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Kboltz

Kboltz

Joined May 2016

Science teacher, live to read outside, show me your books and I will show you mine,follow me at bookme.blog
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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Novel about slavery that is written in a way that makes you truly understand the division of the plantation owners, the slaves, the low whites and the workings of the Underground. Oprah chose another good book. She may be the book whisperer.

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Otherworld | Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
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Don‘t know how I found this book but it‘s a good one. May be a better story than Ready Player One! Players are either wearing headsets and playing the game or by wearing a disk you are really in the game to stay and may really have a game ending reality. Maybe we on Earth are in that game??🤭😳🤔👽

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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Great read, now I feel like I have to read Dr. Zhivago! Loved this story about how the writing of this classic was used to fish out the workings of the USSR, the oppression of writers and others, the spies who watched and worked through lives and loves. Great read! Also loved the hard cover under the soft cover😀

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Weird Texas: Your Travel Guide to Texas's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets | Mark Moran, Wesley Treat, Heather Shade, Rob Riggs
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Had to read through this to find places that need to be seen here. The Kissing statue in Beaumont, the Munster house in Waxahachie, the green glowing grave of Karen Silkwood, and much more!👽👻😳😀. Every state has these tales!!!

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The Chelsea Girls | Fiona Davis
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I love all of these books , they give you an insight into old New York. This one is a bit different in that it stays in the time era when Broadway was being scourged of said Communist sympathizers. What a scary time for America to use hearsay to protect from Russian spying. A scary time in history but a good story to tell the tale. Love these books/author.

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Her One Mistake | Heidi Perks
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Alice goes missing and a friend that was supposed to have been watching her is subjected to everyone‘s opinion through social media. Don‘t want to give too much away. At first I thought this book would be too terrible to read but it is a good story with believable happenings.

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Quick book and fun to read. The title tells you it all but the way one sister has to protect and defend her younger sister is told in a weird comical way. Fun short book. Think Dexter‘s crazy female counterpart!:)

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I read this book because Claire and Jaime from Outlander are mentioned. This novel takes place in New York with the fight for land with the Mohawks and the people of Paradise. Problem with this book is that it has no action other than a hidden gold supply and angry men fighting over money and land. The lead character Elizabeth has a backbone but this book is too long and after page 500 I just needed it to end. Elizabeth is NOT Claire!:)

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Forever, Interrupted (Original) | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I love Jenkins Reid‘s books. She is just a great storyteller. Elsie meets Ben and then the story follows. Tragedy occurs but Elsie works through it. Quick read. If you have recently lost someone this may be hard to read OR maybe it will help.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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So I wanted to read this book because some reader said Woodstock was involved. I‘m thinking it was mentioned three times. Did like the story of a family who‘s son goes to Vietnam and how their summer progresses and all of their lives have changed. The Vietnam storyline also drew me in so I ended liking this book for that aspect. Then read that the author used her and her twin brother to use as a setting of when they were born!👍🏼😀👏

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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So it‘s on Netflix and I finally started to read this. I love the story and the actors they chose for Claire and Jaime are perfect! I have now joined the Outlander club👏😜

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Found this at the Mission Concepcion, sponsored by San Antonio girscouts❣️❤️📘📭. San Antonio Mission Trail

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Finally got around to reading this! Beyond interesting. Science is amazing. When you read the history of these cells you can see both sides of who it helps and who it affects. Great read.

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Dust | Hugh Howey
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Last book in this trilogy of people who live in solos below Earths soil because the world outside as we know it has been destroyed....or has it? Who controls all the solos though???😳Liked these books, good lead characters and an ending that is satisfying.

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Privileged people really do not know what they have or care how they got it. This book is any easy read and if I told you the twist at the end I would have to move off the island😜.

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This book is a National Book Award Finalist but I had a hard time with the beginning of the book. The weird mixture of sadness and then so-so humor made me almost stop reading. The book does seem to change course as you keep reading. Not sure if this really shows an overall feeling of how a lot of people in any culture may struggle with loss, hardship and mental health problems. I think Julia experiences every hardship there is in this life

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My Life in France | Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme
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If you grew up watching Julia Child when we all only had 4 channels you need to read this book. What a life! She and her husband were the best couple. Bon Appetit!

