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The Bazaar of Bad Dreams by Stephen King - A short story collection from the master - was there any doubt that I would love this?  My favorite part was how he interspersed the fictions with little tidbits of personal information about where a story idea came from, how many years (even decades!) it took to create in the way he wanted.  The best story was about a people-eating car at a rest stop in Maine.  Terrifying and wonderful, as always.

Gutshot by Amelia Gray - This is another collection of short stories, but unfortunately, it didn't resonate with me.  Each story made me feel uncomfortable (definitely not a bad thing, I like to be pushed out of my comfort zone) in a visceral way.  Very disturbing.

Girl at War by Sara Novic - Looking for a heartbreaker of a novel?  You've got it.  Ana is a child during Yugoslavia's civil war and finds herself torn between childhood and adulthood, war and normalcy.  Ten years later, she is in college in New York, having left her old life behind her, until she decides to return to Croatia and revisit all that she has lost.  Beautiful and haunting.

The Song of Achilles by Madeline Miller - This was a good one.  Our narrator is Patroclus, a shy, awkward boy who is sent away from home and ends up living at the home of Achilles.  The two strike up an unlikely friendship and eventual romance.  When Achilles must go to war after Helen of Troy is kidnapped by Paris, Patroclus goes with him.  Hearing such a famous story told from a unique angle was wonderful and new and delightful.  If you have any interest in the ancient Greeks, I highly suggest this.


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