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SaraHasClass

Joined January 2018

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The White Queen | Philippa Gregory
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If historical fiction is your thing, this book will not disappoint. Elizabeth is catapulted from no one of importance on the wrong side of the fued for the English throne to its Queen. Once there she will stop at nothing to keep it her kingdom. Gossip, magic, intrigue & ruthless, manipulative characters make this a good read

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Imagine creating a chair that preserves memories & allows you to retrieve them...now imagine that you can time travel to that day & relive life to that point, but only to that point without terrible consequences. Imagine you must find a way to keep this technology from the world... imagine dying a hundred deaths to get life just right.

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This is the account of the Warsaw Zoo & the Nazi resistance that arose from the zookeeper & his wife. Hiding Jews in plain sight, they "fought" against Germany's quest to annihilate anyone (human or animal) Nazis did not see as "pure." A terrifying account at times, this was a more interesting historical account than it was a masterful story. Try as I might I could not make an emotional connection despite the horrific context.

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The Red Labyrinth | Meredith Tate
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My oldest daughter is the editor of this book! It is her 2nd book to be published and I can't wait to get my copy!

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Salem Falls | Jodi Picoult
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In true Jodi Picoult fashion a controversial topic is woven into the lives of some interesting characters...think high school teacher, witches, rape victims, drunks & small town drama. Unlike so many of her books, Picoult added explicit sex scenes in the love story portion, but should have left them to the reader's imagination...those passages aren't her finest writing.

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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This book is a dance with mystery-richly unique characters in tragic circumstances are woven in a tale of revenge & love, a parallel story past & present. Gritty, with a historical backdrop and not without a supernatural flair, this book had me pondering circumstances in & out of human control.

"There are worse prisons than words."

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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I first read this book in 2005 & was captured by Gabaldon's storytelling & 18th Century Scottish history. Battling evil, and surrounded by richly unforgettable characters, 2 imperfect people, Claire & Jamie fight to live & to love each other. I've since read it twice & finally allowed myself to see the series on Starz. I was afraid they would ruin my beloved book, but on the contrary, I'm more in love with this story & these characters.

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The President Is Missing | James Patterson, Bill Clinton
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Sorry Mr. President but you should stay missing. This book has an overdramatic plot and stereotypical characters. I really tried to like it but found myself trying to stay awake instead.

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Leaving Time | Jodi Picoult
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Jenna is searching for her mom & enlists the help of a washed up psychic and the detective who botched the case in the first place. While I learned more than I ever cared to know about elephants, I also remembered why Picoult is so good at writing. I had to re-read the plot twist just to admire it.

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The Dreamers | Karen Walker
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This book was beautifully written, drawing me in, except it went nowhere. I was not moved by the characters & the ending fell flat. I kept reading to find out why a sleeping sickness had enveloped Santa Lora & was left disappointed in the end.

KateFulfordAuthor Thanks for the honest review 3mo
BilboBookends Completely agree, so disappointing 😩 3mo
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Something in the Water: A Novel | Catherine Steadman
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Meh...had a super difficult time getting into & staying with this book. I found Erin annoying & Mark, well, he starts out dead so I never trusted him. Usually. I'm glad I stuck with a book to the end, but I can't even say that. It felt more like work than relaxation.

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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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I was so disappointed in this book! She has such a gift in taking hard topics, & creating strong characters who represent all opinions. Here, the pro-choice agenda was the view of the rational characters & others were dismissed as misguided zealous protesters. The unbalanced presentation of this topic by Picoult is political, surprising & disturbing. I like it when she leaves it up to the reader to decide.

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What can I say? Been reading Evanovich for years (25 books) & I don't tell anyone. The story never deviates, no thought is required & the books can be read in about 5 minutes, yet she is my guilty pleasure. Her characters are never dull & she makes me laugh out loud. It's a bit like I Love Lucy in a book only Stephanie Plum is a bumbling bounty huntinlg mystery solving lady & her sidekick Lula is a former 'ho. For best results, start at book 1.

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The Stars Are Fire | Anita Shreve
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This is a story of perseverance. Set in 1947, Grace Holland experiences loss in an unimaginable tragedy. Suprisingly she will emerge stronger than she knows herself capable, just in time to face her biggest challenge yet. Does she find happily ever after? (You'll have to read the Epilogue to find out.)

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Mystery & intrigue surround the Barbizon Hotel & the women who lived there then (1952) & now (2016). Reporter, Rose finds herself in a mess when life goes sideways so she digs into the suspicious death of a maid who lived in her building & begins to live vicariously through the one responsible. The juxtaposition of women in the 50s and now, was an interesting take on feminism. This is a great story with likeable characters.

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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My favorite author is at it once again in a gut punch about complicated relationships, not saying what you want & lashing out to save yourself from yourself. This is a book about loyalty & living in a small town high on sports & big on rivalries. I can relate. Perhaps, Backman goes a bit long foreshadowing, which I found tedious, however if you stay to the end it is well worth the tears you'll shed.

