Book Genre: Fiction

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Tim Seeley
Laurie.
4

Cooper, one of the young characters sums up volume 2 best: "Life isn't a video game. Sometimes people have to die." And they do. I am squeamish and while I made lots of faces and uttered some words out loud, the art and storyline kept me turning the pages. Each new chapter is kicked off with a...

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Tim Seeley
Becker
3

Welcome to Wausau, Wisconsin, the world of Revival, billed as a "rural noir." This graphic format book is a contains mystery, the supernatural, an interesting spin on zombies, small town secrets, and interesting characters. The story opens on a day when 23 previously dead folks wake up and are...

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Mira Grant
Becker
3

In a kickoff to a new series, Grant (author of the Newsflesh trilogy, which I loved) introduces us to a near future world where health care as we know it has been fundamentally changed by a company called Symbogen. They developed a genetically modified tapeworm (really) that folks take in pill...

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Rachel Hartman
Rebecca
4

Here's the thing about fantasy: It is so dominated by JRR Tolkien (who, in turn, was heavily influenced by European mythology--English, Norse, and Celtic, most notably) that you can sometimes forget that there's space for anything else. Dwarves and orcs and elves and men. Dragons and...

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Richard Adams
Bobby
4

For years I was under the impression that Watership Down was a science fiction book.  I knew it was about rabbits, but thought they must be of some alien variety and their “ship” goes “down”.  About 50 pages in I finally let go of this mistaken notion and began to enjoy the...

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Kate Atkinson
Adelina
3

1910, England on a snowy night Ursula Todd is born and dies before taking her first breath. Ursula is born on a snowy night in 1910 England and she lives. As Ursula grows up, she also dies repeatedly in a variety of ways. She lives again and again trying to apply vague memories of former lives...

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Patrick McGrath
Simone
4

If you like dark smart things, you'll like Port Mungo. Port Mungo is a well-told torrid noir-ish tale of two lovers, tortured artists both, whose unhealthy yet passionate and consistent relationship spans decades and continents, leaving in its wake a tangle of pathos,...

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Rainbow Rowell
Hope H
4

Trigger warnings for: domestic abuse, implied domestic violence, sexual harassment, and bullying.

Eleanor has an abusive stepfather, an emotionally distant father, and any number of bullies at her new school. She thinks Park is beautiful.

Park has the only parents on the...

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Jhumpa Lahiri
Nancy
3

 The Lowland was short-listed for the Man Booker prize this year and received mixed reviews.  I have to side with the people who found it less than excellent.  The characters and story are memorable, but reminded me a bit too much of Rushdie's Midnight's Children...

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Maggie Stiefvater
Becker
5

This is the story of Sean, and Puck, and the capaill uisce (a breed of vicious water horses), and Dove (Puck's normal horse), and the island of Thisby. Thisby is a place seemingly out of time, an important character in this book, with its history, traditions, and characters who know each other...

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Adelle Waldman
Charlissa
4

Nathaniel P is a writer on the verge of publishing his first novel. This book is a chronicle of his relationships inside the world of the young and hip literati of Brooklyn. In spite of the title, it has little to do with love (a word that is barely mentioned maybe one time as nothing but a...

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René Colato Laínez
Ryan
5

This is an awesome book for kids who come from Latin America that wish to use their last names and learn about their ancestors. It is a bilingual picture book based on the author's own life as an American immigrant from El Salvador. 

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Diane Setterfield
KristenA
5

​Though it is set in the present day, The Thirteenth Tale has the feel of a much older novel, when books were ​still a primary form of entertainment and when letters and conversation were still our primary forms of communication. For the main character, they still are. Margaret Lea...

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Helen Simonson
Hope H
3

Major Pettigrew is a lonely, opinionated, and judgmental old man who has a dry sense of humor, an estranged son, and the respect (or at least the pretense of it) of his neighbors and fellow club members. When his younger brother unexpectedly dies of a heart attack, the Major finds comfort in the...

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Aldous Huxley
Adelina
3

This book may change the way you look at the world around you. 

Brave New World is a frequently challenged and ban book. I chose to read it because its content is challenging to the reader. It is considered a Classic written in 1931 because of its staying power to influence. I found...

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Charles Portis
Jennifer B.
3

The Dog of the South has the best opening line I've read in a long time: "My wife Norma had run off with Guy Dupree and I was waiting around for the credit card billings to come in so I could see where they had gone."

From those credit card billings, narrator Ray Midge, 26, of Little Rock...

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Brandon Sanderson
Ryan
2

Brandon Sanderson will not be converting many reluctant fantasy readers with The Rithmatist. Here's the setup: Joel is a lowly chalk maker at Armedius Academy in the magic-infused American Isles where murderous chalk figures, aka chalklings, are stealing kids, while Rithmatists (...

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Patrick Rothfuss
seanamo
3

I grew up on high fantasy, but lately every time I see a 600+ page sci-fi or fantasy book, I just think "ain't nobody got time for that!" That may be why it took a while to get into this book (it took a few hours of listening before I fully engaged with the story), but eventually I did get...

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Ellen Hopkins
Becker
3

This novel in verse follows three teens--Conner, Tony, and Vanessa--as they meet and go through treatment after attempting suicide. Each is in residential facility Aspen Springs for different reasons, and they connect in different ways. As the poems, told from each of their voices, reveal their...

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Joyce Carol Oates
Jennifer D
5

“Black Water” was my first journey into the world of Joyce Carol Oates, and a perfect autumn read. Lush descriptions of the day leading up to a car accident, vignettes of the main character’s life render descriptions of the accident and subsequent entrapment in the car underwater all the more...

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Benjamin Alire Sáenz
Laurie.
5

Many famous people have visited the real-life Kentucky Club and just as many nameless people have died around this border bar. Conflict weaves together Sánez’s seven stories exploring the...

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Donna Tartt
L.F.
5

Donna Tartt chose to live a reclusive life following the hype over her debut novel, The Secret History.  After reading her newly released third novel, The Goldfinch, I ask:  Do we need an author to blog and make appearances at book signings or promotional interviews...

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Octavia E Butler
Becker
4

Wow--I'm so glad this book was recommended to me--I'd heard of many of Butler's other novels, but not this one. The Earth has been mostly destroyed by nuclear war. Lilith Iyapo wakes up 250 years later to find that she, and other surviving humans, have been saved by an alien race called the...

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Tom Robbins
Lily
5

Tom Robbins is one of my favorite authors because he can combine unrelated topics like immortality and perfumery and create poetic, flowery prose that borders on nonfiction. Like all Robbins novels Jitterbug Perfume is stylized, fanciful, and funny, but only Jitterbug Perfume...

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Melinda Taub
Carrie
4

Romance, adventure, and political intrigue abound in this delightful riff on Shakespeare's Romeo & Juliet.  The novel picks up where the play ends: street brawls and suicide among Verona's youth have left...