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BarbaraTheBibliophage
Year One | Nora Roberts
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Take my last two reads, add them together, and you‘ve created this book. It‘s a post-pandemic adventure that has a magical element. Everyone‘s escaping the cities. Some people discover they have extra abilities—all those magical creatures are real now. If you‘ve survived The Doom. Sadly, prejudice and evil also survive. So good vs. evil, well told. Ordered book 2!

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charl08 Sounds really gripping! 2d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @charl08 The author has been writing for decades, so she‘s got great skills. That helps, I‘m sure. And yes, I was gripped! I plowed through it very quickly. (edited) 2d
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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I loved the author‘s earlier series. But after 3 books, I‘m giving up on this series. Tooooo many characters, which keeps me from caring about any of them enough. Or maybe his writing just isn‘t strong enough to draw me in. I‘ve felt this way for each book in this series. Enough is enough. But if you love Witches, New Orleans, and voodoo you may love this.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage Also, thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC. #atleastIdidntbuyanyfromthisseries 6d
Cinfhen There‘s always a silver lining 🥰and you knocked off another prompt🙌🏻 6d
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen Exactly! 👊🏻♥️ 6d
4thhouseontheleft All the elements sound good! Too bad it wasn‘t a solid 👍. 4d
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
A Piece of the World | Christina Baker Kline
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Christina Baker Kline opens the doors and invites us into the farmhouse in Andrew Wyeth‘s iconic painting, Christina‘s World. This fictional work offers readers a chance to understand the world of the rural Maine residents he painted. It‘s not about Wyeth very much, although Kline does imagine the relationship he had with Christina Olson and her family. It‘s a bit depressing, though.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
The DNA of Democracy | Richard C. Lyons
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Sometimes I regret having accepted a book for review. I thought I‘d like this more, considering I often read politics and history. But it wasn‘t my kind of book. The writing was deadly dull. Plus, it didn‘t make the revelatory connections between people and events that I was hoping for. So disappointing. (p.s. What‘s with the picture in the database @Litsy ?)

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Lindy That Joe Pass Guitar Method cover is showing up all over as substitute art. 🤷‍♀️ 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Lindy Lucky Joe Pass! 1w
Litsy Looks like we haven't pulled in a cover for this book yet. We're working to bring in LibraryThing data to Litsy (including covers, where needed), but it's a long-term project that will take some time yet. 1w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Litsy Thanks for answering! 1w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This is a strong entry for the “young innocent woman tries to save the world” genre. It‘s a cult escapee, pandemic, dangerous emergency road trip book with a likable heroine. More and more the topic feels relevant. I definitely had to suspend some disbelief though. Still, it was a compelling and harrowing story.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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FBI agents are on the outside of politics looking in. At least that‘s how it‘s supposed to be. Until political figures cross the boundary and muck with investigations. McCabe doesn‘t lead with the story of attacks, email, and possible collusion. He starts with the NYC Russian mob, and then proceeds into counter terrorism. Well done and readable.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage
The World Without Us | Alan Weisman
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Can we look at the past in order to see the future? And what if that future didn‘t include humans? What would the earth and its revised balance of organisms look and act like? To call this a cautionary tale is to diminish its importance. It‘s so much more than that. It‘s a global scientific horror story, all precipitated by our own species. Slow-ish but valuable!

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Riveted_Reader_Melissa Great review! 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @daniwithtea You should have the book on Wednesday! 3w
daniwithtea It did in fact arrive on Wednesday - thanks! 2w
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A Thousand Splendid Suns | Khaled Hosseini
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This is the hardest great book I‘ve read all year. It spans decades in Afghanistan, and tells two women‘s stories. Family, motherhood, and enduring oppression and war are the biggest themes.

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Cinfhen Just as heartbreaking the second time around💔 3w
Cinfhen The narrator was fantastic🙌🏻 3w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @Cinfhen So glad it held up to a second read—I can‘t say I‘m surprised. 3w
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Ghost Boys | Jewell Parker Rhodes
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Beautifully written and utterly heart wrenching. It‘s not hard to imagine that black boys and men who‘ve been killed at the hands of white people would want to stay close to those who can stop the horror. Jerome is a sweet MC, and I also liked how the author worked in the history of this topic, including Emmett Till.

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BarbaraTheBibliophage p.s. Some people believe that when orbs like those in the background image show up in a photo, they‘re actually spirits of the dead. Seemed fitting. 4w
TrishB That sounds heart breaking 💔 4w
BarbaraTheBibliophage @TrishB Yes, and she does a good job of all the feelings. 4w
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TrishB Have stacked 😪 4w
Cinfhen So exciting to see so many powerful middle school reads ‼️♥️ 4w
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BarbaraTheBibliophage
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This volume of poetry, prose, and poetry criticism is pure Mary Oliver. Every word considered, and every sentence crafted. She focuses on her own life, and her relationship to the natural world around her. Full of wonder, contentment, and sheer beauty.

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Cathythoughts Beautiful! Stacked 1mo
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