Book Genre: Fiction

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Sally Green
lisab
3

In literature, white witches are usually supposed to be good but I guess it’s all in perspective because in Half Bad, they seem to be evil instead of good, indiscriminately using torture and killing off other witches. The first volume in a trilogy, Half Bad is about a boy whose mother was a...

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Tim O'Brien
lisab
5

The Things They Carried by Tim O’Brien is considered a classic novel and can be found on many “must read” lists. What I wasn’t expecting were the beautiful words. Every time I opened the book, I’m struck again by the beautiful words.  O’Brien’s tales are short stories about the members of a...

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Susan Rieger
KristinR
2

Blech. To be fair, this was a good idea for a book, and it was certainly a well-written one. But it wasn't humorous, as it claimed to be, nor interesting, as one would assume it should be. Oh well.

Sophie Diehl is a young criminal lawyer at a prestigious New England firm who is...

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Janet Fitch
Amanda R.
5

Twelve-year-old Astrid is the single star orbiting the bright white planet that is Ingrid, her poet mother. Together they’ve traveled across countries and continents, changing cities as Ingrid changes lovers. “When will we go home?” Astrid asks. “I am your home,” Ingrid answers. Astrid’s...

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Wendy Mass
Ryan
4

Prepare to launch into intergalactic adventure with ace navigator, Archie Morningstar, and his space taxi driving dad as they blast out of New York City and cruise through wormholes into other galaxies. Along the way, they meet up with giant undercover cats and a host of tricksters that need to...

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Jeremy Tankard
Angelita
3

This book was chosen for the One Book, One Colorado book. I enjoyed this book while reading it to my niece. It was perfect book for the age range 3-5. It explains moods in a simple way. The art in the book is well done. The story is also engaging for this age group.  Also, kids will learn...

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Peter Brown
Kristen M
3

This is one of a kind adorable. The illustrations are simple yet bold. You can see the emotions experienced by Lucy as she searched and tries to find a new friend. As an adult I enjoy this book and I can only imagine little ones will too.

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Mo Willems
Kristen M
4

Just got this today at work (yay working at a library) and it is too cute. For those familiar with Mo Williems and Pigeon, you will not be disappointed. Little Pigeon has a mind of his own and will do anything and everything he can to avoid a bath. I love the way Mo is able to capture the "...

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Marie Brennan
Hope H
3

Three years after the events of A Natural History of Dragons, Isabella is finally ready to embark on her next expedition, this time to the savannah and swamps of Bayembe. On arrival, she and her companions are immediately welcomed into the Oba's palace complex, and are eventually...

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Sŏn-mi Hwang
Becker
4

Originally written in Korean, and a bestseller in Korea for over 10 years, this is a modern day fable about freedom, identity, strength and longing. Sprout is a laying hen who has always wanted to get out into the yard, and, even more than that, to keep one of the eggs she lays and bring up a...

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V. S. (Vidiadhar Surajprasad) Naipaul
Alison
5

There is something unsettling about laughing at someone else's misfortunes but sometimes we can't help ourselves. The novel A House for Mr Biswas by V.S. Naipaul puts the reader into this situation on a regular basis: the work is funny because of the pathetic situation of the...

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Colette McBeth
KristinR
4

A taunt, intense read for fans of psychological thrillers. The full story is just out of reach in this debut novel, written as a long letter from Rachel to her dear childhood friend Clara.

Rachel grew from a frumpy, overweight kid into a sleek, successful newscaster, who tried to...

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Alex Myers
Becker
3

Alex Myers' fictionalized account of the life of Deborah Samson, who served in the Continental Army during the American Revolution as Robert Shurtliff, is a vividly imagined tale of identity, freedom, heroism and love. In 1782, Deborah wants more than her life as a weaver and servant to others....

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Max Brooks
seanamo
4

This was so not what I was expecting, but I found myself getting caught up in the story. The interweaving of history with alternative near-future was surprisingly believable. The full cast recording was packed with familiar voices and lent the audio version the feel of a documentary.

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Martin Cruz Smith
lisab
3

In the latest of the Arkady Renko series by Martin Cruz Smith, Renko investigates the death of a well-known Russian journalist. This story is combined with a tale about the corruption that is endemic in business and politics. Smith isn’t afraid of showing the dark side of human nature. This...

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Rainbow Rowell
Ryan
5

When a book name checks three great bands on the first page -- XTC, Misfits, Skinny Puppy -- and then makes me laugh through my tears for the last 100 pages, it's probably going to get 5/5 stars. This book has it all, memorable characters that you'll miss after finishing the last page, vibrant...

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Elizabeth Strout
Alison
5

Olive Kitteridge by Elizabeth Strout is a group of connected short stories that takes place in Crosby, Maine.  While Olive, the titular protagonist, gets several sections of the book to herself, more than half of the stories are in the perspective of other members of the town....

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Jonathan Safran Foer
Joe G
4

This is easily my favorite novel by Foer. This book depicts the perspective of Oskar Schell, a 9-year old living in NY during the 9/11 attacks on the Twin Towers. The book is generally about his quest to come to terms with his father's death in the attacks. It takes an external form of...

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Terry Pratchett
Adelina
5

I love the Tiffany Aching Adventures by Terry Pratchett. This book is excellent example of Terry Pratchett’s unique combination of humor, insight into the nature of humanity and compelling characters.

I Shall Wear Midnight is the fourth book in this series. Tiffany Aching has spent...

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Karen Joy Fowler
Stefanie
4

This is a fascinating, moving story of family love and mostly of loss. Fictionalizing what might have been a true animal-human research scenario, Rosemary narrates the story of her siblings and parents and how her unconventional family shaped their lives. There are quite a few horrible...

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Jesse Ball
Porscha
4

Jesse Ball seems to be to be a writer’s writer. He’s a good read for anyone with a love of language and semantics. This story is kind of a nonsensical, suspenseful spy-mystery story with a heavy feel of the surreal. Reading other reviews of his writing, Jesse Ball has been compared to David...

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J. C Carleson
KristinR
5

An excellent portrayal of the culture clash between the Middle East and middle-class America.  Carlson uses real-life experiences from her own time in Iraq and from recent violence in Syria to craft the story of Laila, who is seeking asylum in the United States after her father, a violent...

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A. S. (Amy Sarig) King
Colleen
4

A tough, unflinching look at a dysfunctional family and one young man's efforts to survive it. Gerald was defined as "The Crapper" at age five while his family took part in a reality show. At seventeen, he is still trying to escape this legacy. He is angry all the time: at his sister Lisi for...

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Nicola Griffith
Hope H
3

Before Hild was born her mother, Breguswith, had a dream that the child she carried would be "the light of the world". Breguswith ensures it, training Hild from a young age to become the official seer of her uncle, King Edwin. Yet it is not through magic Hild sees the future. "Quiet mouth,...

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Eva Indigo
Becker
3

What's a recently single pagan to do? Allura Satou feels like she's in a rut--with her job, with her skepticism about love. She performs rituals and asks friends for advice, which variously lead her to adopting a pet bird, trying laugh yoga, and going on a blind date. Allura is floundering, not...