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Idaho
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
One hot August day a family drives to a mountain clearing to collect birch wood. Jenny, the mother, is in charge of lopping any small limbs off the logs with a hatchet. Wade, the father, does the stacking. The two daughters, June and May, aged nine and six, drink lemonade, swat away horseflies, bicker, sing snatches of songs as they while away the time. But then something unimaginably shocking happens, an act so extreme it will scatter the family in every different direction. In a story told from multiple perspectives and in razor-sharp prose, we gradually learn more about this act, and the way its violence, love and memory reverberate through the life of every character in Idaho.
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Tonton
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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mreads Great book 9h
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Branwen
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I should be getting some cleaning done. I should be going to the gym, or doing the laundry. Instead, I'm enjoying a huge cup of tea and my new library book that I'm super excited about! 😍💕📚 #librarylove

TrishB Sounds much more fun! 1mo
Branwen @TrishB It really is! And it's good to know my priorities are in order! 😁💕📚 1mo
TrishB Definitely! I really enjoyed this book too! 1mo
Branwen @TrishB It's soooooo good so far! I'm totally hooked! 1mo
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Pamwurtzler
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This is a beautifully written story of a family tragedy. It‘s told from various points of and a timeline that jumps around. What really happened? I don‘t know . . .
#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho

jessinikkip Sounds like a good one :) 1mo
squirrelbrain Sounds great! 👍 1mo
Librarybelle Great pick! I really need to read this one soon... 1mo
NatalieR Thanks for reminding me of this book! It‘s in my out of control Audible library. 😬 1mo
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Cathythoughts
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next up , IDAHO ... 🤞🏻☀️&📖....

Samplergal Loved it. 1mo
Tamra It‘s a terrifically atmospheric story! 😁 1mo
Cathythoughts @Samplergal oh great ♥️👍🏻only starting 1mo
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Cathythoughts @Tamra I like your description ♥️👍🏻 1mo
Oryx Have a great holiday! 1mo
Cathythoughts @Oryx thankyou my friend ♥️👍🏻 1mo
TrishB Loved this one 👍🏻 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I really liked the first part ... yet this has gone into #hibernation & I‘m not sure why. Another time perhaps ... 1mo
TrishB Definitely a mood book. Slow and not a lot happens, I think it probably has to grab you at the right time. 1mo
Cathythoughts @TrishB I think your right ♥️👍🏻 1mo
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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Something beyond awful in this book happens #behindthewheel. Through jumps back and forth in time we learn about the events leading up to the episode and the consequences which follow after.

#MayMovieMagic

Cinfhen Good pick!!! Forgot about this book!!! Great photo 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Haven‘t read this but great pic! 1mo
gradcat Sure is a nice-looking book, but I haven‘t read it either...what kind of person would I be if I read just because I love the cover?!? 😂 (edited) 1mo
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Samplergal
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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#ReadingUSA2019 #Idaho. Loved this book.

merelybookish Me too! My favorite book of 2017! 1mo
Kaye Great job..... I‘ve sorta dropped the ball on mine. I‘m not very good at sticking to any sort of regimented reading. Good to see others still doing well. 1mo
Samplergal @Kaye I‘m not really good with this either. I‘m such a mood reader, and then the library holds come in and upset my plan. I‘ll likely not finish this, but it‘s fun to try. Join back in! 1mo
Librarybelle I really need to read this one soon! I think you and @Kaye have done great with this! I‘m still at one, and it has to do with library holds and shiny new books distracting me. 1mo
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Samplergal
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I stayed up late and got up early to finish this one. I loved it. Such great writing and what a story! #MayMadness #mayScavengerHunt #floweroncover #withadoginit

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Addison_Reads
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

The writing in this book is beautiful. The descriptions transported me to a secluded, forested area in rural Idaho where the lives of several individuals diverge in many different ways after an unspeakable tragedy occurs.

The book lost me though with the time jumps between past, present, and future. Each storyline never seemed to reach its full potential, which left the book feeling unfinished to me at the end.

#ReadingUSA2019 @Librarybelle

Librarybelle I have this on my to read list! Great review! 2mo
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cathysaid
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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A little bizarre yet strangely appealing. Generations of family members affected by a horrendous crime, each in his or her own way, are presented as vulnerable, caring, manipulative and hateful, depending on the situation. Ending is surprisingly touching if somewhat implausible...but that could be said for many fiction novels, right? 4/5 ⭐️

Cathythoughts I‘ve yet to read this ... but your review is making me very interested 2mo
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ReadingEnvy
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This book kept me thinking about it long after finishing, and ended up a top read for 2018. On sale today for Kindle for $1.99! https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01F0ZK7F2/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_awdb_t1_JoouCbACF711J

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elyseh
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

I gave this book 3 stars. It jumps around everywhere. Different years, different POVs it's a lot to take in. However I still loved this book I'm glad I read it! Have you read it what did you think?

