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The Life I left Behind – Collette McBeth

Blurb:Six years ago, Melody Pieterson was attacked and left for dead. Only a chance encounter with a dog walker saved her life. Melody's neighbor and close friend David Alden was found guilty of the crime and imprisoned, and the attack and David's betrayal of her friendship left Melody a different person. She no longer trusts… Continue reading The Life I left Behind – Collette McBeth

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Beartown – Fredrik Backman

****Spoiler Alert****Trigger warning: rape, misogyny, homophobia, abuse. Blurb:People say Beartown is finished. A tiny community nestled deep in the forest, it is slowly losing ground to the ever encroaching trees. But down by the lake stands an old ice rink, built generations ago by the working men who founded this town. And in that ice… Continue reading Beartown – Fredrik Backman

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The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

Blurb:Four septuagenarians with a few tricks up their sleevesA female cop with her first big caseA brutal murderWelcome to…The Thursday Murder ClubIn a peaceful retirement village, four unlikely friends meet weekly in the Jigsaw Room to discuss unsolved crimes; together they call themselves The Thursday Murder Club. Elizabeth, Joyce, Ibrahim and Ron might be pushing… Continue reading The Thursday Murder Club – Richard Osman

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Mini Review

Higurashi When They Cry: Abducted by Demons Arc Volume 1 - Ryukishi07: Life couldn't be better for Keiichi Maebara. Sure, he's moved to a sleepy, little town where nothing happens and high school consists of a one-room schoolhouse - but his new friends and fellow students are all cute girls! When he happens upon a… Continue reading Mini Review

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Miss Meteor – Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore

Blurb:There hasn’t been a winner of the Miss Meteor beauty pageant who looks like Lita Perez or Chicky Quintanilla in all its history. But that’s not the only reason Lita wants to enter the contest, or why her ex-best friend Chicky wants to help her. The road to becoming Miss Meteor isn’t about being perfect;… Continue reading Miss Meteor – Tehlor Kay Mejia & Anna-Marie McLemore

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The Sun Down Motel – Simone St. James

Blurb:The secrets lurking in a rundown roadside motel ensnare a young woman, just as they did her aunt thirty-five years before, in this new atmospheric suspense novel from the national bestselling and award-winning author of The Broken Girls.Upstate NY, 1982. Every small town like Fell, New York, has a place like the Sun Down Motel.… Continue reading The Sun Down Motel – Simone St. James

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The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

Blurb:Young, handsome and fabulously rich, Jay Gatsby is the bright star of the Jazz Age, but as writer Nick Carraway is drawn into the decadent orbit of his Long Island mansion, where the party never seems to end, he finds himself faced by the mystery of Gatsby's origins and desires. Beneath the shimmering surface of… Continue reading The Great Gatsby – F. Scott Fitzgerald

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Death by Dumpling – Vivien Chien

Blurb:Welcome to the Ho-Lee Noodle House, where the Chinese food is to die for. . .The last place Lana Lee thought she would ever end up is back at her family’s restaurant. But after a brutal break-up and a dramatic workplace walk-out, she figures that a return to the Cleveland area to help wait tables… Continue reading Death by Dumpling – Vivien Chien

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Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

Trigger warning: Shooting, death, death of a parent **Spoiler alert** Blurb:A cannon. A strap.A piece. A biscuit.A burner. A heater.A chopper. A gat.A hammerA toolfor RULEOr, you can call it a gun. That’s what fifteen-year-old Will has shoved in the back waistband of his jeans. See, his brother Shawn was just murdered. And Will knows… Continue reading Long Way Down – Jason Reynolds

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The Book Thief – Markus Zusak

Blurb:This novel is narrated in the all-knowing, matter-of-fact voice of Death, who witnesses the story of the citizens of Molching.When nine-year-old Liesel arrives outside the boxlike house of her new foster parents at 33 Himmel Street, she refuses to get out of the car. Liesel has been separated from her parents, "Kommunists", forever, and at… Continue reading The Book Thief – Markus Zusak