William Shakespeare’s Star Wars by Ian Doescher

shakespearesstarwars_doescherWhen you’re a fan of the Bard and a fan of the Wars, there’s nothing to do but to read this book. Peppered with insightful asides, well-crafted Shakespearean insults, and elaborate illustrations (see below), this book/play/novelization, written in perfect iambic pentameter (the English major in me is whooping appreciatively), actually gave me a better understanding of the movie. Not to mention a few good laughs. This one gets a huge recommendation from me. READ IT. Readitreaditreadit.

No. 23 on my challenge. Though I don’t remember this particular scene from the movie. Mayhap it occurred behind closed doors.

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Illustrations masterfully done by Nicolas Delort.

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I have a new favourite thing

So I was working (I swear) and I came across an amazing thing on Twitter: Sarah Wendell (@SmartBitches) is live tweeting her first read of Grey by E.L. James. I promise, it’s everything you’ve ever dreamed it would be.

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There’s more. Wayyyyyy more. And it’s just so good. And when you get your fill of this, you can visit their website, smartbitchestrashybooks.com, which is full of reviews that are just as great!

You’re welcome.

Do You Think This Is Strange? by Aaron Cully Drake

The house I work for published this book. Technically I’m not breaking any [of my own] rules by sharing this review, because I didn’t write it—the lovely Naomi over at Consumed by Ink did! But seriously, this is an amazing book. You should all read it.

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In order for me to tell you I have nothing to say, I have to say it, which means I have something to say.

9781927366387Quite simply, I loved this book.

Do You Think This Is Strange? is being compared to The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night (which I haven’t read) and The Rosie Project (which I have). I haven’t run into too many people who haven’t liked The Rosie Project, and I am here to tell you that I loved this one more. It felt so much more genuine and meaningful, while still possessing the humour and feel-good qualities that made people fall in love with The Rosie Project.

Meet Freddy; he is seventeen, he has few friends, he avoids talking to people, and he has autism. His has a rocky relationship with his alcoholic father, and he believes his mother left him because of his autism…

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I knew it!

The first review of Jenny Lawson’s Furiously Happy has just been posted by Kirkus Reviews! Obviously, they loved it. I knew it’d be amazing. I’ll be waiting in line at the store for this book.

Review highlights:

“Rather than hiding the facts, she openly divulges, in a darkly humorous way, how she copes…”

“Along with discussions about taxidermic giraffes and raccoons, whether cats yawn, and mobs of swans attacking her…”

“Passing out during a gynaecological exam because she’s afraid of medical coats…”

“The details are sometimes graphic…but always honest and usually funny.”

“Her goal is not to offend, although…”

“Her amusing essays open up a not-so-funny topic: mental illness in its many guises.”

“Kudos.”

Furiously Happy. Jenny Lawson. The Bloggess.

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince by J.K. Rowling

Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

“And now, Harry, let us step out into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” —Dumbledore

My favourite quote from my favourite character from my favourite Harry Potter book (which happens to have my favourite cover illustration). Dumbledore, I’ll miss you.

No. 20 on my book challenge. Almost there.