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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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Life on Mars | Jennifer Brown
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Arty loves space. He sends light signals to Mars from his roof. The story takes a turn when a weird neighbor moves in and his family has to move. Read this with my 4th graders in our science class. They applauded at the end. Love the real science facts mixed in with a worthwhile story!

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All Systems Red | Martha Wells
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Murderbot diaries….Yes I will find and read them all!

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The Unwilling | John Hart
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I found my new favorite author. His books are not for the squeamish! This book follows a family and their heartbreak with their sons and the Vietnam war. It‘s not about the war itself but how war affects everyone. Prison, murder and two remaining sons who want to have a family connection once again. Heartbreaking and scary done so well together.

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Interesting facts about the authors and books that we all know. A good book to read between books.

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Crave | Tracy Wolff
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The first half of this book, 200 pages, almost drove me insane. Once the real story started I did need to finish to understand why Jaxon was so protective of Grace. Twilight cover tells you what this is almost like. Vampires, witches, dragons and one more mystical creature who go to a private school in Alaska. Will I read the other books? No but this series would be good for tweens who miss Twilight.

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Sooley: A Novel | John Grisham
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Thought this looked liked a good read and it is. A young Sudan boy gets chosen to come to America to play basketball. His family is left in a refugee camp in the Sudan. College basketball, March Madness and the rise to fame. A good basketball read. Sooley, Sooley, Sooley!

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Fablehaven | Brandon Mull, Brandon Dorman
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I read books to suggest to my students. A sister and brother are dropped off at their grandparents secretive preserve that is surrounded by mystical creatures. Promising book #1 in this series.

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The Last Child | John Hart
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Johnny‘s twin sister Alyssa has been missing for a year. The police are still on the case but Johnny takes it into his own hands. I found my new favorite author! A good mystery that ends with the right twists and turns.

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The Guardians | John Grisham
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Another good legal read by Grisham. The guardians work to free inmates who are wrongfully in prison. Good characters and a great story.

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Parasite | Mira Grant
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In the future tapeworms are used to take care of medical needs. Sally has one after her accident. The problem is that she has to relearn everything and after 6 years she is feeling that the engineering company that has discovered this parasitic technology is hiding something. What is scarier than having a tapeworm in your intestines? Maybe a tapeworm that travels to your brain and takes control of your body?!?!😳. Scientific horror!

Texreader This sounds so disgusting!! Ewww!!! 2mo
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Two fathers go after the people who killed their gay sons. The dads regret that they couldn‘t accept their sons when they were alive. Hard to read, violence and hatred. How can people really hate anyone so much?

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The Kinder Poison | Natalie Mae
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Started off pretty good but I never cared about any of the characters…did she live or die? I will never know….😏

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The Lost Heir | Tui T. Sutherland
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2nd book in this series. My students love these books. They brought me the second and wanted me to continue reading them. You have to love a book that kids love to share! Dragons rule!:)

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A bit of nostalgia, a touch of history, a smidgen of lore and a really good story with great characters. I was hoping to learn a bit more about the Lincoln highway as it was traveled but I didn‘t mind that in this story that wasn‘t the main attraction at all. Loved Emmett and his brother who wanted so bad to be the hero who found their lost mom. Liked how each character described their experience during this adventure. Sally…👏👏👏

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All of my students have been reading this series so I figured that I at least needed to read the first one. Now I get it! Great early middle read. I‘ll probably ask to borrow their copies!:). I love Clay the dragon.

FlowerFairy My daughter loves this series. 3mo
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Long Bright River | Liz Moore
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Two sisters, one is a police officer and sees what addiction does to people on the streets, the other sister is addicted and keeps her sister always on the lookout for her on the streets. Addiction not only affects the user but the family, the community and their friends. Every character in this book is needed to show how addiction is an unwanted burden on anyone that knows someone who abuses substances. Great read.

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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Another good read from the master of scary reads. Billy Summers is the Dexter of snipers. A great main character involved in killing the bad people out there. With a military background, Billy protects himself until he rescues Alice. Beware of the real scary happenings of women in this book. Billy is fighting to get the bad men. Real world scary is always scarier than killer clowns.😳

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I love Jodi Picoults books so I decided to read her first book. It goes backwards through time and shows the thoughts of all of the main characters. Jane marries Oliver at a young age to get away from her father. This family is just messed up in every way. There are so many triggers in this. Ok, I almost stopped reading…lets just say, boy did her writing and topics improve!😏

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Three Weeks with My Brother | Nicholas Sparks, Micah Sparks
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I didn‘t realize that this Nicholas Sparks book was a memoir/travel book. I loved it! I think he could write about paint drying and I would love it! He writes about the memories of his family while on a three week world tour with his brother Micah. He writes just enough about each to blend in his highs and lows on his way to being the writer I love. 👏👏👏👏

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The Circle | Dave Eggers
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Too scary because I think that technology is taking over. Cultish and real life scary, I liked this read. The ending surprised me but I give the author kudos for ending it in that way…..😳🤫. Mae, you have been brain washed! Someone‘s always listening and watching.

