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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

  I thought this book was cute - not sure if it's really adult fiction, it strikes me more as a teen fiction book. I loved the concept and it was an easy read. Very adventurous and fun. Felt a little ham-fisted at times, and preachy near the end. But all-in-all I enjoyed the story.

Within Arm's Reach by Ann Napolitano

This book started off very promising, but I don't know that it really went anywhere plot-wise. I felt that the aim of portraying the distant relationships between members of this family was harmed by switching narrators. I can appreciate the conflicts proposed in this novel, but I don't know that I felt much was resolved by the end.  

Erasure by Percival Everett

This book is the basis for the Academy Awards nominee "American Fiction." Protagonist Monk Ellison is an author, although not well-known and often rejected by publishers for his latest book. Angry at the rise of unsophisticated and popular writing, he ventures into an arena of satire he's unable to escape.

The Book of Lost Names by Kristin Harmel

 This historical fiction novel is based on a true story. The timeline, which flips back and forth between WWII and 60 years later, follows the life of Eva Traube. She is a young Jewish woman living in Paris France, fleeing from the Nazis and then becoming a forger of papers to help others flee and cross the border into Switzerland. The older Eva is now a semi-retired librarian, who comes across a story in the newspaper about a book, saved from Nazi destruction, that contains a secret code which represents the true identities of the adults and children she helped to save. The story is one of bravery and resilience in the face of horrific danger.

12 Months to Live by James Patterson and Mike Lupica

  A top notch criminal defense attorney is diagnosed with cancer just as she begins the trial of her career. There were many great twists in the story, and with the setting on Eastern Long Island, some names, locations, etc. were familiar to me. This book is a fairly quick read, and a page turner.

The Four Winds by Kristin Hannah

  This historical fiction novel takes place in Texas and California after WWI. It tracks the plight of farmers and the hardships they endured during the drought in the Great Plains/Dust Bowl. The strength and perseverance of heroine of the story, Elsa Wolcott Martinelli, is awe inspiring as she takes charge and tries to make a better life for her family. The writing was so descriptive, it felt as if I was part of the story, and I did not want it to end.

The Inmate by Frieda McFadden

  I always find McFadden’s books to be easy, entertaining quick reads. The same can be said of The Inmate. Brooke Sullivan decides to move back home to upstate New York after the death of her parents. She moves into her childhood home, but the only job she can find is at the local men’s maximum-security prison as a nurse practitioner. It shouldn’t be too bad, but one of the inmates is her ex-high school sweetheart and the man she put in prison for her attempted murder. Now Brooke must face the man she once loved, the father of her child, and the man who murdered her friends and attempted to murder her. But Brooke will soon learn that what she remembers may not be the whole truth after all. I enjoyed reading this book but I did find Brooke to be a bit annoying of a character. So many things were obvious and in her face, but she continually failed to see them. I wish her character was a bit more likeable.

We are Displaced: My Journey and Stories from Refugee Girls Around the World by Malala Yousafzai

  Ms. Yousafzai talks about displacement in a way that we can all comprehend. She reminds humanity of the meaning of home. This book will make you grateful for what you have as well as feel more empathy for towards others.

The Family Upstairs by Lisa Jewell

  The Family Upstairs tells the story of an old mansion on Cheyne Walk, that 25-year-old Libby Jones has just inherited. On her 25th birthday Libby was hoping to learn about her biological family and why she was found at 10 months old in 16 Cheyne Walk with 3 dead adults in the kitchen. At the time news articles say it was a cult and a suicide pact that led to baby Serenity being left in the crib alone all those years ago. But Libby is determined to find out what really happened. Meanwhile, Lucy is homeless with two young kids, but is determined to make it back to London to see “the baby.” How does Lucy know about the baby and what ghosts from her past are she running from. Then we have Henry, who tells us the story of how the events of that fateful day was only the culmination of many years of manipulation, greed and secrets. I did enjoy this story but did find it a bit slow and hard to get into at the beginning. However, the plot gets much more intriguing and moves at a faster pace o