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NatalieR
P Is for Peril | Sue Grafton
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Most of the books in the alphabet series are just pretty good. However, I loved the letter P. There are multiple plots and a lot of characters. One major piece of the job Kinsey is hired, is solved, but it brings up more questions. Kinsey rents new office space and that brings about a whole slew of other problems and shady characters. There‘s even a little drama with Henry, her landlord. The ending was wrapped up a bit differently too. #MountTBR

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NatalieR
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It was a pleasure to re-visit the X-Files with Mulder, Scully, Skinner, the Lone Gunmen, and the Smoking Man. I appreciated Fox pulling out the ‘I Want to Believe‘ poster. The whole crew was at it again, solving the most unusual events with aliens and strange creatures. The Audible production was very well executed with the original cast and dramatic effects. The storyline picked right up from the X-Files movie and TV miniseries. #MountTBR

mypoesoul 👽🙌 4d
swishandflick Haha, great picture! 4d
NatalieR @mypoesoul @swishandflick Thanks! 🛸😄👽 3d
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BarbaraBB
The Echo Wife | Sarah Gailey
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A solid read about a female scientist, renowned for her work in the field of cloning, who meets a clone representing herself. This woman is her ex husband‘s new lover. A great start, an engaging middle and a weak ending make for a soft pick. I don‘t think it should have made the #ToB22 shortlist. I do think that of several books this year 🥴

#pop22 #OnomatopoeiaInTitle

Laughterhp Yeah, this one was a low pick for me as well. 6d
4thhouseontheleft I didn‘t even think to use this for the onomatopoeia prompt! I‘ll do that too, although All‘s Well just won out over The Echo Wife as my next #tobshortlist read 6d
Suet624 Smart idea for a story. Too bad it seems it didn‘t quite hit the mark. 6d
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squirrelbrain I agree - I enjoyed it but it just wasn‘t ‘enough‘ to make the shortlist. Love your pic! ❤️ 6d
BarbaraBB @4thhouseontheleft I was pretty pleased with myself for using this book for the onomatopoeia prompt 😉 6d
BarbaraBB @Suet624 No it didn‘t. It‘s definitely an entertaining read but the ToB? No… 6d
Cinfhen Awesome use of prompt challenge!!! I liked this book, wayyyy more than Klara but I agree, not best book to make the shortlist. Also gorgeous photo!!!!!! 6d
Megabooks That prompt 💯! I was just okay on this, too. Low pick for sure 👍🏻 6d
BarbaraBB @Cinfhen I think I liked Klara better. I am a bit annoyed by the ending of this one. 6d
BarbaraBB @Laughterhp @squirrelbrain @Megabooks too many low picks on this year‘s shortlist if you ask me 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
Megabooks Yes, I either loved them or they were just blah. Not many middle of the road. 6d
julesG Great picture. This book is on my #MountTBR. I don't understand what part of the title makes it onomatopoeic though, but I might be a bit nitpicky. Don't want to criticise, just curious. 6d
Ruthiella Let‘s see what the judge says...a few readers on Goodreads are noting that the author intended the book to reflect how young women are groomed by their abusers. But this isn‘t something I picked up on when reading it. (edited) 6d
BarbaraBB @julesG I thought (though am not sure, English is not my first language) that it‘s a word that‘s written the way it sounds? Well, the word echo echoed is echo… I was quite pleased with it but maybe I‘m interpreting it wrong 🤷🏻‍♀️ 6d
BarbaraBB @Ruthiella In her afterword the author emphasizes to stand up against domestic violence indeed. But I didn‘t pick that up while reading either. 6d
Cinfhen I think it works as onomatopoeia 😘😘and I was MORE annoyed by the ending of Klara. Regardless, I agree, too many meh or so-so books made the final 16! 6d
sarahbarnes Great review. I‘m definitely on the fence about reading this one. 6d
4thhouseontheleft @julesG @BarbaraBB @cinfhen well, echo is an onomatopoeia if you yell echo! 😂 But it also works for the mirror image on cover prompt. 6d
julesG Barbara, yes, you are right. I thought more along the lines of 5d
julesG @4thhouseontheleft I was way too far off thinking about stupid words you can yell in a canyon to get a slur as a reply than to actually realise "echo" was onomatopoeic. 5d
thebluestocking I agree with you in the ending of this one. I also just felt liked it pushed up against (and maybe past) my willingness to suspend disbelief that some of the shenanigans weren‘t discovered. 🤷‍♀️ 5d
Chelsea.Poole I finished this last week and just now getting to my review. I felt the same way you did 😊 5d
Sharpeipup I bailed in the middle and feel better knowing it has a week ending. Thank you for that! 5d
kwmg40 I agree with your assessment of the book, but I did really enjoy this one despite the flaws. 5d
BarbaraBB @thebluestocking @Chelsea.Poole @Sharpeipup I found it so improbable that someone who was living solely for science would throw that all away for someone who she despised in the first place. I could get over that because I liked the way their relationship developed but after that ending also being improbable I feel a bit let down! 5d
BarbaraBB @kwmg40 That is true, it certainly is enjoyable! 5d
Mindyrecycles I liked it but am surprised it‘s in the tourney, too. Not what I would consider literary. Interesting premise, though, and kept my attention. My husband read it, too, after I told him a little about it. That‘s never happened before with a tob contender! 2d
BarbaraBB @Mindyrecycles That‘s true, it kept my attention too. What did your husband think of it? 2d
Mindyrecycles He liked it but didn‘t love it. 1d
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IndoorDame
The Murmur of Bees | Sofa Segovia
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This was a surprising blend of historical fiction and magical realism. The best thing about it is that they completely worked together! Both aspects drew me in. The historical aspect was set during the Spanish Flu, so I was immediately drawn to learn more about that, and the mysterious element helped make it a truly unique story. #NewYearWhoDis #MountTBR #PopSugar2022 #OnomatopoeiaInTitle @monalyisha @jen_the_scribe

