Books I've been meaning to read 2016
The One and Only Ivan

The One and Only Ivan

I can't believe I haven't read this yet. From the publisher: "Winner of the 2013 Newbery Medal and a #1 New York Times bestseller, this stirring and unforgettable novel from renowned author Katherine Applegate celebrates the transformative power of unexpected friendships."

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Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun

I've been meaning to read this since I read—and loved—Adichie's more recent novel Americanah last year. I finally finished it earlier this month. This novel tells the story of the Biafran War of the 1960s—an event largely forgotten outside Nigeria—through the eyes of four diverse characters. I had a hard time putting Americanah down, and while this one wasn't as gripping, it was well done and compelling. More info →
The Shape of Mercy

The Shape of Mercy

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A friend with great taste pushed this paperback into my hands and told me to read it as soon as possible, which is my favorite way to discover a great book. Publishers Weekly calls this novel "potentially life-changing," saying it's "the kind of inspirational fiction that prompts readers to call up old friends, lost loves or fallen-away family members to tell them that all is forgiven and that life is too short for holding grudges." That's hard to resist. More info →
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Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance

Polish Your Poise with Madame Chic: Lessons in Everyday Elegance

I enjoyed the author's first book Lessons from Madame Chic: 20 Stylish Secrets I Learned While Living in Paris and have been looking forward to this third installment in the Madame Chic series. Polish Your Poise hit bookshelves last October, and has been sitting on my nightstand ever since, unopened. I intend to change that, and soon (although I am wondering how much new ground will actually be covered in this new book). More info →
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Joy in the Morning

Joy in the Morning

I adored A Tree Grows in Brooklyn when I finally read it for last year's Reading Challenge, and was delighted to discover Betty Smith had written other books worth reading. But have I read this one yet? No, and that's a shame because the publisher's description sounds right up my alley: "an unsentimental yet radiant and powerfully uplifting tale of young hearts and marriage." More info →
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The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency

$8.99$1.99Audiobook: 8.49 (Whispersync)
Friends have been recommending this beloved series to me for years, but until this week the only book I'd read by Alexander McCall Smith is Emma: A Modern Retelling. I thoroughly enjoyed this novel: the tone of this novel wasn't quite like anything I'd ever read, and it was easy to read, in the best sense. I'm looking forward to getting to know these characters better in the series' subsequent installments. More info →
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Watership Down

Watership Down

People are shocked when I tell them I haven't read this modern British classic, and I can't tell you how many times I've checked it out of the library only to return it weeks later, unread (again). (It doesn't help that the hardcover my library carries is massive.) But serious readers speak so fondly about it, and it shows up on so many book lovers' favorite-books-of-all-time lists, that I want to see what I'm missing out on. More info →
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