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Where the Crawdads Sing
Where the Crawdads Sing | Delia Owens
Fans of Barbara Kingsolver will love this stunning debut novel from a New York Times bestselling nature writer, about an unforgettable young woman determined to make her way in the wilds of North Carolina, and the two men that will break her isolation open. For years, rumors of the "Marsh Girl" have haunted Barkley Cove, a quiet town on the North Carolina coast. She's barefoot and wild; unfit for polite society. So in late 1969, when handsome Chase Andrews is found dead, the locals immediately suspect Kya Clark. But Kya is not what they say. Abandoned at age ten, she has survived on her own in the marsh that she calls home. A born naturalist with just one day of school, she takes life lessons from the land, learning from the false signals of fireflies the real way of this world. But while she could have lived in solitude forever, the time comes when she yearns to be touched and loved. Drawn to two young men from town, who are each intrigued by her wild beauty, Kya opens herself to a new and startling world--until the unthinkable happens. In Where the Crawdads Sing, Owens juxtaposes an exquisite ode to the natural world against a heartbreaking coming of age story and a surprising murder investigation. Thought-provoking, wise, and deeply moving, Owens's debut novel reminds us that we are forever shaped by the children we once were, and that we are all subject to the beautiful and violent secrets that nature keeps.
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DebinHawaii
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At about 75% complete, it‘s today‘s #audiosouping choice. Part of me wants to read ahead in the print version but I‘m enjoying the narration & storytelling too much. Today‘s soup is a simple creamy tomato—a Mark Bittman recipe from How to Cook Everything. It‘s still not quite tomato soup weather here (too humid) but it will be welcome for lunches in my cold office this week. Finished soup pics coming later.
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rachelm Just finished this five minutes ago! 6h
Saraboo How is the book I've been wanting to buy it for so long but wasnt sure about it 5h
DebinHawaii @Saraboo I am really liking it—especially the audio version. It‘s gotten a lot of hype but for me it stands up. 👍 4h
Saraboo @DebinHawaii thats awesome i have to check it out 3h
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babyruth2510
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4.5 stars.

This book was simply beautiful. I do not know how to say much more without giving some part of the plot away.

All I know is that Kya is one of the strongest women I have ever read.

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bookshapedheart
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Mehso-so

Everyone kept talking about this book so I thought why not? Part murder mystery, romance, and historical fiction— it definitely kept me guessing. Interesting but maybe overhyped???

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Ange44
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I had 100 bucks worth of points to cash in at Indigo, and this is what I got! #plumpoints

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Yoricke_SouthAfrica
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I gave this book to my mom, as a gift. She loves it just as much as I did. Must be one of my favourite books of 2019. 💜💜💜

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KarynGood
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I really enjoyed the first two thirds of this book but the last third lost something for me. Having said that, it gave me lots to think about...

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BeaG
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Finally discussed Where the Crawdads Sing at book club. We all loved the book even though 2 ladies didn't finish before our meeting. Our next book is The Water Dancer.

Tamra Lucky ladies! 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!!! 🧡🧡🧡 7d
cmastfalk Looks like you ladies have a lot of fun! 7d
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BeaG @Tamra 😊 7d
BeaG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks it was great and our discussion was enlightening. 7d
BeaG @cmastfalk book club is fun. I look forward to it every time. 7d
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I wish I had a book club in real life!! You ladies look awesome ❤️❤️❤️ 7d
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Well-ReadNeck
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Mehso-so

I resisted for a long time. I just didn‘t think this would be my cup of tea. But after one of my best book buddies and my Dad recommended that I just “Read the damn book”.

And, well, just ok for me. Hard to meet the amount of hype that was thrown on this one.

kedupre Agreed! 1w
Tamra Agreed! 1w
Daisey I felt much the same. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved it! 🧡 7d
auntie_jenn for those who only read one book a year, they love it because they have nothing to compare it to. my two cents! 6d
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DebinHawaii
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Still slowly #audiosouping my way through this one. Love the beautiful imagery & the story has me intrigued. Today‘s soup is a vegan Potato & Leek Soup. I used coconut milk & potato flakes so it is very thick & creamy—maybe more of a chowder. Finished soup pictures coming later. 🍲😋

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FeatherV
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Thanks to my mama for recommending this book, it‘s been awhile since I‘ve sat here and read an entire novel in one night. I highly recommend...but have tissues ready 😭

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JesseConley
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Amazing book.

