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amber_ldsmom

amber_ldsmom

Joined March 2018

Wife, Homeschooling Mom of Six, Bookworm, and Sewist
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Les Misrables by Victor Hugo
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Jacob Have I Loved | Katherine Paterson
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#NewberyEpicChallenge books for November!

📙 Jacob Have I Loved by Katherine Paterson
📙 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O‘Dell

Enjoy!

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The Witch of Blackbird Pond | Elizabeth George Speare
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#NewberyEpicChallenge reads for October!

📘 The Witch of Blackbird Pond by Elizabeth George Speare

📙 Julie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George

Enjoy!

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Great book, but I was left with one answered question, which is driving me a little crazy. 🙂

ShelleyBooksie Whats the question? 3mo
amber_ldsmom @ShelleyBooksie What was Bennett‘s issue? 3mo
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A Wrinkle in Time | Madeleine L'Engle
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#NewberyEpicChallenge for September!

📘Roller Skates by Ruth Sawyer
📙A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L‘engle

Feel free to join in at any time. Enjoy!

Johanna414 A Wrinkle in Time is my all time favorite book! ❤ 3mo
rubyslippersreads I‘ve read A Wrinkle in Time, but have had Roller Skates on my TBR for ages. 3mo
annahenke Wrinkle in time is delightful 3mo
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One of the best Newbery award winners I‘ve read! Completely captured my heart. ♥️
#NewberyEpicChallenge

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American Dirt | Jeanine Cummins
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Great book! Truly enjoyed it! Jeanine Cummins is a great storyteller, and the Audible version is fantastic.
5⭐️!

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Pickpick

Really great book with lots of valuable insight!

Bookwormjillk Wow, that sounds so interesting 4mo
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Johnny Tremain | Esther Hoskins Forbes
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August books for the #NewberyEpicChallenge!
📚 Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
📚 From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg

Happy reading!

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Jo & Rus | Audra Winslow
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Finally! I‘m so happy to find a graphic novel full of positivity with no questionable content. Great for the younger crowd - late elementary though middle school.

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#NewberyEpicChallenge books for July!

📚The Higher Power of Lucky by Susan Patron
📚The White Stag by Kate Seredy

Happy reading!

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We Dream of Space | Erin Entrada Kelly
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A Newbery honor book set in the 80s about a dysfunctional family and how they navigate life.

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Ugh, I‘m struggling to finish this. Only four more stories to go, but I don‘t want to pick it up. The stories are so cheesy and not entertaining at all. I‘m not sure how this got an award. Maybe because it was a unique look at another culture. It‘s just not good, though; although, maybe children would enjoy it. I dunno. 😖 #NewberyEpicChallenge

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Shiloh | Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
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#NewberyEpicChallenge books for June!

📚 Shiloh by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
📚 Miracles on Maple Hill by Virginia Sorensen

Enjoy!

Roary47 I‘ve already read both of you have a discussion let me know. 😊 6mo
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Scary Stories for Young Foxes | Christian McKay Heidicker
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4/5🌟
I personally really liked this one, but it did seem pretty dark for a children‘s book. The earlier chapters were definitely more disturbing than the later ones. I‘ll probably have nightmares about Beatrix Potter now. 😬

rubyslippersreads I 🧡 this cover but just don‘t think I could handle the darkness. 🦊 6mo
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3/5🌟
The characters and situations felt very true-to-life, and I really loved the main character, Merci; but I really hard a hard time getting through this one. It didn‘t really get going until I was more than halfway done, but I still really liked the story. #NewberyEpicChallenge

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Dead End in Norvelt | Jack Gantos
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4/5🌟
Such a great book! Fun, quirky characters and lots of history. And so funny!
#NewberyEpicChallenge #dogsoflitsy

ShelleyBooksie Beautiful dog!! 7mo
amber_ldsmom @ShelleyBooksie Thanks! He‘s a corgidor. ❤️ 7mo
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Bridge to Terabithia | Katherine Paterson
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#NewberyEpicChallenge books for May!

1. Bridge to Terabithia by Katherine Paterson
2. Shen of the Sea by Arthur Bowie Chrisman

Butterfinger I love how they do represent diversity. 7mo
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Mehso-so

This one was borderline between “It was okay” and “I liked it.” Ultimately, I think it just wasn‘t the right time for me to read this one. I really liked the idea of the Suitcase Project, though. I might give my own kids that assignment. #mgbuddyread

megnews I really like that as an assignment too. 7mo
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Slump | Dave Jarzyna
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Y‘all, I‘m in a serious reading slump. I can‘t seem to focus for more than a few minutes. I think it‘s all the stress with moving and church assignments. I just want to read! 😭

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A Mother's Promise | K.D. Alden
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Mehso-so
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Alone | Megan E. Freeman
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Mehso-so

2/5🌟
A book written in verse has to be written really well and cut straight to the heart. I don‘t think the author accomplished that. The main characters isn‘t all that likable either.

