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WriterAtHeart

Joined May 2018

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Dream Thieves | Maggie Stiefvater
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I enjoyed the second installment of The Raven Boys more than the first. The story began to expand into new territory and moved at a faster pace. I also liked the development of "magic" even if some of it felt like it came out of no where at first. Overall, a solid read.

Cailey_Mac I‘m actually reading this as my nighttime kindle book (yes I know that‘s a little odd) and I‘m loving it! I really like Blue and her family and how the boys fit in to her life 5d
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I cannot thank my friends enough for today. We spent 6 hours holed up in a room organizing and labeling my classroom library. I am so excited to bring these books to my students and so thankful my friends helped me with this tedious task!

Crazeedi That's so awesome! ❤ 1w
Lovesbooks87 That's awesome! 1w
crazyspine So exciting! Do you use book source? 1w
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Another successful week for #bookfitnesschalenge #bfrc2 . I hit at least 100,000 steps during the week, did yoga 3 times, and finished 2 books instead of just 1! Here is to week 3!

@wanderinglynn @crazyspine @BookBridget @BookishBelle @Econaghan @jmtrivera @laurar311 @mc916 @honeybeegirl

jmtrivera You've got this! 1w
BookishBelle Awesome job! 🎉 1w
Econaghan You go! Awesome work! Keep it up! 1w
wanderinglynn Way to go! 🙌 A fantastic week! 1w
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The Raven Boys | Maggie Stiefvater
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite book out there, but a decent read nonetheless. This story follows a group of prep school boys and a local daughter of a psychic as they try to find lay lines. Trouble arises, especially when Blue, the psychic's daughter, who knows what her fate is suppose to be with these boys.

Peaceful_Reader Blue is one of my favorite characters. 2w
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Pickpick

What a cute story about being true to yourself. Thank you Litsy for this recommendation- now I have another good story under my belt!

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Mehso-so

Finished this one off at the beach today #womenreading . Not really my type of nonfiction, but I read the whole thing and learned some stuff. @Julie548, I will be sending this your way on Monday when I return home.

@Melismatic @TheReadingMermaid

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Pickpick

I enjoyed the second book a lot more than the first. The idea of otherness was still prominent and I enjoyed the storyline that developed because of the events of the first book.

#bfcr2 - Finished my one book for the week while already having completed Body Combat from Les Mills, walked 5 miles, and about to do some yoga. A day of accomplishments!

@BookBridget @BookishBelle @Econaghan @jmtrivera @mc916 @Honeybeegirl @crazyspine

jmtrivera That's awesome! Congrats! 3w
BookishBelle Wow! Great job! Also, I read this recently and loved it! 3w
crazyspine Never heard of this one, but if you and @bookishbelle like it, I'll have to check it. Also I want to ask you guys do you want to do a private group chat? A lot of the other teams are doing things like slack, email, or Whatsapp where they share their struggles in addition to their accomplishments. If you're all interested, let me know and I'll try to coordinate it. 3w
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Honeybeegirl That‘d be nice @crazyspine I‘ve used discord a bunch for group chats too, but I‘m up for something like that! 3w
crazyspine @BookBridget @BookishBelle @Econaghan @jmtrivera @mc916 @Honeybeegirl @WriterAtHeart I tried to invite you all to slack. let me know if it didn't work. Tgus 3w
crazyspine This is a private chat, a safe space to vent and also so we don't have to eat up everyone's Litsy feed if you don't want to. Go #teamnewbie 3w
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For #BFC this round, my goal is to get back into a healthier eating style and to focus on my mental health by practicing more yoga and meditation (let's go with at least 3 days a week). Then for a little cardio, I want at least 100,000 steps per week. For reading, I would like to do at least 1 book a week.

Here is to exercise and books- my favorite things!

