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Stronger, Faster, and More Beautiful

Arwen Elys Dayton
4
Monday, Nov 18, 2019

This is top-notch science fiction--it takes today's scientific advancements and speculates how they might play out in the future, considering legal, ethical, and practical ramifications along the way. The book does this over the course of six lightly connected stories, each progressively further in the future. The topic is gene editing and body modification.

Cover of Lisa Taddeo's book Three Women

Three Women

Lisa Taddeo
4
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Lisa A.
Monday, Nov 4, 2019

I have feelings about this book. It’s graphic. Sometimes maybe too much so, though it bothers me I would say that. The subject is clear: female desire. But in truth, there’s nothing clear about desire. We want what we want—or don’t—for reasons we sometimes don’t know, for reasons that stem from harmful situations or events. I guess what I’m saying is that it’s complicated—desire is complicated, sex is complicated, and the implications of sex and how sex affects us throughout our lives is complicated.

A young woman dressed in all black sneaking around a high story of a palace

The Assassins of Tamurin

S. D. Tower
4
Rated by
Anne G
Friday, Nov 1, 2019

The Assassins of Tamurin is on my top ten favorite adult books for young adults list. I read this Asian-influenced fantasy for the first time nearly 15 years ago, and I have probably read it at least that many times since. The Canadian author made me fall in love with the characters, even the characters I think I hate. Everyone in this fantasy fiction is detailed, alive, and real.

Cover for The Secret History, shows a Greek statue

The Secret History

Donna Tartt
3
Rated by
Megan K.
Friday, Oct 25, 2019

Donna Tartt has been on my radar for quite awhile, and I finally picked up The Secret History at the recommendation of multiple coworkers. To be honest, I finished this novel over a week ago, and I am still unsure how I feel. I was unimpressed with much of the book, but something about it is still stuck in the back of my brain. The entire book is a psychological analysis of the six main characters before and after murdering their friend.

Just Ella

Just Ella

Margaret Peterson Haddix
4
Rated by
Anne G
Monday, Oct 21, 2019

“Why did everyone like that story so much when it wasn’t true? Why was everyone so eager to believe it? Was it because, in real life, ever after’s generally stink?”

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Hook: A Memoir

Randall Horton
5
Rated by
Lisa A.
Friday, Oct 18, 2019

“We script our lives on reaction rather than action, meaning daily life is always in response to, or a reply to, a command or demand. The world uses us in that way...The world does this--holds us down.”― Randall Horton, Hook: A Memoir

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The Grief Keeper

Villasante, Alexandra
4
Thursday, Oct 17, 2019

The Grief Keeper tells the story of a young girl named Marisol who is trying to immigrate with her younger sister to America after the murder of their brother. She is caught crossing the border and told she must participate in an experimental study, or be sent back home to El Salvador. As part of the study, Marisol becomes a grief keeper, taking upon the grief of Rey, a young woman struggling with mental illness, to ensure she can stay in the country.

The most compelling aspect of the book, in my opinion, was Marisol coming to terms with her sexuality. Throughout the book, Marisol...

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Waking Up

Sam Harris
4
Rated by
Michelle H.
Wednesday, Oct 16, 2019

Waking Up is a firsthand account of a scientist using his own mind to respond to the question, "what is the nature of awareness?" It’s great reading, has lots of level headed advice, and looks squarely at a question with a bias against it so strong there isn’t another book out there like it. The subject of consciousness is usually handled in one of two ways, either with no use of the intellect or with a skepticism so strong exploration into the topic never even occurs.

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Wild and Crooked

Thomas, Leah
5
Tuesday, Oct 15, 2019

The book switches between perspectives of two different, yet alike, characters forcing you to look at the situation from multiple perspectives. It is a book dedicated to those who are often pushed to the side in today’s world, and shows that we are all more alike than one might think, and that you should not judge others based on only what you’ve heard.

The most compelling aspect of the book to me was the underlying mystery mixed with the two teens who were drawn to each other. As they were learning about one another, one was very truthful, while the other claimed to be deceitful- ...

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Toil & Trouble: 15 Tales of Women & Witchcraft

Jessica Spotswood and Tess Sharpe
5
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Monday, Oct 14, 2019

It's that time of year where my reading generally turns to the spookier side, and there's no paranormal motif I love more than witchy women. Fiction has definitely seen an uptick in feminist reclamations of witchy tropes and depictions in recent years, and I am here for it.

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