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The Lost Bookshop
by Evie Woods

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For too long, Opaline, Martha, and Henry have been the side characters in their own lives. But when a vanishing bookshop casts its spell, these three unsuspecting strangers will discover that their own stories are every bit as extraordinary as the ones found in the pages of their beloved books. And by unlocking the secrets of the shelves, they find themselves transported to a world of wonder… where nothing is as it seems. This book is an interesting read, the plot had potential to be a good story but there were some downfalls in the writing. The book follows along with three characters and two timelines. The characters are not fully formed and timelines don’t make a lot of sense. I enjoyed reading this but I don’t know I would recommend to anyone else to read.

The Fury
by Alex Michaelides

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A masterfully paced thriller about a reclusive ex-movie star and her famous friends whose spontaneous trip to a private Greek island is upended by a murder. This book was nothing as I expected. It continued to be surprising, but not in a typical murder mystery way. You feel like you are listening to a friend tell a story and watching a play and reading a murder mystery all in one. This one left my head spinning in the best way. Much different than Alex Michaelides ever popular “The Silent Patient” this book leaves you wondering and guessing. I finished and still have some questions on how he wrote this book so clearly yet so surprising. Definitely recommended to anybody who likes to feel like they have it figured out…until they don’t!

Gender Queer: A Memoir
by Maia Kobabe

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Title: Gender Queer: A Memoir Author: Maia Kobabe Gender Queer is a graphic memoir by author and cartoonist Maia Kobabe. Through comic strips that blend humor and heartbreak, Kobabe chronicles eir experience as a nonbinary person and the challenges that accompanied growing up and coming into eir own while grappling with eir identity and sexuality. I really enjoyed this book and read it in one sitting! I really commend Kobabe for eir honesty as I'm sure it was so challenging to put these experiences to paper. The ending, while realistic and hopeful, was just a little too abrupt for my liking. I would highly recommend this book to anyone looking to learn more about life experiences beyond the gender binary and/or read from more nonbinary perspectives.

The House Across The Lake
by Riley Sager

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3/5 stars for this highly recommended novel. Although the plot, characters and style of writing kept me engaged, I was disappointed with the ending a bit. It seemed a bit outside of reality and a stretch to make the pieces fit together. However, for those who have wild imaginations, you may enjoy this thriller. The book takes place at Lake Greene, where Casey spends her days on the porch watching, as the title suggests, the cabin across the lake. Questions brew the longer she looks and she cannot help but get involved in the drama. However, this leads to crime, blood, scary situations and the fight for life.

North of Normal
by Cea Sunrise Person

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This gripping memoir follows the life of a young girl and her family who chooses to live off grid in the wilderness of Canada during the 1970s. Led by her unfit mother and her plethora of male friends, Cea is often without a home, an education, and a stable family unit. This book follows Cea's journey from young wilderness child to grown adult learning to navigate the world and her relationships in a healthy way.

Secluded Cabin Sleeps Six
by Lisa Unger

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Giving “Cape Fear” vibes, privilege isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be. When a family rents a luxury cabin in the woods, they have no idea what’s in store for them. Is someone watching them? Is the cabin’s dark history prophetic? Does the protagonist, Hannah, really know her family like she thinks she does? With plenty of red herrings & plot twists, three stories converge to take you on a roller coaster ride of deception & lies.

Women And Girls On The Autism Spectrum, Second Edition
by Sarah Hendrickx

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Very good resource for articulating the experiences of autistic women, throughout their life. Would also serve as a good guide for neurotypical individuals who wanted to gain a better understanding of the challenges faced by autistic woman in navigating their lives.

Scythe
by Neal Shusterman

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This book wasn't what I was expecting at all. I've been recommend this book by two friends so I finally picked it up. The world Shusterman created here was fascinating to learn about, if not ominous. This book takes place in a futuristic world where humanity has conquered death and humans are immortal. With nanites in their blood, they feel no pain and heal exponentially fast. A sort of AI-adjacent entity known as the Thunderhead controls all law and knows everything. To combat overpopulation, special individuals known as Scythes are tasked with "gleaning" a set amount of people each year. Scythes are bound by no law and can choose to kill anyone and anyway theyd like. This book really makes you question morality, empathy, and what makes us human. Seeing the different Scythes and their methods of gleaning and their own philosophies were interesting. I enjoyed the two main characters and their journeys through this book- but it definitely took some time for me to warm up to them. I also wasn't the biggest fan of the romance since it felt like it came out of nowhere. Regardless, this is definitely one of the most thought-provoking YA novels I've read. I'm going to be thinking about this book for a while and will definitely check out the rest of the series.

Mislaid In Parts Half-known
by Seanan McGuire

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Dinosaurs and portals, and a girl who can find both in the latest book in the Hugo and Nebula Award-Winning series. Another amazing installment! I loved this volume just as much as the rest of the series.

She's Not Sorry
by Mary Kubica

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This was a page-turner! The book takes place from Meghan's perspective, a nurse who is taking care of a patient who jumped off a bridge and was found with multiple life-threatening injuries. As the book continues, it becomes apparent that it was not a jump, but rather criminal activity was involved. As the pages turn, the questions continue - Did someone push this patient off the bridge? Is this person connected to the other murders that have been happening in the Chicago area? Are the visitors who come to see his patient involved? This one had me guessing right up until the very end, with twists and turns on every page! This book is highly recommended to those who have some time on their hands, as you will not want to put this down until it is finished!