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The Shadow of the Wind by Carlos Ruiz Zafon
The Shadow of the Wind

smartchick.nina, April 26, 2012

This is a beautiful book. It grabs you in with its sweeping, beautiful language and its poetic story... I was spellbound by both the historic yet mythical-feeling city that Zafon writes about with such passion as well as the passion for language and between the characters that exists in its pages. You will stay up nights caught in this tale... it beautifully tangles the lives of the characters into a web of old-fashioned mystery, darkness, beauty and poetry.
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Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage) by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide (Vintage)

smartchick.nina, February 9, 2012

Few books have inspired me and educated me the way this book did! Offering a true, heartbreaking and at the same time heartwarming perspective of gender issues and oppression worldwide, I couldn't put it down. Although it recalls true stories of terrible violence, frustrating and stifling limitations imposed on women (including sex slavery, fistulas, lack of maternal health) it also offers ways this can be changed. I finished it with a passionate desire to change and an understanding of how changing women's issues will positively affect so much else in the world. This book is well written, well researched and I think it'll really strike a chord with you no matter who you are!
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Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else... [With CD (Audio)] by Elise Paschen
Poetry Speaks Who I Am: Poems of Discovery, Inspiration, Independence, and Everything Else... [With CD (Audio)]

smartchick.nina, September 29, 2011

I LOVED, LOVED, LOVED this anthology! As a teen, I identified with so many of these poems, discovered new favorites and re-discovered old poems I'd remembered from the past. Not to worry, even though this anthology is meant for youth, it is a great quality for all ages nonetheless. I fell in love with nearly every single poem on every page, and now have dozens of new poets to discover and new poems to memorize!
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Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #01) by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent Trilogy #01)

smartchick.nina, September 29, 2011

A fast and thrilling read, it kept me turning the pages, but after I was done, I felt strangely unsatisfied. While it's great for a fun story and reminiscent of the Hunger Games, the gaps in logic and the world of "Divergent" never seem fully fleshed out, and the premise - different factions based on virtues - didn't hold water the more I thought about it. Humans exhibit many different emotions and virtues; why would Tris be the only one to possess more than one? It entertained for a short while, but I have no desire to read a sequel.
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In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez
In the Time of the Butterflies

smartchick.nina, September 29, 2011

I had to read this book for class, and was surprised to find how much I liked it. Julia Alvarez writes poetically, giving each of the four Mirabal sisters their own unique voice and vision. She never writes anything that feels false or contrived, nor does she place the girls on an untouchable pedestal. I felt like I knew these four women once I was done. Alvarez writes about women, about strength and courage, about freedom and its cost.
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