@crazyspine @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Great goals! 🙌🏻 3w
crazyspine I love the idea of having a mental health goal. You got tg 3w
crazyspine This!* 3w
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BookwormAHN Great goals 👏🏻 3w
LazyOwl Love yoga, enjoy. Great goals. 3w
Econaghan Awesome goals! Yoga is a favorite of mine-good for the mind and body! 3w
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This book started off as one to fill some time waiting for another book in the library, I was drawn into Henrietta's story and the debate of cell ownership. I never knew the importance of HeLa cells or what they were. Thank you Rebeccca Skloot for telling her story.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego This book is great, very eye opening! 4w
BookwormM A book I think everyone should read as we owe so much to Henrietta 4w
Meghan1 Did you get your summer reading swap package from me? I sent it last Wednesday. 4w
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WriterAtHeart @Meghan1 Yes. I just haven't been home to let you know, but it is in. 4w
Meghan1 Oh good!! 4w
crazyspine I loved this book. Kind of disappointed by movie, but at least Operah is in it. 4w
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Mehso-so

Such a cute story about our ideas of love and meeting the right person at the wrong time. Nothing overly profound, but it was an easy read that just made me smile.

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Strange the Dreamer | Laini Taylor
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Mehso-so

So this book started off slow for me, but by the end, I actually really enjoyed this one. The standoff between humans and gods while both feeling the effects of otherness became an interesting concept for me. Already have a hold on the next book.

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The Shadow Queen | CJ Redwine
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Okay C.J. Redwine- I see you! If you are into YA fantasy, Redwine's retellings are great and I cannot wait to read the next one! This novel is a Snow White and the Huntsmen retelling and our "Snow White" is a fierce warrior who will do anything to save her Kingdom.

Lovesbooks87 Ooo... I will have to check these out. I am a sucker for fairy tale retellings! 1mo
WriterAtHeart @Lovesbooks87 All the books are stand alone, but take place in or around the Kingdom of Ravenspire. I am seriously hooked. 1mo
Lovesbooks87 @WriterAtHeart I looked them up on Amazon and I am very tempted to one click buy them all! 🤦🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ 1mo
WriterAtHeart @Lovesbooks87 Well I wouldn't stop you, hahaha! =) 1mo
ofclumsywords I love this series! I just read her fourth book and it was just as amazing as the first!! 1mo
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I told my students I wanted to build my classroom library and asked for donations. This is what I've collected over the past week! I am so excited!!!!

BookwormAHN They did a great job 👏🏻 2mo
SW-T Excellent! They were motivated 😊 2mo
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Midnight Jewel | Richelle Mead
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I had enjoyed the story of "The Glittering Court" and was excited for this read. Mira seemed like the most interesting character and I knew that her story would be great. And it was- eventually. The story takes place during the same events of "The Glittering Court" and some of the beginning dragged when I already knew what happened. However, since we hit the girls get on the boat, the two characters are separated and Mira finally gets her story.

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Sending out my #mysterymessageswap today! @TheReadingMermaid - this was such a fun idea!

TheReadingMermaid Yahz!!! 2mo
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Words cannot even begin to describe how touched I am by this novel. A story weaved from true events about a children's home who stole poor children and adopted them to rich families, Wingate creates a story that both made me tear up and feel a strong sense of family and belonging. Absolutely fantastic read!

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This book fell on my radar because it is so popular with my students- winning the March madness book tournament easily. I am glad I picked this up. Not only is it informative culturally, but it also covers a number of topics that young adults have to deal with. The female lead is strong, but struggling and I think it is important for teens to see that.

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The Wish Granter | C. J. Redwine
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This was a book I randomly picked up while waiting for a library hold to come my way. I cannot say I was disappointed with this Rumplestiltskin retelling. The main characters are real and down to earth and the Rumplestiltskin character is quite crafty. Intrigue, death, and a captivating plot, I recommend this YA novel for fantasy enthusiasts.

tpixie @BrainyHeroine Have you read this? You like retellings! 2mo
BrainyHeroine @tpixie I love the Ravenspire books!! 2mo
tpixie @BrainyHeroine 😊♥️😊 2mo
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While I am at my boyfriend's bowling tournament, I am working on my end of year escape room to review for finals with all the reading we have done the second half of the year.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I kept putting off "An American Marriage", but I am glad I finally got to it. A socio-political novel about the impacts of incarceration on one's relationships in life, "An American Marriage" brings up questions about love and loyalty and how we change overtime.

