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EmilyM

EmilyM

Joined May 2016

English Teacher--"I cannot sleep unless I am surrounded by books."
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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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1. In Cold Blood, by Capote and listening to Imaginary Friend, by Chbosky

2. Hillbilly Elegy (a reread to see if I want to teach it next year)

3. The Passengers by John Marrs

ReadingOverSleeping I read this year's ago and still think about it! 3d
EmilyM @ReadingOverSleeping It is really good--well written in it's horrific subject. I am thinking of using it for my AP Language and Composition class of juniors. We only read nonfiction, but this is based on a true story, so it would work. 3d
ReadingOverSleeping @EmilyM it is one of my favorites but I can safely say I'll never read it again, it was just so senseless and heartbreaking. You'd definitely have a lot of material for a paper! Best of luck! 2d
EmilyM @ReadingOverSleeping Thanks! I agree....it is so senseless and disturbing. 12h
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Getting to know you | Lisa Ann Marsoli
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❤️ Colorado Springs, Colorado
🧡 45
💛 High School Teacher, English
💚 Married
💙 She/Her
💜 Totally boring--it's my first name and last initial. I'm not very creative!

hes7 I‘m in Colorado Springs, too! 3d
EmilyM @hes7 Small world!! What do you do in Colorado Springs? 3d
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If Only I Could Tell You | Hannah Beckerman
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Mehso-so

This book was okay. It was a little too sappy for me--especially at the end. Everything was tied up with nice, neat bows. The characters were pretty flat, too. ⭐⭐⭐/5

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The Chain | Adrian McKinty
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I am not the right audience for this book, as I don't care for thrillers. I like character driven novels better. That being said, this book was pretty good for not having a lot of character development. I like thrillers for listening to when I work out, and this was perfect for that. ⭐⭐⭐.75/5

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Challenger Deep | Neal Shusterman
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Mental illness--such an important topic, and this book captures what it is like to be tormented by inner demons that require hospitalization, therapy and medication to be vanquished. Shusterman compares mental illness to a tempestuous ocean with beasts that require confrontation. It took me three times of starting this book to figure out where he was going, but once I got it, it was worth the ride. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

Riveted_Reader_Melissa I loved this one! 2w
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This Tender Land: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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An excellent story and beautifully told! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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I listened to this on Audible after hearing about it on the podcast Currently Reading, and it was soooo good! It has a full cast and takes place in the future, in Britain, where driverless cars are made mandatory. A hacker hijacks 8 cars and says that in 2 and a half hours each will be dead. The hacker then live streams each passenger's journey, and forces a jury to pick one passenger to save. This was a great one to listen to while working out!

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Pretty excited for these! #botm

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Not as tight as Handmaid's Tale, but still a damn good story. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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The Testaments | Margaret Atwood
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Reading time📖

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Mehso-so

Full disclosure: I am not the right audience for this kind of book, so I have an #unpopularopinion. The best thing about this book was the setting, which was almost like a character, itself. I felt the book was too plot driven and not character driven enough for my taste. The writing didn't stand out for me--very much a typical thriller read, and I am not a fan. I thought I'd give it a try, but it was more #mehthanyeah ⭐⭐⭐/5

JazminDennis I felt like the characters could have been more developed and I felt like there were a lot of loose ends. 3d
EmilyM @JazminDennis I agree on the characterization! 3d
EmilyM @JazminDennis I will say I liked the setting of The Bartholomew. 3d
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Kids of Appetite | David Arnold
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A group of misfit kids function as a family and "adopt" Vic, who is dealing with the death of his father and the impending marriage of his mother. Vic and the "Kids of Appetite" run around town to fulfill Vic's dad's last wishes for the spreading of his ashes, and they end up getting involved in situation that lands them getting questioned by the police. An endearing read. I will definitely check out Arnold's other books! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Gods of Jade and Shadow | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Bailedbailed

Against popular opinion...I'm bailing at about 180 pages. I just am not connecting with the main character...don't know if I'll come back to it. I have too many waiting for me on my TBR, including The Testaments.

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Birthdays Happen | Herbert Kavet
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Thank you @OriginalCyn620 for the wonderful package! It's been sitting on my counter for days and I saved it for when I got home from work! I love the books you chose, and I've almost bought the socks several times. The earrings are the perfect size and the mug will hole plenty of coffee! And you remembered my favorite candy and Starbucks and bookmarks--oh my! I love it all! Thank you!

