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KaraDunn

KaraDunn

Joined August 2016

Law librarian by day, avid reader by night.
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These stories will haunt you long after you finish reading.

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Spinning Silver | Naomi Novik
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I was hoping it would be just as good as Uprooted, and it was.

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Tea Dragon Society | Katie O'Neill
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A gentle fantasy adventure with beautiful illustrations and an inclusive cast of characters. Fun for kids (and the adults reading with them!) to imagine which tea dragon they would take care of.

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Saga Volume 8 | Brian K Vaughan
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This series continues to be one wild, heartbreaking ride.

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I‘m not usually a fan of parenting books, but this one is great!

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This has been on my radar for awhile now - finally picked it up to read during a long flight. A funny and bittersweet novel about a family‘s fall from riches to rags in the aftermath of the 2008 economic crises.

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Another great installment from Tana French, this one told from the perspective of one of the murder suspects.

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The Turner House | Angela Flournoy
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How to summarize a story about family, addiction, love, racism, the fractured American Dream, the recession, Detroit, ghosts... ? Just pick up a copy and allow yourself to become immersed in the Turner family‘s story.

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Visited an iconic bookstore today... I‘m sensing a theme among my purchases... 👑💪🏼

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A brother and sister revisit the foster homes that they lived in before being adopted as they try to make sense of their fragmented childhood memories. Sweet, sad, and ultimately hopeful. I have not come across many books centered on foster care, adoption, and blended families. A great addition to your shelves to help diversify your reading!

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I love magical regency stories, and this one was delightful. I especially love that the story centered on a mystery and strong female friendship, rather than romance. Hoping for a sequel!

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The Wicked and the Just | J. Anderson Coats
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This one sneaks up on you! Starts out a little slow as an expertly researched historical YA following a young girl living in medieval Wales. Gets much darker and more interesting as we start seeing the story from a Welsh servant‘s point of view, and experience the violence/dysfunction of English colonial rule in Wales. Kept me up way past my bedtime!

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In this unique story, dragons are second class citizens closely monitored by a department that decides where they can live, what jobs they can have, who they can speak to. But what happened to the hundreds of dragons who disappeared? A young girl and her only friend, a dragon, set out to find some answers. A lovely story and a gentle way to introduce tough concepts like genocide and social injustice to kids.

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A charming story about twelve year old Jane‘s journey to the rough and tumble frontier town of Seattle. Like a modern Little House on the Prairie for the Pacific Northwest! I especially appreciated that the book did not ignore or gloss over the Native Americans who were already here and very much a part of the community.

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Holes (Anniversary) | Louis Sachar
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Loved this tightly plotted, funny yet terrifying middle grade story! It was one of my husband‘s favorites when he was a kid. I will definitely be recommending it to our son when he is a bit older.

Tamra I just told my son I‘m so anxious to read this with him to figure out why they‘re being forced to dig holes! Don‘t tell me! 😹 (edited) 1y
Foragingfantasy We love the movie. Haven‘t read the book yet. 1y
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Mischief Season | John Bemelmans Marciano
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The story is adorable and the illustrations are beautiful - good for early readers to enjoy on their own and for parents to enjoy with kids!

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A gorgeously written memoir about the bewildering transition from person to parent.

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The middle book of a trilogy is never my favorite, and this one ends on a real cliffhanger! But Echo the bat remains as charming as ever 🦇

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I‘ve been borrowing books from the library for so long that my bookshelves are now basically a time capsule of my teenage years. Cover art has come a long way since the 90‘s!

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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I‘ve been waiting and waiting for this library hold. Today is the day! I may not sleep tonight!

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A Properly Unhaunted Place | William Alexander
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Rosa Diaz, amateur ghost appeasement specialist, and Jasper Chevalier, a squire at the annual Renaissance festival, team up to solve the mystery of why their town is the world‘s only unhaunted town. An excellent MG read for the young and young at heart. I especially loved the magic in this world - it felt so original and completely believable.

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I cannot recommend this book highly enough. For anyone else out there who has been living in a state of almost constant stress and anxiety over current events, this book is both informative and incredibly therapeutic. Please read, or at least check out the author‘s TED talks!

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The Whipping Boy | Sid Fleischman
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A prince and his whipping boy (the boy who receives punishment whenever the prince misbehaves) are captured by highwaymen in a zany adventure tale with a surprisingly compassionate ending. A fun middle grade read!

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Starburner | Claire Luana
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I‘ve had so many library holds coming in lately that I have not been able to get to the books patiently waiting on my nightstand that I actually own! So excited to finally have space between library books to begin this final installment of the Moonburner Cycle.

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I‘ve been reading Rebecca Solnit‘s history of walking and it inspired me to take a long walk on this sunny day🚶🏻‍♀️

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A fun and satisfying end to this middle reader series. This last book could have benefited from some more rigorous editing in the beginning chapters (it felt like every sentence included a long parenthetical aside such as this one that kept pulling me out of the story), but once the plot got going it was highly enjoyable.

