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Wednesday 22 November 2017

Stone Circle by Kate Murdoch

How would you handle knowing exactly what the people around you thought of you?

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Monday 13 November 2017

The Mistborn Trilogy by Brandon Sanderson

This set is definitely a series, and needs to be read as such. You might be able to pull one out and read it separately, but you'd miss the details, both small and large, that give the story its depth texture. As always, Sanderson's world is fully realized and deeply nuanced. His characters are complex and grow throughout the course of the each novel as well as over the larger arch.

And without completely spoiling the ending for those who haven't read it yet… here's to the unexpected heroes.

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Sunday 2 July 2017

It's about Diana Prince

I have heard the criticism of Wonder Woman since it was released. I have heard the character compared to other kick-ass leading ladies. I hear all of it, and I can't argue with any of it in particular. The movie had flaws - the adage of being unable to please all the people all the time holds true. But if you're suggesting that the hero aspect of Wonder Woman was any part of the reason this movie mattered to me, you're missing the point.

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Tuesday 23 May 2017

Sandman by Neil Gaiman

Will Shakespeare (on the Tempest): Why this play?... Why did you not want a tragedy, Something lofty, something dark, a tale of a noble hero with a tragic flaw?
Morpheus: Because I will never leave my island.

~ Excerpt from Sandman, by Neil Gaimon

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Wednesday 17 May 2017

Station Eleven By Emily St. John Mandel

Arthur Leander died on the eve of the apocalypse.

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Tuesday 9 May 2017

Internet Famous by Danika Stone

High school senior Madi Nakama has been blogging for years. And she's good at it. She's built a community for herself. Her life follows a predictable pattern, bounded by her parents and especially by her younger sister. Her path is set and she knows where her future is going. At least, she does until her mother announces that she's leaving. Again.

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Wednesday 3 May 2017

Anansi Boys by Neil Gaiman

This book turned out to be timely in a lot of ways. In fact, I kind of wish I'd read this one with a notebook by my side. Maybe I'm forcing the relevance, but I found a lot of inspiration in this tale about the magic of believing in your own power.

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Wednesday 19 April 2017

13 Reasons Why, Netflix Series

"Today, I am wearing lacey black underwear
For the sole purpose of knowing I am wearing them.
And underneath that, I am absolutely naked.
And I've got skin.
Miles and miles of skin.
I've got skin to cover all my thoughts like saran wrap
That you can see through to what leftovers are inside from the night before.
And despite what you might think,
My skin is soft,
And smooth,
And easily scarred.
But that doesn't matter right?
You don't care about how soft my skin is.
You just want to hear about what my fingers do in the dark.
But what if all they do is crack open windows so I can see lightening through the clouds?
What if all they crave is a jungle gym to climb for a taste of fresher air?"
~Hannah Baker, age 17 (13 Reasons Why)

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Thursday 13 April 2017

The Winter People by Jennifer McMahon

Sara Harrison Shea would do anything for just one more day with her daughter. Ruthie just wants to find her mom.

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Tuesday 4 April 2017

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

What if the voices in your head were real? And what if they were out to get you?

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