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EmilieGR

EmilieGR

Joined May 2019

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Such a touching and human true crime book. Miles approaches all parties with the same level of sympathy and empathy, while also examining the dangers of bias and presumption in our judicial system. She also shines a light on the problems of underfunding our nation‘s park system.

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Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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Mehso-so

This one has been my least favorite of Foley‘s books to date. Something was just missing and the story‘s scope didn‘t seem to fit. I was just left feeling apathetic for the majority of it, though it picked up in the second half.

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Though this book is over 15 years old now, and much of the information contained is either out of date or has been so widely discussed as to make it well known, it still remains relevant, in its way. You can still learn that analyzing statistics comes down to asking the right questions.

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An absolutely fascinating and well told journey of self discovery. This book was definitely dated, and there were things about Dominick that were hard to forgive, but they added to the characters complexity. I looked forward to picking up this book everyday and, though really it felt like a reading a big therapy session, I would definitely read more by this author.

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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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A hesitant pick for me. There were elements of this story I really liked- the setting, the wife and family, the multiple timelines- and these elements saved the reading experience for me. The thing holding me back from loving it was the main character! I found him to be frustrating and stereotypical. I think I would‘ve liked this book even more if his wife or stepson had been the main character.

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I thoroughly researched and fascinating examination of Chinese/ US immigration. With an analytical, yet sympathetic approach, Keefe uses the tragedy of the Golden Venture to examine the complexities of US immigration policies and the shady characters who exploit them. Keefe has a talent for making the most complex situations and ideas understandable.

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Lore | Alexandra Bracken
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A tentative “pick” for me. While I thought this was imaginative and original, I just didn‘t love it as much as I expected too. I wasn‘t necessarily put off by all the violence, but it seemed that that bad guys always died and the good guys miraculously and mysteriously survived. I know it‘s a YA book, but based on the gore and violence, I expected more consequences to the characters‘ actions, I guess.

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Though I ultimately enjoyed this book, I didn‘t find it as memorable as the first. Things seemed rushed and I didn‘t always follow the logic of the problems/ solutions/ explanations. However, the characters were sweet, as was the story.

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The Bodyguard: A Novel | Katherine Center
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Mehso-so

This didn‘t live up to the premise for me. I didn‘t really believe Hannah as a bodyguard. Jack was, frankly, not a very interesting or developed romantic lead. Maybe my hopes were too high. I didn‘t hate it- maybe it would‘ve helped if it had been longer?

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Tuesdays with Morrie | Mitch Albom
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Mehso-so

Just wasn‘t my cup of tea- a little too saccharine. I would‘ve been interested in hearing more of the autobiographical details of Morrie‘s life.

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Important reading but not Wilkerson‘s best writing. She makes some assumptive leaps occasionally that bring the reader up short, and tries to push her thesis into places that it really doesn‘t fit, but as for eye opening and important content, it‘s worth reading.

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Unbroken | Laura Hillenbrand
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I‘m absolutely unbelievable story. There is such much hate and anger and yet also forgiveness and compassions driving this book. This was an easy, immersive read, and Hillenbrand did a good job making each person memorable and distinctive, so it was easy for the reader to track them.

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Booth | Karen Joy Fowler
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It‘s been a while since I read such immersive and realistic historical fiction. The underlying tension inherent in the story- it‘s foregone conclusion- was enough to propel the story forward. I liked that the author focused on Booth siblings other than John. The difference between the women‘s lives and concerns and the men‘s was an interesting theme throughout. I always enjoy Karen Joy Fowler‘s writing.

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Each essay was more enthralling than the last! I couldn‘t wait to pick up this book each time I put it down. Keefe has a way of making fact more awful, more beautiful, and more interesting than fiction. After hearing he narrated the audiobook, I‘m tempted to go for round 2.

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The Hunting Party | Lucy Foley
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I thought this was a lot of fun. There were tons of clues and enough misleading details scattered throughout to keep you second guessing yourself. I enjoy Foley‘s atmospheric writing style, though her characters aren‘t always the most complex.

