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The Marsh King's Daughter
The Marsh King's Daughter | Karen Dionne
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Praised by Lee Child and Karin Slaughter, and sure to thrill fans of The Girl on the Train and The Widow, The Marsh Kings Daughter is mesmerizing psychological suspense, the story of a woman who must risk everything to hunt down the dangerous man who shaped her past and threatens to steal her future: her father. At last, Helena Pelletier has the life she deserves. A loving husband, two beautiful daughters, a business that fills her days. Then she catches an emergency news announcement and realizes she was a fool to think she could ever leave her worst days behind her. Helena has a secret: she is the product of an abduction. Her mother was kidnapped as a teenager by her father and kept in a remote cabin in the marshlands of Michigans Upper Peninsula. No electricity, no heat, no running water, not a single human beyond the three of them. Helena, born two years after the abduction, loved her home in naturefishing, tracking, hunting. And despite her fathers odd temperament and sometimes brutal behavior, she loved him, too . . . until she learned precisely how savage a person he could be. More than twenty years later, she has buried her past so soundly that even her husband doesnt know the truth. But now her father has killed two guards, escaped from prison, and disappeared into the marshland he knows better than anyone else in the world. The police commence a manhunt, but Helena knows they dont stand a chance. Knows that only one person has the skills to find the survivalist the world calls the Marsh Kingbecause only one person was ever trained by him: his daughter.
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Lizpixie
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#Movember #day4 #GirlGoneWild This was my top read of 2017. I loved this book, not only was it a great thriller, it taught me about a part of the US I‘d never heard of before. Helena is a wife & mother, but she has a secret. She was born in the marsh of the Upper Michigan Peninsula after her mother was kidnapped by her father. Growing up wild, she learnt hunting & bushcraft & adored her father, before realising the truth of her upbringing.

Cinfhen Love your tree frog 🐸 book sounds good 1mo
Lizpixie @Cinfhen thanks! The hubby bought it for me years ago. We used to have green tree frogs under our verandah, in our gutters and even in the back shed until the neighbourhood was overrun by cats😠I used to love the croaking after it rained🐸 1mo
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Avanders
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Thank you SOO much @Chrissyreadit for such a thoughtful & perfect cozy gift!! I‘m soo excited to finally have that book! 👏🏽👏🏽 The decoration is well-needed, & I love the pumpkin spice mug 🎃😍 + the cozy mystery candle is so perfect. ♥️♥️♥️I also needed the pick-me-up, so it was also well-timed! 🥰🥰🥰

Top-left: #nightmareswap pkg sent!

Right: buggy picking a pumpkin this weekend 😊

@BethM your #coffeebeanbookclub pkg is also on its way!

Chrissyreadit ❤️😘❤️Thank you for an amazing swap! I feel cozy just thinking about it. 2mo
LibrarianRyan Yeahhh 2mo
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Mitch
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Where better to read about being tracked through the woods by a serial killer! #readingonlocation

AmyG Hahahahaha! 3mo
tracey38 😯😆 3mo
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Mitch
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I‘m supposed to be ‘working from home‘ today - writing a grant application. But I have new birthday present books that are begging to be read! New book it is, work can wait!

#bookishproblems

AmyG I hope you enjoy this. A friend had recommended this to me and I didn‘t think I‘d like it. But wound up loving it. I wished it was a bigger book! What a beautiful reading day. 💕 (edited) 3mo
Mitch @AmyG I was just going to read the first chapter - but it‘s quite compelling - so that didn‘t work! And the sun is so fresh today ... I know I‘ll pay for it later in the week, but I‘m gonna read today! 3mo
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Mitch
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Oh @AmyG I love it all - thank you honey. I new to me author ( so exited by that!) and fabby socks and stationery. Thank you for thinking of me xxxxxxxx #litsylove

Ps. hope you‘re doing well 😘

teainthelibrary I need those socks!! 3mo
Mitch @teainthelibrary @squirrelbrain They‘re so brilliant aren‘t they! 3mo
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AmyG My pleasure. And I have those socks. You needed to have them, too. 😘 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 💗💗💗 I have the socks too!! 3mo
Ddzmini Happy birthday 🎂🎊🎈🎉🎁 🥳 3mo
Gissy Nice socks!👌 3mo
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PedanticPastorMartha
Marsh King's Daughter | Karen Dionne
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This actually falls somewhere between a pick and so-so—it was good, but not stellar. I liked Dionne‘s use of the fairy tale, and her taking on the challenge of an unconventional narrator. She didn‘t succumb to stereotyping, either. But—-I wish she had explored the mother-daughter relationship more, and I wanted to understand her marriage better, too. Definitely not a waste of time, but not outstanding.

