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Jody3

Joined August 2017

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Projekt 1065 | Alan Gratz
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This is an incredibly taut thriller, made even more engrossing and gut-wrenching due to the fact that so many of the events are real. Michael is a young boy in Germany, the son of Irish spies trying to do all that he possibly can to help defeat the Nazis and end the war. While a number of instances in the book are very convenient , the novel as a whole is really strong and will be incredibly popular with young fans of the spy thriller genre.

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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I had about a million predictions which kept changing as I was reading as to how everything was going to play out in the end. For the most part, all of my predictions were completely wrong. I was able to guess one major twist pretty early on but other than that, I was completely shocked by all of the twists and turns! So, so good! The only thing that bothered me was how conveniently the characters were connected to the groom.

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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A fictional work based on the state-run Dozier School for Boys in Florida where boys were tortured and even murdered while the school remained open for more than 100 years. Brilliantly written and completely devastating. The novel ends with a nice twist.

Andrew65 A personal favourite and that ending! 😢 1mo
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Mehso-so

It lacked the story telling and connection to characters that usually pulls me into a book and just wasn‘t for me. For being such an interesting and important topic, it moved very slowly for me. The story itself was captivating, however I would have preferred if it was told more concisely. The main reason I did not care for the book was because of the fantastical elements woven throughout.

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Panpan

This book was long and tedious. I thought at least the recipes would be good, but they were just like the author a “food snob.” Nothing was down to Earth! Her sophisticated palette can not compete with my plebeian tastebuds.

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This is just a lovely read and will leave you warm and cosy, and wanting to buy candles and throws!

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The Help | Kathryn Stockett
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I just completely and absolutely loved this. Lovely characters, nailbiting story and a beautiful message. It was just great. And it dealt with its subject matter with appropriate sympathy and sensitivity. The Help is an emotional rollercoaster with a touching message and a strong undercurrent of hope.

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The Paris Library: A Novel | Janet Skeslien Charles
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This is an unforgettable story of how the power of literature brings us together. How friendship, family, forgiveness, the bond of books, and betrayal are all blended together in this really stellar novel. The author was asked what she wished a reader would take away from this novel and she said “books are bridges and they bring us together” and I couldn‘t agree more.

Suet624 Lovely review. 3mo
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This is a comedy show focused at a family audience. It is often corny, but packed with genuine fun. I listened to it with my 10 year-old and she made it funnier when she kept saying “this isn‘t funny” or “I don‘t get it, why are you laughing?” Overall, I enjoyed it! It‘s quick and full of laughs!

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
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Oh man, the wait for this third book from Helen Hoang was worth every minute! I loved this story! Full of depth, truth, and the beauty of loving yourself for exactly who you are, The Heart Principle shines! I loved every minute of Quan & Anna‘s story and the beauty of how they not only fell in love with each other, but also with themselves. I‘m so grateful to have had a chance to read this beautiful story!

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Island | Victoria Hislop
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The book really does make you think about how you cannot change your past and you have no choice but to move forward in life and forgive as everybody makes mistakes.

This is a beautifully imagined and evocatively told story that weaves actual facts into fiction. Readers who love historical fiction, especially based in Greece will adore reading this book. I look forward to reading the sequel; One August Night very soon.

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This is a perfect summer read. It will pull you in, hold you tight, and set you free, but leave you thinking about the characters and their world for some time to come.

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If you love books with wit (the writing can be really, really funny), romance, happy endings, and a good bit of characterization, then Miss Pettigrew Lives for A Day should be at the top of your list.

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Someone Knows My Name | Lawrence Hill
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It was extremely slow and far reaching in spots. He used several potential experiences during that time but realistically 1 person couldn't have endured all of these story lines. I loved the first part of this book up until she was sold to the Jewish Lindo. Pretty much everything after that totally lost me because the story was too incredible to be believable.

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It‘s hard to give your teens the freedom to find their way and at the same time to endure some of their actions, but the 1-2-3 Magic Teen program shows why that approach gives them the life skills they will need as adults.

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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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We Were Liars is well written, suspenseful story that focuses on the privileged Sinclair family. It is told from the point of view of Candence Sinclair Easton. It had three other characters, Johnny, Gat and Mirren and these four formed the Liars. All the characters are quite layered and complex. They appear to be one thing but as the story progresses, we find there is another side to them that we hadn't seen before.