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After reading book 1, I was thrilled to see there was a second book that followed. While Monty had to come to terms with his love life, Felicity has to learn how to be the women she wants while not deeming other women or be defined by men's standards. The feminist in me was happy to read Felicity's story that begins about a year after book 1. With new characters and adventures, I was thoroughly happy with Lee's second novel.

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1. Yes. Please no Middle Earth type fantasy or superhero.
2. J.K. Rowling - I attribute my childhood and live of reading to her.
3. Doesn't matter.
4. Harry Potter, Poison Study, A Court of Thorns and Roses, Parks and Rec, Sabrina (the Netflix version), Jurrasic Park, Dr. Who, Stranger Things, D&D, Disney,
5. No
6. Savory
7. Don't mind them
8. Yes
9. Yeah, but I don't use them much.
10. Elephants.
#MysteryMessageSwap

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Bailedbailed

I just couldn't get into it. "Crazy Rich Asians" was a bit slow at times, but this was just not doing it for me. Too much focus on the riches and not enough storyline.

AutumnRLS It gets better, although I agree this one was slow. The third one might be my favorite. 2mo
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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Though I found the pace a bit slow at times, I absolutely adored this novel. It helped me make connections in mythology that I hadn't before and I loved hearing the mythology from Circe's perspective. Well researched and thought out, I would recommend this to anyone who loves Greek mythology that centers around Circe's role in it.

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The Glittering Court | Richelle Mead
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It looks like this is not a Litsy favorite, but for a random read while I was killing time, I actually really enjoyed this. A countess wanting to make a new life for herself ends up moving to a colony where she finally takes a hold of her own life- even if it wasn't what she thought she wanted. Historical, adventure, romance- nice relaxing, don't have to think too hard read.

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Five Feet Apart | Rachael Lippincott
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Mehso-so

"Five Feet Apart" is a fast paced YA romance where both of the main characters are dealing with CF, having to stand at least six feet apart from each other at all times. Despite this rule, Stella and Will still seem to fall for each other as they both deal with their own health issues and the restrictions CF brings them both.

ShyBookOwl I'm so fascinated by this. My mom and her brother have CF and growing up in the 70s keeping patients apart was not a practice. They stayed in wards together and with other CF kids, and even went to a CF camp! I told her about this practice a few years ago and she shrugged it off. They'd never stay away from each other now. 3mo
WriterAtHeart @ShyBookOwl - Interesting! Now that I've read this, I was curious about life with CF and wanted to do some research- especially when medicial guidelines change over time. Thanks for sharing! 😁 3mo
ShyBookOwl @WriterAtHeart No problem! I think they were sicker as children and I do wonder of it had anything to do with close proximity... but it's not as if they aren't sick now, living in separate cities. I'm sure the research is out there, but my information is all anecdotal and from what I've witnessed in my family. 3mo
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The Wicked King | Holly Black
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I enjoyed "The Cruel Prince", but this was incredible. Jude has really become a solid character and the ending had a lot of ups and downs. I cannot wait to see what happens in the next book! Here's to a nice long wait, haha!

LoverofLit Completely agreed. I was solidly impressed by this one! 3mo
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I cannot even tell you how happy this book makes me. I have always been a fan of RBG, but this just makes me appreciate her even more. Everything she has done and how she has done it is simply amazing. I am proud this is a women I can look up to.

#WomenReading

@TheReadingMermaid @Julie548 @Melismatic

TheReadingMermaid Can't wait to read it! 3mo
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A cute historical queer YA adventure novel, "A Gentlemens Guide to Vice and Virtue" was the story to help me out of my reading funk. Monty is a quirky narrator who is in love with his best friend Percy. After circumstances push them off the path of a tour of the European continent, the pair learn how to be true adventurers as they learn about theirselves and each other.

