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The Last Equation of Isaac Severy
The Last Equation of Isaac Severy: A Novel in Clues | Nova Jacobs
The Family Fang meets The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry in this literary mystery about a struggling bookseller whose recently deceased grandfather, a famed mathematician, left behind a dangerous equation for her to track downand protectbefore others can get their hands on it. Just days after mathematician and family patriarch Isaac Severy dies of an apparent suicide, his adopted granddaughter Hazel, owner of a struggling Seattle bookstore, receives a letter from him by mail. In it, Isaac alludes to a secretive organization that is after his final bombshell equation, and he charges Hazel with safely delivering it to a trusted colleague. But first, she must find where the equation is hidden. While in Los Angeles for Isaacs funeral, Hazel realizes shes not the only one searching for his lifes work, and that the equations implications have potentially disastrous consequences for the extended Severy family, a group of dysfunctional geniuses unmoored by the sudden death of their patriarch. As agents of an enigmatic company shadow Isaacs favorite sona theoretical physicistand a long-lost cousin mysteriously reappears in Los Angeles, the equation slips further from Hazels grasp. She must unravel a series of maddening clues hidden by Isaac inside one of her favorite novels, drawing her ever closer to his mathematical treasure. But when her efforts fall short, she is forced to enlist the help of those with questionable motives.
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Tex2Flo
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#7covers7days #covercrush #day7
Thank you @jenniferw88 for a fun challenge. I love seeing how others view their own collections and gives me a reason to think differently.
Final intriguing cover of the set.

KarenUK Love this one.... 😍 2mo
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Clwojick
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Even though it took me forever to get through this one(due to a midsummer cold and flu, as well as a newfound love for listening to music in the mornings),I thoroughly enjoyed it. I would recommend it to anyone who wants general fiction, family fiction or mystery. But be warned that it‘s not a whodunit style mystery that the book description suggests. #audiobook #bfcr2 @wanderinglynn #FitWizards

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megnews
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Has anyone else read both of these books? I recently finished Bookshop of Yesterdays and I‘m 7 chapters in to Last Equation. I feel like I‘m reading the same book. A death, leaving a boyfriend to travel to a funeral in CA, bookish clues, a bookshop. The similarities are uncanny. They were published weeks apart. So far, however, I‘m much preferring Last Equation as it doesn‘t seem as forced and has more character- building & more mystery.

tpixie I‘ve only read the Bookshop of Yesterdays but it also totally reminded me of ( bookshop, death, Bookish Clues, a little bit of a mystery) 4mo
megnews @tpixie I read midnight at bright ideas bookstore last year. Now that you remind me I see similarities too but these two seem even more so. Of the 3 the Last Equation of Isaac Severy is my favorite (so far) 4mo
DogEaredBooks I read both (although about a year apart) and didn‘t notice the similarities but now that you mention them I can see it. I liked Last Equation more too. I think for me the tone was very different. I think Equation is more playful and Bookshop felt darker. 🤷‍♀️ 4mo
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megnews @DogEaredBooks I think it struck me so strong because I‘m reading them only a few weeks apart. 4mo
tpixie @megnews I‘ll have to read this too! 4mo
DogEaredBooks @megnews that‘s happened to me too. And I do think they are similar (good catch!), but I was left with different impressions so I doubt I would have personally made the connection, but isn‘t that what‘s great about books? Our personal contexts can be brought into them and only add more the experience! 4mo
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MsLeah8417
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MsLeah8417

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BookishShelly
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Mehso-so

Good enough to finish, but not good enough that I‘d recommend it. I loved The Westing Game. This is no Westing Game.

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Well-ReadNeck
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Loved The Westing Game as a kid? I‘ve got a great read for you!!

https://wellreadneck.wordpress.com/2019/06/17/the-last-equation-of-isaac-severy-...

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BennettBookworm
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Such a fun #buddyread with @LiteraryinLititz !! I have to say, some parts of this story were highly perplexing and/or ridiculously far-fetched, but I won‘t give any spoilers haha. Loved the shifting perspectives and especially the urgency and suspense of the last 100 pages!

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janeycanuck
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Pickpick

Undecided on this as a pick or a so-so. It veered off into some odd places that I didn‘t like but I did enjoy the main character.

