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ErraticElle

ErraticElle

Joined September 2016

“She read books as one would breathe air, to fill up and live.“ - Annie Dillard (http://erraticprojectjunkie.blogspot.com)
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The Vine Witch by Luanne G. Smith
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The BFG by Roald Dahl
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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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I adored this book as a child. More than a few *ahem* decades later, I still find the story just as touching & wonderful. It is a beautiful story of friendship & love. I very much appreciate White's tendency to mix in more complicated words, allowing Charlotte to provide a definition. The narrative is bright & complete, with vivid descriptions & inclusion of the realities of life. Charlotte's Web remains one of my favorite books of all time.

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Gravemaidens | Kelly Coon
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YA fantasy set in an area similar to ancient Egypt/Mesopotamia. Maidens are chosen to accompany the ruler to the afterworld should he perish. Good world building & detail. I enjoyed the atmosphere & the story was intriguing & entertaining. The characters were mostly dynamic & believable, though I had some issues with Kammani (smart character, dumb choices). Overall, the plot moved nicely & the narrative kept me interested from very early on.

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Hatchet | Gary Paulsen
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This is an incredibly good middle grade book, but still reads pretty solidly for adults. The writing is age appropriate with good foreshadowing (without being blatantly obvious). Great information with regard to wilderness survival. I appreciate that Paulsen doesn't let things be easy for Brian. It takes practice, trial and error. The intended age group does have to be kept in mind, but overall the writing is really good for nearly every age.

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Cilka's Journey | Heather Morris
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An emotional and gut-wrenching historical read from Heather Morris exploring the world of the Gulag in post-WWII Russia. Overall, I very much enjoyed the story and thought it was well done. Lots of detail and good characters. However, the ending just didn't feel complete to me and I was left wanting a little. Regardless, this is still a very good read and a solid follow up novel.

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Charlotte's Web | E. B. White
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Listened to some Charlotte‘s Web this morning on the way to grocery shopping with the kids and then took pictures of a couple of the “terrific” and “radiant” piglets we have here on the farm. #believathon

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Fredrik Backman has a way of connecting with the souls of his characters. Even though this is a novella, he still manages to get at the core of something painful and heart-wrenching. There is something so true and raw about his words and the way he can conjure a scene. This short read is nearly as powerful as his full-length works, moving in a swift and effective way within its short 97 pages.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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I listened to the audiobook of this novel, narrated fantastically by Tom Hanks. The writing is descriptive and flowing with great character to the dialogue. This is not a book for those bothered by a shifting and non-linear timeline in a plot. For me, it added another layer of complexity that helped to keep the book interesting and to develop the plot in small strokes as the chapters moved on. This is a beautiful sweeping family drama.

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The Tattooist of Auschwitz | Heather Morris (Screenwriter)
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I put off reading this one for a long time because I knew it would be an emotional read. And that was before I discovered that it is truly based on the life and experiences of one man. There are moments of levity and love and wonderful things, but this story is rife with things that made my stomach churn, my heart hurt, and my eyes fill with tears. It is heartbreaking, but still lovely.

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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WOW! If you put Lord of the Flies, The Crucible, The Handmaid's Tale, and The Hunger Games into a blender, the result might give you a taste of what to expect with The Grace Year.

If you enjoy dystopian ficiton, this is a must read!

Terribly dark and magnificent, the writing is creepy and very atmospheric. I was totally hooked, on the edge of my seat for nearly the entire thing. I devoured this book. Fingers crossed for a sequel.

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Scars Like Wings | Erin Stewart
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This is a YA contemporary about a young woman's “reintegration“ into high school after a house fire that left her heavily scarred, including her face. It is incredibly well-written, with a voice true to a teenager. Ava is present in many different emotional states with a sense fantastic accuracy, sometimes reading as a biography. In places, the story feels like a more mature version of Wonder. I inhaled this book. I didn't want to put it down.

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I loved this book! I was skeptical, but it surprised me. The story is interesting & poignant. It is entertaining & thoughtful while staying immensely creative & smart. There is a lot to unpack in the pages. I enjoyed the content, but there were bits & pieces that left me thinking & considering things even when I stopped. His protagonist was tangible & accessible, feeling like a real person. This was a great book. I look forward to the sequel.

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The Sense of an Ending | Julian Barnes
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This was a book club read. Meh. While I can see some merit in the message behind the writing, the narrative itself bored me to tears. The writing was okay, but seemed pompous and condescending...a reflection of the nature of the protagonist, but still really annoying & obnoxious to read. This absolutely would have been a DNF for me if not for book club. I will never understand how this won the Man Booker--there are so many better books out there.

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When the Moon Was Ours | Anna-Marie McLemore
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Taking inspiration from her own life, McLemore creates heartbreaking characters facing immense personal struggles. Her language is melodic and wonderful, describing things with a fantastic clarity while still leaving some magical edges and whimsy. The magical element of the novel is creative and quirky, developing through the story quite well. This read is full of emotional and hard-hitting content. 4 stars.

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Fantasy meets romance with a bit of historical fiction. The narrative was smooth moving and stayed intriguing from beginning to end. There was maybe a bit more of the romance element than I am really interested in, but it didn't saturate the book. I also could have used more development in the fantastical element, but am awaiting the sequels. A good read with a likable plot & characters as well as a unique twist on a plot device I love. 4.5 stars.