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Butterflyamore
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Are you okay with abandoning books?

These are my two DNFs from March. Sometimes we have to just acknowledge that we are not the right reader for certain books. Life is too short to force ourselves through something we aren‘t enjoying, especially when it pertains to one of our beloved hobbies!

Both of these books are worth checking out, even though they didn‘t work for me.

Lexeegee Books are like people, some you just don‘t connect with. I would rather move on to one that makes me happy. (Books and people)😉 8mo
Butterflyamore @Lexeegee I agree on both counts! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘ve had to abandon a few lately and I used to never do that!! 8mo
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Butterflyamore @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I used to struggle with it because I felt guilty. But I feel like we wouldn‘t do this with any other hobby. I think we should always enjoy our pastimes and it‘s really liberating to accept that certain books aren‘t working for us! 8mo
tracey38 I'm ok with abandoning books I'm not into. Too many great ones out there to not be happy with one. 8mo
Butterflyamore @tracey38 I agree. My TBR pile is a few miles high so I may as well move on to the next exciting read! 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Butterflyamore yes!! Like is too short!! And I love that chair btw!! 8mo
Butterflyamore @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I love it, too! Unfortunately it‘s not my chair! My husband and I went away to a bed and breakfast for our anniversary and we ended up getting the whole house to ourselves! (No on site staff and no other reserved rooms). Like a true book loving freak, I had at least 10 with me and I photographed them in various areas of the house. 😂 8mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Butterflyamore that‘s awesome!! That happened to me when I went to Cedar Grove Mansion last year!! ❤️ 8mo
Butterflyamore @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks That‘s awesome, too! 8mo
Clare-Dragonfly Absolutely. I struggle with it sometimes (like with Columbine recently), but as a rule I‘m in favor of bailing. Life is too short for bad books! 8mo
vumblereads I try to push through until I reach half of the book, and when it‘s still bad I abandon it 😃 8mo
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Currently reading....

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Butterflyamore
Marsh King's Daughter | Karen Dionne
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Helena kept her father‘s identity a secret from her husband and now that her father has escaped from prison, the secret is out. #secrets #literarylove @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @vkois88

vkois88 It sounds really good!! #Stacked 10mo
BooksAndYarn Sounds intriguing 10mo
litterairy We read this in book club. I love how well written it is, even though it isn't my preferred genre. 9mo
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Butterflyamore
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I‘m really having trouble with how indignantly she speaks of her mother and how deluded her view of her father seems to be. His actions are inexcusable and she expresses it all as if it‘s no big deal. Sure, he‘s her father, but he‘s also an abductor, child molester, rapist, and physical abuser. But he‘s not a monster? It‘s grossing me out. I hope this redeems itself.

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Butterflyamore
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She must be an introvert!

Naj This is actually me! Hate small talk. 10mo
Butterflyamore @Naj Me, too. 10mo
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TaciturnWhenReading
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Only 1.5 stars out of 5. Almost couldn‘t finish this one. The concept had promise and the start of the book was strong. But the story was not terribly suspenseful or engaging and I lost interest fairly quickly. I found the main character wholly unlikable and her behavior and decisions completely unbelievable. If you are looking for suspense, look elsewhere!

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Myhusbandhatesreading
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Loved this one too!!

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kyraleseberg
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Helena lives a quiet life close to nature with her husband and two young daughters. She's never told her husband the truth about her past: she lived off the land in a remote cabin in Michigan's U.P. with her mom and dad. Her dad abducted her mom when she was a teen and Helena was born a couple years later.
Now in the present, her dad has escaped prison and it's up to Helena to track him down and keep herself and her family safe.

Bklover Great review! 12mo
kyraleseberg @Bklover Thank you! I'll have a full review on my blog soon. 12mo
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kyraleseberg
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Started this book last night for book club and had a tough time putting it down to go to sleep!

