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Where’d You Go, Bernadette by Maria Semple

I decided to read Where’d You Go, Bernadette after I saw the trailer for the movie and thought it looked like it would be good. After reading the book I no longer have any interest in the movie. It was that bad. There is not a single likable character in the book. Bee was fine for the first 2/3, but then she showed her true colors and turned out to be just as obnoxious and unlikable as her mother. The affair between Bee’s father and his admin, resulting in the admin getting pregnant, is treated as no big deal and almost expected because his wife is a bit nuts. The health and medical claims are often just plain wrong. The actions of the psychiatrist are utterly ridiculous and unprofessional. The writing is mediocre. The author didn’t seem to know how to wrap up the story. The last ten pages rambled on way too long. I do not recommend this book at all.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 49
Pages Read in 2019: 12,578
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Texas by James A. Michener

Weaving the lives of families in Texas together over several centuries, Texas is an epic novel that sometimes reads as non-fiction. As with most books by Michener, it is exceedingly long, but that length is not a drawback in the least. Some storylines are more interesting than others, but they all constantly intersect in various ways. The biggest negative I could see was that it ends in 1985 (when it was published). I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in Texas history with a lot of time to read a book!

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 18
Pages Read in 2019: 5532
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The Bullet Journal Method by Ryder Carroll

I’ve kept a Bullet Journal for a while now, but I still found some tips I could use in The Bullet Journal Method. It’s part how-to and part motivation. The basics of how to set up a bullet journal can be found on the website, but the book was quite enjoyable and much more fully explained than what is on-line. I very highly recommend this book to people interested in starting their own bullet journal as well as people who have been using one for a while. (Note: I usually read books on Kindle, but I decided to get this one in paper and I’m glad I did. I doubt the images would be easy to decipher on the Kindle.)

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 9
Pages Read in 2019: 2076
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Pink Boots and a Machete by Mireya Mayor

If there is one thing I learned from Pink Boots and a Machete it’s that I am glad I’m not an explorer and don’t work for National Geographic. However, Mayor’s sense of humor sure made it fun to go along with her on some virtual expeditions. Sometimes I laughed out loud, sometimes I was grossed out. Her excitement over discovering the mouse lemur and her love of lemurs in general are obvious. I highly recommend this book to anyone who likes animals.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 7
Pages Read in 2019: 1595
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Daughters in My Kingdom

Daughters in My Kingdom tells the history of the Relief Society. There are many interesting anecdotes and lots of quotes from general authorities. I learned quite a bit from it and recommend it to all sisters of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2019: 2
Pages Read in 2019: 200
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The Temple Experience by Wendy Ulrich

The Temple Experience is a terrible book. As I read it, I alternately felt horribly sorry for the clients who go to the author (a therapist) and wondered if perhaps the author’s view of the world is terribly skewed to the point that she thinks absolutely everyone is extremely mentally unhealthy. Worse, though, many things she asserted throughout the book were not doctrinally correct. I absolutely cannot recommend this book to anyone.

1 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 141
Pages Read in 2018: 36,569
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Covenant Keepers by Wendy Watson Nelson

Covenant Keepers is a short booklet absolutely packed with insights and a 21-day challenge that Sister Nelson assures will change your life. her positive, upbeat personality comes through in her writing. I took so many notes as I read it and definitely plan to put her challenge to the test. I highly recommend it to other women who are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 137
Pages Read in 2018: 35,423
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God Wants a Powerful People by Sheri Dew

There are so many blessings we can receive and this book talks about how to get them and why we should want them. There are many quotes from scriptures and general authorities as well as personal anecdotes to illustrate the author’s points. I took so many notes as I read. It’s really packed with some great little bits! I highly recommend this book to all members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who wish to increase their faith and the power of God in their lives.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 136
Pages Read in 2018: 35,369
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Understanding Temple Symbols by Jack M. Lyon

I learned so much from this book! Understanding Temple Symbols is full of scriptures, quotes from general authorities, and religious art (images and explanation). It is careful not to cross the line into revealing sacred things, yet is very clear for anyone who has ever attended the temple. I highly recommend this book to anyone wanting to understand what they learn in the temple a little bit better.

5 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 122
Pages Read in 2018: 31,820
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An Absolutely Remarkable Thing by Hank Green

When April May stumbles across a giant sculpture in the middle of the night she has no idea how crazy her life is about to get. She is catapulted to the heights of internet fame and thrown right into the mystery of the Carls.

An Absolutely Remarkable Thing is a very strange, yet very engrossing book. I was completely sucked in rather quickly and it thoroughly kept my attention if only because I really wasn’t sure where in the world the story was going. It kept springing crazy things on me that I wasn’t expecting. So that’s really good. But then there were the negatives. The first tenth of the book contains so many cuss words. After the first tenth, the number dramatically decreases, though when the storyline gets a bit thin the f-words and s-words appear in large numbers again. I kind of felt like the author was trying to capture people’s interest through overuse of the f-word (totally unnecessary as the story itself captures interest and, at least for me, the ridiculous number of cuss words made me less interested in continuing to read). The end is a cliffhanger and it really annoys me when books end like that. Almost like the author is saying, “ha, ha, now you get to buy another book when I write it.” Will I buy it and read it? Yup. Because, while it was super weird, I did like the book. I recommend it to late teens and up who like to read weird sci-fi.

3 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2018: 119
Pages Read in 2018: 30,948
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