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AlisonM

AlisonM

Joined November 2017

Lover of coffee, wine, pizza, naps, YA books, Chick Lit, & Jane Austen
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I See London, I See France | Sarah Mlynowski
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I love a good YA story and a good ❤️ story. Throw in some travel, and I‘m sold. I picked this book to relive my time in Europe. Listening to them travel to all the same places made me happy and sad all at once. Take me back to Europe!!! I‘d gladly travel with Sydney and her friend Kat, and of course Jackson! However, Leela needs to stay home. She was selfish and annoying and I couldn‘t stand her. Quick, easy, fun read! #Book20of2019

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Crazy Rich Asians | Kevin Kwan
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I enjoyed the book, but wasn‘t completely blown away. It‘s funny and interesting to see how the rich and fabulous live, but also disheartening to know how much emphasis people place on material things. However, what I wouldn‘t give to be a guest at the wedding of the year!!! #Book19of2019

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Audio book for the win!!! The full cast was amazing and completely held my attention. Great story about sex, drugs, and rock and roll. Throw in some heartfelt moments about friendship, love, forgiveness and believing in yourself/others, and you have one of my top reads so far this year. #Book18of2019

Lauren.Archer Totally agree. 2w
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Field Notes on Love | Jennifer E. Smith
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Such a cute story! I always love hearing how people met, and when they fell in love. Mae and Hugo‘s story hit all the spots! Both characters have interesting back stories, that made this book hard to put down. The audio version was great! #Book17of2019

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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Run and grab this book today...And also grab some tissues!!! Beautiful story of a woman on the spectrum, friendships, love and second chances. As a mom of someone on the spectrum, I pray each day my kiddo finds meaningful friendships and an unconditional love. I absolutely loved their journey. #Book16of2019

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Swimming Lessons | Claire Fuller
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“Each reader will take something different from a novel, from a chapter, from a line.” This quote is the reason why I love meeting with my book club each month. Hearing how each person interpreted the book is always fascinating. Although this wasn‘t one of my favorites, I appreciated the writing style. The story unfolded with alternating chapters: the present, and the past told through letters. The cover of this book is amazing! #Book15of2019

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Sh*t My Dad Says | Justin Halpern
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I listened to this on audio. HILARIOUS!!! I had moments were I couldn‘t breath from laughing so hard. It was a good thing my husband was driving. Loved the relationship the father and son had. Even through the horrific language, you could tell his dad truly cared about his family. #Book14of2019

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The funniest historical fiction, road trip, gap year I‘ve ever been on!!! So many laugh out loud moments, and tons of hilarious quotes from Monty. Quick, easy read with memorable characters. Can‘t wait to read the sequel. #Book13of2019

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It‘s cold and wet here in the PNW so today‘s plan includes cleaning, snuggling my three fur babies and listening to my audio book. This little guy decided to get VERY close to me this morning. Loving The Gentlemen‘s Guide to Vice and Virtue so far. #corgilove

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Super cute book about a boy moving to a new country and coming in mid year at HS. Best book dedication I‘ve seen in a while. Favorite quote from the book, “We all mess things up. It‘s what you do with the mess that matters.” I‘ll be sharing that quote with my high school and middle schooler. It‘s a good reminder for myself as well. #Book12of2019

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Love and Other Words | Christina Lauren
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Super cute love story with some emotional tragedies along the way. I enjoyed the way the story unfolded with chapters titled “Then” and “Now” switching between the past and the present. Elliot and Macy‘s friendship was so beautiful. Their love of books, sharing favorite words, and updates in her closet library quickly made me want to jump right in their with them. I couldn‘t put this one down!
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The Kiss Quotient | Helen Hoang
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Sweet and Steamy!!! Stella is on the Spectrum and hires a male escort, Michael to teach her a thing or two (or three 😜) about relationships. I‘m a sucker for a sweet love story and this checked all the boxes. I didn‘t realize just how steamy things would get. I found myself turning down the volume on my phone (audiobook) even when no one was home. 🔥 🔥 🔥 #Book10of2019

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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Another book that I loved and hated all at the same time. The writing was wonderful and flowed more like a novel than a memoir. The content was disturbing and haunting. I waited till after I was done reading the book before I read any additional information about the author. Lots of conflicting stories and testimonies; which has led to many more questions on my part. I need my book club to meet again to discuss all my new questions. #Book9of2019

MrBook One of my book clubs will be reading this eventually! 😁 4mo
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“Every book ever written is about love really, whether it knows it or not.” Excellent book! I laughed. I cried. I ugly cried. It hits all the emotions while covering some deeper topics. I listened to this one and loved the audio version. I‘d love to hop on that bus with Coyote and Rodeo, answer their three questions, and listen to their stories. Pick it up today!!! #Book8of2019

Allthebookclubs Just bought this one, thanks to your review!!! 4mo
AlisonM Can‘t wait to hear what you think. I listened to it for free on RB Digital. Do you have that? @Allthebookclubs (edited) 4mo
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Awesome book! You won‘t regret picking this one up at all. Can‘t wait till my online book club chats about it. So many moments to discuss. Loved it! #Book7of2019

