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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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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! 1mo
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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. 5mo
LondElle89 @TrishB I haven't yet. It's on my list. 5mo
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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! 5mo
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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. ❤️ 5mo
K.Wielechowski I LOVE the miniseries. I really should read the book. 5mo
LondElle89 @K.Wielechowski both are excellent. 5mo
LondElle89 @erista agree! 5mo
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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. 5mo
LondElle89 @megnews I agree 5mo
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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. 5mo
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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! ❤️ 5mo
LondElle89 @Andrea313 is it going to tour in the US??? I would love to see it live! 5mo
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! 5mo
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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. 5mo
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! ❤️ 5mo
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! 5mo
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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. 6mo
Scochrane26 Where did you get this cover? It‘s not the new kids‘ cover. 6mo
LondElle89 @Scochrane26 Book Depository! It's the new adult covers, UK edition. 6mo
Hufflepuffle This (closely followed by fifth) is my favourite too! I love Lupin!!! 6mo
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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. 6mo
Bookwormjillk That‘s a pretty cover. It‘s not my favorite either, but I enjoyed it more this year when I re-read it. 6mo
LauraJ Ooh, I like that edition 🖤 6mo
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sudi Oh, that edition is so pretty 😍 6mo
LondElle89 @sudi my edition is from book depository, I believe it's the new adult covers from Bloomsbury. 6mo
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Who loves Bucky Barnes aka the Winter Soldier? Me. I love him and can't wait to read more about him.

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The Day of the Locust | Nathanael West
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This book was not for me. Which is a shame because it started off strong. As the book progresses, it just got worse. This is definitely a niche read and would probably work with fans of cult classic reads. I'm actually slightly mad I read this book.

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The Handmaid's Tale | Margaret Atwood
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A disturbing and terrifying book by Margaret Atwood. The writing style, for me, was very beautiful, though I think some people may not like the lyrical and experimental prose. The plot itself is okay. I felt that it dragged on during certain parts and could have been shortened in those areas. Also, it takes a while for things to start happening. Overall, I really enjoyed this book. 4 out of 5.

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Wildfire at Midnight | Mary Stewart
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My second Mary Stewart book and far better than the first. I loved the setting and the mystery in this one. I'm not one for mystery books, but Mary Stewart just works for me. She gets to the point, in a cozy British sport of way, and I love it. 4 out of 5.

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This was a great graphic novel! It featured two of my favourite heroes: Haweye and Winter Soldier...and let me tell you, their banter and team up, was everything I wanted. Also, it makes me want to pick up the Black Widow graphic novels now. 4.5/5.

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Little House in the Big Woods | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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This was just an okay book for me. I never read the series when I was a small child, so it doesn't hold the nostalgia that others have. I think if I was read this as a wee child, I would have loved it. 3 out of.

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My Lady Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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I was pleasantly surprised by this book. I honestly thought it was going to suck, but it didn't. It was super funny, had a great story, great character development, and romantic in all the right ways. I'm so happy right now. 4.5 out of 5.

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So glad I decided to continue reading the world of Robin Hobb.

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The Gabriel Hounds | Mary Stewart
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This was my first Mary Stewart. I found it ok and agree with fans of Mary Stewart's work. This is not one of her bests. But I liked the setting and the writing was good. Definitely will be reading more of her works. 3 out of 5.

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Lost Lady | Willa Cather
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This domestic fiction book helped me out of a weird funk. I loved the ease and flow of Cather's writing style. 4.5 out of 5

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All But My Life: A Memoir | Gerda Weissmann Klein
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This was good but tough read for me. It's always hard to read memoir of survivors of such horrible events in our history. Yet, I believe it is important for people to learn and understand. It's not the best written memoir, but I believe Mrs. Klein's story is something that others can learn from. 3.5 out of 5.

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Letter from Birmingham Jail | Martin Luther King (Jr.)
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Such an important and relevant read. Everyone should pick this up. Beautifully written and very poignant.

