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Kboltz

Kboltz

Joined May 2016

Science teacher, live to read outside, show me your books and I will show you mine,follow me at bookme.blog
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The Eight: A Novel | Katherine Neville
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2 timelines looking for a chess set that holds the mystery of life. I liked the past timeline the best and could have done without the other. As you move through time you recognize people from history and everyone is looking for this chess set. Does come together at the end but I just thought it was a bit too long for me. Frodo took too long finding the ring, Cat in the Eight took too long in this to find the ♟

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Love time travel books. Kin travels back in time on a mission but gets stuck. He marries and has a child but is then found and sent back to 2142 where we get to read about flying cars but not much else relating to the future. Only set back for me. I know we have flying cars because of the Jetsons, I want to learn more about the future!!! Good story about traveling in time. They better iron out the kinks when I get to go!:)

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To Night Owl From Dogfish | Holly Goldberg Sloan
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Loved this Middle grades book. Avery and Bett are sent to camp together because their dads are dating. At first they want no part in this union either way but they start sending emails and the story begins. Great look at how people these days communicate through email, texts, and even letters when they are forced to. Good viewpoint of what makes good friends and how family structure ,though situated differently, ends up like everyone else‘s.

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Reckoning | John Grisham
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Have not read a book by Grisham in a while. Loved this one and now may have to see what I have missed along the way. Normal legal banter but he tells the story backwards and in the middle you learn about the Bataan Death March during WW11. Good characters, good story, good ending.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Listened on audible. I love when an author reads their own book. Good insight into how the Obamas made it to Washington and the inside of the White House and presidential happenings. Great memoir!

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Cold Storage: A Novel | David Koepp
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From the screenwriter/director of Jurassic Park and Panic Room, horror/fun/science book about a moving fungus that can take over the world. Don‘t know how but he has made this concept a good fast book to read. Good characters who all interlink to have a good ending. This fungus is no Blob, it mutates to get smarter.🥴

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From Ohio and now having to teach Texas history I get it! Historically children kidnapped and taken into custody by the Native Americans usually wanted to adhere to their adopted culture. This book makes you wonder how everyone lived and survived when Texas was Mexico, then a republic, then a state only to be thrown into war again. Great book.

Smrloomis So true! It‘s a great read and pretty fascinating. 3w
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What to Read and Why | Francine Prose
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Violet finds friendship with Audrey when they are both working on the set of the filming of Gone with the Wind. This is a cute story that incorporates the history of the movie with the lives of people working in Hollywood during the golden age of film. If you love Gone with the Wind then you will enjoy this book. Frankly, I don‘t give a damn!;)

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Meet Me in Monaco | Hazel Gaynor
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I remember when Princess Grace died and the sadness that it brought to everyone that knew her as a star and princess. This book looks at the story of a perfumer and a photographer who meet because of the American girl who became a princess. Love the speech excerpt from Jimmy Stewart at the end of the book. Note: read every page when this story ends. Princess Grace, the first American princess.

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In Pieces | Sally Field
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Fun to read how she got Gidget and the Flying Nun but after that her life is almost as exciting as mine! Kind of nice to see that she was a mom and could act. No good juicy news on the Burt Reynolds front!

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Heard about this and I do kind of like the Bachelor so I found this at a sale. Darn it all, Will have to find the 2nd book. America lives in a world after WW4 where everyone is numbered according to how they rate. Ones are the Elites and Eights are the lowest of lows. America is a 5 and gets chosen to be in the selection to meet the prince to become a One if he chooses her. ☝🏼not a fan of the cover. America has more backbone than this cover!

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Every Breath | Nicholas Sparks
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Another good book by Nicholas Sparks. He starts and ends it as though he is part of the story and why he wrote it. I liked that aspect of this book, it seems like it really happened. Hope lives in North Carolina, Tru is from Africa. They meet over a weekend and a lifetime of longing takes place.

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The Grace Year | Kim Liggett
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Loved this book. Tierney has to leave for her grace year. When girls come of age they leave to get rid of their “magic” that is said to be possessed by every female at 16. This book gives the Handmaids Tale a run for its money. I am team Grace Year all the way. This book is true in so many ways. Loved it and let‘s go females!!!

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The Rose Garden | Susanna Kearsley
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Slow at first and then Eva finds Daniel in the past and this is a great time travel story. This book is the little sister story of Outlander!:)

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I loved this story of Spain after WW11 when Franco is still in control and ideals silently happened as Spain continued under a regime that stole children to follow the “correct” way to live. I never knew any of this was taking place until the early 1980‘s, children being taken into adoption to parents who could mold them as seen fit by the regime. I guess the silence has been broken.

