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Floresj

Floresj

Joined June 2016

mom, teacher, library lover, runner, outdoor enthusiast, self proclaimed nerd😊
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Green Eyes and Ham | Mary Penney
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Coming of age book, exploring friendships, telling truths, loyalty and relationships. Though I liked the storyline of learning when to tell the truth, I thought Ham was too naive for an 8th grader- homeschooled or not, which made the plot line unbelievable. Quick read, but too unrealistic even for YA.

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Seven Empty Houses | Samanta Schweblin
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I wanted to like this quirky book of short stories, but it was inconsistent. Quick and unique characters, but not my favorite of the short story collections I‘ve recently read.

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This was a great summarization of art history, art, and the art trade. It made me want to learn more about the evolution of all forms of art (and go back to Italy.) Well written, fast paced, and cheeky, this book was the perfect quick read on a topic that I‘ve always wanted to learn more about!

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The book about cell biology covers individual cells, their division, organs, cell repair, cancers, immune systems, and medical applications of all of that knowledge. There‘s a lot to love in this book: the topic, the writing, the anecdotes, etc but I especially loved that the information wasn‘t glossed over, but explained to show the complexity and beauty of our cells

SamAnne I just picked this up today and can‘t wait to start it tonight. I loved his Pulitzer book Emperor of All Maladies. (edited) 3h
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Foster | Claire Keegan
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Short story set in Ireland of a girl who stays with a family for a brief period of time. Wonderfully written, poignant, and plot moves at a perfect short story clip.

BookBabe Sounds good! 🙌🏻 6d
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The Boys | Katie Hafner
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I really loved this quirky book. Drama, but not cruel or malicious drama. Characters were likable and I found myself rooting for everyone.

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Galatea: Short story | Madeline Miller
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I love short stories. This one (that counts as a book😜), is well written, plot moves lightning quick, and characters are well developed. I wanted more- which is a great indication of an excellent short story!

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The second half of this book was good and chronicled a variety of women in the American West- pioneers, Native Americans, slaves and immigrants. The first half of the book dragged a bit for me, but if you like western expansion and the gold rush era, this book would be right up your alley. I was more intrigued by the Native American chapters than the other portions of the book. 3.5/5 stars

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This novel tracks two friends as they develop games and move through life. The characters are flawed, the plot meandering, mini and major drama occurring, miscommunication and grudges in retaliation, and in spite of all of this, the book is enjoyable and somehow heartwarming.

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Interlocking short stories about childhood friends from a boarding school in Nigeria that weaves through their lives afterward. Each story improved upon the last, leaving with the last that sealed a 5 star rating. Great pace, characters, and connections. Wonderful!

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The story behind this story is incredible. Most of the book deals with the journalist trying to publish the story and dealing with roadblocks along the way. It‘s good, but doesn‘t have the bite that other journalistic books had that I‘ve read recently.

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Two fathers attempt to avenge their sons‘ death. There‘s a lot going on in this book- race, homophobia, violence, grief, regret, etc. The violence and strategy reminded me of Breaking Bad in which I loved the writing, the completely flawed characters, and nonstop action. It‘s a great one but not for the squeamish.

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All Good People Here | Ashley Flowers
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A whodunnit loosely based on Jon Benet Ramsay‘s death and a journalist working to solve a series of murders. Quick read, some twists and a fast paced ending makes this novel entertaining. It‘s not perfect and I have a few complaints, but I devoured it quickly which does say something about its engagement factor.

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Creative idea and it‘s clear McTier knows and understands astrophysics and mythology. For me, the tone of this book: cheeky, condescending, YA, sciencey, try hard, etc just never settled. I would go from loving a page to disliking the next and back again. Interesting, but inconsistent.

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Less Is Lost | Andrew Sean Greer
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There‘s a lot of this book that is endearing, funny and cringy. It started very strong, ended well, but it meandered a little in the middle. The tone is funny, and though I didn‘t read the first book, I felt as though it didn‘t take away from my enjoyment of this novel.

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Excellent, interesting, well researched, cheeky, readable and informative- this book by Yong explores a wide variety of animals and how they sense the world. Each chapter explores a different sense like hearing, echolocation, electric fields, UV rays, touch, seismic waves, etc. It changed how I‘ll teach the electromagnetic spectrum to my high school class. Great book!

