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13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl by Mona Awad
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There are the standard struggles that women have with weight and body image, and all the media articles and advice from friends about loving yourself for who you are, but this novel is a dark look at what women are doing to themselves and each other. ...more
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The Book of Learning by E.R. Murray
The Book of Learning (Nine Lives Trilogy, #1)
by E.R. Murray (Goodreads Author)
read in February, 2016
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I discovered this book at the library because it was chosen for the 2016 Citywide Reading for Children Campaign run by Dublin UNESCO City of Literature and Dublin City Council’s Libraries Services.

This adventure book is set in Dublin and is full of
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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson
A God in Ruins
by Kate Atkinson
read in January, 2016
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Absolutely fantastic. Although Teddy is a pilot for Bomber Command during WWI, this isn't a straight-up war novel. The war certainly influences his life and decision making, but the turbulence of the times are echoed in the structure of the novel. At ...more
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How to Build a Girl by Caitlin Moran
How to Build a Girl
by Caitlin Moran
read in October, 2015
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Best sex, drugs and rock and roll novel about a teen turned music journalist. Had me in stitches.
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Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell
Eleanor & Park
by Rainbow Rowell (Goodreads Author)
read in November, 2015
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A fun, fast read. Sappy teen romance without the sap. This is a tragic tale that isn't a downer. If you liked John Green's The Fault in Our Stars then you'll like this too.
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Separation Anxiety by Miji Campbell
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Mindy Kaling meets Tina Fey meets regular middle-aged Canadian girl next door. Miji's story of growing up in a middle-class Calgary neighbourhood in the 60s and 70s, going to university, getting married, having kids, getting divorced and finding her ...more
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Undermajordomo Minor by Patrick deWitt
Undermajordomo Minor
by Patrick deWitt
read in September, 2015
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Novels like Patrick deWitt's The Sisters Brothers and Undermajordomo Minor are some of my favourite reads. They are fantastical, sarcastic, witty, wry, and a pleasure to read.

Whereas The Sisters Brothers was a darkly comic, Western-inspired novel, U
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I Saw a Man by Owen Sheers
I Saw a Man
by Owen Sheers
read in August, 2015
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Good literary page turner. I liked the tension Sheers creates in the back stories of Michael and Caroline and in the present-day story of Michael in his neighbour's house hunting for a misplaced screwdriver.
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The Mystics of Mile End by Sigal Samuel
The Mystics of Mile End
by Sigal Samuel (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2015
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A dialled down, religious version of Seinfeld. This debut novel has 4 distinct sections in the voice of 4 distinct characters. Lev, Samara and David Meyer make up 3 sections and various eccentric characters from Montreal's Mile End make up the 4th. I ...more
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Boo by Neil  Smith
Boo
by Neil Smith (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2015
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As the jacket blurb says, this is Lord of the Flies without the pig slaughter and privation. That said, there is certainly privation. The narrator is a 13-year-old boy who has been shot and killed at school. It's set in the 1970s so there are no cult ...more
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