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Kris10H

Kris10H

Joined January 2021

"I live in two worlds. One is a world of books." -Rory Gilmore ? Dravet Mother, Wife, Learning Center teacher, WOTEling, ? ?
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The Yellow Wallpaper | Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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This short story gave me the feeling I remember having when reading Sylvia Plath's The Bell Jar. The narrator took me along with her on her descent into madness.

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This was a pretty good "What in the heck is happening here?" read. I had many suspicions throughout, but I definitely didn't predict the ending

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Worthy | Jada Pinkett Smith
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3.5/5
Is Pinkett-Smith the tough, no-nonsense woman the media portrays her as? Maybe. But she has earned it through years of life experience and a continued commitment to personal growth. It was really eye opening to learn about all of her earlier experiences and challenges.

There was something slightly preachy and self-help-y to her between chapter blurbs, which threw me a bit, but they're just short bits to an otherwise interesting read.

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Insomnia | Sarah Pinborough
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*Vague spoiler alert* ⚠️

This one was hard to put down. The protagonist was clearly an unintentionally unreliable narrator, unsure even herself if her behaviors and actions were symptomatic of her insomnia, or "going mad" as her mother did. Keep an open mind when reading this one, or the twist at the end might just turn you off. I personally enjoy twists that use time theories, so I really enjoyed how it all wrapped up in the end.

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Mehso-so

(Audiobook)
I grew up watching Full House, as many from my generation did. Uncle Jesse is more familiar to me than some of my own family members. Stamos has definitely lived a good life, and has some fun stories to tell, I guess I just have a hard time relating to the life of a super handsome, talented, rich, male celebrity? Decent read.

lil1inblue Fun fact: A couple from my town tried to extort John Stamos in 2010-ish. It's a small town, so it was a big deal around here. I don't know if it made it in the book, but I still kinda want to read it. 😂

Link to story if you're interested. The story doesn't go into exactly how dumb they were, but still funny. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/no-glee-for-john-stamos-extortionists-michigan-coup...
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Kris10H That is hilarious! He did not mention it in the book, unfortunately! 2w
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Zero Days | Ruth Ware
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Meh. This thriller was less than thrilling - which is how I have found most of Ware's novels - and yet I keep reading them. 🤷‍♀️

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If you follow John Green on Tiktok, you know that he is incredibly intelligent and insightful. That shines through in his writing. He has such a beautiful point of view, and way of describing things, that is frankly quite poetic. I generally borrow my ebooks from the library, and if I like a book enough, I will buy a hard copy. This is one of those. Must annotate!!

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The Hating Game is a very steamy take on the enemies to lovers trope. I thoroughly enjoyed it the whole way through. ❤️

5feet.of.fury ❤️ so fun 2w
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The Way I Used to Be | Amber Smith
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This novel is heartbreaking. It dives headfirst into the psychological impact that a traumatic event has on a person - particularly a young one. It's a heavy read, but well written and endlessly insightful.

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3.5/5
I have read quite a few Lisa Jewell novels, and I will likely read many more. They are well written, and she always gives good insight into the minds of her characters. This one is quite an elaborate story. It kept my interest and kept me guessing. It isn't one that's probably going to stick with me, but it was a worthy passing of time.

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Despite my extensive interest and consumption of true crime, the case of "the Angel of Death" is not one that I knew anything about prior to reading this book. It reads more like a fictional story, partly because in this case, truth is stranger than fiction; partly because Graeber did such a good job of compiling everything about this case, and laying it out in a way that is both informative and entertaining.

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Little Weirds | Jenny Slate
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The title is wholly appropriate. This collection of essays is poetic and profound, both in style and topic. Stand- up comedian, actress, and voice actress Jenny Slate is exceedingly quirky, and her way of wording things here amplifies that.
*Added bonus: At times while listening, my mind would begin picturing these words coming from Gidget, from the Secret Life of Pets, whom Slate voiced. It was quite a delightful juxtaposition.

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4/5
The first chapter drew me in, and I was definitely invested in the characters and storyline from the beginning.
TWs: In typical fashion, this novel by Slaughter is quite graphic, including violence and SA.

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5/5!
Wow...
My words won't do it justice. One of the best Thrillers I have ever read.

dabbe Look at all those pens! 🤩🤩🤩 1mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Oh good, I recently bought this book. Glad to see you enjoyed it. 1mo
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"It's not about making good choices. It's about having good choices".

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Karissa Boudreau was a sweet, innocent 12 year old from Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, whose life was senselessly ended by the one person who was supposed to love her most.
This book was well researched, annotated, and organized. It is insightful and encompasses all aspects of the tragedy, including, the long reaching and long lasting effects on family, friends, investigators, the community, the province, and beyond.

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3/5
I just finished listening to the audiobook, and I have mixed feelings about this one. Interesting? Yes. Well thought out? Yes. Well written? Also, yes. And yet I found myself waiting impatiently for the end to come - not so I'd know the ending, but because I had already pretty much figured it out and wanted to move on to the next book. Not a bad book, just not really the book for me, I guess.

