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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Back to School Reading We Didn't Hate

It's back to school time! And that means Cliff Notes sales are on the rise! 

Required reading is the bane of most students' existences. But we put our heads together and came up with a few books that we definitely didn't mind being made to read. 

Friday, August 22, 2014

Book Review: Under the Egg

I picked up Under the Egg on a whim at the Los Angeles Festival of Books while I was waiting for my next panel to start. I spent the next two hours turning page after page, pausing only once to change my location from a bench in the unforgiving sun to a cafe table under an umbrella. The jacket description references The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler, and I find the comparison to be rather apt. Laura Marx Fitzgerald’s middle-grade mystery of forgeries, smuggling, and stolen art is full of the same wonder and larger-than-life adventure that made E. L. Konigsburg’s novel a classic.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Why We Refuse to See The Giver

Last Friday the box office opened with a very important film filling the slots. The Giver based on the book by the same name by Lois Lowry had a lot of responsibility on it's shoulders. Unfortunately it couldn't seem to take the pressure and buckled under the weight. And we at the Lone Book Club just cannot bring ourselves to see such an important book turned into such a bad movie.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Book Review: Into the Wild

Not many people born into a respectable family would graduate college with top marks and donate $25,000 in savings to charity in order to hitchhike across the country.

This is the true story of Chris McCandless and how he died.

Inspired by my recent road trip across the northwestern United States, today’s review is dedicated to one of the most widely read travel essays. It’s a book I pick up now and again to read the things I’ve underlined, and to remind myself of that wild side in all of us.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

To Live Will Be An Awfully Big Adventure

This week, the world gave a collective gasp as we learned that beloved Robin Williams had died at age 63, and the even more shocking news that he had committed suicide. It is a tragedy that will resonate for a long time, but hopefully will bring awareness and acceptance of stigmatized mental illnesses. 

Friday, August 8, 2014

Book Review: The Geography of You and Me

Sigh. I’ll admit that after my last review (All the Light We Cannot See) I was anxious to read something light and easy, less emotionally draining and inversely less moving. I browsed Goodreads for a bit and stumbled on this book. I can say without hesitation that this book indeed provided what I needed, a quick and very easy read. Unfortunately it didn’t provide much else. Luckily, I’m not holding that against Jennifer E. Smith, as this book was exactly what it offered to be.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Swag That Every Book Lover Should Have

You're a book lover. You've accepted that. You're not ashamed to be seen carrying around a paperback or pulling out your kindle anywhere anytime. You deserve to have that sweet swag to make your lifestyle even sweeter. 

We've compiled a few items that you and your bad book loving self shouldn't live without.
Justin Beiber ain't got nothin on our bookish swag.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Book Review: The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden

Jonas Jonasson has done it again. The author of the hilarious The 100 year old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared has created yet another unbelievable funny, witty, and bizarre piece of historical fiction in The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden. If you love history, rich characters, and absolute absurdity than you're really going to love this book.