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AvidReader25

Joined February 2016

LibraryThing member bookworm12

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Coffee addict. ☕️ World traveler. 🌎 Theatre lover. 🎭 Magazine editor, wife, mom to two kids & a pup. avidreader25.blogspot.com LT: Bookworm12
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Y is for Yesterday | Sue Grafton
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This is the final Kinsey Millhone novel because the author died before finishing the series. It's heartbreaking & enough to drive my OCD up the wall. It's also a disappointing end because it's one of the weakest plots of the series. A teenage party ends in a girl's death, ten years later Kinsey is hired on a blackmail case related to the death. I'll miss reading new mysteries with Kinsey and I wish we'd had a better conclusion to the series.

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Mehso-so

A woman travels to England in search of her father at Christmas time. A light holiday story about finding family in unexpected places. I was hoping for a little more depth from this one, but it‘s definitely a short surface story. Fine for a quick holiday read.

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American Players Theater in Wisconsin is one of my favorite places in the world to visit. I am also a huge fan of Shakespeare and have read all of his plays and seen most of them live and on film. I understand that I am uniquely positioned to love this book about a 2014 production of Much Ado at APT. That being said, I think any fan of life Shakespeare or member of an acting company would enjoy this lovely glimpse behind the scenes.

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“… our insatiable appetite for stories that explain us to ourselves, and to Shakespeare‘s unique ability to tell the stories in language built for the ages.”

“It‘s the essential paradox of acting: after reading a speech dozens if not hundreds of times, and committing it to memory, an actor must make it seem as though he is putting it together on the spot; it‘s coming from his brain as he speaks it.”
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Mehso-so

It was funny to read this short story while waiting for my mammogram results at the doctor‘s office. It‘s all about a man lost in his daydreams while in the midst of mundane life events. It was a bit meta to escape into his story in that moment. I‘ll admit, in this case I actually love the 2013 movie version more than the 1939 story. It took the original idea and added more depth and adventure.

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A fascinating story about a female entrepreneur trying to start a business in secret under the restrictive taliban regime. We have no idea what true oppression is. I can‘t imagine being in the midst of a career or college and having the world crashed out around you and losing every single right that you had because you are a woman.

“Now that it has been taken away, Kabuli girls of every age understood exactly how precious education really was.”

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Just leaning all the way in and pretending it‘s December. It‘s been two years since I read these and it was such a comfort to return to Hogwarts.

MatchlessMarie I need to pick this one up again. My loan ended before Ingot to finish it. 2w
MaureenMc I love those illustrated editions. Fervently hoping they complete them! 2w
AvidReader25 @MatchlessMarie it‘s worth getting again! 2w
AvidReader25 @MaureenMc I hope so too!!! 2w
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Such a gentle book. It reminded me of the James Herriot series, but Father Tim is a preacher instead of a vet. I enjoyed it but it was slow going. I‘m not planning to read the next one.

“Sorrow and joy, he thought, so inextricably entwined that he could scarcely tell where one left off and the other began.”

“If you keep your eyes on Christians, you will be disappointed every day of your life. Your hope is to keep your eyes on Christ.”

webhau1 Keep going they keep getting better. The audios are really good also. 2w
AvidReader25 @webhau1 that‘s good to hear! Maybe I‘ll try the next one on audio. 😊 2w
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This novella is incredibly short, but for anyone who has watched a love one suffer through memory loss it‘s still packs a punch. At this point I will read absolutely anything he writes.

“That‘s why we get the chance to spoil our grandchildren, because by doing that we‘re apologizing to our children.”

Jerdencon My father was going through the beginnings of Alzheimer‘s when I read this… and my son was about 8 at the time. I sobbed my way through it and tear up just thinking about it… I love fredrik Backman and will also read anything by him. Even his Instagram posts are great! ❤️ 3w
AvidReader25 @Jerdencon oh my heart. I can‘t imagine going through that while reading this! I lost my grandpa to Alzheimer‘s and this brought back a lot of memories. 2w
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This Must Be the Place | Maggie O'Farrell
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This layered portrait of a marriage and each of their combined histories was fascinating. It reminded me so much of A Visit from the Goon Squad. I started out on vacation last month, but read it slowly for weeks.

