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Mars and Venus on a Date: A Guide for Navigating the 5 Stages of Dating to Create a Loving and Lasting Relationship

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while i realize it's necessary to read relationship books with a grain of salt, i found this one to be pretty informative. to speak in general terms, it was interesting to read about the 5 stages of dating, and how men and women are in different situations. nothing too life-shattering, but definitely had some ah-ha moments.
Eat, Pray, Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia

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i really enjoyed reading this one. the only reason i didn't give it 5 stars is because i sometimes was distracted when gilbert felt the need to justify herself or her actions. i understand that it showed her growth, but she is so funny and well-written otherwise that i could've done without.

on a completely different note...i loved the message of being honest with yourself and dealing with your own issues.

i also will say, the last page gave me chills. literally.

loved the message!
A Thousand Splendid Suns

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this is a very timely, heartwrenching story of life in afghanistan over the course of thirty years ending in the present. very eye-opening on many plains.
The Reluctant Fundamentalist

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The prose in this novel are quite beautiful. It is written in monologue form, which at first seems odd, but then quickly is forgotten. The book deals with the tension (global and personal) between the east and west, more specifically Pakistan and America. There is a lot of suspense throughout the book and it leaves room for pondering and translation of what the reader believes to be the truth.
Remember Me?

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I hadn't read a chick-lit book in a really long time, so this was fun to read.
Beneath a Marble Sky

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this is a fast, enjoyable read. it has a lot of suspense, the ending is tied up neatly and yet it's more than just a love story (as it is subtitled on the book) admittedly, that is what caught my attention, but it really is also intertwined with war, jealousy, maliciousness and those who listen to their gut whether it takes them to a good or bad place.
Como agua para chocolate

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very enjoyable read about food and love with hints of magical realism!
Weetzie Bat

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the style is very fast paced, but really has a good undertone. also just fun to read, kinda out there.
Introvert Power: Why Your Inner Life Is Your Hidden Strength

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granted, i may be biased in my full 5 star rating, but i really loved this book...mostly b/c i could relate to it and see that others feel the same way. i wouldn't say that i agreed 100% with everything, but it did give me a lot of insight to myself and people in general. there are a lot of explanations of the differences b/t introverts and extroverts, including how each is energized, and each group's idea of fun. it's a quick read that anyone could benefit from if one is interested in understanding people.
The Commitment

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Savage breaks down relationships, marriage and the debate of gay marriage into hilarious quips and all-too-true insight into the absurd reasons some conservatives give for being against gay marriage. it'd be good for people on all sides of the issue to read this. plus, it's super funny at times!
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