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KaraWines

KaraWines

Joined May 2019

I am a high school English teacher who is always looking for recommendations for my classroom!
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Pretty Girls by Karin Slaughter
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A Court of Mist and Fury | Sarah J. Maas
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This book got pretty crazy, and at times the history got a bit confusing, but I'm not sure if that was just because I was rushing and not giving my full attention. This one ended with several surprises, and I'm looking forward to beginning the third book!

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I did not expect to like this, honestly. I kept hearing about the series, and kept thinking it was not for me. I ended up loving it and ordering the rest of the books. I had intended to put the book in my classroom library, but there are some steamy scenes that I think might be .... too steamy? Do other high school teachers have this in their classrooms?

rachelm I thought the same when I read it! I liked book two better— plot thickens quite a bit 1mo
KaraWines @rachelm I just finished book 2, and I am starting book 3! I am a little behind on my reviews. 1mo
BethM I‘ve read the series and think it would be fine. But I‘m not a teacher and also wasn‘t raise with any form of censored reading 😂 1mo
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Midwinterblood | Marcus Sedgwick
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My students were asking for more dystopian stories, and although this may not traditionally fit, I think they will like it. This story follows the story of two people brought together over and over again through the ages. I enjoyed that it started in the future and worked back to before the Vikings. Definitely enjoyable and appropriate for high school students.

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This book was tough to read, honestly. This book deals with love in it's most basic form and how it can change with time. This is also a book about family and what that really means. Mixed in with drug abuse, child abuse, neglect, mental illness, rape, and murder, is a story about two people who always find their way back to each other.

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Girl in Pieces | Kathleen Glasgow
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This one was tough just because of the weighty topics, but overall, I enjoyed it. It is a bit graphic and has some language that may not be appropriate for all young adults, but this could be therapeutic for the right reader.

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Silent Sister | Diane Chamberlain
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I have read several of Diane Chamberlain's books. This is probably my least favorite. It was very slow at times, but the story was good, although a bit predictable. If you are interested in reading her books, I suggest Necessary Lies to begin with!

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This book is so much more than a murder mystery. It is about what makes us human, what creates community, and our connection with the world around us. The writing is strong and creates such a strong sense of place, that perhaps more than any other story, the setting becomes a main character. I understand why so many have chosen this for book clubs, as there is so much to discuss and ponder.

Bakingbookworm It astounded me that it was a debut. It‘s so well written and layered. Can‘t wait to see what she writes next. 4mo
Scochrane26 The author has written other books, but they‘re nonfiction about the animals she has studied. 4mo
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Pretty Girls (Library) | Karin Slaughter
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Wow! This book was really tremendous! It is graphic and there are parts that may be too much for some readers, but if you enjoy Slaughter's writing, this may be her best. As a psychological thriller, it kept me invested, but was unique about this story was that she wove beautiful descriptions of family and love and loss throughout. Definitely recommend!

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Kisscut | Karin Slaughter
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This is the second book in the Grant County series. I liked this one a lot, the continuation of the relationship between Sara and Jeffrey, the development of Lena and Sara's family. This was pretty graphic, so some readers may be triggered, but it was a well-done psychological thriller. I can't wait to read the third one (once the other patron returns it to the library - late!)

5feet.of.fury The relationship dynamics were great in this one! (And yeah, aside from that it‘s pretty disturbing) 3mo
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The Kept Woman | Karin Slaughter
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I'm on a Karin Slaughter kick it seems. This one was a bit slow in the beginning but really picked up. Not my favorite by her, but still a great read!

