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91 books.

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To Night Owl from Dogfish

by: Holly Goldberg Sloan
Ave. Rating: 4.11
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 06/16/2020
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Frankenstein

by: Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2003 (1818)
Date Read: 06/25/2008
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A Beautifully Foolish Endeavor (The Carls, #2)

by: Hank Green
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 452
Year Published: 2020
Date Read: 11/29/2020
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The Kingdom of Copper (The Daevabad Trilogy, #2)

by: S.A. Chakraborty
Ave. Rating: 4.41
Pages: 621
Year Published: 2019
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"I am SO into this. This one takes everything to the next level. I was definitely getting some Game of Thrones vibes. I feel completely absorbed by the world and the characters. And it's keeping me guessing. LOVING it!"
- katelynn
08/29/2020
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Black: The Birth of Evil (The Circle, #1)

by: Ted Dekker
Ave. Rating: 4.17
Pages: 432
Year Published: 2005 (2003)
Date Read: 08/27/2020
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A Rule Against Murder (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #4)

by: Louise Penny
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 322
Year Published: 2009 (2008)
Date Read: 06/25/2020
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Love Lettering

by: Kate Clayborn
Ave. Rating: 3.71
Pages: 307
Year Published: 2019
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"4.5

This book was a delight to read. I loved all of the lettering talk - it was so fun and creative!

This would have been a homerun 5 star if not for the graphic open-door stuff. It just felt ... unnecessary."
- katelynn
05/30/2020
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East of Eden

by: John Steinbeck
Ave. Rating: 4.38
Pages: 601
Year Published: 2002 (1952)
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"4.5"
- katelynn
11/07/2020
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Practical Magic

by: Alice Hoffman
Ave. Rating: 3.76
Pages: 244
Year Published: 1995
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"3.5

I wish I read this book before I read Garden Spells because it’s clearly the inspiration. This book is just Garden Spells with less charm and more darkness, set in the Northeast instead of the Southeast.

That being said, I will always love this genre and the writing was lovely at times."
- katelynn
11/14/2020
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Meditations of John Muir

by: Chris Highland
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 168
Year Published: 2001
Date Read: 01/04/2020
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The House in the Cerulean Sea

by: T.J. Klune
Ave. Rating: 4.49
Pages: 394
Year Published: 2020
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"The SWEETEST. Magical and full of lovely scenery, heart and humor."
- katelynn
09/08/2020
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Ayesha at Last

by: Uzma Jalaluddin
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2019 (2018)
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"This was everything that a retelling (in this case, Pride and Prejudice) should be. It was loosely in the same structure and had some nice dialog moments that specifically called back to the original. It was similar enough to recognize the retelling but not too similar to feel unnecessary.

The characters had depth, and I enjoyed being immersed in a culture I don't know a lot about. I learned a lot.

It wasn't a slam dunk for me, but it was close!"
- katelynn
02/10/2020
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The Satapur Moonstone (Perveen Mistry, #2)

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 3.96
Pages: 360
Year Published: 2019
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"I liked this one even more than the first! The setting was EVERYTHING. I felt completely transported and obsessed with scenery, food and clothing descriptions. And as with the first book, the heroine is fantastic!"
- katelynn
05/05/2020
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A Bride Most Begrudging

by: Deeanne Gist
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 350
Year Published: 2005
Date Read: 07/01/2020
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Leviathan Wakes (The Expanse, #1)

by: James S.A. Corey
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 561
Year Published: 2011
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"This was everything I had hoped it would be. It was completely immersive with great characters (at least the main two characters were pretty well developed). Getting back on the Roci was like reuniting with old friends!

I definitely think the book is easier to follow if you've seen the show. Especially if you're doing audio."
- katelynn
09/20/2020
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A Light on the Hill (Cities of Refuge, #1)

by: Connilyn Cossette
Ave. Rating: 4.54
Pages: 323
Year Published: 2018
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"I've swung and missed so often the last few years with Christian fiction that I've come to have really low expectations. But not here! This was well-written and absorbing. I felt fully immersed in the ancient time period and wrapped up in the trials of the heroine. I felt edified and challenged by the faith elements of the story - it's been so long since I've gotten that from fiction!

