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BriannaT

BriannaT

Joined January 2019

Just a teacher trying to spread her love of books.
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Little Women | Louisa May Alcott
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I never had to read it growing up, so I took advantage of my school library (no one has checked it out before). I love the headstrong and idgaf attitude that embodies Jo! Thanks to a FRIENDS episode, I knew some important plot points, but I‘m still happy I read the book.

xxjenadanxx This is one of the books my Mom read to my sister and I as a bedtime story growing up, and it definitely contributed to my love of reading. I'm glad you were able read it, I think everyone should! 6d
BriannaT @xxjenadanxx that‘s so sweet - and I definitely agree! 6d
Kimberlone I remember that episode! If I remember correctly, that is the same episode that Rachel has to throw The Shining into the freezer? 6d
BriannaT @Kimberlone Yes it is! It actually ends with Joey being sad about Little Women, and Rachel asks him if he wants to put it in the freezer too. I actually debated taking a picture with this in the freezer for fun, but it‘s a library book so I reconsidered haha. 6d
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This was Miss Marple‘s last case. I kind of guessed who the killer was, but I have to admit, I loved the way it was written - the descriptions, dialogue, and suspense show a lot of growth from Ms. Marple‘s first case.

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The Murder at the Vicarage | Agatha Christie
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Got this book for 50 cents! It‘s two in one - Miss Marple‘s last case and then her first case. That weirded me out, so I read the second story (her first case) first to keep it chronological. This one was interesting because it was told in the first person point of view of an innocent party, and not Ms. Marple. Now to read the first half!

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The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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This was a nice book to relax with after school started this week. I loved the interesting characters and the plot, and I really wanted to keep reading! The only complaint I had was that Sarah, the ‘Book Charmer,‘ wasn‘t really the main character. I enjoyed Grace and her journey, But I would have loved to read about Sarah‘s adventures/shenanigans that books put her in. I hope there‘s more of her throughout the series.

Letora I love the cover! 3w
BriannaT @Letora I thought the same thing! So cozy! 3w
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The Book Charmer | Karen Hawkins
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A book about a girl who can talk to books?! That was my dream superpower when I was a child!

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First book of 2020 finished! I was a classics major in undergrad, and myths were my favorite thing to study. I loved this retelling of myths by Stephen Fry! He kept to the original source material but instilled a sense of humor and humanity into these ancient characters. A great read for a myth lover or someone new to myth!

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It‘s been awhile since I posted here, please blame my new Nintendo Switch for taking up all of my free time. Anyway, this was my Christmas present! I‘m always excited to explore any literature related to myth, so I‘ll be delving into Mythos while my car is getting serviced.

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A Curse So Dark and Lonely | Brigid Kemmerer
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I‘m a lover of all things Beauty and the Beast, so I was eager to read this! I liked the modern retelling of this story - Harper is a girl from our times who is transported into the medieval world of Prince Rhen. Rhen is cursed to turn into a killing beast every season until someone falls in love with him. While I‘m familiar with the original story, this book was still a wonderful and captivating read.

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Sun: Our Daytime Star | Jane Belk Moncure, Henry Pluckrose
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Merry Christmas from my school! Credit goes to our school librarian!

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This book kept me guessing! Aiden has 8 days to solve a murder, and each morning he wakes up in a different body to relive the same day. After 8 different hosts, he has to uncover the truth - who killed Evelyn Hardcastle? The answer, however, is tangled with corrupt characters, other murders, and questionable allies. A mix between Clue and Agatha Christie - I couldn‘t put it down! You really have to pay attention while reading, but it‘s worth it.

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Found this on the library of the Celebrity Infinity! A dark retelling of The Twelve Dancing Princesses. I wasn‘t super familiar with the original fairy tale, but I still enjoyed this story. A sprinkling of creepy moments and madness.

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Hi from Cozumel! Theodore Boone is a 13 year old with a love for the law. He frequents the courthouse and even gives his classmates counsel. His “job” becomes tricky when he learns key information about a murder from a witness that is scared to testify. What will he do?
The only thing I didn‘t like about this book was that it ends before the verdict. There are more Boone books that continue the story, and I look forward to reading them.

