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Joined September 2016

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Kindred | Octavia Butler
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This has been on my TBR for YEARS! I had no idea what it was about but it was a wild ride. In 1976, Dana is moving into a new home with her white husband when she suddenly finds herself on a plantation in 1819 saving a boy from drowning. Rufus is the son of the plantation owner and a direct descendant of Dana's. Time and again Dana is pulled back into the antebellum south to save Rufus' life. 4.5⭐️

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My feelings for this book are not without bias. I loved the first book in the series because I found it refreshing read about a world where humans are trying to do what benefits society and the environment. So I was very excited when I saw this on the library shelf. I wasn't disappointed. This book continues to follow Mosscap and Dex through different towns as Mosscap meets more humans to determine what their needs are.(cont in comments)

DMC_run8 I love the friendship that continues to develop between the two main characters. And seeing things we take for granted from the robot's perspective is very eye-opening. 4.5⭐️ 4d
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Prival Sangupta is a Bengali widow who has never left the blocks surrounding her Kolkata apartment. When her husband passes, she decides to take a tour of America hoping that it will lead her to her estranged son who she has been told died suddenly from a heart attack. She is accompanied by her tour guide Satya, a young Bangladeshi man, who has never led a tour, and Rebecca, a struggling American actress. 4.5⭐️ I'm going to miss this crazy crew!

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I REALLY wanted to like this book. I love a plus sized main character. But the majority of the book discusses her dieting and exercising to get a revenge body and it was a bit much for me. I did love her relationships with her friends and family and the descriptions of her cooking. 2⭐️

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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This is one of those books that I cannot possibly summarize. Well, I could but not without spoilers. If you liked Station Eleven this is similar. But less pandemic-y. And less dystopian. And with time travel. 4.5⭐️

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This Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a must read! Sociologist Matthew Desmond, seeking to understand the housing crises, follows eight families living below the poverty line in an effort to find how we as a country got here and what can be done about it. The individual stories are devastating but Desmond offers some hope in the end. 5⭐️

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Mom and Me and Mom | Maya Angelou
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Maya Angelou's mom was a pistol!

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Seven Days In June | Tia Williams
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Great summer read! Sometimes I just want to read about people who are meant to be together against the odds. 4.5⭐️

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Very informative read both for those who are on the Ace spectrum and for those who aren't. Covers the intersections between being Ace and homo or heterosexual, trans, disabled, BIPOC. Also discusses consent in a way that is beneficial for anyone regardless of identity. 4⭐️

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I absolutely fell in love with the characters in this book. There were quite a few instances where I was yelling at the main character because she makes some pretty bad choices but ultimately I just wanted things to work out for her. 4.5⭐️

BarbaraBB Are you joining us for #CampLitsy? We‘ll be reading and discussing this book the first half of July! 1mo
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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I just really did not like this one. If you want a to read a fabulous book with an autistic narrator I would suggest The Curious Incident of Dog in the Nighttime. 2⭐️

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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I loved All the Light You Cannot See but this book just felt like a jumbled mess for the first 400 pages. In the book's defense, I had covid while reading it so brain fog may have been a contributing factor. I really slogged my way through. 3⭐️

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A Hollywood legend recounting her life story to the young woman who will write her memoir after she's passed. People are complicated 4.75 ⭐️

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
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Beautifully written novel about a woman in the 12th century who is shipped off to a convent only to eventually become abbess and completely transform it. As someone who was raised Catholic there were a lot of situations I found humorous. I really enjoyed how the convent was its own matriarchal society within a larger society (and institution) that are not. 5⭐️

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Cherish Farrah: A Novel | Bethany C. Morrow
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This book was twisted. Almost DNF'd because the beginning was slow and I didn't like the narrator but it picked up toward the middle and I breezed through the rest of it. I wasn't disappointed but it's not my typical genre. 3.75⭐️

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Desiree and Stella are twins born and raised in Mallard, LA, a town where the lightness of one's skin is prized. At 16 the girls flee the confines of their small town and head to New Orleans where one of them disappears. The story follows the trajectory of Desiree and Stella's lives after their separation. 4⭐️

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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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I really enjoyed this book. It is narrated by Daniel, a 27 year old, who possibly witnesses a college student being kidnapped. He wants to contact the police but there is one problem: Daniel has spinal muscular atrophy and cannot speak. Aided by his best friend, Travis, and his caregiver, Marjani, he is determined to save this girl.
I really loved the representation in this book and despite one glaring plot hole I enjoyed the story overall. 4⭐️

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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I didn't enjoy this as much as the first in the series. For an 800 page book I felt there were so many sub-plots that felt thrown together and it resulted in the story feeling disjointed. Will I read the next book in the series when it's published? Yes. But I'm not waiting with bated breath.