There were definitely some corn-ball moments. I could've done with less of the romance. Oh how the times have changed!"
- katelynn
11/13/2020
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Displacement: A Travelogue

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 3.94
Pages: 161
Year Published: 2015
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"Read this in one hour. So sweet and reflective. I’m interested to read her book about baby care because the emotions she went through seem so similar to what happens when caring for children."
- katelynn
04/02/2020
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The Hazel Wood (The Hazel Wood, #1)

by: Melissa Albert
Ave. Rating: 3.59
Pages: 359
Year Published: 2018
Date Read: 01/08/2020
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The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World

by: Melinda French Gates
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 273
Year Published: 2019
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"I forced myself to read this (using my random book-picking method I use for audio), but I am so glad I did! I read it in two days and really devoured the content.

I was amazed by Melinda Gates' humility and wisdom. I feel so inspired! There's so much in here to chew on and process."
- katelynn
04/23/2020
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In Five Years

by: Rebecca Serle
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 266
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5- This book is shockingly great! It has the dressing of a typical romantic dime-a-dozen chick-lit novel - which I have nothing against. But boy, the ending is so surprising in the best way!

It starts out a lot like One Day in December, which I abandoned. What kept me going in this one, (even though the overarching plot was slightly predictable), was the great writing. And then in end it takes a complete left turn, which I LOVE. There is a lot of depth to this novel."
- katelynn
04/18/2020
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Lovely War

by: Julie Berry
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 480
Year Published: 2019
Date Read: 04/27/2020
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Good Girls Lie

by: J.T. Ellison
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 387
Year Published: 2019
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"This story absorbed me completely. I was baffled by the mystery and drawn in by the sympathetic protagonist. Great all around!"
- katelynn
01/25/2020
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The Stationery Shop

by: Marjan Kamali
Ave. Rating: 4.21
Pages: 322
Year Published: 2019
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"I was swept away by the picture of this culture - one I’ve never had close contact with before. It was rich and vivid. I learned so much history, but I still feel like there’s so much I don’t understand.

At first I found myself rolling my eyes at the dramatic and all-consuming nature of the love story - it felt just very YA to me. But then, isn’t that just being young and in love? Once I let go of my cynicism and suspend reality a bit, I could appreciate the ROMANCE of this life-long love story. Especially the ending - I listened to beautiful Persian music and got all melty!

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I was even more fascinated with the adult characters - the Stationery store owner and Bahman’s mother. Their story was fully of so much human brokenness and tragedy. It was paralleled by the beautiful and pure love story of our main characters. The tragedy of the first story lead to the tragedy of the second. Mr. Fakhri - his sins, loves, heartbreak, and attempts at redemption - are worthy of a very long book club discussion.
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The ending was just lovely. I went up to five stars because of that ending. And don’t miss the acknowledgements!!! They left me crying in a Starbucks."
- katelynn
01/18/2020
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The Turn of the Key

by: Ruth Ware
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 337
Year Published: 2019
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"As with most thrillers, this kept me completely riveted. The build up was so intense. The writing was decent, the topics were close to home (childcare and the challenges that go with it) so that was hard at points.

The ending fell a little flat for me. But overall it was a fun ride."
- katelynn
04/12/2020
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The Giver (The Giver, #1)

by: Lois Lowry
Ave. Rating: 4.13
Pages: 208
Year Published: 2006 (1993)
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"What the heck just happened? I'm completely reeling from the ending.

