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  1. Ally13

    Ally13 Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    Anybody get any good books over the holidays? I finished reading The Help before Christmas (never saw the movie, but I thought the book was great), and I got "The Association of Small Bombs" by Karan Mahajan, "A Gentleman in Moscow" by Amor Towles, "11/22/63" by Stephen King and, of course, "Alexander Hamilton" by Ron Chernow! I finished The Association of Small Bombs, and while I thought it was really good, I didn't think it was as great as all of the reviews. Currently on A Gentleman in Moscow and I love it so far. I got some gift cards/cash for Christmas and am trying to not spend it all on books until I finish these ones. But I will most likely still buy some new ones because I am dying to read The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, Mischling by Affinity Konar, and His Bloody Project by Graeme MaCrae Burnet and so many more haha.

    so many books. so little time/cash/shelf space haha.

    Also... A Series of Unfortunate Events comes out in a week!!! So excited!
     
  2. cheerKT

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    I currently have Year of Yes by Shonda Rhimes on hold at the library. Anyone read it?
     
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    Yup! Love shonda even more after reading it.


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  4. a_cheer_leaderxo

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    I received Wonder by R.J Palacio and Thirteen Reasons Why by Jay Asher for Christmas. I'm about halfway through Thirteen Reasons Why but whilst I like the storyline, it's not as good as I thought it would be. Heard great things about Wonder and I think it's being made into a film so I'm looking forwards to reading it next! I also bought Flawed by Cecelia Ahern and the second book in the Chaos Walking series (the first one is still in my to be read pile!) with a bookshop gift card I received.
     
  5. ErinS

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    Just dropping by to recommend NOT reading The Secrets We Keep by Trisha Leaver. It's YA Lit. I don't think I've read a more poorly executed book with a great premise (other than The Future of Us by Jay Asher and Carolyn Mackler). It was so bad. It was a South Carolina Book Award nominee for 17-18 (not seeing how).

    The plot is identical twins are in an accident. One dies. The other takes over her life for the dumbest of reasons.




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  6. Adrirocks

    Adrirocks I Fierce Board instead of work/study

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    What didn't you like about the Future of us? I remeber really liking it when it came out but its been years so I'm fuzzy on the details. Thanks for the heads out about The secrets wee keep. I had that on my goodreads list but was hearing mixed reviews
     
  7. nicolee

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    I just finished Kitchen Confidential by Anthony Bourdain – I'm maybe the last foodie in the world who hadn't read it until now. It's a weird mix of memoir, exposé, recipe book and Zagat guide, but I thoroughly enjoyed it.

    Now I'm streaming through the Hamilton biography by Chernow, because of course. And his Washington biography is next on the reading list.
     
  8. ErinS

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    I don't remember. I read it over 3 years ago i'm sure. According to Goodreads, I gave it 1 star and said it was a great idea and great concept but ultimately fell short (basically what I said in my other post....so I'm consistent )

    A lot of the other reviews say the generally the same thing


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  9. Eyes On The Prize

    Eyes On The Prize Slow your roll, Sparkle.

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    ****Skip my post if you're sick of reading about Hamilton (because I'm getting there too)****

    If you're not American History-ed out after those two books and want to keep reading from the "Books Lin Probs Read to Write Ham" reading list, you should check out "The Founding Brothers: The Revolutionary Generation" by Joseph J. Ellis. It goes a little more in depth about things that were in the musical that aren't directly about Hamilton himself. Like they talk about "Code Duello" (The 10 Duel Commandments), how the founding fathers KNEW history was happening and KNEW history was watching them (History Has It's Eyes on You), and Burr's downfall (The Election of 1800/Your Obedient Servant/The World was Wide Enough). There are phrases in the musical that seem almost plagarised from this book so like, you know Lin has an annotated copy of this book somewhere.

    My favorite part of the book/the part that was mind blowing to me was a part that was briefly discussed in the musical and that Lin got a LOT of flack about. It talks about why they couldn't address slavery at the founding of our country and how complicated it was for them to be declaring independence while keeping slaves. It was very, very interesting and I think Lin not blatantly talking about it in the musical was a very clever way of portraying the way it was handled (according to the book) in real life. Like, of all the things he wrote in the musical, it's what he didn't say and learning the reason behind it that really floored me.

    But the book is a good read. It's not an expansive, detailed retelling of history like an autobiography - its more like a collection of tiny, in depth glimpses of the lives of the founding fathers and their character. Quite interesting.
     
  10. Adrirocks

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    That's interesting. I might have to reread it and see what I think now
     
  11. Adrirocks

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    Thanks for the reading list lol I am obsessed with Hamilton. I haven't gotten to Chernow yet but I want to read it before I see the show this summer. I must say my Hamilton obsession has made focusing in my American Political thought class very difficult lol Every time someone mentions one of the founding fathers my brain starts singing the soundtrack.
     
  12. nicolee

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    Oh I doubt I'll get sick of reading about Hamilton and Washington any time soon.

    American history is something I developed an interest in after school actually. At school it often felt like my teachers rattled on about the specifics of the Bill of Rights, and skipped over the stuff that I found more interesting (like the gory details of duels, and battles, and the insane personal lives of the Founding Fathers). So I love books and documentaries that focus on the background behind important events in our history, and admit that these people weren't saints, they were flawed and fascinating human beings.

    Will have to pop the Ellis book on my reading list.