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MandaRie

MandaRie

Joined April 2016

GoodReads: Manda H. Twitter: MandaRieH
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Anne of Green Gables | L. M. Montgomery
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I loved this book as a child and I as so happy to find that I love it even more as an adult. I still relate to Anne as much as I used to, but now I also appreciate Marillda so much more. I feel the need to reread the entire series because the Anne/Gilbert relationship is timeless.

4/5
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BookBabe ❤️ 3y
LeahBergen I'm due for a reread 3y
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The Boy in the Suitcase | Lene Kaaberbol, Agnete Friis
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A decent story. So many players that kept the mystery moving forward. While it was easy for me to figure out where the boy came from/where he belonged, I did not see the plot twist around his story coming. This would make a great movie, if done right.

3/5
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Beauty | Robin McKinley
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Well, McKinley tried, but got her priorities mixed up. This story was full of plot holes and inconsistencies. More time is spent explaining the back stories than building the actual story.

2/5
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BookJunkie429 Lovely cover though 3y
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What a kickass female lead! Not the greatest story, but I think this has a lot of potential for growth in the series. I wish more female characters were like Anita.

3/5
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BookJunkie429 I used to love this series, but there is just way too many for me to keep up with. Anita is still one of my favorites though. 3y
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Glass Sword | Victoria Aveyard
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What a pile of garbage! Mare is a moron. This is standard, formulated, YA paranormal-romance. There is nothing original about it.

1/5
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An amazing book! A brilliant story of one man's story of being drafted into the Vietnam war.

4/5
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Stephanie-Anne Yes!😻 3y
emilyesears Read this in high school and loved it!! 3y
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It's eerie how realistic this book felt, like I was there on the battlefield. Very well written, and superbly translated. At times I found myself tuning out from the story, but that has more to do with my disinterest in war novels, and not a reflection of the book.

3.5/5
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It feels like sacrilege to say this about anything Atwood writes, but I hated this. I loved the premise, but nearly all of the characters were so unlikeable that it was hard to root for any kind of happy ending. But would you even call this a happy ending? I found Charmine an annoying imbecile, and Stan was a hypocritical asshole.

2/5
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Skeleton Crew | Stephen King
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I'm in love with this collection! There were so many great and creepy stories. This may be my new favorite collection of King's short stories.

5/5
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This is great! I found it relevant and useful in my work with student leaders. Many great ways to inspire everyday leadership in practical uses.

4/5
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Shiver | Maggie Stiefvater
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Mehso-so

This started out with such promise, but quickly started to feel like Stephanie Meyer writing her own werewolf fanfiction. The romance is down right creep-tastic, and Grace, who begins as a strong female lead, turns into a shallow, whimpering, idiotic, shell of who she started out as. Disappointing.

3/5
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I've got my 3 SAPro Development books in, plus my one book club read.

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The Talisman: A Novel | Stephen King, Peter Straub
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A decent King book. Towards the middle of the end it was feeling really long and tedious, but overall I liked it and enjoyed the story.

3.5/5
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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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This is a very slow moving book, but it is worth the slow pace. Zafon weaves a beautiful and mysterious tale that leaves you guessing until the end.

Donna_sBookMinute This cover. 3y
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The Eyes of the Dragon | Stephen King
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July 2016 Reading Stats.
Read - 36
Fiction - 27, Nonfiction - 9
Favorite(s) - The Art of Racing in The Rain, by Garth Stein & The Eyes of The Dragon, by Stephen King
Worst - The Disaster Diaries, by Sam Sheridan
Stars:
1⭐️- 0, 2⭐️- 3, 3⭐️ - 8
4🌟 - 17, 5🌟 - 8
Pages Read - 15,125

Megabooks Congratulations! That's a lot! 3y
Gezemice Wow. That's about 5 times my maximum reading capacity. 😳 3y
Nebula_of_Books This is a pretty cool idea. I just keep a spreadsheet each year of everything I read that year. 3y
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This Is Where It Ends | Marieke Nijkamp
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Mehso-so

A very powerful book full of grit and emotion. I loved the character diversity, especially for a "small town in Alabama". Claire's story was more annoying than useful, and I wish there had been perspectives from Tyler, but sometimes it's better not to humanize the "devil". As someone who has worked at a school after a shooting, I can say the author got the emotional pace and uncertainty right.

