Book Genre: Fiction

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Chris Cleave
Leslie Y
5

Everyone Brave is Forgiven is set in World War II London, and is loosely based on love letters written by Chris Cleave's grandparents during that time.  While the situation was certainly dire, Cleave's writing of some of the conversations between his characters made me laugh out loud....

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Rainbow Rowell
Leslie Y
5

I started with Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell, a young adult romance, which I adored.  I thought I had read everything else she had written, but didn't know about Attachments until last week.  Apparently, it's her first book, and I totally enjoyed it.  Lincoln works IT at a...

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Paul Tobin
extra medium
4

Bandette is a master thief who loves her job. Who wouldn’t? She is agile, has the witty repartee down, and has a band of loyal sidekicks who help her when she’s in a pinch. Everything is great until Absinthe, ultimate international bad guy with a Paris headquarters, decides that Bandette will...

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Ryan North
extra medium
1

Let’s just get this out of the way: this book was pretty awful. What’s worse: it toyed with my emotions. I saw it on the shelf looking all awesome and illustrated by Noelle Stevenson and I gasped. A thing involving Noelle Stevenson! Choose your own adventure! Laser shooting robots! Yaaaaas! No....

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Bryan Reardon
Leslie Y
5

Simon Connelly is a stay-at-home dad, raising his son, Jake, and daughter, Laney.  Laney is a social butterfly, and makes friends easily, but Jake (and Simon, for that matter) are both uncomfortable in crowds, and tend to shy away from those situations.  Simon has tried to do his best...

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Anton DiSclafani
Leslie Y
5

This is a great summer read.  I devoured about half of it sitting at the pool - picturing myself in the Texas heat, watching the glamorous Joan Fortier work her magic on the people who surround her.  The men all want her, and the women want to be her.

Cece Buchanan has been her...

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Blake Crouch
Leslie Y
5

I give this book way more than five stars - I LOVED it!  So well-written, and fun to read.  There's a lot of science (reminiscent of The Martian), and the story kept me riveted to the end of the book.   

“Are you happy with your life?”  Those are the last words...

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Susan (Fiction writer) Crawford
Leslie Y
5

I read Susan Crawford's most recent book, The Other Widow, and enjoyed it so much that I wanted to read her other book.  The Pocket Wife did not disappoint.

Dana Catrell is shocked when her neighbor Celia is brutally murdered, and she was the last person to see her alive. Suffering...

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Alison Gaylin
Leslie Y
4

This is the third book in the Brenna Spector series, and while it was an enjoyable read, I didn't love the way Gaylin tied up all of the loose ends from the series.  It seemed a little too convenient to me.  

Maya, Spector's teenage daughter, feels slighted by the attention...

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Lisa Lutz
Leslie Y
5

"In case you were wondering, I didn’t do it. I didn’t have anything to do with Frank’s death. I don’t have an alibi, so you’ll have to take my word for it..."

With that beginning, Lisa Lutz takes her readers on a cross-country journey with Tanya/Amelia (and several other identities), and...

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Susan (Fiction writer) Crawford
Leslie Y
5

 

Susan Crawford takes her readers on a fast-paced, confusing story that links three women, Dorrie (the mistress), Karen (the widow), and Maggie (the cop turned insurance investigator).  The book opens with Joe and Dorrie in the car, and his telling her that he needs to end...

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Sarah McCoy
Leslie Y
4

Sarah McCoy likes to weave the past and the present together in a cohesive story, and does it very well.  The Mapmaker's Children is the story of Sarah Brown, daughter of John Brown (who's body lies a-molderin' in the grave).  She is an artist, and realizes that she can hide clues in...

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Roberto Bola~no
Hana
3

A tremendous international adventure through the world following two young writers, Ulises Lima and Arturo Belano (alter egos of Roberto Bolaño and Mario Santiago Papasquiaro, contemporary of Bolaño and inventor of the infrarealism movement), as told by their acquaintances, friends, lovers, and...

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Alexandra Kleeman
Hana
3

I started this novel with a dubious attitude. It was seemingly too perfect, labeled as a postmodern work exploring issues of body image and consumerism, and I did find a bit of a struggle to get hooked. Then I started to find myself conjuring up images of the characters when I was away from the...

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Alison Gaylin
Leslie Y
5

Into the Dark is the second book in the Brenna Spector series.  Since the disappearance of her sister, Clea, Brenna has had perfect memory, able to recall every moment of her adult life, but before that time, her memories are vague.  When she is asked to help with a missing persons...

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Kristin Hannah
Leslie Y
5

I waited on the hold list for a long time for this one, and if I could give it a review of more than five stars, I'd do it.  Loved, loved, loved this book!  Kristin Hannah is a great storyteller.  Her characters are well-drawn and believable, and her descriptions of World War II...

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Lois McMaster Bujold
Stacey G.
3

The latest in Bujold’s Vorkosigan series, this novel concerns the direction Cordelia Vorkosigan chooses after her husband’s sudden death three years before. Always open to the wonders of science and biology, Cordelia decides she wants more children, using the saved genetic material of her late...

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James S. A Corey
Stacey G.
4

The follow-up novel to Caliban’s War, this third novel in the Expanse series investigates the mysterious ring-shaped portal just outside of Uranus that was created by the protomolecule. No one knows what’s on the other side of the portal, which is made stranger by the absence of any...

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Charles Todd
lisab
3

This is number 18 in the Inspector Ian Rutledge series by the mother and son team known as Charles Todd.  Set in post WWI, Ian Rutledge is a survivor of the war having fought in Sommes. He now works for Scotland Yard.  In this particular mystery a young man who had been rowing starts...

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Fredrik Backman
lisab
4

Man called Ove  Ove is a grumpy man and he seems to have his reasons but is he really  grumpy?  Set in Sweden, Ove owns a home and is a past member of what we would call an HOA but doesn’t seem to get along with his neighbors and has been laid off from his job because of his age....

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J. Ryan Stradal
Sarah Anne
3

3 and a half stars, actually. This book is so much more clever than I gave it credit for/expected at the outset. I thought it was going to be a foodie story, maybe a bit more like memoir. It was a foodie story, but fully contextualized -- including newer understandings of food that are some...

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Brian Falkner
Josh
4

     What if Napoleon's troops had man-eating Tyrannosaurus rex at their beck and call. I think that would have made their job infinitely easier. That is the premise of this new book by Brian Falkner. We meet Willem, a boy from a small town in France who can do various party...

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Gail Carriger
Stacey G.
4

While marketed as young adult novels, the entire Finishing School series is one that will also appeal to adults, especially those who enjoy steampunk settings. This fourth novel in the Finishing School series has Sophronia in her last year of finishing school. She’s expected to use her deadly...

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James S. A Corey
Stacey G.
4

The followup novel to Leviathan Wakes, this second novel in the Expanse series concerns itself with the consequences of giving a whole planet to the protomolecule. A year after the end of Leviathan Wakes, the breadbasket planet of Ganymede is attacked by a semi-human...

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Laurie R. King
Leslie Y
5

I started reading this series in 1994 when The Beekeeper's Apprentice came out.  Such a good start!  As the years went on, I felt like the books were not as interesting, or were too involved, or something.  At any rate, I had stopped looking for the next one to be released.  ...