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This book chronicles 1930s to post WWII in Ukraine, Poland, Germany, Russia etc with comparisons between Hitler and Stalin. It was ironic to read about the starvation of Soviet Ukraine in the 1930s by Lenin and hear the same cities in the war in Ukraine news reports. Not romanticized history, however, this is the most complete WWII book I‘ve read.

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Part US history, part memoir, part adventure. This book chronicles Buck‘s team building and taking a flatboat from PA to New Orleans. A lot of this book reminded me of doing multi-day rafting trips in UT, CO, and AZ, albeit with more interactions with a variety of cities and people. This book caters to an adventurer and a historian.

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Legal thriller voiced by a patent lawyer who is hired for his first criminal case in small town Texas. It‘s very John Grisham like and engaging. I didn‘t love the main character‘s tone throughout the book, though the plot line had a lot of potential. Good escapism reading and I liked it, but too Scooby Doo ending for me to love it.

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Fun history book about the medical uses of alcohol throughout time. Interesting and humorous, English moves through types of drinks and their uses to try to cure diseases. (I‘m surprised that anyone lived past 40 through some time periods with the “cures” that were utilized.) Fun book with lots of drink recipes throughout the book.

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What We Owe the Future | William MacAskill
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The topics in here are interesting, the data well researched, and writing clear. I‘ve read a few books on this topic and this one just didn‘t keep me turning the pages as quickly. Good points, however.

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It feels like a Mr and Mrs Smith wannabe. There were a number of leaps of plausibility and stereotypes galore in frequent scenes. I didn‘t love any of the characters. That being said, I did fly through it and enjoyed some escapism reading in trying to predict the ending.

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The story and people in this book are 5+. The writing was a little verbose (but I loved the quotes to start each chapter). Enthralling legal thriller about hog farms in NC and those that live close to the farms. I don‘t see myself purchasing Smithfield Farms products until I forget this book.

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The Family Chao | Lan Samantha Chang
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Family saga with multiple points of view. Each character was definitely flawed, but I was intrigued with the family drama. It‘s a murder mystery and there‘s enough plausible solutions that it kept me guessing until the end!

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Why We're Polarized | Ezra Klein
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Using data, historical trends, current events and past situations, Klein proposes various reasons as to why the US is polarized. I found it to be really interesting, readable and adjusted my thinking about political parties, media, and solutions. Great book and well written!

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Tracy Flick Can't Win | Tom Perrotta
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Quick read, with a slew of distinct characters who tell this story. I finished it quickly and it is entertaining, but some characters that were included provided distraction from the others that had depth and could have been really interestingly developed. The ending was forced and unnecessary. Ok, entertaining read.

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Excellent idea for a book. I think Hamid skipped through the middle a little too quickly but I think it‘s because I wanted to read more of his writing ….the premise of people changing color and society‘s reactions, a love story and aging parents that it‘s surprising all that was captured in such a short novel. Great book.

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The Twilight World | Werner Herzog
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Fictional account of Onoda‘s 29 year campaign to secure an island for Japan after WWII, because he didn‘t know the war ended. Herzog captured the mindset of a soldier in order to make his decisions believable and logical. Quick book, was good, not completely captivating.

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I read this thinking it was going to help me teach collaboration skills to high school kids, but it turned out to be about reading people, friendships, marriage, and community. Breezy style, anecdotes and science info to provide evidence for Barker‘s claims. Readable without being preachy, good communication book.

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The novel begins with Frida leaving her 18 month old unattended for 2.5 hours. Do I approve? Absolutely not. Unfit parent or delirious decision? The rest of the novel explores “bad parents”, their reeducation in a dystopian school, and surveillance. Taking uncomfortable or believable reactions and skewing them just a little bit more, made this novel engrossing.

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This was like listening to a creative, hard working genius grandfather explaining his life lessons with a smattering of one liners like “be the job large or small, do it well or not at all.” Super enjoyable, readable and heartening, this little book is a really good graduation gift or just someone needing a little pick me up.

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Horse: A Novel | Geraldine Brooks
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Telling the story of Lexington, horse racing, slavery and modern techniques of analyzing skeletons was accomplished in a creative manner. The 1800s port of the book was its strength and engaging, and the modern romance felt forced which took away from its connection thread. Overall, good book.

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There were a lot of words written to tell this story…and they weren‘t all necessary. Some characters and plot lines seemed clunky or forced, but the setting of Guilded Age New York was interesting.