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We Were Liars | E. Lockhart
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Wasn‘t planning on reading this next, but it popped up among my library holds and ended up keeping me up all night. I didn‘t find the “big reveal” too surprising but the suspense of not knowing for sure was still powerful. And I especially loved all the beautifully gruesome metaphors the main character uses to describe the blinding pain of her chronic headaches.

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I picked up this book on a whim from the library and loved every story in it. Purchasing my own copy to have on hand for bedtime stories with my kid and to loan to friends!

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The Human Comedy | William Saroyan
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A small but mighty story packed with lovely lines and moments. I especially loved this line from the author‘s dedication to his mother: “I have taken all this time to write a story especially for you because I have wanted it to be an especially good story, the very best I might be able to write, and now at last, a little pressed for time, I have tried.”

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Year One | Nora Roberts
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I have an enormous amount of respect for Nora Roberts - some of my favorite romances are hers - but I just couldn‘t get through this one. These characters just didn‘t come alive for me.

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“As they rode through the castle gates, Tatterhood touched the rowan wand to her face and the soot streaks disappeared. And whether her face was lovely or plain we shall never know, because it did not matter in the least to the prince or to Tatterhood.”

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The daughter of Dr. Jekyll teams up with Sherlock Holmes to unravel a mystery that revolves around the missing Mr. Hyde, a secret scientific society, and a group of monstrous women who are the products of their fathers scientific experiments... this book is a lot of fun, and so well-written. Highly recommend!

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I love fairy tale retellings, and this spooky middle reader based on Caribbean fairy tales was edpecially fun because I genuinely didn‘t know what would happen next.

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Scorpio Races | Maggie Stiefvater
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Wow, this book completely transported me to another world. If you love horses and romance and scrappy characters and rain-lashed islands that feel vaguely Scottish (or maybe Irish?), you will love this book too.

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The inspiring, true story of one woman‘s walk across Victorian America (in order to win a prize money that would save the family farm), and a fascinating glimpse into the challenges and social pressures that women faces during that era. A quick read. Highly recommend!

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The Plastic Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
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Another installment in the Paper Magician world! I really enjoyed smart, independent Alvie as a heroine.

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Lady of Quality | Georgette Heyer
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Started reading this book thinking I‘d finally found another Heyer romance that I had not read yet... only to realize one-third in that I have definitely read this one before. Oh well, still just as fun the second (or third?) time around!

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The Fifth Doll | Charlie N. Holmberg
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Another fun fantasy with romance elements from the author of The Paper Magician series, but this time in a totally different world with a totally different type of magic.

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Heyer manages to pack all the adventure, humor, and romance of her full length novels into these fantastic short stories.

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Wow, a rare trilogy where every installment is equally strong and the ending is completely satisfying! Also love this modern twist on the epistolary novel, told through memos, radio transmissions, handwritten notes on scraps of paper, journal entries, maps, and more.

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Wow, I devoured this book so quickly. Trevor Noah‘s stories of growing up in South Africa are fascinating, funny, heartbreaking, and just plain wild. Loved every minute of it.

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Jane Steele | Lyndsay Faye
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Haven‘t even finished chapter 1 and I am totally hooked by the premise and writing style!

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Dragonsong | Anne McCaffrey
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I must have read this book at least 10 times as a tween, and I‘m happy to report it holds up over time! But oh my goodness how dated is this cover now?!

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Akata Warrior | Nnedi Okorafor
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Only the essentials make the packing cut for this weekend trip to Vegas: four pairs of shoes, faux leather leggings, restorative face masks, and of course a good book. Can‘t wait to see what happens next with Sunny and her Leopard crew.

Claireluana See you soon!!!!! 2y
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Castle Hangnail | Ursula Vernon
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Ready for something a little silly and the premise of Castle Hangnail is adorable: “When Molly shows up at the castle to fill the vacancy for Wicked Witch, the castle minions are suspicious. After all, she is twelve years old, barely five feet tall, and quite... polite.”

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Akata Witch | Nnedi Okorafor
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I heard this described as the Nigerian Harry Potter. Say no more, I‘m in.

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The Secret Place | Tana French
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I found this book just as captivating as the rest in Tana French‘s series. Especially enjoyed how it brought together two of my favorite Dublin Murder Squad detectives in one book: Mackey and Conway. I found the magical elements confusing and distracting, but still enjoyed the story overall.

Chelleo I started her series with this book and enjoyed it. I have yet to get to another. 2y
KaraDunn @Chelleo If you liked Detectives Conway & Moran you should read The Trespasser next. Antoinette is the narrator and Stephen her partner. 2y
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Bad Kitty | Nick Bruel
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Experimenting with books on CD for the little. This one is a big hit!

Tamra My daughter just squealed! 2y
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Faces in the Crowd | Valeria Luiselli
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A strange and lovely little book, perfect for reading while on vacation in Mexico City.

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Thornhill | Pam Smy
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Beautiful, unique, and spooky. A great quick read if you enjoy middle readers and haunted houses.