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I Am Malala

I Am Malala is a novel that I'd recommend to anyone. It's beautifully written, and the story is more human than anything I've read in a long time. The story was less about her being shot by the Taliban and more about her pursuit of education for all. I loved this book and am sad it took me this long to read it.

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I Am Malala
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Hamilton: The Revolution

Towards the end of Hamilton: The Revolution when the show began at the Public House and moved to Broadway the stories were less about creativity and more around the buzz surrounding the show. These stories although interesting began to sound more like a hype train for the show rather than a retrospective on its journey. Now having read Hamilton: The Revolution I can say that I am even more enthusiastic to go see it performed. The music is nothing short of brilliant, and this was a nice accompaniment to a performance that has really captivated the world. 

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Born a Crime

This is not a novel that at all touches his comedic career but instead his upbringing. If like me you were hoping to hear about how he became the lead of The Daily Show you might be disappointed. That minor let down was made up for by some incredible stories and a life that's absolutely worth reading about. It's a real rags to riches story that will stick with me for a long time. 

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The Survivor

When I finished The Survivor I realized that I'm officially done with this series. As fun as they can be to read, they've completely lost their luster for me. There's never a real sense of stakes with these books and the more I read them the more I struggle with finding them fun or enjoyable. This is a well written Mitch Rapp novel but not enough to keep me going forward.

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The Fifth Season

With about a quarter of the book left there are some plot lines that finally come together in some of the most spectacular twists in a novel I've had in a long time. I really enjoyed The Fifth Season and am intrigued to keep on with the story. I didn't fall in love with the book like I was hoping but I enjoyed the ride enough that I could see continuing on with it. 

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Ego is the Enemy

Although not a perfect novel I really enjoyed this read. The examples were great, the real-world application was solid, and the overarching narrative compelling.  

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Golden Son

 

For me, Golden Son is a near perfect novel. I'm not sure I still enjoy the relationship between Darrow and Mustang. For me, it just detracts a bit from what makes this world so compelling but it's a minor gripe in what is otherwise a truly remarkable piece of fiction. I stayed up far too late to finish this book something I haven't done in a long, long time. And I can't think of another novel I would have rather done that for. Golden Son is a really great book and it makes me even more excited to see what Pierce Brown has in store for the final novel in the trilogy, Morning Star. 

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A Darker Shade of Magic

A Darker Shade of Magic was the definition of a middle of the road fantasy novel. The one thing that tempts me to give the second book a shot are the characters. Although their plight was rather bland, their interactions together are pretty great. For me, though, A Darker Shade of Magic didn't leave a lasting impression. 

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End of Watch

I remember after finishing Mr. Mercedes that I was shocked to find out that this was a trilogy, and now having finished it I can say that my shock has not subsided. There was no need for three books. These characters didn't warrant it. The plots didn't warrant it. Nothing about this trilogy was new or interesting or memorable.

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End of Watch
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Red Rising

At the end of the day, Red Rising still was one of my favorite reads of 2016. It was so good that I've already purchased the last two books in the trilogy, something I've only done for Game of Thrones. A very solid science fiction novel that I hope continues to grow and get better in the next books. 

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Fates and Furies

It's what I'd call a brilliant literary novel that I might not have loved every second of, but enjoyed nonetheless.

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Fates and Furies
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Cometh the Hour

The longer the Clifton Chronicles goes, the more familiar his tropes become.

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Modern Romance

I love Aziz, and enjoyed this novel, but I think it had the potential to be so much more. 

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Between the World and Me

Between the World and Me isn't a work of fiction, and yet I found myself hanging on every single word. 

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We Should All Be Feminist

 This should be required reading for everyone. It's fifty or so pages that could change the world. 

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The Nightingale

 It's not a book I will probably ever read again (it takes a toll) but is one of the best books I've read in a long time. 

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