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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I COULD NOT HIT “ADD TO CART” FAST ENOUGH!
Also with my Educator Card it was $16?! Thank you Barnes and Noble!

vivastory I should buy this. I read all of Hinton's books in middle school & I remember when I was assigned this one I was always reading way ahead of the scheduled chapters. 2mo
BriannaT @vivastory go for it! It‘s not online so you would need to see if it‘s available at your local Barnes and Noble. 2mo
vivastory @BriannaT Oh, really? Thanks for the info! 2mo
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The Starless Sea | Erin Morgenstern
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My first read in my new home! There‘s a lot going on in this book - a lot of little stories within the main plot (and some outside the main plot, it seems). I‘m looking forward to see how they all come together.

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I haven‘t had much reading time recently because I became a homeowner! One of my dreams is having my own library, and it‘s coming together!!

Librarybelle Congratulations! 3mo
TheSpineView That's awesome! Congrats! 💜📚💜 3mo
BriannaT Thank you so much!! 3mo
Ddzmini Congratulations 🎉🎈🎊🍾 🥂🥳 3mo
Tiffiney I‘m jealous! That‘s awesome! 3mo
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Nothing beats a rainy day, warm blanket, and good book! I love how this book references “The Lady of Shallot” by Tennyson.

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Dear Sweet Pea | Julie Murphy
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I jumped at the chance to order this after reading Dumplin! I loved this story because it includes topics young adults should be exposed to. Sweet Pea is dealing with her parents divorce after her father comes out as gay. When she is tasked with helping her neighbor (the advices columnist), she discovers some facts about her ex-best friend. Sweet Pea also struggles with body issues, but it isn‘t the forefront of the novel, which I liked. A pick!

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Never Tell | Lisa Gardner
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I‘m a sucker for a mystery! I enjoyed how this story switches the point of view at cliffhanger moments. My favorite aspect, however, is that the protagonists are three tough women! While at odds at the beginning of the novel, their relationship was necessary to solve the essential question - Who really was Conrad, and why was he killed?

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Never Tell | Lisa Gardner
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It‘s been awhile, Litsy! Hoping to get back in the swing of things here.

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Five Dark Fates | Kendare Blake
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An end to a thrilling series! The battle for Fennbirn is underway, with Jules as a cursed legion queen, Mirabella as a peace negotiator, Arsinoe as a low magic practicer, and Katherine as a vessel for dead queens.
I couldn‘t put the book down! While I loved the action and adventure, I also liked how much of the plot was influenced by love. Love for sisters, a partner, and an island. While it wasn‘t 100% a happy ending, I think it was a good one.

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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I feel like I‘m the only one that really didn‘t love this book. I think it has its moments and I like how it addresses topics like mental health and disabilities, but it wasn‘t a page turner. I feel like major events in the lives of the characters were brushed over, and sometimes I felt like the emotions of the characters were muted. I expected them to scream as they had trauma/problems because I wanted to, but so many battles were tiptoed across.

Jex Agreed. I enjoyed reading it (I guess?) but never really got into it or cared about the characters 🤔 5mo
BriannaT @Jex Oh thank goodness I‘m not the only one! 5mo
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Soulless | Gail Carriger
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In this Victorian England, the supernatural coexist with morals, including some individuals who have no soul at all. Enter our feminist protagonist, Alexia, who was born soulless yet seems to keep getting wrapped up in supernatural hijinks. This book reminded me of the social etiquette I learned in Pride and Prejudice, but made me laugh and reminded me of Oscar Wilde. Romance, humor, sci-fi, and historical fiction - a lot to like!

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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There‘s a hurricane coming and I have an extra two days off work, so reading time!
I saw this book had mixed reviews, but I personally thought it was suspenseful and entertaining. I thought I figured out the ending, but it took me by surprise.
Basically, our narrator, Theo, goes to work for a mental health facility to treat Alicia, a woman convicted of killing her husband but then going mute. What really happened? And why does Alicia stay silent?

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The Rest of the Story | Sarah Dessen
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In this story, Emma Saylor explores the half of her family left behind after her mother died of addiction. She discovers a lot about her family history and learns about herself as well. I thought this story could go a little deeper, but it was still a nice read.