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MaceyT15
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Mehso-so

I was really looking forward to this one, but maybe my expectations were too high. The story was pretty good, but I think multiple points of view didn't fit well in the storyline. I would've enjoyed it much more solely from Hazel's POV. Can't win 'em all!
Still a decent read and worth your time.

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MaceyT15
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Been on my TBR for too long...finally cracking the spine tonight! 😁

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bookish7
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I wasn't sure how I would like this book since my previous BOTM selections were subpar. However I enjoyed the fast paced story. What I think really hooked me however was the setting. This story is set in Los Angeles and it's my biggest weak spot. I enjoy being able to mentally see what my protagonist is doing geographically. Read it if you want something quick, light and funny reading.

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theitinerarian
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I liked the idea of this book more than the execution. Some chapters were excellent. Others not so much. As a book it was a great book but as a mystery it was just adequate.

PurpleyPumpkin Welcome to Litsy! It‘s a great community and I hope you enjoy it here. Looking forward to seeing more of your posts!😉👍🏽 9mo
Megabooks Welcome to Litsy! 👋🏻📚 9mo
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theitinerarian @PurpleyPumpkin @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego @Megabooks thank you for the the warm welcome you guysss 😢 9mo
DarcysMom Welcome to Litsy! 🤩 9mo
Smrloomis Welcome! 🥳 9mo
RaimeyGallant Welcome! 9mo
BookwormAHN Welcome to Litsy 😺 9mo
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! 8mo
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Linsy
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This smart family mystery was exactly what I needed on a cold day cozied inside. #botm #currentlyreading

readinginthedark Ooh, this sounds really fun! 9mo
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BennettBookworm
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I‘m excited to get the ball rolling! #lmpbc Round 5! @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 @LiteraryinLititz Which are your top two picks? Then I can choose based on our crossover. Yippee!

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kstadt929 Omg I love this!! I was thinking of picking books tonight too 😁 I vote for Where the Crawdads sing because originally I wasn‘t interested in it, but now I‘ve heard such great things about it I kind of want to read it. I feel like it would be fun to read together! I would rather not read The Adults because I have that book, BUT if everyone else also wants to read it I would be game for using it as my book?? 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Literally all 4 of those books are on my list to read!!! I would be super happy with any of them, honestly. Katie, if you want to do The Adults as yours I‘m good with that! But also you should feel free to suggest other ones because that‘s always fun. ☺️ @kstadt929 @Mem_ugh 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Just read your post again. I didn‘t answer the question! I‘d say my top 2 picks are the Boyne because I‘ve never read one of his and I want to, and the Equation one because I tend to like mystery/puzzley books. 9mo
BennettBookworm Thanks @kstadt929 ! And thank you @LiteraryinLititz ! I‘d be lying if I said I didn‘t check that those four were on your TBR list 😍 9mo
Mem_ugh Ooh, sorry ladies, I had to delete and reinstall Litsy, it just kind of gave up on me 😂 I wasn‘t getting any notifications. Anyways, I would read any of these books, they all sound great. Top 2 May be where the crawdads sing and the hearts invisible furies (edited) 9mo
BennettBookworm Yayyy @Mem_ugh no apologies necessary, thanks this is awesome!! 9mo
BennettBookworm @LiteraryinLititz @Mem_ugh @kstadt929 Where the Crawdads Sing is our winner! Really looking forward to reading this as a group ☺️ 9mo
kstadt929 Yay me too!!!! ❤️ 9mo
LiteraryinLititz Love it!! 9mo
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BennettBookworm
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Excited about these books I bought at Aaron‘s Books yesterday in Lititz, PA with @LiteraryinLititz and @wanderer15 ! I‘ve heard great things about them both!

