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Dancing In The Mosque
by Homeira Qaderi

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Women's rights activist Homeira Qaderi documents her life through letters to the son she was forced to abandon in Afghanistan in 2015. Her memoir depicts the life of a female growing up in a stringently patriarchal society during the horrors and deprivation of the Russian occupation, and the terror and oppression of Taliban rule in wartorn Afghanistan. Married off at 17, Qaderi experienced her first taste of women's freedom while living with her husband in Iran. But a return to Afghanistan meant a return to the struggle to live life on her own terms. Despite her tribulations, Qaderi offers vignettes of optimism and sheer joy, such as the exuberant account of the event that gave this book its title.

Window On My Heart: The Autobiography of Olave, Lady Baden-Powell, G.B.E.
by Lady Baden-Powell and Mary Drewery

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A very interesting read about the life of Lady Olave Baden-Powell. I learned lots about not only Olave's life, but also about some unknown aspects of of Guiding and Scouting.

Mexican Gothic
by Silvia Moreno-Garcia

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I was so excited to read Mexican Gothic because it has received so much hype and has one of the most beautiful covers of 2020, but I was sorely disappointed. Most of this book was a total snoozefest and by the time it started to get interesting, it was too little, too late. I was looking forward to a spooky gothic horror novel set in Mexico, but instead I got a rather boring, slow-moving, and trope filled novel that could have been set anywhere.

Anxious For Nothing Max Lucado
by Max Lucado

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Was really moved by this book!

To Be a Family
by Joan Kilby

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

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.

Malorie
by Josh Malerman

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I loved Bird Box. It is one of my all-time favourite books. So when I found out about Malorie, I was equal parts excited and nervous. Luckily, I really enjoyed it. It’s not quite as good as Bird Box, but it is still fast-paced, interesting, and of course, creepy.

Home Before Dark
by Riley Sager

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This is the third Riley Sager novel that I have read, but is the first that I really enjoyed. Home Before Dark was spooky and atmospheric, with the perfect amount of twists and turns. The ending was maybe a bit over the top, but still super enjoyable. It is very similar to the Netflix adaptation of The Haunting of Hill House, which I loved and now want to re-watch!

Big Nate Strikes Again
by Lincoln Peirce

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Super good! You should definitely try this book!

The Complete Big Nate Volume 2
by Lincoln Peirce

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This would be ok, though this is a great book!


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