Darling Girl by Liz Michalski

Other than the odd movie here and there, and perhaps reading the abridged version of the original, my experience with Peter Pan is largely based on retellings. However, I had yet to read a dark retelling, and this novel perfectly fit the bill. Two things to remember when going into this novel: growing up is not the same as growing older, and whatever expectations you have of Peter Pan or any of the characters, excise them from your mind. This is not your grandmother’s fairy tale.

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In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond by John Zada

Every year, I think to myself “I should read more non-fiction” and inevitably go a little wild picking out books in such a variety of subjects that I’m quickly overcome by the dearth of possible information. In the Valleys of the Noble Beyond: In Search of the Sasquatch is my first non-fiction read of the year, and may very well be my favorite of the year.

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Deal With the Devil and The Devil You Know by Kit Rocha

What first caught my eye about this new series, other than the awesome cover, were the words “Mercenary Librarians”. As I read the concept behind the phrase I was intrigued by the idea of a dystopian world where, in that particular neighborhood, some of the only people willing to help the population were librarians – essentially -collecting, digitizing, and disbursing knowledge, literature, tools, and even food.

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Writers and Lovers by Lily King

I saw Writers and Lovers on Goodreads first, but it was Anne Bogel, host of the fantastic (and TBR list filling) podcast What Should I Read Next, that convinced me to actually sit down and read this book. Why did it take so long from the time I put it on my Goodreads TBR list to when I actually picked it up? It came out almost two years ago, and I had my eye on it from the beginning. But it was the way Anne talked about the story that made me finally sit down and read it.

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Go Tell the Bees That I Am Gone by Diana Gabaldon

When you get to the 9th book of a series you have already spent hours with the characters, the story, and in some way the author. You feel like you’re coming home, even if “home” is a strange, half-familiar echo of the past with some murder and time-travelling and brave Scots fighting for their new home thrown in.

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