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Fly Away | Kristin Hannah
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I enjoyed this sequel to Firefly Lane more than I enjoyed the first book. When I started this book, I felt that it was depressing and that Hannah should have stopped the story with the first book. But I ended up loving the characters, the details of their lives and the storyline so much more than I did in the first novel.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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A Man Called Ove was a book I found unexpectedly delightful. The author has a wonderful way of capturing the reader‘s interest with wonderful characters that find themselves in hilarious situations. The book A Man Called Ove does indeed start with Ove trying to take his life and continuously being interrupted by his new neighbors. But, this story is so much more than that. Ove ends up having a profound impact on the life of everyone he meets.

Elizabeth2 One of my favorite reads! I ❤️ Ove! 7mo
Tattooedteacher I read this a while ago and it‘s one of those books that sticks with me still. 7mo
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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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I‘m one of those people that has to read the book before I watch the show. After reading this book, I‘m so excited to watch the show because this book was remarkable. The story was easy to follow and the storyline was like reading a soap opera. I was pleasantly surprised by the writing and really enjoyed the witty banter between the characters.

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Wow! This book emotionally wrecked me. I was warned that I was going to need tissues, but I did not anticipate sobbing for a straight hour as I finished the book. I love watching books on the big screen and was excited to read this before I could binge watch the Netflix series. I just could not put this book down. I wanted more of “TullyandKate”. There was something so natural about the way their lives progressed and I adored reading about them.

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Ghostwriter | Alessandra Torre, A R Torre
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I think the author did a great job of portraying the character‘s strengths and weaknesses, told a riveting story, and reminds readers that authors are not like the characters in their books. The squabbles between two authors is also one that is entirely plausible, but I enjoyed the way Mark and Helena worked together despite their differences. This story has no happy endings, per se, but peace is found, which is all I could have asked for.

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The Bees: A Novel | Laline Paull
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There are a lot to things to be learnt from the day-to-day life presented to us readers. However, I do think this novel would‘ve been better had it of been shorter. It‘s about 100-150 pages too long. By the end, I just wanted to finish it. I felt the story dragged on and I would‘ve liked to have seen this cut down. But, it is fascinating and it is extremely well-written and it‘s a great piece of literary fiction.

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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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The Kiss Quotient is a sweet but steamy debut novel with diverse, complex characters and an authentic and original plot.

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Mehso-so

This book was entertaining, but I was upset that AJ didn‘t learn anything after a year of “living biblically.” He is an agnostic author who resists the possibility of God as portrayed in the Bible. This is not a book about a transformative journey but instead a book about a man who plays pretend for a year and ultimately decides he already had the bible figured out.

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This was such a cute book! Perfect for 4th and 5th graders. I loved how each chapter was told from the point of view of a different character with comments from the main narrator at the end of each chapter. May the force be with you.

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As much as I loved this book, I couldn't help but feel a twinge of disappointment that it did not quite live up to all the hype. The concept of the story is a very interesting one. I'd love to think a Midnight Library really does exist as that halfway portal between life and death, and I did enjoy following Nora as she travelled in and out of several of her lives and the choices she'd made and come to regret.

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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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This book is a masterpiece. Timeless. Children and adults will be reading this book for a long time.

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Oona Out of Order | Margarita Montimore
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Margarita Montimore‘s Oona Out Of Order is definitely going to be one of my fave books of 2021! It‘s an innovative time travel and self-discovery story about a woman who lives her life in a non-linear manner and grapples with all the things she loses and gains from that. Poignant, captivating and totally unique — this smart and emotionally page-turning novel will linger for a long time.

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Interesting stuff in this book, especially the information about how bodies and remains were dealt with after the 9/11 terrorist attack.

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This is a delightful read for kids (and adults) of any age. Creative, imaginative and inspiring. Wish I had had the imagination to have run to something when I was at these kids age. This is a delightful read for kids (and adults) of any age. Maybe, at my age it would be the adventure of my later years. It's a thought. The first thought is:
Where do I want to run away to? The second is who would I want to run with me?

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Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry | Mildred D. Taylor
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Mildred Taylor shows the complexity of life in a specific place at a specific time, drawing on her own father‘s stories to give her book shape and weight. She shows violent, arrogant white characters as well as kind ones, foolish black characters as well as strong, humble ones. Taylor does not tie the story up in a neat bow, either, as though the issues in it could be resolved in two hundred pages. She doesn‘t explain it all for us, but gives us,

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Nothing to See Here | Kevin Wilson
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One of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. The idea of children spontaneously combusting without getting hurt seemed kind of far-fetched but once you buy into the outlandish idea that this is what happens, it doesn't seem so crazy. They are very lovable characters and I found myself rooting for them soon after they were introduced in the narrative. It was actually a page-turner for me , but the ending was disappointing.

