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EmilyM

EmilyM

Joined May 2016

English Teacher--"I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books."
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All My Puny Sorrows | Miriam Toews
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@Mynameisacolour Is this book one you are good with? #LMPBC #GroupB

Mynameisacolour Sure is! Sounds interesting! 2d
EmilyM @suvata This is my choice for Round 6 of #LMPBC #GroupB 2d
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Rabbit Cake | Annie Hartnett
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LMPBC Round 6 #GroupB @Mynameisacolour @Kaila-ann @suvata Here are some titles I'm considering. What do you think?

EmilyM Book Two Sugar Land 3d
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Kaila-ann I vote The Address or All My Puny Sorrows. I just recently read The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. 3d
EmilyM Book Eight 3d
suvata I vote for All My Puny Sorrows 3d
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The Lola Quartet | Emily St. John Mandel
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Mehso-so

This is the third book I have read by this author, and it just doesn't hold up to Station Eleven. I didn't like any of the characters, and I wasn't really invested in the plot. I did finish it because I felt like I wanted to know what happened, but more out of obligation than true curiosity. Station Eleven is definitely this author's best book, in my opinion. ⭐⭐⭐/5

Bookwormjillk Agree 4d
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I loved this book! Well-written, and great character development. I enjoyed having the news stories thrown in throughout the book, too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Garden Spells | Sarah Addison Allen
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Mehso-so

I needed a pallete cleanser, and this served that purpose. I wasn't enthralled by it--the plot was predictable and not very substantive, the ending wrapped up too fast, and the characters were pretty surface level. Buuuut, it was a nice, quick read that got me out of the intense feels that The Huntress brought on.⭐⭐⭐/5

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⭐⭐⭐.5 /5 I was really into the first half and then my interest wanted as Manson seemed to drift from talking about how not to give a f*ck, which is what I was interested in. I will go back and re-read the first half again before my school year starts again, as it had some very helpful advice, and as that is the time of year when I give too many f*cks and need to rein it in.

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Great book! I felt it was better than The Alice Network, and I really liked Alice Network. The characters were more developed in this one. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Melissa_J I agree. I preferred this one to The Alice Network (but I liked that one too). My favourites are still her Roman books though. 3w
CoffeeNBooks I loved The Alice Network. I have this one on my bookshelf- I really need to read it soon! 3w
EmilyM @Melissa_J Ooooooh.....I didn't know she had other books out!! 3w
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baes I need to get working on this book. Started it and just wasn‘t in the mood, but it is due back to the library soon. I know I‘d enjoy it. 3w
Melissa_J Yes, she has four books set in Ancient Rome (love them!) and two about the Borgias (on my TBR). 3w
EmilyM @Melissa_J Thanks! I'll have to check them out! 3w
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After a bittersweet day of finishing the school year (sweet) and saying goodbye to my two closest teacher friends, one with whom I have taught for 21 years (bitter), and now I am taking on a new position as faculty leader of the English Department (daunting), I stopped on the way home for some book therapy.

squirrelbrain Well done on the new position! 4w
EmilyM @squirrelbrain Thanks! I'm nervous! 4w
marleed Good luck on your new venture! 4w
EmilyM Thank you @marleed 3w
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I'll Be Seeing You | Suzanne Hayes, Loretta Nyhan
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A nice light read--very endearing.⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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📖 Pride and Prejudice
📖 Great Gatsby
📖 Litsy and Goodreads
Picture : My son took me to a new coffee shop this weekend!
Tagged: @cathysaid @EclecticBookLover @sprainedbrain

sprainedbrain Yay for both of those books you‘ve read more than once. ❤️ 1mo
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Read this for my high school book club where I teach. I liked it...it was very different from Condie's Matched trilogy. It takes place in a dystopian future but not much is done in terms of world building, which I kind of missed. Action packed and you don't know who is a traitor and who are the good guys. A quick, fast-paced read. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Giveaway | Carolyn Finlay
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What an incredible giveaway! Thank you so much for the opportunity to win! @Kayla.Adriena #springhassprunggiveaway

