Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Review: Letter from Birmingham Jail

Letter from Birmingham Jail Letter from Birmingham Jail by Martin Luther King Jr.
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Such an important, almost gospel-like, letter.
And while expertly and emotionally narrated, I can only imagine what it would have sounded like in Dr. King's voice.

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Monday, January 13, 2020

Review: Tomorrow I'll Be Brave

Tomorrow I'll Be Brave Tomorrow I'll Be Brave by Jessica Hische
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

This may be a picture book, but the message is timeless and ageless.
The illustrations and lettering are stunning.
Tomorrow be:
Adventurous
Strong
Smart
Curious
Creative
Confident
Brave

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Sunday, January 5, 2020

Review: Tidelands

Tidelands Tidelands by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 1 of 5 stars

I read over 300 pages of this dreadful book and decided I couldn’t read anymore. I did skip to the last 10 pages to find out what happened. Not sure I missed much in the 100 pages I skipped.

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Review: Stepsister

Stepsister Stepsister by Jennifer Donnelly
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Turns out, Cinderella’s stepsister was a badass.
And it’s important to forgive.
Absolutely LOVED this book.
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Review: The Unteachables

The Unteachables The Unteachables by Gordon Korman
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

It was OK.
Highly improbable from start to finish.
Not intended for an adult reader. Or at least, this adult reader.

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Review: Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book

Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book Beauty and the Beast: Lost in a Book by Jennifer Donnelly
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I love Jennifer Donnelly novels.
This is a reimagined telling of Beauty and the Beast after Beast introduces Belle to the castle library.
Part Wizard of Oz, part creepy Toy Story, Belle must write her own “story” and determine her destiny.
Great storytelling.
Good middle grade fiction.

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Review: Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed

Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed Maybe You Should Talk to Someone: A Therapist, Her Therapist, and Our Lives Revealed by Lori Gottlieb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Julie
Boyfriend
Wendell
Rita
John
Myron
Caroline

I was immersed in everyone of these patients’ stories.

I loved the writing. I loved the growth. I loved the therapy.

So many favorite quotes, but this one I marked, “I thought about how many people avoid trying for things they really want in life because it’s more painful to get close to the goal but not achieve it than not to have taken the chance in the first place.”

I listened to the audible as well as read the physical book - the audio narration is excellent!

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Review: I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home

I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home I'll Love You Till the Cows Come Home by Kathryn Cristaldi
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Whimsical and poetic.

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Review: In My Heart: A Book of Feelings

In My Heart: A Book of Feelings In My Heart: A Book of Feelings by Jo Witek
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I have a soft spot for heart books. This a beautifully constructed picture book.

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Review: Still Life

Still Life Still Life by Louise Penny
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

2.5 stars
This book reminded me why I don't like mysteries -- I spend the entire book trying to figure out "who dunit" that I miss the actual plot and story.
Lovely writing, but nothing special.


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