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Cinfhen
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Really fascinating!!! This book delves into the ethics, science, and host of unexpected outcomes one might not think about when they open Pandora‘s box (kit) of DNA home testing. I would love to discuss this with a bookclub. I appreciated that the author included personal narratives. I found Alice‘s story particularly compelling. Second book from @MallenNC #NYWD list 💖 Will use for #Booked2022 #WrittenByAJournalist and #NF22 #OutOfLeftField

squirrelbrain Sounds fab - stacked! 6mo
keepingupwiththepenguins Oooh, this sounds fascinating!! 6mo
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Cinfhen I really think your scientific brain will like this one @squirrelbrain it‘s BEYOND fascinating @keepingupwiththepenguins SO MUCH to think about 🤓 6mo
4thhouseontheleft Oooh, stacking! This sounds like a book I would really enjoy discussing. I still sometimes can‘t believe that a little DNA test solved so many mysteries for me, even though that was the whole point of me taking a 🧬 test! 6mo
monalyisha Thinking about using an Audible credit for this. It does sound interesting! How was the reader? 6mo
Cortg I‘m adding this to my TBR! Genetics is interesting and I want to learn more. My youngest wants to do genetic research when she finishes her schooling, more like studying blood disorders, but genetics in general is fascinating. Thanks! 6mo
Cortg A friend found out she had a half brother and nephews after taking a test and said there‘s no denying him, he‘s a spitting image of her dad who had passed. Her mom remembers his mom from a relationship before he joined the military and deployed. So interesting. 6mo
jlhammar Totally agree. So fascinating! 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s free on #AudiblePlus @monalyisha and the reader was very pleasant/ easy to follow (edited) 6mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t realize that‘s how you found your sister @4thhouseontheleft I think you‘d find this book interesting as someone who went through the process. The author does a really good job describing the 3 types of seekers. The serious family historian, who‘s looking for family roots, the person who has gaps in their personal history ( ie adopted) and is seeking medical or identity answers and then the causal seeker who thinks, why not spit & see 6mo
Cinfhen That‘s crazy @Cortg did the family embrace the discovery or did it throw their lives into turmoil?? This book covers lots of different reactions and ways different families and family members handled the discoveries they weren‘t actually anticipating 6mo
Cinfhen It‘s a lot to consider @jlhammar because by sharing your DNA you are effectively sharing other family members DNA as well without their knowledge or consent (edited) 6mo
Cortg @Cinfhen They accepted him. He lives in Florida, they‘re in Pa/Ct. When her dad left and they broken up, she found she was pregnant and just never told him. He met their mom and had their little family, no one knowing until she got a call from him after they had both done the DNA kit. Kinda crazy but kinda cool as well. 6mo
Cinfhen Nice that they had a happy ending @Cortg unfortunately not every story ends that way💔 6mo
MallenNC I‘m so glad you enjoyed this one. I listened to it too, and really liked the narrator. I enjoyed the personal stories most but the science and the legal issues were also very interesting. 6mo
Cinfhen Definitely @MallenNC so much to consider/ I loved the ethics component 6mo
BarbaraTheBibliophage I didn‘t know this was in Audible Plus. Just downloaded! I have the Kindle but just haven‘t gotten to it. We found a new cousin on my mom‘s side through DNA tests. I met her in October for the first time and we had so much fun! 6mo
Cinfhen So nice that you discovered a cousin @BarbaraTheBibliophage 💖 6mo
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Cinfhen
New Year Who Dis? | Bitchy Fits
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Thanks for this great match @monalyisha
This is the list I received from @MallenNC
The top row I own and had already planned on reading, the other books I‘d like to read over the course of 2022, especially since a bunch will work for #Booked2022
#NewYearWhoDis2022
I have read #7, 12, 13, 18 & 19 - all were good 😊