TrishB I loved it 💕 5mo
Cinfhen This was a really bleak read but the writing was lush!!! I‘m curious to see what she writes next 5mo
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m.galehuxley
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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50 pages in and so far, so sad.

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Victoriahoperose
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

Great writing and very descriptive but so slow. I really got lost quite a few times with the way it jumped around from one time to another. It just was hard to stay focused on when reading.

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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Through this book, Wade is #FallingSlowly more and more into his dementia, while we as readers slowly learn about a terrible tragedy involving Wade‘s two little girls. This is a beautiful book, and one I would like to revisit at some point

#MusicalNewYear

batsy Love the photo! 🌿 5mo
BarbaraBB Well chosen. Loved this book. 5mo
Cathythoughts Still need to read this one 👍🏻♥️ 5mo
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Mc_cart_ny Currently reading this! 5mo
Tamra Loved it too! 5mo
vivastory Can't wait to see what her next one will be 5mo
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Mc_cart_ny
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Got some reading done while out at a birthday party today!

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Ash.on.the.line
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Look what came in the mail today? Thanks @TheLibrarian for this! Very excited to read it!

TheLibrarian Hooray! Glad you got it. 6mo
mreads Great book😁 6mo
Emilymdxn I loved this book! Hope you like it 6mo
Ash.on.the.line @Emilymdxn @mreads I‘ve heard great things so I‘m very excited to get to it! 6mo
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Emilymdxn
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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This was such a gorgeous book, so slow and sad, but it had a lot of hope in it as well. Very still, full of character, I adored how meditative and beautiful it was instead of just being dark and bleak.

Kat_H Oh I loved this!! 7mo
BarbaraBB Me too, a favorite this year! 7mo
Tamra Ahhhhh, the writing 💜 7mo
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Emilymdxn
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Quick bit of lunchtime desk reading! This book is so beautiful, slow and meditative it feels like a crime to read it in dribs and drabs like this

Tamra Such wonderful writing! 7mo
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Emilymdxn
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Next book from my library pile! I know very little about this, I just had it recommended to me, so I‘m gonna plunge in and see what happens. I‘ll start it properly on the way to work tomorrow but just a few pages before bed

Jee_HookedOnBookz It always starts with 'just a few pages' 😉 7mo
mreads It's fantastic 7mo
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Kat_H
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I had to wait an eternity for some MONSTER to return this to the library (they'd had it overdue for THREE MONTHS. The rage!). But it was worth the wait. I'd heard many good things about this and it really got me in the gut. What a sad, powerful story about the fallout from a senseless, violent crime. So lyrical. Reminds me very much of Marilynne Robinson and Alice Munro. My only little criticism is I felt the middle could have been trimmed a bit.

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britt_brooke
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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DAY 9: The writing in this debut is so gorgeous, but that one inexplicable, gruesome moment is so fucked up. It totally ruined the book for me.

