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EmilyM

EmilyM

Joined May 2016

English Teacher--"I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books."
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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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A woman is supposed to be quarantining for 14 days, but she heads out for a hike that takes a bad turn. Very introspective as the narrative focuses on the inner thoughts of the characters. It took me a bit to get used to the stream of consciousness, but the author accurately captured a lot of the fear and panic that occurred in the beginning of the pandemic. I received an ARC from netgalley in exchange for an honest review. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5 #netgalley

erzascarletbookgasm I love S Moss.I want to read this! 4mo
EmilyM @erzascarletbookgasm What else is good by her? 4mo
erzascarletbookgasm I find Bodies of Light and Summerwater really good. 4mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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Mehso-so

I think the writer tried to do too much and ended up spreading herself too thin. We get pieces of stories that go back and forth in time, and some of the topics didn't seem to be necessary or fit the main narrative.⭐⭐⭐/5

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White Ivy: A Novel | Susie Yang
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Really enjoyed this book--it had a Great Gatsby feel to it. Good writing and a morally gray main character. At times it felt a little slow, but I think this was all a part of the character and plot development.⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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The People We Keep | Allison Larkin
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This book was so good! Really well developed characters and a very engaging story! Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I will read anything this author writes. He gets what it is to be human. ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5/5

smalldogs_bigbooks2419 A Man Called Ove and My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She‘s Sorry were my favorites. I DNF Britt-Marie Was Here and thought Anxious People was just ok. I haven‘t read any others, but probably will. 5mo
EmilyM @smalldogs_bigbooks2419 I loved My Grandmother!! 5mo
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Kept me guessing! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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These Silent Woods: A Novel | Kimi Cunningham Grant
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Excellent book--mysterious and atmospheric.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Barnes and Noble Book Haul!

Cinfhen Ohhhhhh!!! Fabulous 6mo
SRWCF What a lovely, colorful stack of 📚 goodness! 5mo
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ONCE UPON A WARDROBE. | PATTI. CALLAHAN
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Absolutely loved this wintry, cozy Christmas-y little book! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I mostly enjoyed this cozy read. I wished it focused a bit more on the Bookshop aspect of the story instead of the romance aspect, but that's just my personal taste. Loved the Scottish setting, was annoyed by the best friend. I don't know that I am interested in reading any more in the series. They seem to have mixed reviews. ⭐⭐⭐/5 stars

MallenNC Her most recent book, The Christmas Bookshop, is loosely part of this series and I think it focused more on the book shop part of the story. 6mo
EmilyM @MallenNC Thanks! I may check that out! 6mo
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Highly recommend!⭐⭐⭐⭐

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This YA novel was excellent! Highly recommend ⭐⭐⭐⭐.5

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I really enjoyed this slower paced futuristic novel. Reminded me of a tamer version of a Black Mirror episode with more character development. I felt so connected to the "Artificial Friend," Klara. Some parts were a little slow, but overall, a really good story! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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What's Mine and Yours | Naima Coster
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I didn't love this book--I felt that it didn't deliver on the main conflict and it couldn't decide which characters to focus on. #moremehthanyeah ⭐⭐⭐/5

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Migrations: A Novel | Charlotte McConaghy
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I thought this was just a book about a woman following migrating birds , but it is so much more! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Cinfhen It‘s lingering in my TBR/ need to pick it up 1y
Crazeedi Like @Cinfhen , I've had this one in my queue for some time, going to have to move it up! 1y
Cinfhen Do you want to buddyread @Crazeedi we could both pick it up next week?? No pressure 💜 1y
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Crazeedi @Cinfhen I'd like that! I will see if its available and borrow it. Let me know!! 1y
Cinfhen LMK @Crazeedi I own the book so I‘m pretty much ready to go whenever you are ☺️ 1y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen print copies all out on my two libraries, but one audio available! So I borrowed it! Ready when you are!! 1y
Cinfhen Awesome @Crazeedi I can start later today!! I‘m almost done the book I‘m in the middle of. Looking forward 💜😊 1y
Crazeedi @Cinfhen ok I'm finishing one so later or tomorrow will start! 1y
Cinfhen 👍🏻 @Crazeedi 1y
Cinfhen Just finished @EmilyM thanks for putting this book back on my #ReadersRadar 1y
EmilyM @Cinfhen So glad you liked it! 1y
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A group of children strike out on their own during a hurricane into a post apocalyptic like world after their parents remain completely clueless of the impending danger. A great story with dark undertones!⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Daughters of the Stone: A Novel | Dahlma Llanos-Figueroa
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A multigenerational story of the women starting on. slave plantation in Puerto Rico. I enjoyed this for the most parts--some women's stories were stronger and more memorable than others, and some chapters left me wanting more. ⭐⭐⭐.5/5

Come-read-with-me Sounds like an interesting collection! Stacked! 1y
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This book was fine--My interest was held for most of the book, but about halfway through I was just reading it to finish it. It is told from multiple viewpoints, but there were a few characters whose stories weren't developed enough and seemed unnecessary to the story. The book tried to address too many social issues but without the depth that they necessitated. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5.