Kayla.Adriena 🌸🌷🌱 2mo
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Mehso-so

This book was ok for me. I didn't like how much it jumped in time. One chapter it is fall and the characters are at West Point and then all of a sudden it's summer in the next chapter. I also wasn't expecting all of the Christian references. #botm called it inspirational, but I didn't take that to mean religiously inspirational. Not that I have a problem with religion, but I am not a fan of Christian "inspirational" fiction. ⭐⭐⭐/5

felinesandfiction The "Inspirational" tag was the main reason I didn't get it. I worried the religion would be heavy and based on the reviews I think I was right. 2mo
EmilyM @felinesandfiction yeah.....I don't think I will be ordering anything that says inspirational anymore. 2mo
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Clock Dance | Anne Tyler
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Finished this in a few sittings! Ready to pass it on! #lmpbc #groupt @sprainedbrain @cathysaid @EclecticBookLover

cathysaid Yay! Looking forward to it! 2mo
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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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This was my second Tana French book and I was not disappointed. This felt like more than just a mystery because the characters were so developed and the writing was so good. It had some hints of The Secret History by Donna Tartt for me with the tight knit group of friends who are intellectuals and exclusively close. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Reviewsbylola Def has Secret History vibes! This is one of my favorite of hers. 2mo
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I DE-voured this book in practically one sitting. So compelling and for a book about a court case, there was a lot of character development in the back stories of the characters, so it didn't just feel like a "courtroom thriller." Highly recommend ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Cinfhen Agreed!!! Really compelling 2mo
BarbaraBB I love courtroom thrillers. Definitely stacked! 2mo
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Book Haul! 20% off with 20% off coupons on Lost Roses and The Huntress, and Lost Girls 9.99 at Costco.

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Mehso-so

#UnpopularOpinion I didn't love this book. I think I was comparing it to Nickel and Dimed, which seemed to take on in wider scope living in poverty. While the inner look at life as a maid was interesting, I felt that it almost got in the way of the story the author was trying to tell about her life with her daughter and their struggles. I'd still recommend it, as it was interesting, but I just wasn't blown away by it ⭐⭐⭐/5.

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Told in seven sections starting with the Authoritarianism rule in Syria, going through the Arab Spring, and ending with the flight of the millions of refugees, and told from the voices of over 40 Syrians in different times and places during the war, this book is gut-wrenching and eye-opening. I had NO idea what was really going on in Syria, nor did I understand the repercussions of the war on those who stayed and those who escaped. A ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5.

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1. The 80's because of the music
2. Hardback or Kindle
3. Older...44
4. Nope--born in Illinois, live in Colorado
5. Will do!

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Lot: Stories | Bryan Washington
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Mehso-so

#moremehthanyeah on this one. A fast read of interconnected stories that have one story which is threaded throughout the book. That is the story I probably liked the most because I felt like I got to know the characters the most. I feel like a lot of the stories had narration that was too similar in voice, and because I have not been to Houston, and this book has stories that reference different areas of Houston, I couldn't relate.⭐⭐⭐/5 #botm

cathysaid That hashtag 🤣👏🤣👏 2mo
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My #botm picks! Miracle Creek sounds so good, more than just a courtroom drama, and Beyond the Point sounds promising. I hemmed and hawed on it a little because I don't want to just read a feel-good inspirational book. I'm hoping there is some real depth in those 400 pages!

TheLibrarian I‘m so excited for Miracle Creek! 3mo
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"IT'S HERE" | June M. Lawrence
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@EclecticBookLover Look what I got today! #LMPBC #GroupT

EclecticBookLover Yay!!!!!!! 3mo
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I know I am late to the party on this one--It's been sitting on my #mountTBR for awhile, and I had been avoiding it due to the hype. I don't know why I do that...anyway, I agree with the raving reviews--this book was EXCELLENT! Compelling plot, strong female characters ,and I loved the back and forth in time narrative between past and present. Why don't I rate it 5 stars? I reserve that rating for books that wow me with the writing style. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Kindred | Octavia E. Butler
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This was really good. More plot driven than character development, which bumped it down a little for me to 4 🌟's. I think this would be good for young adults.

