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JacintaMCarter

JacintaMCarter

Joined May 2016

Hello. My name is Jacinta. I am a book addict. bookhoardersanonymous.weebly.com
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Homie | Danez Smith
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#2023Book46
Danez Smith might be one of my new favorite poets. They have a way with words that hits deep and hard, and I highly recommend the audio versions that they narrate themself.

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#2023Book45
I really liked the two main characters and was excited that the stakes in this book seemed so high. But then the resolutions were always kind of a let-down because their successes felt too easily won.

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#2023Book44
I liked the plot for the most part and some of the characters. But there were so many characters and several of them seemed kind of interchangeable to the point where I was starting to wonder if they were same character just going by a nickname or something.

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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#2023Book43
Most of the artwork is great, but some of the main characters look too similar, which makes it a little confusing at times. The story is a modernized take on the Hades/Persephone myth, but not necessarily an original plot.

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It Starts with Us | Colleen Hoover
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#2023Book42
Surprisingly, I liked this one more than the first book, though it was also too predictable. And, once again, the side characters were the most interesting part.

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#2023Book41
This book was the perfect ending to this trilogy. Plot lines were wrapped up nicely, but in realistic ways that didn‘t get too sappy.

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It Ends With Us | Colleen Hoover
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#2023Book40
This didn‘t quite live up to the hype for me, mostly because it was too predictable. And, as often happens with these types of books, the side characters were way more interesting than the main characters.

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#2023Book39
I liked the main plot and most of the characters. A few of the side plots weren‘t as interesting, though, and the ending felt kind of rushed.

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#2023Book38
This will forever be one of my favorite books.

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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#2023Book37
This might end up as one of my new favorite books. The characters are entertaining and feel incredibly real. Their relationships with each other make you want to root for them, and the end is absolutely heartbreaking.

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#2023Book36
This is one of the few books I like less every time I teach it.

Leniverse I wish schools would pick a different holocaust book to teach, honestly. 2mo
JacintaMCarter @Leniverse I was planning to find a different one to teach next year, but I won‘t be teaching 8th grade anymore. In the future, though, I‘m definitely on the lookout for a better option! 2mo
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Of Mice and Men | Steinbeck
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#2023Book35
I didn't really like this book when I read it in high school. Re-reading it as an adult, though, I have a new appreciation for the relationship between George and Lennie.

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#2023Book34
The potential villains were the best part of this book, but we got to see so little of them that it almost didn‘t feel worth it.

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#2023Book33
Of all the books I‘ve read about the Rwandan genocide, this one was the most informative. The only thing that kept it from getting 5 stars, though, is that it occasionally slipped into a “both sides” type of argument.

CSeydel Oh, I loved this one 💔 2mo
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#2023Book32
While I still liked this book, it didn‘t pack the same punch re-reading it.

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Deathless Divide | Justina Ireland
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#2023Book31
I was a little worried about this sequel at first, but it quickly became one of those sequels that adds so much to the original story. I loved getting to learn more about some of the side characters from Dread Nation, and the character development for everyone was expertly done.

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#2023Book30
Despite this being a YA romance, I liked the interactions between the main character and her family and her best friend way more than the relationship between the main character and her crush. But I did like that the ending was somewhat open instead of perfectly wrapped up and unrealistic.

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#2023Book29
Everything I read about the genocide in Rwanda only makes me angrier that it took so long for anyone to do anything to stop the murders. Wamariya doesn‘t hesitate to describe her emotions and feelings surrounding her experiences and the people around her through it all. There‘s a good chance I‘ll end up teaching this book someday, because it‘s something more people need to learn about.

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#2023Book28
I‘m definitely not the target audience for this kind of book. I‘ve never been big on space-based science fiction, and this one has too many characters and plot lines to follow. The writing is good and enjoyed some of the plots, but overall it just wasn‘t for me.

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Dread Nation | Justina Ireland
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#2023Book27
I'm always surprised by how much I end up loving books that involve zombies. I'm never surprised by how much I love books set around the time of the Civil War. Combining those two elements and throwing in a badass heroine made this one of those books that I would have read in one sitting if I hadn't been reading it out loud to a classroom full of juniors.