jen_the_scribe This was one of my favorites from last year, so glad you enjoyed it! 7d
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NatalieR
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This is an interesting ‘Great Courses‘ on Emotional Intelligence. Quite the comprehensive course that didn‘t have me feeling overwhelmed with research and statistics. There were several patient presentations containing dialogue with the author. This course offered techniques to improve EQ in a person‘s comprehensive lifestyle. #MountTBR

Gissy So pretty that figurine 😍❤️❤️📚❤️❤️ 1w
NatalieR @Gissy Thank you! 😊 1w
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Andrew65
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I am starting a new Saturday feature, #WeekendReading.

For a lot of us we get the chance to read more at weekends so each Saturday let‘s share what we are reading that weekend.

I am listening to The PoisonWood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver (#AuthoraMonth) and When Hoopoes Go To Heaven by Gaile Parkin. Both of which over countries for #ReadingAfrica 2022

What are you reading? Let‘s Share!

TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 😘🤩📖📚 1w
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Bookworm04 @Andrew65 seen ur post joined tagged you :) exciting 1w
Tove_Reads About to finish Almost dead by Ragan ad starting Coben‘s Missing You and Killer Deal by Sofie Sarenbrant. 1w
Andrew65 @Bookworm04 Great 😍 1w
MaGoose Reading The Additional Adventures of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Hall. And trying to decide what else to read this weekend - can't decide, too many good choices! 1w
Andrew65 @MaGoose I hate trying to choose books which is why sometimes I produce lists. 1w
Andrew65 @Tove_Reads That‘s my commute read for Monday, Almost Dead. 1w
Bookwormjillk A nostalgic read for me- when I was in high school researching for my science fair project at my town‘s library I came across a long shelf under a forgotten window labeled “mystery”. I checked this book out a lifelong love of reading began 1w
Velvetfur This is a fab idea Andrew! I'm concentrating on 'Awakening The Buddha Within' which I want to finish from last year (!) and recently started the audiobook 'The Quaker' so will probably listen a bit more of that over weekend. Which countries are your two Africa books for? 1w
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk I‘ve only read A, sounds like I need to get on the other 24. 1w
EadieB I‘m finishing The Harlech Killings then hope to start Almost Dead and i‘ve got The Hundredth Man on audio but can‘t really get into that one. Been listening off and on for the past week and can‘t seem to figure out what‘s going on. May need to start over and read along with physical book. I feel lost! 1w
Bookwormjillk The Poisonwood Bible is a good one for #ReadingAfrica and #AuthorAMonth. I may have to re-read it this month. 1w
DGRachel I have a schedule printed so I can read everything I want to before library and book club deadlines, but I‘m already three days behind. 🤣🤣 I‘m hoping to finish The Dead of Winter by Nicola Upson, Bad Luck Bridesmaid by Alison Rose Greenberg, and The Guest List by Lucy Foley this weekend. 1w
Andrew65 @Velvetfur Is that the tagged book at the end of this post? If so I read it last year I believe. The PoisonWood Bible - Democratic Republic of Congo, Hoopoes - Swaziland (Eswatini now). Your bokks sound interesting. 1w
Andrew65 @Bookwormjillk Kills two birds with one stone and a good read, 62% in, but quite a Chunkster at 640 Pages. 1w
EadieB @Andrew65 I read the Poisonwood Bible around 2010 and enjoyed it but haven‘t read any of her other books. I‘ve seen where others have said that her other books don‘t measure up to her first one. 1w
Andrew65 @DGRachel Some good books you‘re in the middle of. (edited) 1w
Andrew65 @EadieB Hard to follow the success of a week renowned first book. 1w
AmyG This weekend it‘s 1w
Andrew65 @EadieB Forgot to post that one. Hoping to get to The Harlech Killings tomorrow. Some books just do not work with audiobooks for some reason. Others are great. Almost Dead will be my commute read on Monday. 1w
Andrew65 @AmyG That‘s a great read and a a good second book in the series out too. (edited) 1w
Bookjunkie57 I want to finish up Jingle Bell Beard on Kindle. Not sure what audiobook I want to start next 1w
ElizaMarie I‘m about to start 1w
ElizaMarie @Bookwormjillk oooo I love Kinsey. I‘m currently up on 1w
CocoReads Reading Heart Bones by Colleen Hoover and Watching Over You by Lori Foster. Also it‘s been at least a year since I physically set foot in a library—I‘m planning on a quick trip the my local branch in a couple hours when I‘m cleaned up 1w
KellyK Working my way through Harlem Shuffle and listening to Death on the Nile.

