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A Game of Thrones by George R.R. Martin

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From wolves, dragons, and attempted child murder to beheadings, and epic battles, A Game of Thrones has everything you could possibly imagine. Written by notorious author George R.R. Martin, this complex, thrilling and fantastic book will hook you and won’t let go until you devour the entire series. Whether you have seen the shows, heard your friends talking about it, or seen an overwhelming amount of GOT memes, you have not truly experienced the realm of Westeros until you have read the books. In the first installment of the epic series, Martin introduces readers to…read more

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Noah Hawley’s Before the Fall

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At dusk, eleven distinct people enter a private jet on Martha’s Vineyard. By the time dawn breaks, only two are alive.  In this epic mystery novel, Noah Hawley describes the the events leading to a mysterious plane crash which killed two of the richest men in New York City. While the public, media, and government speculate what exactly happened on that fateful night, Hawley takes the reader back in time, profiling the victims of the crash. Only at the very end does Hawley reveal what actually happened, and I can promise that you…read more

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How to Enhance Your Next Read

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I want to try and turn some of the more boring sides of books into things you look forward to. Scenes such as meals and descriptions of the weather and season are commonly overlooked. I used to fall asleep when authors started talking about what season it was until I read How to Read Literature like a Professor. Here are some tips that I learned from reading the book and hopefully will enhance your next read! 1. Meals can be one of the most important scenes in a novel. I know,…read more

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A Summer Book that Changed My Life

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Freakonomics is a book written by Steven  Levitt and Stephen Dubner that applies Economics to everyday life. The authors go through different out-of-the-box scenarios applying Economics to everyday life. That is a technical description and brief summary of Freakonomics that some might find sufficient (i.e. my english teacher.) In reality that description does not give the book nearly enough credit. Freakonomics is a revolutionary book that changed my outlook on the world. In a sense, Freakonomics puts into writing what has been in the back of my mind for years. It puts…read more

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Fantastic Find

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I was walking around in the airport bored out of my mind when I passed what seemed like the millionth Hudson News bookstore. I was on my way to California and I realized I had forgotten to pack a book to read. A book is a key essential to a 6 hour long flight and I was in desperate need of some entertainment. The selection of books at airports varies wildly so I was a bit nervous I would not find a good book. I entered the small bookstore and started…read more

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3 Books on my MUST-READ List

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Although I am currently swamped with ACT work, SAT subject tests, A.P.s and finals, I am always looking for books to read. I have found some books while strolling through books stores or browsing websites that I can’t wait to get my hands on! Lady Midnight by Cassandra Clare: Clare is the author of one of my favorite series, The Mortal Instruments. The concept of “shadowhunters” and the entire plot of the Mortal Instrument is extremely unique, allowing the series to expand endlessly. Last month Clare released the first installment in her spinoff…read more

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Why Are Teens Drawn to the Apocalypse?

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Why do we, as teens, love reading about book about mass-destruction, death, and overall chaos in the world. It’s a little scary  that we find the destruction of the human race so interesting. We thrive on books where adults die, zombies control the world, or a massive plague has hit all the major cities. The question I have is why. Being a teen, I think I understand a little better than most why teens love to read about the end of the world. As a teenager, my life is packed with parents,…read more

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Judge a Book By its Cover

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Since I was a little kid I have always been told the same thing, “Don’t judge a book by its cover.” Finding the right book in a crowded store  is extremely hard.  While I have always acknowledged  that the adage “Don’t judge a book by its cover” is usually applicable to real life, I find that when I am looking for a book to read, I am constantly using the cover to choose which books to check out. It is impossible for someone to read the back summary on every…read more

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The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson

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      Deadly zombies vs. adolescent British kids. The Enemy Series by Charlie Higson depicts the struggle for survival of an assortment of groups of young English children. Throughout the six books the children are faced with challenges such as zombies and other non-friendly children, as well as attempting to restart civilization and find a cure to the virus. Adults have been completely wiped out due to a mysterious virus, killing them, or worse, turning them into zombies.  The series shifts from a few main groups, portraying their battles…read more

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Talon by Julie Kagawa

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        Dragons are alive and well. They walk among us, disguised as humans. They are trained from the day they hatch to mimic human society perfectly. This is the world that Julie Kagawa has created in her thrilling book Talon. Talon is a society of Dragons who have learned to assimilate and live among humans to avoid extinction. Almost no humans know of their existence, save for their mortal enemies the Order of St. George. The Order and Talon have been battling since before the middle ages….read more

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