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Joined June 2020

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Graceling | Kristin Cashore
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“In these dungeons the darkness was complete, but Katsa had a map in her mind.”

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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“I still remember the day my father took me to The Cemetery of Forgotten Books for the first time.”

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The Key to Midnight | Dean R. Koontz
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“In the dark, Joanna Rand went to the window.”

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“The snow started to fall several hours before her labor began.”

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Mortal Engines | Philip Reeve
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“It was a dark, blustery afternoon in spring, and the city of London was chasing a small mining town across the dried-out bed of the old North Sea.”

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Beloved | Toni Morrison
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“124 was spiteful. Full of a baby‘s venom.”

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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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“Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”

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Fever 1793 | Laurie Halse Anderson
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“I woke to the sound of a mosquito whining in my left ear and my mother screeching in the right.”

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“This far below Emond‘s Field, halfway to the Waterwood, trees lined the banks of the Winespring Water.”

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The Hazel Wood | Melissa Albert
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“My mother was raised on fairy tales, but I was raised on highways “

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Shattered | Dean Ray Koontz
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“Only four blocks from the furnished apartment in Philadelphia, with more than three thousand miles to drive before they joined Courtney in San Francisco, Colin began one of his games.”

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In Cold Blood | Truman Capote
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The village of Holcomb stands on the high wheat plains of western Kansas, a lonesome area that other Kansans call “out there.”

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City of Glass | Cassandra Clare
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The cold snap of the previous week was over; the sun was shining brightly as Clary hurried across Luke‘s dusty front yard, the hood of her jacket up to keep her hair from blowing across her face.

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A LITTLE LATE . . .

“Anthony Bridgerton had always known he would die young.”

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While I was still in Amsterdam, I dreamed about my mother for the first time in years.

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I read the whole trilogy and loved every second of it. You know the author‘s doing something right when your favorite character is a torturer working for the Inquisition. Somehow he made him sympathetic. I also liked the fact that Glokta was once tortured himself and is now doing the torturing. It has a certain symmetry to it. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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The Last Mrs. Parrish | Liv Constantine
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Full of twists and turns that I won‘t go into here because I don‘t want to spoil anything. All I‘m going to say is, Who is holding the strings? 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

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Looking for Alaska | Green, John
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I can‘t say much about this book, because I don‘t want to ruin the twist for anyone who hasn‘t read it yet. I will say that the book is about Miles, a teenage boy who enrolls in boarding school in search of the “Great Perhaps.” He makes friends, falls in love, and is forced to navigate through the labyrinth of life and loss. This book was also made into a TV series on Hulu. Love the book; love the series so far. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

emilyrosex I read this earlier in the year and loved it ❤ 1y
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City of the Beasts | Isabel Allende
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It is about a boy who travels with his grandmother to the Amazon to investigate the legendary Beast. There, he becomes friends with their guide‘s daughter Nadia and a local Indian tribe and discovers a plan to exterminate the Indians. It was boring in parts, but the end was well worth it. 🌟 🌟 🌟 🌟

Blueberry Did you know it's part of a 3 book series. I enjoyed them. 1y
saritaroth Yes I do know that but thank you for letting me know. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the trilogy. 1y
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It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.

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Stone Mattress: Nine Tales | Margaret Atwood
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This book is actually a compilation of short stories; I tried to finish it. I really enjoyed the first story, and I loved Margaret Atwood‘s book Alias Grace. After the first short story, though, it went downhill for me. At certain points, I was bored, and at others I was horrified by how the characters interacted with one another. I guess I should have figured; the subtitle of the book is Nine Wicked Tales. ⭐️

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PS, I Love You | Cecelia Ahern
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I enjoyed the premise of this book where a widow comes to terms with her husband‘s death through letters he wrote her before he died. I just don‘t think the writing was very good and the main character Holly‘s wallowing and lack of sensitivity for her friends‘ lives annoyed me. Looking forward to watching the movie though; at least Hilary Swank and Lisa Kudrow are in it. ⭐️⭐️

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The Lightstone | David Zindell
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On clear winter nights, I have stood on mountains just to be closer to the stars.