MallenNC Great! I know you like audiobooks, and I happened to have listened to all four on the top row. I hope you enjoy! 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @MallenNC great list! 😍📚 7mo
monalyisha I'm super interested in Olympus, Texas & The Education of an Idealist. I'll be looking forward to your reviews (all of them)! 7mo
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Cinfhen Yay @MallenNC that‘s awesome 🎧♥️😃 7mo
Cinfhen I‘ll keep you posted @monalyisha 🎉🎉thanks @Chelsea.Poole are you participating too?? 7mo
ChasingOm Firekeeper‘s Daughter was EXCELLENT on audio. 7mo
Cinfhen I just saw that Firekeeper‘s Daughter is available on #Scribd @ChasingOm 😃🎧♥️I‘m already looking forward to January #NewYearWhoDis 7mo
Chelsea.Poole @Cinfhen yes! It‘s my first time and as @Megabooks said somewhere else I‘m “ridiculously excited” 🤩 can‘t wait to see your list too! @Mitch is my match and it‘s a great list I have to work with! @monalyisha does a fantastic job! (edited) 7mo
Cinfhen Ohhhh @Mitch is a GREAT match @Chelsea.Poole 🥳🥳🥳 7mo
monalyisha Thank you! 🥰 7mo
Librarybelle I love @MallenNC ‘s lists and may make a screenshot of this to see her recommendations! 7mo
Megabooks The Lost Family is on #AudiblePlus. Will write more later - very sick today. 7mo
Cinfhen 😢 I‘m sorry / I will email u xx @Megabooks I actually bought Lost Family awhile back on Audible for $1.99 / I think u liked it ?!! 7mo
Cinfhen The list is great @Librarybelle definitely take a screenshot 😌 7mo
BarbaraBB Number 4 is so good & on @Megabooks list too. Maybe you can buddyread 👯‍♀️ 7mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I did like it very much, and I‘m up for a Passing #buddyread! 7mo
Blaire How the word is passed was incredible. Highly recommend for a non-fiction read. 7mo
Cinfhen I know @BarbaraBB , I was going to mention to @Megabooks we should do a buddyread for 7mo
Cinfhen I‘ve seen that book on a bunch of best of 2021 lists @Blaire so it‘s definitely on my radar and I will be looking to read it in 2022 🤓 7mo
britt_brooke I‘m hopeful you‘ll enjoy Sundown! 🤞🏼 7mo
Cinfhen Thanks @britt_brooke I‘m not such a fan of SSJ but I own it, it‘s on the list, I know you liked it and it‘ll work for #Booked2022 7mo
MallenNC @Librarybelle I‘m glad you like my book lists! I loved being matched with you my first year of #NYWD 7mo
MallenNC @Cinfhen I listened to Sun Down Motel in October. It was the perfect creepy mystery for that time. 7mo
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Cinfhen
Amazons Audible Audio Books | Albert N Thomas
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My current listen isn‘t in the database (yet). It‘s a memoir about a woman coming to terms with her husband‘s job loss after 17 years of being the family provider. It‘s ok so far. #AudiblePlus #Freebie #NonFictionNovember

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Megabooks
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Do you remember inflating the word count in your high school essays by the saying the same thing twice but phrasing it differently? Imagine a whole book of that. She would say the same thing twice yet in different ways. 😏

While taken as a whole arc the story of Vitale‘s addiction and sobriety is interesting, the actual writing is atrocious! I can‘t recommend this #AudiblePlus title. 👎🏻