Tamra The Wild Robot - all the 💜 11mo
Crazeedi Are you a PA inhabitant too? I live in western PA 11mo
BennettBookworm How exciting! No but visiting for the holidays :) @Crazeedi 11mo
Crazeedi @BennettBookworm enjoy your visit! 11mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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An enjoyable family centered mystery. Felt a little like a modern, more adult version of The Westing Game. 🕵🏼‍♀️

batsy "adult version of The Westing Game"—ooh, sounds great! 11mo
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Well-ReadNeck
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#TBRTuesday

It‘s been a couple weeks since I‘ve played, but here‘s the starting 5 for my TBR this week. Hoping to read at least 2 or 3 😉

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howjessreads
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Day 29 of #31bookpics - #tbr. I don‘t have much of a physical To Be Read pile in my house, because I‘m a library girl. I usually only buy books if I‘ve already read them and want to reread, or just own because I loved it. But here are two exceptions - I‘ve read about half of the DNA one, but I keep meaning to finish it. And the other I got from @bookofthemonth - I just haven‘t gotten to it yet!

MelAnn I saw this on IG and thought I would comment here, too. I found my birth family through dna testing. I searched for 28 years. The last five of those via dna testing. The first dB was 23amdme. Bunch of anonymous people not interested in helping other matches. Then FTdna which was a waste of time & money because said nothing about matches except that were in maternal line or not. Nothing about how close they were. 13mo
MelAnn A year ago I sent in AncestryDNA Kit - and within two weeks of sending it in, I was on the phone talking to my birthmom! Reverse dna genealogy is so interesting. The genetics are interesting well - but my brain don‘t do science so a lot of that part just goes over my head :) 13mo
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thereadingowlvina
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1. I saw this news this morning. It's pretty funny! https://www.ctvnews.ca/mobile/entertainment/u-k-police-search-for-david-schwimme...

2. Four 😁

3. No. We're having nice fall weather this week! 🍁🍂🍃

4. Yes 👓, but I usually wear contact lenses

5. Tagged book. I tried but just wasn't able to get into it. I gave up after I had headaches reading it 🙄

@MinDea #HumpDayPost

Bookjunkie57 That doppelgänger story is hilarious. I thought they had accidentally posted the wrong picture when I saw it. 13mo
thereadingowlvina @Bookjunkie57 I know right? Uncanny resemblance! Creepy though 😐 13mo
hgrimes Best headline ever. 😂😂😂 13mo
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🌧+📚+📦=my day
#audiobook

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LeslieO
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Happy Fall y'all! Yesterday it was 85 degreees, today 65! Starting the day with a cup of pecan pumpkin pie coffee @Slajaunie . Yum! Time to concentrate and finish a book! I've been dipping into 5 or 6 different ones since school started.

RealLifeReading Sounds lovely! I wish it were feeling fall-ish here too. But as it always goes here, it‘s going to be in the high 80s next week! 14mo
Slajaunie Hope you like it! 14mo
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Hooked_on_books
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Hazel receives a letter from her grandfather shortly after his death setting her in search of his last equation. This book is flawed by too many storylines and characters such that several are inadequately fleshed out. That said, I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, despite feeling it was completely implausible. I found it delightful. #botm

#dogsofLitsy #Bindi #puppybelly

Angitron I‘m trying to get into this but keep getting confused with who‘s who and why they‘re important. Based on your review though, I‘ll keep at it! 1y
Hooked_on_books @Angitron Exactly! I especially confused Phillip and Gregory early on. They do get a bit clearer as you go if only because their storylines are quite different. 1y
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CGeorge
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This book was definitely unique. It was an interesting story and took some turns as it unfolded.

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LeslieO
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One chapter in and I like it. Little worried about the clues. I'm usually clueless.

Eyelit Sounds cool! 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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It‘s been a hectic two weeks! Very little reading done, as we started the school year this week! All is well. Settling into a routine that will hopefully include much more reading and Litsying! Missed you all 💜 #DavidCat #CatsofLitsy #TeachersofLitsy

Kodak2057 Off to a good start!! We go back on the 6th hoping my classroom is ready for me next week! 😬 #panic 1y
Wife We missed you too!🌹 1y
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thereadingowlvina
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🎬 A Quiet Place 👾
👫 Visiting bookstores
➡️ 5
📖 Just couldn't get into the book. Maybe I'll try audiobook next time 😔
👌 Will do!