Lifeisasnap I agree, the ending was disappointing. I Nothing to See Here, too. 😁

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It is a heartwarming story of an almost 40 year-old woman in denial of her love life and life itself meets a 97 year-old woman facing her last days and together build a friendship that changes both of them. I didn‘t want it to end. An amazing story of food, love, and finding ones self. Miss Cecily is a hoot, and I loved her. A very touching read.

robinb I just received this one as a gift and am looking forward to reading it. Glad to hear you enjoyed it! 10mo
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Romanov | Nadine Brandes
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I would recommend Romanov, although I feel it should have either been completely balls-to-the-wall fantasy or remove that element completely and make it a purely historical tale as it felt somewhat incomplete as is.

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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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The writing in this book is beautiful. The author does a fantastic job at developing the characters, setting, and the plot. I enjoyed and felt attached to the characters, especially Maren. I loved how the women in the village all learned to rely on each other after the tragedy and work together. I enjoyed the history and learning about this infamous storm and the witch trials that occurred in this region.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I liked both Esme and Khai; they were believable, likable, and I felt for both of them throughout the book. I loved that the surrounding characters were supportive and helped these two along in their journey together.

I found myself laughing out loud and crying at the sweetness of it.

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Real Men Knit | Kwana Jackson
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What I loved most was the story surrounding how the Strong Knits store had become such an important part of the community, and wanting to continue that tradition. I felt that the author took forever to get to the point and repeated information to the point where I was saying “I got it already, can we please move on”.
I learned more things through reading this book and had to google things….and now I want a chopped cheese.

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A Little Princess | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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For anyone who has children or is child at heart. This story just warmed my insides.

Come-read-with-me Such a pretty cover! 11mo
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Let Me Lie | Clare Mackintosh
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This is my first Clare Mackintosh book and I really enjoyed it! It‘s dark, enigmatic, and jam-packed with secrets, betrayal, and family drama.

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Last Days of Night | Graham Moore
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Although I liked this book, I did not love it. There was something missing from what I would consider a great HF novel. Maybe because it was wrapped up in the legal issues, or maybe because the characters as described by the author just didn‘t grab me, but there was something off in my estimation. It was interesting, just not engrossing.

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Where the Forest Meets the Stars is a story of friendship and the power of healing through friends. The writing is straight forward, not a spare word, easy-to-read, and so full of heart, all you are left with is hope in the end, and who doesn‘t want to be left with that?

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You Had Me at Hola is smart, funny, and an entertaining romance with a strong female lead and a diverse cast of characters.

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Royal Holiday | Jasmine Guillory
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Royal Holiday is a sweet, romantic, joyous romp, full of happiness and appreciation and heart. This will definitely get you in the Holiday spirit and if you‘re a huge London fan, then there‘s really nothing to complain about.

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Lager Queen of Minnesota | J Ryan Stradal
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This was a sweet uplifting book. I was craving a beer and a slice of pie when I read it and I don‘t even like the taste of beer! If you‘ve ever wondered about the process for turning hops and yeast and grain into beer, this will give you a primer. But the information wasn‘t overwhelming, and added to the enjoyment of the book.

Aims42 Perfect review 👍🏻 I enjoyed this book a lot too, and had the pie and beer cravings too 😆🍺🥧 13mo
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I really wanted to like this book. I mean the cover was stunning. The concept of the book had a lot of promise , but at a certain point I was pushing myself just to finish it. I had no connection at all to the characters.

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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This book was everything I wanted it to be! Julie Buxbaum mixes comedy and tragedy, love and loss, pain and elation, in her debut YA novel filled with characters who will come to feel like friends.

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This is a short , fun read when you want to disconnect . If you enjoy romcoms, you will like this one.

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Very interesting and well-written. I think the book is important to read and understand the many challenges of poverty.

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This is a haunting little book full of vivid characters. Loved every page and couldn‘t put it down! Looking forward to seeing Hulu‘s adaptation!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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3.5 stars Deep and emotionally disturbing. Not for everyone.