Book Genre: Fiction

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Robert Cormier
mbrandstetter
4

Trinity is a private, all boys high school, where on the surface the boys wear uniforms, go to religious ceremonies, and pray, along with attending to their rigorous coursework. The headmaster and several teachers run the school or so they'd like to think.  Behind the scenes the Vigils, an...

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Stephen King
seanamo
5

I absolutely loved this book! The writing is wonderful and so evocative. King spends just the right amount of time breathing life into his characters and giving them all dimension. In a story like The Stand - a classic battle between good and evil - relate-able characters make all the difference...

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Stephen King
Thane
4

"The man and black fled across the dessert... And the gunslinger followed."

So begins the first, and frankly the best, book of Stephen King's epic Dark Tower seven book series. In a bizarre mash up that's part Lord of the Rings and part Spaghetti Western, King has created an alternate...

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Rachel Hartman
mbrandstetter
3

Like many other governments, the kingdom of Goredd entered into a peace agreement with another very powerful dynasty in hopes of putting a stop to the senseless death and destruction brought on by war. It's provided four decades of peace between the two, but it's frail.  There are...

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R. J Palacio
Michelle
5

Wonder is wonderful!

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Gillian Flynn
mbrandstetter
3

Nick and Amy Dunn are a young married couple.  Passionately in love when everything in their lives was peaches and cream, but when Nick loses his job, Amy's parents spend beyond their means and have to borrow her trust fund, Nick's mother becomes terminal with cancer and they move to...

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Matthew Quick
Joan
4

This is a very sad day in the life of Leonard Peacock, unfortunately it also happens to be his 18th birthday. This is the day Lenard chooses to be his last day and that of his enemy and former friend Asher. Leonard goes to school armed with his grandfathers P-38 Nazi pistol that he brought back...

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Mary P
3

This is a collection of scary stories for children that was compiled in the early 1990s.  The stories all seem to be written from the perspective of a British storyteller, so a few of the words and references might be a bit foreign to an American reader.  Some of the stories involve...

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Jane Hoppen
Becker
3

Sophie was born not clearly male or female, but with aspects of both. Her parents, frightened and confused by the news, take the doctor's recommendations for surgery to make her more clearly a girl, and not to tell her the truth of her birth. Sophie grows up on a farm in rural Wisconsin, never...

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Chad Harbach
Sarah Anne
4

At a fictional school, Westish, there are coming of age lessons for not only the students.
Some VERY funny sections, that were enjoyable and well crafted and some terribly bleak sections, where I wondered if it was ME who had stopped eating and understanding the world around me. This is...

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Jonathan Miles
Sarah Anne
3

This book is a pleasure to read. The three strands of lives being lived in New York City are woven together around the topic of waste… I really didn’t love the way this book ended, it was a little too neat, and weird, really. That said, I couldn’t stop reading it, and each set of characters was...

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Anita Diamant
Sarah Anne
4

If you loved The Red Tent for the way Anita Diamant was able to make it feel so real, then you may also love this town full of misfits, even though there isn’t much there to give you hope or happiness, it’s a bit like looking at a an incredible painting with so much detail. You can’t stop...

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Marion Zimmer Bradley
Sarah Anne
4

If you are looking for an escape to another world, and haven’t yet been hooked into the Avalon series, consider this as your entry key. This magical, mystical world is set in the ancient past first as Atlantis falls, and then to Britain. Enjoy being transported to a land and time with strong,...

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Daphne Du Maurier
Sarah Anne
4

I approached this book with dread and then was completely caught off guard at how much I got sucked in -- and ended up loving it. My imagination went wild, and the way it was written was just dramatic enough, just compelling enough, and downright twisty at the end. What an escape to another...

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Isabel Allende
Sarah Anne
5

This incredible tale is Allende at her best. She writes sprawling, gorgeous, intimate stories, and sneaks in an incredible amount of actual history. What a fabulous read, what skill, what are you waiting for? Read this!

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Sue Monk Kidd
Sarah Anne
3

Sue Monk Kidd doesn’t disappoint expectations of a heartfelt novel after her bestselling The Secret Life of Bees. She tackles big love issues, at more complex and difficult levels, such as how we deal with our parents as they age and how time reveals past mysteries. The main character also...

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Barbara Kingsolver
Sarah Anne
4

To this day, I remember a single scene in this book as one of the most powerfully written I have ever read. It has only gained potency now that I am a mother. This book reaches out and grapples with big themes but in the intimate relationships of a family who goes to the Congo because of the...

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Adriana Trigiani
Sarah Anne
3

I loved the images from Italy, and from the early days, but the story lost its luster, and arc in minnesota. Her early writing shines so much, by the end I wasn't sure what the takeaway was, or maybe in a way it is masterfully written, because I do have the same questions about how we got to...

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Holly Goldberg Sloan
lisab
2

Willow Chance is a precocious, as in genius, 12 year old.  While it’s never mentioned, she is also seems to be obsessive compulsive. Her adoptive parents are killed in an accident and this is the story of her finding a new family.  Willow is brilliant but in too many subjects to be...

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Thomas Keneally
Nancy
4

Much of the historical fiction written about WWI is written from the male point of view.  The main characters of The Daughters of Mars are two Australian sisters, nurses serving on hospital ships and in hospitals in Europe, giving a different perspective on the war.  The...

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Harper Lee
mbrandstetter
5

According to Merriam Webster, a classic is defined as serving as a standard of excellence :  of recognized value <classic literary works>

This is definitely true of this very real and fluidly written novel by Harper Lee.  Lee's story is told through the eyes of the young...

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Linda Sue Park
Hope H
4

Linda Sue Park's When My Name Was Keoko​ is told from the dual perspectives of Kim Sun-hee (renamed Kaneyama Keoko) and her older brother Kim Tae-yul (renamed Kaneyama Nobuo) during the Japanese occupation of Korea in the 1940s. The pair have grown up speaking and writing...

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Pierre Lemaître
Jennifer B.
4

Set in France, Alex begins as the story of a woman who is kidnapped off the street and taken to an empty warehouse, where she's held in a small cage.  Alternating chapters tell the story of Detective Camille Verhoeven, the police officer in charge of finding Alex before it's too...

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Greg Rucka
Becker
4

I've been following Rucka's work (Gotham Central, Queen and Country, runs on Wonder Woman and Batwoman) for quite some time now, and was excited to see the start of a new series with what looked to be another strong, complex female lead. The first volume of Lazarus did not disappoint, with an...

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Holly Black
mbrandstetter
4

Kaye Fierch seems to be a typically apathetic teenage daughter. Her mother, Ellen, is in a rock band...she drinks too much...has unsavory friends...loser band mates...and provides little quality structure or guidance for her.  She's a high school dropout, but holds a job that provides...