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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 on Instagram @buckeyereaderbookclub
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Surviving Savannah | Patti Callahan
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1838, a family and others take a steamship up the coast towards cooler weather for the summer. Historically the steamship Pulaski sinks. Three timelines tell this story, past and present. It should have ended before the editor decided to retell us all of the information that we already covered. Good story but the present day timeline became too predictable.

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The Newcomer: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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I love when I find a new author! This is the perfect beach read…a mystery that finds Letty and her niece hiding in Treasure Island Florida to figure out who killed Letty‘s sister. A mystery and a love story with snowbirds of Florida thrown in for comic moments.

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Loved this book. Two chemists find each other and their chemistry makes a great story. I never thought that a dog as a character would be this enjoyable! Ties up together nicely at the end. Women in the 60s…🥴. Go and read this book ladies, take some time for yourselves!

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The Lion in the Lei Shop | Kaye Starbird
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Thought this would be an interesting insight about the bombing at Pearl Harbor. What does one remember when something so historical happens and you are there? Mother and daughter recall that day and time….I thought there would be interesting viewpoints/feelings. No, nothing that I couldn‘t have imagined myself and I was not born then! 1970 writing is not the answer!

EvieBee What a let down. I know it is a Nancy Pearl recommendation but she can be a little out there lol! (edited) 2w
Kboltz @EvieBee yep, it sounded like such a good read and I was excited that it was written in the 70s. Oh well. 2w
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The Lion's Den | Katherine St. John
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The yacht trip from hell but yes I would go if invited! Belle‘s “friend” asks her to go on her old boyfriends yacht for her birthday..no one needs a friend like Summer. Good tension and activity throughout this read. Another great summer read.

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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Perfect fun summer read. Who wouldn‘t want to have to go on your twin sisters honeymoon that was already paid for! Fun read.

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Take My Hand | Dolen Perkins-Valdez
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️. Alabama 1973 and Civil Townsend becomes a nurse in a Montgomery clinic to help the less fortunate. The historical truth behind this novel of sterilization of young uneducated girls is just hard to believe. Written from several aspects of white and black, those that have and those that don‘t and the governmental injustices just does not seem real. Every woman needs to read this.

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I love every topic that Davis takes from history especially because most are set in NYC. This one is set with converging timelines that include the Frick collection, the Frick family and parts of their sordid history. Thrown in is the story behind the real life model who was the muse for many statues seen in the city. A bit of a mystery are in these and they are always woven together nicely. Look up the art and statues mentioned.

Texreader Excellent review 1mo
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Loved this and will read the rest of this series. Poppy and Hawke in a world in which history is hidden from the chosen Maiden. Vampires and wolven oh my! If you love the Court of Thorns and Roses series then you will LOVE this series. But should this really be YA? Beware…it‘s hot in this world!

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The Inheritance Games | Jennifer Lynn Barnes
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Avery is your average girl in high school who is laying low until a letter comes and announces that she is the recipient of a billionaires estate whom she has never met. She must live in the gigantic house of the deceased with his 4 grandsons and their moms. Riddles abound as Avery tries to find out why she was chosen. Should I read the second book? I do want to know if she does make it through the year.

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Minus Me | Mameve Medwed
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Annie gets a diagnosis that leads her on a journey of hiding her feelings and what may happen from her caring husband Sam. Cute, loving story that makes you realize to include and appreciate the people in your life. I was worried at the end of how few pages I had to go…ended up nicely. Go eat a sammich!

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Esther falls into a depression when tragedy strikes. Her husband sends her to an island where a doctor takes in people to help them. Set between different times, letters are found that should have been sent to Esther 60 years ago. A love lost and found. A nice read to start the summer reading season.

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Moon Over Manifest | Clare Vanderpool
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Good middle grade book about the depression in a town in Kansas. Abilene learns about the town‘s past while looking for her father‘s past in this small town.

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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I love to read a book that when it is over you want to share it with everyone. A story of love lost, love found. Find that door and walk through it. Buy this book, love it, share it, keep it.

LoverOfLearning YES loved loved loved this book! ❤️ 3mo
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The Marrow Thieves | Cherie Dimaline
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I thought that I was going to love this by its premise, dystopian indigenous world where tribes are being hunted by recruiters to be put into schools but where they never return. Too little history of how this came about and the characters just never seemed to be defined. I wanted to love it.

