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The Senator's Wife
3 of 5 stars
This was a character driven novel–hardly any plot at all. It wasn’t a book that made me hurry back to its pages, but it also wasn’t a book I could stop reading. I needed to know more about Delia and Meri, I needed to know why I cared ab…
The Magician King
4 of 5 stars
I read this book the first time and reread it by listening. Listening was so much better. Or worse, I don’t know. I feel much more affected this time. I think I blocked out some of the more…difficult parts of the novel when I read it. …
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audio-book and currently-listening-to
The Book of Life
4 of 5 stars
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audio-book
Glory O'Brien's History of the Future
5 of 5 stars
This was outstanding and really spoke to me.
Winterkill
2 of 5 stars
I went into this with thoughts of M Night Shyamalan’s “The Village” and Carrie Ryan’s “The Forests of Hands and Teeth”, both of which I really love (Forest of Hands and Teeth SO MUCH LOVE). Unfortunately I found myself struggling to feel…
El Deafo
5 of 5 stars
Every kid should read this. It’s adorable, it’s uplifting, it’s about acceptance and being a kid, and I loved every second of it. Will be recommending on a regular basis to my patrons.
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Vanishing Girls
4 of 5 stars
This BOOK you guys. As I approached the end, I couldn’t tear my eyes away from the page (ok, screen, I was reading on my nook). I was literally making dinner and holding my nook in front of my face. We went to trivia and I walked into t…
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Poisoned Apples: Poems for You, My Pretty
5 of 5 stars
I’m not always a poetry person, but this spoke to me in a way I expect it will speak to most women and girls. It’s gritty and tough to read because its’ subject matter is so painful, and yet I found myself grinning in delight at the way…
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library-book
The Magicians
5 of 5 stars
I read this in 2012, but relistened to it this month. I’m upgrading my original review because now that I’ve read all three novels, I can’t help but be head over heels in love with this series. While Game of Thrones is an excellent repre…
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favorites and audio-book
Gonzo Girl: A Novel
3 of 5 stars

I’m torn. I liked this book. I found it fascinating. It’s well-written and fun and intense and unique. My issues arise from the fact that I want more. I want truth. Knowing that the author actually lived this life, I want to know the …

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The Girl on the Train
4 of 5 stars
Such a relief to read a book that lived up to its hype. I did “figure it out” a little early, but it didn’t stop it from shocking me right up to the very end. Go get it. It’s the next big thing.
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Shadow of Night
4 of 5 stars
While I felt that the first book was a bit slow in going, I had no trouble delving into this one. I loved the historical aspects, the melding of fact and fiction, and the interesting portrayal of all things magical.
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audio-book
A Discovery of Witches
3 of 5 stars
There is SO MUCH going on here. And it makes me want to get my PhD. And learn. And study magic. And find witches. And drink wine. And ugh. Happiness.
The Silent Wife
2 of 5 stars
Blah. I read this for the same reason I’m sure everyone else did. It’s a “Gone Girl” lookalike. Well, Gone Girl it is not. There was no real mystery, the ending didn’t surprise me, I didn’t like or care about the characters, and the aut…
I Don't Know What You Know Me From: Confessions of a Co-Star
3 of 5 stars
I really enjoyed listening to this. It reminded me of Mindy Kaling’s book in that it felt as if I was listening to my friend chat with me in the car. I bonded with the reading because we’re both only children, and while I felt that othe…
The Retribution of Mara Dyer
3 of 5 stars
I need to start waiting until entire series are released before I read them. I think I would have liked this book more if I remembered better what had happened in the first three. As it was, I spent most of the book trying to recall wh…
The Last Letter from Your Lover
5 of 5 stars
Having one of those glorious reading experiences where you fall in love with an author and then need to devour everything they’ve ever written.This is my third JoJo Moyes book, and I swear I love each one more than the last. Her writi…

