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The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith

December 19
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The Story of Land and Sea by Katy Simpson Smith is a heartbreakingly sad novel set in the late 1700’s in North Carolina. It is not a fast-paced or exciting book, but rather a subdued and melancholy story that seems to be carried along by the currents.

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Just One Day by Gayle Forman

December 15
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Just One Day is a novel that leaches into your heart and soul – it makes you sit up and take stock of your own life, to consider if you’re doing the things that truly make you happy, or if you’re just watching from the sidelines as the life you want passes you by.

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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

December 11
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Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel is an eerie post-apocalyptic novel that shows how quickly and drastically life could change when you least expect it. Don’t think too hard about Station Eleven, and our current antibiotic resistance and stewing potential pandemics, or you may start worrying.

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The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

December 5
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Don Tillman is back in The Rosie Effect, after having found his perfect match for a wife in The Rosie Project and convincing her to marry him. The Rosie Effect is similarly quirky and fun, and Don is exactly the same – you can’t help but love him.

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Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

November 28
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I wanted to read Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder because I like running, and I was hoping for some inspiration, some tips, and some insights. What I got was an intimate look at a pioneering champion’s relationship with running, and the hope that I, too, will be able to do it through the aches and arthritis when I am close to a century old!

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

November 21
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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton reads like a dark fairy tale. The all-seeing and all-knowing doll house gives the book a voodoo quality, which I think you have to be open to if you want to understand and enjoy the story.

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All The Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

November 13
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All The Broken Things by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer has strange and unusual characters in strange and unusual situations, which should have made it interesting, but poorly developed characters caused it to fall flat.

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Shatter Me by Tahereh Mafi

November 10
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Mafi’s writing in Shatter Me is lyrical, almost poetic, and has a beautiful flow to it, although the plot itself is only mildly entertaining.

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The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld

November 6
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The Enchanted by Rene Denfeld is something fresh and unique. The book is about prisoners on death row, but from an angle that you haven’t seen before. Although the tone is dark and sinister, the insight into the minds of the characters is stunning.

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Olde School by Selah Janel

November 3
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A long time ago, in a kingdom far, far away, there lived a troll who ran a successful toll bridge, and had a computer, a portable phone and a flat screen TV. If that tease entices you, you’re in for a treat with Olde School, a slight gem of a fantasy novel that mixes the modern with the past – though one not without its deficiencies.

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