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EliNeedsMoreShelves

Joined September 2016

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The Book of M: A Novel by Peng Shepherd
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Dead Man's Walk: A Novel by Larry McMurtry
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The Queen's Resistance | Rebecca Ross
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Highly entertaining YA fantasy - I fell hard for Brienna, Cartier, Isolde, and the rest. Really good as an audiobook - the narrators had me choked up at the end, even though I definitely knew what was coming. Very satisfying duology.

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The Virtue of Sin | Shannon Schuren
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I'm such a sucker for a good "escape from a brainwashing cult" narrative, and this one fit the bill. Somewhat predictable, but very well written, and had me feverishly turning pages until the end.

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Light from Other Stars | Erika Swyler
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This is science fiction, with much emphasis on the science, so be prepared to engage your brain muscles as you read. It's also a story of loss, and lonliness, and the lies we tell in hopes of saving others, so don't be surprised when it tugs on your heart muscles, as well. Thoughtful, sometimes painful. One I could read again.

rjsthumbelina This just got bumped up my TBR! 3mo
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Meet Me at the Museum | Anne Youngson
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Lovely novel that unfolds in the correspondence between two strangers turned friends. Not the type of story that keeps you turning pages to see what happens next; rather, the type of novel you return to like a conversation with a close friend. Warm and comforting.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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As I was reading, I didn't particularly feel like I cared about any of these people. And yet....I didn't want to stop reading. Rooney writes a remarkably true and unflinching portrait of two young people trying to find their way. I'm still worried about them.

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Alternately quite funny and nearly heartbreaking, this unique nonfiction graphic novel memoir should be required reading. Somehow, trying to explain racism to a child makes it even more unsettling.

megnews I agree. The conversations with her son were definitely the toughest. 3mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves When he asked if his dad was scared of them....my heart shattered. 3mo
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Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
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As someone who had both awful and amazing summer camp experiences, I could definitely relate to Vera - her excitement, her disappointment, her eventual resetting of expectations. Love the artwork!

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Enchante | Gita Trelease
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This was....almost always on the verge of being really great, but never quite got there.

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The Electric State | Simon Stlenhag
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Part graphic novel, part dystopian coming-of-age, with a sprinkle of "The Road" thrown in for good measure....this was unlike anything I'd ever read before, and I really enjoyed it.

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Exhalation: Stories | Ted Chiang
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Sci-fi short story collections are not always my jam, but Ted Chiang might be the author to change my mind. The creativity and diversity of subject in this collection made it a delight to read. Standouts for me include; The Merchant and the Alchemist's Gate; Anxiety is the Dizziness of Freedom; and Omphalos. In fairness, though, I can't think of a miss in the bunch. Very highly recommended. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Comedy Sex God | Pete Holmes
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Hit so many sweet spots - spiritual journey memoir, funny but effortless, relatable yet insightful. Definitely a highlight of my reading year so far.

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Comedy Sex God | Pete Holmes
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You know you can relate to an author when you find yourself saying, "OH MY GOD YES" approximately every 3.5 minutes.

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Such a great year of reading! These are the 10 books that made the biggest impression this year, in the order that I read them. Looking forward to more great reads in 2019!

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Congratulations: You Did It! | Katherine Kim, Ariel
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I did it! I decided to push myself this year, and I hit my goal with a couple of days to spare. Audio books and read alouds definitely played a huge part in meeting this goal this year. Woo hoo!!

britt_brooke Excellent - congratulations! 🙌🏻🙌🏻 10mo
LauraBeth 🎉🎉🎉🙌👊 10mo
sprainedbrain Yay! Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉 10mo
hes7 Yay! 🎉 10mo
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The Waves | Virginia Woolf
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I wasn't able to complete the reading challenge from @thereadingwomen (I think I finished 14 of the categories...), but I did end 2018 with a reread of The Waves, so I feel like that counts for something. :)

This is my favorite Virginia Woolf novel, and it seems I'm in the minority. I love the way Woolf tells the story of these 6 lives, through tiny glimpses from each character. And the prose - well, it's simply gorgeous.

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Oh, this series. It's gorgeous and heartbreaking and thrilling and tender. I thought there was no possible way Muse of Nightmares could live up to the wonder that was Strange the Dreamer. And I was right, it didn't. But it was okay, because Muse was it's own perfect, magical thing, and I don't think it could have ended any other way.

But, of course, I still need more. An absolute favorite. Don't miss this one!

carolynnrising Finished it Monday. 😍😍😍 10mo
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Betsy-Tacy | Maud Hart Lovelace
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I was rather unsure of how my kids would react to this little gem from my childhood. It is very much a different type of story than we usually read. The verdict? They loved it! I guess a good book is always a good book, no matter how old.