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Congrats to @Megabooks for this awesome milestone! Litsy goals right there! Thanks for doing this #25ETSY giveaway, I wish you even more success 😊

Megabooks Thank you so much!! 😊😊 Good luck! 🍀 5mo
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Avatar: The Rise of Kyoshi | Michael Dante DiMartino, F. C. Yee
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I LOVED ATLA, so I was a little nervous about this book; it‘s hard to follow a good show. However, the plot is very enticing! Kyoshi lives as a meek servant at a time when someone else has already been identified as the Avatar. When reality hits, Kyoshi doesn‘t take the straight and narrow to become a badass avatar, we know and love (fear?) and I‘m here for it. That cliffhanger has me waiting for 2020!

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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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I enjoyed this lighthearted read! It‘s about Shane and her study abroad experience - it starts stellar, with a romance blooming, but falls flat. Then it gets a magical twist - she and her would-be beau meet six years later and get a chance to do that summer over again. It‘s a cute story, and I liked how Shane grew into an independent woman while also exploring romance.

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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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Got my signed book with a misprint switched out, so all is right with the world. To make it better, the autograph on this one is so much better than the other!!

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Again, but Better | Christine Riccio
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This book just got REALLY interesting and then???? It went from page 218 to 155???? I discovered this misprint at midnight and the frustration is real - 50 pages have been replaced by repeat pages!! I couldn‘t sleep!

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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This book in one word - impactful. A must-read book about race. Parts of it were difficult to read, but I think we all need to read things that shake us up if we want to grow.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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This book has me emotional. A black nurse is told by a white supremacist to not touch his newborn, but when she hesitates to give CPR and the baby dies, the parents accuse her of murder. I‘m only 1/3 of the way through because I need emotional breaks while reading this book!

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American Gods | Neil Gaiman
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I got 100 followers! I haven‘t been popular anywhere so this made me smile.
Now the book! As someone who studies myths and loves Percy Jackson, I found it entertaining. This book, which encompasses many genres, is about an impending war between old gods (like Odin) and new gods (like the Media). The main character, Shadow, is a man thrown into the mix, and he‘s a lot more easygoing in this book than I would be. ~Everything is not what it seems.~

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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
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“For you, a thousand times over.” A book with heartwarming and heart wrenching parts. It tells the story of brotherly love and the trials of life - secrets, betrayal, and, ultimately, a second chance to right a terrible wrong. It takes place in Afghanistan and also talks about life before and after the Taliban, and this comes from an Afghani writer - a perspective not often seen in the Western world. I couldn‘t put it down!

LiterarySloth All his novels so far are great. 7mo
BriannaT @LiterarySloth thanks for letting me know! I just added his works to my to read stack! 7mo
CoffeeNBooks Great book! 7mo
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Another Poirot, another pick! I liked this book better than many other Christies. In this book, Hercule Poirot is yet again trying to vacation and then murder happens, this time on a boat in Egypt. I was able to guess the “whodunnit” part of the book, and while that usually disappoints me, this time was different. I still didn‘t guess the full ending or other twists, and I really enjoyed reading! Great to read after “Murder on the Orient Express.”

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Winter | Marissa Meyer
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I had to be awake for all seven hours of my flight, so thankfully I had this book to read! This was the conclusion to the Lunar Chronicles, and it all wrapped up nicely! Is it weird that I wasn‘t expecting it to wrap up SUPER nicely? I blame it on years of books with no 100% happy ending. The ending truly made me realize that even with all the action and fighting, it was still a (well written!) fairy tale. I think we all need one now and then.

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Cress = Cress | Marissa Meyer
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Now that I‘m back from vacation I can get back into Litsy! This was the third installment in the series and I enjoyed it thoroughly. I like how it played on the original fairy tale of the prince going blind. If I have one complaint, I would say that it‘s hella convenient all of the people are pairing off into functional hetero couples. I do think the romances are cute, though.

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One more library picture before I leave Austria! This is in Admont Abbey, and it‘s the worlds largest monastic library. Thought you all might appreciate it - then I‘ll get back to writing reviews!

