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Jennaree3

Jennaree3

Joined May 2020

Author, writer, hygienist and Oxford comma hater
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While this book has moments of brilliance: I.e. "No one standing still can triumph, no matter how well constituted," about 85% of it is rambling and nearly incoherent nonsense. Imagine Ian Malcolm--the chaos theory anthropologist character from crichton's Jurassic Park--barreling from one topic to the next, ranging from lobster mating habits to Taoists, to Alice in Wonderland all in the course of about 3 paragraphs. My head is spinning.

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Any suggestions for 7-9 year old girls for a Christmas gift book?

Bookzombie I‘m not sure about this age group. Tagging a couple of Littens that might have suggestions. @LibrarianRyan @4thhouseontheleft I know your daughter is older, but thought you might have some suggestions. 🙂 2w
LibrarianRyan Oh boy can I make you a list. But some standards questions first. What type of girl is she: girly girl, sporty etc. what is her fav movie or show. Fav toy. And current fave book. Don‘t need all of those answered but at least one. And reading level. I know Covid put some students like my nephew behind. 2w
Jennaree3 @LibrarianRyan she is kind of sporty...she's in scouts and likes riding horses. Not sure what her fav show or movie is! I've never asked. Reading level is probably advanced for her age shes 9. If it's an adult book, her parents could always read it to her, also. Thanks! 1w
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LibrarianRyan @Jennaree3 hates girl. This I can do. Start with Misty if Chincotegea it‘s an older series but it‘s a classic based in real horses. I don‘t like this book but kids love it. It‘s short and easier to get into than standard horse classics like Black stallion or Black Beauty. 1w
LibrarianRyan Then you might try the Guardian of the Heard or Riders of the realm series. Pegasus. Oh yeah. Now to get away from horses try the Track series by Jason Reynolds. The first book is about a boy but it doesn‘t matter. It‘s excellent. Sticking with sports try Roller Girl. Think the movie Whip it foe a younger audience. Plus I‘m pretty sure it‘s a graphic novel. Then there is the winter born home books by ally carter. Ally carter write some of my 1w
LibrarianRyan Fav you g YA books. The Gallagher girl books are awesome and while “clean” (at least I think they are) they are YA. Star fish by Lisa dips is told in verse and is on all the lists. I have not read my copy yet but I hear great things. Wanna try mythology but not ready for Percy Jackson try Thunder Girls. Norse mythology (there is also Godess girls but I find kids know little about Norse mythology). 1w
LibrarianRyan You can‘t go wrong with Raina Telgemier but she does show up on banned books lists because some of her books have LGBTQ characters. Smile is a nice place to start. A modern classic is True Confessions of Charlotte Doyle by Avi. Still one of my fave books. 1w
LibrarianRyan Want a little fantasy try the troubled girls of dragon more academy. Or unwritten. Eickriordan is known for his series but he just published a standalone retelling of 20000 leagues under the sea called Daughter of the deep. 1w
LibrarianRyan Now for some diverse books (sorry I didn‘t ask about that ahead of time). The first rule of punk. One crazy summer, this one is actually a series. From the desk of Zoe Washington. Ghost squad, Melissa (George). The author has asked for the title change. Efren divided. front desk. Class act (is the sequel and I am trying a blank on book 1. Tide song just came out. I loved this graphic novel. And to end, espically ISL you want historical 1w
LibrarianRyan Anything by Alan gate, or Jennifer a. Nielsen. Sorry for the overload but I wanted you to have options because you never know why the bookstore will have. If none of these sound right, tell me more and I‘ll hit it again. 1w
Jennaree3 @LibrarianRyan thank you so much!! 1w
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At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
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This was slow, and gave me slight Grapes of Wrath vibes. It felt like a modern classic with some archetypal soul-searching, and ending irony. I would recommend it for someone who likes classic novels like Steinbeck or Dickens.

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Her Last Breath | Linda Castillo
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Loved it! Twisty!

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At the Edge of the Orchard | Tracy Chevalier
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My bedroom book was left at my parents' house and now my car book (AKA lunch break book) is in my bedroom and my whole life is out of whack.

Johanna414 Your life may be out of whack, but I feel better knowing I'm not the only one who has multiple booms for different points throughout the day. My husband thinks I'm crazy... 2mo
Jennaree3 @Johanna414 😅 just don't get 'em mixed up then it's chaos! 2mo
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Her Last Breath | Linda Castillo
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I am so tickled by these fancy bookmarks. Tassels, beads, hummingbirds...they're so bookish and fun! 🤓

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Her Last Breath | Linda Castillo
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The cruelest lies are often told in silence

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The Jewish Dog | Asher Kravitz
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If you need me, I'll be in this tiny bookstore corner for the next 2 hours. Peep that Royal typewriter! 💕

wanderinglynn How fun! Enjoy! 3mo
Caroline2 Great photo! Enjoy! 😃 3mo
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Look for Me | Lisa Gardner
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Painfully redundant. A wildly dull addition to the DD warren series, especially after Find Her was such a gem. Would not recommend 4/10.

