An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma

An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie ObiomaAn Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma
on January 8th 2019
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 464
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Agbatta-Alumalu, the fathers of old say that without light, a person cannot sprout shadows. My host fell in love with this woman. She came as a strange, sudden light that caused shadows to spring from everything else.

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In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire

In an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuireIn an Absent Dream by Seanan McGuire
Published by Tom Doherty Associates on January 8th 2019
Genres: Fiction, Fantasy
Pages: 176
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“What’s the Goblin Market?”
“It is a place where dreamers go when they don’t fit in with the dreams their homes think worth dreaming. Doors lead here. Perhaps you found one.”



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Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Give Me Your Hand by Megan AbbottGive Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott
on July 17th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers
Pages: 352
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The fear all men have that there’s something inside us that shifts, and turns. A living thing, once dormant, stirring now, and filled with rage.

 

Not quite as good as You Will Know Me, in my opinion, but still another great example of why Megan Abbott is one of my favourite authors.

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Social Creature by Tara Isabella Burton

Social Creature by Tara Isabella BurtonSocial Creature by Tara Isabella Burton
Published by Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group on June 5th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers
Pages: 288
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This is the second book I’ve read in the last couple of years that should just be called “The Talented Mr. Rip-Off”. Genuine Fraud was the other one. The moment you tell us that a book is like The Talented Mr. Ripley – which the blurb does – you basically spoil everything that happens for anyone who knows the plot of that book.

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The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth Ware

The Death of Mrs Westaway by Ruth WareThe Death of Mrs. Westaway by Ruth Ware
Published by Simon and Schuster on May 29th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Thrillers
Pages: 384
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There was a lock on the door. Two, in fact. They were long, thick bolts, top and bottom.
But they were on the outside.

 

This book was so creepy. In a great way. I’m really glad I finally broke down and read a Ruth Ware book.

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The Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang

The Kiss Quotient by Helen HoangThe Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang
Published by Penguin on June 5th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Romance, Contemporary
Pages: 336
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Well, this book. I’m not even sure where to start. I guess I’ll begin with an overview.

The Kiss Quotient is a seriously sexy, fun book that has rekindled my interest in the romance genre. When it hits the spot, I LOVE a good romance, but I rarely find one that goes beyond cliches and instalove so I usually end up bored. Not with this one. Not one bit.

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A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza

A Place For Us by Fatima Farheen MirzaA Place for Us by Fatima Farheen Mirza
Published by Crown/Archetype on June 12th 2018
Genres: Fiction, Literary
Pages: 400
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She could hold in her heart a belief in Islam as well as the unwavering belief that every human had the right to choose who they loved, and how, and that belief was in exact accordance with her faith: that it is the individual’s right to choose, and the individual’s duty to empathize with one another.

 

Do you love those slow-burning, quiet family dramas that take you so fully into the lives of the characters? The kind that show complex human beings trying, often failing, and trying again to do their best? It’s not an action-packed fantasy or a spine-tingling thriller, but get me in the right mood and I adore these kinds of books. Celeste Ng is one of my personal favourites.

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