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AvidReader25

Joined February 2016

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Coffee addict☕️ World traveler🌎 Theatre lover🎭 Beekeeper🐝 Magazine editor, wife, & mom. avidreader25.blogspot.com LT: Bookworm12
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I thought I‘d read the original Nancy Drew novels, but I think I‘d only read the reimagine version from the ‘90s. I liked that Nancy solved the case on her own. She didn‘t need to be rescued, she was clever (and sometimes lucky), and she stood up for the underdogs who had been unexpectedly disinherited. I do wish the title didn‘t give away so much of the plot. My daughter and I are both interested to read the next one.

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I had high hopes for this one. It checked so many boxes of things I love. But in the end the characters left me cold. I felt like it couldn‘t decide if it was trying to be whimsical love story via the movie Kate & Leopold or a more serious time travel novel like Dark Matter. It kept switching gears, and so neither story felt as compelling as I wanted it to. Not awful, just disappointing because of my high expectations.

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First Lie Wins: A Novel | Ashley Elston
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This twisty read was so much fun! A con woman finds herself in a tricky spot and the plot flashes back & forth with other identities and jobs she's taken over the years. A smart protagonist, tons of surprises, and kept me interested the whole time. It was fun to read and just what I wanted. I cared what happened to Lucca and Ryan. Thrillers often keep me interested in the plot, but not the characters, so I appreciated that.

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Ella Enchanted | Gail Carson Levine
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I liked this retelling of Cinderella so much more as I read it with my kids. The emphasis is on standing up for yourself & learning the meaning of sacrificial love & true friendship. I think it‘s a great improvement from the original story that it doesn't rely on a quick fairy godmother fix to solve every problem. Ella is clever & funny & is willing to try & solve her own problems. I love how her best friend Char knows who she truly is & loves her

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 💐 1w
AvidReader25 @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks A friend brought over a birthday bouquet! 😊 1w
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My favorite surprise for my birthday this weekend‘s was a handmade, red oak bookcase from my husband. He even included our initials that he carved into a tree before we were married. The tree was hit by lightning last year and destroyed, but he saved the wood that had our initials. 💙

Amor4Libros What a wonderful gift! 1w
BookmarkTavern Lovely! 1w
IndoorDame So special ♥️ 1w
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Ruthiella So romantic! 🥰 1w
Chelsea.Poole So sweet! 1w
Tamra Sweet! 1w
Soubhiville Aw that‘s the sweetest. 1w
dabbe That man's a keeper! 🤩🤩🤩 1w
LeahBergen That‘s amazing! ❤️ 1w
Megabooks Wow!! 💜💜 1w
mcctrish So many levels of awesome (edited) 1w
CaliforniaCay Aww 🥰🥰🥰 1w
KadaGul Craftsmanship at its finest 😍🫶 1w
BkClubCare Very cool 😎 7d
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Bulfinch's Mythology | Bulfinch, Thomas
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I‘ve always loved mythology and can‘t believe I didn‘t read this one earlier. It‘s a great starter book for someone just curious about myths. I enjoyed returning to all the old favorites from Greek and Norse mythology & while also hearing some from other cultures that were new to me. I liked how he mentions specific poems and other famous pieces that use mythology as a reference point. I don‘t think I‘ll ever tire of reading about Greek mythology.

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Oh my goodness I love this book! I reread it this week and was reminded why this simple story is so powerful. It‘s the real story of a woman writing letters back and forth over two decades with a bookseller in London. But it‘s the human connection over an ocean that is beautiful. Their shared love of literature and genuine kindness was so refreshing. I can‘t recommend it enough. It‘s just lovely. Definitely going to reread the sequel next.

slategreyskies I didn‘t know there was a sequel! I love this book too! 🥰 2w
BarbaraBB Loved the book and love your photo 2w
Ruthiella Definitely a favorite of many readers. I loved it. 2w
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LeahBergen It‘s just so good! 2w
AvidReader25 @slategreyskies Yes! It‘s called Duchess of Bloomsbury and she finally gets to go to London. 😊 1w
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Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley | Lauren Gunderson, Margot Melcon
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This conclusion to a trilogy of plays (set at Pemberley at Christmas) was just the icing on the cake. It even flashes forward in the second act so we can see how everyone is doing six years in the future. Pairing up Georgiana and Kitty as best friends was such a perfect fit for the story. It has serious Persuasion vibes and I loved every second of it. Now if only I could see them performed in person!

