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Under the Lilacs | Louisa May Alcott
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Cute imagery 🍄🌸

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Under the Lilacs | Louisa May Alcott
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It‘s the woman, not the clothes

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Under the Lilacs | Louisa May Alcott
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🥖🐦

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I only liked 23 of them, which is a rather small percentage considering how many poems are in here. His style seems very scattered to me. Sometimes I think he‘s leading to an interesting twist at the end of a poem that brings the whole thing together but he doesn‘t. They often end randomly. A little too confusing for me overall. Hard to find things to connect with. But Dad bought me the set of poems, so there‘s sentimentality.

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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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I had forgotten most of this upon reading it again after many years. I felt like it could have been a bit shorter, but it‘s a unique story with good characters. A book for book lovers.

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Mary Poppins | P. L. Travers
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That was a really fun audiobook to listen to. The narrator, Sophie Thompson, is a star. So great. I thought it was strange in the movies that Mary Poppins is vain and haughty, but she really is that in the books. Way more adventures in the book than they get into in the movie. Also interesting that Jane and Michael actually have two younger twin siblings, Barbara and John. Fun story, I recommend beyond just seeing the movies.

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This is a really great collection; one of my favorites of the series so far. I liked a good percentages of poems in here. Great variety of male/female poets, more modern selections than some others in the series but that‘s great. Also a good amount of culture variety. Love the topic and enjoyed the poems very much.

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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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Blueberry Loved this book and many of her others. 4w
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Inkheart | Cornelia Funke
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I love this dedication 🤓

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Tarzan of the Apes Trilogy | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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Okay, I actually just read the first one. Not really interested in reading the rest. There‘s definitely some racism in there that surprised me (that wasn‘t a thing in the Disney movie). About higher and lower races of whites at top, blacks next, and then animals. Booooo. Some other surprises like Kala (his ape mother) is killed by an African. Tarzan taught himself to read from his parents‘ books. Jane is American and didn‘t end up with him.

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Mercury and Me | Tim Wapshott, Jim Hutton
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This book was written by Freddie Mercury‘s “husband”, Jim Hutton (in quotes because they didn‘t marry but they wore rings and Freddie called him his husband). Of all the books I‘ve read about Queen, this was definitely the most personal, private perspective on Freddie as a person, rather than a musician. It seems like Jim took really good care of Freddie, and they had a happy life together in the six years before Freddie died.

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The watercolor art is definitely the highlight of this tourist book. Information is surface-level but has a good variety. Organized by neighborhoods of New Orleans and surrounding areas. It isn‘t written by a local, and it is and feels like it‘s from a white perspective.

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This was a quick listen. Most of what he said I have heard/read before in other books about race. Some new tidbits though. Very approachable and an easy-to-listen-to style.

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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I really enjoyed the writing style. It felt raw and honest. I wanted more out of the ending, but I suppose she left it for you, the reader, to fill in. And it seems this was quite autobiographical. Really interesting insight into depression. It‘s too bad the doctors didn‘t seem to know how to help properly.

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The Bell Jar | Sylvia Plath
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There it is! The title.

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The Real Mother Goose | Blanche Fisher Wright
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At least half of these make no sense at all and aren‘t even that wordplay-like. But it was cool to read the ones that have become common sayings. And some have a darker side that I didn‘t know about…

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The Real Mother Goose | Blanche Fisher Wright
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Turns out the Real Mother Goose is dark! Chopped off tails? Piggies can‘t find their way home? Sheesh…

Ericalambbrown I had this book when I was a kid. I so wish I still had it. 1mo
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Treasure | Clive Cussler
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I was excited that the premise of this book was about the lost library of Alexandria, but it turned out that was a relatively small part of the story. It was mostly about this crime family that put two brothers in phony leadership positions in Egypt and Mexico with the intention of acting as religious zealots and terrorists to take over each country‘s government. Still annoyingly misogynistic. Too many elements into one story.

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Treasure | Clive Cussler
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Yup

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This was a fun audiobook listen. Ken Jennings is funny and sarcastic in his writing, which makes the facts more fun to listen to. Not something I would buy to keep, but worth a read to learn which things you heard as a kid are actually true and which are not.

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Season of Storms | Andrzej Sapkowski
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That was a fun read. Nice that it was one story throughout as a prequel unlike The Last Wish and Sword of Destiny which are a collection of short stories. I did think the chapters about the aguara (she-fox) was too much of a tangent from the main plot, but interesting to read about another creature. The villain was pretty creepy and ominous in this one.

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Season of Storms | Andrzej Sapkowski
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About Dandelion. “He was a poet so he could sigh as much as he liked.”

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Season of Storms | Andrzej Sapkowski
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Bahaha, Lord of the Rings reference! Speak friend and enter!

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Season of Storms | Andrzej Sapkowski
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Well then 💨😵‍💫

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That was a very enjoyable read. Julie Andrews certainly accomplished a lot in her Hollywood years, both professionally and personally. My only complaints are that years are infrequently mentioned, so I started to feel a little lost. She was a very dedicated diarist, and it‘s clear most of this book came from her journals. Despite the challenges she faced in her life, she maintained a positive, loving attitude (along with great singing!)

