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Lynda T

Life After Life by Kate Atkinson (I won an advance copy through GoodReads, and can't recommend it enough!),
Mr Penumbra's 24 Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan,
The Red Tree by Caitlin Kiernan,
Boneshaker by Cherie Priest (and the rest of the books in her steampunk 'Clockwork Century' series, too), and
We Live in Water by Jess Walter (collection of short stories).

Ruby

The Kneebone Boy by Ellen Potter
Forever Rose by Hilary McKay
Saffy's Angel by Hilary McKay
(I haven't been able to find those two, but maybe I'm just not looking hard enough and you have reviewed them...)
Every You, Every Me by David Levithan and Jonathan Farmer
...and Theo Boone 3... ;)

Emily Childress-Campbell

Raven Girl by Audrey Niffenegger
Twisted Fairy Tales by Maura McHugh
The Waiting Tree by Lindsay Moynihan
Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell
and I agree with Lynda, Life After Life by Kate Atkinson

Dee

Catherine by April Lindner
Hattie Ever After by Kirby Larson
The Lives We Lost by Megan Crewe
A Dangerous Inheritance by Alison Weir
Level 2 by Lenore Appelhans

Tammy Dahle

The Pregnancy Project by Gaby Rodriguez
Fat Angie by e.E. Charlton-Trujillo
The Milk of Birds by Sylvia Whitman
The Namesake by Steven Parlato
The Program by Suzanne Young

Eliza

I'm not up for the drawing as I already have too many books, but thought I'd recommend some books I've read recently or are some of my favorites that may not be as well known:

Adult:
The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared by Jonas Jonasson. I just finished reading this book by a Swedish author, which a friend recommended it to me and I'm glad that she did as I probably wouldn't have picked it up on my own. The author is Swedish but it's not in the Scandinavian noir genre. It's a funny story with a very dry humor. It's the kind of book where you're amused throughout but can't point out a joke or punchline after but remember various situations with a smile.

The Lace Reader by Brunonia Barry. I love stories with an unreliable narrator and Towner is one of the best. The book starts out -"My name is Towner Whitney. No, that's not exactly true. My real first name is Sophya. Never believe me. I lie all the time...." Towner Whitney, the self-confessed unreliable narrator of The Lace Reader, hails from a family of Salem women who can read the future in the patterns in lace and who have guarded a history of secrets going back generations.

The Thirteenth Tale by Diane Setterfield. This is one of my all time favorites that I've read in the past few years. It's a modern day gothic/ghost story. This novel is a closely plotted, clever foray into a world of secrets, confused identities, lies, and half-truths. She never cheats by pulling a rabbit out of a hat; this atmospheric story hangs together perfectly. There are two heroines here: Vida Winter, a famous author, whose life story is coming to an end, and Margaret Lea, a young, unworldly, bookish girl who is a bookseller in her father's shop.

MG/YA
The Boneshaker by Kate Milford - Wonderful modern American folk tale weaving in established folk tales/myths/history. And always a plus for me - a creepy circus! When Jake Limberleg brings his traveling medicine show to a small Missouri town in 1913, thirteen-year-old Natalie senses that something is wrong and, after investigating, learns that her love of automata and other machines make her the only one who can set things right.

The Broken Lands by Kate Milford - a companion/prequel to The Boneshaker but stands alone though there are reoccurring characters. Set in the seedy underworld of nineteenth-century Coney Island during the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge, two orphans are determined to stop evil forces from claiming the city of New York.


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