Category Archives: 2016 Book Challenge

32 – Duma Key: A Hauntingly Brilliant Work of Art

In a word: spectacular. In four words: a work of genius. I was continually amazed at the way Stephen King built the tension while only hinting at the supernatural horrors until the end. This was the first Stephen King book … Continue reading

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30 – Stiletto: The book I finished in 4 days after waiting 4 years.

So you know those books you read and fall in love with? Well that’s what happened to me after reading The Rook. I finished it back in 2012 (the same year it came out) and looked forward anxiously for the … Continue reading

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29 – A Darker Shade of Magic: A Compelling Reason to Keep Reading YA Lit.

YA novels haven’t been my cup of tea lately. Occasionally one comes along that I love (like Skyborn and Nimona), but most of the new stuff that’s been coming out hasn’t been doing it for me, at least at the … Continue reading

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25 – The Summer of Night: My Introduction to the Modern Thriller/Horror Genre

If you’ve ever seen the film Super 8, directed by J. J. Abrams, The Summer of Night is a lot like it except with more monsters and violence. For students of Old Central in the small town of Elm Haven, … Continue reading

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The Revisiting List – Books 26-27: Nicholas Saint North and Howl’s Moving Castle

Everyone has a book or two they read over and over again. I’ve known some people who read all the previous books in a series in anticipation of the newest book and others who have created a personal tradition where … Continue reading

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25 – The Graveyard Book: A Child’s Journey Through Adolescence

This was a fun read that made me laugh, made me cry, and made me want to pull my hair out depending on the scene. In my opinion, these are all signs of a great book. Though I was confused … Continue reading

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Book 24 – The Return of the King: The Final Leg of a Beautiful Journey Together

Almost two years after beginning the trilogy we have finally come to the end. Reading them outloud to my wife has been a wonderful refresher for me and a beautiful new experience for both of us. Sure, I remembered all … Continue reading

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