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The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library by Matt Haig

The Midnight Library is very thought provoking. While I figured out rather early on what Nora’s ideal life would be, it was still an enjoyable read getting there. The story draws you in and with the very short chapters I found myself saying “just one more chapter” over and over. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever had a single regret and thought “what if.”

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 4
Pages Read in 2023: 1351

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Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

Pandora Gets Jealous by Carolyn Hennesy

Based on the Pandora’s Box myth, young Pandora accidentally opens the box with all the ills of the world and she (along with her two friends and her dog) must go and collect them and put them back in the box. Pandora Gets Jealous is the first in the series. It’s a very cute book, and often quite funny. The main characters are well rounded and have distinct voices and personalities. I found it to be quite enjoyable, and a quick read. It’s one that can be used as a family read aloud or given to kids to read on their own with no concerns. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys Greek mythology.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 3
Pages Read in 2023: 1063

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Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

Assassin’s Blade by Sarah J. Maas

The point in the series to read Assassin’s Blade varies based on who you ask. I went with after Heir of Fire. Having read it, I’d suggest either reading it before Heir of Fire or, even better, first, before Throne of Glass. The novellas included in Assassin’s Blade give background information that I think would have increased my enjoyment of the first three books. I enjoyed all the included stories. Calaena’s character was consistent with later on. Arobynn creeped me out. And I was super sad when the story of Sam was told. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys the Throne of Glass series.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2023: 2
Pages Read in 2023: 787

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Filed under Fantasy, Reason: Flourish & Blotts Reading Challenge, Reason: Grim Readers, Young Adult

Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett

Like a Sister by Kellye Garrett

Like a Sister is a fabulous book. There are so many twists and turns. I felt like part of the book, solving Desiree’s death right along with Lena, knowing only as much as she knew and making guesses and inferences as she did. I definitely didn’t see the end coming. There’s a lot of tension in this book, but the author has an incredible sense of humor that diffuses that tension absolutely perfectly. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers and mysteries.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 116
Pages Read in 2022: 40,152
Graphic Novels: 4

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Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

Once Upon a Wardrobe by Patti Callahan

I am not a fan of CS Lewis. I do not love the Narnia series. It was fine, but it’s not something I’ll read again and I’m definitely not a fan. So when I read the synopsis of Once Upon a Wardrobe, which was picked to read for my book club, I was not thrilled. As it turns out, I absolutely loved it! The story is very sweet and a little sad. CS Lewis answering the question of where is Narnia through stories of his life is delightful. The way his stories are woven with Megs and George’s lives is lovely. It’s a pretty quick read and quite enjoyable. I recommend it to anyone who loves Narnia, CS Lewis, or just a sweet story about the love between siblings.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 110
Pages Read in 2022: 38,715
Graphic Novels: 3

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1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, & Change

1789: Twelve Authors Explore a Year of Rebellion, Revolution, & Change

1789 covers a diverse number of topics with the unifying theme of it mainly happening in the year of 1789. Each essay was relatively short (10-12 pages usually). Everything was very western focused (Europe/USA) so it’s not a worldwide snapshot of the year. I found each one fascinating and sometimes found myself wondering just why when told to write an essay about 1789 the author chose that particular topic. I highly recommend this book to anyone who loves history.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 108
Pages Read in 2022: 37,902
Graphic Novels: 3

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Filed under History, Non-Fiction, Reason: Grim Readers, Reason: Literati

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

The Andromeda Strain by Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton had a way with writing that made me actually enjoy sci-fi. He was able to explain scientific sounding things in a way that made them easy to understand. The Andromeda Strain progresses at a steady pace making you feel like you are in the lab with the scientists. Often it’ll say things like “he wouldn’t realize his mistake for two days” letting the reader know that something was missed or done wrong and there will be repercussions that you are just waiting to watch unfold. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys sci-fi thrillers or is a fan of Michael Crichton’s writing.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 106
Pages Read in 2022: 37,190
Graphic Novels: 3

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The Outsiders by SE Hinton

The Outsiders by SE Hinton

It is quite remarkable that over 50 years ago a teenage girl wrote a book about teens and the divisions between the groups that still rings true today. The Outsiders is an excellent book. It’s very well written and even if some of the terms have changed and greasers and socs aren’t what we call the groups, there are still groups that hate each other for no reason at all. It’s a book that will keep you reading and make you care about the characters. I highly recommend it to mid-teens and up.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 101
Pages Read in 2022: 35,398
Graphic Novels: 3

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The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland

The Perfect Family by Shalini Boland

I thought The Perfect Family was a pleasant story, entertaining but predictable. From early on I thought I knew who did it and why. The whole thing was a bit crazymaking. Really well done for a psychological thriller, but still predictable. And I thought I was right all the way to the epilogue when everything I thought was true totally blew up and I was left with my mouth hanging open in shock about who actually did it and their motivation. I never suspected that character in the least, yet it being them, and why they did it, made complete sense. The clues were all there! In that epilogue the book went from a 3/4 star book to a 5 star book. Incredible writing and ending. I very highly recommend this book to adults who enjoy psychological thrillers.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 99
Pages Read in 2022: 34,954
Graphic Novels: 3

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Another Kind by Cait May & Trevor Bream

Another Kind by Cait May & Trevor Bream

The art in Another Kind is really amazing. The kids are all different mythological creatures or aliens and how they are drawn are all very creative. The story is interesting and easy to follow. Even in blocks where quite a bit of dialogue happens the voices of each character are unique and the speech bubbles are drawn or colored in a way that makes it completely obvious who is doing the speaking when. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys graphic novels.

5 (out of 5) Stars
Books Read in 2022: 95
Pages Read in 2022: 33,594
Graphic Novels: 3

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