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Alice In Wonderland
by Lewis Carroll

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Alice In Wonderland was a strange book and I didn't enjoy it very much. The main character is called Alice, and she comes to Wonderland by falling through a hole. There she meets many weird creatures, including animals that can talk, Cheshire cats that can teleport, and a queen who loves beheading everyone she doesn't like. Alice was kind of rude to many of the people she talked to, which I didn't like, and I felt like there was no real purpose or big plot of the story. The plot was also all over the place. The only thing I liked was the ending when Alice found out it was all a dream. Overall, I didn't really enjoy the book.

Captain Underpants:George and Harold
by Dav Pilkey

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I liked this chapter because it introduced the characters.

Ida B The Queen
by Michelle Duster

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Excellent book. Said so well "Though she dies in 1931, Ida's impact looms large over the country's slow movements towards progress.

Wintergirls Laurie Halse Anderson
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This books is about two friends, Lia and Cassie who are not happy in their own bodies. They compete to see who can loose the most weight. The story involves tragedy and real issues like depression and self harm. I connect with this book because I have a cousin who recently went through the same thing . It is a great story.

The Maidens
by Alex Michaelides

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The Maidens caught my eye the moment I spotted it on the top shelf of a little book shop at the beach. I had just finished reading a rather large classic, and was looking for an easier read I could finish in a couple of days. I am glad I picked up The Maidens, for it was exactly what I was looking for. This book follows the story of Mariana, a recent widow in her mid thirties as she navigates a murder that takes place at her alma mater, the college she and her late husband attended and the college her niece attends. She is sure she knows who the murderer is—a young professor who has an all-female exclusive study group—and becomes obsessed with proving his guilt. The best word to describe this book is entertaining. I finished it very quickly and was never bored by it. My three star rating, however, comes from a few issue I have with it. First off, my inability to suspend my disbelief at times. There were many points in this book when I said to myself “this would never happen,” despite the book being set in the real world. Also, while I understand that tragic deaths and abandonment are experienced by many people, I find it hard to believe that basically every character in this book has experienced either one or both. Now, while in the next few lines I will not be giving major spoilers, I will be discussing a specific aspect of the book. So if you would like to go in completely blind, I suggest you stop reading. It is expected, especially in the mystery genre, to have a twist. For me, the predictability and execution of the twist can make or break the book. For The Maidens, the twist was shocking. When I first finished the book, I thought the twist was good. And I at first gave this book four stars. However, in retrospect, I’m not as fond of it. That twist didn’t come out of nowhere, per se, but for something as shocking as this, I feel like we needed more time with it. Readers are given little chance to absorb what happened before everything goes crazy. That being said, While I was able to guess the individual(s) involved, my guess as to how was wrong, which I commend the book for. I would definitely recommend this to anyone looking for an absurd story to wrapped into for a little while, though not to someone looking for a masterpiece in mystery.

Miracle At The Higher Grounds Cafe
by Max Lucado

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Quick inspirational read. Would like to read more by this author.

Ms. LaGrange is Strange
by Dan Gutman

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I loved it, couldn’t put it down!

The Viscount Who Loved Me
by Julia Quinn

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The Viscount who loved me, by Julia Quinn, the second book in the Bridgerton series, was magnanomously better than its predecessor, The Duke and I by the same author. Unlike the former, this book provided us with a headstrong female lead who had not only a mind of her own but a strong moral compass as well as social responsibilities. Kate Sheffield, the female lead is more focused on keeping her beautiful and innocent sister, Edwina, out of the no good clutches of former rake and heir to the Bridgerton estate, Anthony. However, being caught in what can only be called a scandalous situation, she has no choice but to marry the viscount herself. I found this ideology highly sexist and misogynistic. It depletes the women's power to choose and declares her honor scarred while leaving the man unscathed. This testament continues to be of issue in today's world where a woman is considered a prostitute when forced in non consensual actions but men are applauded for it. Seeing how this book was written 20 years ago, it can be overlooked but should have sparked a conversation even then. The plot overall was much more of substance than its predecessor and should be applauded for moving out of stereotypical story lines and maturing the classic enemies to lovers trope. My favorite section was of the Pall Mall game which contained much needed comedic relief with relentless sarcasm and family fun. The quality of the writing was much improved from the last book but there is still much to be desired. The flow and direction to the book asks for more work as does the metaphorical references. In conclusion, it was a good book and better than the last. That said, there is always room for improvement. I look forward to reading the next book in the octacology and hope to see some much needed grip.

