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I'll Be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara
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End of Watch by Stephen King
End of Watch (Bill Hodges Trilogy, #3)
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A satisfying ending with a few Easter eggs along the way. Terrific trilogy!
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The Child Finder by Rene Denfeld
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Really liked this novel. I listened to the audio version and became easily caught up with the interwoven tales of Naomi, Mr. B and Snow Girl. Heart breaking and hopeful at the same time, this is a powerful book.
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Finders Keepers by Stephen King
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So much fun! And what a great ending!! Some say King doesn’t write good endings; they’re crazy: I can’t WAIT to read the last in the trilogy!!
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The Serpent King by Jeff Zentner
The Serpent King
by Jeff Zentner (Goodreads Author)
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I don't want to give away any spoilers, but I have to say -- based on reviews -- I was expecting more. This has been compared to *Perks of a Wallflower* and *Me and Earl and the Dying Girl*, but it didn't pack that sort of emotional punch for me at a ...more
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On the Come Up by Angie Thomas
On the Come Up
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Loved the dialogue and characters, much love for that energy. The plot was formulaic and not surprising, but teen readers will love the immediacy and relevance of the story.
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Children of Blood and Bone by Tomi Adeyemi
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I listened to the audio version and I'm certain that's what this made the book even more special. I'm not normally a "fantasy" reader, but heard so much buzz, I had to pick it up. And SO glad I did. The alternating points of view, scope and breadth o ...more
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Why Don't Students Like School? by Daniel T. Willingham
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I read this for a teacher book group meeting and it was okay. Didn’t learn anything I didn’t know from 27 years of teaching, though I did take issue with some of his examples (felt a bit ‘old school’)...The writing wasn’t all that interesting and it ...more
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City of Saints & Thieves by Natalie C. Anderson
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An action thriller following a young Congolese refugee searching for answers to her mother's murder as she makes her way living on the streets as an orphan in Kenya. I loved it far more at the start, but then felt the turn toward a formulaic 'who-don ...more
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Let's Go Swimming on Doomsday by Natalie C. Anderson
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A.S. King
“The simplest answer is to act.”
A.S. King, Everybody Sees the Ants

T.S. Eliot
“Do I dare
Disturb the universe?
In a minute there is time
For decisions and revisions which a minute will reverse.”
T.S. Eliot

Flannery O'Connor
“I write to discover what I know.”
Flannery O'Connor

John Green
“Sometimes, you read a book and it fills you with this weird evangelical zeal, and you become convinced that the shattered world will never be put back together unless and until all living humans read the book.”
John Green, The Fault in Our Stars

Louise Erdrich
“Life will break you. Nobody can protect you from that, and living alone won't either, for solitude will also break you with its yearning. You have to love. You have to feel. It is the reason you are here on earth. You are here to risk your heart. You are here to be swallowed up. And when it happens that you are broken, or betrayed, or left, or hurt, or death brushes near, let yourself sit by an apple tree and listen to the apples falling all around you in heaps, wasting their sweetness. Tell yourself you tasted as many as you could.”
Louise Erdrich, The Painted Drum

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