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The Host
The Host: A Novel | Stephenie Meyer
The phenomenal #1 bestseller is now a major motion picture: "Startling and addictive. . . . An epic story of love, family, and loyalty." -USA TodayMelanie Stryder refuses to fade away. Our world has been invaded by an unseen enemy that takes over the minds of human hosts while leaving their bodies intact. But Wanderer, the invading "soul" who occupies Melanie's body, finds its former tenant refusing to relinquish possession of her mind.As Melanie fills Wanderer's thoughts with visions of Jared, a human who lives in hiding, Wanderer begins to yearn for a man she's never met. Soon Wanderer and Melanie-reluctant allies-set off to search for the man they both love.Featuring one of the most unusual love triangles in literature, THE HOST is a riveting and unforgettable novel about the persistence of love and the essence of what it means to be human.THE HOST movie opens in theaters on March 29, 2013.
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LitStephanie
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I liked this sci-fi movie, and the book is better. It is kind of a Tale of the Body Snatchers story but the story is told from the perspective of one of the aliens who gets put into a human that doesn't just fade away.

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Beatlefan129
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Panpan

I listened to this audiobook for almost 24 long hours (I sped it up eventually). If you‘re into a Twilight-style love triangle, this might be for you. For me, there were way too many incidents of Melanie getting pushed, hit, and dragged to feel comfortable. Also the story needed some serious editing.

LiseWorks It was so long but I grudges through it . I don't know if I would listen to it though 6mo
WJCintron The movie is AWFUL!!! 👎 (edited) 6mo
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LiseWorks
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Mehso-so

This one was long. OMG, I was like get one with it. I'm not one to quit on a book plus the topic was really good, the characters were a little shallow with no substance. But this author goes on and on. I saw it in the movies with Twilight. I might watch the movie if I can find it. I never read her Twilight books, my daughters told me they were juvenile lol.

StayCurious I actually really like the twilight books and if you have a DVD player I have this movie you can borrow 7mo
LiseWorks @StayCurious I would like that, I think I have a computer thingy to watch DVD 📀 7mo
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TheSpineView
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#Movie2BookRecs @Klou
Prompt: District 9

Klou Yes! Great choice!!! 10mo
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TheSpineView
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#FallTreasures @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs
Prompt: Face on Cover

I loved this story! I know most readers prefered her Twilight stories but I loved this one just as much.

Traci1 I liked this one a lot too. It didn't give me the same feels as Twilight, but I thought the writing was better. 12mo
Eggs Well done 👍🏼 12mo
TheSpineView @Traci1 Agree! 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I have it and I‘ve never read it!! 12mo
TheSpineView @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks You might want to dust it off and get it a try. 👍📙 12mo
Ifftay14 Same @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks ! I haven‘t read it either! 12mo
kplovesbooks Same!!! LOVED this story!!! 12mo
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AliD73
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I loved this book! This book was almost good enough for me to forgive Stephenie Meyer for the putrid pile of garbage that was Twilight. I wish she would write a sequel to this instead of rehashing and regurgitating Twilight content the way she recently did with the new book that was written from Edward‘s perspective; that dead horse has been beaten enough. This book was both entertaining and well written. This needs to be a series.

Piper I've been looking for it. If I find it I will get it.😀 1y
AliD73 @Piper It‘s so good! I think you‘ll love it! I‘m still hoping there will be a sequel! 1y
Piper Next time I go to used bookstore I will look for it. 1y
AliD73 @Piper 😀 1y
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MaJoRomeroDLV
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Amazing book, I devoured it even though it‘s quite large.

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leah152
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Rereading an old fav!!!! Still love it! This is one of those rare secular books that come pretty close to conveying God's message I reckon 📖📚😊

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leah152
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My reading partner for the night! 😊📖🐶

TheSpineView Awwwww... 💚🐾 1y
LeahBergen 💖💖💖 1y
tpixie 💖📚 🐶 1y
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leah152
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Deviating from my current reads lol! I told my library vollies to bring one of their favourite book of all time & to be prepared to tell us all why it's their fav & suddenly realised it's been ages since I've read one of mine so I better get cracking! 😊
I just read something about a #chunksterchallenge, not sure what it is exactly but at 600+ pages I hope this counts lol! 😊📖📚

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Moonprismpower
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I‘ve always loved the movie so I picked up the audiobook. I‘m going to say the movie sticks very closely to the book. But I think in some ways the movie creates more connection and drama for me. I do love having Wanda‘s point of view more in this one but found her a bit thick when it came to the fact that her kind were killing people despite their beliefs that souls were kind and not killers.

