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This is the first book I picked in my self-directed writing course syllabus. A longtime blogger and writer, with one self-published book to my credit, I‘d like to “get serious” about my craft. King makes me want to keep writing, and also gave me the smack down on adverb use. I loved both his memoir section, and the writing advice. My copy is covered in notes!

Full review http://www.TheBilbiophage.com
#giftedtoyou #booked2019

BarbaraTheBibliophage Thanks @britt_brooke — it was as fabulous as you said it would be! 14h
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘m trying out the Bookly app for my print book reading. I don‘t have the energy to track everything I read. But it‘s been fun. Pretty sure I have a coupon code, in case anyone‘s interested. 14h
britt_brooke So happy you liked it!! 12h
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Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage I've thought about bookly, but you have to pay right? I csny 12h
Crazeedi @BarbaraTheBibliophage sorry about last word, I can't! 11h
TheLudicReader That‘s a great book on every level. 11h
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Crazeedi The free version is pretty limited. They constantly offer you deals on the premium version. I just used the free one until the premium pricing they offered was a good enough deal. 9h
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A good, but slow moving account of the Reverend Willie Maxwell who was suspected in the deaths of 5 family members in an insurance scam and the man who murdered Maxwell at his stepdaughter's funeral. Lee didn't feature as prominently as I would have liked but I did find out that she was a Mets fan and would travel to Shea to see them! 😍 Good for lawyers and life insurance brokers but not a casual fan. #Booked2019 #NewIn2019 #Autumn

Cinfhen I‘ve seen other reviews that were similar to yours. This sounds like a #BorrowNotBuy 13h
IamIamIam @Cinfhen Definitely!!! I'd have been really angry if I bought it and only the very last section was about Lee and also had very little information about her looking into Maxwell. I don't like to disparage authors but it's like Lee was thrown in so this book would sell. That being said, the story of Willie Maxwell was really interesting! 13h
BarbaraTheBibliophage The author must live near me because she‘s making the rounds of nearby bookstores. I‘m glad to have a review, so I can prioritize other author events. 🤪 13h
IamIamIam @BarbaraTheBibliophage I'd be interested to hear about how she came by the info about Lee and the Maxwell case but I wouldn't really make an effort to go see her, lol! That sounds so mean! Her talking about Lee and Capote did make me want to pull out his giant biography I've never gotten to, though! There's a bonus! Lol 11h
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Heidi | Johanna Spyri.
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I never read Heidi as a child, so I don‘t have any sentimental strings attached. I don‘t feel this one has aged as well as other children‘s books from the mid to late 1800‘s, like Little Women. It was also quite preachy, esp the 2nd half. It is a sweet story.

It did fill a lot of prompts!

#booked2019 #publicdomain
#bbrc #mgme #classic
#readingwomen : translated book published before 1945

LibrarianRyan I agree. 15h
Cinfhen I‘m not sure if I could make it through a preachy tome written in the late 1800s 😜 sounds like torture 15h
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen It wasn‘t too heavy-handed, and it was all in the 2nd half, so I was already committed by the time I reached it. I probably would have bailed if Heidi didn‘t ✔️ so many reading challenge prompts! And it‘s a quick read. 14h
4thhouseontheleft @Cinfhen It does make the very short list of books I won‘t recommend to Maya. 😂 14h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Who picked these prompts, anyway! 🤪👊🏻♥️ 13h
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Dragon Pearl | Yoon Ha Lee
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Loved it. It has action, magic, science, betrayal, courage and ultimately love and faith win it all. Min is complex, fun to follow and learn this world with. I had no knowledge of Korean mythology and just dived into this very vivid world the writer offered us, readers. I could feel the sand, hear the sounds of the boots on the metal floors of the space ships and see the ghosts. #booked2019 #summer

I hope we get more adventures from this world.

BarbaraTheBibliophage Sounds like a fun middle grade choice! 13h
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The Red Pencil | Andrea Davis Pinkney
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Two more completed for #Booked2019

#MuslimAuthororMC - Reading Lolita in Tehran
#DiverseMiddleGrade - The Red Pencil

@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage

Cinfhen Well done 👍🏽 18h
Cinfhen Hope all is well by you!!! 18h
wordslinger42 I loved Reading Lolita in Tehran!! 17h
BarbaraTheBibliophage Woooot!! 👊🏻♥️📚 13h
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Hetty Dorval | Ethel Wilson
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#bookgiftedtoyou #booked2019

This prompt gave me an opportunity to read one of the Persephone titles gifted to me through my subscription last year. Hetty is a slim novella that is told from the perspective of now-adult Frankie, who met Hetty when she (Frankie) was only 12. Hetty flows in and out of Frankie‘s life, and it‘s not until much later that Frankie sees the impact Hetty will have on her life.

