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Avidreader25

Joined February 2016

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Coffee addict. ☕️ World traveler. 🌎 Theatre lover. 🎭 Magazine editor, wife, mom to two girls and a pup. avidreader25.blogspot.com
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The Turn of the Key by Ruth Ware
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Six of Crows by Leigh Bardugo
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Little Dorrit by Charles Dickens
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My 10 year old kindle (named Argos), broke tonight. I literally cried. I‘m sure sleep deprivation caused by a fussy infant was part of it, but I‘m sad regardless. When my husband got me this kindle for Christmas a decade ago I didn‘t think I even wanted it. But over the years I‘ve loved taking it on trips and using it while nursing in the middle of the night. So here‘s to wine and ice cream making me feel a bit better about losing my old friend.

tjwill Sorry about Argos! Enjoy your ice cream and wine! (edited) 1d
Gezemice Oh no! Sorry! I had one just like it... I have upgraded to Paperwhite since but handed it down to family with my books on it. Since they don‘t let you lend Kindle books - this is one way to do it... 1d
tournevis Good bye Argos. You were well loved. 1d
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Tamra 😢 I hope your next e-reader is as beloved. 1d
xicanti Oh no! I would‘ve cried, too. 1d
Leftcoastzen Oh man! 24h
Megabooks Cheers to a good friend! I‘m sorry it died. May your next Kindle see you through a new decade of fun and excitement, especially with your new little one! 🥂 21h
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The One and Only Ivan | Katherine Applegate
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A quick story, but good. I didn‘t realize until the end that it was based on a real gorilla who was captured in the Congo, raised by a family in their home, and then kept in captivating for years with no other gorillas. The story is told from his point of view. He is an artist and lives with an elephant and little stray dog.

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The First Four Years | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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The final book in the series is very short & covers only a brief glimpse into Laura‘s new life with Manly & her daughter Rose. The pacing feels rushed, like she was skimming over their lives. The book feels a bit like an after thought and I almost wish the series had ended with These Happy Golden Years. Apparently it wasn‘t published until 30 years later. Regardless, I‘ve loved reading this series with my daughter and I‘ll miss these stories!

britt_brooke Cuties! 6d
Texreader What a mischievous look! Love it!! 6d
erzascarletbookgasm What a great photo! 💗💗 6d
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Bad Blood | John Carreyrou
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What a wild story! This is a nonfiction account of the rise & fall of Theranos and it‘s going CEO Elizabeth Holmes. From their false claims of successful blood testing with a single finger prick, to her faked deep voice, to the insane working conditions, constant employee turnover, threats, and lawsuits, it‘s almost unbelievable that this company was able to swindle investors out of billions of dollars. It‘s well written and fascinating.

ruthmoeller I enjoyed the podcast about her / her company! 7d
Avidreader25 @ruthmoeller It‘s such a crazy story! 6d
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Big Sky | Kate Atkinson
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For some reason this series has been hit or miss for me. This one focuses on a sex trafficking ring in a small seaside town. There are so many different threads in the beginning that it‘s hard to follow. I love the dry sense of humor and relatable asides that she sprinkles into the story. This isn‘t the best in the series, but it‘s a solid one. I would highly recommend reading it when you have the time to dive in and enjoy the layered plot.

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Circe | Madeline Miller
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Last night I got a chance to see Madeleine Miller speak. She was incredible; so clever and engaging. I loved hearing about the research behind both of her books and her thoughts on women in Greek mythology. Her retellings give a voice to those who were cast in stereotypical roles. I can‘t wait to read what she writes next.

ruskigurl16 I would absolutely love to hear her speak! 😍 1w
Avidreader25 @ruskigurl16 She was just so wonderful! Entertaining, so smart, and just fun! 1w
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Laura is now working as a teacher and making money for her family. It‘s been such a joy to watch her grow up and it‘s hard to believe she‘s a woman now. Almanzo courts her with buggy rides and I loved watching her show her strength and fearless nature as she becomes more comfortable around him. Definitely one of my favorites in the series!
“The last time always seems sad, but it isn‘t really. The end of one thing is only the beginning of another.”

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Althea & her husband are sent to jail after stealing from a charity. The fallout affects their twin daughters & Althea‘s 2 sisters Viola & Lillian. The result is a tense novel, a study of women‘s strength & the ripple effect of pain & suffering. The writing keeps a quick pace & pulls the reader into the family drama. I would recommend, though it felt like we only skimmed the surface of character motivations, which kept it from becoming a favorite.

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Pachinko | Min Jin Lee
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Spanning more than a century, the novel follows a Korean woman living in Japan. Sunja is a fascinating character, full of strength and pride. I loved the first half of the book, but my interest waned as the focus shifted from Sunja. The final quarter of the book didn‘t work as well for me. I felt like the tone shifted and it was a completely different novel. I still loved it, but could have cut the final section.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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Some great new releases this month!

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Whisper Network: A Novel | Chandler Baker
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It‘s Big Little Lies meets the #metoo movement, but without Moriarty‘s skill for character development. I loved the way the book addressed responsibility of women to stand up for each other. The stand out parts were the chorus sections. They were a collective voice talking about women‘s experience in the work place. Sexual harassment was 1 subject addressed, but there were plenty of others. The plot was a bit heavy handed overall, but still good.

