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32 books.

Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life

by: Anne Lamott
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 237
Year Published: 1995 (1994)
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The Downstairs Girl

by: Stacey Lee
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 05/06/2021
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Strange Weather in Tokyo

by: Hiromi Kawakami
Ave. Rating: 3.77
Pages: 176
Year Published: 2013 (2001)
Date Read: 02/13/2019
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Lost Horizon

by: James Hilton
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 166
Year Published: 2012 (1933)
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Tell Me Three Things

by: Julie Buxbaum
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 328
Year Published: 2016
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"Like most YA I read, it was quick and easy. It dealt with difficult issues in a thoughtful way and showed growth in relationships. The writing was good and the romance was sweet.

My big problem was how typical the trope was - I can think of at least three other books/movies with this idea of a secret penpal romance. And who it was was so obvious from the beginning it was almost frustrating to read. There was a lot of eye-rolling on my part about all her false leads."
- katelynn
05/09/2019

Garlic and Sapphires: The Secret Life of a Critic in Disguise

by: Ruth Reichl
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 334
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
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Gaudy Night (Lord Peter Wimsey, #10)

by: Dorothy L. Sayers
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 501
Year Published: 1995 (1935)
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Becoming Elisabeth Elliot

by: Ellen Vaughn
Ave. Rating: 4.66
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2020
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A Piece of the World

by: Christina Baker Kline
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2017
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Four Seasons in Rome: On Twins, Insomnia, and the Biggest Funeral in the History of the World

by: Anthony Doerr
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 210
Year Published: 2007
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Tell Me More: Stories about the 12 Hardest Things I'm Learning to Say

by: Kelly Corrigan
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2018
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"This was recommended to me by so many people, but it took Book Club for me to actually dive in (blame it on my non-fiction hangups). I have never so quickly related to a narrator, especially of a book of essays, than I do to Kelly Corrigan. We have some things in common, but in other ways we are polar opposite personalities. What makes me relate to her is her vulnerable, raw style of writing that holds nothing back. I think this could draw in any reader.

Tell Me More had more quotes that I wrote down than any book I've read in a long, long time. There's so much to chew on and discuss in these pages! About parenting, marriage, friendships, family, death, and growth. I think I will be learning from these essays for a long time to come."
- katelynn
10/20/2018
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The History of Love

by: Nicole Krauss
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 255
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
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"I wanted to like this.
But the unusual narrative structure was so off-putting, it made me on edge.
It felt pretentious. I was distracted.

I think this is a book that could definitely benefit from multiple reads. I really think I missed a lot, so it seems unfair to give a review, but eh. Here we are.

I do think the ending was really, really sweet. But it wasn't enough to redeem the rest of the book for me."
- katelynn
11/09/2018

Bel Canto

by: Ann Patchett
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 318
Year Published: 2005 (2001)
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The Enchanted April [with Biographical Introduction]

by: Elizabeth von Arnim
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 130
Year Published: 2009 (1922)
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"This was a truly "enchanting" and delightful read, although slow at times.

My main problems with the book revolved around the way the relationships resolved – which is a pretty big deal since that’s what the whole book builds towards. I feel able to forgive that, however, due to the period in which it was written and the fact that everything else was so wonderful.

The growing relationships between the women. The blossoming of each individual. The incredible setting! The humor! This book checked a lot of things on my love list.
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- katelynn
03/07/2019

Ghost Boys

by: Jewell Parker Rhodes
Ave. Rating: 4.39
Pages: 214
Year Published: 2018
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The Forgetting Time

by: Sharon Guskin
Ave. Rating: 3.8
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2016
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The Daughter of Time (Inspector Alan Grant, #5)

by: Josephine Tey
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 206
Year Published: 1995 (1951)
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How to Read Literature Like a Professor

by: Thomas C. Foster
Ave. Rating: 3.65
Pages: 314
Year Published: 2014 (2003)
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The Forgotten Jesus: How Western Christians Should Follow an Eastern Rabbi

by: Robby Gallaty
Ave. Rating: 4.38
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2017
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"3.5"
- katelynn
04/19/2021
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Men at Arms (Discworld, #15; City Watch #2)

by: Terry Pratchett
Ave. Rating: 4.34
Pages: 377
Year Published: 2003 (1993)
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"Another fun and hilarious Pratchett novel! This had me laughing out loud and pausing to think the whole way through. He really uses comedy to draw attention to issues in our society.

This book was particularly relevant for this period of history. And sometimes hard to swallow as a result. "
- katelynn
07/19/2020

Song of a Captive Bird

by: Jasmin Darznik
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 401
Year Published: 2018
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Stay with Me

by: Ayọ̀bámi Adébáyọ̀
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 260
Year Published: 2017
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The Bookshop on the Corner (Scottish Bookshop, #1)

by: Jenny Colgan
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2016
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"If reading a book is like consuming a meal then this book is purely dessert. I loved it - so feel-good and relatable as an avid reader, a great setting and interesting characters. The romance brought the ending down a little for me, but like dessert I think I had just had too much by that point. Too much sweet."
- katelynn
12/09/2018
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People We Meet On Vacation

by: Emily Henry
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 382
Year Published: 2021
Date Read: 06/06/2021
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84, Charing Cross Road

by: Helene Hanff
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 97
Year Published: 1990 (1970)
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The Girl You Left Behind

by: Jojo Moyes
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2014 (2012)
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Before We Visit the Goddess

by: Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni
Ave. Rating: 3.76
Pages: 208
Year Published: 2016
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Meet Me at the Museum

by: Anne Youngson
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2018
Date Read: 02/11/2019
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Middlesex

by: Jeffrey Eugenides
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 529
Year Published: 2003 (2002)
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Echo

by: Pam Muñoz Ryan
Ave. Rating: 4.35
Pages: 592
Year Published: 2015
Date Read: 11/10/2018
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Florence Gordon

by: Brian Morton
Ave. Rating: 3.67
Pages: 323
Year Published: 2014
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