Ms.Story 😮😍😍😍 7mo
rather_be_reading holy cow!! 😍 7mo
erzascarletbookgasm Gorgeous ceiling! 7mo
Nute Oh my goodness! So beautiful! 4mo
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DREAMS REALLY DO COME TRUE!! After seeing the Austrian National Library a couple times in photographs, I knew I needed to see it in person. I finally made it!

BarbaraBB It is amazing, I was there last year. Those huge globes too 😍 (edited) 7mo
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The Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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After Circe, I had high expectations for this one - they were met! When I read bits of the Iliad for school, I was taught that Patroclus was Achilles‘ cousin and they loved “like brothers.” Even though it‘s fiction, that little change made through prejudice suppresses more than just the characters. This book reminds the reader what the relationship truly was, and it stands as a testament that all love is beautiful.

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Another Christie book! I liked the setup for this one - a murder mystery party that turned into real murder. With the suspects narrowed down to the people who planned the party, guessing the murderer reminded me of playing Clue. As usual, Poirot put the smallest details together to solve everything. There were some aspects to the solution I think the reader never could have possibly gathered, which annoys me a little, but it‘s still a pick.

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Scarlet | Marissa Meyer
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The sequel to Cinder and another enjoyable read! Looking forward to picking up Cress as soon as I find a copy.

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The House on Mango Street | Sandra Cisneros
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A memorable story of a Hispanic girl growing up. It held sweet childhood moments, like girls playing games, and serious heartbreaking moments, like abuse. I was surprised to find it contained universal struggles all women face - being stared at, catcalled, groped, and trapped by male figures. Esperanza‘s resolve to break free stands out: “...not to grow up tame like the others who lay their necks on the threshold waiting for the ball and chain.”

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The Seven Dials Mystery | Agatha Christie
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While it wasn‘t my favorite Christie book, I still enjoyed it. I predicted who the leader of the secret society was, but after that I was shocked and surprised at the ending. Did not anticipate who the villain was at all, which I like, but it took me a minute to wrap my head around how the scheme actually occurred. Eager for my next Christie read!

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The Seven Dials Mystery | Agatha Christie
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It‘s the first day of summer for us teachers! Enjoying some poolside relaxing with Aggie.

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Murder in the Mews (Poirot) | Agatha Christie
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I didn‘t realize it when I first picked up the book, but this is actually four short Poirot stories. Dead Man‘s Mirror was my favorite of the four because I found it had the most twists than the others. I did enjoy each short mystery, but my favor still rests with Christie‘s long mystery novels. Still a pic!

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The Siren | Kiera Cass
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I had just finished Fahrenheit 451, so I enjoyed this book as an easy read. I see a lot of so-so reviews for this book, and I feel like people were expecting more from the author than what they got (I haven‘t ready any of her other books). Its a stand-alone fantasy book that‘s relatively short and a love plot that is a little unrealistic (guy seems too good to be true), but that‘s what I expected. I read it all in one day and was satisfied.

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Poirot is on a case where victims are hunted in alphabetical order, and the murderer taunts the detective throughout the ordeal. Permit my cliche, but nothing is as it seems. She isn‘t called “The Queen of Mystery” for nothing! This is my fifth Christie book and I loved it - I didn‘t see the ending coming.

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Why not continue the mystery streak? Ready to join Poirot!

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Tell No One | Harlan Coben
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Another pick from my “Book Bucket List” poster! This is a great mystery read about a man who suddenly receives a message from his wife, who has been dead for 8 years. I couldn‘t put it down, and I was always rooting for the main character, Dr. Beck. The only critique I have is that Elizabeth, his wife, seemed extremely selfless and good- I was expecting a dark side to her. At the same time, it made me eager for their reunion even more. Great read!

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Two Dark Reigns | Kendare Blake
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More twists, more turns, and one more book in the series to go! One queen won the battle but definitely not the war - undead queens, living earth, curses, and a rebel army comes for Katharine. I‘m happy this book revolves around bonds among girls, and while there are some love aspects there, the boys don‘t make/break/define/confuse the girls. The women are strong and with a good sense of self that all young girls need.