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I totally believe in love at first sight. It‘s how I met my husband over 20 years ago. Although it didn‘t take us 10 years to finally get together (only a year later) I could totally feel the pain and longing the main characters felt. What a cute and enjoyable read. I‘m a sucker for a good love story and loved following theirs for a decade. #Book6of2019

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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EXCELLENT book that is sure to make you feel ALL the feelings. This was a reread for me since my book club selected it for the month. I can‘t wait till we meet to discuss it. What made it even more special was getting to meet the author and have her sign my book. Thanks @Allthebookclubs for going with me. A memorable book and day that I won‘t ever forget!
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Great book. Lots of interesting characters, well developed story, left me wanting more at the end. It goes to show you, things are not always what they seem on the outside looking in. Loved the description of Mia‘s art work and wish I could see some of her pictures. Pick this one up today!
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Is it weird to truly enjoy a book, but dislike all of the main characters??? That‘s how I felt about this book. It led for some great discussions at book club!
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Little Paris Bookshop | Nina George
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“Reading - an endless journey; a long, indeed never-ending journey that made one more temperate as well as more loving and kind.” I loved this book, its quirky characters, and the setting. Now I want to go back to Paris!
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Fat Girl | K.L. Montgomery
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Love the writing; easy read, funny, emotional, and uplifting. Claire‘s transformation at the end was more of an inner transformation than an outer one. Just as I thought it should be. Would love to hear more about Claire in the future.
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The Twelve Days of Dash & Lily | David Levithan, Rachel Cohn
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This book left me feeling meh. I loved the first book and was so excited to find out there was a sequel... Plus I wanted a great, cheesy, Christmas read. This book fell short for me. Definitely pick up the first one, Dash and Lily‘s Book of Dares, and skip this one. #Book31of2018

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I enjoyed the audio version of this book very much. Quick easy read/listen. I did NOT see the plot twist coming and was shocked by the turn of events. #Book30of2018

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I have read & enjoyed all of JG‘s books. This book was equally as enjoyable. The plot at times was a little out there for me, but his character descriptions are always the selling point. Having a glimpse into the mind of someone with OCD & anxiety was done brilliantly through the main character, Aza. I enjoyed her friendship with Daisy, & the quirky, but insightful Davis. JG packs his books with memorable quotes and metaphors! #Book29of2018

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Mink River | Brian Doyle
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It was a struggle for me to finish the book. If it hadn‘t been a book club pick, it is not a book I would have read or finished. I just didn‘t “get it.” A talking crow and other magical elements had me guessing what direction this book was going in. The author did however create a great sense of community and showed how supportive the members in town were for each other. I won‘t be recommending this book to others.
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Prank Wars | Stephanie Fowers
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I‘m a sucker for chick lit and Jane Austen so this book was a quick, easy read for me. I am very much like Jane, a hopeless romantic looking for a happy ending. Jane and Austen‘s journey was interesting to read. I love how the author took many beloved characters from all of JA‘s classic novels and put a twist on them. It was fun to spot the references while reading.
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I have loved reading all about the Song sisters in this trilogy. This last book left me feeling happy and sad all at the same time. Sad because I know it‘s over, when I feel like there is still so much story left to tell. Hoping the author reconsiders and gives us Lara Jean: The College Years.
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Girl Last Seen | Nina Laurin
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A great debut thriller. I truly enjoyed reading this book. Great characters that were well developed. My heart aches for our protagonist Ella/Lainey with what she went through as a child and continues to struggle with today. I was hoping for a little more backstory and the “why” from the antagonist. But a great read that I will recommend to others.
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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
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“The most elemental instinct in human nature is not hate but love, the former inextricably linked to the latter.”

I enjoyed this book and the discussions had with my book club. Interested in reading more about Ranger Matthews. The book ended on a plot point which I‘m sure the author will pick up in a following book.
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The Wife Between Us | Sarah Pekkanen, Greer Hendricks
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This was a good one! Loved all the twists and turns up till the very end. I listened to this book and enjoyed the narrator as well. #Book23of2018

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Less: A Novel | Andrew Sean Greer
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It was just so-so for me. Parts were cute/funny, while others were boring and drawn out. Some members of my book club enjoyed it. I won‘t be recommending it to other though. #Book22of2018

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I‘m a sucker for anything Jane Austen related... So I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I also enjoy books that are written as letters. #Book21of2018

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All the Missing Girls | Megan Miranda
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I LOVED this book. The backwards telling of the story took a minute to get used to. Once you do, it‘s hard to put this book down. #Book20of2018

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I enjoyed this character and her quirks so much. Sometimes I wanted to scream at her, and other times I wanted to give her a hug. Great, easy, entertaining read. #Book19of2018

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I'll Give You the Sun | Jandy Nelson
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The story of twins, Jude & Noah, and their struggles with life, loss, love, and forgiveness. Noah tells his part of the story from the past, while Jude tells her story in present day. I loved the back and forth storytelling. Noah‘s chapters are filled with metaphors. Like SERIOUSLY filled with them. I enjoyed his colorful metaphors, while others I know who read the story found them annoying. #Book18of2018