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Look for Me | Lisa Gardner
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Obsessed with this Lord Ganesha bookmark 🙌 I became fascinated with Buddhism and Hinduism in college and did a lot of research trying to understand their beliefs. And Ganesha, the god of new beginnings and destroyer of obstacles, resonated with me then & now. I have Ganesh in almost every room in the house and now sending me good vibes even as I read.

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Look for Me | Lisa Gardner
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Liking it so far!

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The first one in a year that I just couldn't bother finishing. I love Patterson but when he pairs with another writer, sometimes it just does not work. Very generic and elementary.

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I am really going to miss this when it gets colder....soaking up every minute

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Pickpick

This one was a little messy for Linda! Redundant parts, and repeated phrases here and there. Seemed to me like she was probably asked by the editor for more pages after it was finished. Plot was left open at the end, also, which is not her style. 7/10...still a two-day read that held my interest 👍

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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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Only one thing to do in such dreary, caliginous weather today. Sit in the warm tub and escape...

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A Separate Peace | John Knowles
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Mehso-so

It took a long time for me to understand the point of this novel. The dialogue is excruciatingly redundant and unimportant throughout. Had it been another hundred pages, I would've bailed. It's not really about the war, or about friendships like I had hoped. It's really about selfishness, paranoia, and the dark & dirty depths to which we are all capable of sinking, in the right circumstances. 5/10

LitStephanie The gritty themes sound interesting, too bad they couldn't pull them off. 4mo
deeannloso I really liked it. 😊 3mo
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#MurderTrending | Gretchen McNeil

Looking for some suggestions for great modern american murder mysteries! Anyone read anything worthwhile lately?

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Step on a Crack | James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
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Not my own, but made me laugh 😆

Mynameisacolour Oof! 😅 5mo
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Step on a Crack | James Patterson, Michael Ledwidge
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Am I the only one who thinks this is the most awkward opening sentence of all time?

jen_the_scribe Yes it doesn‘t make any sense to me. And on another note, I‘ve never met a woman who referred to her own breasts as “these puppies” but I guess there could be some women out there who do? Lol 5mo
5feet.of.fury Yeah there‘s a lot to take in here already 5mo
5feet.of.fury @jen_the_scribe I agree, I have never heard a woman use that phrase. I don‘t even think I‘ve heard a real person say it. 5mo
Jennaree3 @jen_the_scribe nor would anyone use the word “frock” in any kind of sexy context 😂 5mo
jen_the_scribe @Jennaree3 Very true! Lol so much to absorb in those couple of paragraphs lol 5mo
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Alternating those classics, but plowing through the summer stack of reads…

CarolineLovesToRead love the mug!
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Mehso-so

It was good, but certainly not great. I may never understand the veneration, or why this one topped every book club reading list for the past 2 years. 7/10

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Some light reading on a rainy Monday…

KristenDuck Great book and cute pic! 5mo
LeslieO Looks like he‘s gonna DNF that one. He‘s not feeling it. 5mo
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Next up…

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Pickpick

This one felt a little disorganized for her normal style. There were a lot of events and few lulls, which I love; however, the ending didn‘t really tie up the loose ends. 7/10
Favorite quote: “if you don‘t like my driving, call 1-800-EAT-SHIT” 😂

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The Likeness: A Novel | Tana French
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Mehso-so

Soooo verbose. Page 357 and I cannot fathom about what is this author going to ramble for another 70 pages. Dud

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Pickpick

Love this quote! Mo Willems

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Next up...a Swedish author. This should be new. So far, a cell phone is a “mobile” but I‘m excited to see what other little words are different in Sweden.

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Up next! I couldn‘t understand why this was part of the “once-banned book list,” but when the mention of, let‘s just say, shagging a Shetland, comes into play before page 40...OK i get it

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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“For the moment I closed my eyes, she was outside the window or resting her darling head on the same pillow, but I must open my lids to see—and so I opened and closed them a hundred times a night, to be always disappointed. It‘s a strange way of killing—not by inches, but by fractions and hairbreadths, beguiling me with the spectre of hope.” If you have ever loved & lost someone, this is exactly how it feels. 10/10 though slow to start

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Little Free Library | Chicago, IL (Bookstore)
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Who said it? “All that is gold does not glitter; not all those who wander are lost. The old that is strong does not wither; deep roots are not reached by the frost.” PS does anyone ever hype themselves up for the gym with a literary quote? LOL just me, then?

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Heathcliff‘s description of marrying for money instead of love: “You might as well plant an Oak in a flowerpot and expect it to thrive.” Amazing that this was written in the 1800s and so much of it still rings true.

