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Kristi rated a book 4 of 5 stars
We Were Liars by E. Lockhart
We Were Liars
by E. Lockhart (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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Yes, this is a story about the so-called perfect family with their own private island where they spend their summers with staff to wait on them. Every family member is blonde and beautiful, and has a trust fund. Most of their problems are in fact fir...more
Kristi rated a book 4 of 5 stars
Just Listen by Sarah Dessen
Just Listen
by Sarah Dessen (Goodreads Author)
read in July, 2014
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This is one of those YA books that reminded me why I hated high school so much. That doesn't mean I didn't enjoy the book or that I won't continue to read Sarah Dessen, but so many parts of this book were hard and painful to read because it included...more
Kristi rated a book 3 of 5 stars
All Our Names by Dinaw Mengestu
All Our Names
by Dinaw Mengestu
read in June, 2014
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I gave this book three stars but I must clarify by saying it is a very strong rating of three stars, very close to four. It I a book that deals very honestly with the brutality of war and revolution, and the issue of racism and newly de-segregated Am...more
Kristi rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Prophets of Smoked Meat by Daniel Vaughn
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First off, and this probably goes without saying, do not read this book while hungry. It is just a bad idea. Also, don't read this book before or after eating something you're only just "meh" about, as it will do nothing to help your mood. I wasn't s...more
Kristi rated a book 4 of 5 stars
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender by Leslye Walton
The Strange and Beautiful Sorrows of Ava Lavender
by Leslye Walton (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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If it weren't for the few issues I had with parts of this book, I would have easily given it five stars instead of only four. It's creative, interesting, imaginative, heartbreaking, and hopeful. I've certainly never read a story quite like it, but it...more
Kristi rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai by Barbara Lazar
The Pillow Book of the Flower Samurai
by Barbara Lazar (Goodreads Author)
read in May, 2014
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I'm honestly not sure where to start with this book. It is essentially the life story of a girl in 12th century Japan who starts in poverty, and is sold three different times throughout her life and ends up becoming a respected wife and samurai. It i...more
Kristi rated a book 2 of 5 stars
Orfeo by Richard Powers
Orfeo
by Richard Powers
read in May, 2014
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Maybe if I was more into music, I would have enjoyed this book more and also would have given it more than two stars. It isn't bad really, and there are parts that are incredibly interesting, but for long stretches of the story I was incredibly bored...more
Kristi rated a book 3 of 5 stars
Generosity by Richard Powers
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Teacher and writer Russell Stone meets a young woman who is taking his class and basically decides she is too happy, and from that one judgment comes a whole world of trouble for the young woman. There are people who will decide they must have whatev...more
Kristi rated a book 4 of 5 stars
On Such a Full Sea by Chang-rae Lee
On Such a Full Sea
by Chang-rae Lee
read in April, 2014
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It would be easy to paint this as yet another dystopian novel, especially since we're currently in a time where dystopian novels are steadily becoming the popular thing for a writer to write, particularly in the YA genre. But Lee's most recent novel,...more
Kristi rated a book 3 of 5 stars
The Ocean at the End of the Lane by Neil Gaiman
The Ocean at the End of the Lane
by Neil Gaiman (Goodreads Author)
read in April, 2014
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It's quite a task to sit down and attempt to write a review of this book...that's why so many if the reviews simply start with a quote from the book itself. While the story is told from the point of view of an older man looking back at an event that...more
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Zora Neale Hurston
“It is so easy to be hopeful in the daytime when you can see the things you wish on. But it was night, it stayed night. Night was striding across nothingness with the whole round world in his hands . . . They sat in company with the others in other shanties, their eyes straining against cruel walls and their souls asking if He meant to measure their puny might against His. They seemed to be staring at the dark, but their eyes were watching God.”
Zora Neale Hurston, Their Eyes Were Watching God

Steve Martin
“A day without sunshine is like, you know, night.”
Steve Martin

“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom you will serve, wether the Gods of your fathers who were on the other side of the flood, or the Gods of the ammorites in whos land you dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.”
Anonymous, Holy Bible: King James Version

Victor Hugo
“So long as there shall exist, by reason of law and custom, a social condemnation which, in the midst of civilization, artificially creates a hell on earth, and complicates with human fatality a destiny that is divine; so long as the three problems of the century - the degradation of man by the exploitation of his labour, the ruin of women by starvation and the atrophy of childhood by physical and spiritual night are not solved; so long as, in certain regions, social asphyxia shall be possible; in other words and from a still broader point of view, so long as ignorance and misery remain on earth, there should be a need for books such as this.”
Victor Hugo, Les Misérables

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