David rating - 4/5
Sophia rating - 5/5
Mommy rating - 4/5

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Clayton Byrd Goes Underground | Rita Williams-Garcia
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I found this novel to be delightful, with plenty of meaty subjects to engage kids in discussions. A great choice for classroom libraries! #raisingreaders #EliReadstheNBAs

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Okay my LMPBC group members - I have some books I'm contemplating for our upcoming round. Does anyone have any thoughts? I'm excited to get started! #LMPBC #GroupQ @Shadowfat @Beatlefan129 @rjsthumbelina

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rjsthumbelina I'm no help, but I'm up for any of them! 🙃 12mo
rjsthumbelina @EliNeedsMoreShelves @Beatlefan129 question: I have seen a few people already mailing their #lmpbc books. I thought we were supposed to have them out by month's end?? 12mo
Beatlefan129 @EliNeedsMoreShelves @rjsthumbelina I believe the email said that this is round 4 so we are to have started reading on November 1st to mail out by the end of the month (edited) 12mo
rjsthumbelina @Beatlefan129 that's what I thought too! I guess as long as we're on the same page 12mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves @Beatlefan129 @rjsthumbelina @Shadowfat I checked the email and it definitely said mail at the end of the month. I think there might be multiple rounds going on at once? But ours is just getting started, so we're all good. I'm starting my book this weekend! 12mo
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When I gasp out loud as a moment of revelation becomes clear, I know I'm reading a good one. Beautifully written, often heartbreaking, with a way of cutting through to the truth of a relationship, The Leavers is a standout from start to finish.

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My book haul from the past three days has been A+++. Now if only I could cancel my life until I get them all read....

Reviewsbylola Great haul! 12mo
Tamra When you figure out where the pause button is, please share! 12mo
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So the past couple of weeks in the US have been a giant political dumpster fire. This book, about some strong and fearless women throughout history, has inspired me not to give up. And also to find a bunch of biographies about these kickass women.

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I continue to be amazed that this author gets so little recognition - all her novels are fantastic, and yet it seems that a large chunk of the reading world hasn't heard of her!
This series (beginning with The Calculating Stars, and continuing with this volume) is a fascinating alternate history in which the world is forced to colonize space. Elma is a brilliant mathematician who has to (surprise) prove her worth to the dudes. Highly recommended.

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Wonder. R.J. Palacio | R J Palacio
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We need to come up with a warning system for how often a read-a-loud is likely going to make Mom cry. This book would definitely get a 4/5 hankies. Lots of good stuff to talk about with the kiddos as we read. Definitely recommended.

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Two Dark Reigns | Kendare Blake
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Another great installment in this incredibly entertaining series - not QUITE as big a cliffhanger as book 1, but I'm definitely ready for the next book NOW! :) #modernmrsdarcy

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Dark at the Crossing | Elliot Ackerman
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I found that in the places where the author was depicting the conflicts and ambiguities of war, this novel was fascinating; in the places where he was examining relationships, it fell short. Still worth the read, as it's the first book I've found that deals with the Syrian war. #EliReadsThe NBAs

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So I finally made my way through the 2017 Man Booker longlist....and if *I* were a judge, here are my rankings. #OnTo2018 #SoManyBooks #NeverCatchUp #TheyDontAskMyOpinion #ButTheyShould #EliReadstheBookers

Samplergal I‘m trying to work thru them as well. Too many books. So little time. 14mo
avalinah I really did like 4 3 2 1 :) 12mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves @avalinah it was definitely the biggest surprise of the list for me. A book about a dude, written by a dude, is generally not my thing. 12mo
avalinah @EliNeedsMoreShelves that book pretty much has a little bit of everything. It really sums life up well, I feel. 12mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves @avalinah I agree. I'm glad I gave it a chance! 12mo
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I was apprehensive about this one based on the character descriptions, but it's brash and boisterous cast grew on me, and by the end I was rooting for this dysfunctional band of sisters to find their way through the mess. A somewhat uncomfortable but ultimately rewarding read.

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Wishtree | Katherine Applegate
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"Trees can't tell jokes. But they can tell stories."

Completely in love with this beautiful read-aloud, about the power of words, and the families we choose.

David rating - 5/5
Sophia rating - 5/5
Mommy rating - 5/5

carolynnrising Woah! All 5/5‘s!! 14mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves Pretty sure this will be on Joanna's birthday pile. 14mo
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This collection is so dark and subversive and unsettling and AMAZING. I will definitely read the entire book again, and still may not feel like I quite grasp everything the author wants to convey. Standouts for me include Inventory; The Husband Stitch; Eight Bites....but there is not a single story I don't want to experience again. Completely absorbing. #readingwomenchallenge #elireadsthekirkusprize #elireadsthenbc

carolynnrising Read it last wkd. Liked, didn‘t love as much as the Octavia Butler collection- which I read just prior. Not exactly apples to apples I realize, but couldn‘t help but compare. (edited) 14mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves Sure, that's fair. I mean, Octavia. Butler. Come on. 14mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves But I will say that now, even weeks later, I'm still thinking about those stories. 14mo
carolynnrising It was definitely thought-provoking. Don‘t regret reading it. 14mo
ephemeralwaltz I am obsessed with this collection! Happy to see a similar reaction. It's like nothing I've read before! 12mo
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I did not think I was going to enjoy this book. I could not have been more wrong.