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Hilary427
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Ok...this book had a great plot, but it‘s about 400 pages too long! The same thing just happens over and over. It wasn‘t terrible but just needed to end!
⭐️: 2.5/5

rubyslippersreads This was one case where I preferred the movie. 1y
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BayouGirl85
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After this second read, I still enjoyed the friendship that develops between Wanda and Melanie. The fact the Melanie's love for Jared is what pushes her through those initial days of her occupation is powerful.

February Book 20/25 #LitsyLove

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks This has been on my shelf for years!! 2y
BayouGirl85 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Thai was my second reading. I really enjoy it. 2y
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LazyOwl
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200 pages in and I just couldn't get into this. Very slow and I just didn't care enough to want to continue with the story.

My first DNF in a very long time.

This was one off my #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks

TheNeverendingTBR Pretty derivative but I actually liked it 😶 2y
TheAromaofBooks Sometimes you just need to let a book go!! 2y
LazyOwl @TheNeverendingTBR I think I would have enjoyed this at another time, but my reading tastes have changed somewhat 🤷‍♀️ 2y
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Xubst
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Brought to you by the writer of the Twilight saga, comes this amazing sci-fi novel. If the enemy wants to cure all diseases and banish all violence, are they really the enemy? What if the price would be the surrender of your entire being? Is it worth it? The story and characters completely took me by surprise. I liked Twilight, cliches and all. But this is on another level. Well done, Meyer.

Artwork by: https://www.deviantart.com/ellysiumn

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Infinityspace207
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“My heart faltered and then beat unevenly, and I wanted to laugh at myself. Did it matter that [Jared] was beautiful, that I loved him, when he was going to kill me?”

Nute I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. 2y
Infinityspace207 @Nute what was your favorite part in the book? 2y
Nute So the first admission to make is that Twilight didn‘t go the way that I wanted it to go with the whole who-got-the-girl thing! 2y
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Nute Second admission is that I thought that Stephenie Meyer‘s editor did a lackluster job with the entire Twilight series...far too many words...far too many pages...far too many unnecessary descriptions of particular actions that neither benefited the movement of the storyline or the development of characters. 2y
Nute Third admission is that I read this quite awhile ago so accurate recollection is a stretch!🥴 2y
Nute This book made me happy first of all because I felt that Stephenie Meyer had greatly matured as a writer. It was still a big book, but there were far fewer passages that were simply present for word count. 2y
Infinityspace207 @Nute i actually liked the descriptions. It helped set the character and made them seem more alive. 2y
Nute Also this book dealt with issues of complexity...coexisting souls within one body, that‘s a huge concept on its own. 2y
Nute Yes, I agree! I was totally immersed in these characters. 2y
Nute Oh...the reason that humans no longer deserved the planet earth, because of our violent tendencies. I don‘t even know if I should get started on that...too close to real living!😳 2y
Nute She touched on a lot of topics. I really did enjoy it. And no one was more surprised than I was. And the cherry on the top...my team player won! Yay!😁 2y
Infinityspace207 @Nute i agree we humans are really aggressive. I would prefer to give my body to a soul anyday 2y
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Darklunarose
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Bailedbailed

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Spent a few hours listening to this and honestly I couldn‘t get into it at all. Unfortunately this will be a bail.

