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erinjohns

erinjohns

Joined September 2018

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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I laughed I almost cried... riding the waves of love, lust, hate, and romance. Light-hearted and a tad steamy...this book has it all.

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Wildflower | Drew Barrymore
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Like peeling away at an onion...moments of laughter and tears understanding the many layers of this child star, wife, and mom. The different seasons Drew talked about brought me to examine my own chapters and paths yet discovered.

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Phenomenal read. Thought-provoking, stunning, soul-opening book to a world so few people know about. Haben is brilliant and is changing the world as we speak. Someone I now look up to and admire. I hope she writes much more. She is a voice that needs to be heard around the globe.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Brilliantly bitter and lovable Ove stole my heart. This tale reminds me of the old fella in the movie UP won over by an eager boy scout...in OVE a sad lonely man is won over by a whole neighborhood. If you can look past some very dark themes its an absolutely sweet read about a man with a big heart.

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The Light We Lost | Jill Santopolo
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Oh so good. The paths less traveled and those we only wish we traveled. A uniquely beatiful way to write about love between two people...and how that love defined every love looking forward.

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Shark Club - Large Print | Ann Kidd Taylor
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I couldn't help but gobble this book up. The characters were absolutely life-like especially the wonderfilled awe-inspiring Hazel living life with wide-eyed abandon. It totally makes me wish there was a real life Shark Club!!!

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Panpan

This book is the opposite of fine. Disturbing and disappointing are words I might suggest. It wasn't until chapters 10 or 11 that I started to see the light at the end of the tunnel. Reader's be cautioned. This book is bigger than someone just struggling with basic social skills or common sense.

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Son | Lois Lowry
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So good. Wraps everything up and leaves room for possibilities. Also makes you think what untapped gifts you might have.

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Mehso-so

This book is like a watercolor painting. Vibrant, alluring, and somewhat disturbing. How family units sometimes are broken apart when dreams and promises aren't realized. The dark landscape of aloneness and how this young woman found new family that helped her grow up and become remarkable. Insurmountable love and loss. A great read but I felt it missed its mark in the last few chapters.

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Messenger | Lois Lowry
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I love how each book grows the characters and their experience. So interesting to think how our gifts and abilities can work together to help others. This 3rd book really helped you fall in love wirh Matty and better depicted his struggles and how he grew up.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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This book left me absolutely breathless. I spent 3 years enjoying this wild landscape myself so this was all the more real to me.

"this first kiss changed her, opened her up to a world she'd never imagined, a big, bright, shining universe full of unexpected possibilities."

This quote pretty much embodies Alaska and what it will do to you. I am undone by it's telling...

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An absolute must read. Breathtaking. Shifting the norms. Taking a good look at our own misgivings. A real look into racism at our doorstep. Learning we all have faults and need to learn how to walk through the dark. I couldn't put this book down and certainly didn't want it to finish. In the end...just love.

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Gathering Blue | Lois Lowry
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I love how people's strengths and weaknesses are used differently in this read and how history is remembered, spun, and forgotten. Can not wait to see how these stories come together to see the whole picture.

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I loved how the author painted a picture of summers in Northern Wisconsin for resort owners and workers. I felt however the overall main character Hannah's poor choices took away some of the charm of the book. The environmental message was loud and clear... and tying in how resorts become like a home away from home for repeat vacationers was golden.

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Opposite of Always | Justin A Reynolds
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Hard to put down kind of book...reminded me of a teenage version of the Time Travelers Wife.

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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Tragic and breathtakingly romantic at the same time. Can Margret's camp be a real place? Please say YES!!!

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The Castaways: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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The comaraderie was rather beautiful how they came together...fell apart...and found each other in their grief. Some of the storyline was a bit too far fetched...the intertwined relationships...vacations...but I guess if you're rich....that's real life???

Great author...just not the read for me.

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Love and Gelato | Jenna Evans Welch
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You wouldn't think a cemetary in Italy could spark romance...but when in Florence...eat more gelato and find yourself surprisingly in love.

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The Ship Beyond Time | Heidi Heilig
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Mermaids, memory loss, time travel, and romance. This second book is soaked with history and mystery. Tough to put this gem down...tis a 3rd book on the horizen? Me hopes so....Rrrrr!!!

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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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Shaking up everything you know about family, career, and love. Can making choices be dangerous? The concept of having your own personal dreams and wants being bad for a society was intruiging. Excited to see where this author takes her readers next.

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Sometimes the ending is the beginning. Loss, Love, and Fear of the Unknown. Each choice shapes our space and the people in our path. Plenty of quotes and things to chew on. Young and old will appreciate this read...it will change your heart. What would you do if you suddenly realized you could live your dreams...that you could do or be everything?

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Poetically delightful...sweet...romantic...an excellent dose of fiestiness and learning to overcome one's mountains.

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What an artistically sweet embrace of vintage Yosemite and innocent romance. A tale of unraveling secrets, sinister intents, good honest park people, and breathtaking views.

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Travel...family...food...and romance. What more could a gal ask for? This book got me itching to eat my way around italy. A yummy read!!!

