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Rob2586

Rob2586

Joined December 2018

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Beartown: A Novel by Fredrik Backman
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Boundaries: When To Say Yes, How to Say No by Henry Cloud, John Townsend
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The Burning Bridge | John Anthony Flanagan
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Really enjoyed The Burning Bridge! Flanagan does a masterful job showcasing the maturity of Will and Horace, as well as incorporating new characters I genuinely cared about! This novel not only has the heart of the first book, but also ramps up the action ten fold. The climax is absolutely jaw dropping, as well. I‘m officially hooked and would recommend this to any reader—young and old alike. These stories are that good!

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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Wow. Being a hockey fan as early as I can remember, I‘ve always searched for a book that could truly describe and encapsulate my love for hockey better than I ever could. I think I just found that book!

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Far Far Away | Tom McNeal
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Far Far Away is an incredible book, as it blends fairy tale elements into a modern setting. With memorable characters and a ton of supernatural elements mixed with teen angst and sincerity, I was truly uplifted for the majority of the book until the plot takes a dark turn—which is a credit to Tom McNeal‘s subtle foreshadowing and overarching theme of eternal good versus evil. This book is easily one of my favorite books I‘ve read this year!

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The Ruins of Gorlan | John Flanagan
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I absolutely loved book one of The Ranger‘s Apprentice series! For one, Flanagan is very gifted in creating a well-paced, action packed story that tells a satisfying tale in the first book while also foreshadowing a looming threat for the sequels. Secondly, Flanagan creates dynamic characters that I couldn‘t help but like—Will, Horace, Halt, Alyss, and even Tug, in particular! And the heartwarming epilogue was the icing on the cake. Good stuff!

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A Monster Calls | Patrick Ness, Siobhan Dowd
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Easily one of the best books I‘ve read in a long time! First of all, this isn‘t a horror novel—which, I admit, definitely threw me for a loop when I first checked this out. Secondly, for a teen fiction read, I thought the themes were very mature and powerful and can just as easily resonate with the middle-aged dad in me as well as any teenager. I am officially a new fan of Patrick Ness!

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Goosebumps. Just finished The Great Hunt—book two of the Wheel of Time series. Absolutely fantastic!

The character progression of Rand, Egwene, Nynaeve, Loiel, and my main man, Lan, was great—and the ending really made you appreciate the new character additions. Ingtar, you are my hero. Highly recommend this series! Looking forward to The Dragon Reborn.

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Superman: Dawnbreaker | Matt de la Pea
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As a middle school English teacher, I am always looking for fun and thought provoking teen fiction novels. And as a fan of Superman, I immediately had to read Dawnbreaker. Overall, I thought this was a very solid story. If you can overlook the language, this story encapsulates the heart, soul, and morality of a young Clark Kent. I would recommend this one for teenagers with a warning about the language (not that they say these words, of course!)

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Love Jim Craig‘s introduction—“Herb Brooks, God rest his soul, wasn‘t coaching a Dream Team. He was coaching a team full of dreamers.”

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I couldn‘t put The Wheel of Time down! I‘m attached to the three protagonists, as well as two major characters who stop at nothing to protect them, I‘m drawn to the villain and the catastrophic potential that lies in the sequels ahead. Plus, the writing style is just really good! Jordan has such a skilled and natural way of describing the intricacies of towns while also keeping me on the edge of my seat during so many battles the heroes face.

teainthelibrary I've been slowly reading this for Litsy's buddy read, but haven't picked it up in awhile. I might need to dive back in! 3mo
Rob2586 @teainthelibrary Oh, cool! I‘m still relatively new to Litsy, so I‘m not even sure what the buddy read is, but as for the book, I know there is so much more I would probably pick up if I gave this another read through! Hope to do it one day! (edited) 3mo
More_Books Such a wonderful series! I am a little geeked out about the TV series coming out. Casting looks good, hope they do the stories justice. 3mo
Rob2586 I‘ve heard about that! I can‘t wait to see it! 3mo
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The Book Whisperer by Donalyn Miller is absolutely fantastic and has given me pages of handwritten notes of ideas and strategies to help inspire students to become lifelong readers. I highly recommend this one and will definitely read it again and again!

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Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire's End | Chuck Wendig, Author Name Tbc
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Lumpy got his own chapter!

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Just finished Aftermath: Life Debt, and I absolutely loved it! With a perfect blend of new characters and returning favorites from the original SW trilogy, this book builds upon the wonderful foundation of Aftermath. The pacing of this story is phenomenal, but where I think Life Debt shines the most is the fact that every character—protagonist or antagonist—is interesting and even relatable. Wending is becoming one of my favorite SW writers!

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Enjoying a snow day with a great book and Daddy‘s sweetheart! Her name‘s Lyra Jyn Luther for you fellow Rogue One fans!

suzisteffen I enjoyed this series so much, and I long for movies about this group of folks. 10mo
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Just finished Aftermath and absolutely loved it! Not only is this novel well written, but it has a great blend of classic and newer characters in the Star Wars universe! The pacing and payoffs were strong, as well. I think the major selling point for me was the integration of new, like-able characters like Jas and Sinjer. Lastly, Aftermath seamlessly sets the stage for an even better story and complex antagonist. Great read! Now on to Life Debt!

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Philip K. Dick | Laurent Queyssi, Mauro Marchesi
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What an absolutely fantastic read. Heartbreaking, insightful, and undeniably unpredictable. I had no idea how erratic, devastating, and yet strangely fascinating Philip K. Dick‘s personal life was, but now I certainly see the reflections of his life in his work. Loved this!

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Absolutely loving this book right now. It takes place immediately after Return of the Jedi with the destruction of the second Death Star. Great cast of new and returning characters. I‘m officially a Chuck Wendig fan!

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Really enjoying this so far!

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A Noise Downstairs | Linwood Barclay
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This book is easily one of the best mysteries/thrillers I‘ve ever read! What a twist ending. Multiple twists and turns, actually!

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Grenade | Alan Gratz
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Grenade was an absolutely fantastic, albeit gut-wrenching read! With two dueling perspectives on opposite sides of the American invasion of Okinawa in 1945, we as readers get a sense that American soldier Ray and Okinawa native Hideki have far more similarities than differences. This was a very entertaining read packed with historical content and a very powerful message about the dueling nature of mankind. Can‘t wait to use this one in class!

RaimeyGallant Nice review! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon
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A Noise Downstairs | Linwood Barclay
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Kids are asleep. It‘s raining. I can‘t think of a better time to get lost in a great book!