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BarbaraJean
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“I wadn‘t aware that words could hold so much. I didn‘t know a sentence could be so full.”

Goodness, I loved this book. Beautifully written and heartbreaking—just lovely. And this quote!😍 I‘ve seen criticism that the book is too contrived, or the mystery too predictable. Maybe I have a too-willing suspension of disbelief—but I bought into it all & loved it. I finished it over lunch and struggled to keep it together so I could go back to work!😭

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akfreeborn
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Bailedbailed

This one did not sit well with me. Just felt contrived and it did not resonate for me. I don‘t need a book to necessarily be realistic but just wasn‘t buying any of the circumstances surrounding the protagonist. I did not finish. Too many things I want to read.

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Anne.S
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Amazing book! One of my favorites that I've read this year.

The land descriptions were so in depth that I could picture it and maybe even smell it. The characters were well drawn out and relatable.

I laughed, I cried, and I was disappointed when it was over.

Definitely recommend!!

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Bec_lectic
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Perfect for a sick day read 🤧🥴 waited 6 months to get this book from the library and so far it‘s been worth it!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better soon!! Love this book 🧡🧡 2w
Bec_lectic @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thank I am and it was a great book!! Didn‘t want it to end. 1w
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Bec_lectic I didn‘t either! I loved Kya!! 🧡 1w
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cherylmorton
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“She laughed for his sake, something she‘d never done. Giving away another piece of herself just to have someone else.”

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Violetta
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I loved beautiful marsh descriptions and was deeply moved with the story. 💙 The atmosphere of the book is so immersive I just couldn't put it away before finishing. The main intrigue keeps the reader interested too, although since the second half began, the solution was kinda obvious. 4⭐(court scenes and finale weren't as elaborate as the rest of the book), but I enjoyed the story greatly, even if it broke my heart a little in the beginning!

Flaneurette love the PocketBook!
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Violetta @Flaneurette Thanks! ☺️ 2w
Brithomas17 Definitely agree with what you said. 2w
Violetta @Brithomas17 Great! 🙌 2w
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Tex2Flo
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A mixed bag for the month. Some really good and some I really didn‘t care for.
3– non fiction
2– mystery
1– 5-star (tagged)
1– I just didn‘t get (Joe Gould‘s Teeth)

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Well-ReadNeck
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Well, the neighbors have upped their Halloween game this year. PSA: if you get close enough to take a 📸, the headless horseman creepily taunts you.💫 #themoreyouknow #audiobooking #audiowalk

Leftcoastzen Wow!😱😃 2w
Chrys Love it 💕 2w
LibrarianRyan LOVE IT!. I'll have to grab a pic of my dads neighbor for you later this week. I don't think he is done yet. 2w
britt_brooke 😆 I saw this at Home Depot last week! So funny. 2w
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MolliesaurusRex
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I haven‘t been posting as much lately because I haven‘t been reading as much (in true book club fashion, I‘m not as into the pick as I‘d hoped when I joined so I‘m dragging with it - I think I just don‘t like being told what I need to read) but I started again this weekend because I am determined to finish this book & move on to more Halloweeny titles because ITS SPOOKY SEASON💀🎃👻😍

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We need more coming of age books featuring characters curious about the natural world. It is beautifully written.

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Wendyloohoo77
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I read this after so many rave reviews in the @MonthlyBookClub group, and I was blown away! While I‘m not always a fan of poetry sprinkled through my books, it did make sense in the end. I thoroughly enjoyed this book and highly recommend! I felt like I was in this book, I felt everything around me. I felt the hurt and despair and loneliness. I felt the love. Second fave book for the year. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Nute I can‘t wait to read this book! 5d
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Brithomas17
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Getting some reading in as the sunrises 🌅 I absolutely love the beach 🏝

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BriW
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The kind of book that‘s sad to finish.. the characters were so real and it‘s just a great story

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nelehelen
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4.5/5
I devoured this in one sitting and I‘m mad at myself for not reading this sooner. The writing is gorgeous and the story is enthralling. While some parts were hard to believe, I didn‘t care and was willing to suspend my belief just to stay in this world a little longer.

