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The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
The Goldfinch
by Donna Tartt
read in July, 2016
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So - I find it hard to order my thoughts on this book.

- It was cumbersome to read, heavy both in physical weight and in content.
- It did not have a provocative plot.
- It was long.
- It was improbable.

And yet.

In this book are some of the most compellin
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Allegiant by Veronica Roth
Allegiant (Divergent, #3)
by Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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The Divergent series isn't "good enough" anymore.

It's gotten good.

Characters feel solid and real. They make choices that feel character-driven, not plot driven.

And the plot? It makes sense. I believe it. I am not simply intrigued by questions of soci
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Insurgent by Veronica Roth
Insurgent (Divergent, #2)
by Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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"Insurgent" picks up where "Divergent" leaves off. Plot and characters become more complex. I lose myself in the story. I forget to try and be smarter than the book; forget to predict my way through; keep reading on into the night.

I am grateful that
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Divergent by Veronica Roth
Divergent (Divergent, #1)
by Veronica Roth (Goodreads Author)
read in June, 2016
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"Divergent" begins the story of a future dystopian society. All the familiar conventions are here: The conflict between societal control and personal choice; the teenage rebels; the coming-of-age angst. The writing is good enough; the characters are ...more
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The Blue Castle by L.M. Montgomery
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We All Looked Up by Tommy Wallach
We All Looked Up
by Tommy Wallach (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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It sounds silly when you look at in in plot points:

- alien abduction
- end of the world
- teenage party

But it's not silly. It is compelling fiction with all the good stuff. Well-drawn characters. Surprising situations that are grounded in the world as
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The Accident Season by Moïra Fowley-Doyle
The Accident Season
by Moïra Fowley-Doyle (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2016
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The plot was a bit thin, but the characters were nicely developed and the writing was top notch. The novel is really about secrets. And it made me realize that we all have them:

"I am afraid that I have no secrets."

"I am in love with the wrong person.
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Joanie and 575 other people liked Emily May's review of We Are the Ants:
We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
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Your entire sense of self-worth is predicated upon your belief that you matter, that you matter to the universe.
But you don't.
Because we are the ants.

My first 5 stars of 2016!

This book. Seriously. I hadn't read any of the author's other work. I..." Read more of this review »
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We Are the Ants by Shaun David Hutchinson
We Are the Ants
by Shaun David Hutchinson (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2016
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Snakewoman of Little Egypt by Robert Hellenga
" Diane wrote: "i really enjoyed and appreciated your comments. i grew up a fundamentalist baptist in missouri and never heard of snake handlers that cl ...more "
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