I loved seeing the characters from both other peoples‘ POVs (like Rosalind, an older woman on an adventure) and their own.

“How different it all might have been, how minuscule the causes and how devastating their effects.”

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Persuasion | Jane Austen
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My finds at the bookstore yesterday! I couldn‘t pass up this pretty edition of my favorite Austen. 😍

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Indy Reads Books | Indianapolis, IN (Bookstore)
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My favorite bookstore has been closed for more than a year. They just reopened in a new location and it‘s beautiful! We had so much fun checking it out today. Independent bookstores have become so rare. I‘m so grateful our favorite is back! #independentbookstore

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A sweet story, but one that was a little cheesy in the end. I still enjoyed it and loved the references to a real island in New England. A young woman‘s fisherman husband goes missing and her town helps her grieve in a unique way. A journalist catches wind of the story and decides he needs to create a podcast about the island. Sweet, but less substance than I was hoping for. ⭐️⭐️⭐️💫

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I tend to enjoy food memoirs and this one is a delight. Tucci‘s sense of humor and wit, paired with his memories of his childhood and experiences as an actor make it unforgettable. I loved hearing about his mom‘s passion for cooking and the elaborate meals they eat at the holidays. The Italian culture is woven through with a love of food and he celebrates that! Listen to the audiobook, read by the author, if you get the chance.

Nutmegnc I have a friend who raves about his culinary tour of Italy tv show. 4w
AvidReader25 @Nutmegnc I haven‘t seen that, but now I‘m dying to! He talks about it in the book too. 4w
Nutmegnc @AvidReader25 it‘s top of my list now, too, but the book/audiobook looks so good!!! I WANT THEM ALL. Book. Tv show. Audiobook. 4w
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Nathan Coulter | Wendell Berry
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I‘ve been wanting to read more Berry & this was a good place to start. It‘s short, but the coming-of-age theme & tone reminded me a lot of Cold Sassy Tree. Berry does an incredible job capturing and conveying a sense of place in his works. The quiet way of life that Nathan reflects on enchanting, but there are still traumas to face in their small town. I loved Hannah Coulter more, but this one certainly makes me want to read another of his books.

paulfrankspencer I thought A Place on Earth was a very enjoyable read. Recommended. 1mo
AvidReader25 @paulfrankspencer Thanks for the recommendation. Just got that book! 3w
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This is by far my favorite on the series. I loved rereading it and watching Diggory discover the consequences of his actions and the joys of helping others. I love the story, start to finish, and it was so fun to read with my daughter.

“Oh, Adam‘s sons, how cleverly you defend yourselves against all that might do you good!”

paulfrankspencer Love Lewis' insightful quips. 1mo
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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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So many excellent books this month!

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The Book of Will | Lauren Gunderson
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Shakespeare‘s friends decide to publish his complete works after he dies. Gunderson captures moments of grief and humor in such a beautiful way. She‘s quickly become one of my favorite playwrights. Her characters spoke of plays and Shakespeare‘s work with the same reverence and awe that I feel when seeing a powerful production.

“Laughter must be death‘s greatest defiance I think.”

“Every day is someone‘s worst. At least ours we had together.”

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Address Unknown | Kathrine Kressmann Taylor
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This was a short, sharp, & powerfully brief story. It‘s fascinating to think about a world where people don‘t associate Nazis with evil quite yet. The 1930s were time of denial when it came to Germany & this book captured that perfectly. This epistolary novel gave us a glimpse into the life of an American Jewish man & his German business partner. Their correspondence was brief, but world-shattering. I know I‘ll think about this one for awhile.

MaureenMc Cozy! 🥰 1mo
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Elevation | Stephen King
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With King it‘s never about the plot for me. He has a way of creating characters, even in a novella like this, that make you feel invested in their lives. There‘s nothing scary in this book, just a story about neighbors finding common ground and realizing life is too short for petty disputes.