Reggie I remember how she gets in trouble because she isn‘t keeping up enough and that coworker gets mad because she isn‘t being active with the Portuguese group. Lol 4mo
Kboltz Yes, that made me laugh! If we all have to join some of those groups I am out!!!😂 4mo
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Great middle grade read especially for reluctant readers. If you are a teacher read it too! Best characterizations of the school life!:).

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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Daunis is part of the Chippewa nation. She plays hockey, respects her elders and wants to go to college to become a biologist. Her ancestral connections and the love of her friend gets in the way of her future. A look at the struggles and injustices of the Native Americans with an emphasis on how women of the tribes are/were treated. Loved this story from a member of the Chippewa Tribe. Great first novel.

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First time author. A story that the author based on true happenings in her family. The tragic death of a daughter causes a family to hide secrets from each other and has them trying to understand the Jewish struggle in America and over in Germany when people were still not sure of Hitler‘s true plan. Set in Atlantic City, great characters and allows you to feel how family members protect the ones that they love from the truth. Great story.

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The Enchantress | Michael Scott
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Last book of the six in this series. Overall I enjoyed this series and the ending was fine but this last book was my least favorite. I think it was the amount of too much of this book setting up all of the characters to have them wrap it all up for the ending. Josh came through!:)

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A Tale of Magic... | Chris Colfer
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Land of Stories was a good series and this is book one of the new series. Brystal lives in the Southern Kingdom that has banished any magical creature to the in-between, girls are not allowed to read and they go to school just to learn to be mothers and wives. This story contains a magic school and 5 students who try to turn their world into a nicer world for all to live in. Think this series is best for upper middle grades.

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The Raising: A Novel | Laura Kasischke
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This book started off so well and I thought it was going to really be a good read. I kept reading and then it just kept going on and on and on….Nicole dies in a fiery crash, a woman stops and thinks that her and her boyfriend will be ok as the EMT arrives…nothing makes sense as the dead girl keeps appearing on campus. Only skim finished it to say I did…😤

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Project Hail Mary | Andy Weir
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Loved this book, may be better than The Martian! Earth‘s sun is losing energy and scientists around the world know what is causing it. They need to send astronauts to the source to try to have a fighting chance to save Earth. A lot of science but mixed once again with heartfelt experience and a cool alien!:)

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Everybody's Got Something | Veronica Chambers, Robin Roberts
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Listened to this on audible. I know I wouldn‘t have loved it as much without hearing Robins fight with her bone marrow transplant without it coming from her own words. I just love her faith and her love of her family. I loved her stories about her mom. Great listen.

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Summer at Tiffany | Marjorie Hart
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Cute memoir about two girls who go to NYC in the summer of 1945 to find work at Tiffany. Good nostalgia of this time in history right before Japan gives up their fight during WW11. Men at this time were the only ones allowed to sell Tiffany‘s items. The girls were hired as pages since young men were in service. Just a nice remembrance of a girl‘s summer of fun in NYC. Oh how times have changed!

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I loved this book! Did not know this particular part of Japanese/American history. Naoko falls in love with with an American sailor. Because of their differences in their cultures during the 1950s they are kept apart but surely the birth of a baby should make this boundary ok? 10,000 babies! Read the history notes at the end. Tear jerker alert!

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The Twin Paradox | Charles Wachter
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DNA is collected from the worlds historic figures and used to clone children. The experiment leads into a time travel new world story. Science galore in this book which I love but this may not be everyone‘s idea of a relaxing read. Every part of this book makes you think about what and if any of this could be in our future. Do we need another Einstein?🤭.

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Loved this book. First time author. Caroline has big expectations of her trip to London for her 10th wedding anniversary until her jerk of a husband ruins everything. Story goes from the past to present day after Caroline finds a vial on the banks of the Thames River. Women needed some sort of power back in the 1700s….💀

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Killer mermaids! A scary story that takes Tory to the Marianas Trench to try to discover what happened to her sister 6 years ago in the same location. Science based and scary bc none of us know what lurks in the deepest parts of the ocean. Bravery was mine as I read this in my pool! Loved this and will read more from this author, well written.