llcoolnate hahah I got the joke 👌🏻👌🏻😝 9mo
Megabooks @llcoolnate 😂😂👍🏻 9mo
Cinfhen #PetPeeve #HardPass Thanks for the honest review!!! 9mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen good idea! 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I think Molly has a UTI. ☹️ the soonest I could get her in with my vet is tomorrow. She definitely doesn‘t feel good. 💜 I feel so bad for her. 9mo
Cinfhen How‘s Molly????? Poor pup 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen she did have a uti at the vet today. ☹️☹️ she got an antibiotic injection, and she seems to be feeling better. (There‘s an antibiotic injection for skin infections and uti‘s in dogs that last 2 weeks and is soooo much better than doing pills!!) I ordered a bunch of stuff for her from chewy. New treats, 3 different toys, 2 kinds of bone…no, she‘s not spoiled!! 😂😂 9mo
Cinfhen Hahaha 🤣 I‘m now familiar with Chewy!!! I keep asking Niki to tell me which is Herzy‘s favorite bone treat - apparently it‘s only available on Chewy. I wanted to send one to Molly after her surgery 🐾🐶♥️ I‘m so glad to hear there is a quick shot antibiotic for her!! Glad she‘s on the mend ❤️‍🩹 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen awwww!! Thank you for thinking of us! Chewy is fantastic because you get the convenience of online without the worry of counterfeit like on Amazon. A friend got counterfeit food on Amazon and I got counterfeit toys. Ridiculous!! So glad chewy is there. 9mo
Cinfhen I didn‘t know that was a “thing” on Amazon 😣I HATE dishonest people!!! Im going to ask Niki about that bone, again. It‘s like a brain toy/ bone treat 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen that sounds really cool!! She likes bones and loves food. 😁😁 Molly had mostly hand me down toys, so I think she‘ll appreciate her own. And yes, counterfeiting sucks!!! The only other new toy besides Hairy is a counterfeit crocodile that I had to resew myself after she destroyed it in 10 minutes!! It was supposed to be the same brand/type as Hairy, and it wasn‘t even close. Fortunately I know a really secure stitch. Thanks vet school! 9mo
Cinfhen 🙌🏻 - Herzy can chew through a toy in seconds too!!! Unfortunately for Niki & Adam it ends up in the garbage 🗑 😜 9mo
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Megabooks
Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Molly‘s asleep, and 🤞🏻 I will be soon. Here‘s my #WeeklyForecast.

I‘ve got a bunch of memoirs out at the library, including two for #LatinxHeritageMonth. Wayward arrived in print, and I will likely start it tomorrow morning.

Harlem Shuffle may be a so-so for me, too, @Cinfhen @britt_brooke 🤔 Addicted to Perfect is a simple memoir that I‘m falling asleep to tonight. It‘s #AudiblePlus. Review of Union‘s memoir coming tomorrow. Night! 😴

Cinfhen Can‘t wait to hear your thoughts on the Union!! Sweet dreams xx 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen the Union was great, but I‘m having trouble getting my thoughts together for reviews lately 🤷🏻‍♀️. 🤞🏻 it ends soon. Perfect is a super quick listen. I went in with low expectations, and it‘s meeting my needs of what to read atm. I listened at almost the same speed as Shuffle, but it‘s going much faster. Audiophiles like you get it! Some books are more like medicine. 😂 I‘ll still probably still finish Shuffle even with the struggle. (edited) 9mo
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Cinfhen You write such SHARP reviews so i can‘t imagine that you are experiencing any kind of obstacles. 🙏🏻 you get your writing mojo back 😘Are you struggling to get through 👉 it‘s not just you!! 9mo
britt_brooke @Megabooks I‘ve been struggling with reviews lately, too. I get 2-3 books behind on them and just can‘t gather my thoughts either. 😕 9mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen yes, definitely struggling with Harlem Shuffle! 9mo
Megabooks @britt_brooke 🤞🏻 both our writer‘s block passes. So frustrating! 9mo
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Cinfhen
Blackbird House | Alice Hoffman
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Pickpick

#AuthorAMonth I enjoyed this short interconnected novel revolving around a house by the sea. Each chapter focuses on a new inhabitant, some are descendants others are newcomers. Each chapter is richly crafted & written with Hoffman‘s tender prose and skillful style. It‘s a quick listen,read by numerous narrators, which made this book really enjoyable. #AudiblePlus perfect for a Fall day 🧡

Megabooks Thanks for the tag! 10mo
Cinfhen Thought you might enjoy a quick listen from the #AudiblePlus catalog @Megabooks xx 10mo
TrishB Oh I have this one on the piles! 10mo
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Blackbird House | Alice Hoffman
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I wasn‘t going to pick up an Alice Hoffman this month @Soubhiville but than I saw this audio in my Audible library and thought, why not?!?!! I‘m REALLY enjoying this interconnected short story collection 💕Multicast narration and really good stories so far. Each character that resides in the Blackbird House is whimsical and compelling. Alice Hoffman is a truly gifted writer and storyteller 🙌🏻 Solid companion for running errands today 😁

MidnightBookGirl Hoffman can be a bit hit or miss for me, but I love her Owens family series, and this cover is calling to me. Plus I love short stories! 10mo
Cinfhen I‘m loving it @MidnightBookGirl I should say each chapter is a glimpse of an inhabitant that lives in a house by the sea for over 20O years. The stories are linked by the house, the mysterious blackbirds that live outside the house and some inhabitants are relatives of the original owner. It‘s short and it‘s a multicast narration, which I love ❤️ it‘s free from #AudiblePlus 🎧🙌🏻 10mo
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Megabooks
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This was fine, but I‘d rather hang out in the yard with Molly, even if it‘s 90 F out!

