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natalieebloom

natalieebloom

Joined April 2019

“I am not afraid of storms, for I am learning how to sail my ship.” -Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
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One of Us Is Lying by Karen M. Mcmanus
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Over the Top | Jonathan Van Ness
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I‘ve been feeling a little “blah” lately and this book was the perfect pick-me-up. It‘s completely focused on JVN before Queer Eye - he doesn‘t even discuss the show until the very end, so I learned a lot about him that I didn‘t know. It was the perfect balance of drama and comedy and I‘d recommend it to anyone looking for a fun, easy read.

marleed I had to start following Michelle Kwan on Instagram after reading this book! 2w
natalieebloom @marleed good idea 😂 2w
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Finally made it through this book! To be honest, it wasn‘t as difficult as I thought - even at 760+ pages, I found most of the story to be engaging and interesting. The writing was beautiful, describing a tragic yet also hopeful storyline. One downside is that I am feeling a little stuck at the end, wondering what “big picture” idea Tartt wanted me to get out of it. All in all, this is definitely a book that I will be thinking about for a while.

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I am Roxane Gay‘s biggest fan, so I had this anthology on my to-read list for a while. If you enjoyed Bad Feminist or Hunger, you‘ll want to read this too. As anyone may have guessed by the subject material, it was hard to read, but necessary.

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Far from the Tree | Robin Benway
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This is an instant YA classic! There were a few parts that were so profound and well-written that I had to pause and re-read them. The last page even brought me to tears! Some of the character‘s reactions to big events felt a little unnatural (perhaps overdramatized) to me, but such is YA. The good definitely outweighs the bad with this one!

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This was a wonderful (but also difficult) read. It was a little tough to get through the first 100 pages (mostly crime scene descriptions - they got a little depressing/repetitive after a minute), but I read the last 200+ pages in two days. Michelle clearly had an unusual obsession, but the way she explains it makes it so relatable and understandable. I think this would be a good “intro” book to someone who is new to the true crime world!

The_Real_Nani I loved this book. I didn‘t expect to get so in to it but it‘s easy to see why she was obsessed with the case! 3mo
natalieebloom @The_Real_Nani definitely. Not sure if you heard, but the GSK was caught in 2018! So, at least we get the satisfaction of knowing the answer 😌 3mo
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Fish in a Tree | Lynda Mullaly Hunt
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This is a thoughtful, well-written YA novel. I *really* wish I had discovered it last year, when I was teaching reading remediation. Ally‘s story definitely could teach kids about the power of acceptance and the importance of asking for help. I loved it and would recommend it to kids and adults alike who are looking to read something a little outside the box.

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There were some really strong chapters in this book, but also some very boring asides (which explains why it took me almost a week to read it). I think I might have enjoyed it a little more if I had listened to the audiobook. I really enjoyed the last 60 pages, when Guy finally gets his start in the TV industry. I tend to struggle staying engaged with memoirs anyway, so that might be a factor in my “so-so” rating.

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All the Bright Places | Jennifer Niven
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This book will definitely take me a few days to process... I‘m having trouble deciding if I liked it or not. To me, Holding Up the Universe had a better storyline, but regardless, I am sold on Niven‘s writing after reading another book of hers. My biggest complaint is that I predicted the entire ending within the first 25-50 pages, but that sometimes happens with YA. A solid pick for fans of Looking for Alaska by John Green. Grab some Kleenex.

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This book was an emotional journey, to say the least. I knew very little about the affordable housing crisis before I started, and I was a little worried when I saw how thick the book was. To me, it reads more like a novel than a work of nonfiction. DEFINITELY makes you think about “the American Dream”, welfare, etc. in a different way. It‘s hard to read at parts, but it still holds a feeling of hope throughout.

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So many quotes that made me pause in this book, but I think this last one sums it up: “Poverty has not prevailed against their deep humanity.”

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Darkness Before Dawn | Sharon M. Draper
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I enjoyed this book more than Tears of a Tiger, but not as much as Forged by Fire. Although the series wasn‘t my taste, it‘s always nice for me to read things that I know peak my students‘ interest.

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This series is my not-so-guilty pleasure. Once I started, I couldn‘t stop (even at the 490+ page count). Kwan‘s books are definitely dramatic and over the top, but they are extremely well written. I‘m hoping to get my hands on the third one before summer‘s over! Now I‘m going to go daydream about what it would be like to have a net worth of $21 billion.

