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22 books.

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Prince Caspian (Chronicles of Narnia, #2)

by: C.S. Lewis
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2005 (1951)
Date Read: 02/02/2017
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A Fine Balance

by: Rohinton Mistry
Ave. Rating: 4.34
Pages: 603
Year Published: 2001 (1995)
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"This one hurt to read... really. It was sweet and beautiful, but at the same time tragic and ugly. It was very long, but I never felt like it was dragging. I loved being able to peer into a different culture - even into different sub-cultures within a larger culture. I loved all of the relationships that grew.

I hated what happened. But I feel like part of being an adult (and really the point of the book) is looking at life as a balance between good and bad. You can't just take the good.

Overall, it's incredibly well-written, absorbing, disturbing and beautiful. I wish I was in a book club that could talk about it - because I tend to see the trees and not the forest. Why did certain characters take certain actions? I don't get it. I'm sure there's a ton of symbolism I'm missing too. "
- katelynn
05/26/2017
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Kilmeny of the Orchard

by: L.M. Montgomery
Ave. Rating: 3.68
Pages: 144
Year Published: 1989 (1910)
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"My second time through this one and I think I enjoyed it even more the 2nd time. I've read dozens of stories by Montgomery and this is one that stands out for it's charm and beauty. It is a romantic story in the most classical sense of that word."
- katelynn
01/27/2017
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Runaway

by: Alice Munro
Ave. Rating: 3.98
Pages: 335
Year Published: 2004 (2003)
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"Some of the Stories were good and some are just OK. I have a habit of only seeing the trees and not the forest, so some of the stories ended and I just wanted someone to tell me what the point was. I have a hard time finding themes and symbolism without help.

It was a really nice change of pace to read short stories though – I loved it."
- katelynn
04/02/2017
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A Clash of Kings (A Song of Ice and Fire, #2)

by: George R.R. Martin
Ave. Rating: 4.4
Pages: 770
Year Published: 2003 (1998)
Date Read: 07/14/2017
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The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

by: C.S. Lewis
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 189
Year Published: 2006 (1950)
Date Read: 01/09/2017
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Intertwine (House of Oak, #1)

by: Nichole Van
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 300
Year Published: 2014
Date Read: 03/10/2017
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A Storm of Swords (A Song of Ice and Fire, #3)

by: George R.R. Martin
Ave. Rating: 4.53
Pages: 1178
Year Published: 2003 (2000)
Date Read: 09/05/2017
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A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, #1)

by: George R.R. Martin
Ave. Rating: 4.44
Pages: 835
Year Published: 2005 (1996)
Date Read: 06/21/2017
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The Magician’s Nephew (The Chronicles of Narnia, #6)

by: C.S. Lewis
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 186
Year Published: 1970 (1955)
Date Read: 01/03/2017
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The Wednesday Wars

by: Gary D. Schmidt
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 264
Year Published: 2007
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"Funny and heartfelt – all around a delight!"
- katelynn
09/01/2017
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A Feast for Crows (A Song of Ice and Fire #4)

by: George R.R. Martin
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 1106
Year Published: 2005
Date Read: 11/27/2017
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Into the Free (Into the Free #1)

by: Julie Cantrell
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 329
Year Published: 2012
Date Read: 06/16/2017
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The Man With Two Left Feet and Other Stories (Jeeves, #0.5)

by: P.G. Wodehouse
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 200
Year Published: 2007 (1917)
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"Delightful, as always. This collection contains my favorite short story, "At Geisenheimer's" - so sweet and funny. I think I will listen to Wodehouse and Montegomery short stories for the rest of my life. The make my heart happy."
- katelynn
06/08/2018
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We Were Liars

by: E. Lockhart
Ave. Rating: 3.81
Pages: 242
Year Published: 2014
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"I've been sitting here waffling a while between 4 and 5 stars - but I think 5 is right. I blazed through this book. It is mysterious without you really understanding why it's mysterious - you don't know what there is to figure out. Which is so tantalizing! For a good portion of the book, I was irritated by the main characters because of their arrogance - which is often a defining characteristic of YA novel protagonists. But the end brings everything around with a broader perspective, which I found satisfying albeit sad."
- katelynn
10/05/2017
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Peace Like a River

by: Leif Enger
Ave. Rating: 3.97
Pages: 312
Year Published: 2002 (2001)
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"I give this book a standing ovation! There was definitely some kitschy stuff, but it did not diminish the overall greatness of the writing. In the vein of To Kill a Mockingbird, it was a great story with great characters - one I'll want my kids to read. "
- katelynn
05/12/2017
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The Orchardist

by: Amanda Coplin
Ave. Rating: 3.78
Pages: 426
Year Published: 2012
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"I waffled back and forth for a while about whether to give this 4 or 5 stars. The book as a whole was undoubtedly a 5, but the ending... Do I give it a 4 because I don't like how it ends or a 5 because it ends as it should? This books is equal parts romantic and realist. So, SO beautifully written. Other reviews call it "sweeping" - which I think is a fitting descriptor.

Overall I feel confused about it - because I didn't love the story. But I loved the book."
- katelynn
04/27/2017
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Holmes on the Range (Holmes on the Range, #1)

by: Steve Hockensmith
Ave. Rating: 3.86
Pages: 294
Year Published: 2007 (2006)
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"This one was a lot of fun! Stayed interesting all the way through. Funny and heartwarming characters and a mystery that was not at all obvious."
- katelynn
04/22/2017
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The Horse and His Boy (Chronicles of Narnia, #5)

by: C.S. Lewis
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 224
Year Published: 1995 (1954)
Date Read: 01/12/2017
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What She Knew (Jim Clemo #1)

by: Gilly Macmillan
Ave. Rating: 3.87
Pages: 512
Year Published: 2015
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"So. Good. At first, I was concerned because it seemed really similar to Gone Girl, but the similarities fade away after the very beginning of the book. This story takes you on a journey about human nature and shows what we are capable of under the most trying of circumstances. Unlike Gone Girl, it explores characters who have flaws, but ultimately love each other and are trying their best to deal with tragedy. It was a redemptive, though sad story. I definitely had to keep more of an emotional distance from it than I usually do with books, since the story is about the abduction of a child and what his mother goes through as a result. It was so well-written; I will definitely look out for more from this author."
- katelynn
03/21/2017
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Number the Stars

by: Lois Lowry
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 137
Year Published: 1998 (1989)
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"I'm giving this a 4 largely for the sake of my child-self. It was really hard to read this and try to re-capture how I felt about it as a child. It just doesn't hold up like some children's books do. I would've honestly given it 3 stars, but I just feel like I'm betraying my younger self."
- katelynn
03/10/2017
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Beyond the Sacred Page: The Tyndale Translation

by: Jack Cavanaugh
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 0
Year Published: 2003
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"Second time through this one and it held up! I love that. The first time I read it was probably 7th or 8th grade, so I wasn't sure what to expect. This author is actually really good at telling historical stories in an interesting and informative way - which is what I enjoy about historical fiction. This is a story about the struggles of Bible translators (and readers) during the time of Henry VIII. Overall it was well-written and didn't simplify complex issues. I walk away with a greater appreciation of my religious freedoms and gratitude for the sacrifices of others that have given me these freedoms. The ending was a little trite, but the rest of the book was great."
- katelynn
03/07/2017