I binge-read the Alphabet Mysteries a few years ago and was just finishing up Y isfor Yesterday when a saw the news that Sue Grafton had passed away. 😢
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Clwojick Currently reading A Flicker in the Dark, and then I‘ll be moving on to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo. 1w
Lizpixie I‘m reading Ancestral Night by Elizabeth Bear, the 1st in the White Space series, a SciFi set 100s of years in the future. So far it‘s been brilliant! 1w
CoffeeNBooks I love this idea! Thanks for the tag! 1w
Andrew65 @Bookjunkie57 The last of the Christmas books? 1w
Andrew65 @ElizaMarie Love that book. (edited) 1w
Andrew65 @ElizaMarie I really do need to get to that series. 1w
Andrew65 @CocoReads I have on,y bern in twice, once to pick up a reserve, once to return it. 1w
Andrew65 @KellyK So sad she didn‘t get to finished the series. 1w
Andrew65 @Clwojick Love the Seven Husbands, enjoy! 1w
Andrew65 @Lizpixie Let me know what it‘s like. 1w
Andrew65 @CoffeeNBooks Great to hear 😊 1w
EadieB @KellyK @Andrew65 Grafton passed away in 2017. I was just reading about her on Wiki. Quite interesting: While going through a "bitter divorce and custody battle that lasted six long years", Grafton imagined ways to kill or maim her ex-husband. Her fantasies were so vivid that she decided to write them down. She told her daughter a ghost would haunt anyone who tried to finish her series. As far as she was concerned, the alphabet ended with “Y.” (edited) 1w
Librarybelle Lots is great #ReadingAfrica2022 reading this weekend! 1w
Megabooks The Poisonwood Bible is great! 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Great idea! I will be reading for the second week of #sundaybuddyread The Other Side of Midnight and Brazen: Rebel Ladies Who Rocked the World. If there's time I also have Death on the Nile. I don't usually get much audiobook listening in on the weekends but I have Cleopatra: A Life and The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck going, too. I was iffy on reading Kingsolver this month but seeing the comments here, I might try The Poisonwood Bible. 1w
Andrew65 @Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Just be aware it‘s a big book. 1w
Kelly_the_Bookish_Sidekick Yes, a chunkster. And likely the #1 reason I was apprehensive to pick one up. Hey, if I bail, so be it. 😁 1w
PageShifter Thanks for the tag. I have also read The PoisonWood Bible! 1w
IamIamIam Great idea, Andrew!! Also a great way to add to #MountTBR! 😂 I'm revisiting A Separate Peace, which was a favorite of mine from high school but I'm struggling to remember why... 🤨 And for #Bookspin, I'm hoping to start this later today: 1w
Andrew65 @IamIamIam True #MountTBRAccumulation! Amazing when you read books again and can lead to different thoughts. For me it was 1w
IamIamIam @Andrew65 LOL, your posts are 2 out of 3 that come up with that book as a tag!!! 😂 I stacked it and hopefully, I'll get to it in another WWII frenzy. 😁 1w
AprilMae Currently reading 1w
Andrew65 @IamIamIam I‘m everywhere! 🤣 First read it on a holiday to the Canary Islands as a 19 year old 1w
Andrew65 @AprilMae Looks good. 1w
jb72 I started reading 1w
Andrew65 @jb72 Fun reading. 1w
slategreyskies I love this idea!! :) 1w
robinb I‘m into the second of a new historical mystery series for me about a female pigeoneer during WW2. I started this one without having read the first and was so into it that I went back and read the previous one. 😊 The first one is 1w
Andrew65 @robinb This sounds great. 1w
