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Joined January 2018

Goal: Read 55 books in 2019.
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Adele | Lela Slimani
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Adèle seems to have the perfect husband and son and life in Paris, but her secret addiction to sex with strangers that threatens to destroy it all.

Read October 4-9
Book 53/55

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Frances and Bobbi, 20-something poets and friends with a history, form a strange bond with a mesmerizing but unhappy older married couple.

Read September 30-October 4
Book 52/55

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All the Birds in the Sky | Charlie Jane Anders
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Patricia and Laurence are childhood friends, but their growing powers in magic and science, respectively, threatens to destroy their relationship—and the rest of the world along with it.

Read September 22-29
Book 51/55

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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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Poornima and Savitha are immediately drawn to each other as teenagers living in rural India, and the memory of their friendship sustains them as both women survive horrible, oppressive circumstances and try to find a way back to the other.

Read September 20-21
Book 50/55

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The Mothers: A Novel | Brit Bennett
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When Nadia is 17, grieving her mother‘s suicide, and dealing with a surprise pregnancy with the pastor‘s son, Luke, she makes decisions that will resonate in her black Southern California community for years to come.

Read September 17-20
Book 49/55

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Bennett takes on the gender issues, difficult situations, and harassment women can face at work and offers both practical solutions and solidarity.

Read September 12-16
Book 48/55

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The Incendiaries | R.O. Kwon
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Will and Phoebe find each other and fall in love at college, but Phoebe‘s growing fascination with the enigmatic John Leal and his group of worshippers threatens to be a breaking point in their relationship.

Read September 7-12
Book 47/55

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See What I Have Done | Sarah Schmidt
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A novel that explores the murders of Lizzie Borden‘s father and stepmother in their home in August 1892, with plenty of unsettling imagery to keep you thinking about it long after it‘s done.

Read August 27 - Sept 7
Book 46/55

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Wong‘s immensely captivating (and at times deeply unsettling) biography delves into the ways her Chinese family dealt with mental health issues, the ‘demons‘ that plagued her mother especially, as immigrants living in a Vancouver suburb.

Read August 18-26
Book 45/55

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Putney | Sofka Zinovieff
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Ralph becomes enamoured of a new friend‘s young daughter, Daphne, the first time he sees her, pursuing an illicit relationship that has repercussions decades later.

Read August 15-17
Book 44/55

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Katerina | James Frey
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A depressed, middle-aged writer‘s online conversation with someone from his past sparks reflections on his wild, alcohol-fuelled romps in Paris in the 90s as a wannabe Henry Miller and other male authors he idolized.

Read August 9-15
Book 43/55

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The Overstory: A Novel | Richard Powers
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A brilliant, ambitious novel in which the lives of several strangers become intertwined as they explore humans‘ mysterious and troubled relationship with trees.

Read July 29-August 8
Book 42/55

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Pretties | Scott Westerfeld
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In book 2 of the series, Tally‘s been surgically altered to become a Pretty and must remember her band of Ugly outlaws‘ plan to overturn the system from the inside.

Book 41/55
Read July 27-28

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Our Animal Hearts | Dania Tomlinson
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A young girl grows up on a BC peach farm at the turn of the 20th century, making friends with Japanese and Eastern European immigrants and fearing the lake monster come to life from her Welsh mother‘s stories.

Read July 20-27
Book 40/55

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Get an inside look into the crazy restaurateur life in Agg‘s biography, which is a low-key ode to Toronto‘s evolving food scene as well.

Read July 17-19
Book 39/55

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Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit | Jeanette Winterson
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Young Jeannette adores her church and her role as powerful sermonizer, but her love of women doesn‘t fit so neatly into her mother‘s idea of success.

Read July 6-13
Book 38/55

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Ponti | Sharlene Teo
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An arresting story of unfulfilled/ing relationships, told from the perspectives of Amisa, forgotten star of the 70s “Ponti” trilogy, her teenage daughter, Szu Min, trying to make it through high school in the early 2000s, and Szu‘s friend Circe, who is battling her own unhappiness in 2020.

Read July 7-13, 19-20
Book 37/55

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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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Sisters Grace, Lia and Sky have grown up in isolation according to the strict rules and dark lore of their parents, but then strangers come to their shore and they start having to make their own difficult choices.

Read July 1-5
Book 36/55

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The Secret History | Donna Tartt
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An outcast all his life, Richard falls in with a close-knit group of friends who study Greek at a small Vermont college — only to be pulled in to their deeply troubled secret lives.

Read June 23-28
Book 35/55

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Motherhood | Sheila Heti
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As she nears her 40th birthday, Heti struggles with the emotional, physical and psychological factors at play in whether to have a child.

Read June 16-23
Book 34/55

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Based on a true story, a young man and woman fall in love as they struggle to survive in one of WWII‘s hells on earth - Auschwitz.

Read June 7-12
Book 33/55

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Lullaby | Chuck Palahniuk
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A reporter and his ragtag crew are on a mission to find and destroy a poem that has sinister effects on anyone who hears it.

Read June 7-9
Book 32/55

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Uglies | Scott Westerfeld
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Teenager Tally can‘t wait to have the operation that turns her from an ugly into a pretty — until she discovers a secret, “ugly” community that lives freely and the truth about becoming pretty.

Read May 20-23, June 4-6
Book 31/55

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Thirteen-year-old Leni and her parents move to beautiful, dangerous Alaska in the mid-70s, hoping for a new start and finding much more hardship, love and strength than they could have ever imagined.