“Life is what we make it and acceptance is the key to all our affairs.” #deweyreadathon #readathon @DeweysReadathon

Mitch What a gorgeous reading spot! 1mo
Jinjer Daaaang, Girl! I don't know what is going on but I was not able to leave you a comment on your blog and I couldn't pull you up on Twitter and your Insta is private so I finally can talk to you here on Litsy. I thought maybe the blog comment problem was that your blog doesn't like my Chromebook, but I couldn't leave a comment via my iPhone either.

Anyway! All I wanted to do was ask you was: What did you think of Address Unknown?
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AvidReader25 @Jinjer I‘m so sorry, that‘s nuts! I need to figure out the blog thing. I loved it! It was short, sharp, and beautifully powerfully in its brief story. Have you read it? 1mo
Jinjer @AvidReader25 I put a hold on a copy of Address Unknown from the library! Looking forward to it! Glad to hear it gets a thumbs up from you! 1mo
AvidReader25 @Jinjer You‘ll love it! So short, packs a punch, and amazing to think it was written in the‘30s before WWII even started. 1mo
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Iron Lake: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I‘ve seen this one pop up on “best of” lists for years. It‘s a good mystery. A disgraced sheriff who has lost his family and his job, stumbles upon the body of a dead judge. He soon realizes everyone in his small Minnesota town has secrets. It kept me interested and I think I‘ll continue the series, but don‘t feel any desire to pick the next one up immediately. The priest was one of my favorite characters.

Bookwormjillk I've read the first three now and I think they get better. 1mo
AvidReader25 @Bookwormjillk I‘m glad you shared that! I was hoping they would. 1mo
Bookwormjillk @AvidReader25 also I‘m a huge audiobook person but I think these are much better in print 1mo
AvidReader25 @Bookwormjillk that‘s really helpful for me. I‘m a big audio person as well, but did not love the narrator at all. I‘ll try the next one in print. 1mo
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Party of Two | Jasmine Guillory
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An entertaining plane read, but I didn't enjoy it as much as Royal Holiday. Olivia and Max definitely have chemistry, but his reckless and impetuous attitude grated after a while. I can't imagine a politician having too much success if they make every decision with no forethought. I loved the focus on Olivia building a life in LA and finding new friends and a place to volunteer. A fun read, but not one I'll return to.

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This was a reread during our recent trip to Galveston. It‘s a wonderful example of nonfiction done well. As the timeline unfolds in the storm approaches we become invested in the real people navigating their days in the Texas port city. When the hurricane hits the loss of life and devastation are unfathomable. Highly recommended, especially if you were visiting Texas anytime soon! *Pic from the lovely Galveston Bookshop!

KCofKaysville @AvidReader25 Listened to it on audio several years ago and I really liked it. I like interesting historicals. 1mo
AvidReader25 @KCofKaysville It‘s excellent on audio. 1mo
Kelly326 I haven‘t read this one, but love Erik Larson books. 1mo
AvidReader25 @Kelly326 This is an early one. You should check it out if you like his other work! 1mo
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The 13 Clocks | James Thurber
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I can‘t believe I‘ve never read this delightful book before. In his introduction, Gaiman calls it the “best book in the world”. It‘s a story of adventure that reminded me of The Princess Bride & Stardust. It has an evil Duke, an imprisoned princess, & the indescribable Golux.

“Time is for dragonflies and Angels. The former live too little and the latter live too long.”

“Remember laughter. You‘ll need it even in the blessed isles of Ever After.”

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Apples Never Fall | Liane Moriarty
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The trick to this book is just to forget that it‘s by Moriarty. I loved her early books, wasn‘t a huge fan of the last two, and enjoyed this one. That being said, this one feels nothing like her early books. It‘s a slow meditative look at motherhood and family ties. It‘s about how our childhoods shapes us and the delicate line between our memories and adulthood. Recommended with that caveat. Expect a quiet, leisurely read.

AvidReader25 “All four of her children each fervently believed in separate versions of their childhood that often didn‘t match up with Joy‘s memories, or each other‘s, for that matter.”

