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1984 – George Orwell

Blurb:Among the seminal texts of the 20th century, Nineteen Eighty-Four is a rare work that grows more haunting as its futuristic purgatory becomes more real. Published in 1949, the book offers political satirist George Orwell's nightmare vision of a totalitarian, bureaucratic world and one poor stiff's attempt to find individuality. The brilliance of the novel… Continue reading 1984 – George Orwell

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My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

Trigger warning for violence, domestic abuse. Blurb:When Korede's dinner is interrupted one night by a distress call from her sister, Ayoola, she knows what's expected of her: bleach, rubber gloves, nerves of steel and a strong stomach. This'll be the third boyfriend Ayoola's dispatched in, quote, self-defence and the third mess that her lethal little… Continue reading My Sister, The Serial Killer – Oyinkan Braithwaite

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Winter Counts – David Heska Wanbli Weiden

Trigger warning for violence, substance abuse, death of a parent. Blurb:Virgil Wounded Horse is the local enforcer on the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota.  When justice is denied by the American legal system or the tribal council, Virgil is hired to deliver his own punishment, the kind that’s hard to forget. But when heroin… Continue reading Winter Counts – David Heska Wanbli Weiden

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The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis

Blurb:When she is sent to an orphanage at the age of eight, Beth Harmon soon discovers two ways to escape her surroundings, albeit fleetingly: playing chess and taking the little green pills given to her and the other children to keep them subdued. Before long, it becomes apparent that hers is a prodigious talent, and… Continue reading The Queen’s Gambit – Walter Tevis

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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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A Thoudand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

Trigger warning for domestic violence, rape, death of parents, miscarriage, traumatic birth, violence, death, suicide. Blurb:A Thousand Splendid Suns is a 2007 novel by Afghan-American author Khaled Hosseini. It is his second, following his bestselling 2003 debut, The Kite Runner. The book, which spans a period of over 40 years, from the 1960s to 2003,… Continue reading A Thoudand Splendid Suns – Khaled Hosseini

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One by One – Ruth Ware

Blurb:Getting snowed in at a beautiful, rustic mountain chalet doesn’t sound like the worst problem in the world, especially when there’s a breathtaking vista, a cozy fire, and company to keep you warm. But what happens when that company is eight of your coworkers…and you can’t trust any of them?When an off-site company retreat meant… Continue reading One by One – Ruth Ware

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The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna

Blurb:Sixteen-year-old Deka lives in Otera, a deeply patriarchal ancient kingdom, where a woman's worth is tied to her purity, and she must bleed to prove it. But when Deka bleeds gold - the colour of impurity, of a demon - she faces a consequence worse than death. She is saved by a mysterious woman who… Continue reading The Gilded Ones – Namina Forna

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Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo

Blurb:The capital has fallen.The Darkling rules Ravka from his shadow throne.Now the nation's fate rests with a broken Sun Summoner, a disgraced tracker, and the shattered remnants of a once-great magical army.Deep in an ancient network of tunnels and caverns, a weakened Alina must submit to the dubious protection of the Apparat and the zealots… Continue reading Ruin & Rising – Leigh Bardugo