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Joined March 2016

writer of things. co-host of the Put A Blurb On It podcast. friender of Batman. oh & reviewer. ardoomer.wordpress.com/portfolio
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Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
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Middlegame by Seanan McGuire
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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A great and engaging read. Highly recommend for fans of thrillers.

Cathythoughts Loved it 👍🏻 3w
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The Stranger Upstairs | Melanie Raabe
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Not sure how I feel about the direction it ultimately went in but I will say the writing is fantastic.

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This is a must read and Elliott‘s writing is fantastic.

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Mehso-so

The first story which is basically a novella and shared a name with the title is excellent. However, it makes it hard to enjoy the other stories that weren‘t as good. I still recommend reading it for that first story alone which is roughly 91 pages long.

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Love from A to Z | S. K. Ali
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I LOVE THIS BOOK SO MUCH. Disclaimer: I‘m mentioned in the acknowledgements. However this is the first time I‘ve read the book. It‘s so good but also really intense due to the Islamophobia that occurs in it but SK handles it well and you can‘t help but cheer on Adam and Zeynab. I highly recommend it!

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Mehso-so

I‘m feeling meh about this volume. I mentioned on Twitter that I find the question of “why does Batman fight for a shitty place like Gotham” boring and the answers just as boring. There was probably one scene that made me laugh but otherwise, it feels very much like other Batman runs. The Snyder run before this one was a lot more interesting (although Snyder had trouble sticking the landing on story arcs).

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So good! I highly recommend the series and this instalment feels particularly hilarious. Great scenes and dialogue. READ IT.

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Cracked Up to Be | Courtney Summers
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I just re-read this and it was a heartbreaking delight. I love Courtney Summers.

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This is a pretty cool story. Learned a lot about horse racing and the industry around it.

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On a Sunbeam | Tillie Walden
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So this graphic novel was interesting. You can tell it was originally a webcomic due to how the story unfolds. It‘s more of a “see what happens” vs a planned out beginning, middle and end. Many people say that it was difficult to read and very confusing which I don‘t agree with imo. I will say that the character designs for some of the characters are too similar sometimes that you don‘t know who is saying what. I still enjoyed it.

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I feel like I should explain the rating given the book. This is strictly a review of the graphic adaptation of Anne Frank‘s diary and not the content of the diary. I don‘t think the adaptation was done well because it didn‘t take into consideration that a diary doesn‘t flow in a way a curated narrative does. When an entry ends abruptly, you feel it and slow the momentum which leads to a not great read.

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All that^ Fantastic read.

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Shut Up You're Pretty | Ta Mutonji, Tea Mutonji
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An excellent read that gradually reveals the way sexism and race affect the lives of racialized women from the biggest offences to the subtlest of microaggressions. It‘s beautifully done.

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The Afterward | E. K. Johnston
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What a delight. A book about what happens after the quest. Johnston is kind to her characters while also allowing them their hurt, complexities and growth.

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An excellent horror comic which is unsurprising since it‘s Emily Carroll

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Kingdom of Copper | S A Chakraborty
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I‘m re-reading this as an audiobook! It‘s very good so far.

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The Bird King | G. Willow Wilson
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Love love love. It‘s historical speculative fiction and I loved learning about Muslims in Spain before if became Spain but also the conversation about one‘s beliefs and I find Vikram enchanting. I highly recommend.

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This Place: 150 Years Retold | Kateri Akiwenzie-Damm, Richard Van Camp, Katherena Vermette, David Alexander Robertson, Rachel Qitsualik-Tinsley, Chelsea Vowel, Sean Qitsualik-Tinsley, Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair, Jen Storm, Brandon Mitchell, Sonny Assu
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This is an important graphic novel. It goes through 150 years of Indigenous Peoples in Canada (remember that Indigenous Peoples have been on this land for thousands of years while Canada is a settler power) telling stories of people and events that most Canadians haven‘t read about in their history class. Fantastic visuals. My favourite stories are ROSIE (see photo) and RED CLOUDS. Highly recommend.

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A hilarious read that has fun playing with tropes. Great characters (Liam is my favourite) and just an enjoyable read. Highly recommend.

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Oof. What a great story. Gut punching and based on real life!

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Bloom | Kevin Panetta
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What a lovely read. Enjoyed the light blue/black colour scheme. Sweet boys. Great convo about what we want, who are friends are and familial relationships.

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Such a lovely read. It made my heart melt as a Muslim girl 😭

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How odd. I didn‘t love the experience of reading this but the art is great (despite the grotesque imagery) and I think horror fans could love this. I personally enjoyed the short story at the end called The Enigma of Amigara Fault.

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Washington Black | Esi Edugyan
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What a fantastic read. It forced me to take my time with it and every minute was worth it. Highly recommend.