@jesshowbooks #friyayintro 💕

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bookandcat
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In the process of reshelving my #botm books (#botmbacklog on top shelf, hehe), I discovered this postcard from @TsundokuAleax that had fallen out of our #lmpbc pick - I somehow missed it the first time I flipped through to see everyone's notes! Thank you for the postcard! I also love #thestrand ! #litsymail #shelfie

MStew 😍😍 1y
stuck.in.the.stacks I should organize mine this way. 😂 1y
bookandcat @felinesandfiction it's the first time I've had space to allow them to live together! It makes me so happy 1y
TsundokuAleax That is hilarious and I have done the same thing so now I check my books just in case. 1y
bookandcat @TsundokuAleax I promise I'm not rude I'm just slow on the uptake apparently 😂😂😂😂😂😂 1y
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Kimbono
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Pickpick

This book was a lot of fun!

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Amymeyerson
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So excited for this!

whatrebeccasread This cover is awesome! I'm going to add it to my list just for that! 📚 1y
Amymeyerson @whatrebeccasread it‘s a good read! 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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Lunch at #SweetBerries - 😋

Kaye Gosh that sandwich looks so good ! 1y
TheSpineView Yum! 1y
SassyBookworm That looks amazing 😋 1y
Cathythoughts Ohhhh delish 1y
Bookzombie That‘s looks so good. 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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Lazy Saturday morning in our new home in Bradenton, FL. #MiaCat #CatsofLitsy

TrishB Happy new home 🎉🎉 1y
Ingerella Congrats on your new home! I used to live in Bradenton. It's nice there! 1y
thereadingowlvina Congrats!!! Enjoy! 🎉🎉🎉 1y
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Bloomingjen Enjoyed this book 1y
TheWordJar Congrats and enjoy! I love that area of Florida! 1y
Graciouswarriorprincess Congratulations on your new home! 1y
DivineDiana Best wishes for your new home! 🏡 1y
KGlibrarian Good luck in your new home! 1y
JackOBotts Congratulations on the move! 1y
RebelReader I love Bradenton! I like to visit the beaches in the winter! 1y
AmyG Wishing you good health and much happiness in your new home! 1y
BookishTrish Welcome to your new home! 1y
LeahBergen It looks like you‘re setting in nicely. 😘 1y
BookishMarginalia We are, @leahbergen! It feels homey already, @rebelreader 1y
Mimi28 Wow!! Cool!! I hope you enjoy your new home!! Give skritches to the kitties for me!! We just moved too, just from one side of town to the other though. Glad you‘re settling in ok 👍😊❤️ 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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#TrickyCat and #DavidCat are guarding my book! #CatsofLitsy

MrBook 😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻😻 1y
Leftcoastzen Darling 💕😻 1y
freyaheart Your tabby looks like mine!! 1y
OrangeMooseReads Sweet kitties 😻 1y
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BookishMarginalia
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Starting a new library book!

JennyM I‘m about 3/4s through and I‘m enjoying it. Hope you do too xx 1y
Sharpeipup I just got that book... 1y
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tjwill
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#MakeMeReadIt in August: Vote on what I should read from my #TBR stack by commenting below, and I‘ll read the top five in the order of most votes in August. You might notice that most of these are from book subscriptions. I‘ll repost later in the month too.

Join in using the hashtag and post your own stack.

MelissaSue81 I‘ve never read any of these but my pick would be 1y
thereadingowlvina Sounds interesting! 1y
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BookHoarder32 Little Do We Know looks good 😁 1y
dariazeoli I have this one on my neverending list 1y
Lmstraubie I liked When Dimple Met Rishi so I'll have to vote for 1y
hes7 So many good choices! From Twinkle, With Love 😀 1y
Amandajoy This one is somewhere in my stacks & I‘m curious as to how it is 1y
MuddyPuddle The Chalk Man 1y
Tadams4 Little Fires Everywhere! 1y
erzascarletbookgasm I‘ve only read this, so voting it 1y
jillannjohn So many good choices. I‘m the weirdo that didn‘t love Little Fires so... 1y
MeganAnn Hmmm I haven't read any of these so I'm going to go the one I most want to read myself 1y
shellleigh33 I haven‘t read any but sounds really good 1y
Sace Little Fires Everywhere 1y
BarbaraJean Also on my TBR. 😊 1y
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TsundokuAleax
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The last book in this round of #lmpbc and it was an enjoyable one. It was not a choice I would have made on my own. A family of mathematicians, a puzzle/mystery, and some very interesting twists made for a fun read. If you are not a mystery reader, this might be for you. @bookandcat @Schlinkles

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MuddyPuddle
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An in-depth look at one screwed up family, The Last Equation of Isaac Severy comes at you from many directions. Told distinctly from two different points of view and less distinctly from one or two others; mystery, reality of a gritty world, and some scientific/fantastic mathematics combine to make quite an interesting tale.

