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JacintaMCarter

JacintaMCarter

Joined May 2016

Hello. My name is Jacinta. I am a book addict. bookhoardersanonymous.weebly.com
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American War by Omar El Akkad
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The Curse of the Wendigo by Rick Yancey, William James Henry
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Lola by Melissa Love
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Edgar and Lucy by Victor Lodato
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The Reader by Traci Chee
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The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
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Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough
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Unpunished by Lisa Black
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Gilded Cage by Vic James
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Never Let You Go by Chevy Stevens
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The Kill Sign by Nichole Christoff
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The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney
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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
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Barkskins: A Novel by Annie Proulx
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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue
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Before the Fall by Noah Hawley
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Life of Pi by Yann Martel
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All at Sea: A Memoir by Decca Aitkenhead
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The Fireman by Joe Hill
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The Fall Guy: A Novel by James Lasdun
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H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald
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Bone Gap by Laura Ruby
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The Complete Stories by Flannery O'Connor
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NOS4A2 by Joe Hill
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The thunder-pup by Janet Hickman
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The Complete Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle, Kyle Freeman
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Canterbury Tales by Geoffrey Chaucer
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Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow
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Rebound | Kwame Alexander
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#2019Book83
This is my favorite of Alexander's books so far. He took my favorite character from The Crossover and made this prequel entirely about him. The beginning was heartbreaking, as were several sections in the middle, but the ending made the pain worthwhile.

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A Three Dog Life | Abigail Thomas
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This memoir was well-written, but I think it would have worked better as an essay. Several of the chapters just kind of repeated what had happened in previous chapters as though Thomas didn't really have that much to say but was supposed to write a whole book anyway. I also probably would have been more into this one if I liked dogs.

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Booked | Kwame Alexander
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#2019Book81
If you like soccer or poetry or both, then you absolutely must read this book.

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#2019Book80
I'm always up for a good travel memoir, a book about family drama, and non-fiction about cultures I'm unfamiliar with. Lucky for me, this book rolls all of those things into one. I was, of course, partial toward the Hays section because I know many of the people Kois wrote about, but the chapters about New Zealand were my absolute favorite.

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The Body | Stephen King, Robin Waterfield
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This was my second time reading this because I used it as a class novel for my sophomores. I loved it even more this time than the first read.

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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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Like every Courtney Summers' book, this one takes a difficult story and tells it beautifully. Some sections are hard to read because they're so raw and real, but the story she's telling is so incredibly important for everyone to hear. If you have daughters, teach young woman, frequently interact with young woman, or if you are a teenage girl, then I highly recommend checking out this book.

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#2019Book77
Books about grieving families have a special place in my heart, and I was fascinated by the unusual point-of-view in this novel. Not only was the main character grieving the loss of his brother, but he was also dealing with the fact that his brother died after committing a horrific crime. The chapters that focused on the main character and his mother were beautifully written and I loved learning about those two.

BarbaraBB I just bought this one. Looking forward to it after your review. 2w
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#2019Book76
Every time I read this book, I enjoy it a little bit more. While I'm not sure my students got much out of it, I still find myself surprised by the lengths the boys in this book go to in order to survive and assert their dominance over the others.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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#2019Book74
This was a pretty fun graphic novel, but some of the jokes went on just a little too long.

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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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This was probably the first dystopian novel I ever read, and I loved rereading it with my class of 8th graders this year.

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Monsters Beware! | Jorge Aguirre
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#2019Book72
This middle-grade graphic novel is filled with absolutely adorable illustrations and a story that makes you want to keep reading. The main character is one of the spunkiest heroines I‘ve read in a long time and I look forward to reading the other comics in this series and spending more time with her.

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#2019Book71
I bought this book because I‘m obsessed with true crime and because I have a massive crush on Billy Jensen. It did not disappoint and I highly recommend it!

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#2019Book70
I‘m honestly not sure which I love more: the title of this book, or the quirky cast of characters.

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Tell Me How This Ends Well | David Samuel Levinson
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This family drama shifts perspectives among the three Jacobson children and their mother as they all plan ways to murder the family patriarch without getting caught. The story starts at a pace that‘s almost too slow, but picks up about 50 pages in and has a strong finish. The characters are memorable and frequently slip between lovable and impossible to like.

SamanthaMarie Wow! This is an interesting premise. 3mo
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Untitled | Anonymous
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I‘m going to overshare for a moment in hopes of finding some advice. A few years ago, I was teaching high school English and had an absolutely horrible teaching experience. Through that, I developed severe anxiety accompanied by Irritable Bowel Syndrome. After quitting that job, my anxiety and IBS calmed a little. Now, I‘m going back to teaching high school and my symptoms have returned with a vengeance. Any advice on how to deal with this?

