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My ratings are meant as reminders for myself of how I "took" to the books and in no way do I wish to slander the writing of an author. We like what we like...
1 star -- godawful
1 1/2 stars -- waste of time
2 stars -- disappointing
2 1/2 stars -- meh
3 stars -- pretty good
3 1/2 stars -- engaging
4 stars -- loved it
4 1/2 stars -- wow
5 stars -- a perfect "Jenny" book!

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I'm a 58 year old retired elementary school math specials teacher. I have always been an avid reader. I don't buy many books--I use my online search to hold books at my local library and every 2-3 weeks I go and restock! I read mostly literary fiction, contemporary fiction, historical fiction, dystopia, and the classics.

I've read every book cataloged here and since I can't keep them, I save favorite quotes and sometimes videos as a remembrance of the great impact these books have had upon my life. (Since switching to a Kindle for book entries in 2013 I've had to cut way back on reviews and quotes and comments.)

* new 2021 edit -- surprisingly, since retiring, I've lost most of my reading mojo. Now it seems I love the Idea of reading, the Idea of great literature, more than the actual reading of it. I still read some -- now, for instance I've got the new Franzen going(!!), but most things I read I'm like meh.. Could be the anxiety and restlessness I've been feeling. Do hope it's a phase because I hate the thought of all the tremendous reads that are getting away from me. 😒 😊

** new 2023 edit -- still not reading ... collecting my favorites, however, to have near me

Mr. Chipping from 'Mr. Chips': I thought I heard you saying it was a pity... pity I never had any children. But you're wrong. I have. Thousands of them. Thousands of them... and all boys. (and girls!)

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