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Yellow Wife: A Novel | Sadeqa Johnson
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This book was excellent! I was swept up into the story immediately and it did not let up. I felt the ending was a little rushed, but that is my only issue. Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I am not a big fan of short stories, but this collection was really good!⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Ruthiella I‘m not a huge fan of short stories either but I really want to read this! 😀 1y
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His Only Wife | Peace Adzo Medie
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This book was good--not great but a solid good. Character development was a little flat and the ending was rushed. I didn't love the characters, not that I need to like all characters in books I read. Still, it kept my attention and I would recommend it as a quick, light read ⭐⭐⭐/5

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Such a sad story but superb writing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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The Great Believers | Rebecca Makkai
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This book. Wow! I was instantly absorbed into these characters' lives. I learned so much about the fear, horror and stigma regarding the AIDS virus in its early days. I was a child then and wasn't aware of much more than "it was bad to get" and that a boy named Ryan was ostracized for having it. I didn't know about the fear it caused in the gay community, nor did I know about the horrible journey from diagnosis to death. Highly recommend! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

michellelav I really enjoyed this one! 1y
AmyG The ending for me made me weep. Loved this book so much. 1y
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1. Teaching during Covid--switching constantly between virtual and hybrid.... 😫
2.Today I am grateful for meditation.

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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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Excellent book! It was a little slow at the start, but then I couldn't put it down.⭐⭐⭐⭐.5 /5

Lucy_Anywhere I really liked this one as well 1y
CBee Really want to read this one! 1y
Jody3 Good to know. I just started it and it seems a bit slow. 1y
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Saving Ruby King: A Novel | Catherine Adel West
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This book did not live up to my expectations. There was a lot of telling and not showing in character development. I like books where characters are developed through their actions and thoughts. Things happened too fast. Characters would meet up and all of a sudden they are confessing things to each other, or they change their mind on an issue and we don't see any inner conflict over it. ⬇️⬇️⬇️

EmilyM Social justice commentary was randomly thrown in, instead of being shown to us through events in the book. So it seemed jarring to be pulled out of the story. 1y
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Bel Canto | Ann Patchett
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I finally read this book, and I loved it. It is a book about a hostage situation and the lives of the hostages and terrorists as the lines between the two groups blur. It is much more serious than Anxious People...very character driven vs. plot driven. The plot is secondary to the character development. Great writing, too. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

BarbaraBB I‘ve had this one my shelves for years too! 1y
EmilyM @BarbaraBB I've had it ony Kindle for a very long time, and I just had shoulder surgery so I can't hold a book. So, I went on my Kindle and thought, no time like the present! Very glad I did! 1y
marleed I was surprised by how much I loved this book. I really like the film adaptation too! 1y
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EmilyM @marleed I will have to check that out! 1y
BarbaraBB I will read it this year too. Finally. I hope your surgery went well and wish you a speedy recovery 🍀💚 1y
EmilyM @BarbaraBB Thank you!!💕 1y
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Happy New Year's, my Litsy friends 🎉

UwannaPublishme Happy New Year! 🥳🍾🎉 1y
EmilyM @UwannaPublishme Thank you! Happy New Year to you, too! 1y
Crazeedi Happy new year!! 1y
EmilyM @Crazeedi Thank you! Happy New Year! 1y
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Rules for Being a Girl | Candace Bushnell
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Meh...⭐⭐⭐/5 Well-intentioned YA plot that didn't necessarily deliver.

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A heartbreaking read, but so good. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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The Institute | Stephen King
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Look what arrived @Bookish_AF! Thank you so much! I have been wanting to read this one, and the chocolate looks delicious. #Jolabokaflod @MaleficentBookDragon

Bookish_AF Omg how did I miss this !? I‘m so relieved you finally got it !!! 2y
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This book was excellent! A mystery with an eccentric older lady as the main character, and such an atmospheric feel--perfect for winter. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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My Jobakoflod package is on its way to @LeslieO from snowy Colorado! @MaleficentBookDragon

LeslieO Can‘t wait! 2y
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This book is a welcome distraction! Hilarious quote: "'You have all these books and not a single Harry Potter?And they let you fix people whose heads are broken?'"