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4/5🌟
I really enjoyed this one. Strong female characters, and it felt different from anything I‘ve read before. #onceuponabookclub

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Bailedbailed

Great idea, just poorly executed. I found myself disconnected and dreading picking it up again. This was my March #bookspin.

TheAromaofBooks It's always sad when I realize that the reason I'm not reading is because I don't actually want to read the book I'm in the middle of reading 😬 Sometimes you just gotta let it go!!! 8mo
MsMelissa I also bailed on this one. 8mo
amber_ldsmom @TheAromaofBooks Exactly. I have trouble with the idea of not finishing something. I rarely bail on books, but with the amount of TBR this month, I just couldn‘t waste any more time. I shouldn‘t dread doing something I love. 8mo
amber_ldsmom @MsMelissa Glad I‘m not the only one! 8mo
TheAromaofBooks Yes!! I love reading, so if I'm avoiding it, that's when I know it's time to think about letting the book go. I really don't like bailing on books either, but I also don't like it when reading turns into a chore instead of something I enjoy! 8mo
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Dead End in Norvelt | Jack Gantos
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#NewberyEpicChallenge reads for April!

1. Dead End in Norvelt by Jack Gantos
2. Merci Suárez Changes Gears by Meg Medina

Happy Reading!

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Wuthering Heights | Emily Bront
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#BookSpin list for April!

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 8mo
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Rabbit Hill | Robert Lawson
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Cute story about the relationship between humans and animals. Loved the dialects. The ending was very sweet. #NewberyEpicChallenge #ReadtheUSA2021 #Connecticut

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Hubby took me to the bookstore tonight! 😍
📚Itty Bitty Princess Kitty: The Cloud Race (for my littlest)
📚Dragon Master: Rise of the Earth Dragon (for my hesitant boy reader)
📚Mrs. Friday and the Rays of Nimh (beautiful edition!)
📚Some Places More Than Others (#mgbuddyread)
📚Skunk and Badger (because I was looking for more by this author)
📚The Last Rabbit
📚The Toll (for my hubby)
📚Dracula (amazing cover!)
📚Gravity Falls (for the kiddos)

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Shiver | Allie Reynolds
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I usually don‘t read Murder mysteries, but this was a lot of fun and kept me interested throughout. Only bad thing was that the end was predictable and not very believable. #onceuponabookclub

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A Cat Story | Ursula Murray Husted
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Cute and lighthearted! Loved the inclusion of so much famous art! I didn‘t expect that. 🖼🎨🎭

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5/5🌟
Made me want to live in a marsh, and sometimes I just want to be the “Marsh Girl.” 😍
#readtheusa2021 #northcarolina

MotherOfCats I‘m reading this now and I just LOVE Kya. She‘s wonderful. And boys are stupid 😂💁🏻‍♀️🙄 8mo
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The Unexpected Deliverer | Emily Belle Freeman, David Butler
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5/5🌟
The Lord often delivers us in unexpected ways. So good, so insightful, and exactly what so many of us need to hear right now. So much goodness packed into one little book! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
#ldslivingbookclub

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2/5🌟
I felt that this one was just not thought out very thoroughly and that the writing was pretty immature. A few things just didn‘t make sense. Like, if the animals could understand English, why couldn‘t they understand Spanish? I was frustrated with things like that. #amazonbookbox

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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4/5🌟
I listened to over half of it on Audible and didn‘t like the narrator, so I read the rest. Loved double stories and how they intertwined.
#NewberyEpicChallenge

SeaToSkyes One of my favorites! ❤️ 9mo
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The Candymakers | Wendy Mass
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4/5 🌟
I actually didn‘t have high hopes for this one, but I really liked it! You know those stories about four seemingly different people and then you find out that their lives are all somehow intertwined? This was like that, but with kids. Lots of feels and good messages. #mgbuddyread

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Prairie Lotus | Linda Sue Park
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Mehso-so

2.5/5🌟
While this book was well-written, the emphasis on politically trending ideas left me bristling. I wouldn‘t want my children to read it.
#readtheusa2021 #southdakota

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The Miraculous | Jess Redman
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5/5🌟
Probably my favorite book of the year so far. Jess Redman perfectly captures that moment when a believer of miracles gets slapped in the face by reality and then gently brings us out of that dark hole again into the light. I just hugged this book after I finished it. Such a great story about grief, healing, and miracles. #amazonbookbox

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Holes | Louis Sachar
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#NewberyEpicChallenge books for March!

