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Men at Arms
by Terry Pratchett


Men at Arms is the sequel to Guards! Guards!, and it definitely delivers. It introduces new characters and plot points while staying true to what was established in the first book, and it's a satisfying continuation of the same themes.


The Hired Girl
by Laura Amy Schlitz


Joan longs for a life like the girls in her books, for adventure and true love. Instead she is stuck working on a poor farm and doing almost everything for her father and three brothers. Then she decides to just leave and gets a job as a hired girl for 6 dollars a week, for the Jewish family of Rosenbachs. As she becomes a part of their household, she still dreams of becoming a girl with a bright future. This was an enjoyable read, written as Joan's journal entries and gave some insight of how people were like in 1911.


Jade City
by Fonda Lee


This was fun! I never got super invested in the story, but the worldbuilding was phenomenal and so detailed. It was also very action-packed and engrossing, and I never got bored while reading it. I don't think I'm going to finish the series, however.


This Light Between Us
by Andrew Fukuda


in 1935, on Bainbridge Island, Washington, 10 year old Japanese American Alex Maki is forced to become penpals with Charlie Lévy, and French Jewish girl in Paris. He is not excited to be writing to a girl at first but they end up writing to each other for many more years. They become friends, and tel each other about their different lives in their different countries. 3 years later, Pearl Harbor is bombed by Japan and all Japanese Americans are forced to leave their homes. Alex's father had already been taken so he, his older brother Frank and his mother had to go to an internement camp. Frank was angry and joined with some other men in the caml that always rose against the soldiers when they were treated especially unfairly. Alex spent his time writing to Charlie and drawing - his secret passion. In Charlie's letters, she talked about how there were many more rules for her because she was a Jew. Alex decided to enlist in the army, a Japanese division, for two reasons, his father would be released if he joined and he had a small hope he would find Charlie, as they would be going to Europe and he hadn't heard from her in a while. He trains for a year and then we read along as he fight with his fellow Americans for America and for his people, the Japanese Americans. I loved this book for a few reasons. First, the relationship between Alex and Charlie, although only through letters, is very deep, they are each other's only best friends. Second, this was an interesting glimpse of what it was like for the Japanese in America, as i haven't read about that specifically before.


The Hunger Games
by Suzanne Collins


In post apocalyptic North America, there is a country called Panem. It is divided into 12 districts and the Capitol. Every year there is a reaping, where the name of one boy and one girl is picked from thousands of others. These tributes - between the ages of 12 and 18 - are forced to go into an arena and fight to the death. The last one standing is the victor of these Hunger Games. This year, 16 year old Katniss Everdeen of District 12 is going into the arena with a boy named Peeta Mellark, who in an interview before the Games confesses his love for Katniss to all of Panem. It gives them a huge advantage as everyone is cheering for the 'star crossed lovers' of District 12. But there can only be one victor-only one of them can survive. This is my second time reading this book and I loved it just as much as the first time! I highly recommend this book and the whole trilogy.


Concrete Rose
by Angie Thomas


The prequel to Thomas' novel The Hate U Give, this novel follows Maverick, Starr's father, as a teenager. It is easy to read while still tackling difficult issues, and the characters are extremely well-written. I really enjoyed this book.


Upstate Girls
by Brenda Kenneally


This beautiful work of photojournalism examines the past and present of a city in upstate New York called Troy, through the industrial rise and decline of the 20th century to the lives of poor teenagers in the 2000s. It was an amazing read.


The Hidden Palace
by Helene Wecker


The Hidden Palace is the sequel to The Golem and the Jinni, and though I liked the first novel a little more, this book is still amazing. The characters and the plot are so well-written, and the prose is lyrical and vivid.


The Galaxy and the Ground Within
by Becky Chambers


This is the final book in the Wayfarers series, which is bittersweet, but it ends the series so well. I love how character-based Chamber's novels are, and this book delivered on satisfying conclusions for previously appearing characters like Pei and Ashby, while introducing new ones.


Keeper Of The Lost Cities
by Shannon Messenger


This was such an amazing book I enjoyed it so much and it was a great intro to the world! I would 100% recommend this book to all fantasy lovers out there! I really liked how there were some fun romance between the characters.
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