This whole book was completely absorbing and wonderful."
- katelynn
10/08/2020
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Moloka'i (Moloka'i, #1)

by: Alan Brennert
Ave. Rating: 4.15
Pages: 405
Year Published: 2004 (2003)
Date Read: 05/28/2020
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Love Does: Discover a Secretly Incredible Life in an Ordinary World

by: Bob Goff
Ave. Rating: 4.29
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2012
Date Read: 08/05/2020
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The Peach Keeper

by: Sarah Addison Allen
Ave. Rating: 3.85
Pages: 273
Year Published: 2011
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"As with every other Allen book I've read, this was a delight from start to finish. It's thoroughly southern and magical. She writes romance so well!

The story was simple, but that didn't bother me. For this author, it's all about the setting and atmosphere and magic - with some great character growth thrown in for good measure. "
- katelynn
02/12/2020
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Secrets of a Charmed Life

by: Susan Meissner
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 386
Year Published: 2015
Date Read: 07/09/2020
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The Widows of Malabar Hill (Perveen Mistry, #1)

by: Sujata Massey
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 401
Year Published: 2018
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"This was such an interesting read. It definitely immerses you in the culture and delivers a fun, twisty mystery. The heroine was plucky and intelligent and easy to root for!"
- katelynn
03/17/2020
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Anxious People

by: Fredrik Backman
Ave. Rating: 4.23
Pages: 341
Year Published: 2020 (2019)
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"Backman does it again: writes incredible characters who form beautiful relationships and give us amazing insights into what it means to be human. It’s a story that unfolds in one day but delivers so much hope! I cried a lot. "
- katelynn
12/31/2020
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The Orphan of Salt Winds

by: Elizabeth Brooks
Ave. Rating: 3.66
Pages: 293
Year Published: 2019 (2018)
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"What I was hoping for was gothic, not child-molester creepy. Those two things are not the same. I had the heeby-jeebies for most of this book.

There were certain things I liked, so it wasn't a total loss."
- katelynn
06/29/2020
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Never Let Me Go

by: Kazuo Ishiguro
Ave. Rating: 3.83
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2010 (2005)
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"It's hard to write a review of this book without comparing it to Remains of the Day. As in RotD, so much of the depth of emotion and connection is left unsaid, not just literally unsaid by the characters but also unexplained by the author. It's not bad - just interesting. Somehow it makes the pathos of both books so much sadder. This is another deeply sad book - there are no cathartic moments or revelations. It is quietly reflective on a society we are not that far from. I did appreciate that although the setting was somewhat distopic, the story focused on the characters and their relationships. The distopia was a seldom-mentioned backdrop. "
- katelynn
01/03/2016
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The Nesting Place: It Doesn't Have to Be Perfect to Be Beautiful

by: Myquillyn Smith
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 208
Year Published: 2014
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"Although I certainly don't love the author's personal design aesthetic, this book gave lots of helpful tips and important reminders for the overall philosophy of designing your home. I was inspired over and over again. Lots of the tips I've already been doing and this book just gave me affirmation - especially for things I just have no idea if it's "okay" to do.

I'm excited to read the next book - Cozy Minimalist!"
- katelynn
01/19/2020
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The Last Romantics

by: Tara Conklin
Ave. Rating: 3.73
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2019
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"2.5

The writing here was very good, and the plot kept me interested to the end. I just did not like the characters or what happened. I don't mind having unlikable characters or a sad ending, but this was just a whole lot of both and not a lot of point. She kind of wrapped it up with some thoughts... I just didn't think it was enough for the terrible ride I just went on."
- katelynn
02/20/2020
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All This I Will Give to You

by: Dolores Redondo
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 490
Year Published: 2018 (2016)
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"This is a long, complicated mystery with fantastic characters. The setting was so different than any other I've read which was fun. Definitely makes me want to visit a Spanish vineyard on a river!

And the mystery.. I just had NO idea what was going on. There were layers on layers. Phew.

