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Floresj

Floresj

Joined June 2016

mom, teacher, library lover, runner, outdoor enthusiast, self proclaimed nerd😊
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Fitting quote for the youth demonstrating around the world today....🌎💪

Suet624 👍👍👍 13h
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How To | Randall Munroe
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Fun book exploring absurd solutions to everyday problems. Solid science was written in a witty, light manner, with math equations on the side. Comics are funny and nerdy. Great author!

keithmalek I loved his book What If? 22h
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This book about the siege of Daraya (outside of Damascus) and the secret library was the most inspiring books I‘ve read this year. It has so much pain and destruction, yet the BBC reporting of the founders of the underground library was so hopeful. Reading about how the citizens of Daraya banded together to endure a 4 year siege, establish schools, and cultivated knowledge, reinforced the belief that knowledge is resistance to oppression.

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Fantastic collection of short stories and one well written novella. Great quotes, characters and plot smashed into a few pages of each story. Orner‘s character‘s dialogue is punchy, accurate and fun to read. If you like collections of short stories, this book comes highly recommended😁.

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I like multiple POV novels, and this one had the unique twist of a POV of a mentioned character in the chapter prior that gave insight of the main character. I didn‘t especially like Maddie Schwartz but it was an entertaining book. Light and quick read.

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A collection of essays by Arab women journalists from Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq, Yemen, and Saudi Arabia, this book gives such an unique perspective into each of these countries and the life of a journalist. It also made motivated to subscribe to the NYT to support the journalists who put their lives on the line so that we can learn the truth of our world. Wonderful, inspiring, harrowing read.

Reggie I really liked this book!! 2w
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This book allows the reader to play the game of “Who is lying the least to me?” as a legal drama unfolds. Liked the multiple POVs that allowed the reader to piece together the events, choices, and consequences for all involved.

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How to Be an Antiracist | Ibram X. Kendi
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Great book. Kendi uses his life to walk us through each area of racism- biology, culture, behavior, color, space, gender, class, etc- and it‘s racist and antiracist policies. The idea of focusing on removing racist policies and voting for antiracist policy makers resonated for me. Gave me a lot to think about and I respect Kendi‘s vulnerability to discuss his mistakes and triumphs.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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Very light reading. Novel about the women in a family during the summer of ‘69. Historical events are woven into the story but not really the focus. If you are looking for a light read, this is a good choice. If not, pass.

Sheryl63 I totally agree, I was only five but I do remember those Hunt‘s Butterscotch Pudding six-packs! 1mo
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They Called Us Enemy | George Takei, Justin Eisinger, Steven Scott
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It‘s one thing to read about the incarceration of Japanese Americans during WWII, but this beautiful graphic novel has you see and feel it. Heart string pulling beginning of his adoration of his parents, and Takei concludes with a patriotic call out of current wrongs of this administration. Beautifully told.

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Novel depicts three intertwining characters in post apartheid Africa. I loved that the character development drove this novel rather and the political events of South Africa as a backdrop. I really liked each character which is remarkable as they were so very different. Well written and engaging,

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Simply put, this book kicks ass. It‘s a cross between The Time Traveler‘s Wife, The Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, and Ready Player One. Loved the pace of events, mind bending science, and the main characters.

Loved the references to Denver (pic of the foothills with Denver below)

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I‘m rounding this one up to 5/5 stars. Part history of Korea, psychology, and story telling of 6 families of North Koreans, this book is really interesting. Explaining how Korea was split, what life is like for different classes of Koreans, the famine, humanitarian aid, propaganda, defection, romance, medicine, and spies, this book has something for everyone. Well written and engaging!

Megabooks I love this book! 2mo
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Trying to get my head ready to start my 21st year (!) of teaching middle schoolers. Good tips, good reminders, and added some components that complemented my RJ training this past year. Building empathy is essential for all kids. Quick read, good strategies, but I‘d love to see data. Great intro to restorative justice in schools and easy structure to the book.

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Mrs. Everything | Jennifer Weiner
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This is completely event driven book. Although I liked the two sisters POV, with so many events occurring in the book, it felt as though we were just moving from one thing to another without spending some time to develop characters. This could have been a great read but needed more restraint- either 1 sister POV, 1/2 as many traumatic events, or 150 more pages. Or, I just need to focus on my TBR pile and not attempt mass market books.

Megabooks I bailed, too. 2mo
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This book is a slow boil, with each section gaining speed as you read. The first portion describes the murder and fraud of The Reverend, the second portion tells the story of the defense lawyer, and the third details Harper Lee‘s life and her research into the first two parts of this book into her own true crime novel. The Harper Lee portion of the book was difficult to put down and makes me want to reread TKAM and In Cold Blood again.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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Short yet powerful, this book is about way more than a reform school for boys. Whitehead‘s a master of using brilliant language to evoke just enough for the reader to use their empathetic muscles to feel the book. I liked this one more than the Underground Railroad and highly recommend this book!