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Caught in Time | Julie McElwain
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The third book in the series and I still like this story. Kendra Donovan is a kick a** FBI agent who finds herself falling through time to the 1800s. She must learn to blend into a culture that finds her odd to say the least. In this book she is solving a murder once again but without the forensic advances of her time. History bluffs and murder mystery fans will not be disappointed.

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Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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A bit wordy/ overly descriptive, this book will speak to your heart. Its the progression of the stages one experiences in loss through the eyes of Jean Perdu & his unusual band of friends who each have their own baggage to lug around. Be prepared for many metaphors & perhaps your own emotions as you mirror Jean. My favorite part of this book? The notion that there might actually be a literary apothecary out there healing souls through books.

Liatrek I loved this book and the apothecary part was my favorite concept too! 7mo
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Wildcard | Marie Lu
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When AI & reality blur the lines of ethical behavior, Emika Chen, celebrity gamer, finds herself in a battle to save humanity while not knowing who to trust. The sequel to Warcross, this book was thought provoking & action packed as well as entertaining.

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Shelter in Place | Nora Roberts
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Psychotic mastermind, smart cops, beautiful artists & a rescue dog are the characters in this predictable novel. With cute one liners and a slow moving middle, I found this book just meh...

Brenda I‘ve really enjoyed the books she writes as J.D.Robb,but have difficulty with the Nora ones. Odd they‘re so different. 8mo
SaraHasClass Agreed! 8mo
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The Witchfinder's Sister | Beth Underdown
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Superstition, fear, mistrust & power intertwine in this brother vs sister tale set in the 1600s. While a well written book, I don't particularly like the topic or the era. Nevertheless, I slogged through the book & was glad because I really liked the ending.

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The Broken Girls | Simone St James
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Finding a body on the property on which her sister was also found dead, sends Fiona into a mystery she can not help but get to the bottom of. In the mix is the haunted tale of the property & the many sightings of tormented Mary Hand, a ghost who knows things about those she stalks. With many twists & turns & good cast of characters, I found this book hard to put down.

ericarobynreads Same here! I‘d love to see this as a Netflix series! 😁😁 8mo
SaraHasClass Oooo yeah! Good call! 8mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Wow! This is good YA fiction. Gritty. Heart wrenching. Full. This book was hard to put down. The subject of a podcast, Sadie Hunter's disappearance is chronicled as she navigates a path forged by her hate, sorrow & grief; a path of revenge that unveils a secret life no child should ever endure.

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Visiting Wilson's Creek battlefield, I was overcome by its beauty & its tale. Growing up Iowa & since a life long resident of Missouri, this history teacher was surprised at how little I knew of the first major battle west of the Mississippi that claimed the life of the first Union General, Nathaniel Lyons. In fact, Missouri is only 2nd to Virginia in number of Civil War battles--now that isn't something you read in most history books.

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Always enjoy Pittacus Lore YA Sci-Fi. This time teens with Legacies are disappearing. Sam & Six team up with Nine & some new characters to find out why.

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Winter Solstice | Elin Hilderbrand
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To be fair, I was halfway through this book when I realized its s large series of stories. Perhaps I would be of a different opinion had I read them all, but I found this story lacked depth. It was a sugar coated tale of rich folks. Everything in it was so surface-y despite the looming death of the patriarch. The characters did not move me at all. I won't be popular for this review, but I like books with substance.

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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Daphne has the perfect life; money, a gorgeous husband & beautiful daughters. She has a life someone like Amber can only obsess over. But all isn't as it seems for any of them & this psycho thriller will keep you wondering who is the real psycho? A bit slow at first & predictable, nonetheless I couldn't put it down when it switched to Daphne's perspective.

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Magic Hour: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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Hannah never disappoints me as a writer. This book moved a little too slowly but I couldn't tell if it was the pacing of the story or the pace of my life. The end however, is fast enough to give you whiplash. If psychology is your thing, this is a story you might enjoy.

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Magic Hour: A Novel | Kristin Hannah
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As a teacher, back to school always interferes with my reading pace 😁 but I'm crazy as we sold our home (in 2 days...yes we got more than asking price) on top of my frenzied schedule. I sneak in a few pages every chance I get. Hoping to finish this one soon! It's been an intriguing read!

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Still Me | Jojo Moyes
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This is the 3rd book in the story of quirky Lou whose had her share of heartbreak. In Still Me, she takes a job in NYC & learns there is more to being Lou than even she realizes.

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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True Stephen King horror. This book stretches the imagination & instills fear as only his imagination can. Graphic, terrifying and oh so good if you like that sort of read.

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Anna is a recluse & a drunk, but there is a good reason she is this way. Making friends is hard when you talk to yourself & never leave the house, however she manages to interact with her neighborhood anyway. When she witnesses a murder no one believes her. In fact, her neighbors condemn her & the police think she's making it up. That is until one frightened neighbor reaches out for Anna's help.