It would've been 5 stars if not for (1) it got pretty dark towards the end and (2) it dragged a bit. It's also almost 500 pages so goodness, it's a commitment. I'd say it's a worthwhile commitment but there are content/trigger warnings a'pleanty!"
- katelynn
05/18/2020
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The Brutal Telling (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #5)

by: Louise Penny
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 372
Year Published: 2009
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"This was a shocker for me - I can't believe she did what she did! Wow.

But another cozy, wonderful Gamache story. I loved every minute. Certain parts were so moving I had to pause, take a moment to get it together. All from a mystery novel! What Penny does with these books is really special."
- katelynn
09/26/2020
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Talking as Fast as I Can: From Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls (and Everything in Between)

by: Lauren Graham
Ave. Rating: 3.93
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2016
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"Just okay. I thought it was sweet and the reflections on her Gilmore Girls / Parenthood experiences were interesting... I just wanted MORE. I found myself bored a lot.

But I like her, so it's a three."
- katelynn
02/03/2020
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The Cruelest Month (Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, #3)

by: Louise Penny
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 310
Year Published: 2008 (2007)
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"4.5

I came the realization about halfway through this book that this is a series I will read again. Which gave me immense relief because at times I find the writing confusing which is the ONLY criticism I have of this series.

I will read these books again, along with Anne of Green Gables and Narnia and Harry Potter.

Just like in Avonlea, Penny has created a place you want to move to. You want to sit around the fire with these people, eat their food and laugh with them. The magic of these stories is that the mystery is almost secondary to the relationships. The breakthrough with Armand and Beauvoir had me in tears."
- katelynn
05/06/2020
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Recursion

by: Blake Crouch
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 329
Year Published: 2019
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"Good grief. Just like with Dark Matter, this wrinkled my brain and warmed my heart. Also like Dark Matter, it is a perfect movie concept."
- katelynn
06/07/2020
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Once Upon a River

by: Diane Setterfield
Ave. Rating: 3.95
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2018
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"This book was wonderful.
Just enough gothic, just enough fairy tale, just enough adult/complex relationships and struggle - this will be a favorite. I love the language, sense of place, and story-telling themes.

Now we need a movie, please and thank you."
- katelynn
03/05/2020
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Ghosts of Greenglass House (Greenglass House #2)

by: Kate Milford
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 464
Year Published: 2017
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"3.5

This book had all of the good things about the first book: warm family life, great setting, and a quirky cast of characters. Where this fell behind is that it was just TOO complicated. Too many characters, too many side stories. It was all just too much.

My complaints may be a result of listening to the audio rather than reading it."
- katelynn
05/20/2020
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Big Summer

by: Jennifer Weiner
Ave. Rating: 3.63
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2020
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"3.5
I immediately connected with the protagonist on this one. The story ended quite sad, surprisingly. Some of the plot points were a bit far-fetched, but overall it was a sweet message."
- katelynn
08/19/2020
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Intuitive Eating: A Revolutionary Program That Works

by: Evelyn Tribole
Ave. Rating: 4.19
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2003 (1995)
Date Read: 01/29/2020
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My Grandmother Asked Me to Tell You She's Sorry

by: Fredrik Backman
Ave. Rating: 4.05
Pages: 372
Year Published: 2015 (2013)
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"Although I definitely didn't like this as much as Backman's other books, it was still full of his signature humor and found-family themes. I enjoyed watching the relationships develop, but I got a little tired of the fairy-tale metaphor. It felt overworked."
- katelynn
10/17/2020
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The Dutch House

by: Ann Patchett
Ave. Rating: 4.1
Pages: 337
Year Published: 2019
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"I found this book.... overhyped. What was not overhyped was the Tom Hanks narration! A++

It was riding along at a 3 stars but the ending brought it up for sure. I get it - it’s interesting for discussion, themes, symbolism and the like. But I didn’t enjoy the story really. It was just “eh” through till like 75%, then it got better. There was some meaning and heartfelt moments brought in to save the day."
- katelynn
04/02/2020
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The Flatshare

by: Beth O'Leary
Ave. Rating: 4.09
Pages: 394
Year Published: 2019
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"4.5

