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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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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). ❤️ 3mo
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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 😏 3mo
elisebarker @DimeryRene I just posted them 😂 3mo
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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. 5mo
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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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Mehso-so

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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Mehso-so

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! 7mo
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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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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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WOW WOW WOW. This book was SOOOOOOOO good!! I learned more about apartheid from this book than I ever learned in school. Trevor Noah is so well spoken and so funny. I loved that this story was not about his rise to fame at all-it was about his youth. One of the best memoirs I‘ve ever read.

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Mehso-so

Another “okay” story. It was much more about the love story than any haunting... I was in the mood for a scary book and this was not it haha

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Mehso-so

Meh. It was okay. Honestly, I read it a while ago and can‘t remember much of it so that‘s how impactful it was 😅

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The Most Wanted | Jacquelyn Mitchard
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This was good, but not as good as The Deep End of the Ocean. I really like Arly and it was a very interesting story!

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I love Rachel Bloom and I loved Crazy-Ex Girlfriend! This book had its laugh out loud moments for sure, but I didn‘t like it as much as some other celebrity books I‘ve read.

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Sing, Unburied, Sing | Jesmyn Ward
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Mehso-so

I think it took me too long to read this one.. I had the audiobook for over a month and listened in 5-10 minute intervals so the story seemed disjointed to me. I will say, the writing is EXCELLENT! And I will definitely read more of Jesmyn Ward!

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Meh. The writing wasn‘t that great. He jumped around a lot and honestly, he made it seem like anyone can just get out of the situation easily. As a trained social worker, I don‘t agree with a lot of what he said.

megnews I did not care for this either. I think he holds a lot of shame about his roots and while Appalachia surely has its problems it didn‘t deserve the broad brush I felt he painted it with. 10mo
Readerann I agree 10mo
elisebarker megnews I agree!! 10mo
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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I‘m kinda into stories about messed up families these days. Jeannette Walls writes so well. Her story is messed up, but I‘m glad she and most of her siblings were able to make better lives for themselves.

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Followers | Megan Angelo
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Mehso-so

This reminded me a lot of The Circle by Dave Eggers, and I wasn‘t a huge fan of that book. This one was better, but I thought it was just okay.

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Wow this was a powerful book. I really don‘t know much about any parts of the Jewish faith, and I know this is not a typical Jewish story, but I feel like I learned a lot. What strength!

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I loved this book! The relationship between the characters was subtle, but beautiful.

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Not going to lie, I have a HUGE crush on our Vice President!! This was extremely well written and organized. It just made me love her even more!

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This Won't End Well | Camille Pagn
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Meh. Really cheesy chick-lit. Very predictable.

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I love books like this-where the main character realizes we only have one life to live. It reminded me a little bit of A Man Called Ove, so if you liked that one you will like this one!!

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Truly Madly Guilty | Liane Moriarty
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Meh. This was not even a so-so for me. Too much going on and a lot of weird plot points that felt they were only there for some shock value. Not my favorite by Moriarty.

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The Power | Naomi Alderman
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Reallllly late to the game on this one... I think I bought it 2 or 3 years ago? Anyway, a very powerful book/no pun intended. It really made you think of how different the world could be in a matriarchal society. Definitely a pick for me.

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This was a crazy book! Karyn made me very anxious as she racked up her debt, but I loved the concept of, “of 20,000 people each gave me a dollar, I‘d be out of debt!” Haha very glass half-full kind of thinking.

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Mehso-so

It was pretty good. Definitely a different concept and I appreciated that the main character was an alcoholic-you don‘t see women portrayed that way very often. Just watched the series on HBO Mac and it was pretty good too. Different than the book, but I liked the differences.

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The Graveyard Book | Neil Gaiman
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Mehso-so

This definitely took me longer to read than it should have. I had a hard time concentrating. I can see why it would be a good book for kids, but I just thought it was okay.

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Oh man was this a wonderful book! Captures different types of relationships so well. The writing was great and the story was so heartbreakingly beautiful. A must read! Thank you @DimeryRene for recommending this book to me four years ago 😂

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I have wanted to read this forever and I enjoyed it. It was a really fast read, which is what I kind of needed. You definitely didn‘t have to think too hard.

DimeryRene I love catching up on your books on here!! 13mo
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I can‘t believe how different this was from the movie! I‘ve watched the movie so many times but this was my first time reading it and I loved it!! Very creepy and of course well written.

DimeryRene Always wanted to read this!! 13mo
elisebarker @DimeryRene I‘ll save my copy for you! 13mo
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When I Was the Greatest | Jason Reynolds
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Mehso-so

I feel like this book was really simple. I didn‘t know until later that it‘s a book more for kids because I listened to it. I think everything was too neat.

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Find Me | Andr Aciman
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I listened to this on audio. If the last 10 or so minutes hadn‘t happened I would have said this was a “Pan”. I love CMBYN soooooo much and the writing and language is very similar and beautiful in Find Me, but I was disappointed in how much content Elio‘s father got. His part was half the book!! I just wanted to know about Elio and Oliver together! Luckily those last 10 minutes happened... and I loved them enough to call this a Pick.

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Oof. I usually don‘t read these kind of books, but my mom loaned it to me. Lots of psychological problems in this family for sure. But, the author wants you to feel sorry for her that she lost out on millions of dollars from her grandparents wills and it‘s just really hard to feel sympathy for that when she was getting free healthcare and I‘m paying out the ass for bad insurance 😖

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Axiom's End: A Novel | Lindsay Ellis
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Mehso-so

I read this one for book club and I wasn‘t really a fan. I kept losing track of what was happening in the story.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I‘m so glad I listened to this book!! It was so great to hear all the the different voices. It was a good read with a lot of depth and reality about addiction.

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The One and Only | Emily Giffin
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Mehso-so

Meh. Probably my least favorite Emily Giffin novel that I‘ve read. Falling in love with your best friend‘s dad is just too weird for me.

DimeryRene Woof. Weird. 1y
elisebarker @DimeryRene yeah. It was too much haha 1y
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