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Princess by Jean Sasson

Princess is the true story of one of the many Saudi Arabian princesses growing up in the 50s, 60s, and 70s. It is a collection of stories, many of which illustrate the problems with being female in a male dominated society. It’s an interesting glimpse into a few years in the life of mostly wealthy Saudis. I recommend reading it.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 91
Pages Read in 2017: 25,254
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Reason I Chose It: Pre-reading for Cameron for Next School Year

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The Eye of Minds by James Dashner

Michael and his friends spend all their free time in the Sleep, the VirtNet, playing virtual reality video games and hanging out. When VirtNet security asks Michael to use his coding and hacking skills to track down Kaine, a man hidden somewhere inside trying to implement the Mortality Doctrine, the three teens embark on an exciting and dangerous journey that often seems more real than not.

The Eye of Minds is a seriously weird book. It took me quite a while to get into it, but at nearly halfways through it became much more interesting and I could barely put it down. I totally didn’t see the ending coming. I recommend this book to young adults and adults who enjoy sci-fi.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 89
Pages Read in 2017: 24,598
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (E in PEARL)

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Remaining Me by Ansandra Woodman

Taylor’s life dramatically changes when her mother marries the amazing and rich Chad. It soon becomes clear that Chad is neither amazing nor rich, but, as a narcissist, he certainly makes sure to appear that way to everyone outside of his house. Taylor is his favorite target, refusing to allow her to do things that make her happy while simultaneously telling other people Taylor is difficult and just doesn’t want to do those things anymore. Once it becomes clear her mother will never side with her and feeling completely worthless, Taylor turns to drugs and alcohol until an observant and kind school librarian steps in with help.

The author of Remaining Me clearly has experience with a narcissist. Some of the things Chad said and did are exactly like things a friend’s narcissist ex-husband said and did. The emptiness apparent in Taylor’s mother’s actions is spot on for someone who has been verbally and emotionally beaten down. Taylor’s emotions and pain jump out of the pages making you want to hug her and save her from her horrible home life. The book is the story of Taylor’s young life, told from Taylor’s point of view at 17-years-old as she’s thinking about how she got where she is now. It’s very engaging and sucked me right in. Possibly because I supported my friend through her divorce, the whole thing rang very true and hurt my heart and affected me in ways that likely made the book that much better. The author is certainly an excellent storyteller.

So why didn’t I give it 5 stars? I really, really wanted to. It deserves 5 stars and with some editing, it would be. I debated between 3 and 4 stars because the errors are just that bad, but the story itself is so incredibly good, I went with 4 stars. There are an abundance of grammar mistakes. In many, many places there are words that do not belong. Often, I could figure out how the sentence was written originally because of words left in during the editing process (the final sentences were always better). At least one character’s middle name changed. A couple other details changed as well. Not related to the editing issues, I personally felt the last chapter was completely unnecessary. The second to last chapter had a good, not tied up with a bow everything is happy and awesome, but, rather, hopeful, ending that fit the rest of the book very well. The final chapter kind of tried to do the tying up with a bow and it fell flat because Chad’s abuse will affect Taylor and her mother and her baby brother and sister forever. It’s really unfortunate that the editing errors in the book caused the rating to drop because this is a really excellent story and I highly recommend reading it.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 88
Pages Read in 2017: 24,260
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (R in PEARL)

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Politically Correct Bedtime Stories by James Finn Garner

Politically Correct Bedtime Stories is a collection of fairy tales and poems made hilariously politically correct. Some are changed better (and are more funny) than others. It is a fun, quick read. I recommend it!

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 86
Pages Read in 2017: 23,750
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (P in PEARL)

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Entangled by Barbara Ellen Brink

Billie is shocked to learn her uncle has died and left her his vineyard. She spent only a few weeks on vacation there as a little girl, but she doesn’t remember anything about that time. She arrives in California with the intention to sell it and return home to Minnesota, but then she starts remembering things she’d long forgotten.

Entangled was a pretty good book. It took a bit to get into it, though, and there were a few minor editing issues throughout. I was quite surprised at half of the outcome, but had long before guessed the other half. It is the first in a series of books, but I don’t know if I’ll bother to read the others. This one can totally stand on its own as a complete story. I recommend reading Entangled to fans of women’s fiction.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 66
Pages Read in 2017: 19,518
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (E in EMERALD)

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Attachments by Rainbow Rowell

It’s late 1999 and Lincoln is an IT guy at a newspaper working nights reading people’s flagged emails and sending warning notices. Beth and Jennifer’s emails keep getting flagged, but for some reason Lincoln can’t bring himself to send them a warning or stop reading their conversations. Meanwhile, Lincoln’s still not totally over his high school girlfriend (even though he’s 28) and still lives at home. But maybe it’s finally time for him to grow up and take some risks.

I enjoyed Attachments. It wasn’t a book that I couldn’t wait to get back to reading after I put it down, but it still had the happily ever after feel that I love. It’s a fun mind vacation and totally worth spending the time it takes to read it.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 65
Pages Read in 2017: 19,150
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (A in EMERALD)

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I Want it Now! by Julie Dawn Cole

In 1970, Julie Dawn was selected to play the part of Veruca Salt in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. I Want It Now! is mostly her memories of the magic of filming and other things related to the movie. There are lots of pictures scattered throughout the book. It’s great for her fans and fans of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory.

4 (out of 5) Stars

Books Read in 2017: 56
Pages Read in 2017: 16,967
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Reason I Chose It: Birthstone Bookology (I in DIAMOND)

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