Reggie The dolphins!!!😭 7mo
Kboltz @Reggie I know…I think that was the worst fear when they were released. There is a lot in that book that are real life fears all put onto a “cruise”. Loved it!😂 7mo
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Got to read this advanced copy. T. J. Klune‘s new book will be out in September. Wallace is a mean, vindictive man. He dies. Stubborn as he is even in death, he refuses to cross over. He is given the chance to relive his life in 7 days and during this falls in love with Hugo, the ferryman. Once again, a heartfelt story with true dialogue.

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The Warlock | Michael Scott
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Book 5 in this series…will go searching for book 6, the final book, as soon as I can. Love the mythical history told by the author at the end. I believe magic still exists!

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The Necromancer | Michael Scott
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I love this series, book#4. Josh needs to listen to his sister.😂 Love that the history of Alcatraz is told at the end of this book in the series. If you love Harry Potter, read this series.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Loved Daisy Jones and the Six and this may be my second favorite from this author. Great summer read. That Mick is a dick! Women pull this family through.

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Mexican Gothic | Silvia Moreno-Garcia
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Loved this gothic novel with its old time scary setting. With Mexico as its background, this story keeps you guessing and turning those pages. Loved the bits of science and history that tied this story all together.

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The Engineer's Wife | Tracey Enerson Wood
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Who knew that a woman had her hands in the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge? Good historical fiction with PT Barnum thrown in for some extra added history.

Aims42 I loved this book too!! She has a new book: 7mo
Kboltz @Aims42 I read about that...will try to find it. 7mo
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I grew up near Canton, Ohio and this story from the Great Depression is just a great read. Who was the man who gave families 5.00 for the Christmas of 1933? His grandson never knew his grandfather was the man. Through letters he defines the people who lived through the Great Depression to show how 5.00 saved Christmas. Oh and Benders fries are still the best! Read this book!

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Black Sun | Rebecca Roanhorse
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I cannot say that I loved this book but I really liked it. Excellent fantasy drawn from ancient myths from the Americas. The map is there but still the progression through this land is not as colorful as I would have liked. The characters have their stories and those do flow. Book one in what is to be a trilogy...I think the second and third books may bring the following! I do love this cover!

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The Sorceress | Scott, Michael
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Book #3 in this series. I love these books. Is it just me but I love that every character in this book leaves a scent behind! Smell reading!!!!😂

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The civil war is almost ended and Simon finds himself in the mix during one of the last battles in Texas. Texas history mixed in with love and survival. The US was a mess after the civil war and in Texas the new state was just getting started. Great storytelling!

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Under Shifting Stars | Alexandra Latos
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Audrey and Clare are twins. Audrey is the odd twin and goes to the “special” school while Clare tries to fit in. Their brothers death brings turmoil to their family and they both are trying to figure out how to be themselves. Found this in middle grades but I think it should truly be YA. Good insight into autism spectrum and gender fluid discoveries. Great characters and very honest.

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The Rose Code | Kate Quinn
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When Osla and Mab are called to secret duty during WWII, they then meet Beth who has no spine but turns out to be one of the best decoders during the war. With a background of Princess and Prince Phillip‘s royal wedding , this book is a historically based wonderful read. What men believed that women could not do is brought to light in this book. 💪🏼💪🏼💪🏼

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Crazy, weird and they think they are not a cult. Unbelievably believable. They need to be taken off of the nonprofit list.

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Spin | Patricia Cornwell
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When Cornwell‘s Scarpetti series first started I loved them. Then the writing changed. I gave this book a try and here we go again. Good concept but I could have wrote this with 200 less pages. Too much fluff. I love science facts but 1/3 of the beginning is driving in a snowstorm...I almost quit. Last 3 Chapters are good, leads to the next book that I will sadly skip. Good potential but too many unneeded boring details.😩

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Cute romance between friends when one sends up a balloon and another finds it. I just wish that the author had put songs on the playlists and had mentioned which movies were Emmie‘s favorites. Yes, that bothered me but this is a good read.🎈

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Magician | Michael Scott
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Book2 in this series. Josh and his twin Sophie have both had their magic awakened and in this book Joan of Arc makes an appearance. Great series, I‘m going to keep on reading.

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Atomic Love | Jennie Fields
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Roz has always loved science. She becomes the first women who gets to work on attaining the power from atoms. Roz knows the new power can be used for good but after they are used to drop the bombs to end the war she is not sure if their scientific findings should have taken place. A love story filled with history, Russian spy‘s, and the FBI. Good read.