AmyG I‘ve heard this is very good. 12mo
Trashcanman @AmyG 👀 12mo
AmyG @Trashcanman I see you are making the most of your day. 🙄 12mo
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Trashcanman @AmyG what's that supposed to mean? You're worthwhile. 12mo
AmyG @Trashcanman I tease. 😝 12mo
Trashcanman @AmyG what's for dinner? 12mo
AmyG @Trashcanman Toast! ;) 12mo
AmyG @Trashcanman Actually Chicken. Cleaning out the freezer. 12mo
Trashcanman @AmyG what kind of chicken. How's it prepared? What's your favorite salad dressing? 12mo
AmyG BBQ, honey mustard. And you? What‘s for dinner? We are really bonding today. ❤️ (edited) 12mo
kyraleseberg @AmyG It captured my attention right away! I'm excited to see where it goes. 12mo
kyraleseberg @Trashcanman @AmyG (I'm totally butting in here) Yum chicken! My fave chicken dish is grilled and then served in a bacon/honey sauce. 12mo
Trashcanman @AmyG awww, you think I can cook? 12mo
Trashcanman @kyraleseberg that sounds yummy, what's for dinner at your house? 12mo
kyraleseberg @Trashcanman I roasted potatoes, okra, corn, and sausage on a sheet pan in the oven and added some Cajun seasoning. I usually have shrimp too but I'm out this week. What did you have for dinner? 12mo
Trashcanman @kyraleseberg oh. Nothing yet. I'm in California and it's 4pm plus I'm not allowed near fire. 12mo
Trashcanman @kyraleseberg that sounds good. 12mo
kyraleseberg @Trashcanman It's a simple meal but delicious. Not allowed near fire, that's an excellent reason to have others cook for you! 12mo
AmyG @Trashcanman no, I don‘t think you can cook. 😝 12mo
Trashcanman @kyraleseberg I'm a 40 year old child growing older 12mo
Trashcanman @AmyG that's cold blooded, but correct. 😜 12mo
AmyG @Trashcanman I remember the breakfast conversation. 🤣 12mo
Trashcanman @AmyG hmmmm 👁️👁️ 12mo
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JillyMann
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Helena, who appears to be living a normal life with her family in small town in the U.P. (Upper Peninsula, for the non-Michiganders out there 😁). Her life is upended when The Marsh King (a notorious child abductor) escapes from prison & her dark secret is revealed, she is the product of that abduction & raised by this man on The Marsh. With deft hunting & tracking skills, she risks it all to hunt her father. A heart pounding, page-turning read!

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Lel2403
Marsh King's Daughter | Karen Dionne
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Just seen this for the Kindle at 99p ......(not marsh kings daughter...but HOME not on Litsy yet)

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lauren.lerner
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*Finally* starting this one after a busy few days.

Photo is from Friday, when I tried to start reading it while out to lunch with my husband but never got past taking this photo because Little Dude decided to pull himself to a standing position for the first time while sitting in his car seat caddy. #neveradullmoment 😮

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bellamytaft
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Heard about this in a writing podcast and immediately bought it. Although it's in first person, which I tend not to like, I really enjoyed this one, save a few moments here and there (which I understand were necessary for character development).

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RebelReader
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This was such a good read and not your ordinary thriller! It‘s a steal on Amazon today!

eanderson I saw that and right away bought it! (edited) 1y
RebelReader @eanderson 👍🏻👍🏻 1y
TorieStorieS Purchased!!! Thanks for the heads up!! 1y
RebelReader @TorieStorieS I hope you love it as much as I did! 😊 1y
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BookNerd1975
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Creepy page-turner that keeps you interested until the end. The book moves between current day and the childhood years of Helena. Helena and her family lived in isolation is Michigan‘s Upper Peninsula. Helena believes her childhood is completely normal until she learned how brutal her father actually is. After 20 years, her father escapes from prison and she is forced to face the the past she so completely buried.

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Mehso-so

Not a lot of love for this one. I get the tie in to the Hans Christian Andersen fairy tale, but it didn‘t work for me. Slow suspense, but I knew where it was going all along. I see that others have liked it, but meh. 2/5⭐️

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Kathleenkelly
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I enjoyed this one. I can‘t imagine how difficult it must be to love your father knowing that he is a monster.

RaimeyGallant Intriguing. 1y
Wife Welcome to Litsy!🌹 1y
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KJHowe
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Karen‘s breakout novel was a joy to read. After many years honing her craft and being one of the most supportive people in the writing community she has gone back to her roots with great success. Set in the wilds of Michigan this book tosses aside many thriller conventions to deliver a gut wrenching story about family and how twisted parents can influence their children. A rewarding read for just about anyone.

