Natalie Kachnowski

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Teacher, reader, aspiring writer, nerd, and Harry Potter fanatic

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I'm #currentlyreading Girl In The Blue Coat by Monica Hesse. It's about Hanneke, a young woman living in Nazi occupied Amsterdam in 1943. Hanneke is involved in the black market and delivering banned or scarce goods to people throughout Amsterdamn. One day she is asked to deliver a very different type of "good," a Jewish girl who has disappeared from her hiding spot. Hanneke battles with the dangers of the request and her desire to fight back against Nazi rule. 
I love this book so far. It is powerful and engaging. Hanneke is both brave and stubborn, yet fearful over the very significant danger of her acts. Be sure to check out this #historicalfiction #novel by #monicahesse 
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I'm loving the #bookseries by #sarahjmaas but I especially enjoyed Heir of Fire. It started off slow, but once we got into Celaena's training with Rowan and Rowan's backstory, it picked up quickly. 
As with the other books in this series, the characters are compelling, if stylistic. Rowan is my favorite though Dorian has grown infinitely more interesting now that he has *spoiler alert* magic and has moved on from Celaena. 
Celaena's backstory with her parents is brutal, which lends a lot of credence to her self-hatred. My favorite part is the when we discover the true power behind Celaena's wildfire. 
Overall it is another #yanovel but it's so much better now that the love triangle is dead and buried. 
4/5 stars 
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My #mailbookclub was #arcadia by #laurengroff next up on my list of books to read. At first I struggled with the prose style, but I did end up getting sucked in. The book is essentially broken in 3 parts: the beginning of the Arcadia utopian compound, the hey-fry and downfall, and life after Arcadia. I flew through the first two parts, soaking up Groff's gorgeous writing and focus on the small moments. Bit is a lovable character whose point of view provides a unique look at the founders of Arcadia. 
It faltered a bit when we got to Bit's life after the utopian society inevitably falls to pieces. I struggled with Bit's obsession with his child friend/girlfriend. Perhaps it was due to the additional plot point of the world seemingly ending, but I found it a lot slower. 
Overall the writing was beautiful, almost poetic. The story was compelling, even though it is clear how this utopian society will end. 
4/5 stars
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As part of my #bookclub I read Dear Mr. You by Mary Louise Parker. It is a #memoir in the form of letters to various men in her life. It reads like poetry in some instances, beautifully lyrical and balanced. Other times it's a struggle to get through. My favorite pieces included Dear NASA, Dear Orderly, and Dear Oyster Picker. Dear Orderly hit home with me because of the overwhelming love felt the moment your child is born, as well as the crippling fear. The sweetest words you'll ever hear... "mommy". Gorgeous, heartfelt writing. .
3.5/5 stars
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I finished Crown of Midnight by Sarah J Maas, book 2 in the #throneofglassseries , yesterday. I liked the first book, but loved the second one. I was glad to see the end of the love triangle and grew to adore Chaol as a character. Celaena was less of a stereotypical "witty assassin" and more of a sassy, confident teenage girl who is nonetheless plagued by insecurity and doubt. It was refreshing to see that other side of her rather than just the flat-ish character she was in book one. .
The plot was still predictable, as I texted my friend what I thought was going to happen, and turned out to be spot on. I enjoyed reading all the smaller battles within the overarching story nonetheless. Once again, it's full of secrets and magic so it's a perfect fantasy read.
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4/5 stars
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I finished the first book, Throne of Glass by Sarah J Maas, in the series a few weeks ago. I enjoyed it for a #yafantasy #novel though I guessed a lot of the plot points early on.
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The characters are entertaining and well developed, particularly Dorian, who is my favorite. Despite it being clearly written for teenage girls, the love triangle is believable and heartfelt. The story is full of action, intrigue, and magic, so it racks up a lot of points for most fantasy readers. The only real drawback is the simplistic plot device of characters refusing to speak the truth, even when it would save everyone a lot of trouble because there's "not enough time." .
3.5/5 stars
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The saddest paragraph in all of #harrypotter
I'm re-reading #harrypotterandthehalfbloodprince for the 3rd or 4th time for #harrypotterbookclub 
As always, I'm about 3 chapters from the end and cannot put it down. I'm supposed to be up at 5 tomorrow but I don't think I'll be going to bed before 12. #cantsleepmustread #harrypotter #nerd #booknerd #bookstagram #bookstagrammer #booksofinstagram #read #reading #books
Loving #westworld 
I've called so many of the plot points, like Bern-Arnold, as well as the man in black being Billy, but the #seasonfinale got me! Almost as good as Game of Thrones (though naturally the #books are always better)
For my October #bookclub #book I read Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. I had been eagerly awaiting this book from the library when my husband bought it for me on the very same day it arrived in the mail from my book club. 👍🏻 I have always loved stories with unreliable narrators, and #thegirlonthetrain was no different. The main narrator, Rachel, is a drunk, a failure, a nobody. Through her fractured memories, we relive her life with Tom, his affair with Ana, and Rachel's imagined "perfect couple." As you get in deeper, you see Rachel isn't the helpless, lonely girl you might've once thought. Perhaps she is dangerous. Perhaps she is forgetting her dark deeds. 
As I neared the end of this novel, it was getting late and I had work the next day. Regardless I stayed up until 2am finishing it. I haven't done that since I was a teenage reading Harry Potter for the first time. Needless to say, The Girl on the Train was engrossing. It is not quite Gone Girl, but it was a close shot. 
4/5 stars 
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I'm way behind in reviewing my books so here goes. 
City of Thieves by David Benioff was a ghastly, yet beautiful book. It took me awhile to get into because the protagonists, two young Russian boys attempting to survive in war torn Russia, were polar opposites. I loved Kolya, despite his womanizing. He was so charming, and his musing on literature and poetry entertained me mostly due to the stark contrast of the brutality of war. 
The preposterous quest for eggs for a wedding cake keeps you wondering if and how they will survive. The characters they run into ok this trek are colorful and varied. 
In particular, I adored the ending. It wrapped up the story and was beautiful yet heartbreaking. Overall, a wonderful and stirring read. 
4.5/5 stars
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I stayed up until 1:30 last night (this morning?) to finish Salt to the Sea by Ruta Sepetys. It was worth the exhaustion this morning when my daughter woke me up.
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This historical fiction novel is based in WWII and lends itself well to the discussion of the brutality of war, the significance of home after its lost, and the blurry line between right and wrong. The novel itself is beautifully done. The characters are whole and balanced; the Shoe Poet in particular stole my heart. It is heartbreaking as well. There are certain lines seared into my memory: "The sound of children screaming, wood splintering, and life departing roared from behind."
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Despite the dark backdrop, the story sings of love, sacrifice, and friendship. I recommend everyone pick up this book, regardless of whether or not YA is your "jam." You will not be disappointed.

5/5 stars 
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