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1/5

Really bad 
Work on it.

2/5

Mediocre
1-2 bright spots.

3/5

Good
Worth reading.

4/5

Very Good
1-2 spots that need work

5/5

Excellent!
Must-read.

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MARBLE ON A TABLE: A Novel

By Eugene Havens
Rating:
3.8 / 5.0

Set in New York City in 1995, MARBLE ON A TABLE follows narrator-protagonist Rasmus Smith, a down-on-his-luck producer of television commercials, as he scrambles to...

THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE

By Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Written by financial consultant and professor Dr. Anthony M. Criniti IV, THE MOST IMPORTANT LESSONS IN ECONOMICS AND FINANCE distills fifteen years of notes into...

IR Approved

RAINBOW

By Verde Arzu
Rating:
4.5 / 5.0

RAINBOW tells the individual story of a woman struggling to find her place in a hostile world that also speaks to the experience of Blackness...

HIRANA’S WAR

By Britta Jensen
Rating:
3.7 / 5.0

In HIRANA’S WAR, second in a YA space fantasy duet, when two alien races—one with incredible magical and technological resources, the other with only a...

OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH THE AGES

By Evelyn Haywood Friend
Rating:
3.0 / 5.0

Several generations of family members are sweetly acknowledged page by page in Evelyn Haywood Friend's OUR ANCESTORS THROUGH THE AGES.

THE SECRET OF IMMORTALITY

By C.J. McKivvik
Rating:
2.5 / 5.0

A university researcher becomes embroiled in the search for THE SECRET OF IMMORTALITY when his mentor unexpectedly dies and leaves him with the remnants of...

MY TEXAS STREAK

By Lindsey Cowherd
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

When Sarah’s love life comes crashing down, she moves back to the family ranch and pursues a new romance with local cowboy superstar Tyler Bailer...

IR Approved

THE BENEVOLENT LORDS OF SOMETIMES ISLAND

By Scott Semegran
Rating:
4.9 / 5.0

Four friends, collectively known as the "Benevolent Lords," are chased to an abandoned house by a ferocious gang of teenage drug dealers. While isolated and...

IR Approved

REMEMBERING SHANGHAI: A Memoir of Socialites, Scholars and Scoundrels

By Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

REMEMBERING SHANGHAI, by Isabel Sun Chao and Claire Chao, is the account of one family’s rise and fall in the legendary “Paris of the East.”

ELOIA BORN

By Britta Jensen
Rating:
3.5 / 5.0

A life-altering revelation forces a teenager and her closest friend on a perilous journey across the harsh terrain of their planet, where they learn shocking...

IR Approved

THE EQ INTERVENTION

By Adam L. Saenz
Rating:
5.0 / 5.0

Author Adam L. Saenz, a psychologist with expertise in emotional intelligence in school settings, presents THE EQ INTERVENTION as a useful tool to help measure,...

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THE DEADLY CROCUS

By E. T. Ellison
Rating:
4.0 / 5.0

Glix Larue is a Queen of Niceness in the land of Quince on the planet of Hallah. But when she imprudently touches a piece of...

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