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This sweet read with my daughter was a bit darker than I was expecting, but I loved the message in the end. DiCamillo has such a gift for bringing a scene to life, and I won‘t soon forget the treks into the dungeon.

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Cat's Cradle: A Novel | Kurt Vonnegut
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I went to a book embroidery class at my location independent bookstore today! I loved getting to learn a new hobby and had so much fun talking books with the other attendees. 📚 🧵 🪡

booklover3258 How hard is it to put the needle through the cover? 2w
AvidReader25 @booklover3258 Before you start with the needle you use a different tool to poke all the holes. After that it wasn‘t too hard at all! 2w
booklover3258 Ahhh thanks! 2w
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Last Night in Montreal | Emily St. John Mandel
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This was a fever dream of a novel. Lilia, a young girl, is abducted by her father and they spend the next decade crisscrossing the country to evade a detective. The plot flashes backwards and forwards as the story unfolds. It‘s haunting and beautiful. So many broken people with overlapping lives. The detective‘s daughter and Lilia live parallel lives of loneliness. I loved the slow reveal of the story, though the middle lagged for me.

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Rereading this with my daughter was wonderful! The magic of running away to live in the MET still resonated, but I loved Claudia's journey to understand herself even more than I did as a child. I loved how the differences between Claudia and her brother Jamie helped them grow as their different personalities taught them to compromise. Her exploration of her own motivations will stay with her much longer than her week in the museum.

IndoorDame Such a fun one to revisit!!! 3w
BarbaraJean One of my favorites!! 💜💜 3w
AvidReader25 @BarbaraJean @IndoorDame It was so lovely! 💙 3w
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Standing Bear was a Ponca chief who fought for the rights of his tribe. Despite continuously being moved from place to place, with no control over where they were sent, he was a calm and steady prescience for his people. They wanted to work the land in peace & he was able to fight for that right in court. It's an incredible & heartbreaking story. If you want to learn more about the Trail of Tears and what it was truly like, please read this one.

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Funny Story | Emily Henry
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This book‘s subtitle should be: everyone needs therapy. Also, I loved it! Realistic & healthy relationships, actual character development & honest conversations. Supporting the idea that you need friends and a community, not just one “perfect “ person. Miles & Daphne were a delight with buzzing chemistry. The supporting characters added so much especially Julia & Ashleigh, & the descriptions of Michigan were just the chef‘s kiss. My #1 or 2 Henry.

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The first half of the book is really about the Civil War in Missouri, but that history of division and its creation of the bushwhackers is what led to James' life of crime. The author does an incredible job unpacking the story. I loved learning the story behind his eventual crime spree. This was my Missouri nonfiction book and it's perfect for the category. I'll certainly be reading more from this author as well.

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A quiet reflection on being willing to reevaluate things you participate in throughout your life. I like the way the author encourages you to reflect on the good that came from each role even after you leave it. She provides some tools, but as she explains it's much more about feeling than action steps, which is probably why I liked, but didn't love it. It will make me think critically about my job/church/boards I serve on, etc. as I move forward.

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The Hunter: A Novel | Tana French
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I love French's ability to create atmosphere & this one is stifling. The intense heat, the building tension, it all feels like it's about to boil over. This sequel is best if you've read the 1st book. I loved returning to Cal's tiny Irish town. Trey is now 15 & she's figuring out who she is as she grows up. It feels a lot like The Dry, which I loved. It moves very slow, but it works & I always stayed interested. Don't expect a fast-pace thriller.

Kimzey Sounds good! Stacked! 1mo
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I don‘t think I‘ve ever read a book so achingly vulnerable before. The author is so honest about his personal failings, this dark period in his marriage, & the humility it took to stay together. When his wife asked for a divorce & reveals she‘s having an affair, he‘s beyond shocked. He shares this account not to shame her, but to reflect about how hard marriage is & how much work it takes. It sounds contradictory, but it‘s also so darkly funny.

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Monsters: A Fan's Dilemma | Claire Dederer
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A meditation on how the personal lives of artists impact our view of them as fans. Once we know horrible things about a person (Picasso, Cosby, etc.), how can we still enjoy their art? The author questioning both herself and others in the way to process the hardest contradictions. It‘s complicated and doesn‘t shy away from the conflicting things we feel. I was fascinated and left thinking about the debate for days.