#debbiedowner #nofemmeber

Cathythoughts On my TBR ... interesting, my curiosity is up... 😬.. I think (edited) 7mo
britt_brooke @Cathythoughts I‘m always curious to see what people think of this one. The writing really is impressive. 7mo
Tove_Reads I‘ve been meaning to read it soon! 7mo
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britt_brooke @Tove_Reads I‘d love to hear what you think when you do! 7mo
BarbaraBB Which moment? I don‘t remember much of this book though I really liked it. 7mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB The part where the mom impulsively, but savagely kills her daughter. 7mo
Joanne1 I felt entirely the same. That was so brutal and inexplicable that I just couldn‘t reconcile it. There was no sense made of it by the author and because of that the story was senseless, everything else was ruined and you‘re right the writing was beautiful. 7mo
britt_brooke @Joanne1 Thank you for backing me up! 💚 Seems like a lot of folks really liked this one, but that incident was so brutal. It never made sense and didn‘t seem like something that would ever really happen. (edited) 7mo
Billypar I didn't read the spoiler, but I hadn't heard about this in connection with the novel- I will have to bear in mind if I pick it up. 7mo
HKGirl Oh man...this was on my to-read list because a friend highly recommended it, but seeing that's there's a "brutal and inexplicable" moment in it makes me rethink wanting to read it. I don't think I could handle whatever it is. 7mo
BarbaraBB I kept wandering why that happened but I still enjoyed this book a lot! 7mo
britt_brooke @HKGirl It‘s truly a well-written book, but that one instance really threw me off. Take that out and it‘s a five-star read. 7mo
britt_brooke @BarbaraBB I enjoyed everything else in the book, but that was just so weird and disgusting. I just couldn‘t imagine it really happening either. 7mo
Cinfhen I actually enjoyed this book despite that horrible moment because the unraveling of the story and the prose was so gorgeous. Beautiful graphics 💚 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen I look forward to seeing what she does in the future. Her writing really is beautiful. I just need a different story. 7mo
Cinfhen Totally respect that, Britt! Hope you had a wonderful birthday 💋 7mo
britt_brooke @Cinfhen Thank you! It‘s was a great day .... and extending it through the weekend. 💃🏼 7mo
Reviewsbylola Hated this one. The writing style wasn‘t for me. 7mo
britt_brooke @Reviewsbylola Happy to know I‘m not the only one who didn‘t love this. I liked the writing style, but I really need a different story. 7mo
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TaciturnWhenReading
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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So happy to just lay low and start this tonight while battling the sniffles. #cureforthecommoncold

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I hope you feel better soon 💛 7mo
Jas16 Hope you get well soon 7mo
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Lauren890
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

The writing is beautiful and it made for a rich reading experience. I liked the imaginings of the second wife as she‘s tried to figure out what happened. The author really rounded out the characters - even giving minor characters a brief part from their point of view. It started so well but I did feel like it slowed down in the middle so much I had to push myself to finish. I‘ll be interested in what she writes next.

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hermyknee
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Rainy Saturdays are for reading 📖
#rainydayreading

Tamra Such a good one! 9mo
ephemeralwaltz True! 9mo
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BooksGirlsCats
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Read all of Idaho in one sunny weekend on the beach! Gripping and evocative, I didnt want it to end and am still thinking about the characters a week later! Warning, you will want to move to Idaho after reading.

Book 26 of #52Booksin2018

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BooksForEmpathy
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pool day at the Sun Valley Resort!

saresmoore Mmm, is that pickled jicama on top? 10mo
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perfectlywinged
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Mehso-so

While this had a really masterfully built suspense I was trying to speed through it to be done with it. I knew the premise of a wife trying to find out how his previous husband‘s daughter died wasn‘t going to be a mystery. I knew this was going to be literary fiction about characters and none of the characters but Jenny really grabbed me? The woodsy setting though...on point.

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julia-gulia
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
Panpan

The cover made me buy this book. I gave up half way. I was so bored 😴

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Soubhiville
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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I went to check out Scruffy City Books today and picked up just a couple. (Tiny bookhaul thanks to my husband being there... tried to keep myself in check since he was paying and also didn‘t want to make him stay there too long, no reader that he is.)

Super affordable place to shop if you‘re ever in Knoxville- $3 or under for most books, and they had a pretty good selection!

Chelsea.Poole Nice choices! I enjoyed both of these 😊 12mo
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Cconnolly
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Trying to relax on vacation, nice drizzle of rain in the background. The book might be a little too heavy for relaxation. Gonna switch to Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan. Just want to zone out for a few days....

ElenaBaer Almost all my reads are to help me zone out. Life is too crazy already. 🤪 12mo
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Kalalalatja
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Ann could use a lot of #help. With a husband with rapidly loss of memory and a dark past, she tries to keep everything together, all alone, on top of a mountain.

#HeyJune

GypsyKat That sounds interesting! 12mo
BarbaraBB All the love for Ann! 12mo
Tamra Loved this! 12mo
Kalalalatja @GypsyKat it was a really great read! @BarbaraBB @Tamra I had so much sympathy for Ann ❤️ 12mo
Tamra @Kalalalatja yes! I‘m not sure I‘d have handled the situation with as much grace. 12mo
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Katiesbookishlife
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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AshleyC816
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

This was so well done, a slow suspense. I really liked the way she switched between time and characters.

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toofondofbooks
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

Beautiful prose, flawed characters. I had some problems with this, mostly with how the author tried to make me feel sympathy for Jenny. I don't care if it's accidental or not I cannot feel sympathy for a mother who kills her child. But overall this was an interesting read about what makes us the people we are.