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Perfect Chemistry | Simone Elkeles
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I really loved this book. Despite the potential cheesy romance factor, I thought it was actually very well written. It kept my interest until the very end. I was really rooting for Alex and Brittany to get together despite all the obstacles in their way. Do they? Well, you'll just have to see for yourself. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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It Had to Be You | Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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Bailedbailed

I wanted to like this book, but I just couldn't get into it. I think the best part was the first sentence, the one I posted for First Line Fridays. After that, things quickly went downhill from there. Phoebe Somerville is a spoiled little rich girl basically disowned by her father, and I could drudge up little sympathy for her character with the exception of the scene in which she was raped and the aftermath when no one believed her. I'll pass! 🌟

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It Had to Be You | Susan Elizabeth Phillips
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Phoebe Somerville outraged everyone by bringing a French poodle and a Hungarian lover to her father‘s funeral.

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Twelve Years a Slave | Solomon Northup
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Mehso-so

I enjoyed this book in parts; I know that it was made into a movie which I am planning on watching tomorrow. It was a really heartbreaking and unbelievable story. I just found it somewhat boring; the narrator, Solomon Northup, spent way too much time describing picking cotton and harvesting sugar cane. I know that that was his life, but I think shortening the description would have been more beneficial. 🌟🌟🌟

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Parasite | Mira Grant
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I really enjoyed this book. It was boring in parts, but every time I was about to set it down for good, it would get really exciting again. It also hit a little close to home, what with the global pandemic we are having to deal with right now. But that didn't really bother me. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Mehso-so

I thought that this book was okay, but I found myself getting very confused. The book kept going from present day to six years earlier and three different trials took place throughout the book and I couldn't keep track of who was on trial for whose death. And, while the ending was quite the twist, I don't think that it made up for the confusion and mediocrity of the rest of the book. 🌟🌟🌟

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Bailedbailed

I read the e-book that comes before this book, The Strange Case of Finley Jayne and I really enjoyed it. This book, however, just bored me. I could never really get into it, and it had several grammatical errors that I felt compelled to correct. I found myself spending more time correcting the errors than just enjoying the book. And reading, after all, should be a joyful pastime. 🌟🌟

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The River Widow | Ann Howard Creel
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I loved this book. The book was about a young woman, Adah, during the Great Depression who marries a man named Lester Branch only to find out that he is a very abusive man. In an attempt to protect herself one night, she ends up killing him during a terrible rainstorm. She dumps him in the river and tells her in-laws that he was washed away by the river. She realizes with her in-laws that her horrors are only just beginning. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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If I Resist | Kelseyleigh Reber
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Dawn streaked along the horizon like the burning wick of a candle, and the night dripped waxen into the sea.

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I thought this was a very good beginning to The Steampunk Chronicles series. It was a quick read, since it is just a short e-book, so if you are looking for something fast and entertaining, then I would highly recommend this book. It is of course in the steampunk genre, so it combines elements of technology and industry with science fiction elements. I would check out the series. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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A Doll's House | Henrik Ibsen
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Mehso-so

For those who don't know, this is actually a play. It centers around Nora and Torvald, a couple who are happy on the surface, but underneath carry secrets that could destroy their relationship. I thought it was pretty good; I just thought Nora's view of her marriage changed quite drastically very quickly. It was quite progressive for its time, though; at that time, you didn't often see unsatisfactory marriages or any mention of divorce. 🌟🌟🌟

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If I Fall | Kelseyleigh Reber
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I first heard about this book from my husband who was one of Kelseyleigh's professors at Franklin & Marshall. I couldn't wait to read it and I'm so glad I did. It kept me interested throughout and I couldn't wait to find out what was going to happen between Adam and Elvira as well as the fate of both girls. A very worthwhile read. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Bailedbailed

I tried to make my way through this book, but it was just too weird. On the one hand, it made me feel as if the author was on drugs when she wrote it. On the other hand, it made me feel as if the author was in fourth grade. That's how simplistic the writing was. 🌟

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I did not enjoy this book as much as the first in the series, but it was still pretty good. I did think it was more action-packed than the first one was, but I just got a bit bored by all the sex. Of course, what can you expect from this type of romance novel?
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The River Widow | Ann Howard Creel
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Her hands were lined and scarred and looked older than her thirty-one years.