Lies We Tell Ourselves
4 of 5 stars
This was wonderful. It was quick to read but full of incredibly intense and important moments.
Yes Please
5 of 5 stars
So. Much. Love. For this woman. Such a fun book; part memoir, part advice, part comedy queen gossip. I laughed and I cried and I wanted it to never end. Also, I HIGHLY recommend listening to it. She laughs at her own stories, has fabulou…
Me Before You
3 of 5 stars
I feel so conflicted about this book. It’s good. The writing is good and the audio book performance was excellent and it made me feel so many different emotions. But I think I need some space from it to really decide what I’m ultimately…
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audio-book
In Your Dreams
4 of 5 stars
Higgins does it again. This book had less of the local love than some of the previous ones, but it didn’t stop me from devouring every word of it in a day or two. The fact that I can go from swooning at the love scenes, to giggling or …
The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry
5 of 5 stars
I can’t think of enough good words to say about this novel. I am head-over-heels in love with it. If you love books of any kind, this is for you.
The Hundred-Year House
5 of 5 stars
This was awesome. I listened to the audio book, and it was the kind of book that I couldn’t put down. I listened while I drove, while I did dishes, while I shelved books at the library. I needed to know what was happening, who was doing …
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audio-book
Bob at the Lake
3 of 5 stars
This is an adorable little book from a local author in Penn Yan. It reads like a letter to a friend, and you want to believe that it’s all true.
Station Eleven
4 of 5 stars
This was an impressive novel. Looking back on it, you’d think it would be confusing. It jumps timelines and perspectives and locations almost constantly, yet I never felt lost. I love reading post apocalypse written for grown-ups. You g…
An Untamed State
5 of 5 stars
This. Book.I am so emotionally drained that I can’t even pretend I’m capable of finding words to describe this novel. You should read it, but you should be prepared for it. It will consume you.

This One Summer
5 of 5 stars
SO glad I picked this up at a library meeting yesterday. What a beautiful, beautiful, beautiful piece of literature. The story was about everything and nothing, the way all summers seem to feel when you were 12 or 13, so important but …
Little Mercies
3 of 5 stars
This story was terrifying for me, and I would imagine that anybody who is a parent will have a hard time reading this for “pleasure”. It’s extremely topical (locked a baby in a car on accident), and it takes an interesting look at how w…
The Dirty Life: On Farming, Food, and Love
5 of 5 stars
This was beautiful. I think everyone needs to read this, whether you’re a city dweller or a seasoned farmer. This book is more about the human experience than anything else. I laughed, I cried, I wondered how I’d fare in the same situati…
Lola and the Boy Next Door
4 of 5 stars
GAH! I can’t even tell which one I liked better, but I am officially obsessed with Stephanie Perkins. There is something so honest about how she writes first loves that just sort of takes your breath away. Sure, the situations are a litt…
Anna and the French Kiss
4 of 5 stars
I adored this. What a fun, honest read.
Graduation Day
2 of 5 stars
I LOVED the first two books, but this one left me a little disappointed. The first half is exposition, explaining Cia’s thoughts and moral dilemmas, and while the second half is all action, it only sort of makes up for the first 10 chapt…
Conversion
4 of 5 stars
I love a fictional book that makes me want to look things up, to do research, and to explore the subject even further, and this book did that in spades.Not only does this book hearken back to the good ol’ Salem Witch Trials, everyone…

House Rules
3 of 5 stars
This was heart-breaking and terrifying. The website her father created after the book was publishing just further proves the kind of horrific shit that Rachel had to deal with growing up.I really enjoyed Rachel’s writing style, but I…

The Girl with All the Gifts
5 of 5 stars
Wow. Just wow. I loved listening to this. Finty Williams was fabulous and engrossing. The story itself was fascinating, combining many of my favorite things, with plenty of original to boot.Kid narrator, but also 3rd person selective …

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audio-book and currently-listening-to
Through the Woods
5 of 5 stars
This. Is. Gorgeous. And terrifying. And it might have given me nightmares. Beautiful, horrible nightmares.
The Vacationers
4 of 5 stars
This book was everything it promised to be. It was a light read that I finished in a day, but it also took a startlingly honest look at relationships and growing up and marriage. There was beautiful but simple commentary on best friends…
Afterworlds
3 of 5 stars
How fitting that I received this copy at BEA and the final scene with our Darcy takes place at BEA and at a party after.I liked this book. A lot. While it felt long at time (hell, he’s telling two stories, of course it’s long!), I didn…

The Truth About Alice
4 of 5 stars
This is a short little novel that screams so much truth it hurts.This is not a literary masterpiece, and I don’t know if it’s destined for impressive reviews. But you know what? I don’t read books for their literary quality. I read…

The Secret Place
4 of 5 stars
Oh Tana French. Please write all the words.I was lucky enough to obtain my copy of the galley at BEA in NYC. Thanks, Penguin Viking! The novel comes out on September 2, 2014. Pre-order today!

The Secret Place took me a bit longer t…


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