CaitlinR It sounds fascinating, 1mo
Texreader Oh wow. Yea I wonder about that a lot, especially writers. 1mo
AvidReader25 @Texreader @CaitlinR Yes! She gave voice to a lot of thoughts I‘ve had and struggle with. 1mo
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Tress of the Emerald Sea | Brandon Sanderson
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What a delight! It‘s a Princess Bride story where Buttercup searches for Westley & instead of believing he‘s dead. What follows is a wild pirate adventure where Tress discovers her own strength & ingenuity as she travels on the seas of spores.

“Enjoy memories, yes, but don't be a slave to who you wish you once had been.”

“Even small actions have consequences. And while we can often choose our actions, we rarely get to choose our consequences.”

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 1mo
Leftcoastzen 🐶 1mo
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Yellowface | R F Kuang
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This was like watching a car crash. I couldn‘t look away. Almost every character involved was self-serving and driven by an absolute narcissistic desire for success, but the author was so good and you are so invested in what happens next. The whole plot is really digging at a deeper issue of cultural history and authorship. The ever present threat of social media‘s ire gave it and added weight. Lived up to the hype for me.

Suzze Same. I really enjoyed it. 1mo
Sarahreadstoomuch Love this book! And now I have one of my library book groups reading it 😉 1mo
Anna40 Great review! 1mo
AvidReader25 @Suzze @Anna40 Such a fascinating book! 1mo
AvidReader25 @Sarahreadstoomuch I love that! This is such a perfect book to fuel great discussions. 1mo
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This was a favorite of mine when I was young, and I loved reading it with my daughter this month. As an adult, I was struck by how determined, resourceful, and brave Karana is. I also researched the true story behind the book a bit and was fascinated to learn more about the history. There are some dark moments, but it led to great discussions.

emz711 This is my "I don't remember the title but it was blue" book 1mo
TheBookHippie I love this book. 1mo
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AvidReader25 @TheBookHippie It was such an important one for me when I was growing up. I feel like there were rarely books about a girl surviving on her own. 1mo
TheBookHippie @AvidReader25 I agree -it was a favorite of mine as well, I read it several times back then! 1mo
BkClubCare You are an awesome mom! 👏 1mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare I love seeing my girls discover their own love of reading! 1mo
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Demon Copperhead: A Novel | Barbara Kingsolver
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This loose retelling of David Copperfield explores life in Lee County through the eyes of a young boy nicknamed Demon. From his addict mother to the cruel injustices of the foster care system & drug addiction, the book will break your heart. But it's also so beautifully written & the voice feels so authentic, that you don't care. I wish I‘d read it sooner instead of dragging my feet.

“As a kid, you just accept different worlds w/different rules.”

Tamra I can smell those lilacs through my screen! 💜 1mo
AvidReader25 @Tamra my absolute favorite flower! 1mo
BkClubCare Ok, realizing that life and “so many books,etc” WHY did you drag your feet? Just curious 1mo
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AvidReader25 @BkClubCare A few reasons, one was SO much hype. Another is that David Copperfield is my favorite Dickens and I was worried it would park in comparison. Instead, I felt like it was a completely unique story that stood on it‘s own. 1mo
BkClubCare @AvidReader25 😎 (I felt the misery was relentless. Not a fan of the book myself) 1mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare Oh man, it was! It was a hard book but I was definitely invested in the characters. 1mo
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Glaciers | Alexis Smith
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One young woman in the Pacific Northwest is fascinated by old photos and vintage items. This little novella gives us a glimpse into the reasons behind her obsession. Her path crosses with a coworker and former soldier, and they have a sweet connection. Brief but beautiful. The scene where everyone at a party has to tell a personal story was particularly memorable.

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A boy takes his Bubbe Rosa around Brooklyn and Manhattan as they shop for ingredients for dinner. She struggles with seeing new things in the place of old and her memories flood their conversation. It‘s a short read about a Jewish woman in the city, and I love the glimpses of her when she is young and her interactions with an old baker she‘s known for years.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
KadaGul @AvidReader25 Your Dog 🐕‍🦺 is saying Mom im right here what are you looking 👀 @ and whose picture 📸 are you taking #petslife 2mo
AvidReader25 @KadaGul He‘s here for it! 2mo
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Gift from the Sea | Anne Morrow Lindbergh
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I‘ve read and reread slim nonfiction book over the years. Each time I find new things that speak to me. Lindbergh compares different stages in a woman‘s life to various shells she finds on the beach. The shells aren‘t the point; it‘s what they represent that carries the weight of the work. She touches on maintaining your individuality as a woman despite marriage and motherhood, a difficult balance to find.

