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Amie

Amie

Joined September 2016

So many books so little time
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A history of Anthony Comstock, the women who fought against him and fell victim to his overly zealous crusade. It's infuriating that one man had such a huge influence and that it took so long for society to progress beyond that influence... And now our society seems to be regressing back to the same sort of repressive attitude.

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Mehso-so

I had really been looking forward to this one and I'm a little disappointed in it. It's not bad, just not as good as I was anticipating. The series has potential but this first one is kind of bland.

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This is an interesting look at the various women's exercise trends over the past several decades. Jazzercise, aerobics, yoga, and more!

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Goodreads giveaway win #bookmail

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Four Treasures of the Sky | Jenny Tinghui Zhang
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This was fun. Ridiculous and not realistic, but that's what I want sometimes 😀

BkClubCare Okay! Will try 2w
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This was longer than it needed to be and had too many POVs for my taste, but it was still good. After reading this, I realize that I know next to nothing Spain's history and need to learn more.

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Creepy haunted house. A little slow-moving but good.

BkClubCare You have an excellent few-words review style. 😍 2w
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Woman of Light: A Novel | Kali Fajardo-Anstine
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#botm arrived yesterday!

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Easy kids mystery set in a First Nation community in Canada. First in series.

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Entertaining, easy read. Unlike many cozy mysteries, the main character is married and has a small child.

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Music Is History | Questlove
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This examined music at a deeper level than really interests me, but I think it's an interesting approach to looking at history. The time period (1971-present/the author's lifetime so far) also interested me because it's just several years more than my lifetime. Questlove's writing is interesting and humorous. His narration of the audiobook is entertaining.

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A beautiful story meant to be savored

BkClubCare I was expecting to like this but enjoyed it more than that even. 2w
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Impulse buy, fantasy novella. I saw this in an email from Tordotcom and couldn't resist the stunning cover and 1920s setting.

CoffeeNBooks What an awesome cover! I wouldn't have been able to resist buying it either! 1mo
Nute I really like the cover art and design! 1mo
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Nute I wanted to collect this series, but it‘s challenging to find these specific covers.😕 1mo
Amie @Nute These are better than the tv show tie in covers, aren't they? The new one published last year and this one that just came out just have these covers, as far as I know. I managed to get the rest of the series with the original covers a few years ago just as the new ones were coming out. 1mo
Nute I don‘t understand why the publisher discontinues prints of the original covers just because the tv show tie-in covers are available. I agree that the original covers are so much nicer for this series. I have discovered that the cover art matters a lot to me as the reader. The hope that one day I will find the original covers is definitely stopping me from buying this series. Probaby a ridiculous thing when you think about it.🥴 1mo
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Mehso-so

I was interested in seeing an interrogation of the evangelical and purity culture, but this just didn't dig deep enough and lacked character development. Extremely unsatisfying ending.

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Fun history of women and alcohol. Easy-going, not academic. Audiobook read by the author.

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The rise and fall of the small central Ohio city of Lancaster and the Anchor Hocking glass company, one of its biggest employers. Corporations, politicians, & people who vote against their own interests & resist change all share the blame. The author, who grew up there & left, treated the struggling, addicted, vulnerable citizens that he featured with compassion. Unfortunately, there are no easy solutions and many towns like this one.

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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Just one book this month from #botm but it's one I've been looking forward to for months.

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The Widows | Jess Montgomery
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Really good historical mystery with an interesting setting - rural Appalachian coal-mining town in Ohio in the 1920s. While the plot does revolve around the mystery of who killed the sheriff, this is really about the women left behind to pick up the pieces, not only the two women mourning the sheriff's death, but the other women in the community who have lost loved ones to the mines in various ways.

Book 1 in series.

DebinHawaii This is a really great series! 📚💜 2mo
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Mimi Lee Gets a Clue | Jennifer J. Chow
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Somehow this entertained me enough that the flaws didn't really bother me. I wanted something light and easy to listen to on my walks, and this fit the bill. The talking cat sidekick was great, but there were lots of things that had me thinking "that's not how that works" or "nobody does that!"

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Book #2 in Lily Adler mystery series, set in Regency London. Good series, looking forward to #3 coming out this year.

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Another good one from Simone St. James. Her books are just the right amount of spooky for me.

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In the Wild Light | Jeff Zentner
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This book wrecked me. Everything I've read by this author is so good, but also makes me cry!

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The Violence: A Novel | Delilah S. Dawson
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The title is very straightforward as to what to expect in this book!

In 2025 a new pandemic comes on the heels of covid, but this time it's a disease that causes sudden uncontrollable bouts of intense violence. Against this backdrop, an abused woman, her daughter, and her mother improbably find empowerment.

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Arsenic and Adobo | Mia P. Manansala
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Fun cozy mystery. Book 1 in series. Good on audio 🎧

KellyK Book club read for May… looking forward to it. 3mo
Amie @KellyK I hope you enjoy it! 3mo
DimeryRene Yes, I enjoyed the audio too! 1mo
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#botm arrived today!!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Yay! 📚🙌🏻 3mo
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The Cartographers | Peng Shepherd
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I liked this. It wasn't perfect - I feel like there were some holes in both the plot and the characters' motivations, but I still got caught up in the story.