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Avery is from an affluent southern political family with all the advantages that affords. When she meets a familiar woman in a nursing home, her life upends as she searches to find the connection between the woman & her beloved grandmother. Based upon the true story behind the Tennesse Children's Home, the cruelty of baby brokering & adoption extortion makes this a heartbreaking & poignant story--one in which you'll admire the survivors.

Bren912 I loved this one too! 11mo
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Count Rostov has been stripped of his title upon the Bolshevik take over of Russia. Seen as relatively harmless, he is sentenced to house arrest in a hotel where he serves over 30 years. In that span of time he witnesses the changes in Moscow through the lens of the hotel. This is a sweet story with a great ending. I did find myself bored with the pacing which is most likely on purpose since the topic is imprisonment.

Bren912 I had a hard time getting to love it and then suddenly and unexpectedly Infell in love with him. What a Gent! 11mo
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The House: The History of the House of Representatives | Robert V. Remini, Library of Congress
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I love fiction and like nonfiction. As an AP government teacher, I can say this is an outstanding, interesting & comprehensive work of the history of the House of Representatives complete with scandals (gasp) struggles (no) & the miracle of growing a nation from a republic to a democracy.

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Next Year in Havana | Chanel Cleeton
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This is a beautiful story of parallel struggles of a grandmother & granddaughter, centered around revolutionary Cuban history.

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The House: The History of the House of Representatives | Robert V. Remini, Library of Congress
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"By this time a sizable number of House members carried a weapon invented by Henry Deringer, a Philadelphia gunsmith, that was small enough to fit in a man's pocket. Every member felt obliged to protect himself against the likelihood of personal injury." Political opinions aside, I'd like to encourage people that the US government has been ugly before and survived. The House members were protecting themselves from other House members.

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I Googled "scariest novel written" for something different. Boy did I get "different." It was less scary then irritating & a super difficult read. A story within a story almost like reading two at once with unconventional pages--think words in a spiral or upside down, this is a book I wanted to like, but I was mostly irritated by it. It's a book about obsessions & I did become obsessed--I couldn't wait for it to end.

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Year One | Nora Roberts
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I don't normally choose fantasy, but I wanted something different so I went with an author I know in a genre I'm not familiar with. I enjoyed this story even with limited fantasy reading experience. As always, Roberts weaves a tale of love throughout a story of tragedy & triumph. I'm looking forward to the sequel.

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Year One | Nora Roberts
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Just started this one today & am refreshed that this is a different side of Nora Roberts. It's a little darker & less romantic than others I've read by her, but I'm liking it so far. 🤞🤞🤞

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The Hummingbirds | Ross McMeekin
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I should have backed out at "California Noir" but I read it anyway. I would've preferred less angst, more story, a different ending, and, well, a different book tbh.

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This is a terrifying book about survival & the worst kind of abuse. It's dark narrative, course language & disgusting acts are punctuated by beauty & a soul's desire to survive. It's heartbreaking & well written, but I almost couldn't get through it due to the subject. I also found the pacing slow at times.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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This author never disappoints me! The Great Alone is a beautifully told story of love. Be prepared to explore it at its deepest where love can be both exhilarating & terrifying.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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"Mama wanted Lenni to look away as easily as Mama did. To forgive when the apology tendered was as thin as fishing line and as breakable as a promise to do better."

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No Easy Target | Iris Johansen
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Margaret can communicate with animals & as a "freak" she's been on the run her whole life. When a drug kingpin kidnaps her for her incredible gift, he learns she is no easy target. This is an action packed, entertaining read.

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Gwendy's Button Box | Stephen King
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College girl home on break before her senior year. Today she suggested a trip to the library & I suggested she read this one. I'm pretty sure @actuallyalison has started summer break off right!

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The Little Clan | Iris Martin Cohen
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This is a coming of age story I found predictable. Because of that, the many archaic literary references & the spoiled and utterly self-absorbed main characters, a snobby bookworm & a determined beauty queen, I found myself completely unable to empathize with either of them or the storyline.

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Gwendy's Button Box | Stephen King
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This YA novella is a quick, fun read. It's reminiscent of Edgar Allen Poe's Telltale Heart but whimsical rather than dark. As if adolescence isn't hard enough to navigate, Gwendy Petersen is given the huge responsibility of guarding curious Mr. Ferris's button box. The button box changes the path of Gwendy's life bringing joy & sorrow.

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Annihilation | Jeff VanderMeer
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I didn't find this book particularly scary, just weird. I am not a big fan of science so I mostly felt bogged down by reading it. Nevertheless, I kept reading to satisfy my curiosity.

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Maria in the Moon | Louise Beech
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A name changes. It can change as you grow from baby to adult. It can change with milestones in life such as marriage or out of meanness or just because. Sometimes it changes your perception of who you or others are. Catherine can't remember her ninth year, trusts almost no-one & is destructive. She can't remember a name or why she suddenly was no longer Catherine Marie. Complex, tragic, scary, sometimes funny & hopeful is Maria in the Moon.