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Melinda rated a book 5 of 5 stars
A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout
A House in the Sky
by Amanda Lindhout (Goodreads Author)
read in September, 2014
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Fascinating read. Well written. That this foolish woman, full of adventure and wanderlust put herself in the position to be abused and harmed by religious crazy people makes sense given her chaotic childhood. This book is a page turner that I couldn' ...more
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The Island on Bird Street by Uri Orlev
The Island on Bird Street
by Uri Orlev
read in July, 2014
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Sweet story of a boys survival in the ghetto of Warsaw at the end of WW!!. Loved the way the boy thought things through and was innovative and smart. I like the way he listened to what his Father told him and then stayed the course. I'll keep this bo ...more
Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
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Wow! Could NOT PUT THIS BOOK DOWN! Loved it. Sharks! War! POWs! Battles! Death. Rescue! Endurance! Did I mention the sharks?!
Melinda rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Finding Me by Michelle Knight
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I did not like this book. It is not a well written story. It was recommended by a friend who said Michelle showed such resilience. (read to the end of my review if you want to know why I give it 4 stars)

I am amazed that one person could live through
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Melinda rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The House Girl by Tara Conklin
The House Girl
by Tara Conklin (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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I so wanted to like this book. In the beginning I liked the house girl Josephine. Lena, the modern lawyer working on cracking a case was boring and I felt no connection to her. But I kept reading... thinking surely the book would get better. Nope. Th ...more
Melinda rated a book 2 of 5 stars
The Last Runaway by Tracy Chevalier
The Last Runaway
by Tracy Chevalier (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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Well, there you have it. I read it. Although I like the premise of a Quaker girl finding her way in the new world the story didn't hold together. It was absurd. That a sheltered Quaker girl would find her way in the new world and choose to go against ...more
Melinda rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Refuse to Drown by Tim  Kreider
Refuse to Drown
by Tim Kreider (Goodreads Author)
read in March, 2014
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The events that lead to the writing of this book are tragic, heart wrenching and seemingly insurmountable. The beginning of the book was interesting and caught my attention but then it became laborious to read. It's answers meandered into the simplis ...more
Melinda rated a book 3 of 5 stars
When We Were on Fire by Addie Zierman
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I give this book 3 stars because I am not sure it will stick with me. It reads to me like two different stories. There is the first half and the second half. There is the story of an evangelical adolescence and then the story of young adult depressio ...more
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J.R.R. Tolkien
“All that is gold does not glitter,
Not all those who wander are lost;
The old that is strong does not wither,
Deep roots are not reached by the frost.

From the ashes a fire shall be woken,
A light from the shadows shall spring;
Renewed shall be blade that was broken,
The crownless again shall be king.”
J.R.R. Tolkien, The Fellowship of the Ring

Fyodor Dostoyevsky
“What is hell? I maintain that it is the suffering of being unable to love.”
Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov

Barbara Kingsolver
“The very least you can do in your life is figure out what you hope for. And the most you can do is live inside that hope. Not admire it from a distance but live right in it, under its roof.”
Barbara Kingsolver, Animal Dreams

Winston S. Churchill
“A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity; an optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty.”
Winston S. Churchill

Bernard M. Baruch
“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter, and those who matter don't mind.”
Bernard M. Baruch

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