3/5
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The Eyes of the Dragon | Stephen King
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This was just down right beautiful. Tragic? Yes. But so beautiful. This just became my new all-time favorite King novel. The storyteller weaved a great narrative together to give us Peter's disastrous tale. There are no happy endings, ever.

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'Salem's Lot | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

Not one of my favorite King novels, but still pretty decent. Well written with a creepy story. At times I struggled to keep up with the changing pace of the story. I loved the homage to the original Dracula text.

MrBook I liked the audiobook. Not bad for a fun experiment with the vampire template 😊👍🏻. 3y
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The Angel's Game | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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"You don't look well"
"Indigestion"
"From what?"
"Reality"
"Join the queue".

Megabooks 😆😆 3y
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Such a long journey, but worth every step. This is one of the best SK novels I have ever read, and his intro really sets you up for a great read. I'm eager to watch the mini-series and compare them. There was a lot of information, background, and characters, but not so much I felt overwhelmed.

4/5
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After feeling pretty indifferent about the first two books I was really lacking motivation to continue on in the series, and really couldn't care if I ever finished reading it. The Prisoner of Azkaban marks the official point where I fell in love with Harry Potter. The writing gets better. The characters get better, though Harry is still whiny and Draco is a tool, while Snape is a pompous ass, I just love the whole thing.

5/5
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GuiltyFeat This was and remains the best of the series. Best plot, best characters. 3y
Coleen Keep going! The next one is my favorite. 😋 3y
Gezemice The Goblet of Fire is my favorite, too! @Coleen 3y
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Into the Wild | Jon Krakauer
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What a story. So tragic. So freeing. Living several hours from Denali, I hear stories every year of someone trying to retrace McCandless steps, usually with disastrous consequences. It's obvious in this book that Krakauer shares a special connection with the young man he never met.

5/5
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Megabooks Check out his sister's book too. It fills in some gaps. 3y
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Ugh! This guy. I appreciate what the author was trying to do here, but I would have rather read about prepping from the experts rather than arm-chair prep through Sheridan's paranoia. This was the adventures of an egotistical, misogynistic, self-obsessed, man. It wasn't that great.

1.5/5
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Ugh! This guy. I appreciate what the author was trying to do here, but I would have rather read about prepping from the experts rather than arm-chair prep through Sheridan's paranoia. This was the adventures of an egotistical, misogynistic, self-obsessed, man. It wasn't that great.

1.5/5
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Wizard and Glass | Stephen King
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Not my favorite in the DT series (so far), but I really appreciated the Wizard of Oz connection the King used in this book. It added a nice addition to the story. I enjoyed learning about Rowland and Susan's story.

3/5
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The Weight of Silence | Heather Gudenkauf
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This was so great! An awesome mystery of two missing 7 year old girls with a sick and sad twist to it. The ending seemed a bit forced (need for the perfect ending?), but overall this was a great page turner told from many different perspectives.

4/5
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So much love for this book! I was expecting to hate this book, and was not prepared for the outstanding awesomeness that was contained in these pages. It's amazing how relevant this book still is.

5/5
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Mehso-so

An interesting look at The Midwest's Lizzy Borden. A bit windy and hard to get through at some points, but really informative and well researched.

3/5
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Mehso-so

An interesting look at The Midwest's Lizzy Borden. A bit windy and hard to get through at some points, but really informative and well researched.

3/5
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Sarah's Key | Tatiana de Rosnay
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This book had me ugly crying throughout it. A tragically beautiful story woven into real world events. Unpredictable and surprising. There were moments I absolutely hated, but overall, this was outstanding.