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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Fast, easy, touching read. Loved the main character Jessie. I enjoyed reading the emails between her and Somebody/Nobody and how SN helped guide Jessie though difficult high school situations. I wanted to know who SN was, but also didn‘t want to know till the very end. Great supporting characters as well. #Book17of2018

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That Month in Tuscany | Inglath Cooper
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Just so-so for me. I wanted to get lost in the streets of Tuscany with them while falling in love with the characters, scenery, delicious food and wine. However, my expectations were too high. Crazy plot line at the end left me feeling meh. #Book16of2018

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Cinder & Ella | Kelly Oram
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Light, easy read with a modern day twist on the classic novel. It‘s a little bit of a retelling, but also missing many of the stereotypical elements. Ella is not a servant in her own home, her father is alive, her stepmom is nice, and her two sisters are not completely evil. Just discovered there‘s a sequel. #Book15of2018

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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My book club picked this as our summer read. I was reluctant since I knew it was a heavy topic. I wanted fluff or romance to kick the summer off. However, this was an amazing book! It made me stop and reflect on many aspects. It led to some great discussions with my book club friends. Go pick it up today! #Book14of2018

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Eliza and Her Monsters | Francesca Zappia
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Super cute book & an easy read. Loved the story inside the story & the illustrations. It was a very relatable story in some aspects. I have an introverted teen who we discovered loves to draw. We‘ve never seen her draw or doodle anything. She then tells us her art work is in a contest at the library and if we could swing by and see.She won! Although I think I know everything about my little people, they continue to surprise me daily. #Book13of2018

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Another buddy read with my little guy. We both enjoyed this book very much. Especially after our trip to Athens. Although he loved the book, he‘s not interested in reading the next one. It‘s becoming increasingly difficult to get my son to read anything. Any ideas for a reluctant reader, 5th grade boy, who reads on grade level??? This Mom is at a loss. #Book12of2018

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Emma: A Modern Retelling | Alexander McCall Smith
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I wanted to love this book...But I didn‘t. So many times I thought of putting it down, but I just couldn‘t do that to Jane. This book is part of The Austen Project and is the 3rd book in the series. They are taking contemporary authors and having them retell Austen‘s classic stories. I feel McCall Smith‘s book totally missed the mark. It makes me question if he even read the original book or even liked Emma. Disappointing! #Book11of2018

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The Velvet Hours | Alyson Richman
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I ❤️❤️❤️ this book. I listened to this book on a girls road trip and it was awesome! The story is inspired by the true account of an abandoned apartment in Paris that has just recently been discovered after 7 decades. Google “abandoned Paris apartment” for more information. Fascinating!!! I love the authors take on the events around this story and really want this to be the “real” story behind the story. #Book10of2018

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Into The Water | Paula Hawkins
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Once you get past the first few chapters you get a better sense of who the main characters are in the book. So give it time. There are several! I felt like I needed to take notes at first. But boy was I hooked on this story till the very last sentence. Oh my, that last sentence!!! I loved the dedication as well. ... For all the troublemakers. #Book9of2018

RadicalReader @AlisonM what book that you‘ve read had the most impactful final line you‘ve ever read? 11mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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The Library at Trinity College in Dublin. Sorry it‘s blurry...I was in mid gasp upon entering. It‘s truly an amazing place to visit!

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Another buddy read with my little man. We LOVED Wonder, and this was a nice (although not as great) read as well. I really needed to read Julian‘s story to understand his character. I needed to know he felt remorse in the end. Not that we can forgive all of his actions, but it helped shed some light on his situation. Loved the continued messages of choosing kindness above all else. #Book8of2018

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It had been on my TBR list for a while, and finally my Book Club picked it up. Loved the story of Bernadette and her struggle with self acceptance and the acceptance of others. Not everyone fits into the same mold. And that‘s OK! There‘s a little Bernadette in me as well! Also loved the mother/daughter relationship. Can‘t wait to see this when it comes out in the movies. #Book7of2018

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Night | Elie Wiesel
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I tend to read what my children are reading so we can have meaningful discussions afterwards. Everyone should read this book, then reread it, then discuss it with others. It will open your eyes, mind, and heart. Our family visited the concentration camps this summer and we have been forever changed. #Book6of2018

Purrsistently Thanks for the recommendation! I bought this a while back but haven‘t read it. 1y
AlisonM @Purrsistently I understand why you‘ve been waiting. It‘s a heavy subject. But an excellent book! 1y
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Ugh! It was a struggle to make it through this book. However, I did it. The main character, Ani, was so upsetting. She found fault with everyone around. After time, it became very tedious. I wanted to root for her, feel sympathy for her, wanted her to be happy in the end... but nope. I just wanted the book to be over with. #Book5of2018

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Wonder | R. J. Palacio
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My son asked me to read this with him and I‘m so happy I did. What a wonderful story which led to great discussions! #Book4of2018