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Summer of Southern Women: The Awakening

M: Welcome back to the CHB Summer Book Club! Hopefully you are following along with #CHBSummer on our various social media (links below). Victoria and I are super excited to be highlighting southern women this summer and we wanted to kick it off with Kate Chopin's The Awakening. There has been a lot written about The Awakening (and indeed all of the books we are reading this summer have mountains of criticism behind them) and so my first question to you is, do you read introductory materials before beginning a classic novel or do you prefer to dive right in and make your own way?

Rereading Paper Towns by John Green

So the Paper Towns film comes out next month, and, as I did with The Fault in Our Stars when it came out last summer, I’ve been planning to reread Paper Towns before going to see it in theaters. My goal was to wait until we were a bit closer to the movie’s release, but that didn’t work out. I’ve been at a loss recently for what to read (I’m still having a book hangover from finishing the first two books in Samantha Shannon’s Bone Season series), and I just wanted something kind of fun and hopeful.

Review: Half Wild by Sally Green

I stayed up all night reading Sally Green’s first novel, Half Bad,  and I’ve been dying to get my hands on the sequel, Half Wild, ever since. I was lucky enough to secure a digital arc of this, and I must say that the second book more than lives up to the premise and excitement of the first. Nathan’s continuing journey had me hooked from the start. I’ll go ahead and warn readers that spoilers for Half Bad follow, though I won’t spoil anything for Book 2.

Review: The Body Electric by Beth Revis

Considering I tore through Revis’s Across the Universe trilogy as quickly as I could, I was ecstatic when I heard she was releasing a new book earlier this year. I bought the book as soon as it came out, but alas, school and finals pushed back my reading until the end of the semester (it seems to do that quite often).

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