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El Deafo by Cece Bell

When Cece was four, she became very sick. She had meningitis, which meant her brain was sick, too. Cece got better and was able to go home, but her hearing was affected; Cece had to wear hearing aids in order to hear, and even those did not work well all the time. She really didn’t [...]

Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher

I randomly came across Dear Committee Members by Julie Schumacher while browsing, and it was hilarious! Give it ten pages, and you will be hooked. The entire novel is basically letters of recommendation (LORs) that English Professor Jason Fitger has been asked to write. I never realized how much of a hassle this was for [...]

Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain

I read the perfect novel at the perfect time. After listening to a news segment about the film The Interview and Americans’ feelings about war and terrorism,  I picked up my next book to read: Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk by Ben Fountain. Billy Lynn and his fellow soldiers in the Bravo squad are caught [...]

Rain Reign by Ann M. Martin

Rose Howard loves two things: homonyms and her dog, Rain. Homonyms are words that sound alike but are spelled differently. /Rose/ and /rows/ are homonyms, and Rain has two homonyms, /reign/ and /rein/. Rain, a yellow dog with seven white toes, is a gift from Rose’s father, Wesley Howard, who found the dog wandering lost [...]

Mean Business on North Ganson Street by S. Craig Zahler

Mean Business on North Ganson Street is one of the best books I’ve read this year, and I read two to three books a week. The author, S. Craig Zahler, wrote a western (A Congregation of Jackals) several years back that I thought was top notch so I figured his latest, a mystery, would be [...]

The Drop by Dennis Lehane

Wow! Loved The Drop by Dennis Lehane. I had just finished another good (but really long) book so I picked this short book (around 200 pages) to read next and read it straight through. What a great story! Bob, a quiet guy who has a steady job and lives alone, is walking home from work  [...]

City of Stairs by Robert Jackson Bennett

Once, the city of Bulikov was ruled by the powers of six gods, Divinities of unique and diverse abilities. With the guidance of the Divinities, Bulikov is able to dominate other countries, including the distant country of Saypuri, which has no Divinities of its own. Yet, a Saypuri named Kaj is able to kill the [...]

Shots Fired by C.J. Box

I am not a huge fan of short story collections, but every once in a while one comes along that I like (see Crimes in Southern Indiana). C.J. Box’s Shots Fired is one that I would definitely recommend. Not all of the stories feature game warden Joe Pickett, but they’re all good. “Blood Knot” is [...]

Leaving Time by Jodi Picoult

Jenna Metcalf is thirteen years old, lives with her grandmother, and regularly visits her dad in the mental hospital. Yet, in spite of all the emotional drama that this could create, Jenna is fine with her life except for one small detail: her mother, Alice, disappeared ten years ago, and no one can seem to [...]

Rooms by Lauren Oliver

Richard Walker has just died, and his family is soon to arrive to start making the final arrangements for his funeral and for the sale of his empty home. Richard Walker’s family is not aware that Richard Walker’s home is not empty at all: It is the home of two ghosts, Alice and Sandra. Ghosts, [...]

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