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#2023Book26
The title really does say it all, as only the obscenely wealthy would have to deal with these issues. Overall, this was a pretty solid ending to this trilogy. I do wish we‘d gotten more about the grandmother‘s past, though, as she was easily the most interesting character.

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#2023Book25
Every time I read this book, I enjoy it a little bit more. While I'm not sure my students got much out of it, I still find myself surprised by the lengths the boys in this book go to in order to survive and assert their dominance over the others.

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#2023Book24
This was a solid sequel with strong character development and a great storyline. The relationships were well-crafted and the conflicts were believable. I can‘t wait to see what happened to these characters in the next book!

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#2023Book23
I love Beukes‘s writing and her refusal to shy away from the grotesque. I‘m also always a fan of books that cover multiple points of view. What I liked best about this book, though, was the constant time jumps between chapters so I had to really pay attention to keep track of who was currently in danger.

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#2023Book22
I love the characters in this series and their adventures are always a fun read. But I still wish everything didn‘t work out quite so easily for them all the time.

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The Door | Magda Szabo
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#2023Book21
We need more stories about female friendship! Especially when one of the females is a grouchy old lady who is super nosy but also just wants to be left alone.

Saknicole Both the book and the film have been sitting in my self for years. I should definitely read this too! 4mo
BarbaraBB So good! 4mo
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The Magic of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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#2023Book20
The more Oz books Baum put out, the more he seemed to forget his own previous world-building and rules.

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The Tin Woodman of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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#2023Book19
I‘ve always been a sucker for a “buddy road trip” comedy, so I quite enjoyed this one. I also liked that it was set up to be a potential romance but then took a hard left turn away from that and was mostly about friendship.

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#2023Book18
Dorothy was again the main character after stepping into the background for several books, and the group‘s adventures were more fun to read about this time. However, once again, the new characters were pretty annoying.

SamAnne I love the artwork. I had all of them as a kid in the 70s. 4mo
Lizpixie I used to hound our local librarian until these came in. Me and my dad caught the bus to the library once a month to swap our books for new ones, I think I read everything in the MG & YA section by the time I was 10! The Oz books were my favourite, I have a beautiful box set of them now for my grandkids to read. Loved Asterix & Obelisk too. And Tintin! 4mo
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#2023Book17
I‘ve always loved memoirs, especially those about people with mental illness. But what really hit me with this book was how closely her justification for getting tattoos mirrors my own.

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Rinkitink in Oz | L Frank Baum
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#2023Book16
The new characters introduced in this book were incredibly annoying and I didn‘t care whether or not they succeeded. Dorothy only shows up for a couple chapters at the end as more of an afterthought than an actual part of the plot.

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The Body | Stephen King, Robin Waterfield
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#2023Book15
Out of all the books I teach, this one tends to be a favorite of all my students. I'm glad they get as much out of it as I do.

ravenlee I was surprised how good this was. I‘ve only read two of King‘s stories (this and Shawshank), but both were amazing. 4mo
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The Scarecrow of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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#2023Book14
This might be the first Oz novel that was fine on its own even before Dorothy showed up. And even though the book is named for him, the Scarecrow isn‘t really that important to the overall plot.

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Blubber | Judy Blume
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#2023Book13
I‘m sure I would have felt differently about this book if I‘d read it as a kid instead of as an adult. I assume it‘s supposed to teach kids a lesson about why they shouldn‘t bully people, but by the end of the book none of the characters really seemed to have learned their lesson.

TheBookHippie My favorite still -kids I read it to love it because nothing happens. Like life. I remember reading it when it came out! 🤣 I‘m not sure it would be the same had I not read it as a child. 4mo
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Tik-Tok of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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#2023Book12
Every Oz story is just okay until Baum finally brings it back around to Dorothy and her friends. I‘m guessing he kept writing Oz stories because they were guaranteed to sell, but I don‘t know why he didn‘t just keep the focus on Dorothy.

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#2023Book11
The title is a bit of a misnomer, as the titular character isn‘t opposed to romance so much as she‘s just recovering from a terrible breakup. But that‘s not important. The main thing is that this book was a fun read and I was genuinely invested in the characters and their relationships. I‘m not much of a romance reader, but I really enjoyed this one.