ShyBookOwl I was on a Slaughter kick too earlier this year, but I haven't read this one. Which has been your favourite so far? 4mo
KaraWines @ShyBookOwl Probably the Good Daughter. I haven't read Pretty Girls yet, which a lot of people seem to really like. 4mo
ShyBookOwl @KaraWines The Good Daughter is also my favourite so far! It was the first one I read. I haven't read Pretty Girls either, but my runner up is probably Blindsighted 4mo
KaraWines @ShyBookOwl I liked Blindsighted, too. I just started Kisscut, and I'm already hooked. 4mo
ShyBookOwl @KaraWines that's in my tbr 😊 4mo
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I have heard a lot about the Grant County series, so I thought I would give it a shot. I enjoyed the characters here and the pacing. I have the next two books lined up after I finish one of her more recent books, The Kept Woman.

swishandflick Slaughter is the BEST! Her books just get better and better 🖤 5mo
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1. Tie between Shatter Me and Sookie Stackhouse series.
2. Tartar sauce
3. Crowded places, centipedes
4. Just one - he is the best!
5. Happy FriYAY to you!

robinb Tartar sauce 😝😝😝 5mo
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Odd One Out | Nic Stone
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I know some readers do not like the portrayal of bisexuality in this book, but I think the flexible labels and confusion is relatable for young readers, thus making it an important book for classroom libraries. I like the structure of the book - divided into three parts and reflective of the personalities of the narrators. I enjoyed it.

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This book, set in rural Appalachia, creates a strong sense of place and community, telling the rich story through the perspectives of various characters. I really enjoyed this - though I think she could have done more to establish WHY different parts of the book were told from different perspectives.

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The Good Daughter: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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I LOVED this book. I really enjoyed the characters, the relationships between the characters, the plot and twists, just all of it. So good!

5feet.of.fury It‘s a bit heavier than I usually read, but the family dynamics and the plot twists were amazing! Meticulous detail. Have you read anything else by the author? 5mo
KaraWines @5feet.of.fury I started the Grant County series, and I am reading Blindsighted now! 5mo
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This is a great psychological thriller. I enjoy stories that deal with the realities of mental illness, and this included those in an authentic way. Definitely a good read!

kyraleseberg Loved this one! I was also a huge fan of 5mo
KaraWines @kyraleseberg I'll check it out! Thanks! 5mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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This is a page turner! I unfortunately had read some reviews that kind of spoiled the ending, but I still enjoyed it. A quick read!

MicheleinPhilly Well that‘s frustrating. 6mo
KaraWines @MicheleinPhilly Very much so. It doesn't take much! 6mo
TheLudicReader We should talk...I am also a high school English teacher and talking about books for my classroom is a thing I very much enjoy doing. 😁 5mo
KaraWines @TheLudicReader Absolutely! 5mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 5mo
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Sweetgirl | Travis Mulhauser
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This was a story full of characters that I really enjoyed despite their flaws. I think the author did a tremendous job of creating characters I will keep with me. I also think this story of a teenage daughter trying to save her addicted mother is one that a lot of my students will enjoy and some may relate to.

Buechersuechtling Thanks for this review that made me curious – and lucky me, my library has it. So it‘s stacked and put on my wish list. 😃 5mo
KaraWines @Buechersuechtling Awesome! Let me know what you think! 5mo
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Shelves and Cabinets | Editors of Sunset Books
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Now that summer is here, I get to spend time in my office! These are my new bookshelves. And for the puzzle lovers, I have a puzzle table under the main part of my desk that pulls out. I love it!

