -- until she is raped one night while walking home from work. In an instant, her seemingly perfect life is shattered into pieces. She gets pregnant, her fiance becomes distant, she is kicked out from school, and she is facing the dilemma of whether to keep or get rid of the baby. It's been a while since I've read Christian literature, and this book by one of my favorite Christian fiction authors has b...
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THE GUERNSEY LITERARY AND POTATO PEEL PIE SOCIETY/Mary Ann Shaffer & Annie Barrows

  I read this book right after I finished Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell which is about magic and fairies and enchantment, and which is also a chunkster of a book. The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society provided just the right breather I need after JS&MN because -- pardon me if I use the same word as in the blurb -- it is such a charming book. And uplifting. And more. Julie Ashton is a writer in London and she has no idea what to write about in her next book. She receives a letter from a man who lives in Guernsey, an island along the English Channel, and eventually th...
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REQUIRED READING: March 2013

February was busy, but still it was absolutely love-ly! Reading-wise, I had a love-ly reading month as well because I was able to finish all the books I chose to read for the month, had a fun buddy read of one of my chosen books, and actively participated (albeit online only) in the book club's Book of the Month discussion and Mini-Challenge. All the feels! ♥ Here's a recap of my February Required Reading: A Northern Light by Jennifer Donnelly. I love Mattie Gokey and her passion for words and writing. 4/5 stars. Dead Stars by Paz Marquez Benitez. TFG's book of the month. It's actually a s...
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‘TIS/Frank McCourt

‘Tis is the second and final instalment of Frank McCourt’s bittersweet account of his life as an Irish immigrant in New York. I love this book as much as I love Angela’s Ashes, which is the first half of this very interesting memoir. In ‘Tis, Mr. McCourt continues to chronicle the events of his colorful life on the first day he sets foot on the land of his dreams, America. In this book, we read about Frank’s adventures and misadventures as a naive and awkward young man in New York polishing the floors of Biltmore hotel, being drafted as a soldier and sent to Germany to type reports even thoug...
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