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Real Artists Don't Starve

Real Artists Don't Starve

On 8/18 Batch of Books wrote: I read The Art of Work by this same author back when it first came out and really enjoyed it. I lent it to all my friends. Since I enjoyed that book so much, I was pretty excited to read Jeff Goins’s next book, especially when I saw what it was about. I love books about creative entrepreneurship. ... Real Artists Don’t Starve Offers Great Advice for Creative People

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4 Stars

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The Noble Servant

The Noble Servant

On 5/18 Batch of Books wrote: I’ve read almost all of Melanie Dickerson’s books, and they’re reliably clean, good stories. While The Noble Servant isn’t my favorite book from her, it’s a good book and I found myself looking for any excuse to read it. Magdalen is the daughter of a poor baron, so when she receives a letter ... The Noble Servant: A Retelling of The Goose Girl

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3 Stars

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The Silent Songbird

The Silent Songbird

On 11/30 Batch of Books wrote: When Evangeline learns that her cousin, King Richard, wants to marry her off to a man twice her age with questionable motives, she decides to make a run for it. She joins a group of peasants and travels with them (and her maid) to another town. Life as a peasant is hard, but Eva refuses to go back to ... The Silent Songbird by Melanie Dickerson: YA Review

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4 Stars

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Gilt Hollow

Gilt Hollow

On 10/11 Batch of Books wrote: I need to read more YA mysteries because I had a great time with this novel. Ashton gets out of prison after spending four years locked up for a crime he didn’t commit. Unfortunately, nobody else believes in his innocence. Willow had been his best friend before his conviction, but things are tense ... Gilt Hollow by Lorie Langdon (YA Review)

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4 Stars

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Forever Doon

Forever Doon

On 9/14 Batch of Books wrote: Forever Doon is the fourth and final book in the Doon series and it’s my favorite. When I started this series, I was on the fence about it, but it ended up being very enjoyable. The authors’ writing has gotten stronger throughout the series and the characters develop and grow through each book. Mackenna ... Forever Doon: The End of a Series

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4 Stars

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One Paris Summer

One Paris Summer

On 7/21 Batch of Books wrote: One Paris Summer by Denise Grover Swank Age range: 12 and up | Paperback: 352 pages | Publisher: Blink (June 7, 2016)   About One Paris Summer Most teens dream of visiting the City of Lights, but it feels more like a nightmare for Sophie Brooks. She and her brother are sent to Paris to ... One Paris Summer: A YA Romance

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4 Stars

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That's Not Hay in My Hair

That's Not Hay in My Hair

On 5/9 Batch of Books wrote: Juliette and her mom move from the Big Apple to the middle of nowhere in Texas. The difference couldn't be more profound. One day, Juliette is living in a cramped apartment overlooking busy New York streets and the next she's stuck on a 300 acre ranch in the sweltering heat and not a neighbor in sight. ... That's Not Hay in My Hair

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3 Stars

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Curio

Curio

On 3/30 Batch of Books wrote: Grey lives in Mercury City, a city controlled by tyrannical Chemists and the potion they produce. After breaking the law, Grey runs to her grandfather's store for refuge and ends up inside a curio cabinet. The cabinet contains a world of its own, with creatures unlike anything Grey has encountered before. ... Curio (Young Adult Review)

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3 Stars

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The Golden Braid

The Golden Braid

On 1/7 Batch of Books wrote: If you couldn't tell from the cover, The Golden Braid is a retelling of the story of Rapunzel. I like how it fits in with the last book in the series, The Princess Spy. In The Golden Braid, Rapunzel and her mother move frequently and are extremely suspicious of the male gender. True to traditional portrayals ... The Golden Braid: A New Novel From Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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Shades of Doon

Shades of Doon

On 10/20 Batch of Books wrote: Shades of Doon is the third book in the Doon series and my favorite so far. I’ve enjoyed each book a little more than the last and I’m looking forward to reading the fourth book when it comes out. In this book, Veronica and Kenna are magically thrust out of Doon and sent back to their old lives. ... Shades of Doon: 4 Things to Get Before You Go to Doon

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4 Stars

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The Carols of Christmas

The Carols of Christmas

On 10/1 Batch of Books wrote: Have you ever wondered how we got the carols of Christmas? I picked this book up thinking it would be a light, easy read about the Christmas songs I love so much. I admit that I was surprised when I realized that this book was not an easy read. It’s very informative and well researched. The history ... The Carols of Christmas: A Celebration of the Surprising Stories Behind Your Favorite Holiday Songs by Andrew Gant

