Top Ten Tuesday: Best Books I’ve Read This Year

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Its been so loooooong. Hello again everyone! I kind of fell off the face of the earth for a while mostly because my procrastination habits caught up with me and made my last few weeks of the semester stressful and bitter. Its exam week but since classes are pretty much wrapped up, I figured it would be safe to venture back out into the real world and give my blog some much needed love.  So this week’s topic is a review of my top ten books of the year. This year was very touch and go with my reading selections. I had some that I loved and some that I REALLY hated, with more of the latter, much to my chagrin. Below is a list of my favorites in preference order.

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Book Review: Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe

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By: Benjamin Alire Saenz

Genres: Young Adult, Romance, LGBT Lit

A lyrical novel about family and friendship from critically acclaimed author Benjamin Alire Sáenz.

Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who has an unusual way of looking at the world. When the two meet at the swimming pool, they seem to have nothing in common. But as the loners start spending time together, they discover that they share a special friendship—the kind that changes lives and lasts a lifetime. And it is through this friendship that Ari and Dante will learn the most important truths about themselves and the kind of people they want to be.”

~ From Goodreads

What can you do to fill a hole in your heart that you know can’t be filled? This is a question that Ari, our narrator, struggles with through most of the book. From an outside perspective, Ari has everything in life he could want: a good home, two parents who love and care deeply for him, and a good education. Yet, despite this, he feels empty and finds little joy in most of what he does. Although his parents love him, his father rarely speaks to him, perpetually living through the horrors of his experiences in the Vietnam War and his mother refuses to acknowledge his older brother, Bernardo, exists after being thrown in prison for a crime Ari is completely unaware of. He has no friends to speak of until he meets Dante at the local pool, someone both open and happy in ways that Ari is not. This book, while not perfect, was both heart-wrenching and beautiful and deserves the praise it gets.

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