OriginalCyn620 You‘re very welcome! Hope you‘ve had a great birthday! 😊🎉🎉🎉 1mo
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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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Mehso-so

This book had a great premise but it fell flat for me by the end. I was captivated by it in the beginning, but as I continued to read I just lost interest and I had a really hard time picturing the ending, which was frustrating. I don't know that I will read the rest of the series. ⭐⭐⭐/5

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Dominicana: A Novel | Angie Cruz
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I really enjoyed this book and loved the tenacity of the main character. Some people were bothered by the fact that there were no quotation marks, but I got quickly past that. Trigger Warning: domestic violence. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5 #botm

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The Reckless Oath We Made | Bryn Greenwood
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My picks for September plus If Only I Could Tell You...and it's my birthday month, so one is free! 👍😁 #botm

irre The Reckless Oath was great. 2mo
EmilyM @irre I read a few pages of it at Barnes and Noble and was hooked! 2mo
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Barnes and Noble Book Haul!

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A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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Absolutely loved this one! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

CaitlinR Was the reader good? I have been reading the series, but have a friend who can no longer manage print. 1w
EmilyM @CaitlinR I thought the reader was good! 1w
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Book haul/mail! I've been wanting to read Annihilation, and I found it in the bargain section at Barnes and Noble--I like the original cover better but couldn't pass up the price. Neither Wolf Nor Dog was from Thriftbooks--and recommended by a dear friend. I'm thinking of using parts of it for my AP Language and Composition kids.

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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While I enjoyed the book for the most part, I didn't like the non-linear plot. Maybe that is because I just read another book in the same vein, I don't know. If the author would have titled the sections with dates, I think I would have not been as annoyed. The best, most touching part was the last section, told from the father to his estranged, grown son. Despite the problem with plot, I still recommend this book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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This book was great fun! I loved the fiesty Veronica and the mysterious Stoker, and the tension and witty banter between them was perfect. I felt that the end was a tad anti climactic, but not enough for me to feel disappointed. The narration of this on Audible was also well done. I have the next one in the series already downloaded and ready to go! ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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Summer Wives | Beatriz Williams
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Had a hard time getting into this one and the multiple timelines threw me a bit, but it picked up enough for me to finish it. By the end I was totally engrossed. A good summer read and another one knocked off of my #MountTBR and botm backlog. ⭐⭐⭐.5/5

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Wow! I couldn't put this one down! Whitehead weaves together a tale very succinctly yet creates rich characters. I will definitely be reading his other works! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Current read! (Did they HAVE to put two stickers on this lovely book?!)

TheNerdyProfessor Book stickers are THE WORST. 3mo
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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A very satisfying read with well-developed characters!

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Mehso-so

I liked Dark Matter better. I am not science-minded, and a lot of this book went over my head. Then I got frustrated that I wasn't understanding it, so I would read more slowly, and when I still didn't understand I just moved on, so then I just felt like I missed a lot of what was going on. #unpopularopinion I know. I only gave it ⭐⭐⭐/5. Although, I do understand why people have liked it, so I don't think it is a bad book; just not for me.

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Another great mystery by Tana French! I love that her mysteries have such development of characters--they are not at all only plot driven.
⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

lorannen If you haven't taken on The Witch Elm yet, it's worth a go! The first act is a bit slow, but the payoff later on is very good. 4mo
EmilyM @lorannen I definitely plan on reading that one! 4mo
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A very compelling story. I loved the multiple pov's and the story kept me guessing until the end. ⭐⭐⭐⭐/5

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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! 4mo
EmilyM @suvata This is my choice for Round 6 of #LMPBC #GroupB 4mo
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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 4mo
EmilyM Book Three The Address 4mo
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EmilyM Book Seven 4mo
Kaila-ann I vote The Address or All My Puny Sorrows. I just recently read The curious incident of the dog in the nighttime. 4mo
EmilyM Book Eight 4mo
suvata I vote for All My Puny Sorrows 4mo
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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 4mo
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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. 5mo
CoffeeNBooks I loved The Alice Network. I have this one on my bookshelf- I really need to read it soon! 5mo
EmilyM @Melissa_J Ooooooh.....I didn't know she had other books out!! 5mo
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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. 5mo
Melissa_J Yes, she has four books set in Ancient Rome (love them!) and two about the Borgias (on my TBR). 5mo
EmilyM @Melissa_J Thanks! I'll have to check them out! 5mo
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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! 5mo
EmilyM @squirrelbrain Thanks! I'm nervous! 5mo
marleed Good luck on your new venture! 5mo
EmilyM Thank you @marleed 5mo
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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. ❤️ 6mo
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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 🌸🌷🌱 6mo
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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. 6mo
EmilyM @felinesandfiction yeah.....I don't think I will be ordering anything that says inspirational anymore. 6mo
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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! 6mo
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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. 6mo
cathipink Yes! I read this, Secret History, and Special Topics in Calamity Physics all around the same time and it was such a great grouping 🙂 this is my favorite French, by a lot. 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 6mo
BarbaraBB I love courtroom thrillers. Definitely stacked! 6mo
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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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#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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#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 🤣👏🤣👏 7mo
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