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Dragonfly in Amber | Diana Gabaldon
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Watching then reading this series. I love them both for their own reasons. Show: oh that James Fraser. Book: the details that I miss history wise are explained to me beautifully! It‘s a win/win situation.

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Bellewether | Susanna Kearsley
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Started off good then the details going from past to present bogged this story down for me. Charley gets the job of renewing an old house that has a past. Ghosts are abound as she tries to get the townsfolk on board to help with the job. I just wanted more dialogue in this book. Last chapter was good!!!🥴

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Read this to see which grade it would be best for. I love books for YA that have science or math based facts and have a good story. This book is one of these. Takes place in middle school but I think that if a 4th - 5th grade student has heard of Pi, then this is a great book. We may add it to our summer reading list!👍🏼👍🏼

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The Water Dancer: A Novel | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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Novel about slavery that is written in a way that makes you truly understand the division of the plantation owners, the slaves, the low whites and the workings of the Underground. Oprah chose another good book. She may be the book whisperer.

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Otherworld | Jason Segel, Kirsten Miller
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Don‘t know how I found this book but it‘s a good one. May be a better story than Ready Player One! Players are either wearing headsets and playing the game or by wearing a disk you are really in the game to stay and may really have a game ending reality. Maybe we on Earth are in that game??🤭😳🤔👽

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Secrets We Kept | Lara Prescott
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Great read, now I feel like I have to read Dr. Zhivago! Loved this story about how the writing of this classic was used to fish out the workings of the USSR, the oppression of writers and others, the spies who watched and worked through lives and loves. Great read! Also loved the hard cover under the soft cover😀

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Weird Texas: Your Travel Guide to Texas's Local Legends and Best Kept Secrets | Mark Moran, Wesley Treat, Heather Shade, Rob Riggs
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Had to read through this to find places that need to be seen here. The Kissing statue in Beaumont, the Munster house in Waxahachie, the green glowing grave of Karen Silkwood, and much more!👽👻😳😀. Every state has these tales!!!

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The Chelsea Girls | Fiona Davis
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I love all of these books , they give you an insight into old New York. This one is a bit different in that it stays in the time era when Broadway was being scourged of said Communist sympathizers. What a scary time for America to use hearsay to protect from Russian spying. A scary time in history but a good story to tell the tale. Love these books/author.

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Her One Mistake | Heidi Perks
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Alice goes missing and a friend that was supposed to have been watching her is subjected to everyone‘s opinion through social media. Don‘t want to give too much away. At first I thought this book would be too terrible to read but it is a good story with believable happenings.

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Quick book and fun to read. The title tells you it all but the way one sister has to protect and defend her younger sister is told in a weird comical way. Fun short book. Think Dexter‘s crazy female counterpart!:)

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I read this book because Claire and Jaime from Outlander are mentioned. This novel takes place in New York with the fight for land with the Mohawks and the people of Paradise. Problem with this book is that it has no action other than a hidden gold supply and angry men fighting over money and land. The lead character Elizabeth has a backbone but this book is too long and after page 500 I just needed it to end. Elizabeth is NOT Claire!:)

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Forever, Interrupted (Original) | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I love Jenkins Reid‘s books. She is just a great storyteller. Elsie meets Ben and then the story follows. Tragedy occurs but Elsie works through it. Quick read. If you have recently lost someone this may be hard to read OR maybe it will help.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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So I wanted to read this book because some reader said Woodstock was involved. I‘m thinking it was mentioned three times. Did like the story of a family who‘s son goes to Vietnam and how their summer progresses and all of their lives have changed. The Vietnam storyline also drew me in so I ended liking this book for that aspect. Then read that the author used her and her twin brother to use as a setting of when they were born!👍🏼😀👏

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Outlander | Diana Gabaldon
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So it‘s on Netflix and I finally started to read this. I love the story and the actors they chose for Claire and Jaime are perfect! I have now joined the Outlander club👏😜

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Found this at the Mission Concepcion, sponsored by San Antonio girscouts❣️❤️📘📭. San Antonio Mission Trail

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Finally got around to reading this! Beyond interesting. Science is amazing. When you read the history of these cells you can see both sides of who it helps and who it affects. Great read.

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Dust | Hugh Howey
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Last book in this trilogy of people who live in solos below Earths soil because the world outside as we know it has been destroyed....or has it? Who controls all the solos though???😳Liked these books, good lead characters and an ending that is satisfying.

