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Tiltedwhirled
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This historical mystery set in Singapore during the wind up to World War II leaves enough bread crumbs along the way that the end isn‘t a complete surprise.

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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This novel blends fantasy with Mayan folklore to tell an epic quest and a bittersweet love story.

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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I only wished this were longer

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Pet | Akwaeke Emezi
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Mehso-so

Well written and imaginative but heavy handed with messaging toward the end.

IvoryLunatic I love inclusive books but I felt like this one was trying a little bit too hard sometimes. 2w
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The Winter Sister | Megan Collins
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Much of this didn‘t ring true for me

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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Immensely satisfying. Every person gets exactly what they deserve.

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The Fowl Twins | Eoin Colfer
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A rollicking good adventure for middle grade readers

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Olive Kitteridge | Elizabeth Strout
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Mehso-so

I am still processing this book. It was real. It was true.

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Much if this book was thoughtful. However, I wish the author had been more reflective of the ways that his own privilege effected his experience.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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A vast magical puzzle with no obvious beginning and the end is not revealed until, well, the end. And the end is devastating. I cannot say that I didn‘t cry. One flesh, one end.

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I am undone without you

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Gideon the Ninth | Tamsyn Muir
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I‘m naturally demeaning

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Definitely worth reading

AJBowers Loved this one 1mo
Shamzi Yes, definitely. Waiting for the second one!! 1mo
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What if the apocalypse looked like people continuing with their routines until they die? And what if nostalgia triggered a terrible brain wasting disease? This book centers on a woman tied to her job but with little human connections. Her parents are dead and her friendships and romantic entanglements are shallow. And yet, she lives.

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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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A perfectly crafted story spanning two time periods and one lifetime. Fiona is the center of the story. She tends to the dying during the AIDS epidemic in the eighties in Chicago and carries through the trauma to her adult life. Riveting and heartbreaking.

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I found the information about the ways in which the investigation into Israel Keyes‘ crimes was frustrated and mishandled to be interesting and infuriating. This man was a psychopath. We will never know the extent of his crimes

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Jay is an American. His cousin Jun is Filipino. Jay‘s dad is distant but loving. Jun‘s dad is a controlling tyrant. Then Jay stops writing Jun. Jay learns that Jun has died, and not only has he died but his death is shrouded in shame and mystery.

Jay decides to travel to the Philippines to find out what happened to Jun. In this journey Jay displays both courage and doggedness in the face of great resistance.

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A complicated family drama with little resolution

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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Red, White & Royal Blue | Casey McQuiston
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Delightful. An alternate universe where love triumphs over hate.

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This book was achingly realistic and sad

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I really enjoyed the three strong women that anchor this novel. All prove themselves to be smart, resourceful survivors that don‘t freeze in the face of terrifying events.

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This book made my heart hurt

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First, this book made me hungry and cold. I enjoyed the short stories interspersed through the memoir. I think the most interesting insight gained by the author was on the nature of loneliness and how it relates to being alone.

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Mehso-so

This was only ok.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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These are my books for Book Bingo— minus The Chestnut Man. YA novel— The Hunger Games, fantasy novel— Spinning Silver, a cover I like— Gods of Jade and Shadow and a September Book of the Month pick— The Chestnut Man.

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Lullaby | Chuck Palahniuk
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Mehso-so

The concept was interesting but there wasn‘t enough character development.

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The language was beautiful. The insight into human nature was illuminating.

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84K | Claire North
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In an all too possible dystopian future a man— Theo— tries to disrupt a system where all human life is only a number. This was pretty good but not great. The book switches timelines constantly but eventually they do meet up.

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84K | Claire North
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Caring isn‘t the same thing as doing something, and doing something is hard

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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I won‘t just take what‘s mine. I‘ll carve his life hollow.

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This murder mystery kept me guessing until the end. The interplay between each of the characters with their complex families was interesting. I think the most profound parts of the book were the ones dealing with Elizabeth‘s feelings of loss and guilt and shame.

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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I thought this book skipped over some necessary relationship development to get to the point where Drew is quitting his job to move to be with Alexa. I know it‘s romance but I wanted a little more.

marleed I was a so-so on this one, too. And the second. But then I found myself anticipating the third. I still found the writing wonky, but I‘m invested in the characters! 3mo
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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Battles often make more sense from the sky.

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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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I read the entire book in one sitting. I couldn‘t put it down.

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What is life of a human being worth? That is the overarching question facing the narrator of this historical fiction— a merchant who first sells slaves and then sells himself to feed his family, ultimately ending up on an expedition to the new world. In the new world he is a first hand observer of the colonizers treatment of and eventual defeat by the indigenous peoples. Well written and well worth reading.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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This was amazing

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This book did a good job explaining how and why the 1MDB fund was created and then used to plunder the country of Malaysia. It‘s also infuriating since so few people suffered any consequences for their participation in the fraud.

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Anansi Boys: A Novel | Neil Gaiman
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This was enjoyable but predictable.

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The Last Season | Eric Blehm
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A fascinating look at the life and death of a man who worked as a back country ranger in sequoia national park for 28 seasons. Randy Morgenstern‘s enduring love for the park and the rugged landscape comes through in the writing. The search for him when he goes missing is just as interesting.

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The Friend | Sigrid Nunez
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This felt like a series of diary entries almost. Notes taken in real time. Compelling.

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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Meg Wolitzer, Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Funny and short and complicated and unlikely but wonderful.

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The Sympathizer | Viet Thanh Nguyen
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The intricate plot and form of the novel (it is written as if the main character is giving his confession) make for interesting and gut wrenching reading

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Speak: A Novel | Louisa Hall
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I have no idea what was going on in this inventive novel but it was all interesting

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Thoroughly enjoyable

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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I really, really enjoyed the chemistry on the page between Michael and Stella. The plot certainly follows a familiar formula but it was fun.

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Mehso-so

I listened to this book as an audiobook. The narration was almost like a computer generated voice. As for the book itself, I found the discussion of actual cases interesting however the author certainly reveals his biases with respect to both race (he references the Central Park jogger case with admiration) and homosexuality. His dismissive treatment of persons of color and prisoners was really off putting.

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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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This was ok. Fast moving but shallow character development