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5/30/20 11:16 P

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I finished The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins this evening. Now I'm processing all these feelings about it. I enjoyed reading it for the most part, but I think so much of that stemmed from loving the original series of the book and this being a continuation of sorts. However...on it's own I'm not sure how I feel yet. The book follows President Snow as a young adult, who is poor and has a chip on his shoulder about the life he believes he should have. It focuses so much on Snow that it really eclipses all other potential characters. The end of the book was pretty fast-paced and exciting and overall I enjoyed the journey. I wish it would have had the fleshed out characters the way the other books do. There's no one here to the caliber of Haymitch, Cinna, Gale, etc., but it had other redeeming qualities.

I would give it 4 out of 5 stars.

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5/29/20 4:57 A

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller 3 stars *

I think I actually would have had a greater appreciation for this play when I was a bit younger which is weird given that I am inching closer to Willy's age. Lots of great discussions could come out of this one though. The lies we tell ourselves. The lies we tell others. The lies we've collectively agreed on about what makes a man. The lies about what is success.

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5/28/20 7:58 A

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Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly 4 stars

The only reason this wasn't 5 stars for me was that I sometimes zoned out when reading the technical bits. That is more a fault of mine than the writing though.

I am so appreciative of this book having been written. The world needed it.

~ Cheryl

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5/27/20 8:17 A

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Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland
By Lewis Carroll
4 stars

~ Joanne

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5/26/20 10:15 A

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Riders of the Purple Sage by Zane Grey 2 stars

My grandfather was a huge Zane Grey fan. When he died, he left behind a ton of books. I am not a fan of Westerns, but I am a reader of books. I randomly chose one from his collection and read it last year. I love old books and I loved reading and touching the same pages my grandfather had.

This book, was not the one I picked. This is the one everyone who had an opinion about it, said I should have picked. I'm glad I didn't because I really didn't care much for it. Some of it might have been that it was an electronic library copy. It's my least favorite way to read. The female leads were not as strong as the other book. I noticed a lot more phrases that irked me (I dislike it when someone does or says something "as though reading his mind".)

At least it was quick and I got the "Western" prompt on my reading challenge checked off.

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5/24/20 3:52 P

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Spinning Silver by Naomi Novik 4 stars, almost 5

I really enjoyed this one. Strong female characters, fairy tale telling, I liked it a lot.

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5/22/20 9:19 P

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Finished The Last Secret Chamber by Phil Philips. I downloaded a long time ago. Adventure, archaeology, Egypt and a little science fiction thrown in. I liked it.
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5/20/20 6:35 A

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Mansfield Park by Jane Austen 4 stars

Well, I have to say this was my favorite of hers I think. At least is was the only one when I wasn't yelling at the people in the book.

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5/19/20 10:31 P

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The Union Quilters by Jennifer Chiaverini
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5/18/20 9:05 A

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The Piano Maker
By Kurt Palma
4 stars
An engaging and atmospheric novel about a woman whose gifts include her musicianship, her steadfastness, her attention to detail and ability to focus, and her amazing ability to build finely a crafted piano from the ground up. My only criticism is based on the spareness of her trial; but perhaps I was influenced by a recent courtroom drama I read where each phrase of testimony was examined, deconstructed, and challenged. This seemed somewhat incomplete by comparison.

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5/16/20 8:33 P

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We Were the Licky Ones by Georgia Hunter
5 stars

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5/14/20 6:42 P

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Dark Matter by Blake Crouch 4 stars

This was a substitute book for a prompt on the 2020 Pop Sugar challenge. I really, liked the concept. I went back and forth about how many stars to give it. Decided on 4 because I think this would make an excellent movie.

I had some issues with some of the choices people made though. I couldn't make sense of them - and that was a problem for me. I couldn't pay attention to the story because I absolutely got stuck on some of the choices people made. I don't want to say what some of these were because it would give things away.

The end to me was horrifying and not hopeful. I am the minority on this. I may just be weird.

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5/11/20 9:21 A

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Life Support
By Tess Gerritsen
4 Stars
This was my first book by this author, and it kept me glued to the page. I don’t often choose a medical thriller, and I was not expecting to be so thoroughly engaged! Surprisingly, man reviewers stated that this was one of her worst novels, so I guess I will have to read more by her!

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5/10/20 12:56 P

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How to Talk Dirty and Influence People by Lenny Bruce 4 stars

He broke ground in comedy. You can't take that away from him. He pushed the envelope. He made people uncomfortable. He questioned authority. He certainly dealt with a whole lot of crap because of it. The court stuff was pretty dry, but I suppose it was needed. Still, that's what knocked it down a star. He was right about a lot and I think he might have thought we would have moved past some things we haven't yet which is a little depressing.


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5/8/20 1:49 P

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The Cuckoo’s Calling
By Robert Galbraith
3 stars
I have read the first two books in this series. This one, the first, was good. The second was not at all to my liking. I wanted to be able to appreciate this author’s foray into the realm of mystery, but I am just not a fan.

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5/4/20 9:51 P

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A Spark of Light by Jodi Picoult (2*)
A gunman is in a stand-off with police in a hostage situation in an abortion clinic. The story is then told backwards in an awkward, repetitious manner from multiple POV's. How was this book lousy, let me count the ways--no, better not since there was just too much lousy to cover in a review. This book was abysmally bad all over--characters, writing, dialogue, disorganization--every way a book could be bad, this one managed.

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"If you trust in yourself and believe in your dreams and follow your star...you'll still get beaten by people who spent their time working hard and learning things and weren't so lazy." Terry Pratchett


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5/4/20 5:00 A

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Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll 4 stars

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5/1/20 4:47 A

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This is where we can keep track of the books we read this month and rate them. This is similar to the “what are you reading” thread, but we will include only those books we finish reading in the month. If you start a book the previous month but finish in the current month, it counts for the current month. Please list the title, author, and your rating. You can also add a short review if you’d like.

Let’s use a 5-star rating system:

1 star * Hated it~Not worth your time
2 stars ** OK~There were some redeeming qualities
3 stars *** Liked it~Enjoyable read
4 stars **** Really liked it~Definitely worth reading
5 stars ***** Loved it~Great read and would recommend to others

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