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elisebarker

elisebarker

Joined September 2016

Social worker by week day, flute teacher by weekend, dog mom and book lover always ❤️
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Saga 1 | Brian K. Vaughan, Fiona Staples
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SO. GOOD!! I can‘t stop reading them!! @DimeryRene

CBee Just wait, it gets better and better!! 4w
DimeryRene @CBee Yes!!!!! It totally does 💕💕 4w
CBee @DimeryRene I have a special place in my heart for Saga - it helped me out of a MAJOR reading slump in early 2020. And I discovered that I love graphic novels! 4w
elisebarker @CBee I‘m learning that I like graphic novels too!! 4w
CBee @elisebarker if they‘re super well done like this especially! Another one I love is Lore Olympus - so good! 4w
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Mehso-so

I think I would have liked this better ten years ago. I can still do YA but this one was a little far fetched and too neat of an ending.

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This was really good! I wish I hadn‘t been so tired when reading it.. my baby is going through a sleep regression 😬 so I feel like there is more to get out of it.

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I‘ve learned a lot rereading these! I did enjoy the Fellowship more, but I think the second book in a trilogy is usually weakest because there really isn‘t a beginning or an end 🤷‍♀️

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The Haunting of Hill House | Shirley Jackson
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This book is absolutely nothing like the show 😅 I think the only similarities are the names! I still found it unsettling and I enjoyed how quick it was!

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I first read this book when I was 13… so it‘s been almost 20 years 😅 definitely got more out of it this time!! A must MUST read!

DimeryRene This is the best picture!!! 3mo
elisebarker @DimeryRene thank you!! 3mo
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This was very enlightening. I read it in one sitting though, so I feel like I might need to reread it to get everything out of it 😊

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Thank you @DimeryRene for letting me borrow this one! A beautiful, devastating book about sisters and race. This one will stick with me for a while…

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TRIGGER WARNING ⚠️ This was a bit slow at first because the author was finding her groove as a private investigator, but overall a really powerful book on rape culture and sexual abuse.

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Between the Lines | Jodi Picoult, Samantha van Leer
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I think I would have loved this if I was a teenager, but it was just a little too young for me.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Wow wow wow. What an excellent book. So very sad, but Westover‘s ability to escape it all was so inspiring. A must read if you liked The Glass Castle.

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The Perfect Girl | Gilly Macmillan
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Mehso-so

This was another one that was just okay. I think it was too long and some stuff was just fluff.

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Meh. I had high hopes for this one and it really fell flat for me. It didn‘t flow very well-I Never knew if she was talking about her past or in the current tense.

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The Last Flight | Julie Clark
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This was a very different kind of thriller and I really liked it! It was a super fast read too.

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Vanishing acts | Jodi Picoult
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Mehso-so

This was a re-read for me, and it wasn‘t what I remembered 😂 but I still enjoyed it! Just not as much as the first time.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I wish I had read this book when it came out. I‘m giving it a Pick because of the big picture, but some of it seemed more like young reader to me.

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This was a chick lit kind of book, but it was quick and what I needed at the time 😊

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This was a fascinating read. Sometimes it was very dry and read like a history textbook, but I really enjoyed it… enjoyed the Hulu series after reading it too!

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Children of Dune | Frank Herbert
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I actually liked this one better than Dune Messiah!

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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If you are an Eleanor Oliphant fan-pick this book up!! I loved it! The main character, Molly, seems to have autism but the author does such a wonderful job not making it the central focus of the book. It‘s a great book!

SilversReviews LOVED this book!! 9mo
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Sarah, Plain and Tall | Patricia MacLachlan
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I have loved this book since I was little. It was the first time I was introduced to the name Caleb-and I‘m pregnant with my very own Caleb now ♥️

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Dune Messiah | Frank Herbert
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I‘m really glad I read the preface written by Herbert‘s son first because it kind of gave showed you what was to come with Paul. I did like this one, but not as much as Dune.

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The Thursday Murder Club | Richard Osman
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This was a really cute book. I love the concept of making new friends when you‘re in your 80s. It was a quick read!

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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Mehso-so

I loved the classic Picoult plot twist that we haven‘t seen for a few books from her, but honestly this book is about the beginning of the pandemic and it made me really anxious reading it… I just think maybe I wasn‘t ready for it.

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Remarkable Creatures | Tracy Chevalier
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I liked this book. It was an easy, fast read and I read it when I had Covid back in January so it was a perfect book after Dune.

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Dune | Frank Herbert
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Ugh. SOOOOO GOOOOOD!! I saw the movie first and fell in love! I always think I‘m not really a sci-fi fan, but I AM!

