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Marbles, by Ellen Forney
This is an powerful graphic memoir about living with manic depression. Sometimes it was too much and I got overwhelmed. But it's really good.

Purpose, by Wyclef Jean
If you like Wyclef's music as much as I do, you already went "OOH" and added this to your reading list, as soon as you heard about it. And, you will enjoy it. If you are not into Wyclef, this isn't going to change your mind.

The Miseducation of Cameron Post, by Emily Danforth
The protagonist goes through the sorts of ya-problem-novel things I don't usually like reading about, but the author writes about them so well, and the protagonist's voice is so compelling, that I fell in love with this book anyway. Also, the secondary characters are complicated and sometimes surprise you.

A Natural History of Dragons, by Marie Brennan (e-ARC)
An absolute pleasure to read. The author captures the Victorian Naturalist Voice so well that the book dragged a bit at first, but just when my enthusiasm for the voice started to wear off and I felt myself becoming restless, the plot went turbo! Really lovely. I pleasure-squeaked when I realized there will be a sequel.
(101, A5)

The Secret History, by Donna Tartt
When the Davinci Code came out and I was staunchly avoiding reading it, some of my bookstore customers would recommend other things marketed as "brainy thrillers" to me - sort of a "that's okay, you would like THIS book better anyway" thing. (That's how I found Neville's The Eight.) This was one of those books. And tons of my friends have read it and adore it to this day. And any time I've admitted to liking Special Topics in Calamity Physics, someone has recommended it. The weight of all that approbation put me off; I have been avoiding reading it for what feels like an age. That was dumb. This book is everything it was cracked up to be! I read it during a weekend where I was attending a humongous conference where lots of my friends were also in attendance... and yet I kept sneaking it out of my messenger bag every time I thought I might have even five minutes to myself. :)
(102, O11)

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