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The Other Mothers | Katherine Faulkner
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3.5/5
The Other Mothers kept me interested, and kept me guessing. Everyone is a suspect. Unfortunately, I found the wrap up just a teensy bit too outlandish and contrived for my liking. Overall, an enjoyable read if you're looking for something to keep you on your toes until the end.

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Bright Young Women | Jessica (Author) Knoll
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2024 Book #1
5/5
This was an excellent start to my 2024 reading journey. Complex, terrifying, and heartbreaking are just 3 of the words I would use to describe it. Jessica Knoll has yet to disappoint.

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Book #90
4/5
I finished this book, and I still have so many questions...
I was following Hank Green on Tiktok for months before I found out that aside from being ridiculously intelligent, well spoken, and funny, he is also an author. It has taken me another many many months to finally read this novel of his. It is definitely very intelligently written, insightful, and not like anything else I've ever read. I can't wait to read the follow up.

GondorGirl I loved both of these books! They were so smart and socially aware. 3mo
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Book #89
4/5
This book is...strange and unique. Suffice it to say that, as the title hints, there is a lot of talk about death. The protagonist is a quirky hypochondriac, with extreme anxiety and mental health issues. A little bit of Plath's The Bell Jar, and a little bit murder mystery. I liked it, but if you suffer from extreme anxiety about death, this book may be a trigger.

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Book #88
4.5/5
This audiobook was on my library holds list since it's release. When it became available to me a few weeks ago, so soon after his death, I jumped at the chance to borrow it. I don't know what else to say, other than to say that this memoir was very insightful and entertaining, and I would recommend it to any Chandler fan. ;)

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Book #86
4/5
This memoir offers an in-depth account of a father's experience with his son's addiction. Sheff did a fantastic job of combining and balancing personal experience with statistical and objective research about drugs, parenting, interventions, and recovery, to name a few.

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1922 | Stephen King
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Do not read this if rats freak you out.
My least favorite King story so far (not just because of the rats).

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The Dead Girls Club: A Novel | Damien Angelica Walters
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Book #84
3/5
I am finally finished this book, which I have been reading since August. Honestly, I had a hard time getting my footing on this one. I was constantly asking myself if this was meant to be a thriller or horror novel. Turns out it was a thriller. I definitely didn't know where it was headed, and I don't feel entirely at peace with how it ended, but it was definitely unique.

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The Woman in Me | Britney Spears
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I've always been very interested in the psychology of celebrities, and Britney is probably one of the most interesting ones. Her memoir gives an extra glimpse into this.I am so glad that she has finally had the chance to share her story. She probably could have shared more dirt about others, but I guess the fact that she didn't is a testament to her character. I found parts of the writing a bit repetitive, but overall, it's a good read.

kritu is it a good read for a 12th student? 4mo
Kris10H I would say it's okay for a 12th grader. I would recommend googling or YouTube-ing some of the events she mentions in the book, if you aren't already aware of them. I am old, so I remember a lot of the stuff she references, but it would be good to see it if you haven't. 4mo
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A Flicker in the Dark | Stacy Willingham
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Book #82
4.5/5
I was completely convinced for the first half of the book that I knew exactly who dunnit. I wasn't entirely wrong, but there was a LOT more to it than what I thought. This book kept me guessing, and I was suspicious of several people before the pieces all cam together in the end. Definitely worth a read for fans of the thriller/mystery genres.

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One Without the Other | Shelley Moore
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Book #81
I read this book today as self-directed PD. I love Moore's YouTube channel, 5 Moore Minutes, and this book incorporates her insights, storytelling, and clever way of developing elaborate metaphors for education. I most enjoyed the final two chapters, which focused on the importance of seeing more than just a "snapshot" of your students, and UDL (using a sweeper van metaphor).

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Starfish | Lisa Fipps
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Book #80
This is a really simple, and yet complex, YA book which I could have used when I was a kid. The main character is a young girl who is bullied by peers, and even family members. It is an insightful look into how society's deeply ingrained fat phobia manifests itself, and how those of us who struggle with our weight can be made to feel "lesser than". How we adapt by, for example, trying to make ourselves "small" or "invisible" to others.

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Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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4/5
The Honeymoon Crashers (not listed on Litsy for some reason).
This sequel, of sorts, to Unhoneymooners, is a good Romance read. As a disclaimer, Romance novels aren't typically my thing, but I've read a few by Christina Lauren, and they do not disappoint. I recommend reading Unhoneymooners first, but this one would also work as a stand-alone.

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Counting the Cost | Jill Duggar
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Book #78
4/5
You should read this book if:
- You have watched any of the Duggar specials or series
- You are currently, or have ever, deconstructed all or part of your faith
- You are interested in people. Period.
As always with memoirs, I recommend the audio book, as it is read by the author. (I borrowed this one online from the library).

