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Karena's Reviews

Karena is in a non-monogamous relationship with Speculative Fiction, Romance, Feminist manifestos and any other little ARC that catches her eye. Snarky heroines are her weakness. She spends her nonreading time playing video games, traveling, and hanging out with her family (but really still thinking about what she could be reading).







A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

I loved Becky Chambers’ The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet so much. While it was more of a vignette, A Closed and Common Orbit, its sequel, is more focused on two specific characters, Lovey and Pepper. Identity is a strong theme that more than one of the characters struggles with. I love that even in space, even hundreds of years from now, with all our technological advances, we still struggle with who we are. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780062569400
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Harper Voyager - March 14th, 2017

No Matter the Wreckage by Sarah Kay

I first was introduced to Sarah Kay via her TedTalk called If I Should Have a Daughter where she recites two poems from this book as well as speak about how she uses poetry to figure out life's nuances. This is showcased in the book. I am in love with the poem "B" as well as "Postcards." - Karena

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By Sarah Kay, Sophia Janowitz (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781938912481
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Published: Write Bloody Publishing - March 18th, 2014

Adulthood is a Myth by Sarah Andersen

I wish I would have had this book in my twenties, however, it is just as delightful in my thirties. It is a wonderful touchstone in knowing I am not alone, whether it be in books, relationships, introversion, and really just life in general. The art is simple, but the feels are complicated. - Karena

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ISBN: 9781449474195
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Andrews McMeel Publishing - March 8th, 2016

The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck by Sarah Knight

Don't let the title fool you! I am a faithful follower of this method. Sarah thoughtfully, with only a little bit of tongue in cheek, provides useful advice on how to manage the stress in your life. There's even a handy flow chart and a budget. It's practical even while dropping multiple f bombs. - Karena

Unmentionable by Therese O'Neill

I laughed slash sobbed reading this book. It's a hilariously written reflection on the life of average upper class white ladies which wasn't as bad as their less fortunate counterparts, but was still pretty horrifying, hence the sobbing. From the organ crushing corsets to the terrifying institutionalizing to the demonizing of their lady parts, this book covers it all. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780316357913
Availability: Hard to Find - Contact Store for Availability
Published: Little, Brown and Company - October 25th, 2016

A Darker Shade of Magic by V.E. Schwab

The first in a trilogy, A Darker Shade of Magic involves four Londons, each with varying levels of magic, a bi-eyed boy with an ever-changing coat who can traverse them, a thief who finds herself in a London not her own, and a prince who is terrified by the responsibilities that are expected of him. I found it to be a fun adventure with compelling characters. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780765376466
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Tor Books - January 19th, 2016

The Queen of the Night by Alexander Chee

I have a weakness when books are about the arts, so a novel about an opera singer? Fantastic. Also the main character, Lilliet, is a survivor. Whatever life throws at her, she figures out a way to move forward, no matter what it means for her. She dares you to judge her and, in the end, you have to respect her. The writing is beautiful and the story gripping. - Karena

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ISBN: 9780544925472
Availability: Available from Warehouse - Usually Delivers in 3-14 Days
Published: Mariner Books - November 1st, 2016


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