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review 2017-11-20 15:51
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily
The Love Letters of Abelard and Lily - Laura Creedle

Lily Michaels-Ryan is a highschooler with ADHD. When breaking something lands her in detention with Abelard, a beautiful and brilliant guy who has Asperger's, she can't help but feel intrigued. He seems thirty seconds behind in a conversation while she's thirty seconds ahead. When a paper gets posted online - one that never should have been posted in the first place - Lily and Abelard discover that they both love old novels, especially The Letters of Abelard of Heloise. The two fall for each other hard but their relationship isn't going to be an easy one. 

Those black lines through the hearts got my attention. I was hooked from the very first page. The writing is so good - the whole book flowed smoothly, the characters were three-dimensional and they were interesting. We get a glimpse of what it's like for Lily being a teenager with ADHD. School is hard for her and nobody understands her. She feels like she's dragging her mother down. She has to make some tough choices. I like how the author showed how naive she was and also how she grew and took charge of her life. Lily and Abelard were so cute together and you can't help but root for them. This is one of those stories that will stick with you long after you've read it.

I won a copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. Thank you to HMH Books for Young Readers for an ARC.
 

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review 2017-11-05 19:40
Nordback's exploration of sexuality
The Scarlett Letters: My Secret Year of Men in an L.A. Dungeon - Jenny Nordbak
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text 2017-10-16 17:55
The solution to my latest FWP
Memoirs and Selected Letters (Library of America #50) - Mary D. McFeely,William S. McFeely,Ulysses S. Grant

In a few weeks I'm going on a week-long cruise. It's courtesy of my in-laws, who are footing the bill for the family so they can treat their grandkids to some Disney fun. I'm looking forward to it, though I'm wrestling now with the big question every reader faces of what to take.

 

For me the problem with a cruise is the isolation from options should I finish what I'm reading early or find that I don't like it. In the past this was a minor issue, which I resolved by either borrowing an available book or making my way to a bookstore and picking something out from what's available. This is something that I wouldn't have done if I had an e-reader, and it's one of the reasons why I'm glad I don't as the opportunity to read books that I otherwise might not have opened me up to some works that I really enjoyed.

 

Only that's not possible on a cruise. We will spend a week either on the open seas or in a corporate enclave (because that's where they send tourists on these things), which means my reading options will be severely constrained. Basically my only recourse to whatever I bring along will be the library of books other tourists leave behind. If they're anything like the one on my last cruise, my options will be limited to Dan Brown-level garbage and self-help books that were so helpful they were left behind. So I need to think ahead more than I would otherwise.

 

I'm limiting myself to two books. One I've had picked out for months, and while I'm sure I'll like it I may also finish it mid-cruise. So the second one has to be able to sustain me for a few days, both in terms of length and readability, yet not be so large as to clog my limited luggage space.

 

This morning I had an epiphany: why not take Grant's memoirs?

Ulysses Grant's memoirs are generally regarded as one of the great works of American literature. For years I've had a copy on my shelf of the Library of America edition, which is perfect for my needs -- compact, well-bound, and generously supplemented with a selection of his letters. Given the attention Grant is getting right now thanks to Ron Chernow's new biography, it seems an ideal time to take it on and read it for myself.

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review 2017-10-14 08:00
Letters From The Inside
Letters From the Inside - John Marsden

A very old review I recently found:

 

I bought Letters from the inside in Amsterdam, just before my train departed. I've spent the time in the train to read this little book. And I enjoyed reading it. It has been some time since I read this story, but I haven't forgotten it yet.

 

I liked the story and Marsden's writing style. I'm interested in the other books by Marsden. Last week I went to the library and took the first four novels from the Tomorrow-series.

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review 2017-09-14 17:01
Creepy Supernatural Horror on sale!
Letters To The Damned - Austin Crawley

I read this last year for Halloween Bingo. My review is at http://loram.booklikes.com/post/1478462/letters-to-the-damned

 

I saw on Twitter that it's on .99 this weekend so sharing.

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