Chelleo I loved this series 🥰 5mo
natalieebloom @Chelleo I didn‘t love this one as much as the first one, but I‘ve heard that the third one is the best! 5mo
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Forged by Fire | Sharon M. Draper
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“Helping to supervise gym at summer school” AKA getting paid to read. I enjoyed this sequel MUCH more than Tears of a Tiger. Still a bit overdramatized for me, but the writing was clearer and the storyline felt more thought-out. This will definitely lead to interesting discussions during class. Now onto the third one!

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Tears of a Tiger | Sharon M. Draper
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Another day, another YA book for next year‘s planning. Now onto the sequel.

(This series is a little dark for my taste, but... I definitely can see why my students enjoy it.)

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Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Okay, so I may or may not have read this entire book in a single two-hour sitting... Super powerful, compelling story. The parallels to Emmett Till were fascinating, and the book definitely had a good theme/moral without being too in-your-face about it. I can‘t wait to teach this novel in the fall! (Plus... absolutely NO LANGUAGE. Teacher‘s dream.)

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Ah Georgia, you speak to me.

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I was SO nervous to read this because I love MFM, but (no offense to Karen and Georgia) I didn‘t know if two podcasters could actually pull off writing a book. However, I LOVED it from cover to cover. I laughed, I cried, and I felt inspired to kick some ass. It has the perfect mix of life advice, funny storytelling, and true crime references. I‘m going to beg all the young women I know to read this (even if they don‘t listen to the podcast)!

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Holding Up the Universe | Jennifer Niven
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A great YA pick! I absolutely loved Libby. She could have easily been written as a broody, self-loathing type of teen, but she was the exact opposite of what you might expect. The descriptive language was lovely. I‘m going to put Niven‘s other YA novel, All The Bright Places, on my summer reading list.

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This book was a little confusing. The writing made me feel like it was made for elementary school, but the story and 300+ page length felt more middle school/young adult. Overall, the plot was cute and fun, but it was kind of ruined by the protagonist (who was unlikeable for at least 2/3 of the book - very middle-school-angst-y). I loved the references to Greek mythology. I‘ll probably recommend it to some of my students, but not to other adults.

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Where Things Come Back | John Corey Whaley
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I met John Corey Whaley and bought this book purely because I thought he had a fun personality. I ended up being completely surprised: this is my favorite YA novel that I‘ve read this year. The writing is gorgeous and the storyline is creative. The mystery element keeps you hooked without using cheap plot twists. Honestly, this story is hard to describe, but it really spoke to me. I‘m going to be recommending this to everyone I know!

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What to Say Next | Julie Buxbaum
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My favorite Sunday activity... reading a whole YA novel in one day! This was a well-written story with two great lead characters. It reminded me a lot of the Netflix show Atypical. Thanks for lending it to me @Heystad ☺️

Heystad I‘m glad you liked it! 7mo
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What to Say Next | Julie Buxbaum
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Ah, young love 😭💘

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Eligible | Curtis Sittenfeld
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I enjoyed this book more than I maybe should have. The storyline (albeit tacky and unrealistic) manages to suck you in somehow. It took me 50 pages to really get into it, but if you‘re looking for a chick flick in book form (with romance, reality TV, and wealthy family drama), this is it. I love Jane Austen so it was fun to find the parallels between this book and P&P. And, I gotta say... I‘m looking forward to The Bachelorette even more now.

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As a middle school teacher, I was excited to find a book that was similar to The Hate U Give, but at a little bit of a lower reading level/page number. It was a great read (definitely a page turner) and the narrator, Marvin, has an awesome voice. However, I was very aware that it was a young adult book while I was reading it - it felt a little over-dramatized to me and lacked some character development. I‘d still recommend it to Angie Thomas fans!

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I‘ve read all of Walls‘ novels and this one comes in a very close second behind The Glass Castle. I like that, even though it‘s a biography about her grandmother, it is still written in the first person. The main character, Lily, is a super badass heroine. If you‘ve enjoyed Walls‘ other novels (or historical fiction/nonfiction) I‘d recommend this book for sure!

Crazeedi I agree 8mo
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“‘You have a mighty high opinion of yourself,‘ I told him. ‘The fact is, you don‘t love me, and you haven‘t destroyed me. You don‘t have what it takes to do that.‘”

I‘ll definitely be thinking about this quote for a while.

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As someone who loves true crime, this book was a bit disappointing. The cases were fascinating individually, but the separate storylines weaving back and forth were confusing and lacked a common narrative. Overall, it was interesting, but it was too jumbled to keep my attention for more than a few pages at a time.