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Books by Karen M. McManus

Books by Karen M. McManus

Karen M. McManus
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Tiffany R
Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Mystery fans looking for a new author to binge will want to know the name Karen M. McManus, who hit the New York Times and International Bestseller Lists with her first three published mysteries One of Us is Lying, Two Can Keep a Secret, and One of Us is Next. Haven't heard of McManus and wondering why?

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Atomic Habits

James Clear
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Josh N.
Thursday, May 21, 2020

There are a lot of things I start but never finish. I have a lot of good intentions that never really get going. On the flip side, I have some bad habits I have a difficult time breaking myself of. It's easy to feel discouraged and lazy when I can't get myself to follow through and stick with something or to quit something that hinders your life.

Cover art for Mary Robinette Kowal's The Calculating Stars, featuring a group of women silhouetted against the sky

The Calculating Stars

Mary Robinette Kowal
4
Rated by
Hebah A.H.
Tuesday, May 19, 2020

One of my personal reading goals I set when Covid-19 first started turning things upside down was to read more of the books on my own personal shelves, things I'd bought but not read yet. I wasn't counting on my reading mojo plummeting, and truthfully, as far as timing went, I might have chosen a bit more wisely than to read a book that begins with a cataclysmic event that will likely be a human extinction event in time.

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The Two Lives of Lydia Bird

Josie Silver
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Rated by
Kari E.
Monday, May 18, 2020

For Lydia Bird, love can overcome anything, even death.

When Lydia's fiance, Freddie Hunter, is tragically killed in a car accident she cannot imagine life moving on without him. Unable to sleep, her mum finds a doctor who is conducting trials on a new sleeping pill. This magical pink pill allows Lydia to fall asleep and jump back into her old life with Freddie. Her dream life with Freddie is continuing on without her.

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Maximillian Fly

Angie Sage
4
Rated by
Chris K.
Tuesday, Apr 28, 2020

Odd in a wonderful way, dark, and unique.

I am Fly. Maximillian Fly. I am a good creature. I am not bad, as some will tell you.

But I see you do not believe me. . . .

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Lonesome Dove

Larry McMurtry
5
Rated by
Charles H
Thursday, Apr 23, 2020

If you are a fan of the western genre, chances are you have heard of Lonesome Dove. Likewise, if you follow award winning books, you may have seen it on a list for its 1985 Spur Award or its 1986 Pulitzer Prize. Some of you may have even watched the CBS miniseries from 1989 starring Robert Duvall and Tommy Lee Jones. Lonesome Dove is not an obscure novel and it has received a great deal of praise, but coming in at a whopping 843 pages it can be daunting to those of us more used to a book in the 200-250 page range.

Friday, Apr 17, 2020

Socrates famously worried that the development of writing would atrophy the ability to store and remember information, that dependence on external memory would negatively change the brain. And he was right, reading and writing have changed the way human brains work--though whether for better or worse is still up for debate. Similarly, Nicholas G. Carr famously asked Is Google Making Us Stupid? in an article in The Atlantic a dozen years ago.

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A Love Hate Thing

Whitney D. Grandison
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Friday, Apr 24, 2020

After being involved in a terrible accident, Tyson Trice is taken in by his grandfather's family friends to go live in a bougey town called Pacific Hills. Growing up in a rough environment, especially now that he lost the one person he loved the most, he does not like this change. However, along the way, a certain group of people make his summer the best ever and completely change his outlook on life. The most compelling aspect of the book was that it was SO diverse. Both main characters were from African descent, but not all the characters were like that. They incorporated Hispanic and...

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The Winter Duke

Claire Eliza Bartlett
5
Friday, Apr 24, 2020

As the daughter of the duke, Ekata was born into a world of cut-throat politics and tenuous alliances. Unlike her siblings, though, all she wants to do is escape and study the life sciences she finds so fascinating. Unfortunately, unforeseen circumstances throw her into the thick of the court politics she has tried all her life to avoid. She must learn quickly how to navigate her situation and hold her head high if she wants to retain her position- and her life. I love the political intrigue throughout the book. It's not something that I've found done in a compelling way in many YA books,...

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We Speak in Storms

Natalie Lund
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Friday, Apr 24, 2020

Fifty years ago in a town barely more than a pinpoint on a map, a deadly tornado swept through the local drive-in and took a whole generation of teenagers with it. In the present, there are too many coincidences: another tornado, the now ruined drive-in, and the same teens roaming as Spirits.

There were so many beautiful parts of this novel that I hardly know where to begin! Firstly, the plot was absolutely gripping and eerily haunting at the same time. The supernatural aspect was just enough to make your spine tingle. The suspense left me breathless chapter after chapter, as did...

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