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The Book of Two Ways | Jodi Picoult
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Mehso-so

This one was just okay. I honestly read it months ago (I‘m catching up on posting 😂)

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Bring Me Back | B A Paris
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Meh. My second BA Paris book and they were both so unbelievable. Just not my cup of tea.

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The Only Good Indians | Stephen Graham Jones
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This was a perfect October book! It was unsettling and it just drew you in quickly. A little gory, but so good.

sprainedbrain Love that book (and everything by SGJ that I‘ve read). ❤️ 1y
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If I Was Your Girl | Meredith Russo
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Another very YA book. Some of it was a little cringe-y (the perfect nights as teenagers falling in love) but from the perspective of a trans woman (teen). Overall though, I liked it.

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I will definitely continue this series! It‘s hard for me to read graphic novels most of the time, but this was an easy read!

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I live in Texas, so this was a fascinating read. It was a little dry and thick with policy, but I learned so much! If you are interested in the history of the death penalty you should definitely read this!

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I liked this one, but it was a little confusing with all the different “Final Girl‘s” stories. I will definitely read more Grady Hendrix though!!

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Heatwave: A Novel | Victor Jestin
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Mehso-so

It definitely did what it was supposed to do-make you uncomfortable! I think it took me too long to listen to this one (I know it‘s short) so I might have liked it better in one sitting.

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Meh. I thought it was just okay and kind of predictable. (My dog tore this book up ages ago 😂)

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The Fact of a Body: A Murder and a Memoir | Alexandria Marzano-Lesnevich
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This book was SO good. It‘s probably one of my favorites I‘ve read this year. Huge Trigger Warning though. I don‘t want to be triggering, so look up what this book is about. Really made me think.

DimeryRene I just saw all your reviews pop up on my feed 😏 1y
elisebarker @DimeryRene I just posted them 😂 1y
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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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This was a very YA book, but I liked it. It was an easy listen.

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Disappearing Earth | Julia Phillips
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I loved reading about this culture. I really don‘t know much about Russia or it‘s culture. A lot of it seemed more like short stories than a cohesive novel, but I liked it anyway!

SamAnne I loved this book. I loved the window into Kamchatka as well. 1y
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Running with Scissors: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
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What a crazy memoir. I do not understand how this psychiatrist kept his license for so long. I guess I have to watch the movie now!

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Hot Stew | Fiona Mozley
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Another so-so. I feel like there was a lot of underlying themes and motifs I was supposed to pick up on but I just didn‘t 🤷‍♀️

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We Run the Tides | Vendela Vida
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Meh. I‘m not sure if this was supposed to be YA or not, but it was really disjointed in my opinion. It was a very quick read though!

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I wasn‘t expecting a lot since Simone is a gymnast not an author. Overall though, I am glad I read her story BEFORE the Olympics this year!

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Valentine | ELIZABETH. WETMORE
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It wasn‘t what I was expecting based on the description. It was good, but not a Pick for me.

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This book was loaned to me (by @DimeryRene ) at the exact right time. If you need an escape and a light-hearted read with a brilliant ending, look no further!! I immediately went out and bought myself a copy. The best book I‘ve read in a long time.

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Waco: A Survivor's Story | David Thibodeau, Leon Whiteson
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I watched the series last year and I was so excited to read it but so was everyone else 😂 I was finally able to borrow it and MAN. I did not know anything about this conflict!! It was very well written and eye opening.

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Wow this one was interesting. The author was raped by one of her closest friends when she was 19. 14 years later she interviews him. Some parts were hard to read, but it was fascinating to hear what her ex-friend/rapist said about the incident and their friendship.

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I love Jenny so much and I am so lucky that I live in San Antonio so I bought this book FROM HER BOOKSTORE!! And she signed it for me! She truly is one of my favorite authors ever, and this is a wonderful book.

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This was a good book, but honestly a few chapters were hard to read. It also felt like the author was trying really really hard to convey to the reader that she is “okay”. I would have loved her to talk about her own brokenness a little bit more.

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I‘ve been reading a ton of memoirs lately, so to read a fiction book was refreshing. And I am so glad I picked this one!! I‘ve wanted to read it forever! It was so good and the story beautifully unique. If you haven‘t read it yet... you should!

RachelAmphlett I‘m taking that on my break next week - can‘t wait to read it! 2y
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I was a little nervous about this book being about war and aliens, but dang was it good! I admit I read the Sparks notes summary after every chapter to make sure I was understanding it right 😅

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