This reads like the first season of a fantastic new HBO show - dark, forboding, with a cast of characters you immediately sympathize with, making the inevitable disaster that much more raw.

This was great - don't miss it

#EliReadsTheBookers #EliReadsTheWomensPrize

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I most definitely have an inside sort of head.

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WHEREAS: Poems | Layli Long Soldier
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Poetry is magnificent sometimes. #readingwomenchallenge #differentmuscles

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Stranger, Baby | Emily Berry
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Poetry is hard sometimes. #readingwomenchallenge

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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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TFW Mom has to keep pausing while she's reading aloud because the book keeps making her tear up.....#momlife #raisingreaders #MomWhyAreYouCrying

Johanna414 I read this years ago while I was substitute teaching in a science class. Fortunately we were watching a movie all day and the room was dark, because I had tears going down my face most of the book 1y
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The Rending and the Nest | Kaethe Schwehn
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This was SO WEIRD and also really beautiful. It could very well be on my list of year end favorites. If you like dystopia, don't miss this one.

carolynnrising Is this on my pile??? 14mo
EliNeedsMoreShelves @carolynnrising it was a library book, so no... 14mo
carolynnrising Ah- then it‘s going on my list. :) 14mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Weirdly conflicted about this one. I know it's been widely popular, but something about it just didn't resonate for me. Interesting, but not captivating.

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The Rending and the Nest | Kaethe Schwehn
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The Rending and the Nest | Kaethe Schwehn
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Friends. I need someone else to read this book along with me ASAP. Because I am down for post-apocalyptic shenanigans, but this is HIGH CRAZY.

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Legendary | Stephanie Garber
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I'm quite pleased I decided to give this second book in the Caraval series a chance, as I found it quite a bit more entertaining than the first. Tella was a delightful heroine, and I'm looking forward to seeing where book three takes her.

Johanna414 I keep going back and forth on whether I want to read this. I liked Caraval but didn‘t love it... maybe I‘ll give it a try though 1y
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The Velveteen Rabbit | Margery Williams
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Beautiful old copy of this classic, gifted to me by my sister @carolynnrising

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The Prey of Gods | Nicky Drayden
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This book was completely bananas and I was 100% in for the crazy the whole darn time. What a unique and interesting spin on the fantasy and sci-fi genres. I hope Nicky Drayden writes more books soon, because I need more of this kind of crazy in my life!

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The Language of Secrets | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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I am enjoying this series SO much. Wonderful, complex characters and great mysteries.

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Sarah, Plain and Tall | Patricia MacLachlan
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Finished reading this gem with the kiddos last night. Their only complaint? "I want to know more!!!"

David rating - 4/5
Sophia rating - 4.5/5

MarriedtoMrT I LOVED that book. I should revisit with my girls. 1y
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History of Wolves | Emily Fridlund
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This felt to me like two halves of two really great books that for some reason got stuck together, but didn't really belong with each other. I will be interested to see what the author's next book brings. #EliReadsTheBookers

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Moxie | Jennifer Mathieu
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@Johanna414 this beauty is heading back home - should be in the mail by tomorrow.

I LOVED this smart, fun YA novel about a young girl awakening to feminism. Definitely one of my favorites this year. Also, for my #GroupJ friends, I made us a Spotify playlist! Just search for Moxie Girls Fight Back!

This has been such fun - anyone up for another round? @Rachbb3 @TheWordJar #LMPBC

Johanna414 Love it! Thanks! I‘m up for another round if you all are 1y
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In a world where the Bible seems too frequently to be used as a battering ram, Rachel Held Evans shows us a better way. This book is an invitation to struggle, question, examine, study - and maybe just fall in love with this ancient book again. Highly recommended.

josie281 Stacked! 1y
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The Language of Secrets | Ausma Zehanat Khan
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Day 15 - mystery novel. I read the first is this series (The Unquiet Dead) a couple of months ago & cannot wait to read more. The author's unique detective duo & emphasis on social justice issues make the series timely and compelling. Check it out! #readingwomenmonth #readingwomenchallenge #dayfifteen

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My most anticipated book of 2018 releases today, and it doesn't disappoint. Rachel Held Evans writes a beautiful homage to falling in love with the scriptures again - don't miss this!

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Day twelve - short stories. This collection is written by one of my favorite booktubers. Also, this cover is gorgeous! #readingwomenmonth #readingwomenchallenge #daytwelve