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This was the first Anne Bronte novel I‘ve read. The language was readable and had a good flow and general level of interest with the plot and characters. However, I ended up finding that it was entirely too long. The story could easily and effectively been told with at least 100 less pages or more. I‘m glad it was a happy ending.

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Great passage about how tedious small talk can be.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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That was hard to read. She dealt with so much physical and emotional abuse from her family of mentally unstable Mormons. It was so frustrating every time she went back to them even after she was trying to break away and get college education. Thank goodness she FINALLY did.

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The Singing Nun | John Furia
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It was alright. Compelling and exuberant main character but the morals of the story of the joys of being a nun and helping the less fortunate through God weren‘t in my wheelhouse.

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Herstory: Women who Changed the World | Ruth Ashby, Deborah Gore Ohrn
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Gloria Steinem‘s quote from a button in the introduction sums up my feelings as I read this book: “The truth will set you free. But first, it will make you mad.” Inspiration, sadness, and anger are definitely things I felt reading about the accomplishments of these great women throughout history. These are women throughout history, around the world, and in a variety of disciplines like royalty, science, sports, arts, humanitarianism, and feminism.

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Definitely sad to listen to, but it was also quite funny and entertaining. Enlightening on parts of Alex Trebek‘s life and behind the scenes of Jeopardy. He did not tell it like a straight-up autobiography, but a collection of stories that he remembers from his life in chronological order, mostly. Upstanding, impressive, and missed person!

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Ramses the Damned: The Reign of Osiris | Anne Rice, Christopher Rice
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We are all born without our consent.

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Ramses the Damned: The Reign of Osiris | Anne Rice, Christopher Rice
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👑

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Ramses the Damned: The Reign of Osiris | Anne Rice, Christopher Rice
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I loved it. Bittersweet that is the last new book by Anne Rice I‘ll ever be able to read again. I enjoyed the first Ramses the Damned a lot, and then felt a bit disappointed by The Passion of Cleopatra. I was nervous when I read the description of this third installment with Russians and statues coming to life, but it was really cool and compelling with the afterlife and Osiris as colossus.

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Matilda | Roald Dahl, Quentin Blake
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Geez, so dark. It really seems like Roald Dahl‘s terrible experiences in school really affect his writing of children‘s stories. Her parents and Miss Trunchbull are really idiot tyrants. Disturbingly so. As a teacher, this was hard to read…

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Really well-written biography, in a way that makes you feel like you are right there with the Queen of Sweden. Unfortunately, having learned so much about her now, I am not a fan! She was spoiled, selfish, coarse, unfocused, fearful (despite an outward shell of supposed bravery), hateful to her own country, and drama-loving.

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Sarah: A Novel | Marek Halter
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I know very little of the Old Testament stories, but this caused me to read the Genesis sections about Sarah and Abraham! I read it because it‘s my Bible namesake and found it was pretty riveting. The fact that Sarai was basically prostituted off by her husband twice is very annoying. And the whole Abraham being 99 and Sarah 90 when they conceived…Very frustrating for Sarah to have to live so much of her life barren before she has kids.

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Esperanza Rising | Pam Munoz Ryan
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Love this bit about rosehips since I drink fruit tea that has rose hips!

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Esperanza Rising | Pam Munoz Ryan
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Really well written. The style was based on a true story but with missing, imagined filled-in pieces. But it is a great story for young readers to feel empathy toward Mexican immigrants and racism. Overall a pretty sad story but it has threads of hope running through it always.

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Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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I appreciate the love-story-that-couldn‘t-be tragedy of it, but it just wasn‘t very interesting. I mostly finished it so I could find out what happened and because there were some gem phrases and thoughts. All the names of the New York families were confusing and started blending together. Disappointed overall. Seems like Bridges of Madison County was inspired by this book.

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Age of Innocence | Edith Wharton
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👻🕰

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Gorgeous artwork in here and loved all the Disney character references in each country and how to pronounce hello in each language.

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Saw this at the checkout at Target. Had to get it! Yes, for myself. An adult. Who still has her Little Golden Disney books.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I was thinking it would be a funny book, because it‘s by Trevor Noah, a comedian. But this is actually a serious book, punctuated by humor, about his childhood in apartheid and then post-apartheid South Africa with ineffective and militaristic police, severe race lines, an abusive step-father, a strict but loving mom, crime, poverty, figuring out where he fits in or doesn‘t, and complicated family relations.

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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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❤️

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Heidi | Johanna Spyri.
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I absolutely loved this book. It reminded me of Little Lord Fauntleroy in that Heidi is such a ray of sunshine that she makes everyone around her happier, but not in such a sickly sweet way as Fauntleroy. I loved the gorgeous Swiss setting in the Alps; I loved the characters; I loved the plot and the happy things that result from people being good to each other. Books intended for children don‘t need to be for just children!

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Heidi | Johanna Spyri.
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“He advanced valiantly to the attack”…of eating more food 🤪🥔🧀

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I didn‘t like the drawn artwork at all and the photos seemed randomly selected—a lot of buildings and not a lot of his family or of greater significance to his life. His biography was told like a story, with imaginings of certain scenarios built in (not my favorite kind of biography style at all), but I suppose it makes for a faster, less dense read. Despite its small size, though, it covers good breadth of important moments in JRR Tolkien‘s life.

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Beren and Luthien 😭