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    my favourite reads of 2017

    I surpassed my reading goal of 50 books this year. As  of writing this post I have read  94. Granted some of those were picture books (early in the year), I did read a lot more than I have in the last couple of years. Less stress, more time, and a  job that reminds  me how much I love books, has helped with this number. My Goodreads stats tell me: I read 18,723 pages in total. My shortest book was I Need a Hug by Aaron Blabey (24  pages) My longest book was Assassin’s Fate by Robin Hobb (853 pages) There have been a few books that stood out to…

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    Ginny Moon [book review]

    Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig Meet Ginny. She’s fourteen, autistic, and has a heart-breaking secret… Ginny Moon is trying to make sense of a world that just doesn’t seem to add up. After years in foster care, Ginny is in her fourth forever family, finally with parents who will love her. Everyone tells her that she should feel happy, but she has never stopped crafting her Big Secret Plan of Escape. Because something happened, a long time ago – something that only Ginny knows – and nothing will stop her going back to put it right… (goodreads.com) I read this book over a month ago. I finished it in two…

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    The Rest of Us Just Live Here [book review]

    The Rest of Us Just Live Here by Patrick Ness What if you aren’t the Chosen One? The one who’s supposed to fight the zombies, or the soul-eating ghosts, or whatever the heck this new thing is, with the blue lights and the death? What if you’re like Mikey? Who just wants to graduate and go to prom and maybe finally work up the courage to ask Henna out before someone goes and blows up the high school. Again. Because sometimes there are problems bigger than this week’s end of the world, and sometimes you just have to find the extraordinary in your ordinary life. Even if your best friend…