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Home Front | Kristin Hannah
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How did I miss this book from Kristin Hannah? This may be my new favorite read from her. Jo comes from a broken home and joins the military and trains to fly the Blackhawk helicopters in the military. She is called to service leaving her children and her husband behind. This book does not get political but greatly shows us how our veterans should be treated during and especially after coming back from war. Five ⭐️ salute! 🇺🇸

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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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Wow!!! Did not know the premise of the book and I am glad I didn‘t. Just wow…what a read! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Waited for it in paperback and it was worth the wait.

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A cute read. Greta has lost her mom so she departs on an Alaskan cruise with her father. A little romance mixed with remembrance and regrets. Read in a day and enjoyed it.

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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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I loved the name and the premise but the main character Elin could not make a decision if her life depended on it! I wish that the historical aspect of the sanitarium was a larger part of the main story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️. There is a second book…convince me to attempt that!

lynneamch Agree and the end just seemed like it didn't fit. 3mo
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Black Cake | Charmaine Wilkerson
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I loved this read. A mother hides her past from her son and daughter. Through the telling of her past in her will, all the people in her life are made aware of her secrets. Every character in this book tells a story. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ swim forever!

EvieBee Would you categorize this as a mystery? 4mo
Kboltz @EvieBee No…not a true” who Dunnit” but a mystery that is in the mix of a story (edited) 4mo
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The Paper Magician | Charlie N. Holmberg
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Cute story. Ceony becomes an apprentice to become a paper magician. Can she fight through his heart? The heart holds the truth in this story. Origami comes to life!

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London female cop tries to do what is always right. Her family has a history of being on the wrong side of the law. A toxic friendship and a domestic violence case makes this read a page turner. Just enough of todays craziness mixed with a bad cop that won‘t stop being a woman hater. I found a new author to love!

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The Corpse Queen | Heather M. Herrman
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Spooky seems real. I thought this was strictly a horror story when it began then the historical scary truth came out. How else would surgeons learn their trade without bodies? Molly falls into this nightly routine of finding and retrieving bodies when she decides she also finds human anatomy engrossing. Scary is sometimes real. Great read.

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Loved the Rose Code but I think I loved this book even more. Women spies during WWII…the telling of the past while the telling of the search for those lost during the war cannot be forgotten by Charlie. Just a great read all the way through.

marleed Kate Quinn is an auto read for me! 5mo
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Saving Ruby King (Original) | Catherine Adel West
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Ruby‘s mother is killed and is dismissed as just another crime on the south side of Chicago. Secrets kill in this book. Great read.

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Pony | R. J. Palacio
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Silas and his father live alone. His father is a photographer. One night men come riding and take Silas‘s father thinking he is a notorious counterfeiter. Silas and his imaginary friend decide to go after Silas‘s father…..the story takes you on a ride from here. From the author of Wonder, another good middle grade read. Set before the Civil war.

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All women are witches. I love how nursery rhymes, sayings, and myths were all used within this story. Three witches are needed to bring back the magic of witches. Bella, Agnes, and Juniper set New Salem wishing that they never came to town.

GondorGirl I adored this book and have given copies to several friends. 🧡🧡 5mo
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Life on Mars | Jennifer Brown
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Arty loves space. He sends light signals to Mars from his roof. The story takes a turn when a weird neighbor moves in and his family has to move. Read this with my 4th graders in our science class. They applauded at the end. Love the real science facts mixed in with a worthwhile story!

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Murderbot diaries….Yes I will find and read them all!

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The Unwilling | John Hart
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I found my new favorite author. His books are not for the squeamish! This book follows a family and their heartbreak with their sons and the Vietnam war. It‘s not about the war itself but how war affects everyone. Prison, murder and two remaining sons who want to have a family connection once again. Heartbreaking and scary done so well together.

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Interesting facts about the authors and books that we all know. A good book to read between books.

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Crave | Tracy Wolff
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The first half of this book, 200 pages, almost drove me insane. Once the real story started I did need to finish to understand why Jaxon was so protective of Grace. Twilight cover tells you what this is almost like. Vampires, witches, dragons and one more mystical creature who go to a private school in Alaska. Will I read the other books? No but this series would be good for tweens who miss Twilight.

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Sooley: A Novel | John Grisham
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Thought this looked liked a good read and it is. A young Sudan boy gets chosen to come to America to play basketball. His family is left in a refugee camp in the Sudan. College basketball, March Madness and the rise to fame. A good basketball read. Sooley, Sooley, Sooley!

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Fablehaven | Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman
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I read books to suggest to my students. A sister and brother are dropped off at their grandparents secretive preserve that is surrounded by mystical creatures. Promising book #1 in this series.