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Five Feet Apart | Rachael Lippincott
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4.5 stars. This is a very moving story that I found out later was loosely based on a real couple. The writing is sweet & well formulated and the narrative moves smoothly. I don't very often tear up at books, but this one got me right in the feels. It's not overly dramatic or morbid, but paints a realistic, non-cutesy picture. Five Feet Apart tackles the topic of terminal illness with tact and with emotion in a very balanced way. A VERY good read!

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A good premise, but a cocky and pretentious combination title. Heather is a true hypochondriac and is written well, but she gave me anxiety and made it painful to read on occasion. The writing is generally good, but there are times when the plot shifts abruptly or pieces of the story just dissolve into oblivion. There wasn't anything beyond a regular trope and nothing terribly unexpected or marvelous happened. Overall...just okay. 2/5 stars.

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This is the best addendum to the Harry Potter series! J.K. Rowling is ridiculously talented and this is so incredibly creative. I loved learning about all of the magical creatures. The references to other “magical texts“ were great additions. I am constantly amazed at how detailed this world has become.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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MUST READ!!

I loved this story so much!! There is fantastically creepy magic and good writing. I was sucked in pretty much immediately and I just can't get enough of The Hinterland. This reads fast and easy, but feels super complex and heavy in the best of ways. The world building is sly and super, with magical pieces dripping in here and there through the pages. This is a seriously hugable book and I CAN NOT WAIT to get my hands on the sequel!!

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Immaculate Perception | Kik Phillips
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This quirky, entertaining, read runs the gamut on feelings. It can be confusing, irritating, lovely, sad, funny, and so much more. In some ways, it reminded me heavily of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, including (now that I think of it) the cover.

I loved the majority of this book. I like a quirky read and enjoy a character with a unique personality. However, the ending has caused me a bit of struggle. I needed more.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Holy crap I am LOVING this book. I can‘t get enough and I both want to know the end and never want to finish. Sooooo good!!

cherinium I love books that make me feel that way! It may be why I love getting caught up in a great series...things get somewhat wrapped up, yet there's so much more to come! 1mo
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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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Listening to this creepy bit of fantastic was the BEST idea for a spooky October read! I am LOVING The Hazel Wood by Melissa Albert!!

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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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While I appreciate Carrie Fisher's voice and it was mildly entertaining just to listen to her sardonic wit, the scope of this memoir was more narrow than I had hoped for. I enjoyed hearing her voice and her experience, it just wasn't the content I was hoping for...so...this rating is more of a failure on my part to look into the contents of the memoir prior to reading than it is an issue with the writing.

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Ugh. This was SOOOO boring. Seriously. That's all I can really say about this one. There was the potential for a good premise, but beyond the big event at the beginning of the novel that sets up the entire reason for the book...NOTHING HAPPENS. If this wasn't a read for my book club, I would have DNF'd this one, hands down. I was so incredibly disappointed by the exploration of the plot.

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I loved the way this book moved and how it simultaneously endeared me and disgusted me. World War II is an oft discussed historical topic, but there was something so intrinsically different to this story. It was magical and beautiful while at the same time being terrifyingly heartbreaking and painful. It is certainly a must read, both from a standpoint of historical significance and one of artistic wonder.

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Listening to All the Light We Cannot See today when this was in the change from my payment for a drive-thru lunch. I have never owned a Franc, yet...while reading a book set largely in France...here it is.

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Trapeze | Leigh Ansell
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*Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the publisher for honest review.*

3.5 stars. A cute YA read with some stereotypical tropes while still having enough originality to be something fun and different. The writing was good and I stayed fairly hooked despite the movement away from the element that drew me to the book in the first place, the trapeze. However, the ending didn't suit my tastes. I needed more.

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SO PRETTY!!

4.5 stars. So creative and wonderful. This is a really good book and I enjoyed it a lot. It somehow felt like a combination of the reading magic that came from reading The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern and The Library at Mount Char by Scott Hawkins. It is weird, fantastical, and just what I‘ve been looking for in terms of concept. There were some issues with pacing, but this one was well worth the read.

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Tried this once before and couldn‘t get into it, so this time I‘m going to audio route. So far, so good, but also SO LONG!

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Sense and Sensibilty | Jane Austen
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3.5 stars. Not my favorite Austen, but still worth the read. Scandal and flirtation and a sweeping obsession with money. The characters are full of spunk and individuality. I‘m bemoaning the fact that my one “ship” of the book never came to fruition.

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Before I Fall | Lauren Oliver
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Finished Before I Fall by Lauren Oliver as my final read of the #NEWTsReadathon2019 and I‘m still swooning over it three days later. You guys. All. The. Feels. Two thumbs way up.

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Reading Animal Farm for the first time in a couple of decades only to discover that Napoleon is a Berkshire...the same breed of pig we raise here on the farm. It‘s the little things that amuse me. Should I fear porcine mutiny from my Pippa and her pals? 😂 #NEWTSreadathon2019

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Postcards for a Songbird | Rebekah Crane
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An adorable YA contemporary with a very smooth moving narrative. Crane's writing is genuine and flows easily, making the read seem to just fly by. A comfortable single day read, I didn't want to put it down because I enjoyed Crane's writing style and I liked the development of Wren's character. Don't get me wrong, it was a good story, but it was the writing that drew me in rather that purely the narrative itself.

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First & Then | Emma Mills
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Happy book mail to me! So excited for some of these backlist reads!!

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The Paragon Hotel | Lyndsay Faye
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This book was great! It‘s a very interesting historical piece with a perspective I‘ve never seen before. Highly imaginative. Detailed and rich with a plot that just keeps surprising. My only complaint? She uses the word “quelque” FAR too often. (Disclaimer: I received a free copy of this book from the publisher.)