“Any marriage of that many years has multiple motives for murder. Every police officer and hairdresser knows that.”
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Mtroiano That view 😍 2mo
AvidReader25 @Mtroiano One of my favorite places on earth! 2mo
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Arcadia | Tom Stoppard
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A brand new beautiful bookstore at my airport! 😍 They had an incredible selection! 📚 ✈️

BkClubCare How many books did you buy?! 2mo
JamieArc Which airport? 2mo
KristenDuck This is super nice for an airport!! 2mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Miraculously just one, but only because I was about to fly and would have to carry my purchases with me on my trip. 😆 2mo
AvidReader25 @JamieArc Indianapolis International, so beautiful! @KristenDuck 2mo
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Greenlights | Matthew McConaughey
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I‘m not a huge McConaughey fan but our upcoming Texas trip & many rave reviews made me pick up the audio version. I could have skipped his advice sections, but his crazy stories were excellent! From bird CPR to floating down the Amazon to taking meetings while driving cross country, he shares his wild stories with his trademark relaxed attitude & optimistic glee at the unexpected nature of life. Incredibly entertaining even if you don‘t know him.

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I‘ve lived most of my life as a Lazy Genius, but I never knew what that was until now. This book‘s focus on pouring energy into the things that matter to you & letting go of the rest was profound. I loved the idea to make fixed decisions when you can & to take small steps towards your goal instead of staying big and failing. Also the Magic Question: What can I do now to make life easier later?

“Tend to the necessary before it becomes urgent.”

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I‘m in the middle of a few big books right now and so this was definitely a light reading month for me! Starting Bible Study Fellowship also became a big time commitment. Regardless, I got to dive into a new Louise Penny and that was a treat.

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A Pleasure to Burn | Ray Bradbury
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Checked out Speakeasy Books, a sweet new bookstore in our community this morning. I found a Bradberry book I didn‘t own! I love when new book shops pop up and I can‘t wait to visit this one again. 📚

LapReader Someone has put a few vintage Bradbury books in my building‘s book exchange. I took 1. 2mo
Nute It‘s cute! And a game table…Yay! 2mo
rabbitprincess That looks like a delightful store! 2mo
AvidReader25 @Nute @rabbitprincess I love adorable stores like this! 2mo
AvidReader25 @LapReader Jackpot! I love Bradbury. 2mo
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Delightfully twisty and a perfect fall read. A troubled married couple ends up on a weekend getaway in a remote spot in Scotland. I loved the rotating POV and short chapters. I was completely pulled in and didn‘t want to put it down. NO SPOILERS because the story is just too fun!

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The Sanatorium | Sarah Pearse
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A big disappointment with a ridiculous plot. I struggled to stay interested because Elin feels like a caricature of a woman in a scary movie. It‘s very hard to believe she is a detective. It‘s never good when a thriller makes you roll your eyes and yell, “Get there faster!” I felt like I had to keep reading to make sure my assumptions were right, but it lacked any sense of urgency & the plot was overly convoluted. It had promise, but it fell flat.

Suzze I almost bought this but read a couple of friend‘s reviews on GoodReads and decided against buying. 2mo
AvidReader25 @Suzze Oof I had high hopes, but I was definitely disappointed. 2mo
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A new Three Pines mystery! I loved that Penny embraced writing in a world where a pandemic is part of the conversation. I thought it might be exhausting to read that, but it was oddly cathartic to see the way we were all united in the shared experience.

The plot meandered a bit in the end, but I didn‘t for one second wish the philosophical book had ended sooner. I read it as slowly as I could because I never get tired of Gamache and his crew.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome cover!! 2mo
AvidReader25 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks It‘s so gorgeous! 2mo
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Nonfiction doesn‘t get much more interesting. A group of 13 women decided to form an all-female climbing team to get to the top of Annapurna. The leader wrote this about their joys & struggles, detailing the entire process. From arguments w/Sherpas to the food they ate, each aspect of their lives on the mountain made me feel like I was right there. So much of the climbing experience is out of their control. It was a harrowing and fascinating read.