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Cemetery Boys | Aiden Thomas
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Excellent book. I highly recommend the audiobook.

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The Good Left Undone | Adriana Trigiani
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My #botm selections. I was already planning to read The Good Left Undone, but the other two were not on my radar. The cover of Kaikeyi is gorgeous!

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I love this series so much! The mystery is good, but the characters make the book great.

emz711 Yup loved it 3mo
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Panpan

I would have bailed, but it's for book club.

Very slow start, lots of boring sections, terrible dialog, kind of got interesting near the end, but the ending was garbage.

Megabooks 💯💯💯 3mo
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Mehso-so

This just didn't really work for me.

Parts were repetitive and dragged.

The U.S. edition was changed to be set in the U.S. instead of England but it was still so very obviously British. It would have been better if the setting wasn't changed.

The dog died.

I hated the solution to the mystery/who the murderer was. It left me feeling rather depressed.

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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#botm arrived today!

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This is a cute teen book. Mary's family is very literary (both parents are professors), and she navigates life based on what she knows about classic literature. This system does not serve her well, leading to misunderstandings with friends and a love interest. Lots of references to classic literature.

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Deadly Darkness | Kate Parker
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Spent yesterday afternoon and evening working on this puzzle and listening to the tagged book on hoopla. #audiopuzzling

Nute Awesome puzzle! 4mo
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An Impossible Impostor | Deanna Raybourn
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This series never disappoints! This installment involves an impostor (maybe) and a jewel theft but no murder, which was kind of refreshing.

Redy2trvl I love this series so much! 4mo
EvieBee I really need to check this series out. I just know I‘ll love it. 4mo
Amie @Redy2trvl Me too! 4mo
Amie @EvieBee It's so good! One of my favorite series! 4mo
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An Unexpected Peril | Deanna Raybourn
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Listened to the tagged book while working on this bookish puzzle with Nancy Drew covers. I've had my eye on this puzzle for a long time and finally decided to treat myself last week and bought it and some other puzzles (most of them also bookish). #audiopuzzling

merelybookish I got this puzzle for Xmas. It was fun! 4mo
KellyK OMG - I ❤️❤️❤️ this! I‘m headed to GOOGLE to find one. 😬 (edited) 4mo
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suvata Impressive 4mo
KellyK @Amie - thanks! 4mo
EvieBee So nice! One I‘ve been wanting for a long time! 4mo
DivineDiana I do love a bookish puzzle! What others did you purchase! 4mo
Nute Way cool! 4mo
Amie @DivineDiana I got "The Cat Library" from Cobble Hill Puzzles, which I just posted a picture of, and "Reader's Paradise" from White Mountain Puzzles 4mo
DivineDiana Thank you! Going to look at it now! 🙂 4mo
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A little rambling at times (although that is also part of its charm) but good.

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Two indigenous children are living with white foster parents who are well-intentioned but fall short. After an argument with the foster parents, the kids find a portal to another world in the attic. This world is based on traditional Cree stories. The author is a member of the Cree Nation. 1st in a series.

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Re-read this because I needed a refresher before reading book 2. I love series but have a terrible time remembering what happened in the last book!

Still liked this one the 2nd time around, so onto the next!

Bookzombie I‘m listening to this one currently. 5mo
Amie @Bookzombie I hope you like it! 5mo
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Book 3 in the Sparks & Bainbridge mystery series set in London in the late 1940s. The plot is not as much about investigating the murder as it is about rescuing Gwen and her father-in-law when they're kidnapped and discovering the family secrets.

Aims42 I adore this series so much and I wish it had more love!! It‘s got a little bit of everything; humor, mystery, and fantastic characters you can‘t help but root for 💗 There‘s another book coming out this year 🙌 5mo
Amie @Aims42 I agree! It's an excellent series and deserves more attention. 5mo
mhillis Can‘t wait to read the next in the series! 5mo
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This was very interesting! The author demonstrates the importance of home economics and it's important role in our history but also discusses the problematic aspects of its history, especially racism.

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Had to brave the wintry weather to walk to my mailbox, then had to de-ice the mailbox to get it open so that I could get my #botm box! 🥶❄️

vivastory Completely worth it! 5mo
Megabooks 💯 good idea!! 5mo
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This is the third book in this series and I didn't like it quite as much as the first two, but it was still good. Kind of slow pace in the beginning.

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The Ruin | Dervla McTiernan
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Good mystery. Looking forward to reading the next books in the series.

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Dead to Me | Mary McCoy
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I can't resist historical fiction set in Hollywood. This is a teen mystery that's got a bit of a noir flavor.

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This short story has been on my Kindle for ages and I finally read it. Not sure how to describe it - mystery, historical, fantasy, clockwork, steampunk? I liked the setting and characters, so someday I might read the rest of the series.

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Shadow Island | Mike Deas, Nancy Deas
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Good middle grade graphic novel. I hope the series continues.

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These Toxic Things: A Thriller | Rachel Howzell Hall
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Some annoying things in this mystery, but it was entertaining enough and kept me reading to find out what happened

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