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Audrey
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Slow burn yet constantly suspenseful as Helena told her current and past stories. Complicated feelings of love and hate for parents as her perspective and understanding of situations shifts. A really fascinating read and I wish I chose it for a book group so I can discuss it.

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lesmel
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Good read. Not super suspenseful; but compelling and worrisome. #2018 #bookclub #noveldiscussions

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intothehallofbooks
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Great book club discussion tonight about this one! I absolutely loved it. Helena and her father Jacob are characterized so well. I love the way the story focuses on Helena as the child of the kidnapping and isolation; she had very complex feelings toward both her mom and her dad. So interesting! I liked her past POVs most. The survivalist element of this story was excellent as was the way nature and the landscape were featured.

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intothehallofbooks
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My book club‘s current selection and I‘m completely HOOKED!

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Wandering_Jess
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I was really enjoying the book so far, until the mention of New Kids on the Block being a four member group. Now I‘m questioning the accuracy of everything else in the book. I mean, I know it‘s fiction, but still...😅

GripLitGrl 😂😂 2y
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LadyBrik
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Book club book; I‘m at about the 120 page mark and so far for me it‘s just ok.

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Lizpixie
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Another #payitforward giveaway, this one from @maximoffs My favourite from last year was the tagged book. Set in the marshes of the Upper Michigan Peninsula, Helena has spent years trying to forget about her life in the Marsh with her weak mother & father she adored. Until the day it fell apart & she found out they were both his captives before escaping. Now he‘s escaped from prison & she‘s the only one who can track him. #RachelsBirthdayGiveaway

maximoffs Oooh sounds like a good one! 2y
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Lizpixie
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#MarchIntoOz #day28 #AloneWithYou Four more days left in my birthday photo challenge & I‘ll miss it, I really enjoyed sharing my love for Aussie rock with the world! I hope you all discovered music that you fell in love with.Today it‘s The Sunnyboys,not as well known as some but a great band nonetheless.The tagged book is about a guy who kidnaps a teenager & hides alone with her in the marsh of the Upper Michigan Peninsula for 14yrs.🌲🦆🐍🐊🌲

Cinfhen Gonna miss your daily music, books and Aussie love posts 2y
Lizpixie @Cinfhen 😘🎶📖💚💛🇦🇺 2y
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CJ_Varner
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Not remotely what I expected, but I enjoyed it. It has a quiet beauty that led me to keep reading until suddenly I ran out of pages.

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everfree7
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Loved it!!

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everfree7

I‘m enjoying this novel so far! (Even though I don‘t care for graphic descriptions of hunting and dying animals.)

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everfree7

My next read...

AmyG My friend just recommended this to me. 2y
everfree7 It has amazing reviews here and on Amazon! 2y
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bibliophagist89
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I loved this book sooo much!! I had been reading #GabrielTalentt #MyAbsoluteDarling and was enjoying it when I was told if I liked this then I should definitely check out #TheMarshKingsDaughter #KarenDionne and I'm so glad I did. This was one of the best books I've read in a long time and I recommend it over & over. Please read this book as soon as you can! 😍📚

BarbaraTheBibliophage We have similar handles! Love it! 2y
bibliophagist89 @BarbaraTheBibliophage Great minds think alike!! 😉🤣 2y
BarbaraTheBibliophage Yes we do! Thanks for adding me—I look forward to your reviews and posts. 😍 2y
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I got this novel for Christmas and had read it within a couple of days. Great storyline and amazing characters. The way that Dionne described Helena's life growing up in the wild was so vivid it was like being there. Complex and well though out. Loved it.

RaimeyGallant Nice review. :) And welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo just put some together. 2y
CaitlinR Loved this. Set in Michigan‘s Upper Peninsula. One of my favorite places on earth. 2y
Gizmo86 I've never been I'd love to go! 2y
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RebelReader This was such a good read! Loved it! ❤️ 2y
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Lizpixie
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No1 in my #toptenof2017 is The Marsh Kings Daughter by Karen Dionne.This book was fantastic, it‘s not just one of the best,cleverest & chilling thrillers of all time, it‘s also very much a homage to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.The author clearly loves it & describes it in such detail it feels like you‘re really there, she also gives such detail in the parts about hunting,fishing & survival tips that if I ever got lost in the woods,I‘d be ok.🐻

LeeRHarry Knew you'd pick this one! 😉 2y
MinDea What?! Da U.P.?!?! Sold! 2y
RadicalReader @Lizpixie sounds awesome thanks so much for the wonderful recommendations 2y
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TheBookkeepersApprentice
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I‘m not feeling well, so am grabbing some hot tea in between work/commitments/appointments. This book is really good so far!

