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LondElle89

LondElle89

Joined June 2017

Give me a good book and a hot cup of tea, and I'll be set for life.
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Man, is this a throw back or what? Besides Harry Potter, Meg Cabot's The Princess Diaries was another book series that was very important in my life. It is so nice to return to the life of Mia Thermopolis. It is a little dated and Mia can be very naive, but that is exactly how teenagers act. But it was still a great read, it was really fun and just nostalgic for me. I think I'll enjoy this series. 4 out of 5

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Critical Role Vox Machina: Origins | Chris Northrop, Matthew Mercer, Matthew Colville, Olivia Samson
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I recently just got into Dungeons and Dragons and Critical Role, so when i saw there was a graphic novel, I had to read it. Now, in all I honesty I've only watched Campaign 2: The Mighty Nein, so I'm not familiar with Campaign 1: Vox Machina. I kinda felt like I was smiling something while reading despite this being an introduction. Overall, this was fun and had the all the Chaotic Energy that is on par with Critical Role. 3 out of 5.

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My firat Toni Morrison book and I enjoyed it. I can see why she is such a influential writer of her time. She writes beautifully, she has powerful and poignant narratives, and she just knows how to write a good story. I can't qait to explore more of Toni Morrison's weitings...I just wish I read her sooner.

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The Hunger Games | Suzanne Collins
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"I want to do something, right here, right now, to shame them, to make them accountable, to show the Capitol that whatever they do or force us to do there is a part of every tribute they can't own. That Rue was more than a piece in their Games. And so am I."

4.5 out of 5.

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East | Edith Pattou
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This was so nice to reread after many many years. I forgot how much of a slow burn this book is. Yet, it is worth it because this book is just a beautiful fairytale retelling. 4 out of 5.

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Peter Pan | J M Barrie
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Mehso-so

This was a fine book, but something I wish I got to experience as a child, rather than as an adult. I wasn't really fond of any of the characters, except for Toodles. He was really the only character I liked. Also, the depictions of the First Nation people is, of course, problamatic, and hope people explain how wrong it is when reading to children. Other than that, it's okay. 3 out of 5 stars.

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Jane Eyre | Charlotte Bront
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I'm sad to say that Jane Eyre was not a book for me. I thought the writing was beautiful and some of Brontë's feminist views were powerful (especially during the time), but story wise.....nope. also, the characters were frustrating. I understand that this is a very dramatic gothic tale, but I think it was too much. I enjoy (to an extent) the film and tv adaptations and will continue to watch them, but i don't see me rereading this book. 3 out of 5

Scochrane26 I couldn‘t get through it last time I tried to reread. 2y
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This audiobook, narrated by Michael York, was wonderful. It's always nice to revisit a classic and cozy novel. I can't wait to move onto the next book in the series. Also. I highly recommend the audiobooks, they are such fun.

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Don Camillo & His Flock | Giovanni Guareschi
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Mehso-so

This was a nice cozy read. Mostly just little vignettes of the life of a Catholic priest and his relationships with the people in the village. Some of the stories were cute, some were meh. 3 out of 5.

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I thought the writingnin the book was well done, but the story a little lackluster for me. Being that it was a short story, I feel like not enough character development was able to be expanded. Other than that, it was interesting as well as the two other stories that came along with this audiobook. 3 out of 5.

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Howl's Moving Castle | Diana Wynne Jones
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The last time i read this book was when the Hayao Miyazaki film came out. Unfortunately, did not like the book. Fast forward to today, I decided to give the audiobook a go. This time I enjoyed it. I still enjoy the movie more, but I thought the story is really sweet. 3 out of 5.

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The last time I read James and the Giant Peach was back in the first grade, so while listening to the audiobook, I was surprised how much I did not remember. It was almost like reading this for the first time! I enjoyed this audiobook very much. The narrator did a wonderful job bringingthis story to life. If you have little ones, I highly recommend giving this a read or listen. 4 out of 5.

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Me | Elton John
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I've always been fond of Elton John's music growing up as a kid, but never really knew who was was except for what was always on the tabloids. After watching his amazing biopic, Rocketman I thought I knew enough. Well, when I saw the audio book was available, I had to pick it up. It was just as good and really goes into detail of the biopic and even further in his life. I highly recommend given the audio book a listen too. 4 out of 5.

