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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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I loved the first season of this show and it‘s so accurate to the book! I‘ve already moved on to the second book. I hate how they ended the show but I am a reader of course so I have to read the books!

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Wow. This one was REALLY good. I listened to it on audio and I‘m glad I did because it made Sadie‘s stutter more real. It breaks your heart, but it shows the power of the human spirit.

mrozzz Yes! The audio was definitely the way to go on this one. 1mo
DimeryRene Weeeeeeeeee! This audio won awards, girls at work loved it. 4w
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Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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I‘m giving this a pick because it was interesting to learn about the inner workings of an art museum. The story was just okay, but overall I enjoyed it.

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The Captives: A Novel | Debra Jo Immergut
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Panpan

Another dud. It sounds good, but the chemistry between characters is not there for the premise of the book.

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Sarah's Key | Tatiana de Rosnay
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This was another good one! It was sad, but it was a quick easy read. I didn‘t know about the roundup that happened in Paris so I feel like I learned something about the time period too.

DimeryRene Just started it! 5d
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Pickpick

I LOVED this book!!! It was very nostalgic for me because I was a music major in college and all of the musical terms and the beautiful way being in an ensemble was described was perfect. Beautifully written!!

JennyM I loved this one too! It doesn‘t get enough #litsylove ♥️ 1mo
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The Ruin of Kings | Jenn Lyons
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Ugh this was a monster of a book!! I finished it because it was for book club, but if it wasn‘t I would have bailed. The storyline is so confusing and all of the names of characters are similar. I can‘t even tell you what the book was about to be honest-that‘s how bad it was for me.

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The Nest: A Novel | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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I really liked this one! The characters were flawed, but believable. I like how the family comes together in the end.

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The Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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This was too unbelievable for me. I wouldn‘t recommend it.

DimeryRene I have a friend at work who was obsessed with this one. I thought it was okay. 🙄 4w
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Beartown: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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I love Fredrik Backman. I don‘t know anything about hockey, but I live in Texas so I know what it‘s like to be into a hometown team. I loved the way this book played out with each character. Definitely a pick for me!

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I was really not impressed with this book. The only likable characters were Roy‘s parents! I didn‘t like the way he acted like his wife was his property and not her own person. It just didn‘t do it for me.

Samplergal I think that was the point. Sorry you didn‘t like the book. (edited) 4mo
TheBookKeepers Same, I can acknowledge her skill at making believable characters. So much so that I didn‘t like any of them either lol but on a personal level more so than a critique of her writing itself 4mo
elisebarker @TheBookKeepers that is the perfect way to describe it! 4mo
TheBookKeepers Haha thanks! I struggled for a while on how to “rate” this book bc of that issue 😂 4mo
Caksf I had the same experience! I thought the writing was great and it drew me into the story, but I really disliked the characters on a personal level. 4mo
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Heart Berries: A Memoir | Terese Marie Mailhot
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It‘s a pick for me because Mailhot‘s writing is so powerful and impactful, but her story made me really sad. It made me sad because she seems to be trying to prove she‘s okay now, but really she still seems very angry. I‘m surprised she and her husband are still together to be honest.

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This Is Where I Leave You | Tropper, Jonathan
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I got this at a huge Half Priced Books sale a long time ago and I finally read it. I really liked it! It was complicated emotionally but I love the way the family connects in the end. Definite pick!

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The Way I Used to Be | Amber Smith
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Wow. This was a powerful book. It follows a girl from her freshman year of high school to her senior year-starting when she was raped her Freshman year by a family friend. The ending was awesome and I felt very real. Great read for those who don‘t understand why women don‘t speak up right away.

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Defending Jacob: A Novel | William Landay
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Honestly this could have been a pick but I HATED the way Landay describes women. He is constantly talking about how the look (i.e. weight) and he referred to a female Judge with a derogatory name. It was a bit of a surprising ending to be sure, but it was just okay.

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This was an unexpected Moriarty story but I really liked it! There wasn‘t a huge plot twist or whodunnit type scenario, but it was very sweet and gentle.

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Mehso-so

This was just okay. I own the Emperor‘s Children but have never read it. I just wanted more from the story of a childhood friendship that falls apart.

DimeryRene I started this morning. 40 5mo
DimeryRene Wow. That sent before I was done. 40 pages in! I like it so far! 💕 5mo
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Another one about being Fearless! This is an AMAZING true story and I am in awe of what humans can survive. This story is a love story believe it or not. I know I‘ll be thinking of this one for months to come.

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The Hiding Place | Corrie ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill
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So my word for this year is “Fearless”. Fear is something I‘ve struggled with forever, so I‘m reading/listening to books of Fearless characters and man was this a good one to start with! I have always had a fascination with the Nazi regime and concentration camps, but I didn‘t know anything about Holland during that time! Truly a Fearless story if I‘ve ever read one!

