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Cherry Tree Farm

The Cherry Tree Farm Story Collection (Bumper Short Story Collections)The Cherry Tree Farm Story Collection by Enid Blyton
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I adore children’s fiction. Especially books or series that are either classics or written to harken back to simpler times. There’s just something so rejuvenating about returning to childhood and seeing the world through the eyes of the innocent. Heidi, Anne of Green Gables, The Secret Garden, The Boxcar Children, and A Little Princess all hold special places in my heart as childhood classics that I’ve read again and again even into my adulthood, and I foresee no future in which I don’t reread them when I need to escape adulthood. Continue reading “Cherry Tree Farm”

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The Westing Game

The Westing GameThe Westing Game by Ellen Raskin
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

What a fun little mystery! I really thought that I had read this before, when I was still in elementary school, but I remembered nothing about it. Somehow, Raskin managed to endow this children’s novel with more mystery than the vast majority of adult novels in the genre. For one thing, this didn’t read as a children’s book. Raskin seems to have been a firm believer in not talking down to children, which always makes for a much better children’s author. Continue reading “The Westing Game”

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The Wonder

The WonderThe Wonder by Emma Donoghue
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

What a morbidly fascinating story.

English nurse Elizabeth Wright has been tasked with overseeing a little Irish girl named Anne for two weeks. This imposed watched is to determine how Anna is still alive after 4 months of supposed fasting, and to learn if she somehow receiving nourishment on the sly from someone, or hiding food to eat when everyone is asleep. Mrs. Wright thinks this will be an easy hoax to disprove, but she is so incredibly wrong. Continue reading “The Wonder”

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Dark in Death

Dark in Death (In Death, #46)Dark in Death by J.D. Robb
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Hell hath no fury like a writer who feels their work has been belittled and ignored.

The adventures of Eve Dallas are always a delight to read. Dark in Death is the 46th full-length installment in Nora Roberts’ In Death series, penned under her J.D. Robb pseudonym. While they’re not always amazingly original or anything, they’re always fun to read. By this point, there are about a dozen characters who have been involved in the story for more than 30 books, and our main character and her main man Roarke have been around since the first book. I feel like these characters are real people, because I’ve witnessed so much of their lives. They’re my friends, even if they’re fictional. Continue reading “Dark in Death”

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The Name of the Wind

The Name of the Wind (The Kingkiller Chronicle, #1)The Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

There are very few books that combine both plot and prose in a way that burrows into my soul and becomes part of me. This book is one of those few.

“It’s like everyone tells a story about themselves inside their own head. Always. All the time. That story makes you what you are. We build ourselves out of that story.” Continue reading “The Name of the Wind”

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It Takes Two: Our Story

It Takes Two: Our StoryIt Takes Two: Our Story by Jonathan Scott
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I’ve mentioned before that memoirs aren’t usually my favorite thing, but there are always exceptions. And this book was certainly an exception.

I can’t tell you how many hours I’ve spent watching the Scott brothers on their various HGTV shows. Property Brothers, Buying and Selling, Brother vs. Brother: I love them all. I have a soft spot for siblings, and for twin in particular. My dad is an identical twin, and he and his brother happen to both be construction superintendents, so as soon as I say the Property Brothers for the first time I immediately loved them. But just because I love their shows didn’t mean that I would love their book, so I was a bit hesitant picking it up. I’m glad I did, though! Continue reading “It Takes Two: Our Story”

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The Chimes

The ChimesThe Chimes by Charles Dickens
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

I know that Dickens has other Christmas stories besides A Christmas Carol, but I have never read any of his other offerings. That is, until this year. After looking at his other seasonal offerings, I settled on The Chimes, his New Year story. Man, was this sad. And dark. But thankfully it had a happy ending, which made reading it worthwhile. Continue reading “The Chimes”

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