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“Hunt the Stars” by Jessie Mihalik

It’s only been a few years since the war with the Valovians ended and Octavia Zarola is trying to move past the difficult memories that keep her up at night.  She has enough to worry about keeping her bounty hunting crew alive and her ship in the air.  So when Torran Fletcher, a former Valovian […]

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The Mallorca Files, Series 1

This BBC series follows Miranda Blake, a by-the-book British detective who is forced to transfer to Mallorca.  Spending time on the beautiful Spanish island would be a dream to anyone else, but Miranda is not thrilled.  Even more annoying is her new partner, Max Winter, a German detective assigned to Mallorca who fully embraces the […]

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The Anthropocene Reviewed by John Green

Author John Green is best known for his thoughtful and often melancholy Young Adult novels, including The Fault in Our Stars and Paper Towns.  But in this, his first non-fiction book, readers will find a delightful (and often melancholy) collection of thought-provoking essays that interweave the author’s personal experiences and his sincere interest in the […]

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“Our Italian Summer” by Jennifer Probst

Our Italian Summer tells the story of three generations of Ferrari women- Allegra, Francesca (Allegra’s mother), and Sophia (Francesca’s mother). While Sophia has a close bond with her granddaughter, Francesca’s focus on her company’s success has caused a rift between her and her daughter. Each woman feels unappreciated and misunderstood. Realizing that Francesca and Allegra’s […]

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“Secrets in Summer” by Nancy Thayer

Nancy Cotterill is a thirty-year-old children’s librarian living on the island of Nantucket. Her life is perfectly comfortable. She has a beautiful home, a job she loves, and a few close friends. Each summer when seasonal visitors come to the island, Nancy tries to keep her distance, realizing that it is not good to grow […]

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“A Peculiar Combination” by Ashley Weaver

Heist meets history in this fast paced and enjoyable World War II mystery. Ellie McDonnell is doing the best she can to survive in 1940 London. Blackout curtains, air raids, rationing, and the constant fear for her cousins who are fighting on the Continent are at the forefront of her mind, not to mention helping […]

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The Archer by Paulo Coelho

Having previously read The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho, I felt compelled to read his latest book The Archer. As with The Alchemist, Coelho’s writing strives to inspire the reader, in this case, through the metaphor of practicing archery. The story starts off with a foreigner seeking Tetsuya, who is known as the most gifted archer […]

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“All Systems Red” by Martha Wells

This fantastic science fiction novella (the start of a fantastic series!) focuses on a main character who is eminently relatable: just wanting to be left alone to watch TV shows and hoping to avoid social interaction if at all possible. The surprising thing? The main character is a construct – an android with human parts […]