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An interesting collection of essays about wine forgers, arms dealers, Anthony Bourdain, Mark Burnett, and Judy Clarke. Simultaneously, I felt like my life is really bland and completely absorbed in the craziness of pretending to buy arms from an international arms broker. Some essays are fantastic, some are ok, all told with enough humanity that made them so intriguing.

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Nice little pop science, Mary Roach-esque book about sweat. Interesting tidbits about sweating in arid and humid locales, athletes, and history of combating sweat. Humorous anecdotes and not at all heavy on the science, which I rate as a pro and a con. Heard the author on Science Friday, and it is an enjoyable book.

MyNamesParadise I sweat so easily. I think medications I take contribute to it though. Is that mentioned at all in the book? 4mo
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This is a mixture of memoir and academia as Lahiri explores the how to or challenges in translating writing into other languages. Her vocabulary is impressive. Her point of the beauty of knowing more than one idioma/ lingue/ language so one can find a more precise word to communicate, translation as a method to read the authors of other cultures, and translating thoughts into another language as self introspection was inspiring and compelling.

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Woman of Light: A Novel | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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This is a 3.5 star book for me. I really enjoyed the early Colorado setting and the multi-generational storyline. Some parts of the plot, specifically Luz‘s love life, were rushed and underdeveloped, causing the ending to fall flat. Good writing, interesting way to tell the story.

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Lapvona: A Novel | Ottessa Moshfegh
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This book is really twisted. It‘s like a medieval Real Housewives season with cannibalism, lords, peasants, debauchery and “religion” that I simply could not stop myself from reading. I don‘t think I liked a single character and I‘m embarrassed that I was so entertained. I‘m game if anyone wants to play, “what was the most twisted part of the book?” Excellent satirical allegory of a novel.

vivastory This is an excellent review 👏 5mo
britt_brooke Very accurate review! 5mo
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I really enjoyed the breadth of the story of labor- the garment workers, cleaners, harvesters, transportation, sex workers to the prisoners. Kelly‘s tone is to rally the troops to motivate to stand up and fight like hell. If you are picking up a book on labor, you are probably already in that demographic and more emphasis on the people not the movement was called for.

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Charming novel about an intelligent, independent, quirky scientist in the 1960s. She falls in love with an quirky, intelligent scientist. Lovely summer read😁

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Either/Or | Elif Batuman
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Some parts I loved, some parts I didn‘t…but Selin is an interesting, observant, train-wrecky, endearing, literary, and creative character. Hats off to Batuman for creating such a character.

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Rovelli mixes physics, astronomy, Einstein, Hawking, philosophy, poetry, and international science pioneers in a charming collection of essays. Not technical reading as the focus is the beauty of learning and curiosity.

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The relationship between BF Feyi and Joy was fun and supportive. It‘s a page turner (steamy scenes as well) but the true romance of the novel felt rushed and focused on attraction like her other fling. Some parts unbelievable, other parts fun, but written well.

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Well researched, but uneven. The most interesting portions of the book was when the author focused on one type of insect (bees, butterflies, etc) and explained threats and interesting tidbits about the species. The author repeated the dire warning that the insect populations are plummeting and the impacts of this in each chapter- I felt it was too repetitive and I wanted more specialized information.

Chrissyreadit I am fascinated at how few insects hit the windshield when I drive on highways. I don‘t think that‘s a good thing. 5mo
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Happy-Go-Lucky | David Sedaris
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David Sedaris delivers on many of these essays about Hugh, random interactions with others, and his family. Some are a little off, but he still makes me laugh and plow through his books in less than 24 hours.

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Woman on Fire | Lisa Barr
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Page turning? Yes. Stolen art during WWII intrigue? Yes. Summer read? Yes.
Though engaging, I felt that the prose was so plot driven, characters were not developed thoroughly and portions were unbelievable. Fun read, but flawed.

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Listened to this one…it‘s similar to Elenor Oliphant but not nearly as endearing

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Essays about family that are observant, funny, sad, and thoughtful. Philpott‘s children are slightly older than mine, so that could be why I felt that this memoir of parenting was so relatable and enjoyable. Perfect phrasing of conflicting emotions in various stages of parenting. This one was the right book at the right time for me.

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The Miniaturist | Jessie Burton
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This novel has a lot going for it but it took 132 pages for it to finally make its appearance. Some events were interesting and engaging and other parts were not believable or needed. It‘s a good airport or beach read, but missed the mark for more.

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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Classic Picoult- page turner with some twists and turns, redemption and some likeable characters. Not perfect, but a perfect airport read.