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Bailedbailed

This book is a second in a series of seven books. I LOVED the first book, The Eyre Affair, so I had very high hopes of this one. My hopes were dashed though. It started slow and just did not seem to pick up. I feel like I gave it a chance, but it did not live to my expectation. What I read was well-written; it just bored me. 🌟🌟

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Bailedbailed

I tried to read this book; I got 50 pages in before I decided that I didn't really care. What I read was boring; the brunt of it delved into politics and economics, two subjects that do not interest me. I know this book is popular, so I may be in the minority who feels this way, but I just didn't get it. Sorry! 🌟

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Untitled | Unknown
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If anyone is interested, I have a blog where I post my reviews of the books I read in a more thorough manner. Here is the link to my blog: https://sites.google.com/view/my-literary-journey/home
Enjoy!

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I thought this book was just wonderful. I was worried because I read mixed reviews about it, but I'm glad that I spent my time on it. It wasn't too long; it only took a couple days to read it. The book is about a widowed bookshop owner who finds love again when he adopts a toddler named Maya and meets a sales rep named Amelia. I would highly recommend this gem of a story. 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

Insightsintobooks I felt the same way before I read it due to the mixed reviews. Like you, I'm glad I did though. 2y
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Alias Grace: A Novel | Margaret Atwood
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Although this book was boring in parts, I felt that it was well worth the read. It is the story of Grace Marks, the murders of Thomas Kinnear and Nancy Montgomery, and Marks' search for redemption after being sentenced to life in prison for Kinnear's murder. It is based on a true story, which made it even more intriguing for me. It is also now a miniseries on Netflix, which I am definitely going to check out. 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Milk and Honey | Rupi Kaur
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"it is your blood
in my veins
tell me how i'm
supposed to forget."

This is a book of poems and it is so powerful. There are themes of love, loss, abuse, weakness, and strength that echo throughout the poetry. It is well worth a read and it reads really quickly if you're looking for a fast read. ?????

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The Buried Giant: A novel | Kazuo Ishiguro
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Bailedbailed

I did not really like this book. Again, it had an encouraging premise. An elderly couple leave their town to try to find their son before the mist surrounding the area wipes out their memory of him. I really enjoy the fantasy genre and this book is within that realm. But it never panned out for me; it was just boring. I am planning on reading more by this author, though; apparently, this is not his usual fare. 🌟

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This book is a classic and I feel fortunate to have read it. It is about a man named Dorian Gray whose portrait is painted by an artist named Basil Hallworth. Then he notices that, as he commits a sin or some act of debauchery, his portrait starts changing to reflect that sin. Furthermore, years go by and Dorian never ages, but the portrait continues changing for the worst. Read the book; don't watch the Colin Firth movie. Awful! 🌟🌟🌟🌟

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Bailedbailed

I only read about 50 pages of this one before I gave up. The book is a retelling of the fairy tale, "The Twelve Dancing Princesses." The premise was promising; I always love to read books that give fairy tales a new spin. This book, though, seemed lacking to me. It was just boring and the father was awful; he was trying to marry off his daughters with no regard for their welfare. ??

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This book is a compilation of short stories from assorted young adult authors. To be honest, I didn't read some of the stories. I tried, but some of them just didn't grab me as others did. My favorites, though, were "Midnights", "Star of Bethlehem", and "The Girl Who Woke The Dreamer." I would definitely recommend those and others I read.

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Bailedbailed

I was optimistic about this one, but I was sorely disappointed. I really like the Sherlock Holmes stories, but this one bored me. I was expecting to be immediately transported to a "lost world" of prehistoric animals. But, instead it started with a journalist, Edward Malone interviewing the explorer, Professor George Challenger. Then they get in a fist fight for some reason; I did not like Challenger's attitude at all. To each his own. ?

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The Awakening | Kate Chopin
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Mehso-so

I read this book at my seventeen-year-old son's urging; he didn't really like it, but he thought I should read it anyway. It is about Edna Pontellier, an oppressed housewife who falls in love with a Creole man named Robert LeBrun. LeBrun ends up abandoning Edna twice, causing her to fall into the depths of despair. It kept my interest, although not obsessively so.