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Finally reading the book that inspired one of my favorite movies. ❤️

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Mehso-so

Book #76
It was okay. I liked the premise, and the writing was good. It just wasn't as "thrilling" as I would like from a thriller.

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Book #77
4.5/5
Another great collection of essays by the fast talking TV mom (and so much more) Lauren Graham? Count me in every time. A big part of Lorelai is Lauren herself, and I love Lorelai, so it's a win-win.
As always, when consuming celebrity memoirs, I recommend the audio book.

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Book #75.5
Bailed
I usually really enjoy Reese'a book club reads, but got about 3/4 done this one and just couldn't plow through any further. 🤷‍♀️

rachelk I finished it but I probably shouldn‘t have. 5mo
Kris10H 🤣 5mo
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The Younger Wife | Sally Hepworth
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This one kept my interest the whole way through. Hepworth's style is similar to Lianne Moriarty, and Lisa Jewell, switching back and forth between characters throughout. The different perspectives keep you guessing about the reality of what is happening.

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Meh.
It was a bit difficult to empathize with the protagonist, as her poor decision-making skills played a big part in all of her problems. It's an okay read, but I wouldn't rush out to pick it up. Now I have to check out the show, because I do feel the storyline has potential.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I had to stop watching the show after 2 episodes for the same reason. She was giving me anxiety with all her bad decisions. Lol. 6mo
Kris10H Maybe I'll just skip the show. Lol 6mo
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The Villa: A Novel | Rachel Hawkins
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Book #73
4/5
Another good read by Hawkins, though I was a bit disappointed by the lack of actual horror as mentioned in the synopsis - maybe I'm just too desensitized by watching true crime documentaries and reading thrillers, but the murders in the "murder house" didn't really seem all that horrific or murder-y. Otherwise, still an anjoyable read.

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Pageboy: A Memoir | Elliot Page
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Book #72
3/5
Page's memoir deals almost exclusively with sexual/gender related experiences and identity. There are also a lot of references to Halifax, NS, which this Bluenoser personally found enjoyable to listen to. I always recommend the audiobook when reading an autobiography. And as always, this one I borrowed from the Halifax library.

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Stargirl | Jerry Spinelli
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Book #71
5/5
I love this so much! I don't know how I've managed to make it to this ripe age without ever hearing of this book, but reading it was like uncovering a bit of magic and innocence. Bonus nostalgia points: the audiobook is read by John Ritter.

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Book #70
3.5/5
If I'm being honest... I borrowed this audiobook from the library thinking it was an autobiography by Dame Maggie Smith. Disappointment aside, this memoir about a poet's journey through the end of her marriage is insightful and, well, poetic. It's a bit wordy (as I would expect from a poet), but it is relatable.

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Book #69
4/5
This was a delightful change of pace from my usual reads. I love Me Before You, and the sequels, so I thought I'd give another of Moyes' novels a try. I was a tiny bit thrown by a change of pace just past the halfway mark, but it all evened out and made for an enjoyable read.

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The Good Sister: A Novel | Sally Hepworth
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Book #68
4.5/5
This is a really unique read. It's part neurodivergent love story, part psychological thriller. It is told mostly from the POV of neurodivergent Fern, and alternately, in part, through the journal of her neurotypical twin sister, Rose. I found Fern endearing.

5feet.of.fury Oooh I just picked this one up! Glad to see your review. Maybe it will jump the line 8mo
Cathythoughts This sounds good ! Stacked. 8mo
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Beneath the Stairs: A Novel | Jennifer Fawcett
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Book #67
4/5
A few loose ends in this one, but in this case, it's okay to leave some things open to interpretation. Part mystery, part supernatural (maybe?), it kept me hooked the whole time.

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The Plot | Jean Hanff Korelitz
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Book #66
4/5
Unique storyline? ✔️ Surprises along the way? ✔️
I almost gave up on this one - the beginning was a bit slow - but I'm glad I stuck it out.

Cathythoughts I enjoyed this one too 👍🏻❤️ 8mo
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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Book #65
4.5/5
I don't read much Sci-fi, but Crouch's novels really grip me, with his ideas of multiverses, genetic tampering, and morality. This one did not disappoint.

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Love, Pamela | Pamela Anderson
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Mehso-so

Book #64
3.5/5
If you have watched the documentary about Pam on Netflix, there really isn't much need to read this book; there really isn't anything additional except for Pam's philosophical ideas. If you haven't seen the doc, and you're curious about who Pamela really is, this is worth reading.

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Book #63
4/5
There are a few genuine surprises throughout this one. Also notable is the theme of survival: when given the choice, who do you save? The storyline may be a teensy bit contrived, but it's worth it for the entertainment factor.

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The Do-Over | Lynn Painter
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Book #62
4.5/5
This is my 3rd Lynn Painter read, and it did not disappoint. If you like YA fiction, romance, Gilmore Girls, Taylor Swift lyrics, and Groundhog Day, you will appreciate this book.

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