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daf_fields

daf_fields

Joined April 2017

I am a sucker for the classics (and sci-fi...oh, and suspense)
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1200 pages (truth - 70 hours audiobook): just finished Les Miserables for the 3rd time!
Wow! What an ending! I love these characters so much 💓
Still my favorite book.
Victor Hugo was such an amazing artist!

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Just finishing Go Set a Watchman & this seemed like the perfect follow-up. It's a haunting tale of a young man torn between the grandparents that are raising him, his deadbeat strungout mother and his ex-con father. Add in his mixed ethnicity, deep-south mysticism, white grandparents that reject him b/c he's mixed and the fact that he's raising his toddler sister. Oh, and multiple narrators, 1 of whom is dead.
Man! This was a powerhouse of a book.

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I am a little embarrassed to admit that I listened to this, and even more embarrassed that I enjoyed it. I was in the middle of some heavy books and needed something lite to fill in the gaps. Keaton, who reads with a touching vulnerability, mixes humorous anecdotes with moving moments from real life. A surprisingly personal look into the life of a real person who is also a celebrity. She is open about her flaws, her mistakes & her insecurities.

Joshcopeland No typos! Lol...just got a good laugh out of the caption 2y
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"The Fault in Our Stars" meets "One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest"
Intrigued by this description in the blurb I read, I checked it out, but honestly wasn't expecting much...BUT I AM LOVING THIS BOOK!

daf_fields I cannot remember the last time a book moved me to tears, but this tragically beautiful tome did it twice. I LOVED THIS BOOK! 2y
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NYPD Red 3 | James Patterson
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Surprisingly, this has been a great read. I usually find his writing formulaic and turn to him for some mindless entertainment, but he has surprised me more than once in this one.

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NYPD Red 2 | James Patterson
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Here we go. Time for another ride down the James Patterson mystery template.

daf_fields It's not that the plot is predictable; the writing is. 2y
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The President's Shadow | Brad Meltzer
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Mehso-so

Meh! It was OK. Not his best, but pretty good.

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"A novel can best be defined as a long piece of prose with something wrong with it". An old saying

Another great quote from the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition

daf_fields I appreciate the research that went onto this work and enjoy the allusions, but the plot simply isn't gripping at all. I'm going to finish it, but I put it down twice already to read other books, and I am setting it aside right now for the first Game of Thrones book 2y
daf_fields Oh, my gosh! This book is never going to end!!! 2y
daf_fields FINALLY FINISHED IT! 2y
daf_fields I'm going to put this up with Gatsby: I respect the work, the craft, the writing, the vision, the scope; I just did not enjoy it and have no desire to revisit it. 2y
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"You never learn to write a novel, you only learn to write the novel you're writing." - Gene Wolfe

Great quote from the introduction to the 10th anniversary edition

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Decided to read it after watching the show. Everyone that works with high school students needs to read this. The differences in the show were done carefully and deliberately.

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This was a fantastic expose of the very flawed "correctional" system. The show, which I've only caught bits and pieces of, takes a ton of liberties. This is a very powerful book!

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The Scarecrow | Michael Connelly
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Good read. Started a little slow but picked up quickly. Nice murder mystery.

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13 Reasons Why | Jay Asher

"Every poem you write should be like someone reading your things. It should be terrifying and incredibly embarrassing."

OK, confession, I'm watching the show and haven't read the book yet, so I don't know if this is in the book or not. However, I'm finding the show the most poignant, realistic exploration of modern teenagers.

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We Are Legion (We Are Bob) | Dennis E. Taylor
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Oh, man! So far I am loving this book. Sci-fi, cryogenics, AI, eerie yet realistic political events, and a narrator with a great balance intelligence and levity.

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Hamilton: The Revolution | Lin-Manuel Miranda
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" Lin does exactly what Shakespeare does. He takes the language of the people, and heightens it by making it verse. It both ennobled the language and the people saying the language. That‘s precisely what Shakespeare did in all of his work, particularly in his history plays. He tells the foundational myths of his country. By doing that, he makes the country the possession of everybody."

daf_fields I havent seen the show or even listened to the soundtrack but am enjoying the story of the game-changer. 2y
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The Phantom Tollbooth | Norton Juster
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Reading this classic to my kiddos for the first time.
Hope they love it as much as I do!
A must for all word-nerds!

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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Just finished watching season 1, and even though I just read this a few months ago, I'm diving back in - eerily timely!
And, who better to read it than Claire Danes!

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Haven't watched the movie yet, but the book is eerily good and a little too believable!
Reminds me a lot of "The Black Mirror" episode 'Nosedive' with Bryce Dallas Howard. If you read this, you have to watch that!

daf_fields While I can see where some readers started to find the book a little far-fetched in the middle, this may be the only book I have ever read that gave me a nightmare! 2y
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My Cousin Rachel | Daphne Du Maurier
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Randomly started listening to this. Recently read Rebecca and loved it! I'm almost done, and it is just as good!
Imagine my surprise yesterday when I saw a commercial for the movie!

Nute I almost purchased this the other day while at the bookstore, because I knew about the movie. I'm excited to read it too! 2y
daf_fields That was a good read! 2y
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Before the Fall | Noah Hawley
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Intriguing plot, very creative structure, great character development: one character I really admire and another I abhor!

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The House of Secrets | Brad Meltzer, Tod Goldberg
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My current read - so far it's ahhh-ight

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The Overlook | Michael Connelly
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Looking forward to reading another Harry Bosch book after binging the show.

daf_fields I enjoyed it. I feel like Harry Bosch is an old friend now. 2y
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It's Always Something | Gilda Radner
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I innocently started listening to this, looking for something to distract me while driving 3 hours for a big job interview, naively putting stock in the following line: a private, personal battle in which the humor & humanity that has touched millions became her most powerful weapon. I found myself laughing & crying while stuck in traffic & battling construction. All made even more poignant knowing that she narrated the audiobook in her last days.

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Fear the Sky | Stephen Moss
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I'm enjoying this. Very well thought out.

daf_fields And.....done! Good book, but I need a little break from invading robot aliens and bioterrorism before I read the sequel. 2y
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The Last Mile | David Baldacci
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I really appreciate that this book and its prequel, Memory Man, explore synesthesia, one of my favorite literary devices and an absolutely fascinating psychological condition.

daf_fields This is such a well-written, timely book that I can't help.but groan audibly at some of the despicable characters: ignorant, close-minded and responsible for contemporary backwards thinking. 2y
daf_fields Finished it...great ending! 2y
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One of my former students just brought me this signed copy! This is one of my favorite books!

the_literary_musician That student must have been one cool dude! 👌🏻 2y
daf_fields One cool cat! 2y
Jenni_Capps I hope you passed him! 😂 2y
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The Sleeper | Emily Barr
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Holy cow! What a twist! Totally didn't see that coming - had no idea what I was getting into.

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And Then There Were None | Agatha Christie
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Just started teaching this modern classic. It's a great end-of-the-year reprieve after all of the challenging classics I have had my Brit Lit students read this year.

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MY FAVORITE BOOK, HANDS DOWN! It took me three years and several starts to get through it after buying an old hardback edition that doesn't even have a publisher or date listed. That was 10 years ago, and that tome is still one of my greatest treasures (and one of my greatest accomplishments). I tell my English students that this is the greatest story of redemption there is next to the Bible. The Bishop is my favorite character!

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Just finished this - such an unexpectedly sweet and touching book. Very original.

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This book changed me life! I read it twenty years ago, and I am different everyday because of it. It is easily the most influential book I have ever read.