Monthly Archives: March 2013

DASH AND LILY’s BOOK OF DARES

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DASH AND LILY's BOOK OF DARES

4 of 5 stars

First…I loved the process the authors wrote this in.
David Levithan wrote Dash’s chapters and Rachel Cohn wrote Lily’s. They emailed the chapters back and forth to each other, without planning anything out beforehand. LOVE that!

I loved the whole idea about this novel.
Lily: “Well, I’ve been corresponding with a complete stranger in a notebook, telling him my innermost feelings and thoughts and then blindly going to mystery places where he dares me to go….”

I love the places that they sent each other.

“Fate has a strange way of making plans..”

“The important people in our lives leave imprints. They may stay or go in the physical realm, but they are always there in your hart, because they helped form your heart. There’s no getting over that.”

Dash’s Postcard 2:
“Why is it so much easier to talk to a stranger? Why do we feel we need that disconnect in order to connect? If I wrote “Dear Sofia” or “Dear Boomer” or “Dear Lily’s Great-Aunt” at the top of this postcard, wouldn’t that chane the words that follow? Of course it would. But the question is: When I wrote “Dear Lily,” was that ust a version of “Dear Myself”? I know it was more than that. But it was also less than that, too.”

And I loved the chapter when Dash met Lily’s Great Aunt Ida…the Q & A back and forth was entertaining.

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FEVER by Mary Beth Keane

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FEVER by Mary Beth Keane

5 of 5 stars!!

So interesting! Highly recommend!

I remember vaguely hearing of ‘Typhoid Mary’, but never really knew her story.

Mary Beth Keane does an amazing job of combining fact and fiction, bringing Mary Mallon’s story to life. I was a little nervous that the facts wouldn’t be there, but they were.

I was fascinated by the story of Mary Mallon. Her life on North Brother Island, in NYC, where she was quarantined until her death in 1938.

I had never even realized such an island existed. I researched it a bit more, after reading this book. Very interesting.

I had written some notes as I was reading, but unfortunately did not save them in time, before my access was gone from the ARC. I definetely will be purchasing this one for my bookshelf, and will be reading it again! I can always add more thoughts again later