Kdgordon88 I started Things Fall Apart for #Booked2022 last night and also Snowflake just because. Thanks for the tag. 1w
Bookjunkie57 @Andrew65 yep. Have to finish out the trilogy. 1w
Andrew65 @Kdgordon88 Looks like some good reading ahead. 1w
Eggbeater I am reading Fuzz When Nature Breaks the Law, Within These Wicked Walls (A Jane Eyre retelling), and The Chosen and the Beautiful (a Great Gatsby retelling) 1w
Andrew65 @Eggbeater Some good books to retell. 1w
BookwormM Just finished Nights at the Circus, listening to The Child by Fiona Barton and reading Millennium People by J G Ballard 1w
Andrew65 @BookwormM All good books. 1w
CaitZ I just started A Solitude of Wolverines. It's a thriller about a wolverine researcher set in the Rocky Mountains in Montana in winter. 1w
Andrew65 @CaitZ Sounds good. 1w
BookwormAHN I'm reading Star Wars A Test Of Courage and will so start The Once And Future Witches 😺 1w
rachelk I‘m reading and enjoying 1w
MoonWitch94 Ohhhh fun!!! I just finished this one. Will be posting a review soon. 1w
Andrew65 @BookwormAHN Looks a good weekend of reading. 1w
Andrew65 @rachelk Looks interesting. (edited) 1w
Andrew65 @MoonWitch94 Love a good historical fiction book. 1w
Velvetfur @Andrew65 Yes that's the one! Thank you for the África suggestions too 😁 1w
Andrew65 @Velvetfur We need to get together a list of African books. 1w
Read4life Thanks for the tag 💙. I‘m finishing A Court of Wings & Ruin, starting Angel‘s Rest, The Making of Us & 1w
Andrew65 @Read4life Some good books there. 1w
CarolynM Thanks for the tag🙂 I was feeling like some brain candy so I'm catching up with Stephanie Plum 1w
TheKidUpstairs @AmyG oh, how I love those characters! Hope you're enjoying! The second book is great, too. 1w
TheKidUpstairs @ElizaMarie ooh, enjoy! That's a good read! 1w
TheKidUpstairs I'm just about finished A Psalm for the Wild Built, and also working on 1w
AmyG @TheKidUpstairs I love Elizabeth so much. ❤️ 1w
Rissa1 Trying to read this, but I keep being interrupted. 1w
SpookyMazeOfBooks Would love to do this 1w
Crazeedi I have 4 books going right now! Arghhh! Plus 2 more I have to hopefully read before en of January. Slow going for me this month. Reading right now tagged for #BookSpin also still slowly finishing Missing Sister and the Sunflower Sisters! And my LMPBC book@! 1w
Bookworm54 I wasn‘t reading anything, as I had work and visited family. Just started the tagged book set in Egypt today :) 1w
Crazeedi Oh crikey an I have to get reading this one for #FoodAndLit 1w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi Still trying to decide what book to read for Egypt for the #ReadingAfrica2022 Challenge, but I have read this one in recent years. 1w
JanuarieTimewalker13 Thank you!!! 1w
Kimzey How do I tag a book? 1w
Crazeedi @Kimzey look for the little tag underneath where you are writing a post. Theres a tag and a skull and crossbones, the tag will bring up the place where you can type in book. The skull is if you want to hide your post! 1w
Crazeedi @Andrew65 I'd love a post with Africa books!! 1w
Kimzey @Crazeedi Thank you! 1w
Andrew65 Thanks @Crazeedi for helping @Kimzey to tag a book. 1w
Andrew65 @Crazeedi I‘ll think about how we best do this. 1w
Andrew65 @Kimzey This one sounds great. 1w
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laur89
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My #JanuaryTBR was picked by fellow Littens and my furry buddy! My goal is read at least 22 books in #2022 😊 #tbr #goodreads #beatthebacklist #mountTBR