This was wonderful. A few notches above normal chick-lit. It wasn't your typical rom-com that only lightly touches on some difficult issues. The difficult issues were central, they were important. The characters were charming but also struggling. And there was enough humor to grease the wheels."
- katelynn
09/14/2020
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The Space Between Us

by: Thrity Umrigar
Ave. Rating: 4
Pages: 321
Year Published: 2007 (2006)
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"Good. Grief. Talk about compulsively readable literary fiction! I couldn't put this down. I was so invested in each of the characters. They were all flawed - which made for a more complicated read.

The writing was so reflective. The atmosphere and setting were so rich. I felt fully immersed, which I love.

This was a hard, but mostly satisfying read. It felt very real."
- katelynn
03/29/2020
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On the Wrong Track (Holmes on the Range, #2)

by: Steve Hockensmith
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 304
Year Published: 2007
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"3.5
This was a lot of fun, just like the first. It's a classic western with all of the best elements. I felt like I was watching a movie."
- katelynn
07/29/2020
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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume Three

by: Daniel Abraham
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2014 (2013)
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Force of Nature (Aaron Falk, #2)

by: Jane Harper
Ave. Rating: 3.84
Pages: 326
Year Published: 2018 (2017)
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"This story has everything that makes a high-quality thriller: fantastic setting, a twisty plot that keeps you guessing, ATMOSPHERE out my ears, and complicated relationships that explore tough and relatable issues. Just as in The Dry, the location was a character itself. Fantastic!"
- katelynn
11/18/2020
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The Bodies Left Behind

by: Jeffery Deaver
Ave. Rating: 3.78
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2008
Date Read: 01/10/2020
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Love & Gelato (Love & Gelato, #1)

by: Jenna Evans Welch
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 389
Year Published: 2016
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"3.5 - Sweet and simple. The protagonist was a BELIEVABLE teenager - something rare to find these days in YA. This is the sort of novel I can't wait to share with my preteen/teen children."
- katelynn
11/24/2020
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Far from the Tree

by: Robin Benway
Ave. Rating: 4.28
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2017
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"4.5

Wow, this one punched me hard in the feels. There were points that were too much for me - I had to detach emotionally to be able to cope, especially as a mother.

But man! They dealt with family - fosters, adoptive, biological. What it means, who you are to each other. This was truly fantastic."
- katelynn
08/13/2020
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If Beale Street Could Talk

by: James Baldwin
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 197
Year Published: 2006 (1974)
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"I can tell this book is good literature, but I didn’t love it. I get frustrated when I feel like there’s something I am supposed to understand that is just beyond my reach. I wish I could discuss this in a book club!

The incredible writing probably would’ve boosted it to a 4 star for me if not for the grittiness and rawness. The level of crassness kind of took me out of the story... but I could see it maybe accomplishing another purpose of the author."
- katelynn
01/01/2020
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Mexican Gothic

by: Silvia Moreno-Garcia
Ave. Rating: 3.7
Pages: 301
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5 - Wow, great setting, great heroine, great concept. Not too scary, not too tame. Sweet romance. Loved it!"
- katelynn
12/27/2020
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The Empire of Gold (The Daevabad Trilogy, #3)

by: S.A. Chakraborty
Ave. Rating: 4.51
Pages: 766
Year Published: 2020
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"Such a rich and exciting ending to a fantastic trilogy. I wholeheartedly recommend this to those who like books about fantasy or politics or history or race and religion issues.

