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jenlbean

jenlbean

Joined June 2017

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Undying (An Unearthed Novel) | Amie Kaufman, Meagan Spooner
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Great book to finish where Unearthed left the story. Just as action packed, with relationship development that is perfectly appropriate for the middle to high school aged reader while still being emotionally powerful enough for adults to enjoy.

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Escaping Peril | Tui T Sutherland
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I loved this one! The sass and hilarious comments from Peril made it my favorite so far in the series. My son enjoyed it as well and he interrupted quite a bit with comments like "no! Don't do it!" which told me he was invested in the characters as well.

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Winter Turning | Tui Sutherland
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My son loved the ending of this book. It was fast paced and exciting. I liked the character development and seeing the other side of a defensive personality.

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It's always interesting reading short stories by a wide variety of authors. I enjoyed about half of them and thought quite a few were bordering on ridiculous. It was fun seeing stories about background characters and learning more about some species in the Star Wars universe.

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Great to see the main character grow and learn from her mistakes, but still be goofy and awkward. I wish I had a book like this when I was in my middle school years to help me feel like I wasn't alone going through all the different transitions. The world building is richly detailed.

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This book is so much fun! The humor is infectious and the story makes you want to learn more about the myths and legends.

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Tunnel of Bones | Victoria Schwab
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Really enjoyed the second book in this series. Perfect balance of spooky and humorous. It's been great to be able to share works from my favorite authors with my son. I can't wait for more.

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My son enjoyed this book more than I did. Still a great book, but it was strange for me to read about a romantic relationship to my 9 year old son lol. There was nothing inappropriate about the depiction, it was just the first time a relationship like that has come up in a book he's wanted to read. The character development in the story was incredible and led to some great discussions about why people make bad choices.

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I read these out loud to my son and we both really enjoyed them. It was a very new experience being able to have a different perspective and listening to what my son picked up on that I missed while reading. We will be continuing the series for sure!

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Ship of Magic | Robin Hobb
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Good fantasy world and character development. Moves at a good pace and I wasn't bored with any part. It didn't have me reluctant to put it down and deal with reality like some books I've read, but I did enjoy it and look forward to reading the next two.

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This is going on my permanent book shelf to be read yearly. Refreshing and to the point, it makes you really consider your life and the decisions you're making.

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Aurora Rising | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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Teary-eyed again damn it. I need the next book already please.

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Just what I needed to read during this time of my homeschooling journey. Definitely a help for me dealing with the pressure of people who have never homeschooled but feel the need to tell me I'm doing it wrong. A great read even if you don't want to homeschool.

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I love Bill Bryson's books. This one was like a trip with my dad across Britain. His description is thorough and his attitude is very relatable.

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I did it! I finally finished this book. It was way above my pay grade, but I feel like I learned quite a bit from it anyways. It was actually quite engaging to read, just so full of information that I hadn't encountered before that it got confusing at points.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Slow to start, but picked up nicely towards the end. I can't wait to see what happens. I hate cliffhangers!

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Ruin and Rising | Leigh Bardugo
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Re-read. This series just escalates! Or maybe I'm just excited because now I can start King of Scars. No, this book is definitely the best of the 3. Great ending to the series, full of emotions.

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Siege and Storm | Leigh Bardugo
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Re-read. I'm so glad I'm reading this series again! Love this book. It was great to remember everything I had forgotten.

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Shadow and Bone | Leigh Bardugo
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Re-read. I'm glad I'm reading this again before King of Scars. There's so much I forgot since the first time I read this series. I don't normally re-read books because the excitement isn't there, but I still felt the feels at certain points.

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King of Scars | Leigh Bardugo
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Decided to re-read the Grisha trilogy before diving into King of Scars. It's been a few years and I could use a refresher.

IndyHannaJones Wise choice because I had to do a lot of googling to remember what was what. 11mo
jenlbean @IndyHannaJones I strongly debated it because I really want to start King of Scars. Glad to hear I made the right decision lol. 11mo
IndyHannaJones @jenlbean you did the right thing 11mo
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It's going to be a long 9 months waiting for the conclusion to this series! Great book, even better than the first.

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Great book that covers a vast portion of time, from Mesopotamia to today, along the silk road. It is a thorough and unbiased account of history and I found it eye opening. It was written in a manner that I felt educated, but I could still read it aloud to my 8 year old son and he could comprehend most of the information as well.

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Birds Make Nests | Michael Garland
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Very few words, but the illustrations are detailed and give the child something to ponder. My son used this as a jumping off point and proceeded to look up the birds in the book to learn more about their habitat and why their nests were built in such different ways. Perfect for encouraging interest led learning.

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City of Ghosts | Victoria Schwab
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I really enjoyed this. I knew the writing would be to my taste, but I wasn't expecting to feel so drawn towards somewhere I've never been. I find myself looking up pictures of the locations in the book and imagining what people are doing there. Loved it! Best part is that it's easy enough to read in a couple sittings between homeschooling my son!