RebelReader One of my 2017 favs! ❤️ 2y
TheSketchyReader Feel better soon! 2y
TheBookkeepersApprentice @RebelReader I finished it last night, I couldn‘t put it down! 2y
TheBookkeepersApprentice @TheSketchyReader thank you so much ❤️ 2y
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pineappleang
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This book grabbed me and never let go. I found myself anxious to get back to it when I stopped reading and finished it as quickly as I could, in a good way.
The narrative pulled me in and was incredibly well written. I'm looking forward to reading more of Dionne's work.

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pppooraikul
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Even after the #24in48 ‘thon has ended, the reading continues. And nothing is better than a warm bowl of Jok (kind of rice porridge with minced pork and eggs) in the morning breeze while reading one of the most engaging books. Ah, my life is complete.

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Lizpixie
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Also sent on this scorching, 41C Sydney summer day, is my #LMPBC book plus @Marchpane book to @LeeRHarry Both books should be there by Monday🤞That‘s two down, four to go. I‘m sending in batches coz otherwise the price will make the Hubby have a stroke! Next week is your turn @ScorpioBookDreams & @JacqMac plus hopefully my #MyBloodyValentine recipient!

JacqMac I hope this means you‘re feeling better. 💕 2y
Lizpixie @JacqMac I‘m getting there thank goodness. I‘m so sorry about the late rotation, I‘m trying as hard as possible to catch up with everything. Dec/Jan was a bad time for my body to say “nope, that‘s it. I‘ve had enough”🙄 2y
LeeRHarry Thanks Liz - for going above and beyond, particularly in this heat! 😳 I'm glad you're feeling better, take care 💕 (edited) 2y
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Lizpixie @LeeRHarry No worries Lee! I hope you love The Marsh Kings Daughter as much as I do😘❤️💚 2y
LeeRHarry @Lizpixie me too! 😊 2y
JacqMac @Lizpixie Don‘t worry about it. We understand. It‘s important that you take care of you. I‘m glad you‘re on the mend. 😘 2y
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Lizpixie
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The marvelous @Avanders is having a huge giveaway at the moment. Just post your most recommended book right now, tag her & use the hashtag #januaryjoy My most recommended book atm is this amazing thriller that is also a love letter to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan. It almost reads like a manual on How To Survive If Lost In A Marsh! I absolutely loved it & you will too. #januaryjoy

Wife You had me at “Upper Peninsula”! Stacked because I am a #MittenLitten 😉 2y
AmyG Someone just recommended this to me. 2y
Lizpixie @Wife you won‘t regret it I promise you @AmyG I second that recommendation!👍 2y
Avanders Ok, stack added!! 😉 And thanks for entering!! 🎆💜 2y
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SiriuslyWeasley
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1. The Harry Potter series. I listen to these on a continuous loop all year round. ☇

2. I can't choose just one! 🙃
Now We Are Dead by Stuart MacBride
Spill Simmer Falter Wither by Sara Baume
Norwegian by Night by Derek B Miller

3. Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman (we file it in the 200's at work, so it counts...right? 😉)

4. Karen Dionne

#LitsyQuestions @GypsyKat

GypsyKat This was my first year listening to the Harry Potter series, I I know I‘ll be listening to them again this year! ❤️ 2y
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JoeStalksBeck
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RebelReader Sooo good 😊 2y
JoeStalksBeck @RebelReader this book is brutal! Omg the twin baby 🦌 deer 😫 2y
Bette Terrific picture! (Of a good book) 😊👍📸 2y
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Dragon Cool photo! 🐉 2y
MarticaMustRead Very good story, enjoy!! And awesome photo & captures thus particular novels tone & feel! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @MarticaMustRead thanks! I read this when it first came out . Brutal and vivid book! @bette thanks!! @dragon thanks!!! 2y
Alicia What an awesome photo! 2y
JoeStalksBeck @Alicia thanks!!! 2y
riversong153 Great pic and pick! 2y
Spiderfelt Yes, great photo. Nicely done. 2y
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Bookladylinda
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I saw this one at Books-A-Million today. It looks really good, has anyone read it yet???? 🤔🤔🤔🤔

RebelReader I read it this spring and loved it! Good thriller!😃 2y
Bookladylinda Thanks @RebelReader, that‘s good to know! 2y
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