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erickahhh

erickahhh

Joined May 2022

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An Unkindness of Ghosts | Rivers Solomon
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Mehso-so

Thisis outside of what I usually pick, but I have been challenging myself to step outside my comfort zone to hear perspectives I am unfamiliar with. This book was heavy with symbolism and metaphor. It depicts the caste system and how it impacts this futuristic spaceship on its journey to its final destination. I did have a hard time getting into the genre and realized it is ultimately not my thing. I got a little lost throughout.

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Pickpick

What a great book that highlights the multigenerational patterns that can exist in families. I had so much empathy for each of the characters, realizing each perspectives helped the story fall into place.

Each woman was making the best decisions she could, given the circumstances. Hoping for a better life, each would (intentionally or unintentionally) make decisions that recreated the same old cycle.

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Mehso-so

This book was interesting, especially as it discussed interesting ways others brains can work differently. I had heard many of these stories before, which is why I gave this book such a low rating. This would be a great book to introduce someone into neuroscience and the plasticity of the brain. If someone is already familiar with the way the brain operates, they may find it boring. The book was well written and the case studies were fascinating

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Mehso-so

This story was heartbreaking. I enjoyed the story development and was genuinely surprised by the last 20% of the book. I found myself getting frustrated with the story at times because it seemed to get a little repetitive. I also loved all of the inmates and the community they created with each other.

It is crazy to think how some women are imprisoned for things like dishonoring her family or self defense

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I HATED this book! It was so long and seemed to drag on. I hated the protagonist and most of the people in his life (which I think is the point). I was not interested in his life and the events that transpired. The protagonist continually made terrible life choices, had no insight into how he contributed to his own demise, and continually made poor decision. The writing style was a bit wordy and the length could have been cut down significantly

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Panpan

I love Tom Hanks, but I did not love this. I liked the idea of the short stories, and appreciated his common theme of incorporating a typewriter into every short story. However, the writing was lacking. Maybe it is my fault because I hold Tom Hanks on such a high pedestal. I was not moved by this. Some stories were entertaining, but I had a hard time getting into this book. I'm a little disappointed by this one

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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This was my first Kristin Hannah book and I LOVED it! I loved the character development and how she created such a beautiful description of the challenges they faced. I typically don't cry when I read a book (contrary to recent posts), but I sobbed through this one.

This historical fiction was so moving. I will be picking up some of Kristin Hannah's other books. She may be one of my new favorite authors!

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This historical fiction hit me right in the feels. I have been obsessed with historical fiction lately, and this one did not disappoint.

I finished this in 2 days and the story stuck with me for days after. I found myself doing research on orphanages and reading stories of children who were ripped away from their loving families to be adopted out. This beautiful story shed light into a part of America's ugly past.

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Still Lives | Maria Hummel
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This would be a great book if you are an art enthusiast! The back cover got me HOOKED, but unfortunately, the story fell flat.

The main character takes it upon herself to solve this mystery, while doofing around and swooning over a toxic guy. She has no business butting into the investigation and seems to make things worse with her hiding evidence and dishonest retelling of events. It doesn't seem to help solve the mystery...

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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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I really need to check out the TV show. Boy, do I wish I knew a love like the one in Normal People. I could not get enough of this book! I finished it in 1 day! The character development was wonderful. I wanted to be best friends with Mary Ann. I am interested to see how this book is adapted to TV

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Bailedbailed

I was truly disappointed with this book. The description of the book made it seem very different than what it was. Turns out, this book is just another evangelical book that is the same as every other. This was not revolutionary, original, or even thought provoking.

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Mehso-so

This was a slow build story, filled with the many little adventures of the lifetime resident of the Metropol Hotel. The stories were feel good and whimsical. I found myself getting frustrated, as it felt like the story wasn't really going anywhere. It picked up right when I was about to give up on it. Overall, it was a feel good story with some plot twists thrown in!

terryduncan5719 I agree the beginning was a bit slow, but the writing was so good. Didn't you think the way the plot twist led to the ending was outstanding? 4w
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The Whisper Man | Alex North
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This was my first Alex North book and it did not disappoint. I enjoyed the twists and turns throughout. There were parts in the plot that made me say “oh come on!?,“ but those were few and far between.

I don't want to say too much out of fear of giving away some of the story. If you like creepy mysteries, you will likely like this!

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Though the idea of the story was very compelling, I was no a huge fan of the writing style. I would get bored, confused, and lost in the storyline. This may be a great book for someone else, but I had a hard time with the writing style. The TV series, however, is able to translate the writing onto the screen very well. If you get lost in the book (not in a good way), I recommend the TV show by the same name.

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Quintessence | Jess Redman
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Do I have Alma-ness?? If I don't, I want to! Gosh, this was a great and heartwarming story appropriate for adults and children of all ages. It is able to touch on sensitive topics like loneliness, isolation, and mental health issues in a way that is easy for young minds to relate to

This was such a sweet story of a girl finding her identity and being comfortable with who she is.

What was your favorite book in middle school?

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Pickpick

This is such an important book! It was so beautifully written and discusses important topics related to racial inequality in the United States. The stories shared were heartbreaking and jarring, though not surprising, unfortunately. Isabel Wilkerson adds to the conversation to show that every level of the system has some form of racism.

