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This has been in my tbr for several years, & thanks to @CoffeeNBooks for hosting the #atreegrowsinbrooklynbuddyread, I have finally read it. This has been a good reading day—I have finished 2 amazing books. ATGIB started off slow, but by the time I got to the 2nd section, I loved it. The ending was bittersweet, as are most changes/endings in our lives. I‘ll want to visit Francie & her fam again. A New York read for #readtheUSA2020.

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The Dutch House | Ann Patchett
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A few years ago, I read an Ann Patchett book & didn‘t really like it, but I had thought of giving her another chance since Bel Canto & her others are so loved. Reading this for book club gave me an opportunity, & I loved this one. I‘m not sure if it‘s a 5 ⭐️ for me, but it‘s close. I feel like a discussion about it will help me think through the different themes—family, forgiveness, change, moving on from our worst times, etc.

britt_brooke I loved this one, but like you, I‘ve read one of hers that I didn‘t like (Bel Canto). I‘m glad I gave her another go. 2d
Scochrane26 @britt_brooke I read The Magician‘s Assistant. I may try another of hers at some point. 2d
britt_brooke @Scochrane26 Somewhere between the one I hated and the one I loved, I read Commonwealth, which I liked. Her books are all over the place for me. 😬 2d
Scochrane26 @ljuliel This counts as a #readtheUSA2020 book for Pennsylvania. 2d
ljuliel Good job ! 2d
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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This was brilliant but not quite a 5 star book because I thought the last part was abit manic, although the ending was great. Such a good idea though and really gets you thinking
#mmdchallenge a book outside your (genre) comfort zone #ReadtheUSA2020 New York (3rd state)

TrishB Couldn‘t make my mind up whether to buy on kindle offer today for 99p and you just persuaded me! Do you have to read his other one first? 2d
suzie.reads @TrishB no, you don't have to read the first one they're different stories 😊 2d
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 although I have that too.... 2d
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emmaturi I enjoyed it too! 2d
suzie.reads @TrishB Dark Matter is definitely worth a read 😊 24h
suzie.reads @emmaturi it was a really good book👍🏼 24h
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Joy For Beginners | Erica Bauermeister
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Joy for Beginners is about a group of women whose lives are interconnected, and how they support each other. Kate has been encouraged by her friends to do something outside of her comfort zone. They, in turn, agree to let Kate choose something for each of them to do. This is the story of what she chooses for each of them and why, and how it enriches their lives.

#ReadTheUSA2020 #Washington @ljuliel
#LitsyAtoZ #J @BookishMarginalia

Crazeedi Sounds like a great book! 2d
ljuliel You‘re doing a great job with this challenge ! 2d
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Collateral Damage | Lynette Eason
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This was a decent thriller with good pacing and likable characters. I had a little trouble getting into the groove with Brooke and Asher, mostly because they seemed like they had a lot of back story/connection that is kind of glossed over. Still, an enjoyable read and I will be looking forward to the sequel! I'll be posting a more thorough review on my blog soon, as this is a review copy kindly gifted to me from @revellbooks ⬇️

TheAromaofBooks (cont'd) which of course does not impact my opinions.

Challenge-wise, this book took me to South Carolina for #ReadtheUSA2020/#SeparatedbyaPondTour @ljuliel @Andrew65 || Published in January for #JanuaryBookBingo || And No F for #BackwardsAtoZ
ljuliel Good job, you killed 3 or 4 birds with 1 stone ! 3d
Andrew65 @TheAromaofBooks Good to know, thanks for the tag. You are going well. 👏👏👏 3d
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Untitled | Unknown
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One more ticked off the list.

At this rate, I‘ll have the one year challenge done in about 3 more years. 😁

Chrissyreadit It‘s about the journey 🥳🎉👏🙌 one book at a time is perfect 3d
ljuliel Thanks @Chrissyreadit ❤️ 3d
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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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I forgot to post this for #ReadTheUSA2020 #NewYork after I read it. This #HistoricalFiction is about a young woman named Eilis who immigrates to Brooklyn from Ireland in the 1950s in search of work.

ljuliel Good job ! 2 states right in a row. Keep up the good work. 🌟 4d
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The Women of the Copper Country | Mary Doria Russell
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This #HistoricalFiction is about the copper mine strikes of 1913-1914, the first unionized strike of the Western Federation of Miners, and the involvement of Anna Klobuchar Clemenc and the Women's Auxiliary. The union's goal was an 8-hour workday and better wages. They were up against the powerful Calumet and Hecla Mining Company.
#ReadTheUSA2020 #Michigan @ljuliel

ljuliel Great job 👍🏼 4d
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This is an exceptional historical fiction novel, a genre that is often hit or miss for me. While occasionally verging on soap opera-ish, I was fully invested in the story, and Evelyn Hugo herself. I love imperfect and flawed characters like Evelyn. I do wish the supporting cast would have been a bit fleshed out. Harry especially felt a bit flat.

#booked2020 #setinHollywood
#pop20 : journalist
#ReadtheUSA2020 #California

Bookzombie I‘m still reading this one. Great review! 5d
MeganAnn I‘m hoping to read this one for #setinhollywood #booked2020 as well! After loving Daisy Jones I feel like this needs to be moved up my TBR. 4d
Crazeedi I totally enjoyed this book!!! 4d
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4thhouseontheleft @Bookzombie @MeganAnn There was a time in the middle I wasn‘t sure how I would end up liking this book, but I sped through the last 2/3 yesterday and just couldn‘t put it down! 4d
Eggs Love the stack of antique books in background 4d
Lucy_Anywhere I loved Daisy Jones - sounds like I should bump this to the top of my TBR! 4d
Cinfhen I wasn‘t too much of a fan but there was so much hype and I went in with HIGH expectations 🤪 4d
Bookzombie @4thhouseontheleft I‘m getting close to the halfway mark. I fell asleep last night so didn‘t get far. 4d
Bookzombie @Cinfhen I listened to Daisy first and really liked it, so I‘m trying to keep my expectations under control while I listen to this one. It‘s not easy. 4d
Cinfhen Expectations are a double edged sword @Bookzombie And I often need to remind myself of that 4d
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The Bean Trees | Barbara Kingsolver
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Next stop... Arizona! 😎🌡☀️ #readtheusa2020 #catsoflitsy #littenkitten #roxas

Jenken1998 I loved this book ❤🏜 5d
Branwen @Jenken1998 I just started it a little bit ago and I'm already hooked! 😁💕 5d
Crazeedi Sweet kitty, *squeeze*❤🐱 4d
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