AvidReader25 The pic is our book club with the t-shirts that the climbing team sold to raise funds for their trip. 😆 3mo
wanderinglynn How interesting! And great photo! 3mo
AvidReader25 @wanderinglynn It was fascinating! We got some funny looks for the shirts. 😂 3mo
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Sometimes the truth really is stranger than fiction. This crazy account of a real life bank robber in Hungary in the ‘90s is hilarious, well written, and hard to believe. Budapest is one of my favorite cities I‘ve visited, so reading about its history was a treat for me. So much changed in the ‘90s as it came out from under communist rule and life was certainly not easy. Between the history and the bank robberies, this one was very entertaining.

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The Guide: A novel | Peter Heller
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After reading and loving The River, I had high hopes for this sequel. Heller didn‘t disappoint. Though the plot is completely different, he writes in a way that combines powerful plots, interesting characters, and beautiful descriptions of nature. Readers will recognize the main character, Jack, from The River.

The way Heller unites all of these plots turns the novel into a fast-paced thriller. He has become a must-read author for me!

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I read this years ago. I just reread it and though the story is simple, there are so many great quotes for book lovers!

“What she was finding also was how one book led to another, doors kept opening wherever she turned and the days weren‘t long enough for the reading she wanted to do.”

“Books or not about passing the time. They are about other lives. Other worlds. Far from wanting time to pass, Sir Kevin, one wishes one had more of it.”

Jinjer IS THAT YOUR GORGEOUS BEDROOM?????

I love that book. My German BFF sent me a copy for birthday or Christmas one year because she loved it so much. It's wonderful.
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AvidReader25 @Jinjer I wish! I stayed in the sweetest Airbnb this weekend. It was a former train depot turned cottage and that was my room! 3mo
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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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A good reading month for sure. The new Cormoran Strike novel was just the right book to get lost in for a while.

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Good Company | Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
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This quiet novel reminded me a lot of Crossing to Safety. Two married couples have been close friends for decades when a secret comes to light. The novel is less about the big reveal and more about the relationships that shape us. The pairs: a TV star & her Dr. husband and a voice actress and her a theatre company director spouse. They‘ve shared their ups & downs through the years. I appreciated the tender exploration of the choices they‘ve made.

AvidReader25 I read this while visiting my favorite theater company, which puts on Shakespeare at a huge outdoor theater. It was particularly appropriate as the author explores a theater company in the novel that produces immersive outdoor shows. I loved the moments of reflection about the impact of theater on audience and cast members alike. 3mo
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In the Heights: Finding Home | Lin-Manuel Miranda, Jeremy McCarter, Quiara Alegría Hudes
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The very first NYC Broadway musical I ever saw was In the Heights when I was 25. Revisiting that show through the creators‘ stories was a delight! I loved hearing the behind-the-scenes reveals & the ways that the show has impacted so many through the years. If you‘re a fan of the musical, don‘t miss this! The same friend who I saw the show with in NYC listened to the audiobook w/me on our recent road trip. We couldn‘t stop grinning the whole time.

BkClubCare Fun story, great pics 3mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare I can‘t believe that was 12 years ago! 3mo
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It‘s sweltering in Indiana this week and this read was the perfect choice. Trapped in a vacation home with no AC two old friends try to mend their relationship. If you loved Beach Read, definitely check this one out.

“That crush of happiness, that feeling that this is what life‘s about: being somewhere beautiful, with someone you love.”

“We‘re happy, and even when we are not, it‘s so much better than it was without him.”

DavidDiamond I'm starting this one today! 3mo
AvidReader25 @DavidDiamond It‘s perfect for summer! 3mo
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Loved this nonfiction look at “girl reporters” in the late 1800s. Their efforts in investigative & stunt reporting helped create the genre we now call creative nonfiction. I can‘t believe all these women went through just to be journalists. It makes me value my job all the more. The reporters who worked in factories or spent time in asylums to researched a story were brave and inspiring.