BethM I bailed back when this came out. All I remember is I bought it in hardcover and couldn‘t get through it. 2y
rubyslippersreads I actually liked the movie better, and it helped me understand the book. 2y
Darklunarose @BethM it was huge..21 hours long...but I just so couldn‘t get into it. 2y
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Darklunarose @rubyslippersreads I‘ll keep the movie on my too watch list. Maybe it will be much better hen told visually. 2y
bookaholic1 I couldn't get into this book either... 2y
Darklunarose @bookaholic1 it was just really hard. Glad I‘m not the only one 2y
Mishu94 Haha! You bailed on it aswell!?! It‘s not an easy read! Like it was so annoying for some reason! 2y
Darklunarose @Mishu94 yep, it wasn‘t an easy read at all lol! Or an easy listen! 2y
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Darklunarose
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New audio book to start tomorrow night

Mishu94 It took me three years to complete this 😂 2y
jeannasser @Mishu94 it is pretty lengthy 😂 2y
Darklunarose @JeannasseR over 21 hours! I know I‘ll need to do it in at least two parts as I listen about an hour a day and only have it for 12 days now on the overdrive app so will need to re order it from the library! 2y
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Darklunarose @Mishu94 it really really is! 2y
Mishu94 @JeannasseR no it wasn‘t because it was lengthy, I just couldn‘t seem to like Melanie and then I left it midway loool I kept on coming back to it because I can‘t do incomplete reading 😂 finally I pumped myself to just finish it off for my sanity 😂😂😂 2y
Mishu94 @Darklunarose how did you like it so far? Please tell me you find mel annoying 😂🤦‍♂️🤦‍♂️ 2y
Darklunarose @Mishu94 I remember being like that. It‘s taken me 40 years to learn it‘s ok to put the book down, scowl at it and leave it. I really don‘t like not finishing a book. 2y
Darklunarose @Mishu94 I didn‘t get a chance last night to listen, I ended up with a bit of glass in my finger from the youngest iPad protector 😩 got to see the dr today about it but was kind of too wound up to relax. Tonight should be better. 2y
Mishu94 @Darklunarose oh no! I hope you‘re okay? Anddddd how are you liking the book so far? I somehow still struggle with leaving books unread lmao 2y
Darklunarose @Mishu94 all good, apparently got it out so there was none in there.....thank goodness! I learned a valuable lesson on screen protectors! I ended up giving up, I just couldn‘t get into this one I‘m afraid. 2y
Mishu94 @Darklunarose haha maybe down the road you‘ll think of finishing it off 😂😂 2y
Mishu94 I‘m glad to hear you‘re okay! ❤️ 2y
Darklunarose @Mishu94 it‘s possible, maybe when my mind is more attuned to that kind of novel lol! 2y
Mishu94 @Darklunarose yeah true! 2y
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Emma_PK
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Initially wasn't sure about this book. Its well written and interesting but I felt it hard to find empathy with the central character. However it developed very well and began to pull me in. Some of the science fiction elements (like planet names) etc I found a bit odd but maybe because it isnt my usual genre. I would recommend as something a bit different. A very clever idea though!

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StaceGhost
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1. Both? Creepy has a marginal edge & 2. Witches, followed closely by Vampires. Zombies are good, but the first two are often more complicated. @catiewithac @TheSpineView

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 🧡🎃 2y
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Chelsey_5
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For the Page of Cup, I couldn‘t think of anyone more curious than Wanderer in The Host #tarottakeover

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Neesay
The Host: A Novel | Stephenie Meyer

This place was truly the highest and the lowest of all worlds the most beautiful senses, the most exquisite emotions.. the most malevolent desires, the darkest deeds. Perhaps it was meant to be so. Perhaps without the lows, the highs could not be reached.

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GlitterGirl
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Read through this interview with Stephenie Meyer to find out more about her book preferences!

https://www.theguardian.com/books/2020/aug/07/stephenie-meyer-id-like-to-be-reme...

IamIamIam I hated everything about Twilight and only read it as part of a deal. (My cousin had to read Haunted by Palahniuk and it was equally as hard for both of us!😂) I did read The Host and will honestly say that was a great book!! I expected to hate it but I really didn't! Lol 2y
TheNeverendingTBR The Host was very derivative but I still enjoyed it, I'd like a sequel! 2y
sprainedbrain I LOVED The Host! It was definitely better than the original Twilight books (which I still love)... I will never forgive the people who made that terrible The Host movie and didn‘t do it justice. 😂 2y
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Bookworm1987
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Gonna read this next by Stephenie Meyer

TheSpineView I loved this book! 2y
sprainedbrain I loved this book, too... but the movie was so disappointing. 2y
Nute I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this book. 2y
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reading_rainbow
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recommend by my sister, sounds intriguing to me. a love triangle between a human host, an invading soul and a man who‘s avoided invasion and lives in hiding

TheSpineView I liked it. 2y
MariaW Me too. 😊 2y
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paulfrankspencer
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When an album cover on Spotify kinda looks like a book cover...