The setting and the magic was so vivid. I felt completely immersed. The villains were complex and the heroes were flawed. This story is honest and the ending is satisfying."
- katelynn
10/27/2020
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The Keeper of Lost Things

by: Ruth Hogan
Ave. Rating: 3.81
Pages: 288
Year Published: 2017
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"I LOVE this. Heart and humor, whimsy and magic. This put me in mind of Sarah Addison Allen - with a British twist. It was charming, but not superficial, from beginning to end."
- katelynn
10/19/2020
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The Westing Game

by: Ellen Raskin
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 182
Year Published: 2004 (1978)
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"3.5 - I struggled to follow this on audio, but otherwise it was really fun!"
- katelynn
07/16/2020
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Mockingbird

by: Kathryn Erskine
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 235
Year Published: 2010
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"3.5"
- katelynn
09/24/2020
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The Poet X

by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Ave. Rating: 4.38
Pages: 368
Year Published: 2018
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"3.5
A simple story, but a good one.
Like her other novels, this has deepened my appreciation of poetry."
- katelynn
08/31/2020
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A Game of Thrones: Graphic Novel, Volume Four

by: Daniel Abraham
Ave. Rating: 4.12
Pages: 208
Year Published: 2015 (2014)
Date Read: 10/11/2020
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My Family and Other Animals (Corfu Trilogy, #1)

by: Gerald Durrell
Ave. Rating: 4.14
Pages: 273
Year Published: 2004 (1956)
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"This was just wonderful. I was completely in love with the setting and people by the end. From beginning to end, the book is filled with humor and beauty and the wonder of childhood exploration."
- katelynn
07/23/2020
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One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

by: Ann Voskamp
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 232
Year Published: 2011
Date Read: 06/20/2020
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The Orphan's Tale

by: Pam Jenoff
Ave. Rating: 4.02
Pages: 353
Year Published: 2017
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"I loved the circus setting and growth of the relationship between the two lead women. It definitely felt over-dramatic at moments, but who am I to judge? It was a dramatic time.

Also, why "The Orphan's Tale"? Is the orphan Theo? It's not his story at all. "
- katelynn
10/05/2020
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A Woman Is No Man

by: Etaf Rum
Ave. Rating: 4.25
Pages: 339
Year Published: 2019
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"Oof. This was rough. A lot of the writing felt pretty basic, in terms of women’s rights discussions. (Just lots of overused phrases). “You’re just as good as a man, follow your dreams, don’t let anyone hold you down, etc.” But the story was anything but basic - it was complex and real and hard.

A great followup to this would be Melinda Gates’ book: The Moment of Lift."
- katelynn
12/31/2020
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Kid Gloves: Nine Months of Careful Chaos

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 4.4
Pages: 248
Year Published: 2019
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"I expected this to be good, but wow. I devoured this - I could NOT put it down. Lucy is so honest in all of her books, but this one is especially tender and vulnerable. It's mostly a memoir but it also has a good bit of research about fertility and pregnancy and the history around the treatment of women's bodies. I learned a lot - and it wasn't all great. The personal side of it is what sets this book apart as great.

I cried through the end. Of a comic book. Yup.
This art form is so amazing. I can't believe it's taken me so long to discover them. More graphic novels, please!"
- katelynn
02/22/2020
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Winter Solstice

by: Rosamunde Pilcher
Ave. Rating: 4.18
Pages: 454
Year Published: 2000
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"This is a cozy story with lots of Scottish Christmas atmosphere and it has moments of sweetness. But overall it drags. "
- katelynn
12/17/2020
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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine

by: Gail Honeyman
Ave. Rating: 4.27
Pages: 336
Year Published: 2017
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"4.5

This book was a combination of heavy and sweet. Eleanor was such a great protagonist.

And I loved the ending! I don't think I would've 10 years ago, but for me, right now, it was perfect."
- katelynn
06/26/2020
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The Friend Zone (The Friend Zone, #1)

by: Abby Jimenez
Ave. Rating: 3.89
Pages: 372
Year Published: 2019
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"Sweet. Felt fairly genuine (for the genre). I did cry at the end, which hasn't happened in a while.