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The Last Child | John Hart
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Johnny‘s twin sister Alyssa has been missing for a year. The police are still on the case but Johnny takes it into his own hands. I found my new favorite author! A good mystery that ends with the right twists and turns.

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The Guardians | John Grisham
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Another good legal read by Grisham. The guardians work to free inmates who are wrongfully in prison. Good characters and a great story.

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Parasite | Mira Grant
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In the future tapeworms are used to take care of medical needs. Sally has one after her accident. The problem is that she has to relearn everything and after 6 years she is feeling that the engineering company that has discovered this parasitic technology is hiding something. What is scarier than having a tapeworm in your intestines? Maybe a tapeworm that travels to your brain and takes control of your body?!?!😳. Scientific horror!

Texreader This sounds so disgusting!! Ewww!!! 7mo
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Two fathers go after the people who killed their gay sons. The dads regret that they couldn‘t accept their sons when they were alive. Hard to read, violence and hatred. How can people really hate anyone so much?

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The Kinder Poison | Natalie Mae
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Started off pretty good but I never cared about any of the characters…did she live or die? I will never know….😏

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The Lost Heir | Tui T. Sutherland
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2nd book in this series. My students love these books. They brought me the second and wanted me to continue reading them. You have to love a book that kids love to share! Dragons rule!:)

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A bit of nostalgia, a touch of history, a smidgen of lore and a really good story with great characters. I was hoping to learn a bit more about the Lincoln highway as it was traveled but I didn‘t mind that in this story that wasn‘t the main attraction at all. Loved Emmett and his brother who wanted so bad to be the hero who found their lost mom. Liked how each character described their experience during this adventure. Sally…👏👏👏

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All of my students have been reading this series so I figured that I at least needed to read the first one. Now I get it! Great early middle read. I‘ll probably ask to borrow their copies!:). I love Clay the dragon.

FlowerFairy My daughter loves this series. 9mo
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Two sisters, one is a police officer and sees what addiction does to people on the streets, the other sister is addicted and keeps her sister always on the lookout for her on the streets. Addiction not only affects the user but the family, the community and their friends. Every character in this book is needed to show how addiction is an unwanted burden on anyone that knows someone who abuses substances. Great read.

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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Another good read from the master of scary reads. Billy Summers is the Dexter of snipers. A great main character involved in killing the bad people out there. With a military background, Billy protects himself until he rescues Alice. Beware of the real scary happenings of women in this book. Billy is fighting to get the bad men. Real world scary is always scarier than killer clowns.😳

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I love Jodi Picoults books so I decided to read her first book. It goes backwards through time and shows the thoughts of all of the main characters. Jane marries Oliver at a young age to get away from her father. This family is just messed up in every way. There are so many triggers in this. Ok, I almost stopped reading…lets just say, boy did her writing and topics improve!😏

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Three Weeks with My Brother | Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks
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I didn‘t realize that this Nicholas Sparks book was a memoir/travel book. I loved it! I think he could write about paint drying and I would love it! He writes about the memories of his family while on a three week world tour with his brother Micah. He writes just enough about each to blend in his highs and lows on his way to being the writer I love. 👏👏👏👏

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Too scary because I think that technology is taking over. Cultish and real life scary, I liked this read. The ending surprised me but I give the author kudos for ending it in that way…..😳🤫. Mae, you have been brain washed! Someone‘s always listening and watching.

Reggie I remember how she gets in trouble because she isn‘t keeping up enough and that coworker gets mad because she isn‘t being active with the Portuguese group. Lol 9mo
Kboltz Yes, that made me laugh! If we all have to join some of those groups I am out!!!😂 9mo
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Great middle grade read especially for reluctant readers. If you are a teacher read it too! Best characterizations of the school life!:).

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Daunis is part of the Chippewa nation. She plays hockey, respects her elders and wants to go to college to become a biologist. Her ancestral connections and the love of her friend gets in the way of her future. A look at the struggles and injustices of the Native Americans with an emphasis on how women of the tribes are/were treated. Loved this story from a member of the Chippewa Tribe. Great first novel.

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First time author. A story that the author based on true happenings in her family. The tragic death of a daughter causes a family to hide secrets from each other and has them trying to understand the Jewish struggle in America and over in Germany when people were still not sure of Hitler‘s true plan. Set in Atlantic City, great characters and allows you to feel how family members protect the ones that they love from the truth. Great story.

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