2018 Reading List

Click the title to go to the Wake County Public Library catalog and read a summary of each book, and visit THIS LINK to view where each book stands with votes from the club!

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A Girl Like That by Tanaz Bhathena

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After The Shot Drops by Randy Ribay

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All Out: The No-Longer Secret Stories of Queer Teens Throughout the Ages

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American Panda by Gloria Chao

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Americanized: Rebel Without a Green Card by Sara Saedi

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And She Was by Jessica Verdi

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Anger is a Gift by Mark Oshiro

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The Astonishing Color of After by Emily X. R. Pan

“A very thought-provoking story following a girl’s journey after her mother commits suicide, where she slowly unravels the mystery surrounding her mother’s family, and comes to terms with her death.” -Daniel

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The Beauty That Remains by Ashley Woodfolk

“This book is about three high schoolers, Autumn, Shay, and Logan, wha are separately dealing with the deaths of their own special someone: Autumn’s best friend passed away in a car accident, Logan’s ex-boyfriend supposedly committed suicide, and Shay’s twin sister died from cancer. Each person also has something to do with music: Logan writes it, Shay has a blog about it, and I’m pretty sure Autumn just likes to listen to it. So when death strikes, Autumn, Shay, and Logan forget about their passions for music and develop their own unhealthy and healthy ways of coping but they don’t know that music will bring them together and heal old wounds. I thought this book was okay. When I started reading this book, I was really into it and actually planning on nominating it. I changed my mind halfway through the book because it started to slow down. On the other hand, I feel like this author’s writing style was really great. Overall, it wasn’t a terrible book but some parts of the plot could have been improved or better explained.” -Ayesha

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Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough

“‘I will show you what a woman can do.’ Artemisia Gentileschi is a painter in Rome in 1610–also one of the first women to take her rapist to court. This book in verse tells the historically accurate and impactful story of a wonderful painter, and a true feminist.” -Tanvi

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The Book of Pearl by Timothee de Fombelle

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Boots on the Ground by Elizabeth Partridge

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Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World by Penelope Bagieu

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A Conspiracy of Stars by Olivia Cole

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The Dangerous Art of Blending In by Angelo Surmelis

“A very sad, tear-jerking novel, but at the same time full of hope. This book follows Evan, a closeted Greek gay [person] through his struggles growing up with an abusive mother and a dad who’s too afraid to stand up for him.” -Hailey M.

One-word reactions: “fantastic, amazing, Greek, religious, sad, emotional, depressing, stereotypes, abusive.”

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Down and Across by Arvin Ahmadi

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Dread Nation: Rise Up by Justina Ireland

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Fatal Throne: The Wives of Henry VIII Tell All by M.T. Anderson et. al.

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Girl Made of Stars by Ashley Herring Blake

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I Have Lost My Way by Gayle Foreman

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The History of Jane Doe by Michael Belanger

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A Land of Permanent Goodbyes by Atia Abawi

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Life Inside My Mind edited by Jessica Burkhart

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A Lite Too Bright by Samuel Miller

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Love, Hate, and Other Filters by Samira Ahmed

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Monday’s Not Coming by Tiffany Jackson

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Moonrise by Sarah Crossan

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MunMun by Jesse Andrews

“Munmun puts modern economic struggles into perspective with a humorous twist: the more money you have, the bigger you are. In this brilliant satire, Warner goes on a fabulous adventure to gain more ‘munmun’ and increase his ‘littlepoor’ status.” – Katherine M.

“[Munmun is] a wonderful brother and sister adventure that provokes you to read hours at a time.” – book club member

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My So-Called Bollywood Life by Nisha Sharma

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Picture Us In The Light by Kelly Loy Gilbert

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The Place Between Breaths by An Na

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The Prince and the Dressmaker by Jen Wang

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Pitch Dark by Courtney Alameda

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Reign The Earth by A.C. Gaughen

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Sky in the Deep by Adrienne Young

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The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik by David Arnold

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Tess of the Road by Rachel Hartman

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Tyler Johnson Was Here by Jay Coles

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Twelve Steps to Normal by Farrah Penn

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Votes for Women! American Suffragists and the Battle for the Ballot by Winifred Conkling

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What I Leave Behind by Alison McGhee

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What The Night Sings by Vesper Stamper

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We’ll Fly Away by Bryan Bliss

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When Light Left Us by Leah Thomas

“A heartfelt story about a family recuperating from the leaving of an alien parasite. Has extremely good characters and plot development, I would recommend it to anyone.” -Daniel H.

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When My Heart Joins the Thousand by A.J. Steiger

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