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After You'd Gone | Maggie O'Farrell
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Just finished my #lmpbc for #groupT ! I'm not going to say anything about it because I want to know what the others in my group think...I am just going to rate it as a pick and say that I officially love this author. @EclecticBookLover @sprainedbrain @cathysaid

TrishB I love this author too ❤️ I‘ve never seen that cover! 3mo
EmilyM @TrishB What is your favorite book by her? 3mo
cathysaid Looking forward to it! 3mo
TrishB This one is my fav 👍🏻 3mo
EmilyM @TrishB I loved that one, too! 3mo
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Thanks penpal @OriginalCyn620 for the card and letter! I got it from the mailbox today after not being able to get to the mailbox for three days due to the bomb cyclone we were in the middle of! Snow drifts taller than I am everywhere and hurricane force winds!

OriginalCyn620 Yikes! 😮 Yeah, I don‘t think I‘d worry about my mail either with that much snow! Stay warm! 3mo
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I agree with all of those who liked this book. A good story told in three voices--the writing wasn't spectacular, which keeps this at 4 stars for me. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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LOVED the Audible version of this. Every section I got to I kept thinking, "This is the best part....no, this is the best part!" I definitely enjoyed hearing about the behind the scenes perspective of Michelle during campaign season, the elections and life in the White House. I also appreciated that while she talks a lot about Barack in this book, she really stays focused on her own narrative. Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I love books that tell a story from another character's point of view. This was a good companion to Frankenstein except with a strong female protagonist. Very imaginative yet true to the setting and events of the original Frankenstein. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Thanks for sending it my way @OriginalCyn620 ! I am thinking I will put it in my classroom library, unless you want it back--which I can totally do, too.

OriginalCyn620 No, no...definitely put it in your class library! 😁 3mo
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March: Book One | John Robert Lewis, Andrew Aydin, Nate Powell
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I have only read one graphic novel besides this one, and I liked this one. At first it was hard to look at words AND pictures, but I got the hang of it. I learned a lot in this book and definitely plan on reading books 2 and 3. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Mehso-so

I really am not a book snob. I'm not. BUT. I don't like books that are predictable or too light. This one started out promising but at about the halfway mark, the characters just were not developed enough and the plot became too predictable. And it had a happy ending. I don't really like books where everything works out perfectly in the end for EVERYONE. I wouldn't say this was a BAD book...I'd recommend it as a palette cleanser. ⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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Look what arrived @OriginalCyn620 ! Thank you so much! I love retellings, too, and I have had to read Frankenstein in high school, in college for my degree and I have taught it to my juniors. I am verrrry familiar with the original, so I am excited for this take on it.
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OriginalCyn620 I hope you enjoy! 😀 4mo
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#ImListeningGiveaway @britt_brooke Thanks for the opportunity to win! I teach a high school class on rhetoric and we are always talking about the importance of getting outside of our echo chambers so we can listen to other points of view...this looks like it would be a great addition for my class library!

britt_brooke That‘s awesome! It‘s a good read. Thanks so much for entering! 🤞🏻 4mo
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Ok, so as a person with generalized anxiety disorder, this book was very good in some ways and anxiety-inducing in other parts. Matt Haig gets it--he has mental illness and he describes it very well. I felt validated and understood. My ONLY critique is that he does talk about things that make people anxious, and that made me anxious. While there wasn't a lot that I didn't already know, he has some good suggestions, and he is reassuring. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Elevation | Stephen King
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It doesn't matter if it is horror or a feel good story like Elevation, Stephen King is a master story teller. I read this novella in one sitting and felt myself become a part of the town and story King created. Thank you @OriginalCyn620 ! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