4/5
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The Stranger | Albert Camus
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Amazing! Beautifully written with an unexpected turn of events. I never saw it coming. Why did I wait so long to pick this up?

4/5
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The Stranger | Albert Camus
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Amazing! Beautifully written with an unexpected turn of events. I never saw it coming. Why did I wait so long to pick this up?

4/5
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Mehso-so

This is my second time reading this. I don't really care for it. It's not horrible, it's rather honest. I think Golding is spot on in his prediction of how people would react when left without laws or authority. Poor Piggy.

3/5
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An interesting read. I didn't know a lot about Jonestown or Jim Jones, so this was very eye opening for me, and terribly tragic. Well written and good stories about several members who joined the church.

3/5
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Love. Love. Love. This book! So many years later and it's words are still as powerful and resonating as they were when it was first written. I totally crushed on Atticus Finch 💚

4/5
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Love. Love. Love. This book! So many years later and it's words are still as powerful and resonating as they were when it was first written. I totally crushed on Atticus Finch 💚

4/5
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Meh. Not what I was really expecting. It was your basic run of the mill leadership book, but with references to Pixar movies thrown in for fun. I was hoping for more discussion about the behind the scenes of Pixar, but great writing all around.

2/5
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I loved this book so much more than I ever expected I would. It was raw, beautiful, touching, and gritty. Eleanor doesn't have the perfect life, but Park makes it bearable, and you love them for it. Plus, NERDS! 💚

4/5
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I loved this book so much more than I ever expected I would. It was raw, beautiful, touching, and gritty. Eleanor doesn't have the perfect life, but Park makes it bearable, and you love them for it. Plus, NERDS! 💚

4/5
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I loved this book so much more than I ever expected I would. It was raw, beautiful, touching, and gritty. Eleanor doesn't have the perfect life, but Park makes it bearable, and you love them for it. Plus, NERDS! 💚

4/5
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Eleanor & Park | Rainbow Rowell
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I loved this book so much more than I ever expected I would. It was raw, beautiful, touching, and gritty. Eleanor doesn't have the perfect life, but Park makes it bearable, and you love them for it. Plus, NERDS! 💚

4/5
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Battle Royale | Koushun Takami
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AMAZING! I wish people would stop campaign The Hunger Games to this though. The similarities are really minute. The beginning of the boom was confusing with so many different characters and perspectives, but I loved reading each perspective as the game went on.

4/5
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Stranger in a Strange Land | Robert A. Heinlein
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Very strange and very awesome. It makes one wonder what immigration would look like if we ever do make contact with life on other planets, especially given all the issues and misunderstandings we seem to have within our own planet.

4/5
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The Great Gatsby | Francis Scott Fitzgerald
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I read this is high school and hated it. Decided to read it 10 years later and have a lot more appreciation for it and the despicable nature of all the character. A true look at how ugly humans can be to each other.

4/5
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A beautiful memoir full of emotion and a lot more medical detail than I expected. I am eager to watch the series this inspired and to read Worth's other books (memoirs?).

4/5
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Native Son | Richard Wright
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Wow! Completely unexpected. Full of deep and complex characters, and deals with historically real issues that have left a black mark on America's history. Must read!
4/5
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The Book of Negroes | Lawrence Hill
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I ugly cried. This book is amazing and awful at the same time. I know its historical fiction, but I wonder how much of it was based on true lives. A rough read, but so worth it!
4/5
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I expected a lot from this and I predicted a lot. My predictions were only half correct, but I did mentally ugly cry through it. It was much better than I though it would be. Green handled very grown up topics in very grown up ways. I kept forgetting this was YA.
5/5
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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Dark and creepy. Mommy Dearest taken to a whole new level. It was kind of a slow read, but it kept me interested.
4/5
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I fell in love with book 1: These is My Words, but was left disappointed by this sequel. It's so utterly depressing. When will the world stop s***ing on Sarah? Seriously though.
2/5
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