Smrloomis I don‘t have advice but sending some good thoughts! That sounds tough 💕💕💕 3mo
PolaroidPoet Are you on Facebook? Join “creative high school English” or “high school ELA support group” or even “fitness for teachers” where you will find some awesome help and support with back to school. My anxiety comes and goes. I just focus on what I enjoy most.. the kids and watching them grow. Take care of you first. I do yoga / meditation everyday at home. It helps. 3mo
DGRachel Have you tried meditation to ease the anxiety? It sounds like the two are linked, so if you can control the anxiety, you can lessen the IBS. There are lots of meditation apps on the market, if you want guided meditation. My favorite is Breethe and there are plenty of 5-minute meditations just for a quick calm down. Good luck! 3mo
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SheilaChew Have you tried changing your diet? I have some other digestive issues, and I‘m trying intermittent fasting. There is a lot of new research that it is good for healing digestive problems. So far, it‘s easy and I have noticed many of my symptoms are gone. Dr. Jason Fung is the expert in this field. 3mo
Samplergal My shrink told me the two are intertwined. I am on medication for the anxiety and while the IBS is not “normal” it‘s better. She also told me to take a probiotic as well. (edited) 3mo
Mindelan My doctor suggested I try a low FODMAP diet. It‘s 6 groups of different kinds of sugars that might cause reactions. It‘s tricky to follow, but it‘s not a long-term plan, and eliminating foods and then reintroducing them helped me get a better idea of what foods to avoid. I never would have realized garlic and onions were triggers without it (b/c they‘re delicious) 3mo
Mindelan Good luck, prepping for school is hard enough without having no idea what you can pack for lunch! 3mo
Lauram I hope you have a really wonderful year. Be sure to look into your benefits. As a part of the contract in my district, we have access to a program in which we can get short-term access to counseling, nutrition services, legal services, etc. 3mo
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Five women walked into the woods for a company retreat. Only four of them came back out. This is how Force of Nature begins, and the suspense never really lets up until the end. The best part, though, is the ever-present feeling of claustrophobia, as though someone just might be watching from the darkness between the trees.

BridgetteM Sounds amazing! Stacked it. :) 3mo
Crazeedi Great story, loved it! All her books I've read are really good so far!! 3mo
GypsyKat I just read this one! I love all her books! 3mo
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Flowers for Algernon | Daniel Keyes
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#LitsyAtoZ Part 2: TBR books by title
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Smoke City | Keith Rosson
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If you want to read about an alcoholic ex-painter, a wannabe ghost hunter, and a reincarnation of Joan of Arc‘s executioner going on a road trip together, then you should definitely read this book.

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Invisible Fault Lines | Kristen-Paige Madonia
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This holds up as a pretty solid coming-of-age YA novel, but kind of loses its way during the chapters that delve shallowly into some vague supernatural elements.

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In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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Books that cover multiple decades and family generations are my jam and I loved watching these characters grow. I only wish the novel was longer, because I wasn‘t ready to leave West Mills just yet.

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The Water Knife | Paolo Bacigalupi
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If you‘ve ever worried that a combination of climate change, corrupt government officials, and basic human awfulness will lead to the downfall of American society, then you should definitely read this book.

chaoticgoodhufflepuff Wow! I‘m sold! 4mo
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Frankenstein | Mary Shelley
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Libby1 I felt the same. It seemed to go on and on. The ideas are brilliant but the execution was a bit of a snore for me, I‘m afraid. 4mo
BarbaraBB I agree, for me too! 4mo
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Enemy Women: A Novel | Paulette Jiles
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#LitsyAtoZ Part 2: TBR books by title
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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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I‘ve gotten on a jewelry kick lately and I just happened to order this bracelet the night before Suzanne Collins announced the upcoming Hunger Games prequel. Seems appropriate.

ShyBookOwl Gorgeous.... prequel?! Must look up immediately! 4mo
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This graphic novel was a fun way to learn more about the brain and how it works. However, many pages are so packed with information that it started to feel a little too much like a textbook.

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A Bridge Across the Ocean | Susan Meissner
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This book does a beautiful job of weaving together three stories that span several decades and two continents. The ghostly elements added to the character development and helped build the atmosphere. My only complaint is that the “reveal” at the end was kind of a let-down.

Hollie I finally made it up to the office and found my birthday card! It was a lovely surprise 😀 4mo
Crazeedi Adding!! 4mo
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As usual, the artwork in this graphic novel was fantastic. The story was also great, focusing on the divisions within the Justice League as the members begin to question whether or not they can trust each other.

