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Bookseller at Barnes & Noble, Humanities student at NAU, mother of 2, artist, animal lover, voracious reader and lover of all things literary, introvert, believer in magic

Currently reading

Science In Context: Readings In The Sociology Of Science
Barry Barnes, David Edge
The Apothecary
Maile Meloy
The Key & the Flame
Claire M. Caterer
Fifty Shades of Grey
E.L. James
Tiny Beautiful Things: Advice on Love and Life from Dear Sugar
Cheryl Strayed
Beautiful Creatures
Margaret Stohl, Kami Garcia
Pride and Prejudice
Margaret Drabble, Eloisa James, Jane Austen
Progress: 60/379 pages

The Casual Vacancy

The Casual Vacancy - J.K. Rowling This is definitely NOT Harry Potter - nor is this book appropriate for children. I did wish for some Potter magic, though, as I read....The class distinctions throughout 'The Casual Vacancy' are in-your-face. Gritty reality in all of its ugly truth is on every page of this book. (That's why I often wished for magic). I was pulled into the story, but I didn't care for most of the characters. The gossip, bitterness, betrayals, lies, and desperation within the story speaks truths about society. Rowling is harsh in her criticism of human weaknesses. The youth are the most hopeful. They are dragged into the messiness of life by the adults, but often figure out how to defend themselves. This is not a hopeful book by any means. It is raw and honest in its portrayal of modern civilization, exposing the ugliness that resides in us all at one time or another. I hope that Rowling continues writing for adults, but maybe next time she could add a little magic! And I still haven't given up hope on a grown-up Harry Potter/next- generation- at -Hogwarts story :)