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Tuesday 13 March 2018

Oathbringer by Brandon Sanderson

Oathbringer is book three of The Stormlight Archive. Like it's predecessors, it's a tome, filled with detailed world-building and characters whose strengths and flaws come alive on the page. This time, the themes were Justice and Identity.

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Wednesday 7 March 2018

The Dark Divide by Danika Stone

A friend of mine recently asked me to help her set up an online dating profile. She got a bit dejected when I told her it was like most things in life -- you get out what you put in. She thought I meant spending hours combing through other peoples' profiles and picking just the right people to meet. I shook my head. "No," I told her, "it's more about doing the work to be really clear about what you want. Someone who's going to be scared away by who you are isn't worth your time." It's a theory that flies in the face of everything we're taught about social norms. My friend's eyes went wide, then darted away from mine, and she said something about maybe waiting a little longer.

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Tuesday 20 February 2018

Mongrels by Stephen Graham Jones

"Being a werewolf isn't just teeth and claws," she said, her lips brushing my ear she was so close, so quiet, "it's inside. It's how you look a the world. It's how the world looks back at you."

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Monday 12 February 2018

Saint Maybe by Anne Tyler

Think hard about your life. Think about those who have touched you, who have played a hand in shaping you. Who has changed your life? If you're being honest, can you narrow it down to just one?

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Tuesday 30 January 2018

The Paper Menagerie by Ken Liu

Ken Liu's writing occupies the subtle space where fantasy and science fiction brush up against possibility and plausibility. Here, the wondrous walks hand-in-hand with the mundane.

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Tuesday 23 January 2018

Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtry

My big take away from this is that no matter how well written it is… I'm no longer a fan of the love triangle as a plot device.

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Thursday 18 January 2018

Arcanum Unbounded by Brandon Sanderson

If you've ever wondered if there's a connection between an authors many diverse works… Sanderson's answer is yes.

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Friday 12 January 2018

Wonder by RJ Palacio

Everyone is a little different. But what happens when someone is a lot different? Could you step back and get to know someone who made you uncomfortable?

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Thursday 28 December 2017

The Drama Years by Haley Kilpatrick

I found this book via a Mighty Girls recommendation. It's been on my to-read list for years, and last time I got to the bottom of a stack of books I'd been wanting to read, I made a point of seeking it out. It's been enlightening on a lot of levels, and has even impacted my work to some degree.

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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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