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22 books.

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The Persian Pickle Club

by: Sandra Dallas
Ave. Rating: 3.79
Pages: 196
Year Published: 1996 (1995)
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"A quick and entertaining read. It has great characters and an interesting mystery that keeps you guessing. Very heartwarming! I'll definitely be checking out more by this author."
- katelynn
08/10/2014
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Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore (Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore, #1)

by: Robin Sloan
Ave. Rating: 3.74
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2012
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"I give this book 4 stars for purely the enjoyment of reading it – it was a lot of fun! For the overall concept I would give it a 3. It was confusing and not well explained. But overall it was so fun that I was along for the ride the entire way. It's a really neat juxtaposition of old and new – books and technology – Google and old libraries. That was right up my alley!"
- katelynn
03/02/2014
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Hollow City (Miss Peregrine’s Peculiar Children, #2)

by: Ransom Riggs
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 399
Year Published: 2014
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"Although it kept me mostly entertained to the end, the tone of the book felt younger than the last and I didn't enjoy it as much."
- katelynn
06/10/2014
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An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)

by: Patrick Taylor
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 351
Year Published: 2007 (2004)
Date Read: 09/26/2014
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The Maid of Fairbourne Hall

by: Julie Klassen
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 410
Year Published: 2012
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"Overall it was a good story. Similar to downton Abby with a comparison of upstairs and downstairs life in a British manor. It has a lot more details then Downton Abby about how the household is run. It was very interesting! The novel was slow in parts but it kept me interested for the most part."
- katelynn
03/16/2014
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Two Crosses (Secrets of the Cross Trilogy #1)

by: Elizabeth Musser
Ave. Rating: 4.16
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2012 (1996)
Date Read: 05/15/2014
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Jurassic Park (Jurassic Park, #1)

by: Michael Crichton
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2006 (1990)
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"Like a lot of science fiction, this book had a well-developed concept and riveting plotline with it's main flaw being shallow and uninteresting characters. Overall a very entertaining read!"
- katelynn
08/23/2014
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Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children (Miss Peregrine's Peculiar Children, #1)

by: Ransom Riggs
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 382
Year Published: 2013 (2011)
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"I really really like this book up until the big reveal. After everything was explained it seemed kind of typical. Nothing very extraordinary. Overall though it was an enjoyable read and the vintage photographs added a lot. That was a really cool element."
- katelynn
03/06/2014
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Where'd You Go, Bernadette

by: Maria Semple
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 330
Year Published: 2012
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"It started out a little slow, but ended as a funny, heartfelt and overall enjoyable read. The characters were well developed and quirky. "
- katelynn
09/04/2014
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The Remains of the Day

by: Kazuo Ishiguro
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 258
Year Published: 2005 (1989)
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"Wow. This book is so subtle and quiet in its tragedy that the heartbreak of it takes you by surprise. It really is beautifully crafted - so British in its description of deeply felt emotion."
- katelynn
09/20/2014
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The Secret Keeper

by: Kate Morton
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 484
Year Published: 2012
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"Although a little slower paced than Morton's other novels, it delivers the same depth of character and twisting plot lines I love so much. The ending was also very heartwarming, compared to the other endings of her novels which are generally tragic in nature."
- katelynn
08/05/2014
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On Becoming Baby Wise: Giving Your Infant the Gift of Nighttime Sleep

by: Gary Ezzo
Ave. Rating: 3.66
Pages: 252
Year Published: 2006 (1993)
Date Read: 05/07/2014
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Cold Sassy Tree

by: Olive Ann Burns
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 391
Year Published: 2005 (1984)
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"My overall impression of the book place mild. I was hoping for something big in the end but it never came. The characters were complex and the relationships were interesting, but overall the plot was a bit slow."
- katelynn
02/14/2014
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Uncle Tom's Cabin

by: Harriet Beecher Stowe
Ave. Rating: 3.88
Pages: 438
Year Published: 1999 (1851)
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"Listened to the audio book after reading it many many years ago. This will always be a favorite - the characters are so rich and the plot is engaging and tragic, without being hopeless. I always walk away from this book challenged and inspired in my walk with Christ and my service to others."
- katelynn
04/04/2014
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The Book Thief

by: Markus Zusak
Ave. Rating: 4.38
Pages: 552
Year Published: 2006 (2005)
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"Beautifully written and incredibly challenging. The POV was really interesting and added a lot - definitely not your typical holocaust novel. I give four stars because the book really drags until about the last third - which is great! The unusual writing style also takes a while to get used to and felt a bit pretentious at times. But that's probably just personal prejudice - I like traditional writing."
- katelynn
04/04/2014
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Mrs. Mike (Mrs. Mike, #1)

by: Benedict Freedman
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2002 (1947)
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Song of the Silent Harp (Emerald Ballad #1)

by: B.J. Hoff
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 412
Year Published: 1991
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The Maze Runner (The Maze Runner, #1)

by: James Dashner
Ave. Rating: 4.03
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2009
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"I've never gone into a book so completely blind to the major plot points – it was a really fun experience! Even as I read I didn't really gain any insight or ideas about the possible solutions to the mystery. I still have no idea what's going on! And I'm loving it! On to the next one."
- katelynn
12/13/2014
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The Language of Flowers

by: Vanessa Diffenbaugh
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 323
Year Published: 2011
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"Such a beautiful story of pain, love, and healing all wrapped up in the Victorian meanings of flowers. So creative – I devoured this book!"
- katelynn
05/14/2014
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Lamb in Love

by: Carrie Brown
Ave. Rating: 3.7
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2000 (1999)
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"What a sweet story! It was eloquently written with incredibly interesting characters. Only reason for four stars is it was very reflective which made it a bit slow - but overall, great!"
- katelynn
06/24/2014
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Because of Winn-Dixie

by: Kate DiCamillo
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 182
Year Published: 2001 (2000)
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"A sweet little story! The protagonist reminds me of Scout from To Kill a Mockingbird."
- katelynn
09/12/2014
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The Woman in White

by: Wilkie Collins
Ave. Rating: 3.99
Pages: 672
Year Published: 2003 (1859)
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"This book had me hooked from the start. Its language was elegant and often funny – while preserving an atmosphere of mystery and foreboding. I was expecting a dull, slow read considering it's a Victorian novel. But I flew through it! "
- katelynn
02/27/2014