Tainted by Alexandra Moody

Tainted is a great start to the ARC series. I found myself looking forward to having a chance to pick up my Kindle to read again and finding it hard to tear myself away and put it down when I had to do other things. The characters are well-developed and are people I’d like to know in real life. The author’s use of tension in some parts is excellent. It’s super well-edited, too. An all around great book. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys reading young adult dystopian.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 106
Pages Read in 2019: 26,862
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Kind is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure

What would the world be like if everyone took the time to be kind to each other? That’s the world Candace Cameron Bure is trying to help create through her advice in Kind Is the New Classy. Most of her ideas are obvious, but sometimes we need a little reminder. This book is very religious, filled with scripture quotes to back up what she is saying and why she is saying it. It’s very conversational, like two girlfriends having a chat about how to make the world better starting with themselves. She makes a lot of really great points. She is also very honest. She’s willing to describe times when she failed in being kind and what she learned from that failure and how she tried to make it better when she recognized what she had done wrong. It’s sprinkled with little tidbits here and there about her time on The View, Fuller House, and her personal life in general. If everyone truly implemented even just what one chapter of what this book describes doing, world suck would decrease exponentially. I bought the book as soon as it came out over a year ago, but for some reason I didn’t read it until now. As I read, I felt like God was telling me that I was reading it at the exact right time because of what I am doing right in the kindness arena and also what I need to work on that I now feel motivated to do thanks to Candace’s words and my current receptivity to them. I very highly recommend this book to all religious women who want to help make this world just a little bit better.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 105
Pages Read in 2019: 26,648
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Auschwitz Belongs to Us All by Marta Ascoli

Marta Ascoli was a Jew living in Italy when Hitler’s forces invaded. Auschwitz Belongs to Us All is her story. It is short and told from a kind of technical, distant view. You can tell how traumatized she still was when she wrote the book. As with all Holocaust survivor stories, hers is heartbreaking and totally worth taking the time to read.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 104
Pages Read in 2019: 26,376
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Bruno’s Dream by Iris Murdoch

If you like books about tangled family relationships and lots of cheating, Bruno’s Dream is the book for you. I did not enjoy it very much. The characters were all unlikable and utterly depressing. I just didn’t care about nearly all of them and when one started swimming in the Thames during a storm that cause it to flood, I kind of hoped he’d drown. The storylines for most of them were ridiculous. I don’t particularly recommend this book.

2 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 103
Pages Read in 2019: 26,301
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The Phantom Tollbooth by Norton Juster

The Phantom Tollbooth is a strange book. It’s so full of puns and amusements and plays on words that it is also delightful. My 11- and 13-year-old boys enjoyed it very much, especially the older one since he absolutely loves clever jokes. I recommend this book to everyone of all ages.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 102
Pages Read in 2019: 25,997
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The Reflections of Queen Snow White by David Meredith

A twist on the old fairy tale, The Reflections of Queen Snow White sees Snow White as an old widow stumbling upon her stepmother’s mirror. Her life and strength are told in vignettes the mirror pushes her through. It’s well done and I enjoyed it a lot. The only problem is there are many words where the wrong one is used (such as shuttered vs. shuddered). I recommend it to people who enjoy new versions of fairy tales.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 101
Pages Read in 2019: 25,707
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Journey by James A. Michener

Just before the turn of the century gold was discovered in the Klondike. Journey tells the tale of a group of Englishmen plus one Irishman as they attempt to take an all-Canadian route rather than go through Alaska to find gold. Ill-prepared, they experience many hardships along the way. As with all Michener novels, sometimes you aren’t sure if it really is fiction or actually non-fiction because of the way he wrote. Even though it’s fiction, I still learned a lot about that gold rush. I recommend this book to historical fiction that is heavy on the historical fans.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 100
Pages Read in 2019: 25,574
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