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Theft of Swords | Michael J. Sullivan
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This was such an awesome fantasy book! Despite the book containing every single fantasy trope you can think of, Mr. Sullivan puts a little twist to them, which I found delightful. The character were so well written, I enjoyed every single one of them. This is fun fantasy that moves quickly, can't wait to read the rest of the series. 5 out of 5.

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Stormy Petrel | Mary Stewart
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book by Mary Stewart! I loved the setting of this book and the story was very cozy. As always with Mary Stewart, I wish there was just a bit more development in the romance. She really just teases her readers. Fun read! 4 out of 5 stars.

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Between the World and Me | Ta-Nehisi Coates
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I listened to this as an audiobook, and I enjoyed it. It's a very powerful book and beautifully written. My only problem was that it seemed repetitive at times and I am just not a fan of more contemporary books, may it be non fiction or not. I so, however, think this is an insightful and raw book that a lot of people should read. 3.5 out of 5.

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This was my first time encountering Rilke, and I must say, he is a stunning writer. I usually don't get on with poetry, but this prose of his was much more palpable for me. It is a book one must take there time with, don't rush. Though I admit I did rush the last 30 pages, but it was still a great read. 4 out of 5.

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Beneath a Scarlet Sky | Mark T. Sullivan
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Mehso-so

Not my favorite historical fiction, but still a good read. I would recommend this to those who are just starting to get into historical fiction. Simple writing, a juice amount of drama, heartache, and hope. 3.5 out of 5.

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Saga, Vol. 1 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I don't know why it took me so long to read this. Now, I just get the rest of the series.

LazyOwl Glad you joined the club 😉 2y
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This was a very interesting read. It almost reads like a Jane Austen novel; in that the observances and commentaries of society and classes (in this case the Jewish community in Victorian London) were very similar to Jane Austen. Even though I recognize these similarities, Am Levy is a bit more cynical and blunt through her writing. I enjoyed the main characters and the story, overall. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Ethan Frome & Summer | Edith Wharton
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My first Edith Wharton! I read this alongside an audiobook, which was very helpful in getting me familiar with Wharton's beautiful writing. Overall, this super sad book wasn't my cup of tea, but was very engaged with the second half of the story. I do want to read more of her works. 3.5 out of 5.

jillrhudy My favorite is 2y
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Dune | Frank Herbert
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This book took me almost an entire month to finish. The. Beginning was slow. I almost DNF'd it, but I persevered and kept reading. I'm glad I did because the last 200 pages or so were good. Will I continue the series? Eventually, but I'm in no rush to do so. 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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This was such a fun read. It was tongue in cheek and sassy. Great intro to Victorian Lady's history. 4 out of 5.

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Lost Stars | Claudia Gray
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This was a pleasant surprise for a Stat Wats novel. I enjoyed the story and introduction of new characters. I loved Thane Kyrell's story arc more than Ciena Ree's; mainly because we saw Thane grow. Ciena's arc was a bit more frustrating, even to the end. Speaking of ending....I wish it ended differently. But, overall, I think this was a great read. 4 out of 5.

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The Princess Diarist | Carrie Fisher
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This was a delightful read. Not fantastic, but fans of Carrie will probably enjoy it. I just wish it focused more on the making of Star Wars rather than the affair. Yet, it was classic Carrie Fisher and fun to read. 3.5 out of 5.

readordierachel Love your pin board! 3y
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Dreamin' Sun Vol. 1 | Ichigo Takano
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It's been a while since I've picked up a manga. I've already read the first three and, so far, I'm enjoying it. If I was a teenager, I would be obsessed. The art is lovely and the characters are fun. A bit over dramatic, but that is expected. The only thing I have a problem with is the budding romance. I'm not having it. Lol. 4 out of 5....so far.

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The Wind in the Willows | Kenneth Grahame
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I read this via audiobook and absolutely loved it. The version was from the BBC Radio 4 dramatization. Great cast of characters and very engaging. I enjoyed this sweet, chaotic story. A great classic for all ages! 4 out of 5.

