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Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

November 28
Girl Runner Book Cover

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
The Miniaturist Book Cover

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
All the Broken Things Book Cover

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
Shatter Me Book Cover

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
The Enchanted Book Cover

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
Olde School Book Cover

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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Ghost Horse by Thomas H. McNeely

October 30
Ghost Horse Book Cover

Book reviewers read bad books so that you, the reader, don’t have to. On that note, avoid Ghost Horse unless, of course, you want to experience a particular form of cruel and unusual castigation.

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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

October 23
Fourth of July Creek Book Cover

Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson is not a book that would generally appeal to women. It is almost like a modern literary version of a western movie with gun fights, bars and swearing. I was initially attracted to the promise of a feral boy living in the wilderness, but that is a little deceiving.

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The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

October 17
The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh

The Weight of Blood by Laura McHugh is a coming-of-age murder mystery. If you can overlook a few plot flaws, it does have high entertainment value. The characters are charming and memorable.

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Lucky Us by Amy Bloom

October 10
Lucky Us Book Cover

Lucky Us by Amy Bloom did not live up to the grandiose expectations as suggested by the (completely irrelevant) cover art. While the characters were (mostly) solid, the plot was rushed, confusing, and lacked flow. Multiple narrations and writing styles added further confusion and gave Lucky Us the overall feeling of a jumbled, garbled mess.

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