Holes by Louis Sachar
Rabbit Hill by Robert Lawson

Enjoy!

Butterfinger I have always wanted to read Rabbit Hill. I don't know why I haven't. Holes used to be a favorite among my students. It was one I read several times. 9mo
amber_ldsmom @Butterfinger I haven‘t read either one, but I saw the movie Holes. Do you know how it compares to the book? 9mo
Butterfinger It's a pretty good adaptation, actually. 9mo
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Okay, jumping back in for March! #Bookspin list updated and ready to go.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! 9mo
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The Story of Mankind | Hendrick Van Loon
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1/5🌟
I found this book incredibly boring and biased. I can‘t imagine any child would find this enjoyable reading. The only reason I didn‘t bail on it was because I have a personal goal of reading all the Newbery books. So glad this one is checked off and I can move on. #NewberyEpicChallenge

Butterfinger I started it last night. I was turned off by the evolution. The only thing going for it right now is the short chapters. 9mo
amber_ldsmom @Butterfinger They get longer. 😩 Wait til you get to the chapter on Jesus of Nazareth. Instead of just giving us a historical summary like the rest of the book, he makes up two letters that were supposedly written by an uncle an nephew about Jesus. He does not say they are made up, just lets the reader think they‘re genuine. I was already wary of the facts he put forth, so I looked it up. He fooled a lot of people. 9mo
Butterfinger I can't. Blasphemy is the one thing I won't read. It is too much. 9mo
amber_ldsmom @Butterfinger The author seems like an atheist from the way he writes. I was pretty annoyed by him. 9mo
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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4/5🌟
Great for fans of Educated by Tara Westover; very similar. Would love to see the movie.
#readtheusa2020 #westvirginia

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3/5🌟
This second book from Allie Brosh started out strong in the funny, but midway through it became pretty depressing, and by the end it was kind of heartbreaking. I wasn‘t prepared for that. My heart goes out to Allie, who has been battling depression for years. ❤️

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3.5/5 🌟
I had a hard time swallowing all the hate and violence on the side of the good guys in this one. You usually see the good guys take the higher road, but not so much in this. Sometimes they did, but too much of the time they did not. It was darker than I wanted it to be. However, it did have nice complexity.

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Just So Stories | Rudyard Kipling
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3.5/5🌟
Cute and funny stories that Rudyard Kipling would tell to his children. Loved the daddy-daughter duo Tegumai and Taffimai. And the explanations he wrote for his illustrations were great. 😂 #childrensclassicread2021

UwannaPublishme Great review! The daughter-daddy duo was also my favorite. 10mo
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4/5 🌟
Heartwarming ❤️
#mgbuddyread

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4/5🌟
Super quick read and really interesting and fun. Helps you quickly figure out which personality type you are and lays the basic foundation for the enneagram. However, I‘m still unsure which type I am, but that may be BECAUSE of the type I am. 😂 I‘ve at least eliminated 5 out of the 9 types.

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As Kingfishers Catch Fire | Gerard Manley Hopkins
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1.5/5 🌟
If you want a headache, read this book. If you want to fall asleep, read this book. If you want to daydream while looking like you‘re reading, read this book. Also, “combs” is one of his favorite words, so if you like combs...

Chrissyreadit Funny review! 10mo
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4/5🌟
I had to read this book twice to get full enjoyment from it, but it‘s a lovely book of whimsical poetry written in tribute to William Blake. I was intrigued enough by this book to pick up and read my copy of Selected Poems by William Blake.
#NewberyEpicChallenge

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Before the Ever After | Jacqueline Woodson
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4/5🌟
Beautiful and touching story told in verse about CTE and it‘s affects on a family. Jacqueline Woodson has a powerful talent to get to the heart of things with ease and grace. #amazonbookbox

ShelleyBooksie What is CTE? 10mo
amber_ldsmom @ShelleyBooksie CTE is Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy. It‘s a brain disease caused from repeated head trauma. A lot of boxers and football players suffer from it. 10mo
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The Lost Love Song | Minnie Darke
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3/5🌟
This one was just kind of meh. Cute story, and I really liked the character Evie, but the other characters fell kind of flat for me and I don‘t feel like I had as much of an emotional connection as I was supposed to. Good one for music lovers, as there is a sort of playlist in the end pages.
#ouabc