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The Toll | Neal Shusterman
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I finally reached the end of this fantastic series!!! Was this my favourite of the three? No. But it was still a great read. A bit of a slower buildup, but laid out brilliantly. 4.5 out of 5.

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Warbreaker | Brandon Sanderson
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This was my first Brandon Sanderson and I really enjoyed this complex and interesting read. I loved the magic system, the political intrigue, and the characters. The only issue was that it left me wanting more! 4.5 out of 5 ⭐

cherinium Sanderson will do that to you! His imagination is fantastic, and the more you read, the more you want. At least, that's how I feel. I love that he has invested so much time and energy building his #cosmere. It is so much fun to find the little clues about how all of his worlds with their differing magic systems are part if something much bigger. There's so much to explore! 3y
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This was such a fun book to listen to on audiobook! The casting was amazing and just so funny and smart. 5 out of 5.

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A classic Poirot mystery! I believe this was a reread first me, but it has been so long that I can't remember if I really finished this book or not. I know for sure I watched the old film multiple times, so it is a familiar story. Great story, great characters, and awesome setting. Enjoyed this very much. I also read this as an audiobook, narrated by Dan Steven's. He did an amazing job. 4 out of 5.

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This book is like the updated version of Khalil Gibran's The Prophet. I think that is why I found this one just okay. I could not stop thinking of The Prophet while listening to this audiobook. I think I would have enjoyed this more if I read the physical book instead. Still, it was very poignant and beautifully written. Jeremy Irons did a lovely job narrating. 3.5 out of 5.

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Thank You, Jeeves | P G Wodehouse
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One can never go wrong with P.G. Wodehouse! Once again I read this via audiobook and this was another dramatization. It was hilarious! The casting was great and the story flowed very well. As usual, the story is chaotic and simple, and only Jeeves can make it right. Fun for everyone. 3.5 out of 5.

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Whose Body? | Dorothy L. Sayers
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I listened to this as a audiobook, but performed as a radio show. I actually really enjoyed this style. This was my first Dorothy Sayers, and for most part I enjoyed it! It was really engaging the first part, towards the last 20 mins of the books, I did kida drift off into other thoughts (I'm still getting used to audiobooks). Overall, a nice introduction to Sayers and Lord Peter, definitely want to discover more. A good book, not great, but good.

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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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I read this via audiobook and was glad to have done so. This story read as poetry and was meant to be heard. The story itself was good, although I felt it was too flowery and fragmented at some points. 3.5 of 5.

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Frankenstein (UK) | Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
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What a beautifully written book! This book took me by surprise, mainly because it's nothing like the classic movie. Rather it is a book that looks into the human experience and how the Monster is actually an allegory of humanity. I really enjoyed this book. It's atmospheric, beautiful and ugly, and just rich in writing. Well done. 4 out of 5.

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I was in SoCal a few weeks ago for vacation, and one of the stops I had to make was The Last Bookstore in downtown Los Angeles. It was so cool in there and I found some awesome finds.

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This was such a fun adventure book. I highly enjoyed the action and characters. I loved the modern take of the Greek mythology as well. Can't wait to read more of Percy Jackson in the future. 4 out of 5.

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Daphnis and Chloe | Longus, Paul Turner
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I was pleasantly surprised by this piece of Ancient Greek literature. It was overly dramatic, hilarious at points, and also very relevant to today. I thinknrhisnbook is a great introduction to Ancient Greek literature. Not only is it a good story, it is very easy to read and understand. 4 out of 5 stars.

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Harry Potter | JK Rowling
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My Harry Potter corner. It makes me so happy!

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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
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Heartbreaking and eye opening. This book was not easy to read at points and yet I read it in two days. Khaled Hosseini is a beautiful writer and i would love to read more of his works. 5 out of 5.

TrishB Have you read this one ? It‘s even better. 3y
LondElle89 @TrishB I haven't yet. It's on my list. 3y
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Pretty in Pink | H. B. Gilmour
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Pretty in Pink is my favourite John Hughes film, despite hating that Andie ended up with Blane. We all know it should have been Duckie. Well, when I found out the novelization had the ORIGINAL ending where Duckie and Andie got together, I had to get my hands on it. Overall, not the best book, but still fun and very nostalgic, and has the better ending. 3 out of 5.