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Nothing better than reading two great books in the summer in a row!!! I may have liked this better than Dark Matter and I loved that book. When you are done with this book you should read it again! Wait, maybe you already did🤔🤭😳😀

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Loved this book and love this author. Now they are making a movie/miniseries on this. Please please find the RIGHT person to play Daisy! I love the book and probably won‘t watch but I will check out if they chose the right actress🤭😜👏 I read and I know things like this!

BookwormM I can see Lily James as Daisy 4mo
Kboltz @BookwormM that would work although I think an unknown may be the answer🤔 4mo
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Cicada Summer | Maureen Leurck
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Good beach read. Alex wants to save a historical house from being torn down in her hometown by Lake Geneva. Divorced and determined she tries to renew herself and this house. Just a nice summer read. Oh and they describe Cicadas which is the weirdest experience ever. Every 17 years you can experience that occurrence in the Midwest!🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟.

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True story of 5 year old Loung and her family and how they had to survive the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Watched this on Netflix and had to read it. What a hard book to read but one that you should read. I was 10 in America when this happened and that makes me think how things like this were happening and still happen in our world today. This girl/woman is the bravest person ever.

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A Life in Parts | Bryan Cranston
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If you loved Breaking Bad then you will enjoy reading this. Fast reading and great insight on him and his character Walter White😎

Victoriahoperose Loved this one! 4mo
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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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Joe‘s mom is brutally attacked on their Indian reservation and the killer is in limbo between the laws of the reservation and the law off of the reservation. Good look at how the laws are slanted when it comes to reservation happenings. Sometimes hard to read. The need for this story is there but the final was not as I expected. I didn‘t feel that the mom was taken to a peaceful feeling of safety once again in her home.

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Texas Ranger | James Patterson
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Picked this up at the library for a Texas summer read. Quick read and the story was ok but how does James Patterson write this many books so fast? Or does he???🤓

Howard_L Thought it‘d be a quick enjoyable summer read as well. I‘m not that deep into it and already thinking it doesn‘t sound like James Patterson...certainly not like his best work. 2mo
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Porch Lights | Dorothea Benton Frank
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Good fast reading for days in the pool. Jackie‘s husband dies in NYC and she takes her son Charlie to Sullivan‘s island to move away for a bit to go back to the South and her family. Love summer southern reads🐠

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Fourth book in this series that I have loved and there is no need for this book, Sarah Maas could have texted all of us and said that the characters are doing well after the war!🤭. This book needs to be the ending of the last book or the beginning of the next....nothing happens here!!!!😤😤😤. I‘m going to write a very convincing letter to get my money back or to get the next installment at a discount!

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Was told this was a bit hard to read until around page 120. They were correct. The writing seems to change and you get caught up in Count Rostov‘s sentence to be imprisoned in the Meteprol hotel in Moscow. I really think the writing changes life changes as you move through the years in Moscow.🤔

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If they put this flight attendant together with the girl on the train , no liquor store would lose money! Entertaining book, but not sure about the ending🤔

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Waited for this in paperback and it was worth the wait. I loved this book. I teach students from many countries and this book gave me some family insight into the family life of our Muslim friends. Great family dynamics that are written in the voice of every family member. Good pick Sarah Jessica Parker!

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Keeping Faith | Jodi Picoult
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Always like Picoult‘s books. How did I miss this one? Faith is seven and after her mom and dad separate she begins talking to her guard who is thought to be God. Problem is that Faith is Jewish and begins reciting items from the Bible and also has stigmata. Makes you think about religion and how people react to others beliefs. Not my favorite Picoult book but I enjoyed the different topics. Why can‘t God talk to children?😏

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Good second book in this duology. Good characters and the Grisha world is still one of my favorites.

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Six of Crows | Leigh Bardugo
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Great world once again. Did start off kind of slow but once all of the characters were introduced it was great. Book two up next🎈

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Red Moon | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Good story mixed with science and politics of the US and China. Who is in charge when we start to colonize the moon? Mystery on the moon when an American is said to have killed a Chinese leader, this turns into a chase from the moon to Earth to the moon again. Set in 2047, that moon trip is right around the corner for us! Ending was not my choice but I‘m thinking a follow up book may be coming?

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Red Queen | Victoria Aveyard
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Started off ok but the characters never get interesting, couldn‘t finish it. I really don‘t care if the main character, who I can‘t even name,lives through the story. 🤭🤭🤭. How can there be 2 more books? It happens.