KateFulfordAuthor If you like that “slightly larger than life” family story, may I recommend my debut to you? Tight plot, sassy female protagonist and well crafted characters (edited) 1y
swynn You had me at "mathematics." 1y
MuddyPuddle @KateFulfordAuthor You sold me – and one of the reviews said it‘s funny, too. I‘m needing that. Thanks! (I just ordered a Kindle copy, though I love the cover!) 1y
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TsundokuAleax
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Took my #lmpbc read to the river front to get some quality time in and enjoy the glorious mild weather while I can.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Lovely view. Love me some Hanna! 1y
TsundokuAleax @BarbaraTheBibliophage I live two blocks away from Rivefront Park and have been trying to enjoy it more this summer. Sunset reading seems to be my jam. 1y
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literarilythrilling
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Finally got a full review typed up for this book! Check it out at my blog, The Book Cover Judge, link in comments 💜

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Wiscbdgrgirl
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Hubs: what‘s that?
Me: a book.
Hubs: what‘s a book?
Hubs: ha. The ebook I was reading expired and it was going to take like 3 weeks to get it back so I got a physical copy because it was in.
Hubs: did they teach you how to use it?? How do you turn it on?

😂

#kindleaddict

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EKonrad
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Mehso-so

There is a lot to like about this novel (quirky characters, a murder mystery, etc.), but for some reason it just didn't come together for me. There were too many characters for me to keep track of (a family tree would have been super helpful!) and multiple POVs, so I felt confused most of the time. I also found the tone to be quite odd. There was humor but then also a lot of dark situations and violence, so I felt like I had whiplash. #Netgalley

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Aren‘t you curious? Don‘t the riddles of the world interest you at all?❓🔍

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Laughterhp
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Mehso-so

So this book was okay. It was too scientific/mathematical for me, my eyes glosses over a few times.

Some parts felt like an episode of the Big Bang Theory if turned into a mystery.

It was an interesting mystery though and I did figure out some of the mysteries, I don‘t know if they were supposed to be that easy or not.

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QuietMornings
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Mehso-so

There wasn‘t necessarily anything I disliked about this one, I just wanted to be finished with it 2/3 of the way through.

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Laughterhp
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I started reading this book the other day and all I can think about while reading is the Big Bang Theory. Half the time I feel like Penny while I‘m reading this.. 🤪

Hoping it doesn‘t get too scientific, so I get too lost and confused!

Also, aren‘t these flowers gorgeous. I‘m glad they finally bloomed. (Day late for book and flowers)

#ReadingResolutions

Slajaunie Are this lilies? 1y
Laughterhp @Slajaunie I planted them last year and don‘t remember what they are 😬 I‘m so bad with plant names! 1y
Slajaunie @Laughterhp they look like Lillie‘s so I shall call them that! 😉. They are very pretty! (edited) 1y
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minkyb Beautiful lilies. 1y
BridgetteM I thought the same thing while reading this book! 1y
Bookmarkie Thank you for that review. I‘m not a fan of that show. 1y
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Li_21
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TheLibrarian
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@Suetara was nice enough to share this #ebookdeal which happens to be a previous #BOTM selection.

MaureenMc Thanks for the heads-up! 1y
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Suetara
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Super sale alert. #kindledeal

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amyrohn
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I finished this one in a day, and while I had some issues with it, they weren't enough for me to drop it down to a So-So, so I guess it's in between. The faceless boyfriend arc felt unnecessary (which I feel like happens a lot in thrillers), and at times I could have done without the multiple viewpoints. I did like the overall mystery and family dynamics, and there was enough suspense to keep me interested. Overall, I enjoyed the quick read.