The Glass Hotel

There are authors out there that write books that require contemplation when finished.  They require thought and analysis and ask the reader to think about what they just read.  Emily St. John Mandel is one such author.  Whenever I read her books, I think “this is how books should be written.”  The problem with “The Glass Hotel” is not really anything that can be helped…it’s the follow up to “Station Eleven,” a book that is in my top ten books of all time and won numerous literary awards.  Despite not quite reaching “Station Eleven” heights, it was still a mesmerizing, haunting tale that I would recommend.

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The Five: The Untold Lives of the Women Killed by Jack the Ripper

I am in several book clubs and as such find myself reading books from all different genres and subjects, something I appreciate as it forces me out of my reading comfort zone.  I actually picked this book as my book club’s next read, knowing that it sounded good and that non-fiction is usually not my genre…and that I am participating in a non-fiction genre study for the next two years and could use this for one of the reading prompts.  I ended up thoroughly enjoying this book (as much as you can enjoy a book about murder victims) and would recommend this, especially to those who don’t like non-fiction and are looking for a more narrative telling of a true story.

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New Camelot Trilogy

Whoa boy, this book series.  Sierra Simone has become my go-to for well-written erotica and this book didn’t disappoint if you are looking for something very, very sexy. If you are looking for a super dramatic, smut filled romance, look no further.  However, by book 3, I was beginning to tire of all the sex and needed some more story.  I would recommend this series but didn’t feel the need for it to go on as long as it did.

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Gender Queer

As a librarian and avid reader, I hear the phrase “this is an important book” a lot.  And while it’s true that there are many “important” books out there, sometimes these books are tough to read.  Whether it’s the subject matter or the length or the writing style, “important” books sometimes sit on my shelf, unread.  Gender Queer is an “important” book that is smart and accessible and a title that I would recommend to everyone, regardless of how they identify.

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