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The Children Act by Ian McEwan

January 22
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The Children Act by Ian McEwan is a uniquely and intelligently written novel about a child welfare case being heard by a High Court judge. Adam Henry has leukemia, and he and his parents are refusing treatment due to their religious convictions. It seems like an impossible decision, but the law is clear.

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Ignite Me by Tahereh Mafi

January 19
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Although Ignite Me and the entire Shatter Me series was good overall, “good” just wasn’t good enough.

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Us by David Nicholls

January 16
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Us by David Nicholls is an absolutely hilarious novel about the struggles within a family and marriage. In a last-ditch effort to reconnect with each other, they take a month long ‘Grand Tour’ trip around Europe. Travelling along with the Petersons was fun, heartbreaking, and a learning experience.

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Pushing the Limits by Katie McGarry

January 12
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Pushing the Limits pushed the limits alright, my limits, especially when it came to how many times my gag reflex could be triggered before I’d finally hurl.

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The Story Hour by Thrity Umrigar

January 8
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It is the struggles that the main characters face, both alone and together, that is at the heart of The Story Hour.

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The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy by Rachel Joyce

December 31
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In The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy, we get to see what Queenie was thinking while Harold was walking the length of England to see her, which was suspiciously missing in the prequel, The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry. Told with as much charm as the first, this book fills in the gaps and provides closure.

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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi

December 22
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Unravel Me by Tahereh Mafi is a fast-paced, action-packed read that delivers one shocking revelation after another.

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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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