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Perfume from Provence | Lady Winifred Fortescue
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I give this book 🌟🌟🌟 out of 5 stars. It was sweet and funny at times, but I kinda forced my way through this book. It just wasn't the right time to read it. Also, the chapters were very long and it felt like it took forever to get through. Also, the lack of French translations was a bit annoying. I could get the idea of what was being conveyed, but it would have been nice to have some translation foenthis lacking in the French department.

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Salt to the Sea | Ruta Sepetys
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This was such a beautifully written but heartbreaking story. 5 out of 5.

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This was such a delightful and cozy read. Isabella is the Jane Porter (Disney Tarzan version) of the dragon universe and I love her and want to be her. If you like costume dramas or dragons, this is the book for you. It starts off slow but pick up halfway through. Can't wait to continue Lady Trent's adventures!

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Happy 206th Birthday, Pride and Prejudice. This is probably my favourite of Jane Austen's writing and I'm so glad it is loved by millions of people all over the world. Honestly, what would our world be like without Jane?

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Anthem | Ayn Rand
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My first time reading Ayn Rand! I picked the smallest of her masterpieces, but I think it was an excellent introduction. I highly enjoyed this book. It's your typical dystopian novel, but it was the first of its kind, I believe. It's beautifully written, I loved Rand's prose. It was so well thought out and precise. Rand tends to be a controversial author but I think her works can produce some insightful discourse whether it be good or bad. 4/5 ***

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This book lived up to the crazy hype. It kept me engaged and I just found myself wanting to get to the end. I don't k know if I like Evelyn Hugo or not, but I respect her for who she is as a character. Great read, 4.5 out of 5.

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Spaceman of Bohemia | Jaroslav Kalfar
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So this was a surprising book for me. It took me longer than I thought, but I realized that It is a book that needed to be slowly consumed. This Literary Science Fiction novel was weird, experimental, and thought provoking. There were a few things that I didn't like, but the writing was just beautiful and I can envision everything that was written. This is definitely a niche read. It's not for everyone. Those who will enjoy it are in for a treat.

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Spaceman of Bohemia | Jaroslav Kalfar
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It's a rainy day here in California...so I've got my dog, a cozy blanket, and a new book to read.

JoScho Sounds perfect 🖤 11mo
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This was an okay read. I don't think it was Sholem Aleichem's best work, I would definitely recommend 'In the Storm' instead. But I will say that the last chapter was very good. This book is much darker than the beloved movie, Fiddler on the Roof, but still has the humour and enlightened wisdom Rep Tevye brings onto the pages. 3/5 stars. Also, I only read Tevye the Dairyman. I wasn't interested in reading the railroad stories.

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A Brief History of Time | Stephen Hawking
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I promised myself that for 2019 I would choose challenge myself as a reader. That means reading books that are out of my comfort zone. Stephen Hawking's bestselling book is one of those books. Science was never my strong suit in school, but I do love science documentaries and I always wanted to read Hawking. I understood about 65% of the book, I had to look up a few things, but I feel I have learned a bit. 3/5 stars.

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I think I made the wrong decision on reading John Steinbeck 's short stories as my first. I did not like these stories and I'm already not a fan of short stories to begin with. I will say that they were beautifully written so that kind of was a saving grace. I wish the publishers would have added in some context to what Steinbeck was trying to convey or allude to. 1.5/5 stars.

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The Hundred and One Dalmatians | Dodie Smith, David Roberts
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This was such an odd book. It was entertaining, but it was weird at some points. I'm a huge fan of the Disney movie, so it was nice to see where Walt and his team found inspiration from. I will say, I think the movie took the best bits from the book and made a great movie there is one scene I wish they kept and also amp up Cruella's madness/evilness because she was delightful to read in the fun but strange book. 3/5 stars.

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The Beast's Garden | Kate Forsyth
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Here's my Top 10 Reads of 2018. Overall, I had a great reading year. I read a total of 54 books, which is 15 more than what I did last year. I discovered new and wonderful authors. I laughed, I cried, I got angry, but most importantly, I had fun. Here's to 2019 and my goal of 60 books. Happy New Years, everyone!