CBee One of my favorite books!! 1y
EmilyM @CBee I have read a few of Backman's books, but this one might be my favorite! 1y
CBee @EmilyM I‘ve read this one, and Ove (which I also loved - soft spot for curmudgeons 😂). Anxious People is next! Hopefully this month 🤞🏻 1y
EmilyM @CBee I really enjoyed Anxious People. 1y
CBee @EmilyM great to hear!! 😁😁 1y
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Congratulations on the milestone @magyklyXdelish ! Thanks for the opportunity to win! 🥳#ILoveYou3000

magyklyXdelish Thank you 🌻🌻🥳🥳 2y
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This book was amazing! Well-developed characters, a compelling plot and beautiful writing. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 I think this is even better than Bennett's debut, The Mothers, which I also really liked.

marleed I want to talk about this book so badly! Big 5* for me, too! 2y
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#bookspin 20 The Ten Thousand Doors of January it is! @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks I've been meaning to read this one! Can't wait to hear your thoughts!! 2y
Thousand-Lives So many good books on your list! 2y
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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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I flew through this, my February #bookspin! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 Thanks, @TheAromaofBooks for doing this...who knows how long it would have sat on my shelf?!

TheAromaofBooks So glad that you enjoyed your pick!!! 2y
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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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1. Never Have I Ever by Joshilyn Jackson--my current #bookspin read for February.
2. Disappearing Earth
3. Stickers on the spines of my books that I buy used.

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Never Have I Ever | Joshilyn Jackson
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Getting ready to read my #bookspin for this month. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo! 2y
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Dear Martin | Nic Stone
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Between a pick and a so-so for me. I prefer the depth of The Hate You Give to the glossed over version of events that this book presented. I think this would be good for kids who aren't at the Hate You Give level of reading. ⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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The Alchemist | P Coelho, International Editions
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So....I have to teach this book to my sophomores, and I just read it for the first time. I found it totally underwhelming. Maybe I was expecting it to change my life, like it seems to have done for so many readers, but I just felt like it was a bunch of platitudes with little substance. I'm hoping my students will at least get into it more than I did!

TheBookHippie 🤣🤣🤣I feel exactly the same ... 2y
sprainedbrain I felt the same way... I don‘t get the praise for this book. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 2y
EmilyM @TheBookHippie Glad I'm not the only one! 2y
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EmilyM @sprainedbrain I thought something was wrong with me since I couldn't see why this has gotten so much praise--glad it's not just me! 2y
TheBookHippie I always feel bad for the students I mentor when we have to read it 🤦🏽‍♀️😭😩 2y
EmilyM @TheBookHippie That's what I was afraid of... 2y
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Listened to this one... fascinating stuff, and sounds just like a podcast. ⭐⭐⭐⭐

BarbaraBB You had me at podcast! 2y
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Oops! I did it again....went to Barnes and Noble....came home with two books🤦

DieAReader One of my favourite books in the last few years! I hope you really like it! I bought & will be starting The Great Pretender by Susannah Cahalan soon. 👏🏻📚 2y
EmilyM Thanks @SquidgetsRoom! I've read good things about it! 2y
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The Topeka School | Ben Lerner
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"Darren pictured shattering the mirror with his metal chair."

#FirstLineFridays
@ShyBookOwl

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#bookspin sounds like fun! Here's my list @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Thank you for joining!! I'll be sure to tag you with the winning number tomorrow!! 😁 2y
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The World That We Knew | Alice Hoffman
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"If you do not believe in evil, you are doomed to live in a world you will never understand." #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl

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Such a Fun Age | KILEY. REID
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#unpopularopinion I thought the book was just okay. It was a compelling story, but I felt like I was watching a trainwreck and I couldn't look away. Maybe I went into it expecting more because of all the hype this book got. I felt that the characters were flat and almost like caricatures of stereotypes. The ending fell flat for me, and the writing was not memorable. A fast read but definitely overhyped, IMO.
⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I loved this book! The book starts with the kidnapping of two sisters in Kamchatka, Russia, and what follows are a series of interconnected vignettes, I guess? These short stories are loosely connected as all of the characters are aware of and affected by the disappearance of the sisters. The book comes full circle by the end so it definitely felt like it "went somewhere." The setting is as much of a presence as are the characters.⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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