AvidReader25 Con‘t…I can‘t think of a single woman I wouldn‘t recommend this to. It‘s a lovely reminder to appreciate whatever stage you‘re in at the moment. I always fill my days with a million commitments and small tasks and this was a wonderful reminder to slow down and just enjoy the bliss of doing nothing sometimes. 2mo
Suet624 I always think of my mother when I see someone post about this book. This was one of my mother's two favorite books. 2mo
kspenmoll My mother loved this book & so admired Anne Morrow Lindberg. She gave copies to her 4 daughters & 3 daughter- in- laws when they married into the family. Your review is wonderful! 2mo
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AvidReader25 @Suet624 oh I love that! It makes me wonder what my kids might one day remember as my favorite books. 2mo
AvidReader25 @kspenmoll that‘s wonderful! There is so much wisdom in this tiny book. It‘s definitely one I‘ve given as a gift as well. 2mo
kspenmoll @AvidReader25 My mom was a voracious reader! This discussion made me decide to reread this book in summer when I visit my sister on Cape Cod.❤️ 2mo
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American Born Chinese | Gene Luen Yang
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This graphic novel gives us a glimpse into someone who may look different from his classmates on the outside, but longs to just fit in. It‘s a painful place to be, especially as a kid. Anyone who has felt like they had to hide some part of themselves in order to avoid bullying, will find a kindred spirit here. It‘s a chance to step into someone else‘s shoes for a moment and hopefully gain some empathy for someone who might be different from you.

Lindy It‘s a classic. 💛 2mo
AvidReader25 @Lindy I should have read it earlier! 2mo
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Missing May | Cynthia Rylant
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I read this one with my daughter, and it‘s much more about grief than any other children‘s book I‘ve read. A young girl is adopted by an extended family member after her parents die, and then loses her new surrogate mother. I‘d recommend the author‘s book Gooseberry Park over this one, but will continue to try some of her other work.

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Tower of Dawn | Sarah J Maas
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This entire book is about Chaol and Nesryn and I definitely missed the other characters. I wish she had woven some of their stories into this one to break up the exhausting chapters of Chaol struggling with his injuries and emotions. That being said, it was still interesting and I loved learning more about the history and deeper plot points. I'll be happy to return to the rest of the cast in the next book though!

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Binti | Nnedi Okorafor
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This little piece of wood is one of my favorite things I found during the bookstore crawl last week. Slide your thumb in the middle, and it helps you hold your book open with one hand. I love it!

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Loveboat, Taipei | Abigail Hing Wen
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Entertaining, but pretty superficial when it came to character development. A young American Asian woman travels to Taipei to attend a camp after graduating from high school. She breaks out of her rigid, sheltered childhood and challenges herself to disregard the rules she was raised with. People fall in and out of love in a heartbeat and the relationship felt as ephemeral as the plot. It won't stick with me, but it was a fun quick read.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 2mo
TrishB Aww 🐶❤️ beautiful Doggo 2mo
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I will officially read anything this author writes. Unlike her other 2 novellas I‘ve read (Foster & Small Things Like These), this collection of 3 short stories is a bit darker. She touches on a broken engagement, a writer staying in a remote house, and a woman set on having her first affair while Christmas shopping for her family. Each story pulls you in quickly with its descriptions and atmosphere. I can‘t wait to read whatever she writes next.

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Red Dog, Red Dog | Patrick Lane
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This bookstore crawl was such an incredible event for Indianapolis! In four days I visited 19 of the participating 23 independent stores. It was an absolute delight! I met up with friends and took my kids to some throughout the crawl. We talked with other participants and owners of the stores, and everyone was blown away by the response from the community. Such an incredible weekend! It filled my heart to see how our city supported this event!