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“The posture most natural to him is not a pointed finger but open arms.”

“For those not in Christ, this life is the best it will ever get. For those in Christ, for whom Ephesians 2:7 is the eternal vista just around the next bend in the road, this life is the worst it will ever get.”

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Dreamland Burning | Jennifer Latham
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The Tulsa race massacre was horrifying and this novel explores a fictionalized version of those events. It flashes back and forth from the 1921 timeline to the present day. The story is good, but the writing is filled with clichés and hard to swallow at times. The modern-day plot was much less compelling and the characters were very one-dimensional. Still worth reading, but probably better for a younger audience.

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Anna Karenina | Leo Tolstoy
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I'm halfway through this reread. Since reading it the 1st time, I‘ve gotten married & had kids, it‘s amazing how different a book can feel when your experiences change. There are so many moments that resonate with me. The Kitty/Levin arch reminds me of Persuasion & Anna‘s story is heartbreaking in new ways when you consider the standard women were held to. Beautifully written with themes that are still relevant today, I can‘t wait to keep reading!

SamAnne Keep meaning to get to this one after finally reading War and Peace last year. 3mo
EvieBee Beautiful picture and edition. Oddly, the Levin angle most intrigued me. (edited) 3mo
AvidReader25 @SamAnne I loved it more than W&P! 3mo
AvidReader25 @EvieBee I think Levin‘s story and his character growth are way more interesting! 3mo
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The Other Black Girl | Zakiya Dalila Harris
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Nella is a Black woman surrounded by white people at her job in the publishing industry. When a new Black coworker joins the company she isn't all that she seems to be. This one has serious Stepford Wives vibes, but it didn't quite live up to the hype for me. I felt like the payoff wasn't worth the slow-burning plot and the flashback scenes were just confusing. I'd be curious to read more from the author in the future though.

SqueakyChu I agree with you about those flashback scenes. The main story had me riveted though near the end. 3mo
AvidReader25 @SqueakyChu I completely agree! I was really pulled into the story, but those flashbacks felt so unnecessary and distracting. I would definitely read more from the author! 3mo
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Troubled Blood | Robert Galbraith
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There was a lot to unpack and this one and it‘s definitely my favorite of the series so far. I can‘t believe how long this book was, but I never lost interest the whole time. I found myself wanting to read it as much as possible. The cold case moved slowly but each new witness they interviewed added a fascinating layer. Both Cormoran and Robin worked through some major personal issues, giving us even more insight into their characters.

AvidReader25 That ending! Both solving the cold case and the interactions between the partners.

I loved that for the final reveal stepped away from the men hurting women narrative. In the end it was about brilliant women. One was smart enough to discover a serial killer and another who was the killer herself. That was so much more interesting ending than either of the two violent men who were the other suspects.
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Union is hilarious, but this is not a funny memoir. I knew almost nothing about her before reading this. She has dealt with so many extreme issues that you can't help but admire her strength. She's a rape survivor and has dealt with infertility, divorce, racism in Hollywood, and the death of close friends. It is a lot to process, but her honesty and vulnerability with which she shares her truth made the book hard to put down.

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I'll Be Your Blue Sky: A Novel | Marisa de los Santos
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A chance meeting with an elderly woman named Edith sends Clare's life careening in a new direction on her wedding day. I loved the layered portrayal of the two women, one present day and the other decades earlier. The Blue Sky House had a personality of its own. The pacing was excellent, unfolding pieces of info in the long-ago mystery just a bit at a time. I was glad the ex-boyfriend didn't steal the show in the final third of the book.

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This fell a bit short of my expectations. My main problem was that the story puts the least interesting character at the forefront. There‘s a Lithuanian immigrant, an eccentric boy obsessed w/world records, & a grieving mother, but instead, we focus on a mediocre musician who has a good heart but is still a neglectful father. I felt like every other character had a more interesting story & was disappointed each time we returned to his‘s narrative.

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Textbook Amy Krouse Rosenthal | Amy Krouse Rosenthal
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A good mix of books during this big month of transition in our house. 📚