suzisteffen !!!!!!! 6mo
QueenJen Very cool! 🥂 6mo
VioletBramble Very nice. I wish I had space for a puzzle table. 6mo
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KaraWines @VioletBramble I used to do them on the kitchen counter! That's why we built this one so that I can tuck it away. And the whole top shelf of my book shelves is puzzles. 6mo
KaraWines @QueenJen Thanks! 6mo
brilliantglow I love this! I wish I had the space for a puzzle table but I always end up using my dinning room or coffee table 6mo
Mandoul That looks fantastic! 6mo
Kimberlone Amazing office! Love those shelves 😍 6mo
SW-T Very nice! Love that everything is incorporated-shelves, desk, puzzles, and pet crates 🙂 6mo
KaraWines @SW-T All my favorite things! 6mo
KaraWines @Kimberlone Thanks! Me, too! 6mo
KaraWines @brilliantglow I did too for a long time! 6mo
KaraWines @Mandoul Thank you! 6mo
AnneCecilie 😍😍😍😍 I especially liked the thought of the puzzle table. But the entire shelf was just to die for. 6mo
KaraWines @AnneCecilie Thanks! I love having a spot just for me and my pups! I spend... a lot of time there! 6mo
UwannaPublishme Wow! 😍👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6mo
LogiKitty Wow this desk setup is an organizers dream 😍 welcome! 6mo
CaitlinR Wow! 5mo
Fridameetslucy Wow. You must teach in OZ ! I teach in the South Bronx NY - no office no table no chair milkcrate shelves. Oh and of course no respect either :( 5mo
perfectsinner Gorgeous! 5mo
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I Know You Know | Gilly Macmillan
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I picked this book because of the true crime podcast aspect, and there were parts of this that I liked. However, I did not connect with any characters and the ending was just not well done.

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Bone Gap | Laura Ruby
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I enjoy magical realism, and this certainly fits into the genre. I really enjoyed her writing style and her characters, but there were some parts of the plot that didn't completely come together for me. I would still recommend it!

Richryan52 Welcome to Litsy 6mo
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Bone Gap | Laura Ruby
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School is out for the summer! Which means I can now get started on my stack of books! I am currently reading "Bone Gap," have two books to pick up at the library, "The Sound of Gravel" on the way from Amazon, and these books to read for my classroom!