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DebinHawaii
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Still #audiosouping along to this one, slowly but surely. I am enjoying it but Sundays have been my only audio book time as of late. 😬 Today‘s soup is my chicken-free version of Eating Well‘s Chicken Enchilada Soup. In the pan on the left is the jackfruit I seasoned up to use in place of shredded chicken to stir into the soup. Finished soup pics coming later.😋🍲

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pigeonsandcrows
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Bailedbailed

Sorry, fellow Littens, I know this amounts to heresy, but I need to bail on this one about halfway in. Perhaps I'll return to it when I can reset my expectations. Sometimes a book (or restaurant, or movie) gets so much hype that it spoils the experience, and I think that's the case for me here. Now I just have to figure out how to break the news to the friend who recommended it so highly and is waiting to discuss it!

Reagan-reads I 100% agree that so much hype can ruin something. My expectations just get so high. I hated the tagged, and I felt that a big part was the hype surrounding it. 🤷‍♀️ c‘est la vie 3w
pigeonsandcrows @Reagan-reads Thank you, I'm glad to know I'm not alone in this experience! I'm stopping before I end up hating a perfectly reasonable debut novel for not being amazing and perfect in every possible way, which is the expectation that was set up. 3w
Well-ReadNeck So glad to read this review. I‘ve been avoiding this one - just doesn‘t feel like my cuppa and sooooo much hype. 3w
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Aims42 I almost bailed on this as well, the hype didn‘t match my experience. I did end up finishing it and enjoying it, but for me it wasn‘t the “best book” I‘ve ever read 3w
auntie_jenn i didn‘t love it, either. finished, but gave it a so-so. 3w
pigeonsandcrows @Well-ReadNeck Maybe wait a year or two until the hype dies down if you do decide to try it. Too high of expectations definitely killed this for me, despite my trying very hard to like it.
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pigeonsandcrows @Aims42 I think that's part of my reaction...I'm like, wow, this is not bad for a 70 year old debut fiction author! If I hadn't heard anything, I might have enjoyed it. But based on how glowing the reviews are, you'd think it was a new entry into great modern literature or that I would be moved to tears by its perfection. Just liking it is a letdown after all of that!
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Aims42 @pigeonsandcrows Yes, exactly! Part of my letdown was being on my library‘s waitlist for a month before getting a copy. I‘m glad I didn‘t buy it, but the wait wasn‘t worth it for me 3w
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BBowling
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A page turning tearjerker of a book. I LOVED every word, every image, and every emotion. Thanks for the unexpected ending!

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BarbaraJean
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Annnnd... it‘s an avalanche of library holds! I was so far down on the list for Where the Crawdads Sing, I didn‘t think it would come through for at least another week. But there was the notification this morning, on top of the three I picked up yesterday! I‘m going to be happily busy these next three weeks! #bookhaul #libraryhaul #IwillneverfinishmyTBR

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GloVerdino
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Wow, yes, believe the hype people. This book was amazing! I inhaled this book and literally could not put it down, I needed to know what happened to Kya. She was such a heartbreaking character in this beautifully written book.

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emmaturi
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Another great book read! Kya is such a great character, goes through so much and survives! #bookcover

Cathythoughts I agree ! Kya ♥️ 4w
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Megokline
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#2019book7 Favorite of the year so far! Absolutely loved this one.

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Macnjen
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Pretty good story but I did not believe how intelligent and regarded she became in several passages of the book. Also, why didn‘t her siblings come back for her? What finally happened to her dad? Her dialog wasn‘t believable given her circumstances, in my opinion. While I liked the story it was just too unbelievable for me.

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Mshookquilts
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One of those books you‘re almost sad to have finished...Kya, an abandoned child raises herself in the swamps. As a young adult, she is attacked by a man she once thought of as a friend. Shortly thereafter he is found dead and she is arrested.

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pigeonsandcrows
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Current TBR pile from the library!!