OriginalCyn620 You‘re welcome! Glad you enjoyed 😁 4mo
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Early Riser | Jasper Fforde
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I really enjoy Jasper Fforde, and this book was definitely typical Fforde. I enjoyed the characters and the humor, while I admit that some of the references were lost on me, and that was frustrating. There was a lot of time spent building the setting, and it was slow going at times, and I felt bogged down in some of it, but I still enjoyed the story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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After You'd Gone | Maggie O'Farrell
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@sprainedbrain @EclecticBookLover @cathysaid Here are the books I have narrowed my list down to. Let me know what you think. I don't want to pick one you have already read. #lmpbc #groupT

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sprainedbrain The only one that I have read is All my Puny Sorrows (so good!). I would be thrilled with any of the others. Great choices! 4mo
cathysaid I think After You‘d Gone sounds great! 4mo
EclecticBookLover The fisherman, vein of the ocean, and after you'd gone sound good. They all sound good, tough choices! 4mo
EmilyM @sprainedbrain @cathysaid @EclecticBookLover I will be going with After You'd Gone! 4mo
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The Singer's Gun | Emily St. John Mandel
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Underwhelming...I read this after hearing about it on What Should I Read Next. The plot sounded intriguing and I loved Station Eleven. This had potential but the characters fell flat and the plot wasn't as exciting as it sounded on the flap or on the podcast. Very "meh." ⭐⭐⭐/5

CouronneDhiver I find it fascinating how differently we all react to the same books. I loved this one 4mo
EmilyM @CouronneDhiver I agree! 4mo
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A great ending to a fantastic trilogy. While the second book was my favorite, this one did not disappoint. Good writing; the only problem I had was totally my fault because I couldn't remember all that happened in the second book, so I felt a little lost with some of the references. I had to read a summary of book two before reading this. I should have just reread book two. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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They are here!! 🤩🤩🤩 #botm

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This is a tough one to review. I was expecting more of a true crime story, but that was only covered in about 20% of the book. The rest was about the history of the library and of libraries in general. This was interesting information, but I got a little bogged down in some of the names and facts. I enjoyed reading this for the most part--it was just a little different from what I was expecting. ⭐⭐⭐.5/5

Jeannineth My sentiments exactly. 5mo
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Ok...I know I am late to the party on this one, but OMG this was a GOOD book! I initially stayed away from it because it was getting so much hype and Reese Witherspoon picked it, and, I don't know, I just don't think of her as my type of reader ( I didn't care for The Last Mrs. Parrish, which she chose), but this...this book was lyrical and had well developed characters before it ever got to the meat of the plot. Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Mdargusch I‘m really anxious to read this! 5mo
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Golden Child | Claire Adam
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This book fell very flat for me. I was expecting more character development and a conflict that was not so black and white--the conflict, in my opinion, should have been more drawn out. Instead it was brushed over and almost unbelievable. I also didn't feel like I cared about the characters all that much. ⭐⭐⭐/5 #botm

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The Far Field | Madhuri Vijay
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A novel that takes place in India and Kashmir about loss, family (specifically mothers and daughters) , poverty and the clash between class, war, loyalty--beautifully written prose. There was just one part toward the end that had me 🤷, hence my ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 star rating. #botm

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An excellent follow up to Strange the Dreamer! Well-written, a satisfying plot line, and it was like coming home to be with the characters again. Highly recommend for those who read the first book in the series. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Next up! I inhaled Strange The Dreamer and B and N just "happened" to have this one at 50% off...can't wait to dig in!

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Unsheltered: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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An enjoyable first read of 2019! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I listened to this on Audible and it was fantastic! I first saw this book mentioned here on Litsy, so thank you to whoever recommended it. I loved the character development of the protagonist who struggles with depression, his relationship with his father and his place as a "fractional Persian." So many issues were dealt with in this YA novel in a humorous and poignant manner. Highly recommend! #blameitonlitsy ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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This was an entertaining read. I learned some history about the Barbizon Hotel, and I enjoyed the alternating perspectives for each chapter between past and present. I felt that the characters were not developed as much as I typically like in my books, but a light, easy, quick read. ⭐⭐⭐/5

SilversReviews LOVED this book and all of her books. 6mo
EmilyM @SilversReviews I am intrigued enough to read her others! 6mo
SilversReviews @EmilyM ENJOY...they all are VERY good. 😊 6mo
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