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The Patchwork Girl of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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#2023Book10
Based on the first half, this was going to be a 2-star read. Baum introduced more new characters, none of whom were really that interesting. But then he brought back Dorothy, the Scarecrow, and the Tin Man, which helped bring the plot back.

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One Half from the East | Nadia Hashimi
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#2023Book9
This is my fourth time reading this book, and my third time teaching it. I'm so glad my students loved it just as much as I did.

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Pictures of Hollis Woods | Patricia Reilly Giff
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#2023Book8
I originally read this back in 8th grade. I don‘t remember what I thought of it then, but I really enjoyed this re-read. I think I have a greater appreciation for the characters and their struggles now that I‘ve worked with kids who are in foster care.

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#2023Book7
The Mirabal sisters are what the March sisters could have been if they‘d been revolutionaries and way more badass.

Texreader It looks like this book will work for #readingtheamericas and #foodandlit for February for #DominicanRepublic @Librarybelle @BarbaraBB @Catsandbooks 5mo
IndoorDame This was my favorite book in HS! 5mo
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick This is what I plan to read for #foodandlit next month. 5mo
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Catsandbooks @Texreader it's actually on our #FoodandLit book list already 5mo
Texreader @Catsandbooks And because I‘m not too bright tonight, I just realized it was already on my personal list for next month as well. 😜 5mo
Texreader @IndoorDame That‘s awesome!! 5mo
Texreader @Catsandbooks And, the audiobook is free with my Audible membership!! 5mo
Catsandbooks @Texreader oh that's perfect! 5mo
Librarybelle This looks good! 4mo
TheBookHippie I‘ve met her and I‘ve read all her books!!! We did her book for one read where the whole town read her book and she came to speak. She‘s a wonderful speaker. ♥️ 4mo
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Bad Panda | Megan Gogerty
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#2023Book6
Important subjects presented by animals have never really done anything for me, so this was just kind of okay. I would have enjoyed it a lot more if the characters had been human.

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Tuck Everlasting | Natalie Babbit
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#2023Book5
I probably would have liked this better if I‘d read it when I was younger. But reading it as an adult, the attempt at a romantic subplot just came off as creepy. This also would have been more interesting if we‘d learned more about the Tucks‘ backstory.

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The Emerald City of Oz | L. Frank Baum
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#2023Book4
This was my least favorite so far in the series. Not much happened, the old characters didn‘t have any growth, and the new characters were pretty pointless. The conflict was also resolved way too easily.

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Convenience Store Woman | Sayaka Murata
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#2023Book3
I really got into this story and my heart broke for the main female character. But I was furious at the main male character and the other characters who encouraged his behavior. I know this story is fiction, but the way he treated her felt way too real to life.

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#2023Book2
The actual plot was good, but the female characters were given almost nothing to do. They were just there for the men to boss around and complain about.

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Breath, Eyes, Memory | Edwidge Danticat
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#2023Book1
This book presents the dangers and pain of generational trauma in an incredibly beautiful way. The narrator did an amazing job reading this novel, though I think the ending would have absolutely wrecked me if I‘d read it instead of listened to it.

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#2022Book141
This started off as a light, fun read, but quickly became heavy (in a good way!). The characters are complex and the situations they face are way too real. And the end had me bawling.

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#2022Book140
Kesller starts off by saying he‘s not much of a writer, but he feels his story should be told. He‘s right on the first count. This felt like reading a Wikipedia page or a Masters dissertation. It would have been more interesting if he‘d just focused on his own story instead of just inserting a Bible verse and then inserting how other people have discovered that verse has been misinterpreted.

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#2022Book139
This was a fun read, perfect for middle grade students. The characters were well-written and the setting descriptions were great. My only complaint is that everything always seemed to work out too easily without the characters having to try too hard.

Bibliomania I love this series! 5mo
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#2022Book138
This was a pretty solid sequel. I enjoyed getting to learn more about some of the characters from the first book, and the main character finally got the chance to stand up for herself. There were a few new characters introduced who didn‘t really add much to the story, though, and I tended to zone out a little during their chapters.