Suet624 Wonderful! 2mo
janeycanuck I‘m so jealous you have 23 indies in your city. What a lovely event to enjoy! 2mo
AvidReader25 @janeycanuck About 5 years ago there were only a few. 😳 There‘s been a huge surge since then, and I‘m so grateful! 2mo
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Kurt Vonnegut: Letters | Kurt Vonnegut
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My city is hosting its first ever bookstore crawl! Four days, 23 participating independent bookstores, and so much fun! I‘ve made it to 10 so far and have more planned for this weekend. It‘s been delightful! I‘ve been crawling with friends and my kids and even found the best pair of book earrings! 📚 Such an incredible community event.

dabbe 🤩🤩🤩 2mo
LeahBergen How wonderful! 2mo
Suet624 That‘s awesome! 2mo
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This nonfiction account of the worst plagues in history is shockingly funny. Wright shares the facts, but with a dark sense of humor that I loved. She is honest about her bias against certain leaders and doctors who made horrific choices. Who knew that reading about plagues could be so incredibly entertaining? Highly recommended!

“Pretending any historical age before proper indoor plumbing was a glorious epoch is a ludicrous delusion.”

Itchyfeetreader This sounds like something I would enjoy 2mo
AvidReader25 @Itchyfeetreader it‘s a dark sense of humor, but I thought it was excellent! 2mo
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A perfect book to read in anticipation of a trip to Greece. This memoir is set on the island of Patmos, where one man opened a restaurant in partnership with a local Greek. He learned so much about the culture, including their hospitality and clear lines between locals and foreigners. His naïveté and openness is blatantly American, but so is his enthusiasm for cooking and the island. I can‘t wait to visit the shores he describes.

Cathythoughts ❤️ 2mo
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Our Missing Hearts | Celeste Ng
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In the timeless tradition of The Handmaid's Tale Ng tackles a dystopian future that is woven tightly with reality. The USA has made it through a crisis, but the legislation that resulted has increased suspicion of Asian Americans. She focuses on the families whose children are taken from them in order to "protect" them from sedition indoctrination. I enjoyed Ng in the past but never before have I felt rocked by the quiet emotion this book held.

AvidReader25 The pup is fine, just recovering from being fixed and in need of lots of snuggles. 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
kspenmoll That beautiful face! 3mo
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mcctrish Oh the cone ☹️ extra snuggles needed for sure 🐾🐾 ( I have this one on my TBR and I will read it this year ) 3mo
batsy Awww! That face ❤️ 3mo
AvidReader25 @mcctrish This book was so different from what I was expecting! I hope you enjoy it. 3mo
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The Fury | Alex Michaelides
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For a twisty island murder mystery this one really dragged. I didn‘t love the style of a narrator that kept telling you that he was about to tell you something big. It was exhausting. He‘s a classic unreliable narrator, but there‘s too much telling & not enough showing in the story. The characters are such selfish, superficial people & they‘re constantly betraying each other. It was hard to find anyone to root for & the ending felt like a cop out.

janeycanuck I was so-so on this one, too. You are so right about the telling about telling - such a pet peeve of mine. 3mo
AvidReader25 @janeycanuck Mine too, especially if the story isn‘t worth it in the end. 3mo
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I finished this just in time for the Oscars. It‘s the basis of the best picture winner “Oppenheimer” & I loved seeing the way the book was adapted to become a film. This is a long in-depth biography, but he was a complicated man. It was also a perfect nonfiction read for New Mexico. The authors did an excellent job diving into the history of the making of the atomic bomb and Oppenheimer‘s role in the saga. I wouldn‘t read it again but it was good.

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This 2024 Newbery-award-winner tells the story of a dog who is friends with bison, a seagull, and other creatures in an island park. I‘ve recently read two others from the POV of an animal (Pax and Open Throat), but I loved how this one leaned heavy on a buddy comedy vibe, working in a heist and a deep, abiding friendship between the animals. I liked it much more than I thought I would and the audio, performed by Ethan Hawk) was such fun.

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I‘m reading a nonfiction book in each state and this was for Rhode Island. It was an absolute gossipy delight! I did not know all the history of the rich & famous in Newport and every short chapter was full of trivia. I highly recommend this if you enjoy the show Gilded Age. It covers a wider time period, but starts with a focus on many of the show‘s main characters. Thanks to @BkClubCare for the wonderful book!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🖤🐾❤️ 3mo
BkClubCare Most welcome! 🤗 3mo
dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
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I loved the descriptions of bookstores, falling in love with reading, & sharing your favorite novel. Some things felt like they were lost in translation. I didn‘t feel much of an emotional connection to the main characters, but some of that might have been a cultural difference. It seemed like the book headed in a very different direction in the second half. Definitely still enjoyed it, but I was wishing for something I couldn‘t put my finger on.