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KrystalClarity
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Okay... so. Having your first impression of a love interest be an intense choke hold and right after that an unwanted kiss is not attractive. It is not shameful to need therapy. It is not shameful to feel anger or hatred. It is not shameful to quit and try something else if something is way beyond your ability. This was all in the first 50 pages and frankly I‘m not interested in reading more.

Mishu94 It took me 2 years to finish this book, no joke 😂😂 2y
KrystalClarity @Mishu94 Lol I can see why! I read it through when I was a teenager and not gonna lie, I found the entire book pretty awful with a super creepy ending 😬 2y
Mishu94 @KrystalClarity haha so did I! Loooool I read it after the whole twilight craze thinking it would be good but I got into such a bad bad slump! I didn‘t read anything for six months 😂🤦‍♂️ I finally then one day thought I‘d just finish this book up 😂 2y
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KrystalClarity @Mishu94 I‘ve been reading through my whole bookcase and I‘ve been finding the best way to keep from getting super burnt out from reading awful books is to have a fun one lined up next! Makes the whole experience soooooooo much more enjoyable. I remember after slogging through Les Miserables for literally a year, I read Good Omens by Gaiman and Pratchett in 3 hours and laughed myself silly 😂 2y
Mishu94 @KrystalClarity I really want to read good omens! Is it goood? It‘s got mixed reviews so I didn‘t know whether to go ahead with it or not! 🤦‍♂️ I do the same, after some intense reading I choose something light or some cheesy romance 😂 2y
KrystalClarity @Mishu94 Personally I really enjoyed it, but it is essentially a comedy based on the biblical book of Revelations so... I can see why it would get mixed reviews 😅 if you‘re the kind of person who would get upset at someone poking fun at Christianity, I wouldn‘t recommend it, but if not, it‘s super fun 😄 I grew up in the church and I have a lot of friends who wouldn‘t like the book at all but I have others who I‘d recommend it to in a heartbeat! 2y
Mishu94 @KrystalClarity ohh that makes sense, that‘s a sensitive topic for sure! 😅 but I‘ll give it a go! I like Neil Gaimans writing! I read American Gods by him and I really liked it! 2y
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TheSpineView
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"You never know how much time you have."
Stephenie Meyer,
The Host

#quotsyoct19 @TK-421
#Host

brit91 I wasn't a fan of this read but I love love the twilight series!!😍📚💖 3y
TheSpineView @brit91 I liked the book but not the movie. Different strokes as they say. 3y
Kaila-ann I put this one off for a while (Because of Twilight 😬) but I enjoyed this one. 3y
TheSpineView @Kaila-ann 😊 3y
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LokiDokey
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We got this cute black cat sticker for Halloween 😼
#scarathlon #teamslaughter @Clwojick

Eyelit That is fantastic! 3y
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Cinfhen
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#RedRoseSeptember #BizarreLoveTriangle
Wanda is a mind-controlling parasite that's taken over Melanie's body, and Jared is the man Melanie loves. But after spending some time in Melanie's body, Wanda has the hots for Jared too — and now he has to choose between his girlfriend, and the creature that (kinda sorta) controls her mind. No, it‘s not on my #TBR....but I saw the movie 🙄

arlenefinnigan Perfect for this prompt 👌 3y
Ruthiella This prompt has really brought up a lot of interesting responses!😀 3y
TheSpineView The book was so much better than the movie. 3y
DebinHawaii Great pick! I liked this book. 😉 3y
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AlizaApp
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Late to the party on this one but glad I read it. Allegedly about an alien invasion where the aliens live in human bodies, but actually a sci-fi romance featuring a love quadrangle where two of the participants are sharing one body.

sprainedbrain I really, really liked this book! Not so much the movie... 3y
Ronda Loved this book! 3y
Jerlynn Such a great book, I loved it! 3y
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Kaila-ann
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Having read the Twilight books quite some time ago, I went into this story with some trepidation. I was pleasantly surprised. I felt connected to the characters and invested in the story. Definitely much better than Bella and Edward in my opinion.