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I very rarely wear jewelry, but as soon as I saw this bracelet, I knew I had to have it!

MaleficentBookDragon Love it! Where did you get it? 5mo
TrishB Lovely 💕 5mo
JacintaMCarter @MaleficentBookDragon Etsy! I think the seller‘s name was Meadow Tea, or something like that. (edited) 5mo
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#2019Book57
While it was interesting to read about the various men who were suspected to be Jack the Ripper, the author tends to repeat himself way too much. In fact, if you removed all of the repeated details, this book probably could have been condensed to a long article.

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Flying at Night | Rebecca L. Brown
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The good: All of the characters feel real and their interactions are great and often heartbreaking.
The bad: When the characters discus one character‘s autism diagnosis, they often land on and seem to accept the conspiracy that vaccines cause autism.

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The Favorite Sister | Jessica Knoll
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If you want the scandal and backstabbing of reality television without having to actual watch those women scream at each other, check out this book!

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Daughters Unto Devils | Amy Lukavics
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This book moves at the quick pace of a horror movie, but I would have still loved it if it had been a 500-page extremely slow burn. Either way, it‘s wonderfully creepy, keeps you on the edge of your seat, and the ending is absolutely perfect!

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#2019Book53
The title of this book is a bit of a misnomer. Several of the stories aren‘t really ghost stories and many are far from being the best. It also makes no sense that this collection was published in 2011, yet all of the stories are from the late 1800s-early 1900s.

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Atlas Shrugged | Ayn Rand
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sisilia 😱 1000 pages later 5mo
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Batman Beyond Vol. 4: Target: Batman | Dan Jurgens, Will Conrad, David Baron
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The artwork in this graphic novel was great, but the story became repetitive very quickly.

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If you love the My Favorite Murder podcast, then you‘ll love getting a closer look into Karen‘s and Georgia‘s lives.

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1. One of my best friends calls me “J” sometimes. It‘s only endearing when he does it, though. It would feel weird from anyone else.
2. How to Raise Your IQ by Eating Gifted Children
3. Well, I only read the Twilight series because of the hype and those are four days I can‘t get back, so make of that what you will.
4. I tend to judge by price and title more than cover.
5. @kdwinchester @Robothugs

ravenlee #3 - I watched my SIL throw the last book across the room and yell at it for wasting her time. 5mo
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The rest of my TBR pile is going on vacation so this one can rise to the top!

AmyG Ha...I bumped it to the top of my ebook tbr. 💕 5mo
EyesOnly34 Nope, you have to “get to it eventually” lol 5mo
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#2019Book48
Not only is this science-centric, female-led mystery novel a thrilling read, full of unreliable characters; it also looks beautiful on your shelf.

Branwen I love this book! The characters were so complex! 5mo
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The art style in this graphic novel isn‘t my favorite, but I‘m impressed that Brown managed to make the history of Tetris a truly interesting topic.

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Postal Volume 1 | Matt Hawkins, Bryan Hill
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The plot of this graphic novel is great and the artwork is amazing, but the best part of this book is the characters. Even the most minor background character has a fascinating story and you‘ll want to learn more about these people long after the last page.

GrilledCheeseSamurai Awesome series! 🤘 6mo
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The Beauty #1 | Jeremy Haun
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The artwork in this graphic novel is gorgeous and the story is one of the more original plots I‘ve read lately. If you like to read about “super diseases” and don‘t mind a bit of blood and nudity, then you‘ll love this book.

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Be Prepared | Vera Brosgol
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As someone who hated the two days of summer camp I managed to suffer through, I found a kindred spirit in the author/illustrator of this graphic novel. If camp and attempting to make new friends have never really been your favorite things, then definitely check out this book.

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Uprooted | Naomi Novik
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I loved this book. Yes, a few situations could have used a bit more buildup, and sometimes the use of magic was just a little too convenient, but the writing was absolutely beautiful, so I‘m willing to forgive everything else.

Centique I agree wholeheartedly! 6mo
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This is a beautifully written memoir about the awkwardness and drama that comes with being a teenage girl trying to figure out her identity. The artwork style isn‘t my favorite, but it works well with the story being told.

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Shout | Laurie Halse Anderson
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Laurie Halse Anderson is one of my favorite writers and this poetic memoir just solidified my love for her and her writing.

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Bad Friends | Ancco
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I‘m a sucker for black and white drawings in graphic novels, but the storyline in this one wasn‘t always easy to follow. It seemed to jump around from past to present at random and frequently repeated sequences with just a slight shift in perspective.