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Born On A Tuesday
by Elnathan John

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So beautifully written, but the last 20% really feels like a punch to the gut.

Big Nate Strikes Again
by Lincoln Peirce

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Super good! You should definitely try this book!

Picture This
by Lynda Barry

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Lynda Barry is one of my idols, and this book is beautiful and inspiring. It's a type art activity/instruction book (how to use common household items to make art as a form of therapy and play, and how everyone is an artist) but contains somewhat of a narrative as well. I didn't find it quite as engaging as "What It Is" (her book on writing) but it is still very worth reading.

To Be a Family
by Joan Kilby

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A great story about friendships and overcoming obstacles and trusting others.

Rich People Problems
by Kevin Kwan

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While still a fun read, I felt this was the least engaging of the series. Instead of focusing on the whimsy and fantasy that made the first two so fun this one is more bogged down with side characters and infighting in an attempt to tie everything up with a twist ending.

The Best of Me
by Nicholas Sparks

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4/5. It's your typical Nicholas Sparks novel. I liked how rough Dawson's family was in comparison to Amanda's, and it made it feel less like I was reading about this impossibly perfect life that they had, however, the ending was way too cheesy, even for a novel as schmoozy as this.

meet a wallaby
by anna leigh

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3

The Expo Files: Articles By The Crusading Journalist
by Stieg Larsson

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While Stieg Larsson is best-known in Canada as the crime fiction writer of the Millennium Trilogy, he was first and foremost a prolific journalist committed to exposing Neo-Nazis and far-right movements in Sweden. The Expo Files is a collection of Larsson's well-researched, insightful, thought-provoking articles and essays that are as relevant today in what they articulate about far-right and populist movements, racism, and anti-democratic ideology as they were when they were written.

The Last Lecture
by Randy Pausch

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I’m glad that this is a powerful book for a lot of people, but it just didn’t offer me much. In fact, the more I read, the more I couldn’t help but notice Pausch’s privilege and how he came across as entitled and self-absorbed? I have no doubt that he worked hard for his achievements, but he also got incredibly lucky and I wish that had been acknowledged more. My 2-star rating is only a reflection of the book, not the author – it seems like Pausch was a wonderful professor, husband and father.

Too Much And Never Enough
by Mary Trump

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I had high expectations for Too Much and Never Enough as it has been touted as a “tell-all” memoir and a “scathing takedown” of Donald Trump, written by his niece Mary L. Trump. There was some interesting information in the book and Mary does a great job of showing how the Trump family (and more specifically, how the patriarch of the family, Fred Trump) shaped Donald into the person he is today, but I was expecting more damaging secrets to be exposed. Instead, much of the book centers around how Mary and her brother, Fritz, were mistreated by the family following their father’s early death. It is definitely not what I was expecting.


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