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Unwind (Reprint) | Neal Shusterman
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Abortions do not exist after the Second Civil War, parents can now give their children up to be unwound if from 13-18 they do not reach their potential in life. Connor escapes only to find Risa and Lev who are also trying to escape their unwound destiny. I loved this book, every pro lifer and pro choice person needs to read this. Great YA book that uses today‘s challenges of how people think that their way will solve all problems.

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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Scariest place on Earth? Rest stops! Darby is trying to drive to her ailing mom when she has to stop in a terrible blizzard at a rest stop. She is stranded with four people and maybe one more? This is just a great suspenseful thriller. Scares you in all of the right ways, ways that could really happen. Just pee in a bottle when traveling alone!!!😬

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The story here is one thing but the art in this is beyond amazing and impressive. Art!🎨

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The artwork in the book is unbelievable! 👏

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Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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Katsa is a Graceling and her grace is that she is the best fighter around her kingdom. She is controlled by King Randa until another Graceling, Po, discovers her and they begin to work together to set the 7 kingdoms straight. Great story, it‘s just right!👍🏼

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Finally read this. Why are all of this author‘s books this good?? The answer is that he writes about real people and it gets me every time👏👏👏

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First book that I read by this author and I loved it. Just a fun read, Helen is divorced at 30 and decides to take a survival wilderness course to change her life for the better if she doesn‘t die while doing it! Fun reading!😁

Eggs Stacked! Loved her 8mo
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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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I love Picoult‘s books but this one I rate as just ok. The story works backwards after a man takes hostages inside an abortion clinic, too many views on a subject like this. I loved the last chapter though and think that it should have been the story line...read it and tell me if I‘m right about that!🤭🤔😁

Eggs It's a matter of individual taste I believe. I grumbled trying to keep characters/plot straight but in retrospect I see a purpose in that format 8mo
Kboltz It is 8mo
Kboltz Thinking about it now, characters were hard to keep straight because of going backwards, they were described after introduced as just a name🤔 8mo
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The Gown: A Novel | Jennifer Robson
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Story set after WW11, Anne and Miriam become friends while embroidering the wedding dress for the wedding of Queen Elizabeth. Based on true accounts of an embroidery with Hartnell in London. Nice change in an uplifting post WW11 novel.

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Gods in Alabama | Joshilyn Jackson
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Southern novel where Arlene finally goes back home to face her past with a family that has all its flaws. Set in Alabama, this story shows how Arlene grew up with her cousin who together shared teenage secrets. She takes her African American boyfriend south even though she is ashamed of how they may accept him. Honest Southern novel, goes back and forth from past to present.

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Cute rom-com, Laurie sees a man from her bus and has never felt a love connection at first glance like that ever. She looks for her bus-boy for an entire year, she doesn‘t find him but her best friend does. Cute story from there.....🤭

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Scythe | Neal Shusterman
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I had no idea what the premise of this book was. Set in the future where no one dies, the scythes are a group that kill to keep the population stable. Great female lead character. As I read this I kept thinking that I shouldn‘t enjoy this type of story but I loved it😬💀

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Red Rising | Pierce Brown
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I liked this first book in the trilogy but I‘m at a loss, good overall story but the characters, other than the main one, don‘t stand out. Harry Potter has ruined it for all! I‘m invested in the story but should I go on?🤔

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The Escape Artist | Brad Meltzer
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Zig works as a mortician for the government and takes pride in taking care of the fallen. Nola knew Zigs daughter and now she is in Zigs hands after her death. Problem arises, this isn‘t the Nola who Zig knew. Good story with some mortician science and some historical Houdini stories to make a good mystery.

tpixie Great review! Loved the book! ♥️♥️♥️ (edited) 8mo
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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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Picked this up at an airport, needed a quick story. Anne has memory lapses, she has them under control until her baby goes missing after she leaves her alone while she and her husband go to a party next door. This started out good but most of this wouldn‘t happen, but then again I say that when I watch the news. 😩🤪

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2312: A Novel | Kim Stanley Robinson
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Futuristic look at how Earth is the home planet and space travel is the option. You can live on Mercury, Venus, Saturn and Jupiter‘s moons and Mars is the planet of people who look down on all these. Loved the science and how the Earth is replenished after its downfall. I‘m still waiting for the automatic food delivery system like the Jetsons had!🤖👾👨🏼‍🚀👩🏼‍🚀💫🚀🛸