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This was my first time reading this book. Growing up I was (and still am) in love with the movie and yet I never picked up this book. Well, after reading it.....I'm kinda underwhelmed. There were some very charming parts, but then there were 'meh' parts. It was more violent than I expected. Overall, a 3 out of 5 stars.

umbrellagirl I love the vintage cover! 3y
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Its veen about 14 years since I've read North and South. It's so nice to be back.

erista North and South is one of my favorites. ❤️ 3y
K.Wielechowski I LOVE the miniseries. I really should read the book. 3y
LondElle89 @K.Wielechowski both are excellent. 3y
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Agnes Grey (UK) | Anne Bront
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I love Anne Brontë and wish she had the opportunity to write more. 'Agnes Grey' is completely different from Wildfell Hall. Rather than being gothic and melodramatic; this one reads more like a Jane Austen novel. As always, I enjoy Anne's capture of reality in her novels. They speak so many truths that are relevant today. Great novel, easy to read. Not as good as Wildfell, but still wonderful. 4 out of 5.

megnews Your first sentence. I always say this about Anne Bronte. I think she would have been even greater than Charlotte had she lived longer. 3y
LondElle89 @megnews I agree 3y
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Little Princess | Frances Hodgson Burnett
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I had mixed feelings about this book. As an adult, I was put off by some things and wondered how this is something small children read. I never read this as a child and I think that I would have appreciated it more. 3 out of 5.

Scochrane26 This was one of my favorites as a kid, but I haven‘t read it in years. 3y
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Anne of the Island (Special Collector's) | Lucy Maud Montgomery, L M Montgomery
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Returning to the world of Anne Shirley is always delightful.

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The Light in the Piazza | Elizabeth Spencer
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This was such a sweet, summer read! As a fan of the 2005 musical and the 1962 film, I really reading the original text. I just wish it was a tad bit longer. 4 out of 5.

Andrea313 I'm currently obsessing over the production with Renee Fleming in London! Very much hope I can catch it in Chicago! ❤️ 3y
LondElle89 @Andrea313 is it going to tour in the US??? I would love to see it live! 3y
Andrea313 @LondElle89 It will have engagements at the LA Opera and Lyric Opera of Chicago before the end of this year, but no news of Broadway or a tour so far! 3y
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LondElle89 @Andrea313 ok, thank you.....I'll have to take a look at the LA Opera one, maybe I can take a little vacay down there. 3y
Andrea313 @LondElle89 I hope you get to go! Renee Fleming is slated to star in LA and Chicago, though no other casting is announced yet, to my knowledge. Nice to meet another musical theatre lover! ❤️ 3y
LondElle89 @Andrea313 same. It all depends on finance and time. Yes, it's always fantastic to meet other musical theatre fans....it's such a rare occurence! 3y
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When I first read the HP series, this was my favourite. Today, I think it still remains number one. But we shall see as I continue my reread. I love the intensity and drama that happens in this book. It introduces one of my favourite characters (Lupin), and it's the first of the series to really toy with my emotions, especially as an adult and knowing what will happen in later books. 5 out of 5!

Scochrane26 This is my fave, too. 6th is close behind because I like the psychology of Voldemort. 3y
Scochrane26 Where did you get this cover? It‘s not the new kids‘ cover. 3y
LondElle89 @Scochrane26 Book Depository! It's the new adult covers, UK edition. 3y
Hufflepuffle This (closely followed by fifth) is my favourite too! I love Lupin!!! 3y
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It's been a minute since I've reread CoS. It was never a favourite of mine, but it's still a great book. It's fun, nostalgic, and magical..as it should be!! 4 out of 5.

Scochrane26 A random comment—noelle was my name in French class for about 2 yrs. I still love it. 3y
Bookwormjillk That‘s a pretty cover. It‘s not my favorite either, but I enjoyed it more this year when I re-read it. 3y
LauraJ Ooh, I like that edition 🖤 3y
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sudi Oh, that edition is so pretty 😍 3y
LondElle89 @sudi my edition is from book depository, I believe it's the new adult covers from Bloomsbury. 3y
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