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The Lost Apothecary
by Sarah Penner

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This book was pretty interesting. I liked the apothecary past stuff with Nella and Eliza the best, especially the making up of the poisons which was quite interesting. I also like the end pages with the recipes. I wanted more of that time period and less present times because I did not like the affair and Caroline's husband is a real jerk.

Magnetism
by Mari Schuh

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It was very helpful in learning about magnets

Velocity
by Dean Koontz

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This is a compelling thriller, fast-paced and gripping. The protagonist struggles with ethical choices as he tries to overcome the evil killer.

Unmissing
by Minka Kent

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Tedious slogging through but finally did it.

Thrawn Treason
by Timothy Zahn

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Overall pretty good book. Similar themes as to the other 2 in this trilogy, with questions about Thrawn's loyalty, Thrawn thoroughly outsmarting everyone, etc. Would read again.

Runner
by Patrick Lee

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I really enjoyed this. The action was well paced, and there were enough surprises to keep it interesting. The ending was nice and circular, and honestly something I didn't see coming, but that was in hindsight pretty obvious. So, now I can dive a little into a discussion of the concepts of the book. The whole mind reading thing is explained to be an evolutionary thing. Apparently, millions of years ago, many primates had the ability to read others' minds, but for evolutionary reasons, over time those genes got suppressed. Apparently the drugs that the doctors gave the test subjects inhibited this inhibition, and allowed the genes to express themselves again, which allowed them to read minds. The author claims that the reason mind reading was evolved away from is because humans, with complicated emotions and other stuff, probably ended up being in the position where it was best if people didn't know what everyone was thinking, that secrets could be a good thing. But, this explanation has two problems that are fundamentally problematic. One, is that those who evolved without the trait at first would be at a severe disadvantage to those who could read minds, so it seems like the initial evolutionary disposition would be towards keeping the mind reading. Two, in the book, it is impossible for those who can read to read each other's minds, so if a million years ago, everyone had the ability to read minds, then no one had the ability to read minds (hopefully that makes sense to future Xavier), so people wouldn't even know they had the power. Obviously this book isn't science fiction, so I don't knock it too hard for this hole, but I do think they are big holes. Tbh, the fact that I'm even bringing it up show how good I thought this book was, because there wasn't really a whole lot else to knock about it, other than maybe it's (hopefully) exaggerated content about military contractors, and how much killing people are willing to do to prevent a secret from coming out. But yeah, I think this is my first book by Patrick Lee, but it probably won't be my last. A good use of 4 hours.

Animal
by Lisa Taddeo

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A real drag to read. Had to take a shower after this one. How can it be lovingly described as an electrifying debut novel when it’s her 2nd book.

The Hotel Nantucket
by Elin Hilderbrand

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Quintessial summer read by the flawless Elin. Perfect 10.

Verity
by Colleen Hoover

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Authors often hide behind the screen and this is no exception until tragedy continues to strike. The surreal becomes the reality for the family, for the writing, for the play on words. Twists and circumference comes full circle and the ending shows there is more than meets the eye.

The Time Keeper
by Mitch Albom

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This book is really philosophical and deep, and it makes you really think about the meaning of time. It is an amazing book that I would definitely recommend for people to read.