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The Burning Sky
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by Sherry Thomas (Goodreads Author)
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The Hostile Hospital by Lemony Snicket
The Hostile Hospital (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #8)
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Letters to the Lost by Brigid Kemmerer
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These Happy Golden Years by Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier
Ghosts
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Another solid sister story from Raina Telgemeier. I liked how all the elements (themes, setting, story, characters, etc.) worked together.
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The House of the Scorpion by Nancy Farmer
The House of the Scorpion (Matteo Alacran, #1)
by Nancy Farmer (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2016
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This book is weird. It's the type of science fiction/dystopia that doesn't really appeal to me because the whole story and its characters seem miserable and I can only take so much. BUT I will say that I liked how the story changed it up with each st ...more
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The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
The Golem and the Jinni (The Golem and the Jinni, #1)
by Helene Wecker (Goodreads Author)
read in October, 2016
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Not a word was wasted in this book. Every scene, every character, every description, every plot line: it all had a purpose. No spoilers, but you'll see when you read it. I feel like this book was as long as it needed to be to tell the whole story. An ...more
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A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
A Monster Calls
by Patrick Ness
read in September, 2016
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Stories about grief, death, and cancer have been told before. But before you roll your eyes because you don't want to read ANOTHER cancer story, hold up. Reconsider. This is probably a cancer story you're gonna want to read.

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Charles Dickens
“It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to than I have ever known.”
Charles Dickens, A Tale of Two Cities

Charles Dickens
“Whether I shall turn out to be the hero of my own life, or whether that station will be held by anybody else, these pages must show.”
Charles Dickens, David Copperfield

E.B. White
“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer.”
E.B. White, Charlotte's Web

Thomas S. Monson
“Our opportunities to give of ourselves are indeed limitless, but they are also perishable. There are hearts to gladden. There are kind words to say. There are gifts to be given. There are deeds to be done. There are souls to be saved.

As we remember that “when ye are in the service of your fellow beings ye are only in the service of your God,” (Mosiah 2:17) we will not find ourselves in the unenviable position of Jacob Marley’s ghost, who spoke to Ebenezer Scrooge in Charles Dickens’s immortal "Christmas Carol." Marley spoke sadly of opportunities lost. Said he: 'Not to know that any Christian spirit working kindly in its little sphere, whatever it may be, will find its mortal life too short for its vast means of usefulness. Not to know that no space of regret can make amends for one life’s opportunity misused! Yet such was I! Oh! such was I!'

Marley added: 'Why did I walk through crowds of fellow-beings with my eyes turned down, and never raise them to that blessed Star which led the Wise Men to a poor abode? Were there no poor homes to which its light would have conducted me!'

Fortunately, as we know, Ebenezer Scrooge changed his life for the better. I love his line, 'I am not the man I was.'

Why is Dickens’ "Christmas Carol" so popular? Why is it ever new? I personally feel it is inspired of God. It brings out the best within human nature. It gives hope. It motivates change. We can turn from the paths which would lead us down and, with a song in our hearts, follow a star and walk toward the light. We can quicken our step, bolster our courage, and bask in the sunlight of truth. We can hear more clearly the laughter of little children. We can dry the tear of the weeping. We can comfort the dying by sharing the promise of eternal life. If we lift one weary hand which hangs down, if we bring peace to one struggling soul, if we give as did the Master, we can—by showing the way—become a guiding star for some lost mariner.”
Thomas S. Monson

Jane Austen
“It is a truth universally acknowledged, that a single man in possession of a good fortune, must be in want of a wife.”
Jane Austen, Pride and Prejudice

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