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The Most Fun We Ever Had | Claire Lombardo
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Novel that has multiple POV, characters with depth, many plot lines, and good writing. Enjoyable, long, and engaging, this book was a great excuse to put off chores and immerse oneself into some serious family drama.

Cathythoughts 👍🏻♥️♥️ 2mo
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Quick, empowering read of the benefits of investing in womens‘ voices, choices, and education. Throughout many diverse stories of Gates travels around the world, we can see the uplift of villages, societies, and cultures when women are seen as equals. I loved the focus of the importance of men to be an ally- as it improves their life significantly as well. Gates is a good, not great, writer.

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This is complicated. Stallworth is a 5 star person, the events 5 star, but the writing of the story was a soft 3 stars. (If nothing else this shows the gift of storytelling Spike Lee has.) The story of how a black cop can infiltrate the KKK is fun, albeit disturbing as the lines of beliefs seem to be repeated by many currently. The book itself has such potential as a great book and is a quick read but is not well written. Glad I read it!

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Vuong is an exceptional writer and strings together beautiful passages in the midst of the characters‘ trauma. The book covers a lot of anguish throughout the novel, and if the writing wouldn‘t have been so wonderfully done, it would have been hard to make it through the book. Not my favorite of the year, but well done nonetheless.

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This was quite the display of drama, and I couldn‘t put it down. I‘m not sure exactly what happened, I didn‘t really like the characters, but I‘m glad I read it for reasons I don‘t even know. It‘s been compared to Asymmetry, which I loved, and I don‘t think it was as good. Entertaining in a “these characters are a train wreck” sort of way...

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This was a monster of a book! Well researched and thorough, Blight delivers an impeccable biography of Douglas- who‘s words are still applicable. You could learn almost everything about American history through reading about Douglas‘s life: slavery, compromises to keep the Union, fugitives, politics, Civil War, Lincoln, suffrage (women‘s and blacks), corruption, political system, affirmative action, Reconstruction, civil rights, lynchings, etc.

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This book is about the lives of the 5 women who were killed by Jack the Ripper. Extensively researched, the author tracks each victim‘s life from her birth to night of death. (No gruesome descriptions of the murders.) Interesting historical lesson of London in 1870-1880‘s, themes of poverty, education, equity, domestic violence, and the plight of women in a lower class. Good read!

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Absolutely horrifying, this book is a compilation of many interviews Alexievich conducted of children of WWII. I love this style of telling the story, but through the memories of children what is said and inferred is heartbreaking. However, I don‘t know of a single WWII book that would make one more compassionate to those who are present day refugees than reading the terror of living through war and the lasting impact of it on past children.

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Really creative short stories that take a slight detour on the natural world. Well written, interesting but was not my favorite collection. Definitely will read this author again, but these just were a bit too supernatural for me!

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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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If this was written by a lesser author, I‘d have read 25 pages and hated it. I adored the frivolous, wealthy, hard drinking, promiscuous main character(s), the exploits, the growth of her character, etc. Humorous, long, bubbly, and endearing, this book was a surprise to me of how much I loved it. Great lines by all characters- both hilarious and deeply introspective. Great summer read!

Christine Well put! I loved it, too. 3mo
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Patsy | Nicole Dennis-Benn
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Great book following two complex characters- mother and daughter in the US and Jamaica. Well written, each character isn‘t perfect, but they maneuver through the consequences of the choices they made (and those around them) to grow and love themselves. Great summer read!

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4.5 stars rounded up....really interesting and readable book detailing the implicit bias in society- how was established, the implications, and how it‘s measured. With a wide variety of anecdotes and cases, this book shows how pervasive bias is for all of us. Great book!

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I liked the back story of the main character. I don‘t plan on reading any more of the Alex Rider series (unless I run out of books on vacation again), but this one was entertaining. More of a 3.5 stars situation, but I like to round up😊.

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Secrets and Scones | Laurel Remington
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Feel good book about friendship, family and cooking. Its not the best YA book I‘ve read, but it was ok. I think the recipes in the book could be good and it was cute reading about a bunch of friends cooking.

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Eagle Strike | Anthony Horowitz
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Needed a book for a long flight, so picked up my 10 year old son‘s book😊. Felt like I was reading a book about Jason Bourne as a 14 year old with over the top action. I felt that it was over the top, but my son loved it.

