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We Never Asked for Wings by Vanessa Diffenbaugh
We Never Asked for Wings
by Vanessa Diffenbaugh (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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I can’t remember the last time I set aside an afternoon to finish reading a book. I switched off everything electronic and enjoyed every page of 'We Never Asked For Wings'.
I was a huge fan of Diffenbaugh’s 'The Language of Flowers' and I started read
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Murder 101 by Faye Kellerman
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Detective Pete Decker and his wife, Rina have moved to upstate New York. Pete has left the L.A.P.D. and is looking forward to a quieter life at Greenbury Police Department. They are also closer to their extended family who all live on the east coast. ...more
Adeline by Norah Vincent
Adeline
by Norah Vincent
read in June, 2015
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This pretentious novel may find a few fans, but I am not one of them.
Adeline is described as 'a vibrant portrait of Woolf and her social circle'. The book is anything but vibrant. It is over-written, dense with predictable, cloying foreshadowing and
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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton
The Miniaturist
by Jessie Burton
read in June, 2015
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I have to admit that I read this book compulsively - in coffee shops, in the car, at my desk and in bed. I had to know what happened next.
A young country girl, Nella Oortman, is married off to a rich merchant trader, Johannes Brandt, in Amsterdam in
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World Gone By by Dennis Lehane
World Gone By
by Dennis Lehane (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2015
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The third Joe Coughlin book is a solid read, but the bleakness of the story and the sadness of the setting overwhelm Lehane's storytelling at times. The story is set during World War 2 with the racial hatred in Florida as a backdrop. The only lightne ...more
This One Time by Alex van Tonder
This One Time
by Alex van Tonder
read in May, 2015
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Alex van Tonder has used her advertising experience to create a social media thriller, with multimedia, reality TV and advertising as players in a terrifying game.
Superstar blogger, Jacob Lynch, AKA Brodie Lomax, has 11 million followers and his own
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The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
The Girl on the Train
by Paula Hawkins (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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The Girl On The Train is narrated through three female characters’ viewpoints. Rachel, Anna and Megan tell us their stories and weave a web of deceit, betrayal and grief. All three are intrinsically flawed and it would not be easy to like any of them ...more
Love May Fail by Matthew Quick
Love May Fail
by Matthew Quick (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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Portia Kane leaves her cheating mega-wealthy husband in Florida and goes home to Philadelphia. She meets Sister Maeve Smith on the plane, where she confesses her drunken mess of a life to the bemused nun. Portia, in the depths of misery, thinks about ...more
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“A deus ex machina will never appear in real life so you best make other arrangements.”
Marisha Pessl, Special Topics in Calamity Physics

Olive Schreiner
“And so, it comes to pass in time, that the earth ceases for us to be a weltering chaos. We walk in the great hall of life, looking up and round reverentially. Nothing is despicable - all is meaningful; nothing is small - all is part of a whole, whose beginning and end we know not. The life that throbs in us is a pulsation from it; too mighty for our comprehension, no too small.
And so, it comes to pass at last, that whereas the sky was at first a small blue rag stretched out over us and so low that our hands might touch it, pressing down on us, it raises itself into an immeasurable blue arch over our heads, and we begin to live again.”
Olive Schreiner, The Story of an African Farm

Veronica Roth
“I have never had parents who set good examples, parents whose expectations were worth living up to, but she did. I can see them within her, the courage and the beauty they pressed into her like a handprint.”
Veronica Roth, Allegiant

Marisha Pessl
“People don’t realize how easy life is to change. You just get on the bus.”
Marisha Pessl, Night Film

Albert Camus
“We must all know that each mediocrity, each surrender, each act of complacency will harm us as much as the enemy's rifles.”
Albert Camus, Camus at Combat: Writing 1944-1947

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