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leighmal49

leighmal49

Joined March 2018

I read a lot of the same books as my teenaged daughter- to connect and stay relevant with her. Give us something in common. Something to talk about.
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All the Crooked Saints | Maggie Stiefvater
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I had no idea what to expect with this book. My daughter brought it to me and said I would like it. I definitely did. The struggles of the miracle-performing Soria family, and the pilgrims who found their way to them was compelling. The story is set in the early 1960s in Colorado, but it reminded me a little of One Hundred Years of Solitude with the family drama and magical realism.

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Darkfever: Fever Series | Karen Marie Moning
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1. In a relationship with myself. Til death do I part.
2. Hazel and Augustus from TFIOS.
3. Frodo and Sam
4. Harry, Ron, and Hermione
5. Jericho Barrons, owner of Barron's Books & Baubles. Who wouldn't want to date an admittedly dangerous - with a hidden soft side - man who is intelligent, gorgeous, ripped, wealthy, and who comes with his own bookstore(!!!) and an amazing car collection? Or the Beast. A huge library and a castle... Nice!
@Ke633

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A birthday party game gone wrong! Loved, loved, loved this book! Great story. Easy read. I couldn't help sort of rooting for the bad guy at times. (Kind of like with Crowley and Lucifer in Supernatural. Crowley more so. Just saying. Lol) Also, there's a nice touch with the addition of runes toward the end. I don't get to read about them very often. Added a lil something special. :-)

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Coraline | Neil Gaiman
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Movie - Hocus Pocus
Candy- candy corn
Book- I don't do scary. Never have. Probably never will. Reading Coraline to my then 9 year old creeped me out. Lol
Fave Decoration- ravens
Supernatural- YAY!!!
Witches- YAY!!!
Pet- Pass. I'm allergic to fur and feathers so that leaves fish... and aquariums are too high maintenance.
@JoScho

JoScho 🎃🖤🎃 1y
leighmal49 I'm trying to read more horror type books. I can handle some, depends on the topic. Supernatural horror is easier than reality-based. 1y
leighmal49 I work as a 911 operator so I hear real horror stories daily. It can be overwhelming so reading, especially fantasy, is a mental and emotional escape for me. 1y
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This Wicked Game | Michelle Zink
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Ok, I'll admit it... I bought this one for the cover. Just started reading today and I'm not sure I'm going to like it. But that cover! Even the back cover is pretty. "A secret voodoo society. A forbidden spell. A cold blooded plot for revenge." Well, here's hoping. :-)

leighmal49 Ok so the verdict is in... it was, meh. It severely lacked character development, was slow in parts, and there was an illegal activity engaged in by the main characters, which didn't seem to phase their moral compasses one little bit, and that seemed odd to me. An interesting premise though. 1y
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Truly Devious: A Mystery | Maureen Johnson
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A local bookstore had a "penny a page" sale last week and I got this for $4.16! Just started it today. It was like Black Friday in there. Took 30 minutes to check out. Excellent marketing strategy though. And we all had something to read while waiting in line. Anyway, I think the only other book by this author I've read is 13 Little Blue Envelopes and I loved it. Hoping I'll enjoy this just as much. :)

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Rappaccini's Daughter | Nathaniel Hawthorne
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1. Ravenclaw
2. Yes
3. Wuthering Heights
4. The House of the Seven Gables. I found the writing too stilted. Oddly enough I didn't mind The Scarlett Letter and I read Rappaccini's Daughter my freshman year in college and loved it, so maybe it was just that one book of Hawthorne's that I didn't like?
5. I was never assigned anything by Dickens and thought that was odd.
#book2school

leighmal49 I have not... just looked it up and it looks interesting! Thanks for mentioning. I'll add it to my tbr pile. :-) 1y
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A Face Like Glass | Frances Hardinge
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Not sure about this one. Belongs to my daughter. I started it but lost interest. Plan to try another chapter or two to see if it piques my interest again before consigning it to the DNF pile.

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Daughter of the Pirate King | Tricia Levenseller
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Does anyone else use random items to hold your book open while reading?

Chasing_Pages I do this all the time! Usually it‘s my phone. 1y
leighmal49 I use my phone too :) 1y
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Stardust | Neil Gaiman
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My son recommend this book to me back in 2006 or 07. He had bought a copy so I borrowed it and read it. I very much enjoyed the book so, when the movie came out I had to go see it. Of course it was completely different than the book, but it did have some redeeming lines in it, e.g. Yvaine's monolgue on love, so I can't say the whole movie was terrible. Yet the book is always better. Stardust reminds me of Christina Rosetti's The Goblin Market.

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Runemarks | Joanne Harris
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Love this book... tricky Norse gods, a horse carved into a hill, Yggdrasil- the great world ash tree, an old traveler known as One-Eye, and a girl born with a "ruinmark" upon her.
Also, it has one of the best first sentences I've read:
"Seven o'clock on a Monday morning, five hundred years after the End of the World, and goblins had been at the cellar again."
What's not to like? Another Top Ten of mine.

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Sunshine | Robin McKinley
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Much loved, well-worn copy of another Top Ten fave. Different take on a vampire story.

Book blurb: There are places in the world where darkness rules, where it's unwise to walk. But there hadn't been any trouble out at the lake for years, and Sunshine just needed a spot where she could be alone with her thoughts. Vampires never entered her mind. Until they found her...

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Neverwhere | Ne?l Ga?man
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My No.1 Dark Fantasy novel. Definitely in my Top Ten. I bought extra copies- for each of my 3 kids. Too good to keep to myself. :-)

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Devils & Thieves | Jennifer Rush
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Wow this was such a different take on magic! So good! Loved the characters. Loved the world they inhabit. And even though they were bikers, it wasn't full of "biker-gang" lingo or stereotypes. Would love to see the story continue. :)

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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Started off great, middle was slow, but it picked back up. Overall quite an enjoyable read. There were times I couldn't put it down.

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Paper Hearts | Ali Novak
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Cute teen read. Picked it up at a used book store thinking my daughter would like it. I ended up reading it first.

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Read this at work the past couple of days. (Love having a job that allows me to read in my down time.) Light and breezy and I LOVED it. It's actually all Christmas stories and being May I'm way off the time of year it's designated for. Guess I'll have to read it again this year at Christmas. :-)

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The Virgin and the Gipsy | D.H. Lawrence
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Arrived today. Digging in.

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After getting my heart ripped out reading Call Me By Your Name I decided to go back for another round with the author. Andre, please be gentler with me on this one!

leighmal49 I really enjoyed the first story in this book. Poignant. The second story just ends. It was an interesting story and that was a different way of handling the ending, but leaves the reader with no resolution. The third I couldn't stay interested in and didn't finish. 2y
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This Savage Song | Victoria Schwab
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Lunch hour reading.

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Adored this book. Loved the movie too. And the audio book read by Armie Hammer arrived today. Can't wait to be read to sleep by his deep, soothing voice. 10/10

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My daughter brought me this book after reading it in one go. She said I HAD to put down everything else and read it because she loved it THAT MUCH and cried at least 3x, and then we HAVE to go see the movie because it's SUCH a good story. I read it and she's right...it's a great story. And we did see the movie- her brother even came with. I don't think I've cried so much at a movie since TFIOS. Excellent choice. I was glad she recommended.