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Privileged people really do not know what they have or care how they got it. This book is any easy read and if I told you the twist at the end I would have to move off the island😜.

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This book is a National Book Award Finalist but I had a hard time with the beginning of the book. The weird mixture of sadness and then so-so humor made me almost stop reading. The book does seem to change course as you keep reading. Not sure if this really shows an overall feeling of how a lot of people in any culture may struggle with loss, hardship and mental health problems. I think Julia experiences every hardship there is in this life

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My Life in France | Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme
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If you grew up watching Julia Child when we all only had 4 channels you need to read this book. What a life! She and her husband were the best couple. Bon Appetit!

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Nothing better than reading two great books in the summer in a row!!! I may have liked this better than Dark Matter and I loved that book. When you are done with this book you should read it again! Wait, maybe you already did🤔🤭😳😀

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Loved this book and love this author. Now they are making a movie/miniseries on this. Please please find the RIGHT person to play Daisy! I love the book and probably won‘t watch but I will check out if they chose the right actress🤭😜👏 I read and I know things like this!

BookwormM I can see Lily James as Daisy 8mo
Kboltz @BookwormM that would work although I think an unknown may be the answer🤔 8mo
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Cicada Summer | Maureen Leurck
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Good beach read. Alex wants to save a historical house from being torn down in her hometown by Lake Geneva. Divorced and determined she tries to renew herself and this house. Just a nice summer read. Oh and they describe Cicadas which is the weirdest experience ever. Every 17 years you can experience that occurrence in the Midwest!🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟🦟.

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True story of 5 year old Loung and her family and how they had to survive the Killing Fields of Cambodia. Watched this on Netflix and had to read it. What a hard book to read but one that you should read. I was 10 in America when this happened and that makes me think how things like this were happening and still happen in our world today. This girl/woman is the bravest person ever.

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A Life in Parts | Bryan Cranston
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If you loved Breaking Bad then you will enjoy reading this. Fast reading and great insight on him and his character Walter White😎

Victoriahoperose Loved this one! 8mo
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The Round House | Louise Erdrich
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Joe‘s mom is brutally attacked on their Indian reservation and the killer is in limbo between the laws of the reservation and the law off of the reservation. Good look at how the laws are slanted when it comes to reservation happenings. Sometimes hard to read. The need for this story is there but the final was not as I expected. I didn‘t feel that the mom was taken to a peaceful feeling of safety once again in her home.

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Texas Ranger | James Patterson
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Picked this up at the library for a Texas summer read. Quick read and the story was ok but how does James Patterson write this many books so fast? Or does he???🤓

Howard_L Thought it‘d be a quick enjoyable summer read as well. I‘m not that deep into it and already thinking it doesn‘t sound like James Patterson...certainly not like his best work. 6mo
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Porch Lights | Dorothea Benton Frank
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Good fast reading for days in the pool. Jackie‘s husband dies in NYC and she takes her son Charlie to Sullivan‘s island to move away for a bit to go back to the South and her family. Love summer southern reads🐠

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Fourth book in this series that I have loved and there is no need for this book, Sarah Maas could have texted all of us and said that the characters are doing well after the war!🤭. This book needs to be the ending of the last book or the beginning of the next....nothing happens here!!!!😤😤😤. I‘m going to write a very convincing letter to get my money back or to get the next installment at a discount!

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Was told this was a bit hard to read until around page 120. They were correct. The writing seems to change and you get caught up in Count Rostov‘s sentence to be imprisoned in the Meteprol hotel in Moscow. I really think the writing changes life changes as you move through the years in Moscow.🤔

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If they put this flight attendant together with the girl on the train , no liquor store would lose money! Entertaining book, but not sure about the ending🤔

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A Place for Us: A Novel | Fatima Farheen Mirza
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Waited for this in paperback and it was worth the wait. I loved this book. I teach students from many countries and this book gave me some family insight into the family life of our Muslim friends. Great family dynamics that are written in the voice of every family member. Good pick Sarah Jessica Parker!

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Keeping Faith | Jodi Picoult
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Always like Picoult‘s books. How did I miss this one? Faith is seven and after her mom and dad separate she begins talking to her guard who is thought to be God. Problem is that Faith is Jewish and begins reciting items from the Bible and also has stigmata. Makes you think about religion and how people react to others beliefs. Not my favorite Picoult book but I enjoyed the different topics. Why can‘t God talk to children?😏

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Crooked Kingdom | Leigh Bardugo
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Good second book in this duology. Good characters and the Grisha world is still one of my favorites.