a psalm for the wild-built

A Psalm for the Wild-Built by Becky Chambers

This story takes place in Panga, where robots achieved sentience, but instead of a Matrix-type world, they just withdrew to live among themselves. The people live in a post-factory age, now low tech where people are taught to respect the environment. The main character is Dex, is a non-binary “tea monk.” As a monk, their

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light from uncommon stars

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki

Light From Uncommon Stars by Ryka Aoki is an unusual book. It is almost as if someone bet that they would pull several topics from a hat and the author would write a story combining them. The cast of characters includes, but is not limited to, a trans girl, a famous violin teacher, a starship

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one by one by ruth ware

One by One by Ruth Ware

One by One by Ruth Ware opens with Erin, who is a hostess at a ski chalet in the Alps, and her coworker Danny, who is the chef, prepare for the arrival of 10 employees of a hot tech startup who are coming for a company retreat and a few days of skiing. We are

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the judges list by john grisham

The Judge’s List by John Grisham

The Judge’s List is a book by John Grisham is a story about Lacy Stoltz, who is an investigator for the Florida Board of Judicial Conduct (BJC). The BJC is obligated by law to investigate complaints against judges and Lacy gets a complaint from a woman named Jeri Crosby who claims her father was murdered

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i am margret moore by hannah capin

I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin

I Am Margaret Moore by Hannah Capin was an unexpected favorite. The story is written in a first person stream of consciousness type of narrative that can be hard for an author to pull off and hard for readers to follow. In this mystery Margaret, or Mar, is a girl who has attended a naval

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shadows reel by cj box

Shadows Reel by C.J. Box

Shadows Reel by C.J. Box picks up where the last book, Dark Sky, left off. There are two parallel stories. The first story involves Joe and his wife librarian Marybeth. Joe, who is the local game warden, is called out to a rancher’s property when the rancher spots what looks like a dead moose across

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the storyteller by kathryn williams

The Storyteller by Kathryn Williams

This is the story about Jess Morgan, a high school girl who is on a journey of self discovery. She is a writer, but keeps most of her work to herself. Jess finds it hard to believe that she is the girlfriend of a star on the football team Ryan and he chose her. This

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invisible girl by lisa jewell

Invisible Girl by Lisa Jewell

Enter Owen Pick, who is a 33 year old computer science teacher that is socially awkward and has never had a girl friend. Some female students accuse him of inappropriate behavior and he looses his job. Meanwhile, a series of sexual assaults occur in the neighborhood and Owen is questioned as a likely suspect. Then

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Within These Wicked Walls By Lauren Blackwood

This is the story of Andromeda, or Andi, who is a debtera, an exorcist hired to cleanse households of the Evil Eye. Andi grew up on the street and was raised by a famous debtera named Jember. He was very strict with her. Andi has been hired by a very wealthy young man, Magnus, whose

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verpertine

Vespertine by Margaret Rogerson

Verpertine is the story of Artemisia, a troubled teen who was possessed as a child. Her parents thought she was wild and unrulily and locked her in a shed, and there she stayed until a nun, one of the Gray Sisters, found her. The spirit was exorcised and Artemisia was taken to live at a

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feared by lisa scottoline

Feared by Lisa Scottoline

I read a few books I didn’t like and so picked up Feared by Lisa Scottoline because I thought it would be a safe bet. I’ve enjoyed her other books that feature the female lawyers Bernie Rosato, Mary DiNunzio, and Judy Carrier. The title of the book comes from a quote from Machiavelli that if

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the night she disappeared

The Night She Disappeared by Lisa Jewell

The Night She Disappeared is the story of a young teen mom, Tallulah, who is living with her mother Kim, who is helping her take care of her baby Noah. Tallulah had broken up with her baby’s father, Zach, but he decided that he wants to get back together with her and promises to help

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