Definitely requires a content warning though - language and open door scenes."
- katelynn
06/11/2020
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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
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The Saturday Night Supper Club (The Supper Club, #1)

by: Carla Laureano
Ave. Rating: 3.92
Pages: 416
Year Published: 2018
Date Read: 12/05/2020
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Cane River

by: Lalita Tademy
Ave. Rating: 4.07
Pages: 522
Year Published: 2002 (2001)
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"A fascinating and engrossing story based on the author’s research into her own lineage. The book is filled with pictures and other primary sources documents that completely transported me. I studied each picture, so interested in these real people and their similarities and their dreams and their loves.

This book is a novel but is clearly formed around a framework of real events. The women in this family!! Goodness. Flawed, but so strong.

One note: it is very interesting to read this book so soon after reading The Vanishing Half. Both deal with colorism and make complimentary reads. TVH kind of picks up where this book left off time-wise. I found the town in TVH hard to believe- but after reading this real story, it’s easier to understand."
- katelynn
07/30/2020
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The Ten Thousand Doors of January

by: Alix E. Harrow
Ave. Rating: 4.06
Pages: 374
Year Published: 2019
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"The book was SO GOOD. I love historical fiction fantasy - it's so fun to get both! This was definitely "fantasy lite". The emphasis was on the characters and themes and not the world-building. Which is what I prefer in fantasy.

The two heroines of the story were so inspiring! I loved them like I love Anne of Green Gables, Hermione and Christy."
- katelynn
02/01/2020
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Homegoing

by: Yaa Gyasi
Ave. Rating: 4.46
Pages: 305
Year Published: 2016
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"My reaction to this book is summed up in a jaw drop. That's how I felt pretty much the last third of the book, like my jaw was on the floor. This story is beautiful and sweeping and heartbreaking and so much to process! It will leave you changed. This book reminds me of The Invention of Wings - not in content, but in the way I know I will be thinking about it for years to come.

I highly recommend the audio version."
- katelynn
04/21/2020
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Circle of Friends

by: Maeve Binchy
Ave. Rating: 4.04
Pages: 740
Year Published: 2007 (1990)
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"4.5

This was just the medicine I needed for a hard time. It was full of wonderful characters, a strong sense of place and a great story. It was cozy through and through. Over 700 pages read like 200.

Towards the end it took a sadder turn than I was expecting, but still great!"
- katelynn
03/24/2020
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The Lions of Fifth Avenue

by: Fiona Davis
Ave. Rating: 3.9
Pages: 354
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5

Great and slightly heartbreaking ending brought it up that last half-star. I loved the subject-matter so much it helped smooth over slightly clunky/awkward writing. The setting helped me immerse and the plot kept me turning the pages."
- katelynn
10/10/2020
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Stepping Stones

by: Lucy Knisley
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 224
Year Published: 2020
Date Read: 07/25/2020
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The Vanishing Half

by: Brit Bennett
Ave. Rating: 4.22
Pages: 343
Year Published: 2020
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"This was a good book, but not an enjoyable one. I wouldn't say it was hard to read, but it's hard to sit with.

It's certainly written masterfully. The themes of identity and personhood are woven incredibly through the three generations. But I need someone to talk to about it. Let's debrief."
- katelynn
07/14/2020
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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume One

by: Daniel Abraham
Ave. Rating: 4.47
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2012
Date Read: 08/06/2020
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Americanah

by: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 477
Year Published: 2013
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"So disappointing. The writing was lovely and there were a lot of important conversations had. But the plot - the actual story was just... not good.

This is my second Adichie novel and I don't think there will be a third. She writes with a realism that I can appreciate, but it's just unpleasant to read."
- katelynn
09/15/2020
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Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch

by: Terry Pratchett
Ave. Rating: 4.24
Pages: 491
Year Published: 2006 (1990)
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"This was the funniest book I have read since The Princess Bride.
I'm not sure I need to add any more to this review...

But just in case: It's essential British-ness was delightful. I was laughing out loud regularly. It's so deeply clever.

