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Wednesday 20 December 2017

The Giver by Lois Lowry

As I sit here, writing out my thoughts on the books I've read over the past several months, I'm enjoying the opportunity to savor unrealized connections and contrasting themes. Realism versus fantasy, resolution versus a fading of clarity… Jacqueline Woodson's Another Brooklyn is a compelling foil for Lois Lowry's The Giver.

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Tuesday 12 December 2017

Another Brooklyn by Jacqueline Woodson

Reality. Memory. Tragedy. The stories we tell to get through them all.

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Tuesday 5 December 2017

Ella Enchanted by Carson Levine

Why on earth would anyone ever consent to the kind of drudgery Cinderella put up with? Why would a loving father allow such a thing to happen under his nose? And who takes the time to hunt down someone they've met exactly 3 times?

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Wednesday 29 November 2017

Not Your Villain by CB Lee

Imagine everything you would be if you could define yourself.

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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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