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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 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 23 March 2017

City of Bones by Cassandra Clare

Secret lives, hidden powers, and beautiful strangers all descend on Clary without warning the day before her mother disappears.

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Wednesday 15 March 2017

Harry Potter and the Cursed Child by JK Rowling

How much does the existence of one person alter the course of the world?

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Tuesday 7 March 2017

Alias Vols 1 through 4

She used to be a superhero.

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Friday 3 March 2017

1984 by George Orwell

There will be no distinction between beauty and ugliness. There will be no curiosity, no employment of the process of life.

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Wednesday 8 February 2017

The Farseer Trilogy by Robin Hobb

Family. Loyalty. Dedication. Self-determination. How do these fall out when you find yourself the unwanted child of the kingdom's most powerful family?

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Tuesday 31 January 2017

Nothing Sacred by Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Downed on her first flight over the Himalayas, Viveka Vanachek finds herself imprisoned in a secret and remote camp with only a few prisoners and even fewer guards. Days turn into months, and then into uncounted years. Slowly, the prisoners find themselves making their own lives and beginning to care for their guards. And then the world ends.

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Wednesday 18 January 2017

The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman

Love, posits Chapman, has at least two stages. The first, we all know about. It's the kind of love we read about and see portrayed on screens every day. The meeting, the falling, the longing. We spend enormous amounts of time and energy looking for The One. Until one day we meet someone who catches our interest for long enough that we decide to throw our hats in together.

Then what?

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