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Just kind of a snooze-fest. The story was not very believable, the resolution was unsatisfying, and not a whole lot happened throughout the entirety of the book. The premise has potential but the execution disappointed.

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What a fascinating group of people in extraordinary circumstances! Sancton is able to bring the beauty and isolation of the Antarctic to the reader through his vivid descriptions. I truly enjoyed this journey with these explorers!

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I guess I knew the series had to end this way, considering the name, but it felt a bit forced and lacked some of the charm of the other two books in the series. There‘s not much of a mystery here- more of a thriller- and I missed sleuth-Pippa.

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This was a beautiful little story. I enjoyed Gaiman‘s illustration of childhood and found the setting and era evocative.

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An unbearably tense and emotional read. Whitehead plays with both romanticism and gritty realism throughout the book, subverting the readers‘ expectations and taking them on an important and enlightening journey through slavery in America. He highlights both the best and the worst humanity is capable of, and the hope that keeps us going.

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Good Girl, Bad Blood | Holly Jackson
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This series is just so much fun! The mystery wasn‘t as interesting as in the first one, but that hardly mattered. The characters are likable, Pip‘s detecting is charming, and the pace is fast. I look forward to reading the next one.

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Diana Mosley | Anne de Courcy
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What a fascinating, grotesque family and relationship. De Courcy handles this woman very deftly and, I believe, pretty honestly. I wish she would‘ve delved a little deeper into the Diana/ Mosley relationship and attempted to explain why on earth Diana found him so amazing, but perhaps that‘s unfathomable.

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Mehso-so

I can acknowledge that Marra is a beautiful writer and that this is a heartfelt story, while also admitting that I had trouble staying engaged. It‘s written in a particular style that I have trouble connecting with.

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The Lying Game | Ruth Ware
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Definitely a flawed murder mystery- and not much of a mystery at all to be honest- but I still enjoyed this book. I loved the setting, the relationship between the girls, and the Dickensian falling- down house.

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An important book and an absolute page- turner. It‘s not just about the horrific crimes Weinstein and his ilk perpetrated, but also how the media conspired to protect their own. The play of power dynamics on the lives of everyday men and women was bone-chilling. Farrow was the perfect person to break this story, and he does not hide in this book.

SamAnne Parts of it read like an espionage novel. 6mo
EmilieGR @SamAnne absolutely! 6mo
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Life among the Savages | Shirley Jackson
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Witty and insightful, Shirley Jackson is a master and understanding people‘s hidden thoughts, loves, and fears. For a woman who is known for her amazing imagination, her life is relatively quiet and very representative of many women of her generation. I laughed my way through this book.

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Wigs on the Green | Nancy Mitford
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This book was a very interesting glimpse into 1935 Britain. The subject matter is much more serious than Nancy anticipated, I believe, based on the flippant way she treats Naziism and Social Unionism. I see parallels in the way America treated certain people, events and policies pre-2016…

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The Saturdays | Elizabeth Enright
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I never read this book as a child, but I wish I had! It‘s lovely and cozy! The Melandy children are just the sort of adventurous and self-sufficient people that young readers would find interesting, and there is plenty for the adult reader to enjoy too. I also loved the urban setting.

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Zodiac Academy 7: Heartless Sky | Susanne Valenti, Caroline Peckham
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite installment. Not much seemed to happen for such a long book.

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Zodiac Academy 6: Fated Throne | Caroline Peckham, Valenti
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Plenty of delicious frustration and desire, and just a little bit of story. Fun!

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Revealing and insightful, this book was fascinating. As a pandemic teacher and a new mom in NYC who is watching her Jewish, Russian husband navigate fatherhood, I found this book particularly relevant and interesting. Fathers (and mothers) everywhere should read this book. It will not teach you how to parent, but it will help you become comfortable with the fact that your experience is at once unique and ubiquitous.