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Little Free Library | Chicago, IL (Bookstore)
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A little Wednesday Who Said It—“I‘ll read my books & I‘ll drink coffee & I‘ll bolt the door.”
*Bonus points of you can tell me from what movie is the Shop Around the Corner

erzascarletbookgasm Salinger..? 7mo
Scochrane26 Salinger & You‘ve got Mail. I had to look up the quote. 🙂 7mo
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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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Ok, Bronte...let‘s see if you live up to the hype

Scochrane26 I love this book, but all the characters are unlikeable. 7mo
jewright _Jane Eyre_ is my favorite Bronte novel. 7mo
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I think this is one of the most important books I have read in a long time. If you have any background in healthcare, the first 75 pages are a review. If you have inflammatory bowel diseases-IBS, crohn‘s or UC, this book is another weapon in the arsenal of management. Which probiotic strains do you need for your specific situation? What brand? Can probiotics make you sick? Would give it a longer review if I could. 9/10

Reggie Sometimes we cheat and put a pointer finger down to the comments section. Then we continue the review in the comments. 7mo
Jennaree3 Thanks, @Reggie ! 7mo
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Mehso-so

The beginning was promising. The middle was like watching a movie with an ensemble cast except no one had any remarkably interesting qualities to make any of them memorable. And then the timeline started jumping. I like to try to figure them out as I go, but the clues you need to figure it out aren‘t even revealed until the last 10 pages so there was no way of knowing throughout. I found it a frustrating novel, but still a good one.

monalyisha EXACTLY. 💯 3w
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When I‘m 25 pages in and intrigued, that‘s a good sign! 🤓 Thanks to my coworker for thinking of me and lending me this book!

chelsearae1988 One of my favorites! 8mo
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Lady Killer | Lisa Scottoline
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Decided that I am too old and too bookish to spend another season reading on that rickety old hand-me-down lounger. Bring on the sunshine and all the books! 🤓 😎

SheReadsAndWrites Love. This! 😎❤️ 8mo
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Prozac Nation | Elizabeth Wurtzel
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Panpan

One of the worst, unrelenting, disorganized lot of drivel I‘ve ever actually finished. I audibly laughed when I noticed the 30-page epilogue, as if the rest of the content wasn‘t inordinately verbose enough. One reviewer highlighted a small fragment of a silver lining: while the book itself may be described as rambling/incoherent, Wurtzel proved how imperative it is to tell your truth, even if it makes you unlikable or embarrasses your grandmother

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Prozac Nation | Elizabeth Wurtzel
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On the fence about this so far...someone described her writing as “rambling and incoherent,” and it kind of made me laugh. I don‘t understand about 90% of the references, partly because in the publishing year of 1995, I was a tot. Hoping it gets better.

Dcueto But your reading companion is everything!!! 9mo
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Eleanor to Lorena, 1933 💕

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Lorena to Eleanor, 1933. The sense of longing is palpable. How lucky they were to have someone to look forward to that much!

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How love swallows us whole. How it shoots us to the clouds, only to realize our parachute doesn‘t open. My heart breaks and soars for these two souls. Eleanor to Lorena, 1933.

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If you are currently unaware of the some 3,000 love letters between Eleanor & her suspected lover, please find them and read them. Though written informally, the words of Eleanor‘s letters pierced through me. How poignant it is to know that our longings are universal longings. How love ebbs and flows through our veins, the universe lifting us and shattering us at the same time. I will share a letter of hers per day for the next week. 💕

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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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Mehso-so

Every book has at least one laudable quote...

Come-read-with-me This is a great quote! Thank for sharing! 9mo
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Mehso-so

I feel mixed emotions about this one. It was a fun read as all of hers are; however, something about the plot at the end felt out of place. I thought the undercover work and the dynamics of the elusive Schrock character were compelling enough: I‘m not sure why she deviated to involve the foreign women...or why that was necessary to the book. It left me with more questions than answers.

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Slippers & a good book 📚 🐶💕

Well-ReadNeck 👏🏼🙌🏼👊🏼 9mo
wanderinglynn So cute! ❤️🐶 9mo
BookDragonNotWorm 😍😍😍 9mo
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Lady Killer | Lisa Scottoline
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When a coworker comes in with a stack and says, “I was at the store, and I thought you might like these.” 🥂 Cheers to great friends, and kind human beings!

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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
Mehso-so

While she nailed the character of Nick, the token sociopath cult leader, the rest of the book was up and down. There were strokes of brilliance in a few chapters and a lot of potential here, but unfortunately, it didn‘t really come together.

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Pieces of Her | Karin Slaughter
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Fun fact: I missed a book signing with Karin Slaughter by 15 minutes once. Did not play the lottery that day.

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Pickpick

Can‘t explain why, but I love this author! This one wasn‘t quite as obnoxiously gruesome as some of the others.