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I couldn't put this down. It's a nonfiction account of NASA's first 6 female astronauts. They went through so much to break the glass ceiling all the way into space. There were moments when their story was infuriating because of what they had to put up with but I am so grateful for their fearless determination. These brilliant women were doctors & scientists long before joining NASA. Their dedication to the space prorgam paved the way for so many.

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My goodness this one was hilarious. Ned travels to the Victorian era from the future to help with the restoration of the Conventry Cathedral. Soon he finds himself boating down the Thames, navigating Victorian etiquette, & saving a kitten. The supporting characters: his partner in crime Verity, Baine the butler, flighty Tossie, and Lady Schrapnell are what really made the book. I'm glad I read Three Men in a Boat 1st to get the added references.

BkClubCare Oh! Darn - this would have been a good readalong! 📚🤣 it‘s on my tbr but I have been intimidated by the length 3mo
AvidReader25 Everyday Reading on Instagram hosted a readalong of it! She saved her thoughts and questions to a reel. I‘ll tag you. If you end up reading it you should watch them! 3mo
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The Body in Question | Jill Ciment
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A tightly-packed novel about one woman's time as a juror on a controversial case and its aftermath. I couldn't put it down. The trial is really only a back drop to the human interactions that make up the story. I loved some of the author's choices, like only referring to characters by the jury number in the first half of the book. This was an Ann Patchett recommendation and it didn't disappoint.

Soubhiville I just read this for the same reason! 😁 3mo
AvidReader25 @Soubhiville what would we do without her impeccable taste? 3mo
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A Spindle Splintered | Alix E. Harrow
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Zinnia Gray is terminally ill and just turned 21 when she finds herself in the castle of a real Sleeping Beauty. The story is one part The Fault in our Stars and one part Gaiman's The Sleeper and the Spindle. I loved the author's other books, but by its very nature this slip of a novel doesn‘t give the reader enough time to feel too attached.

dabbe 🖤🐾🖤 3mo
BkClubCare Hello sleepy puppy! 3mo
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Assistant to the Villain | Hannah Nicole Maehrer
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Silly and so much fun, this world with dragons and brooding villains comes to life through the eyes of Evie. She brash and funny and doesn't seem to mind the evil deeds her boss does each day. Don't overthink the plot and it's completely entertaining and similar in tone to Legends & Lattes. The supporting characters are a treat. There's a sequel in the works and I can't wait to read it.

BkClubCare Is there an animal sidekick? 🤨 (for a reading challenge (because I don‘t want to read Steinbeck 🤷🏻‍♀️)) 3mo
AvidReader25 🤣 there is a very helpful frog! 3mo
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If Bill Bryson used cuss words and wrote a book about the British monarchy, this would be it. Funny, irreverent, and I afraid of finding the hilarity in a whole system that claims a gold hat makes you a ruler. The book flits between the facts of each monarch but doesn‘t go too deep with any of them. Come for the history, stay for the humor.

BkClubCare David Mitchell of Cloud Atlas Mitchell? 3mo
AvidReader25 @BkClubCare It‘s not, but I‘d be lying if I said I didn‘t pick up the book because I thought it was him. 🤣 3mo
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I read “In the Footsteps of St. Paul” by this author in anticipation of an upcoming trip to Greece, including Ephesus (pictured). I loved the message and hearing more about Paul and his travels, though I will say if you‘re hoping for something that describes some of the areas you‘ll be visiting, this isn‘t the book.

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Serious P.G. Wodehouse vibes & left me laughing. There were also surprisingly poignant lines. Read before To Say Nothing of the Dog, which references it.

“Let your boat of life be light, packed w/only what you need-a homely home & simple pleasures 1 or 2 friends, worth the name, someone to love & someone to love you, a cat, dog, & a pipe or 2, enough to eat & enough to wear, & a little more than enough to drink; for thirst is a dangerous thing.”

mabell This book surprised me with how funny and relatable it was! It‘s on my to be reread list! 4mo
AvidReader25 @mabell Me too! I wasn‘t expecting to snort laugh at a book that was more than a century old. 🤣 4mo
mabell Exactly! 😂 4mo
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