AutumnRLS Looking forward to reading this. 3mo
hermyknee I enjoyed this one, too! 3mo
channelingmcgonagall There's a sequel (ish?) told from the sister's perspective ☺️ 3mo
WriterAtHeart @channelingmcgonagall - Yes- I am excited to read it =) 3mo
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The Sweet Far Thing | Libba Bray
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This book was almost a DNF for me. The moodiness and everything seemed incredibly predictable and at times, forced. Book two of the series redeemed the first, but this did not. I did enjoy the ending when everything started to pick up, but I was annoyed by the main character through most of this read.

Slajaunie I finished it but was not thrilled. 3mo
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Rebel Angels | Libba Bray
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I wasn't much fan of the first book, but after Litsy encouraged me to keep reading, I can say that I did enjoy the second book much more than the first. The story was more engaging and though I was able to guess the major plot point, I found myself drawn into Gemma's world more than before. I am looking forward to reading the final book in the Doyle trilogy.

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Mehso-so

This is a book my students love, but I just couldn't find a passion in. The pace was alright and the characters are fine, I just wasn't wowed by this one.

candority I loved this book when I read it years ago (when it first came out). I‘m planning to re-read the series soon, but I‘m afraid I won‘t enjoy it quite as much now! 3mo
TheRomantiCate I would love to reread the series this summer 😍😍 3mo
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The Air Between Us: A Novel | Deborah Johnson
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Mehso-so

This was a book that I really wanted to like, but found it so-so. A lot of character development that didn't go anywhere and a mystery that seemed second to the development.

With that said, there were moments that I enjoyed, I just wish there were less gotch-ya moments with cliff hangers. After a while, it just started to make the book predictable for me.

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The Siren | Kiera Cass
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Mehso-so

So this isn't the best YA romance novel out there, but it was a sweet and easy read, something I needed after the crazy week I had last week.

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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Today is opening day for the #SpringAtHogwartsSwap and I am so happy! Thank you @ashley_o13 for the wonderful gift!

#litsyswap #litsyswaps @Endowarrior21

Happy Spring fellow witches and wizards!

bullbunny Love that house elf thing! 4mo
ashley_o13 @WriterAtHeart I'm glad you like everything! Hope those books are the ones you mentioned 😀 4mo
ashley_o13 @bullbunny I found it on Etsy! 4mo
WriterAtHeart @ashley_o13 They were the books!!!! I am so excited to read them. 4mo
ashley_o13 @WriterAtHeart yay! Hope you enjoy! 4mo
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The Heart Forger | Rin Chupeco
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After reading "The Bone Witch", I was glad to see that "The Heart Forger" was immediately avilable for me to read. Following these geshia-like warriors, I was once again enthralled by the storyline and cannot wait to hear the third book... once the library adds it that is.

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Today a student of mine surprised me with some new books for my classroom library. She said she was going to try to sell them, but then she thought of me and wanted to donate them.

My day was just made. #teachermoments

398.2 That‘s great. I always love seeing kids reading. What grade do you teach? 4mo
WriterAtHeart @398.2 I teach 9th grade 4mo
RocketMom Just finished In A Dark Dark Wood. Really good! 4mo
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The Bone Witch | Rin Chupeco
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I very much enjoyed the gesisha-esque women who wield ancient runes and dark magic.

Tea is a dark asha who can control the dead- making her a feared bone witch. However, her mentor Makayla opens the girl's eyes to a new world and begins training her to search and hunt for Daeva- deadly creatures only dark asha can control. Told from both the past and present, one tries to figure out Tea's story and why she turns out the way she does.

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Hey #GroupO - I know that we got off this past cycle with books and wanted to know if everyone was good starting nonfiction now or if we needed to wait until April.

@Julie548 - Just got your book this weekend, so I will go through it as quickly as I can to send it your way.