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3 Stars

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Murder Freshly Baked

Murder Freshly Baked

On 6/29 Batch of Books wrote: Murder Freshly Baked: An Amish Village Mystery by Vannetta ChapmanAge range: adult (appropriate for teens, too)Genre: cozy mysterySeries: An Amish Village Mystery #3Paperback: 352 pagesPublisher: Zondervan (June 9, 2015)Source: From publisherMy rating: 4 of 5 starsAbout the Book:When delicious baked ... Murder Freshly Baked: An Amish Village Mystery

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4 Stars

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Seven Men - Paperback

Seven Men - Paperback

On 5/13 Batch of Books wrote: While 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness wasn't quite what I was hoping for, it was an interesting read. I hadn't heard of many of these men before (please don't judge me) so I got to know some interesting figures from history that I wouldn't have learned about otherwise. I also liked how the ... Nonfiction Review of 7 Men and the Secret of Their Greatness

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4 Stars

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The Art of Work

The Art of Work

On 4/15 Batch of Books wrote: This is one of the most beautiful and sincere books I've read. Jeff Goins takes a different approach to discussing your career and your life. His advice does not come from a position of simply making money, becoming famous, or pursuing self-serving objectives. This is a book that everyone should read. ... Live a Meaningful Life: The Art of Work by Jeff Goins

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5 Stars

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Both of Me

Both of Me

On 3/13 Batch of Books wrote: I didn't really like this book, but it kept me reading through the end, so I'm giving it two stars. I found much of the story to be unbelievable and too vague to really appreciate it. I didn't like the protagonist very much and I found her motivations flimsy, confusing, or non-existent. The writing ... YA Review of Both of Me by Jonathan Friesen

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2 Stars

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Murder Tightly Knit

Murder Tightly Knit

On 1/12 Batch of Books wrote: The Amish Artisan Village is stunned when Owen Esch is murdered on a popular walking trail. With the police keeping their lips firmly sealed, Hannah and Amber team up to collect evidence and find the killer — someone who excels at hide and seek. It's only a matter of time before pressure starts to ... Cozy Mystery Review: Murder Tightly Knit by Vanetta Chapman

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4 Stars

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The Princess Spy

The Princess Spy

On 11/12 Batch of Books wrote: Mararetha is a sweet girl who can't seem to find the right man. None of her suitors have measured up, yet she knows she must marry someone. Her current suitor is none other than Lord Claybrook, the arch enemy of the young man (Colin) she helps nurse back to life. When Colin reveals a terrifying secret ... YA Review of The Princess Spy by Melanie Dickerson

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4 Stars

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Destined for Doon

Destined for Doon

On 10/13 Batch of Books wrote: Duncan shows up in Kenna's dressing room one night to whisk her back to Doon, by orders of the new queen. Kenna goes with him, but there is a huge rift between them now. Misunderstandings and tender feelings keep them from confessing their true feelings to each other. Meanwhile, a plague is threatening ... YA Review of Destined for Doon

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4 Stars

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Storm Siren

Storm Siren

On 8/28 Batch of Books wrote: Nymia is a storm siren, meaning she can conjure frightening storms, but she can't control them. She is sold as a slave to a woman who wants to train Nym as a weapon against an invading army. Many aspects of this book are typical of the young adult fantasy genre. A protagonist with an attitude and a ... YA Review of Storm Siren by Mary Weber

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4 Stars

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Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

On 6/11 Batch of Books wrote: Riley Mae is the new spokesperson for a shoe company and she is very excited about it...until it interferes with the rest of her life. Her best friend is mad at her, she can't play softball as much as she wants, and all her weekends are spent doing photo shoots and making appearances. Here is what I ... Middle Grade Review: Riley Mae and the Rock Shocker Trek

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3 Stars

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Andi Unexpected

Andi Unexpected

On 3/12 Batch of Books wrote: Another good middle grade mystery novel! Andi and her sister, Bethany, move in with their eccentric aunt after the deaths of their parents. Andi and her new neighbor, Colin, become friends when they are thrown together and find a forgotten cubby hidden in the attic. The cubby contains some old stuff ... Middle Grade Review: Andi Unexpected (an Andi Boggs Novel) by Amanda Flower

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4 Stars

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