My Top 10 Favorite Reads of 2017 (So Far)

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Last year, my goal was to read 25 books and I ended up reading 41. This year, I upped my goal from 25 to 40. As of today, September 8th, I have read 46 books and am expecting to finish up three more within the next few days. I hope to read at least 60 books by the end of the calendar year, but that will depend on how busy my new M.F.A. life will be, a few weeks from now. With that being said, I’ve read quite a few books this year and wanted to share my top ten 2017 favorites, in no particular order, with all of you.

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While I have read quite a few of Lorrie Moore’s short stories, this was my first time to read an entire collection of her work. Self-Help, confronts the ugliness of the human experience. Through her use of recurring themes, defense mechanism rooted uses of humor, and an experimental use of syntax, Moore crafted an effective thematic conversation. The stories within Self-Help speak to one another through the repetition of circumstances, dialogue, tone, and point of view. My own relationship with writing has evolved since reading Moore’s book.

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Contributor Book Review of ‘Me and Earl and the Dying Girl’

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl by Jesse Andrews
Review by: Noelle Simonson

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Warning: This review contains spoilers. Read at your own risk.

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