Read May 28 - June 4
Book 30/55

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Bit Rot | Douglas Coupland
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A collection of short stories and essays on technology, human thinking, and all kinds of other fun, strange brain pickings in Coupland‘s inimitable style.

Read May 20-27
Book 29/55

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Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
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Charming YA story in which Jack and Libby each have their own secrets to keep as they navigate high school, but they just can‘t seem to stop thinking about each other.

Read May 16-19
Book 28/55

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We Should All Be Feminists | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Based on a speech, this essay presents a quick and convincing argument for feminism.

Read May 19

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The Hate U Give | Angela Thomas
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When Starr witnesses a brutal police shooting, she must choose whether to stay silent and safe, or speak up and inspire change in her Black community.

Read May 12-15
Book 27/55

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Already a little dated (published in 2013), but Sandberg presents a solid argument for why women should lean in at work and describes how to find a (better) work-life balance while raising a family.

Read May 7-12
Book 26/55

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In the final book of the Peculiar Children trilogy, Jacob and his friends enter a hellish loop to fight the powers that would destroy them, using their own peculiar talents.

Read May 3-5
Book 25/55

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Heartbreaker | Claudia Dey
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Teens and their parents who live in an insular, close-knit northern territory keep falling in love and getting their hearts broken, while readers fall in love with Dey‘s stark, heartbreaking words and imagery.

Read April 26 - May 2
Book 24/55

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The second book of this YA trilogy finds Jacob and his peculiar friends chasing and being chased through London during WWII as they attempt to rescue their beloved Miss Peregrine.

Read April 19-25
Book 23/55

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Homes: A Refugee Story | Abu Bakr al Rabeeah, Winnie Yeung
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Young Abu Bakr tells the story of his family‘s journey from Iraq to Syria to Canada and the homes they strive to make in each place.

Read April 14-18
Book 22/55

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In a world that‘s turning back evolution at an alarming rate, Cedar and her family must escape great and dangerous odds to protect the mysterious fetus that‘s growing inside of her.

Read April 11-14
Book 21/55

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A mother‘s letters to her husband slowly reveal the horror that is their son‘s inner life and the terrible things of which he‘s capable... this one will stay with you.

Read April 4-7
Book 20/55

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Why Not Me? | Mindy Kaling
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Kaling‘s second set of lighthearted essays explores work, relationships, love and (minor) fame in her hilarious voice.

Read March 31 - April 3
Book 19/55

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This Is Where It Ends | Marieke Nijkamp
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A tense but often predictable YA story about a high school shooting that takes place in one long hour.

Read March 30-31
Book 18/55

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Wavy is growing up surrounded by poverty, drug abuse and violence, but her blossoming relationship with a young man named Kellen is keeping them both alive.

Read March 26-29
Book 17/55

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Belle Moral: A Natural History | Ann-Marie MacDonald
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A darkly comic play that explores how a family‘s inheritance will play out, while teasing out classic nature/nurture and rational/romantic themes.

Read March 25
Book 16/55

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The historically monied Mandible family faces the collapse of the US economy and the resulting chaos with intelligence, resourcefulness and aplomb... most of the time.

Read March 7-22
Book 15/55

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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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A fun, creepy thriller that centres on a small-town killer but gets more disturbing as crime reporter Camille grapples with the demons in her family, her past, and her own dark urges.

Read February 28 - March 3
Book 14/55

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Gay‘s unrelenting, brutally honest telling of the story of her ‘unruly body‘ and the trauma that shaped it is raw and difficult to read and so, so important.

Read February 24-26
Book 13/55

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Speak No Evil | Uzodinma Iweala
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As Niru navigates his last year of high school, his bright Harvard future, and his Nigerian parents‘ dismay over his sexuality, his best friend Meredith struggles with loving him and the thought of losing him.

Read February 17-24
Book 12/55

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Westover‘s memoir of growing up in rural Idaho is just so, so good. Read it and feel pain deep in your heart and cry a lot when it‘s done and then feel so grateful that she shared her story. Powerful and so beautiful.

Read February 12-16
Book 11/55

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A lovely guide on writing that uses the author‘s own life experiences to highlight more practical tips for aspiring writers.

Red February 6-10
Book 10/55

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Scarborough | Catherine Hernandez
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This story weaves together the struggles and inner lives of kids and their parents who attend a modest family literacy centre in Scarborough, a complex, multifaceted part of Toronto.

Read February 2-5
Book 9/55

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Hotel Silence | Audur Ava lafsdttir
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A man travels to a war-torn country with the intent of killing himself, but keeps getting distracted by the myriad repairs to do at Hotel Silence — and the lovely, traumatized young family that runs it.

Read January 28 - February 1
Book 8/55

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When She Woke: A Novel | Hillary Jordan
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In a dystopian future where criminals are dyed a colour and forced to face society‘s judgement, a young woman must deal with becoming a Red for having had an abortion.

Read January 26-30
Book 7/55

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The Stepford Wives | Ira Levin
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When Joanna and her family move to the idyllic town of Stepford, she soon finds the women are a little too perfect.

Read January 23-26
Book 6/55

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Swamplandia! | Karen Russell
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Ava Bigtree, a young protagonist with an awesome voice and insight, dreams of saving both her family from various plights and their failing crocodile park in a Florida swamp.

(Trying this ebook thing, not a bad setup! I do prefer real books still. Enjoy this picture of a dog in snow boots in lieu of a book pic.)

Read January 18-21
Book 5/55