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I just love the library so much!

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I had a hard time getting into this one and was 10 pages away from DNF when the story picked up for me. I'm glad I stuck with it because I really enjoyed it! It's interesting to imagine living life without being able to connect with anyone. 4⭐️

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House of Earth and Blood | Sarah J. Maas
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I've been on an fantasy kick. I enjoyed it enough to purchase (and start reading) the sequel but I'm still suffering a book hangover from the Six of Crows duology. 4⭐️

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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I've been slightly behind with posting, I finished this over a week ago. This book was a fun ride and I deeply miss all the characters! 4.5⭐️

Saknicole I love this duology! 3mo
DMC_run8 @Saknicole it's so good! 3mo
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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Loved this one. Good character development. Already started the second book!

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Brilliant poetry collection 5/5⭐️

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Every Heart a Doorway | Seanan McGuire
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A sort of Alice Through the Looking Glass theme but if there were multiple Alices who ended up in different worlds, each suited to that particular child's needs and capabilities. The book follows students at a boarding school who long to return to the worlds they stumbled into. After Nancy arrives from an Underworld students at the school are murdered one by one. I enjoyed the theme of acceptance but the book fell just shy of expectations 3.5⭐️

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Little Thieves | Margaret Owen
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This story follows Vanja. Abandoned by her mother at the age of 4 she becomes the adopted daughter of Death and Fortune. These days she is moonlighting as a princess and stealing from the nobility. When she angers a Lesser God a curse is placed on her for her greed. Vanja must figure out how to right her wrongs to survive the next full moon. And that is just the first few chapters! 4.5⭐️

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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I was never really interested in mythology growing up but I have enjoyed all of the mythology re-imaginings that I've read recently. I will definitely read more of Sylvia Moreno-Garcia's books! 4⭐️

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All Boys Aren't Blue | George M. Johnson
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George Johnson's memoir of growing up in NJ simultaneously trying to define his identity and hide it. Def. ✔️ trigger warnings for this book! I wanted to read it b/c it recently made some banned books lists. Overall I enjoyed it and I hope that kids in similar circumstances have access to books like this so they have a sense of solidarity. I hope that kids in differing circumstances also read books like this to develop empathy and acceptance 4.5⭐️

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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I accidentally glanced at a couple of Google reviews before reading this one and, based on those, I might be an outlier. I loved this book. It has so many qualities I don't like but it's different from anything I've read and I really enjoyed it. I reserved it from the library based solely on a patient recommendation. It's one of those books that the less you know going into the better IMO. 5⭐️

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John Green, even in non-fiction, is the king of toying w my emotions. Even a chapter innocuously titled "Googling People" packs an unexpected gut punch. Green reviews different aspects of the current geological age. I love random facts and back stories on how things came to be (the QWERTY keyboard, Monopoly). 4.5⭐️

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Clap When You Land | Elizabeth Acevedo
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Camino lives in the Dominican Republic. Yahaira lives in New York City. When American Airlines flight 587 crashes shortly after takeoff there are no survivors. Camino and Yahaira both lose their father on that day and each girl is about to learn of the existence of a second family and a sister she never knew about.

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This was the perfect pallette cleanser after my last 3 books. Nora Seed has decided to end her life, but instead of death she ends up at the Midnight Library, an in-between place where the different paths her life could have taken are all available to her. But this is not a permanent place and Nora must find the life that suits her or risk losing herself forever. 5⭐️

michellelav This was a great book! 😁 5mo
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It's a good thing this was an audio book because I would have thrown a physical book across the room at least 30 times. The amount of injustice and corruption in this world never ceases to amaze me. Anyway, read this book. It was infuriating but phenomenal. 5⭐️ I need a fluffy read. My last 3 books were heavy. TW for substance abuse, OD

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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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This one is tough for me to review. I don't normally read memoirs and while I did enjoy it I probably should have at least read a synopsis before diving in. I'm not in a place to be reading about a girl losing her mom. 3.5⭐️