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Pickpick

This was another amazing read. I found Addie to be incredible. She was a phenomenal character with determination and grit. I loved the twists and turns this story took and couldn't get enough!

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So. Many. Emotions! This book was full of whimsy, optimism, and charm. I didn't know what I was expecting when I picked up this book, but it was not this. I laughed. I cried. I felt charmed by the characters.

I still notice myself thinking about these children even after finishing this book.... and it is fictional.... it tugged at my heart strings in all the right ways.

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Mehso-so

This was supposed to be a light, funny read for me after reading some other pretty heavy books. I found Sedaris' stories relatable and I giggled along as he discussed his eccentric family. I also use humor to mask sadness and laugh at myself often. Though this book is supposed to be funny, I found myself feeling bad for laughing at him. It felt like rubbing salt in a wound or kicking him while he is down.

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Pickpick

I could not put this book down. I don't think I have ever loved a book so much! I appreciated how this story was so original and unique. It gave voice to culture, relationship roles, family expectations, and desire. This book reminds us that everyone has unique desires and longings, which does not go away as we age. This book was beautifully written! It tied in mystery, romance, culture, and desire to create a beautiful and complex story.

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The Guest List | Lucy Foley
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I was on the edge of my seat until the very end! So many twists. I found myself empathising and caring for the characters, while also in the back of my mind thinking “but did YOU do it!?“ It was definitely entertaining and kept me coming back for more.

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I really enjoyed all of the lives she got to live. I appreciated her creativity to think of many options she would like to see for herself. The book warmed my heart, made me cry, and made me take a second look at my own life. Many books do not stick with me like this one. I loved every minute of it!

BookGypsy Loved this book and had many of the same reactions as you. 1mo
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{Unpopular Opinion}

I did NOT enjoy this book! I know the point is that Eleanor is odd and quirky, I just couldn't get into it. It wasn't interesting enough to keep my attention.

I generally love a quirky/ unrelatable main character, I just found it too difficult to get into her story line. Others love this book, I was just not one of them

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Wow, what a great book. I would love to see this turn into a miniseries on Netflix. My favorite part was how graphic it was. I was thoroughly creeped out!

This book kept my attention. I found myself thinking about and counting down when I could pick it up again. I was truly sad when it was finished!

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I finished this book in 1 day! I want to read it again to take my time with some of the concepts so I can implement them in my own leadership. I especially enjoyed the conversation around female leadership, career building, dual roles, and parenting with a career. All of these topics were relevant to my personal story and helpful as I navigate these waters for myself.

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Pickpick

This book is a great introduction to beauty at every size, BIPOC oppression, transgender and LGBTQIA+ issues.

I thought the themes of this book would focus on body positivity as it related to body size, but was pleasantly surprised that it related to all ways one should love their body. Radical self love in all forms, from size, color, ability, age, and body parts.

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Animal Farm | George George Orwell
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The themes of this book are very relevant, even today. Napoleon reminds me of some leadership the US has experienced in the past.

It provides good insight into power dynamics and the lengths one will go to maintain power at the detriment of others. Those in power often go against the very foundation they stand upon for personal gain. It is also interesting to see those who blindly follow without question.

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Untamed | Glennon Doyle
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I did not find the author particularly likeable. I found myself bothered that she makes a living on “self-help“ but it isn't until this book that she was able to honestly live in her truth.

I found myself losing patience for her. The chapters were short and the book was a fast read. The concept of “be yourself“ was not exactly revolutionary. Some of the short stories were enjoyable. Others seemed self-righteous, exaggerated, and unbelievable.

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This series reminded me a lot of The Lion, The With, and The Wardrobe. I truly adored the characters, especially Lyra. Her identity bloomed throughout the series. The universe developed beautifully throughout as well.

The series did not disappoint and found ways to tie aspects of the universe in through the very end!

Overall, I loved that little hero!

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I LOVED this book! In the beginning. I found the author unlikable. Though I disliked her from the beginning, I thoroughly enjoyed reading about her journey and the situations she found herself in. I saw a lot of my personality in her (which may have contributed to my dislike of some of her faults). I was pleasantly surprised by the end.

Caroline2 Loved it too. ❤️ 2mo
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Pickpick

Wow, I loved this book! It was very interesting with amazing character development. It is rare that I like every character! The story was very engaging and developed nicely. It touched on many racial and sexual minority issues that often go undiscussed

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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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The book did become a bit long at times, dragging on. With so many jumps in the story, it was difficult to follow. It seemed some characters were introduced near the end of the book. I found myself questioning the relevance or some of of story line. With many realities happening at once, I became jumbled at the end. Though the book really tapped into my imagination, I found myself mentally exhausted by the end.

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Dear Edward: A Novel | Ann Napolitano
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Mehso-so

This book has a slow build and devoted to character development during the first half of the book. Though the majority of the book is Edward adjusting to life, the last 30% of the book redeem it!

The author did extensive research on plane crashes, which I appreciated. I wish the research also extended to other areas the book discusses, like first responders and emergency intervention.