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    1: El Ingenioso Hildalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes. A man reads so many stories about great knights that he goes a little mad and decides he HAS to be one.

    2: Río Subterráneo (Underground River) by Inés Arredondo. A book of short stories.

    3: Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life by Maureen McCarthy. Three girls from a small country town have very little in common, but share a house in the city as they start university. Carmel is shy, overweight and needs with all her soul to be anywhere that isn’t the family farm. Jude lives with her dead father’s ghost and is totally okay with that, thanks. Katerina is rich, beautiful, ambitious and thinks she’ll be just fine...until she’s not.

    4: Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis. The author’s account of life as one of the very, VERY early fighter pilots with the Royal Flying Corps, over the Western Front in WW1. You would have to be insane to do this. He makes it sound wildly poetic, he writes extremely well, but you’d have to be mad. Who would accept a life expectancy of three weeks, in a plane held together by canvas and wishes, where they give you a pistol instead of a parachute because if anything goes wrong whilst you’re up there all you’re going to be able to do about it is shoot yourself in the head immediately to save time? Madness.
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    1. The Tattooist of Aushchwitz - Heather Morris : Follows the story of Lale as he enters Auschwitz-Birkenau and becomes the tattooist. Overall, surprisingly lighter then I expected with moments that made me want to cry in horror.
    2 Blindsighted - Karin Slaughter: Murder mystery set in Georgia.
    3. The Coldest Girl in Coldtown - Holly Black: vampires, interesting and fun if a little predictable
    4. The Home for Unwanted Girls - Joanna Goodman
    5. Tempests and Slaughter - Tamora Pierce
    6. Kisscut - Karin Slaughter
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    1. The Tattooist of Aushchwitz - Heather Morris : Follows the story of Lale as he enters Auschwitz-Birkenau and becomes the tattooist. Overall, surprisingly lighter then I expected with moments that made me want to cry in horror
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    1: El Ingenioso Hildalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes. A man reads so many stories about great knights that he goes a little mad and decides he HAS to be one.

    2: Río Subterráneo (Underground River) by Inés Arredondo. A book of short stories.

    3: Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life by Maureen McCarthy. Three girls from a small country town have very little in common, but share a house in the city as they start university. Carmel is shy, overweight and needs with all her soul to be anywhere that isn’t the family farm. Jude lives with her dead father’s ghost and is totally okay with that, thanks. Katerina is rich, beautiful, ambitious and thinks she’ll be just fine...until she’s not.

    4: Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis. The author’s account of life as one of the very, VERY early fighter pilots with the Royal Flying Corps, over the Western Front in WW1.

    5: The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters. A monk falls from the roof of Shrewsbury Abbey. The accident leaves him so shattered that no one thinks he can possibly live, so he makes a deathbed confession seeking absolution for the death of a young girl he once loved. But Haluin DOES live, and insists he has penance to do to make this right. Fifteenth of the Cadfael books.

    6: La Villa (I’m not sure how to translate this exactly...maybe The Slum or Shantytown) by César Aira. Maxi is strong as a bull, but not so bright, and for lack of any other real purpose this solidly middle class boy spends his time helping the trash pickers of a Buenos Aires shantytown. A corrupt, trigger-happy policeman can’t figure him out, and eventually pins the blame on him for a drug ring operating out of the slum’s heart.
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    1: El Ingenioso Hildalgo Don Quijote de La Mancha, by Miguel de Cervantes. A man reads so many stories about great knights that he goes a little mad and decides he HAS to be one.

    2: Río Subterráneo (Underground River) by Inés Arredondo. A book of short stories.

    3: Queen Kat, Carmel and St Jude Get A Life by Maureen McCarthy. Three girls from a small country town have very little in common, but share a house in the city as they start university. Carmel is shy, overweight and needs with all her soul to be anywhere that isn’t the family farm. Jude lives with her dead father’s ghost and is totally okay with that, thanks. Katerina is rich, beautiful, ambitious and thinks she’ll be just fine...until she’s not.

    4: Sagittarius Rising by Cecil Lewis. The author’s account of life as one of the very, VERY early fighter pilots with the Royal Flying Corps, over the Western Front in WW1.

    5: The Confession of Brother Haluin by Ellis Peters. A monk falls from the roof of Shrewsbury Abbey. The accident leaves him so shattered that no one thinks he can possibly live, so he makes a deathbed confession seeking absolution for the death of a young girl he once loved. Fifteenth of the Cadfael books.

    6: La Villa (Shantytown) by César Aira. Maxi is strong as a bull, but not so bright, and for lack of any other real purpose this solidly middle class boy spends his time helping the trash pickers of a Buenos Aires shantytown. A corrupt, trigger-happy policeman can’t figure him out, and eventually pins the blame on him for a drug ring operating out of the slum’s heart.

    7: El Cielo Árido (The Arid Sky) by Emiliano Monge. Interesting structure, but it didn’t entirely grab me. Not surprised, since if this reminds me of anyone it’s probably Cormac McCarthy, and Cormac McCarthy doesn’t often grab me in English either.

    8: Cafe Scheherazade by Arnold Zable. A collection that might be short stories, or they might be a memoir...he says it’s fiction, but if it is then the layer of fiction laid over truth must be very, very thin. Scheherazade was a real place. I went there many times. I knew both Masha and Avram when I was younger, which makes this quite strange to read.
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    Matchbox: I'm torn on whether to recommend it. It's not amazing, but it is an interesting story from a different viewpoint. I would recommend it as an option for someone in school looking for a book report or to read during a holocaust section.

    7. A Faint Cold Fear - Karin Slaughter
    8. Indelible - Karin Slaughter
    9. Faithless - Karin Slaughter: This is the second to last book in the series and I can see why. Not the author's best series (series: Grant County) and I would not recommend it but am strangely committed to finishing them all.
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    1. Girl Wash Your Face- Rachel Hollis
    2. Red War- Vince Flynn
    3. The Indifferent Stars Above-Daniel James Brown
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