@Melismatic
@TheReadingMermaid

TheReadingMermaid I say let's wait until April. It gives everybody a chance to catch up. 🤗🤗🤗 4mo
Melismatic Agree - this entire month is pretty hectic for me 😭 4mo
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The Cruel Prince | Holly Black
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I enjoyed "The Cruel Prince". I am not always a huge fan of faerie books, but they are starting to grow on me a little bit more. I also enjoyed the protagonist discovering herself and the journey she took. Waiting on the library for book 2!

MartinaLove The Wicked King was much better in my opinion! 4mo
WriterAtHeart @MartinaLove - Good to know! 😁 4mo
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Hello Litsy! I am looking for recommendations on graphic novels or novels in verse to add to my classroom library for my high school students. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

Addison_Reads For graphic novels: March, Hey Kiddo, and Maus are great nonfiction. Spill Zone, Scott Pilgrim and Wires and Nerves are fun fiction. Novels in verse: Long Way Down and The Poet X. 4mo
BookHoarder32 The Language Inside by Holly Thompson and (edited) 4mo
RowReads1 Graphic novels: Ghost World, Hey Kiddo, El Dreafo, Speak, The Princess and the dressmaker, Spinning, The one nights of hero, my favorite thing is monsters. 4mo
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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Today was a long day that got me up early and home late, but my #springathogwartsswap package was sitting on my table when I got home tonight!

I cannot wait to open it!!!!

@Endowarrior21
@ashley_o13

ashley_o13 I'm so glad you got it! I doubt my post office 99% of the time 😩. I hope you enjoy everything 🤗 4mo
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Harry Potter: fun book | J.K. Rowling
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@Endowarrior21 #springathogwartsswap

My gift is going out tomorrow morning to another witch or wizard! I cannot wait for them to get it!

Endowarrior21 Yay 😁 4mo
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The Bird and the Blade | Megan Bannen
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From debut author (and librarian) Megan Bannen comes a harrowing story set in an Mongol Empire in the 13th-century. Jinghua's story was rich and full of history, family, love, sacrifice, and riddles. Though there were some troupes, I absolutely enjoyed reading this story and cannot wait for Bannen's next novel.

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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You know those fairytales where the heroine is saved by her dashing prince to live happily ever after? This is not one of them. Alice is a strong female character that finds herself trapped in fairytales akin to the Brothers Grimm. Fantasy, mystery, and just an overall good storyline, I followed Alice to the very end of her tale.

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The Healer's Apprentice | Melanie Dickerson
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Couldn't finish this one. The storyline jumped too abruptly from character to character and I can never seem to enjoy a book that has no sentence variety. I also felt there was a lack of detail. Though I don't like books that are long winded with descriptions, I need something to capture my imagination and this did nothing for me.

Three chapters in and I have to bail.

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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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Jennifer Nivan writes a beautiful tale about two teens both contemplating love, life, and suicide. Though the story seemed predictable to me, I still felt Theo and Violet's story deeply and I believe Nivan tastefully discusses a taboo subject (subjects if I am being honest- suicide, abuse, drugs, bullying, divorce, lack of adult help/notice). A heavier read, but one that I am glad I read and one I reccommend.

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This book just reminded me how much I like Jennifer A. Nielsen as an author. I enjoyed "The Traitor's Game" and am excited for the next one as we continue to follow our protagonists into their prophesied roles to bring peace back to the Kingdom.

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The Immortalists | Chloe Benjamin
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"The Immortalists" was a fascinating novel on life and death. What would you do if, at a young age, you learned the day you would die. Would it haunt you or would you let it go? Benjamin expertly follows 4 siblings stories as they cope with their pending deaths- leading back to the question of what would you do if you knew you were going to die tomorrow.

Jee_HookedOnBookz I enjoyed this book too! 5mo
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Romeo and Juliet (Updated) | William Shakespeare
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What better way to teach my students about Elizabethan dancing then to get them out of their seats and teaching them a dance (and yes, in masks). They are now ready to read the party scene where our lovers first meet!

Erofan Beautiful picture 🎭😍 5mo
WriterAtHeart @Erofan - Thank you! 5mo
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