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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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What a gloriously romantic write. The concept sounded rather outlandish to start... but you quickly warm up to the idea. Enjoyed being a fly on the wall seeing it all come together. Delightfully good!!!

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How Not to Die Alone | Richard Roper
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What an intriguingly odd, hilarious, surprising, and inventive book. What would you do to continue the memory of someone you can't quite let go of?

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The Nickel Boys: A Novel | Colson Whitehead
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A disturbing but all too familiar tale of the horrific treatment of African American boys. The story haunts me as to how far we still need to go as a country to heal. I'm afraid our generation will be written about in the same disturbing light on the unjust treatment of many of our citizens. Such dark times.

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Loved the parks lingo...sweet...romantic...simple...maybe a little predictable but very well written.

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The Flight Girls | Noelle Salazar
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The joy of flight...bold strong women...incredible loss while waiting on one's dreams. And love finding a way again and again in the forms of friends, family, and co-workers that become family. A glorious story of women overcoming the norm of the day and doing remarkable things for their men and country.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Breathtakingly beautiful...sweet...funny...delightfully romantic and honest. Bawled my eyes out. Everyone should be known and loved this way.

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A journey about a woman learning how to trust herself...a description of fighting through your physical pain and mentally convincing yourself you might just make it. How sometimes being unprepared, untrained, and untamed gets you right to where you need to be.

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Forward Me Back to You | Mitali Perkins
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High schoolers that do volunteer work the right way. I hope this book inspires others to help keep "canaries from wolves". Absolutely inspirational.

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After the End | Clare Mackintosh
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What a profound way to paint a picture of the road(s) less traveled in life. Beautifully written with every emotion well felt out. Amazing take on where love and loss actually carry us to. Such a unique way to describe how one small step can change the course of many lives.

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All the love for this Pakistani re-make of Pride and Prejudice. A fantastic read that brings some charming culture, humour, and fun to a classic tale.

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Life After: A Novel | Katie Ganshert
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Finding life, love, and healing after survivng. How to begin again and again. How truth can set you free.

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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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A stunning depiction of of clashing views of modern and traditional ways of finding love. One wild mix of characters, twists, turns, and plot lines. Please tell me this becomes a movie sometime soon!!!

cherinium I was surprised how much I liked this one, as I'm not a huge fan of romance. I think I loved the cultural perspective that is completely foreign to me. I will be sure to check out any future books by this author. 🌺 5mo
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I only wish I spoke italian to describe how delightful and sad it was. What a delicious depiction of italian life, love, and hardships.

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Panpan

What a disturbing read. I thought it was going to be a simple letter from an educated son to his mother who didn't speak English. The author wrote very detached and shared such graphic details about his sex life...I can't imagine anyone penning such a letter to their mother ever.

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The Wedding Date | Jasmine Guillory
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Sexy...sweet...romantic...with a bold female character. Yes, yes, yes!!!

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Some great laughs skimming through this book but ultimately it didn't bring me joy...so... You lost me at how to fold everything. Single or married I'm just not sure 75% of this book could be realistically kept up from day to day.

marleed Yea, that folding thing... 5mo
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We Are Okay | Nina LaCour
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Not for me...the first 7 chapters I made it through kept dragging on.

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The Cactus | Sarah Haywood
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To be honest the book seemed a bit dull to begin with....the logical methodical independant woman...and how sometimes even the most planned out life can't escape being human, vunerable, and in need of a biological or created family. Sometimes love comes unexpectedly to the most well-planned life. I ended up very much enjoying the book but I'm not sure it would be everyone's cup of tea.

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The love of sea, men, and family...can't get much better than that. Such depth to the characters and the scenery... almost makes you believe you lived it.

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I knew nothing about what the Lativians faced...so much focus is often on other ravaged parts of Europe...I'm glad this piece of history was remembered...it brought some of the forgotten people to life...horrors of war with morsals of hope...family...love...and survivors.

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For the love of mental health read this book.!!! How to fight for those who have lost their will to fight... and need to be reminded how incredibly strong and brave they are.

Blueberry Loved that book. 6mo
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City of Girls | Elizabeth Gilbert
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Completely racey...deliciously scandelous...yet innocent and alluring...a unique perspective of war times and the life altered after...about not living up to people's expectations. Giving yourself and others grace and second chances. About growing your own family by welcoming the people around you. Much depth and personal emotions put into the characters...you felt the real life anguish in the fictional characters.

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Estonishly rich with culture...a healthy mix of romance, loss, dreams, and possibilities while facing a life-altering illness. Friends, family, and the love of neighbors all mixed into a journey of discovery of faults, failures, and forgiveness.

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Fantastically woven...deliciously charming...family and menagerie history spun together. A tough book to put down.

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Campy...remembering 9-11 a whole new way...first loves...bad puns...complicated family dynamics...real life fears...holding on...letting go...and moving forward. Before, during, and after life's big events shape our normal.

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We Set the Dark on Fire | Tehlor Kay Mejia
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It seemed rather sexist...like oh hey everyone is cool with polygomy...and biting your tongue when your husband is a prick...and let's throw in a untrusting pair for a romance...with a hint of rebellion. It was a bit too predictable for me.