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Blood, Sweat, and Pixels

Blood, Sweat, and Pixels (2017) by Jason Schreier  Genre: Non-fiction, videogames  Pages: 278 Summary: Jason Schreier chronicles the stressful and many times chaotic path to creating a video game. Schreier documents 10 video games and the storytellers, producers, programmers, and digital artists who put blood and sweat into creating some of the most memorable and…

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A Gentleman in Moscow

A Gentleman in Moscow (2016) by Amor Towles  Genre: Fiction – Historical  Pages: 462  Summary: Amor Towles’s novel A Gentleman in Moscow chronicles the life of the Count Alexander Ilyich Rostov. Due to unsavory writings that dissatisfied the Russian government in the early 1900s, Count Rostov is sullied away on house arrest at the Hotel…

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The Soul of America

The Soul of America (2018) by Jon Meacham  Genre: Nonfiction – Politics/History Pages: 400 Summary: Jon Meacham takes the reader through America’s historical contradictions. The Soul of America looks critically at events panning from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement, examining the events through the lens of pragmatic optimism.  Meacham continuously acknowledges America’s…

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A Court of Thorns and Roses

A Court of Thorns and Roses (2015) by Sarah J. Maas  Genre: Fiction – Fantasy  Pages: 432  Summary: A Court of Thorns and Roses is the first novel of a rich and intricate fantasy series. I find myself falling more and more into this genre than I ever expected. The creativity and concentration that it…

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The Ancient Hours

The Ancient Hours (2020) by Michael Bible  Genre: Fiction  Pages: 102 Content warning: violence, domestic violence, drug addiction, sexual assault, discrimination, mass violence.  Summary: At 102 pages, The Ancient Hours is a short but powerful tale. Harmony, North Carolina experienced a tragedy. This tragedy haunts the town, the people who lived there then and experienced…

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