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Daddy-Long-Legs

Webster, Jean
I judged the book by the movie, and with unreasonable teen-age male prejudices, at that. And, as usual, I was wrong. This charming story, told through letters, is about an orphan named Jerusha (Judy) who is given the opportunity to go to college. The book was published in 1912, I am assuming it takes place around then. Judy is a feisty, curious girl, so there are references to women's suffrage and socialism. You can see below I found a lot of things to look up! Although you can see the denouement, as Judy would put it, coming a mile away, it is still very sweet.

Words I Had To Look Up:

her peroration in midair (pg. 10) -- A flowery and highly rhetorical oration.
inimical ... to change (pg. 68) -- Being adverse often by reason of hostility or malevolence
drank every drop of Jamaica ginger they had in stock (pg. 107) -- An alcoholic extract of ginger used as a flavoring.
I'm not anybody's nursemaid or typewriter, or bookkeeper... (pg. 52) -- An archaic term for one who uses a typewriter; a typist.
probity (pg. 142) -- Complete and confirmed integrity; uprightness.
reflected glory (pg. 72) -- Not one's own; received from another.

Quotes:

So in case a war breaks out between the United States and Japan, or the president is assassinated... -- (pg. 111) War with Japan? Wow, that's scary, this was published in 1912. President McKinley had been assasinated in 1901, though the next was President Kennedy in 1963.

>President Cuyler made speech this evening about the modern generation being flippant and superfical. He says we are losing the old ideals of earnest endeavor and true scholarship; and particularly is this falling off noticeable in our disrespectful attitude toward organized authority. -- (pg. 136) Remember, this book was published in 1912.

The only thing that keeps me from starting a collection [of toads] is the fact that no rule exists against it. -- (pg. 46)

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7/2009

Guy Time

Weeks, Sarah
Guy's parents are getting divorced, and he is having girl trouble.

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8/2002

Artemis

Weir, Andy
Artemis is a city on the moon, and consists of several bubbles. The main character is a woman I thought was a seventeen-year-old girl for most of the book. She nearly kills everyone, but (SPOILER) ends up saving everyone from her almost killing them. Not a complicated story, and maybe the writing could be a little more better, but it did the job and was fun to read. I may even give The Martian a try!

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12/2020

Project Hail Mary

Weir, Andy
Earth's sun is threatened by some space-creature that eats it, or something. Grace (last name) goes on a one-way trip to another star to see why it isn't threatened. Very good story, lots of science, but very readable. Great ending.

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6/2021

The Wheels Of Chance

Wells, H. G.
Took me a VERY long time to read this e-book, but I finally did! A young man goes on a cycling vacation, and meets a young lady who is cycling with an older companion who has unwelcome designs on her.

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1/2018

All Systems Red

Wells, Martha
Book the first, I guess, of The Murderbot Diaries. A short book, fun and action-packed. I liked it very much, and I am reading the rest of 'em!

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2/2020

Artificial Condition

Wells, Martha
Read this in about three hours! Book Two of The Murderbot Diaries. Murder travels to the place it all started.

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2/2020

Exit Strategy

Wells, Martha
Book four of the series. SecUnit has more adventures. Nice, fun, quick read!

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2/2020

Fugitive Telemetry

Wells, Martha
Muderbot get involved with the investigation of some dead guy. Very good!

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5/2021

Network Effect

Wells, Martha
A Murderbot novel, but I don't know which one of the series. Murderbot goes to some planet with a lost colony or two, battles with aliens/not aliens, and meets some like souls.

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6/2020

Rogue Protocol

Wells, Martha
Book Three of The Murderbot Diaries. Very fast-paced, enjoyed it immensely.

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2/2020

Stories Of The Raksura Volume 1

Wells, Martha
I enjoyed reading this very much. I REALLY appreciate the short sections so that I could rest! The story of Indigo and Cloud was perhaps my favorite. Little Stone was a crack-up!

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1/2021

Stories Of The Raksura Volume 2

Wells, Martha
These stories were just as good as volume 1! Jade and Moon finally have a clutch!

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2/2021

The Cloud Roads (The Books of the Raksura #1)

Wells, Martha
Flying beings, that's what we got here.

Quote:

Wherever they were going, he was certain he didn't want to get there. -- pg. 245

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10/2020

The Edge Of Worlds

Wells, Martha
The Raksura are on another expedition to checkout a Founder city.

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2/2021

The Harbors Of The Sun

Wells, Martha
Well, we got Fell. And the Half-Fell. And those dudes that want to kill everyone. It's a mess.

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"There is a question you should ask yourself." -- pg. 308

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2/2021

The Serpent Sea

Wells, Martha
The Books of the Raksura #2, I read somewhere. Good story, I read it over several days, with one massive marathon session on the last days. I only noticed one "raised eyebrow"...

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Moon had been consort to Jade, sister queen of the Indigo Cloud Court, for eleven days and nobody had tried to kill him yet. He thought is was going well so far.--pg. 9

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10/2020

The Siren Depths

Wells, Martha
The Books of the Raksura #3. The story moves right along, and is quite interesting. I went to the bag-o-books to get the next one, but I don't have it yet! Yikes!

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11/2020

Divine Secrets Of The Ya-Ya Sisterhood

Wells, Rebecca
One measure of a book might be how many times it brought me to tears. This one had me sniffling quite a few times.

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6/2015

Black Mirror

Werlin, Nancy
I've been captivated by the cover of this book for several years, and so decided to finally read it. I found it alternating sad, funny, poignant, threatening, and depressing. I liked it, but it seems maybe a little more YA than middle school. I guess the period of pot smoking was important to the story, but I wished the author had left out the one f**K, three bi**chs, four d**kheads, one g*dd*m*ed, and maybe the one kiss*ss. And it seemed the protagonist was having her period every other chapter.

Words I Had To Look Up:

Boucle -- Heavy looped pile. Refers to a sweater, in this case. Pg. 102

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Oh. My. God.
Ms. Wiles had been right.
I was in love with a small-time prep school drug dealer.

Typo:

...injected ... with an overdose of heroine. -- pg. 234

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11/2007
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