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mamawray

mamawray

Joined May 2019

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The The Last of August by Brittany Cavallaro
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Charlotte's Web by E. B. White
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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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This was such an interesting read and ingeniously written! The story weaves around just like the whole plot feels. It's hard to describe how perfectly every piece fit together. It was a neat concept and although the ending wasn't exactly what I hoped, it was perfect for the book.

CoffeeNBooks I read this recently- great book! 2w
cjk One of my favorites! Her new book is fantastic as well. 2w
mamawray Ooo! I'll have to check that out, @cjk ! 2w
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While heartwrenching at times, this book follows the life of Irena Sendler, a Polish woman who, along with her network of friends, rescued roughly 2,500 Jewish children from the Jewish Ghetto in Warsaw. It was incredible to read of the brutalities these people faced, but also encouraging to read of the many people who worked to rescue so many. The stories are simply unbelievable. Their courage was incredible. And their stories warrant being heard.

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Treacherous Curse | Deanna Raybourn
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I love this series! Veronica and Stoker's relationship is so fun and I love how it grows and develops as we go. Looking forward to picking up the next one!

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We read this as a family read aloud. I wasn't sure how our 4 and 2 year olds would enjoy it, but they loved it! We started each reading by recapping what we read the night before and then summarized the chapters at the end to help them follow. Our 4 year old especially loved the idea of the White Witch and Aslan! Plus Father Christmas shows up in one chapter. Oh and talking animals? Yep. Big hit!

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A Study in Charlotte | Brittany Cavallaro
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This was a really neat read! Cavallari did a great job of recreating that Watson and Holmes relationship in a new, unique way. It's clear that these characters are descendants of the famous Sherlock and Watson (therefore sharing characteristics), but also their own people (younger and in a different time period).

I'm looking forward to picking up the next in the series!

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The Hiding Place | Corrie ten Boom, Elizabeth Sherrill, John Sherrill
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This book details the incredible efforts of the ten Boom family in hiding Jews in Holland during WWII. I am astounded at the courage and faith this family exhibited. Although the content could be hard to read at times, God's love and grace shown through it all. It has brought new perspective and has encouraged me greatly in my own walk with the Lord.

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This book was incredible. As a type A, driven, people-pleaser, this put words to situations and feelings I've encountered, but never knew how to put into words. It started a little slow, but the second half of my copy is book-eared all over to mark sections that were particularly meaningful to me. I would definitely recommend this one!

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A Perilous Undertaking | Deanna Raybourn
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I absolutely love these books! Veronica and Stoker have such an incredible chemistry that is touching in moments and laugh out loud in others! Quickly becoming one of my favorites!

As a caution, Veronica, the main character, is very in touch with her sexuality which comes up often throughout the book. There are not explicit acts described, but much of the book revolves around this topic. Just to know as you decide whether it's the book for you!

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Absolutely incredible. So well researched and full of a history I had never been taught. I would recommend this book to anyone. It's a tough read as you learn about the history of convict leasing and other brutalities, but one which is important that we not hide from. I strongly encourage you to pick it up!

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This was a tough book to review because while it was funny and entertaining, it wasn't anything like what I expected. It gives the idea that it will focus on perseverance in the small things, but ended up being a collection of memoirs with the occasional discussion of God working in the little moments. Don't get me wrong, it was very funny, just not what I imagined based on the description.

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Sunset of the Sabertooth | Mary Pope Osborne
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My kids love the adventures of Jack and Annie. And I love all the teaching moments it offers. This installment is just another fun adventure!

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Afternoon on the Amazon | Mary Pope Osborne
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My kids are loving Jack and Annie's adventures. While we enjoyed this one as well, there were several parts that could be scary for some kids (snakes, crocodiles, vampire bats, etc), but they did a good job at the end pointing out that these animals aren't mean, they're just doing what they need to do to live. My kids love learning about animals so it led to a lot of fun questions we could incorporate into school!

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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This book took me a long time to go through and covered a LOT of plot, but it was so good! It's a wonderful historical fiction. There are a lot of "intimate" moments between characters and some fairly graphic violence so if that turns you away it may not be for you (just so you're not caught off guard).

Overall, it was a fun book to read ... despite feeling like I just finished 3 books worth of storyline!

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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Not gonna lie, I'm super excited to read this as I've heard great things, but also a little intimidated by its sheer enormity! 😁😯

audraelizabeth I have found that once I get into the story I fly through them. 5mo
mamawray Very true! I'm loving it so far! 5mo
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This book was like reading a Hallmark movie! After reading a few reviews about it being a little slow I almost put it back on the shelf (I typically prefer adventure/mystery), but I'm so glad I determined to read it! I loved seeing the transformation of the 3 main character as they each navigated their way through a tough, life-changing season. I thoroughly enjoyed the journey!

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Pirates Past Noon | Mary Pope Osborne
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After reading this my daughter wants to play pirates all the time! It can be a bit intense and suspenseful for little ones, but they loved the adventure!

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Curious Beginning | Deanna Raybourn
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I absolutely LOVED everything about this book! The characters were fascinating, the mystery, the history, it was all splendid! On my way to find more by Deanna Raybourn.....😊

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My first ever audiobook and I loved it! Read by the actor who plays Newt Scamander, it was a fun depiction of all the magical creatures, both those used in the Harry Potter series and some that are not. I'm not sure if the paper book would be quite as much fun though.

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It took me a long time to read (new baby), but I got a lot out of this book. It was a great reminder for me to look to God to be all that I need instead of striving to do it all on my own.

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Mummies in the Morning | Mary Pope Osborne
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It was another fun adventure with Jack and Annie, but contains ghosts, mummies, and other somewhat scary scenes for littles ones (my kids are 4 and 2). They still really enjoyed it, but I questioned whether to just skip this book. We read this during breakfast and they seemed ok. Just surprised at the somewhat spooky themes.

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Knight at Dawn | Mary Pope Osborne
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I still really love this series, but am thankful I was doing this as a read aloud for my little ones. There were a couple times with name calling that I was surprised about. Since I was reading, I could just skip over it. Otherwise we really enjoyed the Knight and castle!

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I loved the format. Quick, relatable devotions followed by thought provoking questions. Great practical advice woven throughout along with the questions to help you personalize and focus on application.

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Midwinter Blood | Marcus Sedgwick
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This was my attempt at trying a different genre than normal and while it wasnt awful, it also wasn't a favorite. The book contains 7 stories that flow together with little details here and there. I always felt like I was starting a story but that it finished before the end. But my desire to see how these stories flowed together and to see how the story began, drove me forward in reading. It was entertaining but not one a would leap to recommend.

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Dinosaurs Before Dark | Mary Pope Osborne
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This was a great introduction to chapter books for my 4 and 2 year olds...and it didn't hurt that it had dinosaurs in it! Simple plot line and easy sentences for them to follow with just a few fun pictures. We really enjoyed it and look forward to reading book 2 next week!

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Vacation Under the Volcano | Mary Pope Osborne
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My 4 and 2 year olds really enjoyed this book! And mommy loved that there were snippets of facts woven throughout. Made us all want to learn more about volcanoes!