Kristin‘s father was a distributor of Deep Throat and went on trial for his involvement in Memphis in the 1970s. It destroyed his marriage, but he continued to be in the porn business with a chain of adult stores in Florida. This is Kristin‘s life in the shadow of her father‘s career and her parents‘ crumbling marriage. In the #AudiblePlus catalogue.

Megabooks I‘ll have to send y‘all a picture/video of her playing with Hairy Elephante (after Harry Belafonte). I think she thinks he‘s a real baby bunny because he‘s gray and about the right size. She has a real zest in killing him. I‘m beginning to have theories about how she came to me. @Cinfhen @BarbaraBB will write soon!! 10mo
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Cinfhen Hahahaha I‘m dying!!!!! Hairy Elephante!!!!!! And your bunny theory is hilarious!!!!! Good Golly, Miss Molly is a killer!!!!!! 😘😘😘😘 10mo
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Megabooks @Cinfhen I got a video! Will send it! 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen I just lost an email I wrote to you and @BarbaraBB 😩 perhaps there is an Apple update coming?? Maybe there‘s a bug in the mail app?? Anyway, will rewrite the email later. 10mo
Cinfhen See…..I know how you feel!!!!! So annoying 😅😆😂 10mo
BarbaraBB Is is that video you posted on Instagram? It‘s hilarious 😂 10mo
Megabooks @BarbaraBB yes it is!! You were right, she is so wild!! 😂😂 10mo
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Weekly Forecast | Thomas Gibson Inc
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Trying to get Molly to sleep is really good for me doing your weekly stuff @Cinfhen ! Here is my #WeeklyForecast:

I started Sorrow & Bliss today. I think it was @EvieBee ‘s review that moved this to the must-read column. I‘m listening to Pornographer‘s Daughter through #AudiblePlus. I‘m really digging their new titles! This one is set in Philly.

I determined if I average 1 book/day for the rest to the year, I‘ll make 500. That would be amazing!

Ruthiella 500 books in one year would be AWESOME! 👏👏👏 (edited) 10mo
EvieBee Wow! You can do it! I loved Sorrow and Bliss! Hope you do too. 10mo
merelybookish 500 books! 😮 10mo
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Megabooks @EvieBee so far, I am. I‘m about 20% in. And thank you!! 10mo
Megabooks @Ruthiella @merelybookish it‘s more than I ever dreamed I could read in a year!! 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen Got your email. Thank you! Niki looked so beautiful in all the pictures!! I will write back soon. I‘ve got a sleeping mutt in my lap now. 💕💜💕💜 10mo
Cinfhen Yay!!! So glad I FINALLY got it right xx 10mo
Cinfhen Lots of good titles in this week‘s forecast 🙌🏻 10mo
Cathythoughts All these look good. I loved Sorrow & Bliss 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen thanks!! I also just got this one from the library. So excited to learn more about this cool place. 10mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts I haven‘t gotten any more read today because it is easier to have on an audiobook will Molly, but I‘m hoping to get a few more pages in before bed. Very much enjoying it!! 10mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts also, I meant to write on your review of The Turnout that I think you would like Catherine Ryan Howard for a modern thriller author. Either Rewind or 10mo
Cinfhen Ohhh, that sounds cool!!! 10mo
Cathythoughts I will try her ! Thanks. I‘m half tempted to go back & see how Turnout finishes up … that builder guy is dead now .. I wonder if there are any more interesting twists 🤔 10mo
Megabooks @Cathythoughts the last 1/3 was the best part. I considered a late bail, but I‘m glad I finished. 10mo
Megabooks @Cinfhen it is cool so far. I‘ve been listening while Molly plays! 10mo
Cathythoughts I may have to rethink my bail decision 🙄😂 10mo
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