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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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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 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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