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What a fantastic read. I highly recommend it.

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Another great read in this series. I love that it has characters that are dealing with depression. More DreadfulWater please!

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I love this series. It‘s smart and full of dry witty humour.

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Vengeful | V. E. Schwab

Still mulling this over. Finished it in three days. Review to come.

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab
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I‘ve definitely grown since I read this in 2013. I finished it not as in love with it as I was before but I still respect the well crafted story. Still recommend.

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Vicious | V. E. Schwab

Currently re-reading it before reading its newly released sequel: Vengeful. 🙌🏾

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The Kingdom of Copper | S. A. Chakraborty
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THIS BOOK IS FANTASTIC. An excellent sequel. I‘m so pumped and went through a rollercoaster of emotion reading it. It‘s out January 2019 and I honestly see myself singing it‘s praises whenever I can right now and all through it‘s release year. Read it!

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I'm Afraid of Men | Vivek Shraya
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You guys should seriously read this book. It‘s a smol but pacts a punch. So important and relatable. You can literally read it in an hour like a colleague did or over the course of a day (like me) because you need time to absorb Shraya‘s heartbreaking but eye opening words.

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👍🏾👍🏾👍🏾
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For Every One | Jason Reynolds
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This is a great motivator. It‘ll make you feel seen and offer light during your moment of uncertainty. It reaffirms that your dreams are worth chasing no matter what they are or how far away they seem. A must re-read.

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Loved it. It‘s a great look at how someone deals with grief on top of other life stressors. I loved Tiffany and was aggravated by various people in her life but it was a great read. It did help me understand my anxiety a bit more too.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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This book is phenomenal. I couldn‘t put it down. Highly recommend.

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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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Very good. Everyone should read it.

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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Get this book. Read it. It‘s so good. Not only is it about zombies but it also tackles race and features an asexual/aromantic character. I love Jane. I want to be Jane but also council her because that‘s what friends do. It‘s in the running for my favourite books of 2018.

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The Beauty That Remains | Ashley Woodfolk
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This book is so good. It unravels you but done so in lovely prose. I‘m in love and the blurbs were all true.

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A Dangerous Crossing | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Once again, Khan has written a great mystery/crime novel while also educating us on a human rights issue. In this latest instalment, she‘s tackling the Syrian refugee crisis. It‘s a important read and there‘s some relationship drama between your faves. I loved it.

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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This book was fine. I think what saved it was the race commentary and cute moments but the writing could have been better. It was repetitive with descriptions and the information it shared. It also went overboard with the amount sex involved.

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Where's Halmoni? | Julie Kim
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This comic is soooo good. The visual is stunning and so textured. The characters were hilarious and with these fantastic expressions. I just adore this comic so much. Great for young readers but I think older readers will enjoy it too. The incorporation of Korean text (Hangul) was lovely.

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The Red Word | Sarah Henstra
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It was a bit of a slow start but then it started to get interesting. I enjoyed how the conversation unfolded. There was a push & pull of ideas that you would have as college kids. I would put a trigger warning for sexual assault which is not surprising for a book tackling rape culture but if you don‘t mind reading characters figure things out, I recommend it. I didn‘t agree w/ all of the characters & all of their ideas by the end but still. Good.

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Emergency Contact | Mary H. K. Choi
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I loved this book. I wanted to hug and protect the main characters. Choi is great at showcasing the different types of relationships: friendship, romance and parent/child. It‘s just...so good. I think about that Fault in Our Stars line about falling slowly and then all at once quote (or something like that). It made me happy and I have so many feelings.

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I highly recommend this book about finding who you are as a teen and trying to achieve your dreams. The two main characters are cute and Jen Wang‘s art is lovely.

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Before I Let Go | Marieke Nijkamp
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This book is very good. I wanted to punch many people in this story and felt VERY STRESSED but it is so good.

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I really enjoyed this sequel. It‘s fun to see jokes about the DC characters and young Bruce is so extra (I love it). Downside is the art‘s style doesn‘t lend itself well to black and white which leads to difficulty differentiating between the characters. It also becomes a problem with people of colour who come across as white.

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Mehso-so

I loved Jane Mai‘s Sunday in the Park With Boys but this collection didn‘t grab me in the same way. There are individual scripts that are hilarious but as a book, it didn‘t have that thing that made me go, “I‘m satisfied.”

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A cute read but the art is the star of the show. Big fan of Xanthe Bouma‘s artwork!

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The City of Brass | S. A. Chakraborty
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What a great read. It was a welcome distraction during a high anxiety time. The book quickly became a hard to put down read and I have a ship that I‘m AVIDLY cheering for. The world building is phenomenal and it was great to read about the djinn as someone who has grown up hearing stories about djinn possessions 😱 Highly recommend.