Also I‘m counting this as my #shelves pic for #30junebooks 😉

TheSpineView I loved the host! Have you read her other one, The Innocent Chemist? 3y
Kaila-ann @TheSpineView I haven‘t. I think i was hesitating on her other books because of the Twilight books. I‘ll have to check that one out. 3y
TheSpineView @Kaila-ann I liked The Chemist a lot. Better than Twilight and almost as good as The Host. 3y
Kaila-ann @TheSpineView I‘ve added it to my list 😊. 3y
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Book_yogi
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I never read the Twilight series so I had no expectations for this book; I was happily surprised by the story. Wanderer, a soul placed in the human body of Melanie is expected to be alone but instead, Melanie is unwilling to give up her body...and wants to journey find her brother and love. I found this story an engaging dystopic sci fi book that, even though a thick 620 pages, held my interest to the end.

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EmilieGR
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Contrary to popular opinion, this is my favorite Stephanie Meyer book by far- interesting and something completely different from anything else I‘ve read- so interesting and worthy of rereads

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Ycart85
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After reading the Twilight series what feels like many moons ago I was unsure what to expect from this. However not unlike in the Twilight books Meyer manages to convey her characters in such a way that you can‘t help but root for them! The story was unlike any other I‘ve read and if there were a sequel I would definitely be adding it to my TBR.

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Ycart85
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When you realise you‘re past the halfway point 💜📖

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That is a good feeling. 😊 4y
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Ycart85
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Love my new magnetic bookmarks 💜

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Ycart85
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Starting this tonight. Loved the Twilight series so I‘m feeling hopeful. Also for 50p you can‘t go wrong, can you ?

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Carinna.Chin
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This great young adult (SF) read, would definitely be recommend for an older child in their teens for IR. It really explores how far society will go to protect their own by banning together. UDL, Provide multiple means for engagement-recruiting interest. EL, for a novel at this level, I would provide either a bilingual book or a bilingual dictionary. https://www.teachhub.com/5-teaching-strategies-facilitate-independent-reading
#LAE3414sp19

DrSpalding Go back and use the rubric. Be sure to add EL/UDL and a teaching resource to each post! 4y
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Loolalisa
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Slow start, but I‘ve loved this book since it came out! It‘s engaging and the plot is so different from anything else I‘ve read. The character development is fantastic. I‘ve listened to this on audiobook a lot too, I put it on when I drive or when I clean. Trudging through the slow start can suck, but once she‘s in the caves it speeds up. Meyer grew up a lot between the Twilight saga and this, she really developed a good pace and style.

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AmandaEve
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1. This book was so boring 😖
2. Pack my lunch most of the time, unless it‘s Chik Fil A day 😋
3. Grade school. My cousin and I asked our parents for pennies to toss in the water fountain at the mall. I made my wish and forgot to let go and fell in 😭🤦🏻‍♀️💧
4. Coffee and cookies baking ☕️🍪
5. Gray N0S4A2
#friyayintro @howjessreads

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nibech
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Day 8: Most overrated book

This book was a gift. Never read it, probably never will. Watched the film adaptation and wasnt entirely impressed with it. Didn't make me want to read it more or less. If anyone wants to take this off my hands, please don't be afraid to ask! #stepheniemeyer #thehost #meh

paulfrankspencer As someone who would never choose a book like this on my own, I followed a friend's suggestion and ended up enjoying it. I can't imagine a movie could come close to capturing what the book described. Too much internal dialogue. 4y
nibech @paulfrankspencer good point! I love getting into the main characters head. Maybe I will give it a try then. 4y
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Bamazin
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1. A bug‘s life
2. Nopey nope
3. The Host ... that movie was pure trash
4. Book festival!
5. #friyayintro

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Oldschool_millenial
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1. The Incredibles (the one SH franchise Dad enjoys). Coco is beautiful!
2. NOPE
3. The Host (Stephanie Meyer) and Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children (Ransom Riggs). The latter was a painful miss since Burton's visual style was a perfect match *glares at executives and screenwriters* The former had a rich world the movie dumbed down 😤
4. I'm a college student: study, coffee with friend, study
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