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by Maggie O'farrell

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I am so excited to have discovered a new author that I love so much. This historical novel is a wonderful and moving fictional account of Shakepeare's relationship with his wife and the fate of his children. O'Farrell writes with such beautiful conviction. After finishing this gem, I plan to check out her other works.

Echo Mountain
by Lauren Wolk

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This was an uplifting and mesmerizing story about a young girl's courage living in the woods with her family during the Great Depression. She shows true grit as she follows her own path, rather than one imposed by her mother; and in so doing teaches the whole family about each other, to nature, to those different from ourselves, and to one's own inner voice. I highly recommend this book to all, and especially to adolescent young women and their parents!

Wayward Son
by Rainbow Rowell

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What a follow up. We waited 4 years for this sequel to Carry On to come out and it was so worth it. A fun road trip across half of America (at least until the plot catches up to them). A+ character development in this post-chosen one era story.

Goodbye Vitamin
by Rachel Khong

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A young woman tries to find herself after breaking up with her fiance and being called home to help with her aging father who is slipping into dementia. Quirky, funny and poignant, this very slim volume will make you laugh at the foibles of families and relationships. Highly recommended!

The Martian
by Andy Weir

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I really enjoyed this book and I would highly recommend it. The protagonist was such a strong character and my vision of life on Mars has certainly changed.

Carry On
by Rainbow Rowell

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One of my all time favorite fantasy novels. Just the magic system in this series is so unique and silly and even gives me goosebumps at times. The characters are wonderful, the writing is approachable, and the story ends up being so satisfying. The last book in this trilogy comes out in three days, and I am already losing my mind over what might happen.

A Good Girls Guide To Murder
by Holly Jackson

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If you had asked me to rate this book before reading the last ~50 pages, I would have given it 5 stars, easy. After finishing it, I think giving it 4 stars was generous. It was a really great and well-written cold case murder mystery, but the ending was too far-fetched for me to enjoy. Also, why do YA authors always have to kill the pet/animal?! Not cool.

Educated By Tara Westover
by Educated By Tara Westover

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incredible story, inspiring and infuriating at the same time. Glad she made it out!

Queen Bee
by Dorthea Benton Frank

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Holly raises Bees. She talks to them, telling the bees her troubles and they seem to understand and empathize with her. Holly and her family have some interesting dilemmas! If you enjoy quick reads and would like to learn a bit about bee habits, then read this book.

Twice In A Blue Moon
by Christina Lauren

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This was a solid 4.5 stars. I will read anything Christina Lauren puts out and I am guaranteed to love it, especially when it’s second chance romance. Watching Tate and Sam fall back into each other’s lives after Sam’s actions ended up ripping them apart in the past was beautiful. Tate’s constant struggle with herself in seeing him again and coming to terms with still loving him even after what he did to her felt so authentic. And as she learned more about him and why he betrayed her so long ago, I was right there with her as she started to defrost towards him. And SAM!!! Everything about him and Roberta and Luther made my heart swell and break over and over again. I wish Milkweed was an actual movie because I would love to watch that love story play out.

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