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Community Board by Tara Conklin

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funny hopeful lighthearted medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? Yes

3.5

The Kamogawa Food Detectives by Hisashi Kashiwai

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hopeful slow-paced

3.0

little too slow for me but I liked the concept of memory and food as plot device
How Lucky by Will Leitch

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challenging emotional funny reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? No

4.0

The Eyes and the Impossible by Dave Eggers

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adventurous hopeful medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.25

I love Eggers and this book won some awards. It's a good one (not great, I'd say) told through the eyes (the Eyes) of a canine narrator
The Book of Love by Kelly Link

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adventurous challenging dark mysterious medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

This is my first Kelly Link read (I know about her short stories). It was quite interesting.
The Dam Keeper: Return from the Shadows by Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo

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adventurous hopeful inspiring tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

A fitting end to the trilogy
The Dam Keeper: World Without Darkness by Dice Tsutsumi, Robert Kondo

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adventurous mysterious tense fast-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Plot
  • Strong character development? It's complicated
  • Loveable characters? Yes
  • Diverse cast of characters? It's complicated
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? It's complicated

4.0

Second book in the series -- nice pace of adventure and lots of strange things going on that Pig is working to put together as a way to save his community
The Fine Art of Literary Fist-Fighting: How a Bunch of Rabble-Rousers, Outsiders, and Ne'er-Do-wells Concocted Creative Nonfiction by Lee Gutkind

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informative reflective medium-paced

4.0

This was inside look at the rise of creative non-fiction, and how resistant University Academics were (are) to this notion of immersive storytelling, that uses elements of literature and fiction. 
Long Players: Writers on the Albums that Shaped Them by Tom Gatti

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informative reflective fast-paced

4.5

A collection of essays by esteemed writers about the albums that have inspired them ... perfect
Zodiac: A Graphic Memoir by Ai Weiwei

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challenging dark hopeful informative inspiring reflective tense medium-paced
  • Plot- or character-driven? Character
  • Strong character development? Yes
  • Loveable characters? It's complicated
  • Diverse cast of characters? Yes
  • Flaws of characters a main focus? N/A

4.25

Ai Weiwei is a Chinese protest artist of great renown, and here, in the form of a graphic novel based thematically on the Chinese Zodiac, his views on art and survival and hope, and political oppression, simmer through. The artwork is black/white drawings, but his personality and integrity filter through.