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This was an absolutely fascinating read, as much for the glimpse into pioneer life as for Brown‘s sympathetic description of the Donner party tragedy. However, maybe not the thing to read after just having a baby 😭

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How Lucky: A Novel | Will Leitch
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I enjoyed the unusual narrator and the nostalgic setting (for me)! There were some elements of the ending that didn‘t quite ring true to me and there was a whole lot of apologetic football love talk, but Leitch dealt with his narrator‘s disability very deftly and I liked the cast of supporting characters.

Sparklemn Lovely view! What is the structure below you? 7mo
EmilieGR Thank you @Sparklemn! It‘s a kind of cafe/ bathrooms/storage for the park 7mo
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Fast paced and a good mystery! This book was a lot of fun and a very quick read. The author struck a good balance too between developing the teen girl and following the mystery.

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NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children | Po Bronson, Ashley Merryman
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I was already familiar with many of the studies outlined in this book, but the authors connect and analyze them in a creative and interesting way. Unfortunately, the conclusion is that children are contradictory and in many ways still a mystery to the adult mind. A very interesting and quick read.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Just really wasn‘t for me. The romance seemed forced and the romantic lead wasn‘t given enough depth to make it interesting. I‘ve never been much of a hallmark movie person, so maybe I just missed something. I didn‘t hate it.

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Eh- not my favorite of the series. Things are getting serious but I‘m confused about the power dynamics. Supposedly, these people are so powerful that they can get away with anything, but they also can‘t…

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Zodiac Academy 4: Shadow Princess | Susanne Valenti, Caroline Peckham
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Remus and Sirius agree that this one was pretty intense. I‘m not interested in the shadow element stuff, in particular, but it led to some good character development.

Leftcoastzen Cute!😻 8mo
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Zodiac Academy : the Reckoning | Susanne Valenti, Caroline Peckham
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I flew through this one. Plenty of action and excitement but not particularly memorable. Some important moments to the series though- they‘re getting better!

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Better than the first installment. Darcy and Tory are growing on me and it was nice to see their growing confidence in their new world.

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Zodiac Academy: The Awakening | Susanne Valenti, Caroline Peckham
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This book reminds me a lot of the Crave series. It‘s like watching a fun CBS show. Easy and quick to read, with plenty of momentum.

charl08 Those legs 😍 9mo
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No one Sackler can be blamed for the opioid epidemic. Rather, there is something rotten at the core of the entire dynasty. Keefe convincingly illustrates how the family‘s approach to marrying aggressive advertising with medicine played out to the detriment of the world.

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This was very similar to the first book, though a bit more cohesive. I liked the protagonist, though again I had some trouble liking the romantic interest- he was just a little too dismissive for me.

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I so so enjoyed this book! I know some people found this story repetitive but I loved how the little pieces of the story fell into place. I felt almost like I was marinating in the atmosphere and was on tenterhooks for the last fourth of the book.

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I‘ve read/ watched/ listened to a lot about Elizabeth Holmes, so the information wasn‘t new, but I loved hearing about how Carreyrou constructed his story and how the downfall of Theranos played out. A highly recommended read.

Dostoyes Excellently paced book - I found it riveting!! 9mo
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This was great! So much fun, and the mystery was really good. It kept me awake and engaged with a newborn, which is pretty high praise!

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Short but relatively sweet. I didn‘t realize that the book would be a stand-alone until the end. The elf king has some major issues as a character, which don‘t really get addressed, but the story was engaging.

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A really interesting look at a Manson-esque type personality. I always appreciate Rule‘s attention to detail and ability to keep her reader hooked as she describes the minutia of her cases.

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Once Upon A Broken Heart | Stephanie Garber
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I didn‘t remember the Caraval series well enough for me to spot all the connections, and I couldn‘t really connect with Evangeline. Pretty forgettable, on the whole, but maybe the second in the series will pick up the pace and excitement.

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Pretty underwhelmed. Somehow the chemistry just didn‘t jump off the page the way it needed to. Maybe I just didn‘t find the characters particularly interesting or witty. It wasn‘t bad, it just wasn‘t really for me.