Good as Gone, by Amy Gentry

goodasgoneTitle: Good as Gone: A Novel of Suspense

Author: Gentry, Amy (Author’s Website)

Genre: Suspense

Bibliographic: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 288 pages, Hardcover List Price $23.00, Audiobook LIst Price $20.99, Audiobook CD List Price $24.99, ISBNs 9780544920958, 9780544916074

Publication Date: July 26, 2016

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, flawed characters, intricately plotted, suspenseful, compelling

Why I picked it up: It was one of the October selections for the Book of the Month Club, and I am an absolute sucker for stories inspired by Martin Guerre.

S.I.A.S.: Eight years ago, Julie was kidnapped from her bedroom at knifepoint, but now she’s home — if it’s really her.

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The Heretic’s Daughter, by Kathleen Kent

hereticsdaughterTitle: The Heretic’s Daughter

Author: Kent, Kathleen (Author’s Website)

Genre: Historical fiction

Bibliographic: Back Bay Books, 332 pages, Paperback List Price $15.00, Audiobook List Price $27.93, ISBNs 9780316024488, 9780316024495, 9780316037532, 9781448732999, 9780230704435, 9780316144698, 9780330456302

Publication Date: September 3, 2008

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Leisurely paced, atmospheric, bleak, moving, compelling, lyrical

Why I picked it up: It was assigned reading for my readers’ advisory class.

S.I.A.S.: In the midst of the Salem Witch Trials, Sarah must decide wither to condemn her mother to save herself.

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The Fifth Season, by N.K. Jemisin

5thseasonTitle: The Fifth Season

Author: Jemisin, N.K. (Author’s Website)

Genre: Science Fiction, Apocalyptic Fiction, Epic Fantasy

Bibliographic: Orbit, 512 pages, Paperback List Price $15.99, Audiobook List Price $23.60, ISBNs 9780316229296, 9780316324977

Publication Date: August 4, 2015

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Multiple perspectives, authentic, complex, world-building, compelling, gritty, lyrical

Why I picked it up: I’ve been making a point of reading novels that the Sad Puppies disapprove of, and when this one won the Hugo I bumped it way up on my list.

S.I.A.S.: Essun is on a quest to get her daughter back, even though the world is ending.

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Catering to Nobody, by Diane Mott Davidson

cateringtonobodyTitle: Catering to Nobody

Author: Davidson, Diane Mott (Author’s Website)

Genre: Mystery, cozy mystery, culinary mystery, gentle read

Bibliographic: Bantam, 301 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $7.99, Audiobook List Price $25.87, ISBNs 9780553584707, 9780449220467, 9781574902044, 9780312042776, 9781575110202

Publication Date: July 1, 1990

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♥♥ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Likeable characters, amusing, upbeat, engaging

Why I picked it up: It was assigned for my readers’ advisory class. I would never have picked it up otherwise.

S.I.A.S.: Goldy needs to prove that she didn’t poison anybody in order to get her catering business back.

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Redshirts, by John Scalzi

redshirtsTitle: Redshirts: A Novel with Three Codas

Author: Scalzi, John (Author’s Website)

Genre: Science fiction, humor, metafiction

Bibliographic: Tor, 320 pages, Hardcover List Price $24.99, Paperback List Price $15.99, Audiobook List Price $19.99, ISBNs 9780765316998, 9780765334794, 9781410476074, 9781466815414, 9781429963602

Publication Date: June 5, 2012

Rating: ★★☆☆☆ /♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Unconventional story line, dark humor, engaging

Why I picked it up: It’s the 50th anniversary of Star Trek, and I’m always ready for a Star Trek parody.

S.I.A.S.: The crew of the Intrepid realizes that a television show is interfering with their real lives.

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The Seventh Scroll, by Wilbur Smith

7thscrollTitle: The Seventh Scroll

Author: Smith, Wilbur (Author’s Website)

Genre: Adventure stories, thriller

Bibliographic: St. Martin’s Press, 752 pages, Mass Market Paperback List Price $9.99, Abridged Audiobook List Price $12.14 , ISBNs 9780312119997, 9780312945985, 9780312287566, 9780330449953, 9780786204823, 9780333583210, 9781466868229, 9780330450935

Publication Date: March 1, 1995

Rating: ★★★☆☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Exaggerated characters, character-driven, intricately plotted, fast-paced, dramatic, suspenseful, violent, compelling, descriptive

Why I picked it up: It was required for discussion for my readers’ advisory class. However, my dad was very excited that I am reading it as it’s one of his favorite authors.

S.I.A.S.: Royan Al Simma and Nicholas Quentin-Harper must race against time to uncover an ancient Egyptian tomb.

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North American Lake Monsters, by Nathan Ballingrud

northamericanlakemonstersTitle: North American Lake Monsters

Author: Ballingrud, Nathan (Author’s Website)

Genre: Horror, short stories

Bibliographic: Small Beer Press, 205 pages, Paperback List Price $16.00, Audiobook List Price $19.95, ISBNs 9781618730596, 9781618730602, 9781618730619

Publication Date: July 16, 2013

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♡♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Haunting, disturbing, melancholy, lyrical

Why I picked it up: It’s almost October, so I was in the mood for something spooky, and I head that this collection was absolutely terrifying.

S.I.A.S.: This creepy short story collection examines monsters and love.

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Saints, by Gene Luen Yang

saintsTitle: Saints

Author: Yang, Gene Luen (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Graphic novels, historical comics, historical fantasy

Bibliographic: First Second, 176 pages,Paperback List Price $15.99, Box Set (with Boxers) List Price $34.99, ISBNs

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Sympathetic, character-driven, moving, serious, bold illustration, cartoony, muted colors

Why I picked it up: It was assigned for discussion in my readers’ advisory class, along with Boxers.

S.I.A.S.: Vibiana has found a home in Catholicism, but many in China don’t understand or approve.

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Boxers, by Gene Luen Yang

boxersTitle: Boxers

Author: Yang, Gene Luen (Author’s Website)

Genre:  Graphic novels, historical comics, historical fantasy

Bibliographic: First Second, 328 pages, Paperback List Price $18.99, Box Set (with Saints) List Price $34.99, ISBNs 9781596433595, 9781480615113, 9780606323048, 9781466843806

Publication Date: September 10, 2013

Rating: ★★★★☆/♥♥♥♡♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors:  Sympathetic, character-driven, moving, serious, bold illustration, cartoony, muted colors

Why I picked it up: It was assigned for discussion in my readers’ advisory class (which was very exciting, since I really liked American Born Chinese).

S.I.A.S.: Bao is fed up with Christians taking over China, so he raises an army of Boxers.

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March: Book 3, by John Lewis

marchbook3Title: March: Book 3

Author: Lewis, John (Author’s Website). With Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

Genre: Comics, autobiographical comics, autobiographies and memoirs, graphic novels, history writing, life stories

Bibliographic: Top Shelf Productions, 256 pages, Paperback List Price $19.99, ISBN 9781603094023

Publication Date: August 2, 2016

Rating: ★★★★★/♥♥♥♥♡ (The rating scale is here).

Appeal Factors: Dramatic, compelling, black-and-white, dark, detailed, inventive, true

Why I picked it up: I devoured the first two books in the series in one sitting. I picked those up because I work for the House of Representatives and have always greatly admired Mr. Lewis, and wanted to know more about his experiences. I was there in July when he staged a sit-in on the House floor, and it really made me see him in a new light.

S.I.A.S.: Congressman Lewis concludes his autobiography of the Civil Rights movement with the Selma-to-Montgomery marches.

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