One thing that was hard: listing to the audio, it was hard to keep track of the perspective changes. There are so so many perspectives, which would have been fine in print, but in audio I struggled. The reader did a great job doing different accents which made the dialogue scenes (sometime with like a dozen characters) manageable."
- katelynn
02/24/2020
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Red at the Bone

by: Jacqueline Woodson
Ave. Rating: 4.01
Pages: 196
Year Published: 2019
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"This was, as expected, gorgeous, poetic writing. The narrative structure reminded me of A Constellation of Vital Phenomena - the story is told from the center outward in spirals, moving forward and backward in time with different characters. I didn't find it too confusing, and as with Vital Phenomena, it was a beautiful way to paint a picture. In this case, the picture is of a family - and all of the expectations and support and responsibilities and love that go with it. It was definitely deeply sad, but worth it."
- katelynn
02/07/2020
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The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry (Harold Fry, #1)

by: Rachel Joyce
Ave. Rating: 3.91
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2012
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"I just can’t. This books makes me want to kiss my husband and hold my children, call my friends and take a walk. Completely overwhelmed.

It’s a beautiful book."
- katelynn
06/13/2020
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Where the Crawdads Sing

by: Delia Owens
Ave. Rating: 4.46
Pages: 384
Year Published: 2018
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"For most of the novel, this book was just okay. It was so much hardship, sadness, uncomfortable relationships... but what saves it is the setting. I felt fully immersed in the marsh life. I was definitely swept away by the romance of it. Between this and The Peanut Butter Falcon, it’s been a real Carolina coast love fest over here!

The ending was great. I felt satisfied."
- katelynn
04/09/2020
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A Game of Thrones: The Graphic Novel, Volume Two

by: Daniel Abraham
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 240
Year Published: 2013
Date Read: 08/13/2020
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Clap When You Land

by: Elizabeth Acevedo
Ave. Rating: 4.3
Pages: 432
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5

What incredibly lovely writing! The audio experience was incredible - I don't think it would've been as good just reading it (I'm not experienced reading poetry - I think I would've butchered it).

I felt deeply connected to both sisters and their coming together is so great. Bonus: the acknowledgments brought me to tears. Never skip those!"
- katelynn
07/21/2020
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The Disappearances

by: Emily Bain Murphy
Ave. Rating: 4.08
Pages: 388
Year Published: 2017
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"This story had all the elements to be something I'd really like. And I did enjoy a good bit of it. For me, the "YA-ness" kind of ruined it. It took me out of the setting (the dialog felt too modern) and broke the atmosphere.

Overall though, it's an enjoyable, interesting mystery with some good character relationships."
- katelynn
01/22/2020
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Set the Stars Alight

by: Amanda Dykes
Ave. Rating: 4.44
Pages: 352
Year Published: 2020
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"This story had everything I look for: historical fiction about a time period I don’t know much about, mystery, good twists, charming/immersive setting. It also had wisdom about faith delivered in a way that wasn’t overt or preachy. It was perfectly done! This is Christian fiction at its best."
- katelynn
12/18/2020
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The Jane Austen Society

by: Natalie Jenner
Ave. Rating: 3.75
Pages: 320
Year Published: 2020
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"4.5

This was a surprise hit for me! I did not have high hopes - reading it only because of book club. I love Jane Austen books but I am by no means a super-fan and I generally avoid any "fan fiction". I could go without excessive talking about her too, but this book!

It has such a rich cast of characters. They had such complex issues, I was rushing to the end to see them grow and find some peace. I loved watching them make connections with each other and the way books provided a bridge across such huge social, economical and age divides."
- katelynn
08/05/2020
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Solutions and Other Problems

by: Allie Brosh
Ave. Rating: 4.2
Pages: 519
Year Published: 2020
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"Just like with her last book, I laughed and cried and ended with a feeling that I should go find Allie and give her a hug and sit with her. The vulnerability she puts into her work! She is truly an incredible human being."
- katelynn
12/12/2020