CrowCAH Welcome to the Litsy family!!! 📚 6mo
Andrew65 I enjoyed the Tattooist of Auschwitz which would bring up some interesting discussion in classrooms. Welcome to Litsy. (edited) 6mo
Lynnsoprano Welcome! So glad you‘ve joined our wonderful family. 6mo
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wanderinglynn Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻 6mo
KaraWines @CrowCAH Thank you!! 6mo
KaraWines @Andrew65 Thank you! I'm looking forward to reading that one! 6mo
KaraWines @wanderinglynn Thank you! 6mo
KaraWines @Lynnsoprano Thank you! Me, too! 6mo
SW-T Awesome! Happy reading to you 🙂📚 6mo
Jacki_Reads I meant to bring home my copy of The Sun is Also a Star! 6mo
Freespirit That‘s a great stack! 6mo
jenniferajanes Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚 6mo
MrBook #NiceStack! Welcome to the #LitsyFamily! (I almost became an English teacher.) 6mo
robinb So glad you‘re here! Welcome to Litsy! 😊 6mo
sudi Welcome To Litsy 😊 6mo
tpixie @Andrew65 oh good! I'm Reading it in a couple months for my #FriendsWithBooks Bookclub with @Sills and @JoanehSmith 6mo
tpixie @KaraWines welcome!!! 🥳📚🥳 6mo
Geeklet Welcome to Litsy!! 6mo
TrishB Hi 🙋‍♀️ 6mo
KaraWines @SW-T Thank you! 6mo
KaraWines @SW-T Thank you! I can't wait! 6mo
KaraWines @Freespirit Thank you!! 6mo
KaraWines @jenniferajanes Thank you! 6mo
KaraWines @MrBook Thank you! It is a crazy rollercoaster! What did you decide to do instead? 6mo
KaraWines @Jacki_Reads Maybe in a few days/weeks you can go grab it. Give yourself a break! 6mo
KaraWines @robinb Thank you!! 6mo
KaraWines @sudi Thank you! 6mo
KaraWines @Geeklet Thank you! 6mo
KaraWines @TrishB Hello! 6mo
KaraWines @tpixie Thank you! 6mo
CoffeeNBooks Welcome to Litsy! 📚 Yay for summer break! I teach 12th grade English and AP Literature. #teachersoflitsy 6mo
Johanna414 How fun! I‘m a middle high school librarian and the stack I take home every summer is pretty comparable... unfortunately I‘m in NY so I‘ve got another month to go! 😆 6mo
Kaylamburson Welcome to Listy!!! Some of my favorites from that stack are Salt to the Sea (would prompt amazing discussions about little-known historical events/tragedies), The Program, and The Treatment (which are intense looks into depression and teen mental health)! Then, if you'd want a follow-up for teens to aid that mental health discussion, Don't Call Me Crazy would be perfect. 6mo
WhatWouldJaneDo Welcome to Litsy! Enjoy all your summer reading, I've read a few from this stack and I think you have some good ones ahead! 6mo
MrBook @KaraWines I got a degree in English instead of English Ed. Now I‘m a librarian. 😁 6mo
michelepedone Many of these are on my list too! 6mo
Andrew65 @tpixie Hope you all enjoy it. 😊 6mo
KaraWines @MrBook That's a dream of mine! 6mo
baes Welcome to Litsy! That‘s a great haul! (edited) 6mo
KaraWines @baes Thanks! They are all new additions to my classroom library! 6mo
RebL I hate to be a jerk and add to your already robust & beautiful stack, but Litsy is sort of the place for this kind of behavior. The tagged book is one of my favorites of 2019 for teens. 6mo
Readergrrl Welcome! I‘m an English teacher too! I teach a variety of levels of 12th grade and I‘m also always looking for recommendations! 6mo
Readergrrl What I love about teaching 12th grade is that we all share our books and my students give me as many ideas as I give them! Win win!!! 6mo
KaraWines @CoffeeNBooks Awesome! I teach 10th grade, college composition 1 and 2, and creative writing! 6mo
KaraWines @RebL Thanks! I'll add it to my list! 6mo
KaraWines @Readergrrl Me as well! I buy way too many, but I just cannot stop! 6mo
DebinHawaii Great stacks and I really liked The Sound of Gravel. 📚📚👍 6mo
Tonton Whoa, great stack! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘ll just be over here being insanely jealous of you all summer. ☺️ Welcome! 6mo
KaraWines @MicheleinPhilly I am so excited! Have you read any? 6mo
KaraWines @Tonton Thanks! I think my students will enjoy these, too! 6mo
MicheleinPhilly Only the Nicola Yoon! 6mo
perfectsinner Great haul! Shout is on my want-to-reads list. 5mo
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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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This was a quick, heavy read that I think my students will love!

RaimeyGallant Adding to my tbr! And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 6mo
KaraWines @RaimeyGallant Thank you! Your tips were very helpful! 6mo
RaimeyGallant Yea! 6mo
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JanuarieTimewalker13 Welcome to Litsy!!📚❤️ 6mo
Itchyfeetreader Welcome to litsy and a fabulous summer of reading 6mo
rretzler Welcome to Litsy! 📖 I read this one last month - very powerful! 6mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗🌺 5mo
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Sadie | Courtney Summers
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I loved the podcast and diary format of this book!

Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! This is on my TBR! 6mo
SW-T Welcome to Litsy 😊 6mo
KaraWines @SW-T Thanks! I'm so excited to be here among this community! My people! 6mo
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KaraWines @Megabooks Thank you so much! 6mo
SW-T @KaraWines LOL! You‘re in the right place 😊 6mo
KaraWines @SW-T It definitely seems that way! 6mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 6mo
KaraWines @DarcysMom Thank you!! 6mo
jpmcwisemorgan Welcome to Litsy!!! 6mo
chaoticgoodhufflepuff Welcome to Litsy! ❤️📚❤️ 6mo
PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to the Litsy family! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Have fun!😉👍🏽 6mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 6mo
Smrloomis Welcome! 🥳 6mo
RiverKScottWrites My writing partner keeps recommending this book. Now I def need to pick it up! 😄 6mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Welcome to Litsy 💖📖💖 5mo
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