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There were some parts to this book that were a little overboard for me, but overall I thought it was really good and eye-opening on the perspective of a Muslim teenage girl right after 9/11.

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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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I‘m giving it a pick because I love Jodi Picoult, but I don‘t really like when authors do stories from the end and work backwards because I get confused on what the characters know and don‘t know at any given time... This is a signed copy though so I‘ll keep it forever haha!

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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First book of 2019! I loved this book and I keep thinking about it even though I finished it over a month ago. It really does explore what it means to be a family and how we can find our own family when we need it.

Ashley85 I enjoyed it too! 🤗 6mo
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All We Ever Wanted | Emily Giffin
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Last post of 2018! And I think the 66th book I‘ve read this year!
As always, an Emily Giffin novel is awesome. I loved the three characters she picked to narrate the story because without giving anything away, using the mother of the boy in question to narrate was my favorite part. Definitely a must read!

elisebarker Oops... 65th book 😬 7mo
Alfoster I loved this one too!😍 7mo
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I listened to this book thinking it was going to be about a cult, and it is, but not really. Kwon‘s writing is so beautiful though I got over the fact it was more about a relationship than a cult. It was a quick read and it has really stuck with me since I read it.. lots to think about.

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I loved Retta on Parks and Rec, so I had to read this book! It was a pick, but there were some chapters I could have done without... they were just too slow. Otherwise, I learned a lot about her and the show!

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Mehso-so

The content was so interesting, but I feel like it was extremely repetitive. A great story, but not great writing.

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Mehso-so

Meh. The first one was the best. I liked the sappy ending but it was too wishy-washy through most of the book.

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My brother was in active addiction for 5 years. By the grace of God he has been clean for 7.5 years. This book was like a terrible flashback to those scary years when he was using, but damn. David Sheff nailed it. The confusion, the anger, the heartbreak, the longing for our loved one to get better. This book is a beautiful testament to how addiction impacts a family. I also work with people in addiction and I would recommend it to professionals⬇️

BookaholicNatty I have this book and can‘t wait to find time to read it. The father of my boys has been in addiction for a long while and I know the hurt in causes a family. My boys don‘t know because I pulled us away from the situation but it hurts to see someone you love make those choices! I admire the work you do! It‘s so needed in today‘s society!! (edited) 8mo
elisebarker As well as family members dealing with addiction. My mom read it when my brother was using and she told me to read it, but I was too angry to read it. Now, reading it, I realize how blessed my family is. My brother only went to rehab ONCE and he‘s been clean since. I could keep going, but I think you should read it for yourself ❤️ 8mo
elisebarker @BookaholicNatty it‘s such a good book! Thank you for your kind words ❤️ I hope you and your boys find some healing. 8mo
BookaholicNatty Wow that‘s awesome! I‘m a Christian and believe the power of God can change anything!! 8mo
elisebarker Yes ma‘am! 8mo
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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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Mehso-so

I was hoping this one would be better than the other B. A. Paris book I‘ve read, but it wasn‘t. It was too far fetched for me.

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I kind of figured out the plot twist in this one early on, but didn‘t want it to be true. It was a good book that made me think of how it would be to live in a bubble. Makes you grateful for what you‘ve been given!
Also, I really like YA in audio.. anyone else feel that way?

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From Mike Pence, to Donald “the human centipede” Trump, to feminine products and make-up, this book covered it all. In this day and age women need to be fired up. And Erin Gibson‘s book made me realize I have A LOT more that I should be fired up about. It‘s so good and so relevant. If you want to get more fired up, READ THIS NOW!

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The Sinner | Petra Hammesfahr
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This book was SO SAD. All of the weird things that happened to her growing up... no wonder she stabbed that dude without a moment of hesitation. I really liked the way the book played out-you knew there was a reason she did it, but it took a while to fully understand why.

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Mehso-so

I didn‘t like this one as much as the first, but that seems typical for the second book in a trilogy. Still going to read the last one of course!

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Mehso-so

I felt like this book is between a pick and so-so. I‘m going with so-so because it didn‘t really have the best flow. It made me ache to go back to NYC though and made me sad that I have never lived there 😆

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Finding Audrey | Sophie Kinsella
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This was a fast, cute read. Definitely YA, but I appreciated the discussion of medication for mental health and the need to stick with it!

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I really liked the concept of this book and it kept me guessing on whodunnit, but I wasn‘t as scared as I thought I‘d be based on the reviews. Still! A good one to read for this time of year!!

DimeryRene Yas! This is my fave Ware. 💗💗 9mo
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A Separate Peace | John Knowles
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Mehso-so

Eh, I know it‘s kind of a classic, but I just had a hard time relating to the characters. It was soooo slow at the beginning. I didn‘t see the ending coming, but it wasn‘t enough for this to be a “pick”.

