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Anne's House of Dreams by L.M. Montgomery
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Stone Fox by John Reynolds Gardiner
Stone Fox
by John Reynolds Gardiner
read in June, 2016
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A very quick children's chapter book-- the one got me good with the tears. It's a great story of believing in yourself and believing in those who you love. I loved it so much.
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State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
State of Wonder
by Ann Patchett
read in June, 2016
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I love Ann Patchett and I loved State of Wonder.

This didn't top Bel Canto for me (which is the most AMAZING), but it was it's own highly readable, very thoughtful story. An epic journey through the Amazon that puts you right in the thick of the most
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The Last Summer by Ann Brashares
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Danny the Champion of the World by Roald Dahl
“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony.”
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Swan by Mary Oliver
“If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy, don’t hesitate. Give in to it. There are plenty of lives and whole towns destroyed or about to be. We are not wise, and not very often kind. And much can never be redeemed. Still life has some possibility left. Perhaps this is its way of fighting back, that sometimes something happened better than all the riches or power in the world. It could be anything, but very likely you notice it in the instant when love begins. Anyway, that’s often the case. Anyway, whatever it is, don’t be afraid of its plenty. Joy is not made to be a crumb. (Don't Hesitate)”
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Diane Ackerman
“I don't want to get to the end of my life and find that I have just lived the length of it. I want to have lived the width of it as well.”
Diane Ackerman

Roald Dahl
“I was glad my father was an eye-smiler. It meant he never gave me a fake smile because it's impossible to make your eyes twinkle if you aren't feeling twinkly yourself. A mouth-smile is different. You can fake a mouth-smile any time you want, simply by moving your lips. I've also learned that a real mouth-smile always has an eye-smile to go with it. So watch out, I say, when someone smiles at you but his eyes stay the same. It's sure to be a phony.”
Roald Dahl, Danny the Champion of the World

Ishmael Beah
“Some nights the sky wept stars that quickly floated and disappeared into the darkness before our wishes could meet them. ”
Ishmael Beah, A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Garth Stein
“My soul has learned what it came to learn, and all the other things are just things. We can't have everything we want. Sometimes, we simply have to believe.”
Garth Stein, The Art of Racing in the Rain

J.K. Rowling
“Everybody finished the song at different times. Dumbledore conducted their last few lines with his wand and when they had finished, he was one of those who clapped loudest. 'Ah music,' he said, wiping his eyes. 'A magic beyond all we do here!”
J.K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone

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