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Homeschool history time. I love read aloud time with my son.

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Artemis | Andy Weir
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I hate it when books get really good and end. Great read, slow to start, but action packed after the first few chapters. Not as intense as the Martian, but definitely worth a read.

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I've been reading this for 3 months and I'm only 150pgs in. The info is fascinating but it reads like a text book. I've only not finished 2 books in my life, I don't want this to be my 3rd. How do you get through books that lull you to sleep every time you read them?

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Norse Mythology | Neil Gaiman
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While I enjoyed the writing and interpretation of Norse myths, I was disappointed that this wasn't a story. I thought it would be a retelling that was more on the fictional story end than just rewriting myths I have read several times before.

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Why does it have to end 😭 I loved this series. Great storytelling and characters. The format was refreshing and kept me engaged throughout.

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Gemina | Arnie Kaufman
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Awesome! I don't want to start the next one because I know it will end!

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Illuminae | Amie Kaufman, Jay Kristoff
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I don't know what rabbit hole I just fell down, but I'm pretty sure I won't want this series to end.

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Escuadrn / Skyward | Brandon Sanderson
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Great read, a little reminiscent of Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card, but not in a bad way. Good action throughout.

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This is the first time I'll ever say this, watch the show and skip the book. That's not to say it isn't beautifully written and enjoyable, it was certainly both. However, it is exactly what he says in the BBC series, and you get to see what he's talking about at the same time.

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Action packed! This book doesn't drag along at any point. I can't wait to see what happens next.

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Time to start a new series!

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The Enchantress | Michael Scott
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Best of the series. Great outcome that left me satisfied with the completion. Glad I kept reading them even though I didn't get invested in them until the last 2 books.

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The Warlock | Michael Scott
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Getting better! Lots of action at the end of this novel and the writing style is either getting more descriptive or I'm getting use to it.

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Is it bad that I use homeschool as an excuse to buy books?

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The Necromancer | Michael Scott
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Getting better! I think my difficulty with this series is that it tells you what's happening instead of describing and letting you feel what's happening. It really is a good series, I think I just have a preference for certain writing styles and this falls outside of that.

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The Sorceress | Scott, Michael
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This series has all the elements of greatness, but it just keeps missing the mark for me somehow. I'm trying my hardest to emotionally invest in these characters but they just don't connect with me. I will read to the end of the series and continue to hope.

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The Magician | Michael Scott
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Better than the first. I'm having a hard time getting into this series. I'm thinking I'll try again in a few months and see if it clicks better

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The Alchemyst | Michael Scott
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This book is packed with action, but for some reason it felt like it was moving slowly. I enjoyed the different take on the ancient gods and the personality each had. Hopefully the rest of the series reads better.

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Better than the movie, but I'm still not really enjoying the direction the franchise has taken. It was great to have the extra scenes and it cleared up some of the emotions that the movie muddled.

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D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths | Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
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Very entertaining. I remembered some of them, but I learned a lot more about the family dynamics of the gods. I was confused by watching Marvel's movie version of their family, which isn't right at all. My son liked the stories and thought most of them were very funny.

RadicalReader @jenlbean most awesome God is Thor 2y
jenlbean @RadicalReader he seems to have a really short fuse in this book lol. I really enjoyed the information on the female gods though. 2y
RadicalReader @jenlbean So Thor has Hulk‘s temper what a combo!!! 2y
jenlbean @RadicalReader he was exactly like the Hulk in the myths. Plus I found out Hel is actually Loki's daughter. 2y
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D'Aulaires' Book of Norse Myths | Ingri D'Aulaire, Edgar Parin D'Aulaire
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Reading Norse mythology to my son as part of homeschooling. We've gone to interest led learning which is more work for me, but has been much more engaging for him. I can't believe his recall when he's interested in something! I like this picture from the book, but we've gotten quite a laugh at some of the others.

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The Martian | Weir, Andy
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It's nice to have your faith in humanity reaffirmed. I enjoyed this book immensely. It flowed well without many lags and kept my interest the whole way through. Highly recommend it.

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Not what I expected. I enjoyed reading it, but it went in a different direction and almost distracted from the rest of the series. I wish the "shocking discovery" had been more hinted at so that the stories flowed together instead of this book being so different.

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Frog and Toad All Year | Arnold Lobel
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Sick in bed and enjoying my son reading to me. I've never been happier to be sick.

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It's been quite a while since I've read an entire book in a day, and oh how I've missed it. I couldn't stop reading! This is my favorite of the series so far.

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Another great book in an incredible series. I am getting sucked further and further into these books and truly enjoying each one. Plus this edition was printed in blue ink! I have never read a book printed in colored ink and I found the experience delightful!