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Sour Candy: A Novella | Kealan Patrick Burke
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I‘m kind of on a reading roll this week! This was creepy, but I wish it had been longer!

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If I Stay | Gayle Forman
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This. Book. Broke. Me. I devoured the audiobook in just a few days. Forman‘s knowledge of music and the way she weaves it into the writing of this book is breathtaking. In the last few minutes of the audiobook Mia talks about listening to a piece of music on an iPod that was so incredibly relatable to me I had to listen multiple times. I‘m going to have to purchase this one. Great book!!

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This was so cute and different! I wouldn‘t say the writing is awesome, but I really appreciated that the author didn‘t let some plot points get overdone and strung out like some romantic YA books. It was light and just what I needed 😊 I am going out to get the second one today!

DimeryRene Ahhhhh! I want to read this. 10mo
elisebarker @DimeryRene it‘s really cute and really fast! 10mo
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Another audiobook where it would have been better to read. I got really confused and I think it is because I struggled to follow the timeline and the different names used for the Golden State Killer. I do want to do some more research though since the book came out last year and they caught the guy this year! I would not take my recommendation to heart... I might go back and read it again to fully understand it 😊

ericarobynreads I could see the audio being tricky to follow. I hope you have better luck with the physical book if you give it a read! I LOVED it! Such an intense novel! 10mo
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Where We Belong | Emily Giffin
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Two of my favorite cousins are adopted so I feel I have a better appreciation for women who can give their children up. This book made me feel raw and open, but it‘s so good. It was a fast read and it made my heart both ache and smile. Definite pick!!

DimeryRene Love her! Need to borrow this. 10mo
elisebarker It‘s sooooo gooood! I love her so much! 10mo
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I love the way Celeste Ng writes. I feel like this story isn‘t a huge sweeping story, but one that kind of haunts you and makes you think even when you aren‘t reading/listening to it. I know it‘s a story that I‘ll be thinking about for a while.

Texreader I loved it! 10mo
elisebarker @Texreader so did I! 10mo
DimeryRene I need to read this. It‘s been on my list since it came out. Also I‘ve never read her other! 🙈 10mo
elisebarker I liked it better than her other one!! 10mo
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I haven‘t re-read a book so fast as I did with Eleanor. When I finally saw it in paperback at Target my HUSBAND told me to throw it in the cart because I have purchased so many copies for people as gifts! I just love this book so much. The cover makes it sound like a love story with a boy, but it‘s more about Eleanor learning to live and love herself. A DEFINITE pick!

TheAnitaAlvarez It‘s so good!!! 💙💙💙 11mo
DimeryRene Yas!! I have so many things to bring up on Wednesday! 10mo
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Sights Unseen: A Novel | Kaye Gibbons
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I think this is a very accurate description of Bipolar Disorder and I‘m giving it a “pick” for that reason. I know it was not meant to be a long drawn out book but I would have liked it more if there had been more too the novel.

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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I love the women who narrated this one! I‘ve listened to a few she‘s done and I am a true believer that the narrator can make or break an audiobook 😂 I also really liked this book. It was a little confusing because it works backwards so I had to keep reminding myself that all the information I was learning the characters already knew at the start of the book. Confusing, but still a definite pick!

DimeryRene I love catching up on your posts! 10mo
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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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Meh. It was too predictable and perfect. I wish the characters had had a little bite to them. I did like that they were a biracial couple because I don‘t know if I‘ve read a book with a biracial couple before. But that was really the highlight. I also was not a fan of the narrator‘s voice ☹️

Ashley85 Yeah, I bailed on this one. I had a feeling it was going to be too predictable. 11mo
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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This was a dark book. I loved Gone Girl and I did like this one a lot too!! It‘s just... disturbing and dark. I couldn‘t put it down though which was awesome because I‘ve been in a LONG reading slump. So finishing this in a week felt good. Wanting to tear through a book felt good. Can‘t wait to watch the HBO series!

ErinSueGreads Agreed! I ripped through this one so fast! 11mo
DimeryRene Eeeeeep! Loved this one. Listened at work on audio. Creepy. Felt dirty and weird listening at work because it is so dark. 11mo
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Mehso-so

This one is just okay... it was too long for me. Maybe if I read it and didn‘t listen to it I might have liked it. It was too unrealistic for me.

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I‘m giving this a “pick”, but I was a little disappointed. I want a heroine who doesn‘t need a dude AT ALL. I mean, I feel all superheroes have a love interest but I just wanted Zelie to be a badass on her own. I really love some of Adeyemi‘s imagery though and I could feel the magic, so that‘s why it‘s still a pick for me!

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