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Ashley85
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Bailedbailed

This one was just not for me. I read about a third of the book and couldn‘t get through it. The different POVs didn‘t lend anything to the story and I was confused throughout. I wanted to like it but 🤷🏽‍♀️

Redwritinghood Yeah, I bailed on this one too. 12mo
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Tamra
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

Just my kinda novel! Looking forward to reading what Ruskovich writes in the future. She might become an auto-buy.😁

It struck me that she references an “oosik”, a word I haven‘t heard or seen in print since my Alaskan childhood AND Grangeville, ID, a tiny town where my husband‘s family is from. 😄

RachelO But what is an oosik? I need to know now! 12mo
Tamra @RachelO 😂 Penis bone of a whale. (edited) 12mo
RachelO V glad I asked! 😂 12mo
Wife Learn something new every day!🧐 12mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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#West
#ReadingResolutions

Another one I need to get to!!!

Tamra So enjoying it! I hope you do too. 13mo
Eggs Mail coming your way from Texas 😍😍 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 13mo
Kaye Your pictures are always so pretty. Looks like a professional photography picture. 13mo
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Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Kaye awww thank you!!! I wish I could change professions!!!! 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Tamra I‘m sure I will!! 💗💗 13mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @Eggs yay!! Thank you!!! 😘💗😘💗 13mo
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Tamra
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich

Oh my, the tension created in the scene between Jenny & Elizabeth in their cell. 😯 Two very, very fragile beings.

merelybookish Loved this book! 13mo
Cathythoughts Sounds like a good one ! Stacking 👍🏻 13mo
Tamra @Cathythoughts I‘m loving every word so far! 13mo
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ReadingRuby
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Enjoying the bank holiday Monday with some sunny reading in the garden. It‘s times like these though that I really wish I had a kindle paper white! The brightness is on full on my kindle fire and I‘m struggling 🌞
Excited to get into Idaho, I‘ve heard good things!

Eamann Great book, amazing cover 12mo
ReadingRuby @Eamann I‘m enjoying it so far! 12mo
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Tamra
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Well, this one starts out with an attention grabbing thrust! Feels like my kind of writing off the bat - I hope it holds out. 🤞🏾

BarbaraBB One of my favourites this year! 13mo
Tamra @BarbaraBB yay, I‘m glad to hear it! 13mo
emilyhaldi Loved this book!!! ❤️❤️❤️ 13mo
josie281 We are pillow twins! (And I liked this book a lot!) 13mo
Tamra @josie281 I have a set of three on the porch swing - fish, birds, butterfly. So cheery! 13mo
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kalinichta
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Pickpick

This was a story full of broken people. Broken people who sometimes do inexplicable things. This story could have been maudlin or needlessly titillating, but, in Ruskovich's hands, it is a sometimes jarring, deep dive into the heads of these broken people. Their unfiltered thoughts. 👇🏼

kalinichta And even though these people were sometimes frightening, sometimes frustrating (I wanted to tell Ann to snap out of it a few times), they are treated respectfully, given their due as human beings. A compelling read, even if my two big questions were never answered. 13mo
BarbaraBB Great review. And yes, those unanswered questions.... 13mo
kalinichta @BarbaraBB Thank you! But unanswered questions can be good because they keep you thinking. 13mo
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BestDogDad
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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It‘s the best time of the year for patio reading in MN - no humidity or mosquitoes yet. Here are my favorite reads of 2018, out of 22 read so far. My current read, Jerry Coyne‘s latest, might become the fourth musketeer.

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Cconnolly
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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My Thursday lunch break. I blame it on Litsy!
@Schlorholtz

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Dolly
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Bailedbailed

I just can‘t care about any of these characters. Is it the writing? Is it the forlorn sounding narrator? The seemingly constant descriptions of feelings with what I feel is a weak plot that doesn‘t compel me to flip pages I find boring. This sort of writing could easily step into the world of a romance novel. Not for me. I‘m not in the mood for this now, and unsure this would be a book to try again.

Clwojick Same. I so wanted to love it like everyone else... but I found it kind of dreadful. 13mo
Redwritinghood Me, too. This book bored me. 13mo
Rachbb3 This one was difficult. 13mo
TheLibrarian I had high hopes for this but it was such a let down. Good thing you bailed because it doesn‘t get any better. 13mo
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BestDogDad
Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Good month of reading. Now looking forward to taking it outside until Old Man Winter arrives. #aprilwrapup