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EmilieGR

EmilieGR

Joined May 2019

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Fun addition- I liked Thomas‘s perspective though I sometimes wish he were a little more complex and a little less perfect...

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Escaping From Houdini | Kerri Maniscalco
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Much darker than the other two, but maybe the best yet. Audrey Rose comes to grips with her fear of setting down and settling down early. She seemed truest to herself and the most honest with herself in this book. Though she and Thomas go through some heart- wrenching trials, they seem to come out the other end the stronger for them.

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Hunting Prince Dracula | Kerri Maniscalco
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Even better than the first one! I inhaled this book- still light and silly but in the best way.

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Stalking Jack the Ripper | Kerri Maniscalco
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A quick read but a delightful jaunt and just what I have the bandwidth for right now. Wadsworth and Cresswell are not particularly believable but they‘re charming and the mystery was decent. I will definitely be reading the rest of the series.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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What an amazing true story that reads like fiction! I couldn‘t put this book down. In many way, Westover‘s childhood is what you expect it to be: abusive, isolated, unhealthy. But in other ways, her family gave her the ability and the skills to become the amazing person and academic she has grown to be. Westover writes intelligently about abuse, family, mental illness, and freedom. I cant recommend this book enough.

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I am a huge fan of Bugliosj: not only does he have a unique perspective and personal insight as a prosecutor and a defense attorney in the cases he writes about, but he is a great writer! Though this crime is not as interesting as some of the others he‘s written about, you cannot help but admire the way that Bugliosi takes your hand and walks his reader through his investigatory and prosecutory process.

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I love Ben Macintyre- the best “story-telling historian” writing right now, in my opinion. Though not my favorite of his books, I still had trouble putting this book down. He did a nice job of raising the “how far is too far” question in terms of what they were willing to do to win the war. While in no doubt of the bravery and importance of these soldiers, you can‘t helping thinking of the old adage: “it‘s the winners who write the history.”

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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Strange but charming. There were entire chapters I could‘ve done without but also memorable moments that had me laughing out loud. As the child of a field biologist, I couldn‘t help but see him, his colleagues, and our family in Hope, Bill, and her many lab techs and students. True insight into the worries of modern scientists but also tying in the beauty and wonder that they seem to see and experience all around them.

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Lynn Olson‘s straightforward retelling of the leader of the French resistance during WWII is much needed and very late. Though without the fanfare or excitement of someone like Ben Macintyre, Olson relates the events of Fourcade‘s WWII experience clearly and cleanly, finally clueing the world into what really happened within the French Alliance. The youth and bravery of these agents was inspiring and unforgettable. I had trouble putting it down.

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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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A short book, but certainly a memorable one. I loved the way this book was constructed, keeping the pace going, the characters changing, but continuously tying your emotions back into the story.

Caroline2 I loved this book! 💖 3mo
Eyelit I just listened to the audiobook recently. So good! 3mo
EmilieGR ❤️❤️ 3mo
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Gonzales drew connections between sociology, psychology, anthropology, and biology I hadn‘t ever thought carefully about. A quick read, but an enlightening one.

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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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A textbook nightmare. The fear of losing your free will (that‘s as far as this scenario goes- I think the author was either to afraid or too unimaginative to take it anywhere truly dark), is all this book is. Neither the characters, the story, nor the writing is strong enough to engage a reader in any other way. Though i do not share this feat, I did, nevertheless, finish this book, which says something. A relatively entertaining vacation read.

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A cozy afternoon read (and you really can read it in an afternoon). Cunningham‘s early life as a milliner is a realm of fashion I know almost nothing about. Somehow these stories- the vibe and the soup- out- of-the-can detail reminded me of listening to my dad talk about his youth. Worth a read.

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A Conjuring of Light | V. E. Schwab
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A fantastic end to a fantastic series. I have not enjoyed a fantasy/ sciFi series this much in years. This was nonstop action with the perfect balance of heartbreak, swashbuckling, excitement, romance, and high-seas hijinks. Kel and Lila stay true to their characters throughout the series, growing but not changing, and they are surrounded by a cabal of delightful supporting characters. Would highly recommend.

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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Very engaging while reading but, unfortunately, forgettable.

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Schwab did it again! Such an exciting follow up to the first book! I can see why people got frustrated with the prolonged tension of Kell and Lila seeing each other again but I enjoyed spending time with them separately. The real growing tension is between Kell and the royal family! The tournament added an extra layer of excitement, which was fun.

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It‘s usual to feel that a fantasy/ sciFi book is “cozy,” but this one was. It was relaxing to just ease into these characters and this story line and give in to the story. Very atmospheric and effortless!

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Didn‘t love it, didn‘t hate it. A little too precious for me: I understand the idea is to be entertained by just “spending time” with this narrator, but when nothing happens until the very end, and the author fails to build any real tension or emotion into the storyline, it‘s hard to keep reading.

Bakingbookworm That‘s what I‘m struggling with. Nothing is happening and I‘m on page 130! I hear things pick up a lot at the end but it‘s frustrating having to wait so long for something to happen besides what he eats and his people watching. 4mo
EmilieGR It was a slog- not going to lie- but it picks up in the last 50 pages or so. 4mo
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Good world building but disappointing characters and derivative story. There is a disappointing tendency for steampunk books‘ protagonists to be impossibly innocent and naive- a complicated world with an infantile protagonist lets the entire story down.

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Interesting

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Finally a pretty good mystery with a surprise ending!

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Detecting the detective- where did the real and the literary detectives come from?

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Just One Year | Gayle Forman
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Like watching the sequel to a silly movie

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Just One Night | Gayle Forman
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Like watching a silly movie

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Still a mystery

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Catwings Return | Ursula K. Le Guin
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Adorable

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Wonderful Alexander and the Catwings | Ursula K. Le Guin, S. D. Schindler
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Adorable

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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Interesting but dry

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Predicted the ending before I finished the first chapter

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Thrilling

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A few good chapters and some helpful ideas but generally common sense

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Forgettable

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Helpful and enlightening

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Absolutely hilarious

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Humanizing a portion of America that people don‘t like to even acknowledge exists

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Wave | Sonali Deraniyagala
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Unrelentingly serious

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Do Not Become Alarmed | Maile Meloy
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Silly

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Sweet for kids

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Helped me understand the cats of my life

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Doesn‘t seem like the best idea to put your poem alongside some of the greats- begs for comparison

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Good ending but not much happens

Ottergirl I‘m currently reading this one. I was also feeling like #notmuchhappens and I really don‘t like books like that. Hopefully it picks up a bit soon..... 2mo
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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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Strange experiment but fun

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My Plain Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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The first one was a novelty, this was just more of the same

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Unbelievable story with a happy ending!

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Mr. Rochester | Sarah Shoemaker
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Some good parts and some boring ones

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Fatal Vision | Joe McGinniss
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Hard to get through but interesting because of the close relationships between writer and subject

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Study in the workings of cults- fascinating

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Insightful and revealing

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Missing, Presumed | Susie Steiner
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Not memorable

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Good ending to the series