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I've been reading Crewel by Gennifer Albin. I'd highly recommend it for those who like YA fantasy. It feels a bit like Hunger Games minus the gore.
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Thanks to Jeanne, Anne, and Debby for recommending Jincy Willett's books. I just devoured The Writing Class and Amy Falls Down and I really enjoyed both of them. Thank you!
#32 - July 14, 2014, 03:22 AM

A Constellation of Vital Phenomena by Anthony Marra which sounds dry but is a riveting account of life in war-torn Chechnya. It will not disappoint. Here is Booklist:
In this extraordinary first novel, Marra homes in on a people and a region that barely register with most Americans and, in heartrending prose, makes us feel their every misfortune. In rural Chechnya, during the second war, a small group of people struggle to survive in the bleakest of circumstances. A gifted surgeon works tirelessly in a crumbling hospital, hardening her heart so that she can perform her gruesome work. An eight-year-old girl who has already seen too much is being hunted by the government ever since the night her father was abducted by Russian soldiers. An incompetent doctor who longed to be an artist paints portraits of 41 neighbors who were killed by government forces and hangs them in the doorways and trees of his ruined village. And a lonely man, once brutally tortured, turns government informant to obtain the insulin needed by his diabetic father, who, in turn, refuses to speak to him. Marra collapses time, sliding between 1996 and 2004 while also detailing events in a future yet to arrive, giving his searing novel an eerie, prophetic aura. All of the characters are closely tied together in ways that Marra takes his time revealing, even as he beautifully renders the way we long to connect and the lengths we will go to endure
#33 - July 14, 2014, 07:44 AM
In Real Life, Tuttle Publishing, Fall 2014

I always default to Agatha Christie. I've read everything she's written at least once.
#34 - July 14, 2014, 08:55 AM
My Sister, My Soul
The Plans of Morgiana
Forbidden Key

The Guernsey Literary & Potato Peel Society -- Listen to the audiobook!!!  It's a great read told in letters -- so give it a few pages to get into it and see the plot develop.

I read MOLOKA'I  by Alan Brennert = for a book group   - historical fiction

I am reading  THE ART FORGER by B.A. Shapiro - I really it so far.

#35 - July 14, 2014, 09:43 AM

i read In the Woods recently by Tana French
and have since read all her books. i'm now reading
the last one written and published by her. she's
very literary and the genre is mystery. my favorite
is this debut.

also, if you like fantasy, N. K. Jemisin's
The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms is *amazing*.

if you like literary and more historical, i'd recommend
one of my favorite authors Sarah Waters (Malinda Lo
introduced me to her, and recommended this title
when i needed to work on my sexual tension for Fury
of the Phoenix). Tipping the Velvet is my absolute favorite,
though if you want more twists, Fingersmith.

i think Waters is brilliant.
#36 - July 14, 2014, 10:41 AM
Silver Phoenix (Greenwillow: 4/28/09)
Fury of the Phoenix (Greenwillow: 3/30/11)
Serpentine (Month9Books: 9/1/15)

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This is an old one, but one I've just gotten around to... "The Handmaid's Tale," by Margaret Atwood. It's great writing now, and just as relevant now as it was 29 years ago. Also, "One Day," by David Nicholls is a great romance and "N-W" is fabulous literary fiction by Zadie Smith. Happy summer reading!
#37 - July 14, 2014, 12:42 PM

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I'm going to go with Betsy and 217 Mom and say anything by Anne Tyler. I wish I had some newer suggestions. Unfortunately, I do tend to love my chick-lit.  ;)
#38 - July 14, 2014, 01:26 PM
ROYALLY ENTITLED (inspirational/historical YA) and OOPS-A-DAISY (humorous MG) out now.

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I've been avoiding this thread because I thought it would add to my mountainous TBR pile, and it has. But that's a good thing.  :thankyou

I'm enjoying Nicholson Baker's The Anthologist, about a guy trying to write the introduction to his poetry anthology. He's a might quirky and procrastinates a lot--nothing anyone around here would identify with.  :crazy
#39 - July 14, 2014, 01:34 PM
Learning to Swear in America (Bloomsbury, July 2016)
What Goes Up (Bloomsbury, 2017)
The Constitution Decoded (Workman, 2020)
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I second the vote for Alan Bradley's Flavia de Luce series. Each one is better than the last. Great mysteries with really intriguing characters. It helps that they have funny moments too.

Speaking of funny, I also second the vote for Mary Roach. I'm not a huge non-fiction person but she can make any topic awesome. And I mean any topic.

I'm right in the middle of The Girls at the Kingfisher Club by Genevieve Valentine. So far, it's fabulous. Based on the Twelve Dancing Princesses, it's beautifully written and a page turner.
#40 - July 14, 2014, 04:10 PM
HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. (Sterling, September 2016)
HOWARD WALLACE, P.I. - SHADOW OF A PUG (Sterling, Fall 2017)


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