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1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire (post here)
2. The Long Firm by Jake Arnott (post here)
3. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson (post here)
4. Clay's Ark by Octavia E. Butler (post here)
5. I Say a Little Prayer by E. Lynn Harris (post here)
6. Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler (post here)
7. Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler (post here)
8. Song of the Boatwoman by Meiling Jin (post here)
9. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai (post here)
10. Room by Emma Donoghue
11. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
(post for 10 and 11 here)
12. Fruit: a Novel About a Boy and His Nipples (post here)
13. The New Moon's Arms by Nalo Hopkinson
14. Valmiki's Daughter by Shani Mootoo
15. Skim written by Mariko Tamaki and illustrated by Jillian Tamaki
16 The Vast Fields of Ordinary by Nick Burd
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10. Room by Emma Donoghue
11. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg

10. Room by Emma Donoghue
It wasn't my favourite, but I did like it. The narration/voice was sometimes unbelievable, but I liked it as a device especially in showing not how young the boy was but his mother, especially after their rescue when she's recovering and wanting to get her life back. I also liked the transition from the boy missing the room to, ultimately, wanting to be outside of it.

11. Stone Butch Blues by Leslie Feinberg
This book was eye-opening and absolutely amazing but also absolutely devastating. I can't remember where this was recommended since I had it on my to-read list for so long but just wow. If push comes to shove and I had to choose one book I read in 2011 to recommend, I'd go with Stone Butch Blues. I think it's a book that everyone should read though one should be prepared for some potentially disturbing content.
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Fruit: A Novel About a Boy and His NipplesFruit: A Novel About a Boy and His Nipples by Brian Francis

My rating: 3 of 5 stars


It was enjoyable and amusing but not amazing. I did find it sort of cool that it's set in Sarnia and I happen to be in Sarnia at the moment. However, I think the story itself has a universality to it despite a very specific setting. I think it did seem almost cliched in parts, especially with the groups/cliques in high school, but there was a freshness to the book too, like Peter's bedroom movies, his point of view itself, the religion aspect and of course, his nipples. I liked the slice-of-life aspect of the book; it was definitely more of a character study than a plot-driven book. I think the character's voice and the events in the story felt authentic and I definitely liked the hopeful/happy ending.


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In this post:
1. Wicked by Gregory Maguire
2. The Long Firm by Jake Arnott
3. Brown Girl in the Ring by Nalo Hopkinson
4. Clay's Ark by Octavia E. Butler
5. I Say a Little Prayer by E. Lynn Harris
6. Fledgling by Octavia E. Butler
7. Parable of the Talents by Octavia E. Butler
8. Song of the Boatwoman by Meiling Jin
9. Swimming in the Monsoon Sea by Shyam Selvadurai

Not counted but special mention: Story-Wallah! A Celebration of South Asian Fiction edited by Shyam Selvadurai

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