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Very well researched book about the migration of African Americans from the south during the Jim Crow period. The book follows three people who make their way out of the south and end up in Chicago, NYC, and LA each in a different decade. 5⭐️

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A Marvellous Light | Freya Marske
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Sir Robert Blyth is accidentally placed in a government position where he learns of the existence of magic. Unbeknownst to him, his predecessor was murdered and the men responsible are now after Robert for information. After having a curse placed on him he receives help from Edwin, a reclusive man from a magical family who has little power himself. As they learn to draw from each other's strengths a romance develops. 4⭐️

Nutmegnc I just got this one! 5mo
DMC_run8 @Nutmegnc ooh, enjoy! 5mo
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My Monticello: Fiction | Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
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My pulse is still racing a bit from the ending.
I thought the main story was very good. The first few chapters are completely separate stories which was a little confusing. After I finished reading I saw that the first chapter was initially a stand-alone short story. 4⭐️ for the book but 5⭐️ for the first chapter!

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YA contemporary fiction. Quinn has a lot of secrets in her journal in the form of lists. When her journal goes missing she is blackmailed to begin completing items on some of her lists. Quinn will have to learn to face her fears. 4⭐️ I love YA

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Évike is the only girl in her village without magic, known as barren. When the Woodsmen arrive to collect a seer Évike is readily sacrificed. During the treacherous journey to the city all of the Woodsman are killed except for the Captain. Èvike and the Captain must learn to rely on each other for survival and, of course, the fate of the kingdom depends on them. 4⭐️

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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Beautiful illustrations. I've realized since reading Circe, Song of Achilles, and now this book that my knowledge about Greek mythology is seriously lacking.

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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I went a little crazy with the Target book sale! In my defense, I've been a faithful library user for years!

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Wallace Price is a Scrooge-like lawyer who cares more about his firm's bottom line than its employees. When Walter dies from a sudden heart attack he's given a second chance at life. 5⭐️

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Verity | Colleen Hoover
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This was my first Colleen Hoover book and it did not disappoint! I flew through it in 2 days. It was suspenseful throughout (to be fair, I have anxiety). I'm still thinking about that ending! 3.5⭐️

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I picked this up because 1. Everyone is talking about it and 2. I always read a light, breezy fiction when reading a heavy non-fiction. This would be a good beach read but I read so many great books this month I don't feel like I can put this in the same league. I was equal parts entertained and annoyed. 3.5⭐️

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Olga Dies Dreaming | Xochitl Gonzalez
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Olga is just 12 when her mother abandons her family in Brooklyn to become a full time revolutionary. The story unfolds slowly, weaving back and forth between the lives of Olga and her brother, past and present, the influence of their mother always looming. They must decide whether continue living their lives in a bid to win her approval or discover their own happiness at great personal risk. 4⭐️

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Station Eleven: A novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I know I'm late to the party but I'm so glad I didn't read this before 2020! This is the first book to give me nightmares in recent memory. 5⭐️

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Linus Baker works for the Dept in Charge of Magical Youth. For 17 years he has visited orphanages and submitted reports. He is sent on a top secret assignment to an island that contains the most dangerous magical children. This is the book version of being wrapped up in your favorite blanket with a cup of tea watching the snow fall outside. Literary hygge. I'm on a roll. 5⭐️

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Black Buck | Mateo Askaripour
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Darren, aka Buck, is a supervisor at Starbucks who is offered an opportunity to work for a start-up company selling...it takes awhile to get to that. Darren is our narrator and his goal is to teach us how to sell. This book was darkly satirical and I was pleasantly surprised by it. My first 5⭐️ this year.

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This Pulitzer Prize winning novel winds its way through 3 generations of Oscar's family from New Jersey to the Dominican Republic and back. Set against the backdrop of the Trujillo regime the narrator wonders if the family suffers from bad luck or if they're actually cursed.

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Felix Ever After | Kacen Callender
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Felix is a high school senior grappling with his gender identity, being abandoned by his mother, and an anonymous bully. But the biggest challenge that he faces is his own doubts about his self-worth. Can he get out of his own way for long enough to let love in? 4⭐️

Nutmegnc I loved this one. I‘ve read other by the same author and they just seemed soso. I was totally enamored with this one though!! (edited) 7mo
DMC_run8 I didn't know there was another book. I heard so much buzz about this one I had to read it! 7mo
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