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Wonder by R.J. Palacio
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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I liked this autobiography immensely. It wasn't exactly what I expected though. The words were poetry as only Angelou could create. The subject matter was at times sweet and funny, at others disturbing and sad. But that's life! I read a review callin...more
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The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane by Kate DiCamillo
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Elementary OBOB book 1. A more grown up, sophisticated version of the velveteen rabbit, but with heart rending experiences and of course, a full circle of love. Enjoyable to read and great for kids. Full of good life lessons and interesting character...more
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I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou
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Death of a Hussy by M.C. Beaton
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I had this on audiobook loan from the library and I found myself falling asleep as I listened. So, it wasn't a great one. I found the secondary characters particularly annoying, from the overbearing Maggie to her whiny niece and horrible lovers. I kn...more
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Through the Window by Rhys Bowen
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Didn't really add anything new to the characters or general plot, and the "mystery" was flimsy and underdeveloped. It was barely worth the 20 minutes it took to read it.
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Whisper Of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
Whisper Of Jasmine
by Deanna Raybourn (Goodreads Author)
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I gave this 4 stars, but that is on a scale as compares to other novellas. They don't really compare against normal novels. For a novella, this was quite good. It helped develop the characters of both "A Spear of Summer Grass" and "City of Jasmine."...more
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City of Jasmine by Deanna Raybourn
City of Jasmine
by Deanna Raybourn (Goodreads Author)
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A fun, easy read with cute characters and an interesting time period. I felt like the book could have been much deeper though, considering the important topics of war, discovery, betrayal and love. Instead, it gave way largely to fluff. This wasn't a...more
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The Monuments Men by Robert M. Edsel
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The story was extremely interesting, detailed and well supported. The use of letters, declarations, maps and other correspondence made the story relatable and pertinent. My main complaint was that there was simply too much going on and a focus on too...more
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Death of a Perfect Wife by M.C. Beaton
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I simply couldn't handle the characters in this book. The victim, her "friends", her husband, the people at the bed and breakfast, just everyone! Even Hamish was sort of annoying in this. The mystery/motive wasn't particularly strong either, so I was...more
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