BarbaraBB Beautiful! 13h
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I‘m not sure how, after 30 years of avid reading, I was today years old before I read a Koontz novel, but here we are.

This is a fun, fast-paced paranormal mystery/thriller, with good writing, a supporting cast of colorful characters, and a really great main character: Odd Thomas is wonderful and I‘m going to read more of this series.

This was my #BookGiftedToYou for #Booked2019. My friend @ItsAngel gave it to me a year ago.😳😂


Cinfhen I don‘t think I‘ve read Dean Kootz either 🙈 2d
JanuarieTimewalker13 I read Intensity, and it scared me off Koontz. But I‘m going to stack this one. 2d
eri.reads I am 40 and have not yet read a Koontz novel either, but...Odd Thomas is the one I planned to start with. 🙈😁 2d
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Leftcoastzen I really don‘t habitually read Koontz, but I have read this one and really liked it , have the 2 next ones on the shelf waiting to be read .Quirky in a good way. 2d
Dragon I love Odd Thomas 💜 2d
Eyelit I read a lot of koontz when I was in Jr high and mostly loved his books. The Odd Thomas series is def high up on my list of faves by him, close behind The Watchers at number 1 😄 2d
meagankc21 I didn't keep up with the series but I did read the first 3 or 4 and I remember I really liked them. I just couldn't keep going once I started undergrad lol and now I feel like it's too late to pick back up after so long. Unless there's a website that gives me a "previously on..." For each book so I can jump in where I left off 1d
sprainedbrain @meagankc21 Wikipedia seems to have enough synopsis for each book that I was afraid to read too far. 😂 1d
sprainedbrain @Eyelit I have The Watchers on my tbr. Honestly, that seems like my kind of book, so no clue why I haven‘t read it ages ago. 1d
sprainedbrain @eri.reads as a 42-year-old who just figured it out, I can definitely recommend starting with this one. 😂 1d
vivastory I haven't read Koontz since I think junior high & the one I remember reading in one sitting was 1d
vivastory I've heard great things about Odd Thomas & will definitely be checking it out after your review 1d
BarbaraTheBibliophage I‘ve read some Koontz and enjoyed them! 13h
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Watchmen | Alan Moore, Dave Gibbons
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#GroundsForDivorce #RedRoseSeptember

This book is so not my usual stuff, but okay, I‘ll give it a try. It works for #1001books, #Booked2019 and #ATY19.

arlenefinnigan Good choice! 3d
Cinfhen Yeah, It‘s NOT for me, either 😬 3d
Reagan-reads Oh I love it, and it was way out of my usual comfort zone. I dug the movie too. 3d
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batsy I wasn't into graphic novels when I first read this (or rather I hadn't read much comics up to that point) but I was really blown away by this! 3d
BarbaraBB @Reagan-reads @batsy That is hopeful, thanks for the thumbs-up 💕 3d
AudreyMorris This book put me into a 6-week reading slump. I forced myself to finish. It was a mistake! My high schooler has loved it for years, it was all his idea... 8h
BarbaraBB @AudreyMorris I can relate to that, it is so not for me. I have a hard time focusing on what‘s happening in all those graphics and who is talking etc. But I have to admit I do like it better than expected. 3h
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An Ember in the Ashes | Sabaa Tahir
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I absolutely loved this book. I listened to it on audio and both narrators were fantastic. My original reason for reading this was for #Booked2019 Muslim author but I am definitely planning to read the next two.
@Cinfhen @4thhouseontheleft @BarbaraTheBibliophage
Also my last book for #BFCr3 #bookfitnesschallenge @wanderinglynn
And #TeenAngst #seriesstarter #BBRC @LibrarianRyan @RachelO

Cinfhen That‘s so awesome!!! I‘m entering this book on my audio wish list for future reference 😉 3d
julesG @Cinfhen Steve West, Narrator - I'm all ears! 👂🎶💞 3d
Cinfhen @julesG 👍🏻 3d
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RachelO Sounds great! 👍 3d
4thhouseontheleft This book covered a lot of prompts for you! 🎉🎉 3d
LibrarianRyan Yeah. 3d
BarbaraTheBibliophage Great job. I liked, but didn‘t love, this book. ♥️📚👊🏻 13h
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