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The Grace Year: I kept hearing buzz about this book and it finally came up on my library hold. I finished it in about a day so guess that is high praise. I would rate it 4.5 stars. If you have wanted to go back and experience Hunger Games over again, here is your chance in a different way. It is a mix of The Hunger Games and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale. If you liked both of those, you should like this one. Lots of discussions could abound after reading this. You could take it at face value YA dystopian novel, or read a little deeper and see how some of this may be playing out in the small ways women can tear each other down in today’s society. But there is hope! The same way we feel when we have found a really great group of supportive women!

Beach Read: I might have been a little generous with my star rating this go around but this one did surprise me. It is somewhat misleading but although it has some deeper parts that can cause you pause, the book keeps moving fast. In that way it reminded me of The Mother-in-Law. January writes romance novels with happy endings. Gus writes gritty literary fiction. When January's father unexpectedly dies and reveals he had an affair, how can January continue to write her happy endings? With a book deadline looming, writer's block on the mind and her dad's beach house to clean out and sell so she can get her checking account balance back in the black, January moves to the beach house for the summer. Low and behold her next door neighbor is her college writing arch nemesis. Gus is having some writer's block of his own and a chance meeting brings them together and they strike up a bet. Does this book turn out like Gus' or January's writing style? You will have to find out.

Everything That I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

Practical Magic: It is hard to top the movie, but still worth reading even if you have seen the movie. Two sisters bound in magic, who try to run from it and lead normal lives get caught back up in magical elements when one of the sisters finds trouble she can't escape. Reading this as a part of a 2020 Reading Challenge to read a book and it's sequel or prequel....onto The Rules of Magic next!

Towards the Setting Sun y Brian Hicks.

Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl. A very deep and inspiring book. Divided between experiences in concentration camps and the basics of logo therapy , it really is a helpful tool for anyone trying to have a deeper understanding of meaning of life. Short audio but powerful .

Wild by Cheryl Strayed:

The Guest List - This was a quick summer thriller. Not the best, not the worst. A wedding occurs on an island off the coast of Ireland and is narrated alternatively between the wedding planner, bride, best man, maid of honor and plus one guest. Something bad has happened after the wedding and chapters move between the present and past to start to build a story around who was killed the night of the wedding and why. There were a few surprises I didn’t guess but I need some redemption in my books. These characters really didn’t gain any.

The Jane Austen Society

A Visit From The Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

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