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sarahljensen

sarahljensen

Joined April 2019

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Pride | Ibi Zoboi
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I wanted to love this book. The concept is fantastic, but I just couldn't keep going. I gave up when she met the Lady Catherine stand-in. I think I just don't like YA novels, which is an unpopular opinion. I know. I know. This keeps happening though. Now if you're looking for a gift for a 14 year-old, that might be a different story.

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If every time you hear Bryson has put out another book you stumble over your own feet to get to the book store fast enough, like me, you will not be let down by this new gem. It's everything I have come to expect and cherish about Bryson's books.

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I've read many books on the regency period, and this one is in my top five.

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If you're looking for some good ghost stories this season, I've got the book for you.

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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It has been a long time since I've stayed up past my bedtime reading a novel. This one is so timely and disturbing. I highly recommend it.

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This is precisely the book I needed to read right now. Keep fighting the good fight.

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Figuring | Maria Popova
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I can't recommend this book strongly enough, nor do I know where to begin. I delayed finishing it because of how much I knew I would miss it.

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Go find this book. It's so well done. It's an account of a fictional couple's relationship told through an auction catalog. Really smart and interesting. I was very impressed my local library had it.

brit91 Beautiful cat!😻😻😻 4mo
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This is the third Baldwin novel I've read. His character development can be matched by few other writers. I'm going to keep going. I have another one lined up to begin soon. I want to get through all his major works before reading the biography I've been eyeing.

brit91 Cute kitty!😻📚 4mo
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This was so hard to read. I started crying hard at the end after the argument when Uncle Jack came to the house. I didn't think I could finish it, but I did. I recommend it, but know the things you've heard about Atticus are true.

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The Genius of Birds | Jennifer Ackerman
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This book is in exactly what you would expect - full of delightful facts and anecdotes about birds. You might look differently at the sparrows on the sidewalk and the cardinal at your feeder.

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The Library Book | Susan Orlean
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This is basically a love song to the LA public library. I almost put it down after the first two chapters because I don't romanticize the city of LA at all, but I'm really glad I stuck with it. If you love libraries you'll love this book.

brit91 Aww I love this picture you're cat is so beautiful!!😍📚 5mo
sarahljensen He's a very sweet boy. :) 5mo
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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I enjoyed this and read it quickly. I can see why the wait list at my library was so long. The ending was not every thing I had hoped for. Too... Well I won't say, in case you want to read it.

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This book covers what you might expect like Alcott's biography, and it does it well. In the concluding section it asks questions why we expect girls to read Huck Finn but don't expect boys to read Little Women. It continues to ask what this might mean to imply that boys don't need to bother understanding the inner life of girls but it is taken for granted that girls think about the inner life of boys. I agree with the conclusions she reaches.

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This was the sort of book I picked up and put down for about a month, but it was perfect for any time I had ten minutes but not a half hour. It's good for a reader interested in class divisions in the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, women's history, or fans of Downton Abbey.

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I went through this book in two days. I keenly felt her distress over finding out that her biological father and the man who raised her were different people. The whole thing is a whirlwind of anxiety and discovery. It's very well done.

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I started reading this book because I work with children and I thought this might give me some context for what some of them unfortunately go through and witness. This book does a whole lot more than give a little context. Everyone should read this.

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I enjoyed the second half about London more than the first half about Paris. I find both cities fascinating, so I'm not sure why this should be. This is an excellent book and unflinching in its descriptions of poverty and how economically disadvantage people are treated.

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This is a really well executed book. I was thrilled to see Eliza's perspective after all the attention on her husband from Miranda's phenomenal musical. This might not get your toes tapping like the musical, but I tore through it quickly finding it difficult to put down. I'll be on the hunt now for the rest of Mazzeo's books.

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We Were the Mulvaneys | Joyce Carol Oates
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The book was fine. I read to the end. The characters were interesting and had depth, but I never felt myself carried away by the story. I never got lost in it and was always very much aware I was reading a book.

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This book is an important read if you love books or if you are a parent or work with children. It will absolutely be my aide-mémoire for knowing how to integrate digital reading responsibly and continue to push for critical thinking with all texts as I prepare over the summer for the next school year.

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A Spark of Light | Jodi Picoult
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This starts in the middle of things and then backs up hour by hour. It felt more like a gimmick than an effective format, and by the end I was just sort of annoyed that I kept reading. A couple of moments of brilliance, but overall not one I'd recommend.

RaimeyGallant Interesting. And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 7mo
Eggs Welcome to Litsy 🤗 7mo
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