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Dying Out Loud: No Guilt in Life, No Fear in Death
Shawn Smucker
Life Application Study Bible, NASB
Anonymous, Ronald A. Beers
Catching Jordan - Miranda Kenneally It was a lot cuter than I thought it was going to be. I've been holding off on reading this for a while because I didn't expect it to be this adorable.
If He Had Been with Me - Laura Nowlin Though it took me a while to get in to, I must say this. I picked up this book at chapter 8 tonight. I kept reading until I was done & even though I knew the outcome, I still sobbed. It was THAT good.

This is the first time in a long time I want to write a genuine review of a book instead of just a quick line or two to say what I thought. That will need to take place at a later time, though. I need to sleep on it.
The List - Siobhan Vivian 4.5 stars.

I'm not going to resummarize the book, but I will say the person who made the list shocked me a little. I can totally imagine this having happened in my school. In fact, I'm not so sure Siobhan Vivian didn't graduate from the same high school I did. Some of the girls there were just. that. petty.

It was well written & it didn't drive me crazy when she jumped to a new character. The story line between the senior girls was incredibly interesting [again, something that could have happened in my high school]. I wish she'd elaborated on the pretty junior's story.
The Sky is Everywhere - Jandy Nelson I read this book because of #TSiEreadalong and OMG I want to read it again right away. It's beautiful & painful & sweet & melancholy & so many words I can't even think of right now.

The Boyfriend App - Katie Sise Way more adorable than I thought it was going to be. Loved Aiden & Audrey. Loved their story. And I love that Audrey finally got justice for her father.
96 Hours - Georgia Beers I'm genuinely surprised by this book. Not something I'd typically read, but overall well done & sensitive to the topic of 9/11.

I'd heard of what Gander did for stranded passengers, but never really thought about it other thank thinking it was so kind of them. For me, this book was more about helping others than about the relationship that developed as a result of being stuck somewhere for 96 hours.
Kingdom Come (Kingdom Come, #1) - Michelle   Smith Loved it. Review to come.
Coda - Emma Trevayne This is a book I definitely want to read again, ASAP. The last time that happened, I'd just finished [b:The Perks of Being a Wallflower|22628|The Perks of Being a Wallflower|Stephen Chbosky|https://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1363910637s/22628.jpg|2236198].

I wish I had something poetic & articulate to say right now. I don't; nothing is as beautiful as the words Emma poured into this beautiful book.

I think Caren said it best. The characters had me. I can't wait to buy this book for all of my friends, tell them to read it, and then smile smugly at them when they flail just as much as I did. For once, I will enjoy the 'I told you so' moment.
Forbidden - Tabitha Suzuma Absolutely heart breaking & beautiful.

I had a vague sense of what this was about when I started reading it, but I never imagined I'd fall so in love with the characters or feel so much for them.

This made me think so, so much. I'm sure I'll still be thinking of it I the coming weeks. That's honestly all I have to say.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir - Jenny Lawson I swear I've had some of the same conversations with my husband.
The Song of Achilles - Madeline Miller And now I feel like I have to read all the stories of Achilles ever.

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore - Robin Sloan Review to come.
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo - Stieg Larsson Really 3.5 stars.

It was good, but the beginning just made me want to claw my eyes out or turn off the book for the third time. I'd tried listening to this a few times, but it was really difficult without the Audible app on my phone. The app made it easier to mark where I was, as listening to it on my iPod was difficult because I couldn't mark my place if I had to unplug it from anything.

Over all, I'm glad I read it. I'd like to see the movie eventually. I may try to watch the Swedish version on Netflix.
Downpour - Bella Leone I've had a few days to sit & think about this book.

I'm not going to lie, there were parts that gave me a very physical reaction. I was so angry at one point, I think I'd have thrown my nook if I didn't realize 1) it's an expensive toy & 2) I trusted the author to give the people who beat Clint their due.

This was well written without being so flowery I wanted to put it down. In fact, I didn't put it down often. I read while my kids watched their morning cartoons, I read well into the night one night, and when I realized how close I was to finishing it, I put the kids to bed early so that would be possible.

I loved it. I can't wait to read more of Markus & Clint's story.
Opening Moves - Steven James It was nice seeing a chunk of Pat's background story. And I fully understand why Steven James had nightmares while he was writing it. I had nightmares just reading it, and I had to put it down a few times to prevent nightmares on other nights.
The Silver Linings Playbook - Matthew Quick Very different from the movie, but equally as good. I was surprised I liked the book so much, and feel as though I would have hated the movie had I seen it after reading.