Ericalambbrown Fourteen year old Jason Bourne 🤣😂 That‘s awesome! 3mo
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This wasn‘t what I thought this would be....if you are a devout Christian, you might really like this book. Abby seems to play a whole “I didn‘t really know what Planned Parenthood did”, her whole family is staunchly pro-life, and had 2 abortions herself before God “spoke to me and showed me the way”. The writing was simplistic and over done.

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Great resource to clean up any website/app for the user experience. Knowing what is essential for you to say is only what needs to be said on your website. I felt that every suggestion could also be applied to any meeting I‘ve ever attended😜

Smrloomis YUP 🙄😂 3mo
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Be Angry | Dalai Lama
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Be angry at the injustice for the purpose of action, not angry at the person to cause harm. Also, if you are religious, be mindful that you aren‘t just doing the rituals, but living your practice. Short and sweet.

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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From the outside, they seemed as “normal”, but inside their minds, you see the dysfunction. Engaging read of a young relationship and their own individual mental struggles.

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Super fast, inspiring read about women exploring the outdoors. Gorgeous photos, great introspective comments. Some of my best moments of my life were outdoors, and this book captures why.

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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Good collection of essays that explore the parenting/ middle age white woman experience. She‘s definitely type A, comfortable with describing her bouts with depression, and humorous. I liked it enough but wasn‘t blown away. Soft pick, strong so-so.

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This is heavy, but well done. The first portion explores domestic violence from the victims‘ POV and the reasons “why they stay”. The second portion investigated the abusers and programs to rehabilitate them. Can a violent person truly become nonviolent? The third portion showcases systems to lower homicide and the people who dedicate their lives to helping this epidemic. Really interesting, thought provoking read.

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Awesome. Inspiring, infuriating, informative, intriguing. I love programming and this book identified what components makes it enjoyable and explored the brogrammer culture that angers me. It simultaneously made me want to download more apps and refuse all technology because of privacy. Ethics, history, and AI. I absolutely loved this!

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Book that chronicles the 8 VPs that succeeded 8 presidents who died in office was really interesting. Part biography, part policy, part history of the US, it didn‘t restore my faith in humanity, but it made me appreciate the progressive and competent presidents. Scandals abound, egos and game playing are explained, and historical gems are readable. Interesting book!

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Absolutely terrifying. The book interlaces multiple effects of climate change with data to indicate the threats based on a 2-8 C degree increase of global temperature. I learned a ton and even more petrified than I was before. Highly recommend and we need to VOTE more than any recycling we do😁.

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I‘m in the minority of this review....this is my first of the series, but I needed more. It felt formulaic and like an adult version of Encyclopedia Brown. Maybe if I had read all the other books, I‘d feel differently, but there‘s such great literature out there that is on my list that I‘m not going to invest the time in this series.

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Short, empowering read by soccer legend Abby Wambach. It‘s what I love about the USWNT- focus on team, equity, and general badassness. Great points of having humanity and confidence. Good read!

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Great book about how your immune system works. I learned a lot! However, I would have loved a data table that summarized the cells and molecules so I could keep them straight:) The sections on HIV, fever, wounds, and cancer were well done.

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Run Away | Harlan Coben
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I‘m in the minority here, but this book was ridiculous. Really? A wife is shot because the couple decide to find their missing daughter, and then as she is in a coma, the husband leaves her to play pretend cop. So over the top, and I couldn‘t like any the stereotypical characters.

riversong153 Is this a spoiler? 5mo
Floresj @riversong153 perhaps....but I only made it 1/3 into the book... 5mo
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Good narrative nonfiction about the longest wrongful conviction in America. Set in Cleveland, the author explains the neighborhoods and government that sets up this tragedy. Well written and interesting.

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This book is written by a Denver pastor that testified for the sex Ed bill in CO. I found this book on sex and religion to be really thought provoking. I attended Lutheran classes when I was younger and identified many of these themes that she discusses in the lessons I heard. I loved her honesty, bravery, and open minded approach. Gave me lots to think about as I parent my children to have healthy relationships as they hit puberty. Excellent book

ReadingEnvy Ooh interesting. I grew up in a purity ring youth group so yeah you know. 5mo
Floresj @ReadingEnvy you definitely would identify and have some opinions of her statements. It made me want to attend her church just to see what it was like! 5mo
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This didn‘t really do it for me. I found the Russian women‘s contribution to the Air Force interesting but I had a hard time connecting with the character....or any of the characters, for that matter. Good story, but just not for me right now.

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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This wasn‘t what I was expecting, but I really liked it. It‘s a mystery, with multiple loose ends that I was intrigued by. Told as a letter to her children, Maria walks us through how she believes the first chapter of the book came to be. Wasn‘t perfect, but one of the better fiction I‘ve read in awhile.