TheSpineView That face!💜🐾 2w
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Julsmarshall
Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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I really enjoyed this Christie! A retired policeman is trying to solve a series of murders in a small town and hijinks ensue. I really loved the women characters in this story-and that‘s all I can say! #MountTBR

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julesG
Untitled | Unknown
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Guess I nailed it. 🙈🙈

#GoodreadsChallenge2021

MelissaSue81 Holy moly!! 2w
TrishB Woohoo 🎉 2w
BookDadGirlDad Overachiever🤣🤣🤣 That's over 1 book a day!!! Wow! 2w
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julesG @BookDadGirlDad 🙈🙈🙈 @TrishB told you, I'm a fast listener. @MelissaSue81 My thoughts, precisely. 2w
Ruthiella Excellent work! 👏👏👏 2w
Eyelit 🎉📚👏 2w
Mollyanna Amazing! 🥳🎉🥳 2w
Cupcake12 Wow 😮 2w
tracey38 Amazing! 2w
youneverarrived Amazing 🤩 2w
Gissy This is out of this reading world! I‘m impressed! The Reader Queen 👸🏽 📚📚📚🤩👏👏👏👏👏 2w
WJCintron 🎉 🎉 🎉WOW!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!! ⭐ 2w
Suet624 Lordy! How the heck did you do that???? Congrats!!! 2w
julesG @Ruthiella @Eyelit @Mollyanna @Cupcake12 @tracey38 @youneverarrived @Gissy @WJCintron @Suet624 Thank you all. 2021 was the year of audiobooks. At least half of the books I read were audiobooks and 'reading' at 2.0-2.5x speed helps getting through my #MountTBR faster. 2w
Suet624 Hahaha. I'm afraid my brain would explode if I listened at 2.5 x speed. 2w
Gissy @julesG But you did it because there are too many books and so little time🤗 2w
julesG @Gissy I keep saying, I intend to become a poltergeist to keep on reading for all eternity. 2w
Gissy @julesG 🤣🤣🤣 2w
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julesG
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Currently reading yet another book from #MountTBR, but not what I wanted to read for the #20in4 #readathon. @Andrew65

But I found "celebrate" ??? #TreasureHunt

#AVeryMerryReadathon @TheSpineView

Andrew65 Yay! I‘m listening to one which wasn‘t on my plan. 3w
TheSpineView Awesome! 2w
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