Susannah Wow, terrific! I‘m surprised you‘re giving Oyeyemi another try. Have you read anything of hers besides Boy Snow Bird? 4w
pigeonsandcrows @Susannah I haven't, and I will admit I was hesitant. I have three of the others going right now, but I read the opening chapter of Gingerbread and found it more easy to digest than I did Boy Snow Bird. Have you read anything more by her?
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Susannah I have not, though I‘m interested in both the one you have now and 4w
Nute So many good books in that stack! 1w
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mcctrish
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Today felt like summer; no alarm, no make up, all meals outside, read ( finished) crawdads in the sun, hung laundry on the line and took a hike around the ponds not far from our house with my husband to keep the feeling of the book going a bit longer. A perfect day

Melissa_J Sounds like a lovely day 😊 1mo
mcctrish @Melissa_J it has been and now I‘m watching season 3 of Handmaid‘s Tale 1mo
merelybookish 😍 1mo
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LeahBergen Perfect day! 💕💕 1mo
mcctrish @LeahBergen here‘s hoping Sunday is a repeat 🙏🏻😂 1mo
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Keandrar10
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I liked it from the beginning to the end. It definitely was a page turner and i would read it again.

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Melwilk
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I know I am somewhat late to the party, but I am glad I finally got around to reading this book. It lived up to all of the hype I have read surrounding it. The story was well-written and intriguing. I loved the references to the natural world. The thought of living the simple life of the Marsh Girl definitely sounds lonely yet beautiful.

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kristankremer
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Loved this one. I feel like people either like it for the beautiful descriptions of the marsh, or dislike it because they think it's unrealistic. I love it for the story of resourcefulness & self-preservation of Kya's spirit. People can't believe that society would abandon a child, or that a small child couldn't survive on their own, but it happens daily in current times. If this seems unrealistic, perhaps read harder, more uncomfortable stories.

Cathythoughts Great review! Loved this one ♥️ 1mo
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Judybskt
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📖 The Weathering of Sea Glass
📚 Tagged
☀️ Cloudy, high of 79 ☁️☁️

#weekendreads
@rachelsbrittain

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emmaturi
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Day 1 #7days7covers #covercrush

Ok, seems lots of you guys have done this already so maybe @Erofan

Erofan 💕 1mo
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GloVerdino
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I don‘t want to stop reading but I have to go to bed!

cherinium Such a beautiful book! 1mo
SitsWithaBook I loved this book. 1mo
GloVerdino @cherinium @SitsWithaBook I‘m flying through this! Such lovely writing and a touching story 1mo
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BarkingMadRun
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Volunteering AKA three hours of uninterrupted reading

BeckyandBooks Good choice! 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess I'm at 440 down from 997 on the library hold list. 1mo
BarkingMadRun Wow @Graciouswarriorprincess I waited about 6 weeks for it! 1mo
Graciouswarriorprincess @BarkingMadRun I had a previous hold on it but couldn't read it then so placed myself back on the list. Its been about six weeks now for me so I figure it will be another month before I get it. :) 1mo
DivineDiana I just got tickets to see the author in November! 1mo
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ajyoungquist
Bailedbailed

I got bored. Too many times. The description of the marsh and wildlife was absolutely beautiful but I needed this book to pick up the pace. It didn‘t hold my attention.

SqueakyChu Phew! At least I‘m not the only person in the whole world who found this book boring (and unbelievable). I, too, bailed, and felt great relief! 😃 3w
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BibliovoreSarah
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Mehso-so

I had high hopes for this one, but it just wasn‘t my cup of sweet tea. Also, it could have benefited from a sensitivity reader. I could write a 3-5 page paper on all the racial stereotypes.

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WriterAtHeart
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I have been seeing this novel for a while now on Litsy and I am glad I read it. The mystery kept me guessing most of the novel and I did feel some surprise. I don't know if I am as in love with this as others, but I did enjoy it

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DebinHawaii
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Still slowly #audiosouping my way through this one & enjoying the narration & story. This is the beginning of Ottolenghi‘s Legume (Noodle) Soup, before all of the herbs, spinach & noodles are added. Finished soup pictures are coming later. 🍲😋

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Looks yummy 😋 1mo
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LaurenReads
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So late to this book party, but what an awesome book! I loved it and it totally lived up to the hype.

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DrLizD
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Good read but hard to believe