Rumpelstiltskin
by Kate friend

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This book was suspenseful and in it a king gave a girl a job to turn straws into gold and every night an old man would pop out of nowhere and do it for her and in return would ask for jewelry before she became queen she swore to give her first baby to him ,after she was queen she forgot about the promise and when he came again she burst into tears cause she had to give her baby to him ,he gave her a chance to guess his name in the next 3 days then she could keep the baby on the night of the second day a servant went deep in the woods and found him in the woods and found out his name he went back and told the queen and the name and the next day she told his name his name was Rumpelstiltskin and he became so angry and they lived happily ever after.

To Kill A Mockingbird
by Harper Lee

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“To Kill A Mockingbird,” is a southern gothic novel that will keep adding more layers to the plot, sparking more and more plot-twists and action on every page you flip. The main characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” are Jean(Scout) Louise Finch, Jem Finch, Atticus Finch, Aunt Alexandra, Boo Radley, Mayella Ewell, Robert Ewell, Dill, Tom Robinson, Calpurnia and Miss. Maudie Atkinson. Jean Louise Finch and Jem Finch were recalling their life to the moment where Jem had gotten his hand broken. The setting took place in the old town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus, Jem and Scout’s father, was studying economics. He invested his wealth into his brother John Hale Finch allowing him to study medicine. Atticus then studied law where he made plentiful income as a lawyer. Jem and Scout began going to school after the summer ended. During their school time they saw a diversity of children from different economic and educational backgrounds. For instance, Scout met Walter Cunnigham who couldn’t afford lunch and didn’t accept his teachers' money. However, the Cunninghams live in severe poverty that they pay people back like Atticus using hickory nuts or turnip greens. Scout attempted to explain to Miss. Caroline their teacher on why Walter couldn’t pay her back but she just got smacked with a ruler in her hand as Miss. Caroline thought she was discriminating against Walter. Burris Ewell was another boy in Scout’s grade who only showed up to school only one day as that was the requirement from his truancy officer. Burris Ewell also has body lice or cooties on him which was noticed by Miss. Caroline. This illustrates the harsh background the Ewells live in similar to the Cunninghams. When the school year ends Jem and Scout hang out with a boy named Dill who is from Mississippi but spends the summer with his aunt Ms. Rachel in Maycomb. Dill almost immediately attaches with Jem and Scout and they reenact plays and spend most of the summer time together. One day Jem blurted out the haunted house of Boo Radley. Jem, Scout and Dill created a superstition that Boo is a phantom that eats squirrels and cats. The superstition of Boo Radley was derived from Boo being in trouble with the law when he was a kid. Mr. Radley, Boo’s father, trapped him in the house as punishment and nothing was heard from Boo for over 15 years. People heard that Boo stabbed his father with scissors intensifying the suspicion. When Boo’s father died his brother Nathan came to live with him and Boo still didn’t leave the house. Scout, Dill and Jem’s goal was trying to get Boo out of the house so they can see him and observe him out of curiosity in being little kids. Meanwhile, Atticus will act as a lawyer for Tom Robinson.Tom Robinson is a person of color named and he was accused of raping 19 year old Mayella Ewell. The court case will decide whether Tom is innocent or guilty of his actions. During these times segregation and racism was highly prevalent and most of the time people of color weren’t successful in court even if they were the one’s justified. Will Tom Robinson end the long chain of racial discrimination by winning the court case if found innocent? Is Boo Radley just a phantom or an innocent but terrified child? Read the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee to find out. I would rate this book 5 stars and there is nothing I didn’t like about it. Something I can relate with his book towards real life is that, No matter how much people view you in the wrong based on your race and you know your actions are truthful and justified, in the end you will always win whether you are dead or alive. During the 1900s many colored citizens of the US were targeted and wrongly convicted of punishments based on the color of their skin.


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