I am Not Your Perfect Mexican Daughter

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Ms. Sanchez does an amazing job of bringing the reader into the mind and culture of the main character, Julia Reyes, who recently lost her sister in a tragic accident. The way Ms. Sanchez navigates the grief of Julia and her family is beautiful. I truly wish this book would have been around when I was a younger!

Blankets

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This graphic novel navigates a young man's journey with love, his faith, and growing up. Beautiful illustrations and a moving read!

City of thieves

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Set during the infamous siege of Leningrad; this book has a dark humor tone. Not usually what I would pick up, but I loved it.

The alchemist

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Paulo Coelho's enchanting novel has inspired a devoted following, almost a cult, around the world. This story is about an Andalusian shepherd boy named Santiago who travels from his homeland in Spain to the Egyptian desert in search of a treasure buried near the Pyramids. Along the way he meets a Gypsy woman, a man who calls himself king, and an alchemist, all of whom point Santiago in the direction of his quest. No one knows what the treasure is, or if Santiago will be able to overcome all of the obstacles in his path (and they are many). What starts out as a journey to find riches turns into a discovery of the treasure found within, including love.

Long way down

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This book is awesome. The prose is beautifully written, and wonderfully placed on the page. A quick read that blossoms like a flower as you are reading it. If you want an extra special treat, listen to the audio book while reading it-the author reads it!

Pachinko

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My favorite book of the year! A story about a Korean immigrant family living in Japan during the 20th century.

Summerlost

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This book is a fictionalized account of Utah State Author Allie Condie’s childhood growing up in Cedar City with the Utah Shakespeare festival. I couldn’t put it down!

A Thousand Miles to Freedom

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Not only does Eunsun Kim explain her life while on the run, but she paints a story of what living in North Korea was like and the culture shock she experienced when her and her family finally reached Seoul. She writes about the Kim's family regime and its impact, hiding in China for multiple years, and the noticeable differences between living in the North versus the South. She began to flee from North Korea when she was only 11 years old, but instead of drowning in hate and anger, she tells her story with the hope and optimism that she feels for herself and for her people.

The Big Burn

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A superb read about the creation of the Forest Service and wildfires in the West.

I’ll Be Gone in the Dark

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This book is perfect for the true crime nerd who also loves good writing! McNamara’s prose will keep you flipping through the pages. Reading this book is like bundling up in your favorite blanket on a cool day.