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Daisy Jones & The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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The book is fantastic. It‘s hard to believe they weren‘t a real band. It‘s told in snippets of interviews w/each band member & a few additional people. The audiobook is just perfect, one of the best I‘ve listened to. It‘s about addiction, temptation, the choices we make & the fall out that they cause. Billy Dunne, his girlfriend Camila, the wild Daisy, keyboardist Karen, etc., each character is so memorable. Definitely lived up to the hype for me.

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Little Town on the Prairie | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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A lot of this book focused on Laura‘s time in school. Thanks to Nellie, who moved to town, the teacher hates Laura. Luckily she has sweet friends who stand by her. It‘s important to note that Ma‘s hatred of the Indians and a black face musical show are unfortunate parts of the book. I know that those things were accepted in that time. I‘ve use them to open conversations about prejudice with my kiddo. No matter when it‘s written, it‘s still not ok.

ManyWordsLater #unpopularopinion I think that we need to *learn* from books/art/history that was acceptable at the time but racist in retrospect. We can‘t hold the past to the same standards of today. (edited) 4w
Avidreader25 @ManyWordsLater I actually agree with you. This was part of the culture she was raised in. I don‘t hold that against the books. I do think it can‘t be glossed over when reading with your children though, because if you do you are condoning those actions or beliefs. 4w
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Time After Time: A Novel | Lisa Grunwald
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Nora dies in an accident in 1925. After that she magically flickers back to life in NYC and is seen by Joe, a station worker. I adored the descriptions of Grand Central station. It was absolutely a main character within the novel. The plot had some strengths and weakness and lags in the middle, but the historical detail is excellent. There‘s a whole world within the station and the author brought it to life beautifully.

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This charming novel follows the story of one woman whose husband dies and so she leaves her Boston home to drive across the country and buy a house in a small Midwestern town. The plot is a bit trite, but I love the writing and the author‘s attention to detail. She describes quiet moments so beautifully.

“When a relationship is so new, everything one says has disproportionate weight and staying power.”

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Chances Are . . . | Richard Russo
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Three old friends, Mickey, Teddy & Lincoln, meet at Martha‘s Vineyard for the first time in years. They were friends in college & all fell in love with the same woman, Jacy.

Russo is an excellent writer, and the book is full of beautiful descriptions, but the characters felt empty to me. The most important fact of their lives was that they had once loved a woman who disappeared. It felt like a weak ode to The Sun Also Rises & I wasn‘t a big fan.

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One of my very favorite beers is book themed! Love it. 📚🍺

Lcsmcat I have those Hemingway editions. 1mo
Avidreader25 @Lcsmcat They‘re classics! 1mo
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Finally made the salmon salad from Dinner: A Love Story. It was delicious and full of fresh summer veggies. This book is still one of my go-to cookbooks for our family!

Tamra Yum! 1mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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People are experiencing False Memory Syndrome (FMS), they‘re hit w/a wave of dead memories of alternate lives & no one knows the cause. There are so many complications that at times I felt like my brain was melting. I loved the twists & despite being plot driven, I cared deeply about the characters. Though the story is focused on FMS it offers quiet meditations on grief, power, & love.

“And it hits him all over again–the ruinous power of grief.”

crazyspine I got a mad case of chair jealousy right now. 1mo
BookBabe Ditto what @crazyspine said 😂 Well put! 👌🏻 1mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this chair!! 1mo
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marleed The only thing I love as much as a book is a great chair! 1mo
rather_be_reading omg in love with your reading area! 1mo
Avidreader25 @crazyspine @BookBabe @alwaysbeenalover @marleed @rather_be_reading It‘s SO comfy and wonderful! It‘s outside my office and I read there at lunch. I love it! 💙 1mo
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The Bible is full of miracles, harsh truths, parables, and more. The author is open and honest about her struggle to align those truths with our current culture. She discovers that it‘s the stories in the Bible that she connects with. Jesus brings truth home by presenting a story as an example. In that way, it‘s easier for people to connect and understand. In the end, the questions don‘t disappear, but neither does the faith.

CherylRussell I have this on my TBR pile. 🙂 1mo
Avidreader25 @CherylRussell I was on the waitlist at my library for a long time! 1mo
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The Long Winter | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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This one was intense! The small community where the Ingalls live is stranded in a seven month blizzard. No trains with supplies are coming and everyone is beginning to starve. I know I‘ll remember the vivid picture of Pa twisting hay to make logs for the fire and the girls using the coffee grinder on the wheat. The scene where the students head from school into town in the midst of a blizzard was harrowing. I loved getting to know Almanzo better.

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Two very different sisters, Edith and Helen, let an inheritance drive a wedge between them. From 1959 to 2018 we watch them mature. Helen with her passion for brewing, Edith with her talent for baking and caring for others.

From Helen‘s desire to win and Edith‘s granddaughter Diana‘s willingness to do whatever it takes to survive; they are strong, complicated women. Without spoiling anything I can say I loved it & didn‘t want to put it down.

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We made pasta sauce from this book‘s recipe & it‘s delicious! Definitely a new staple in our home.

“In Sicily, love, truth, and grief are neither simple nor straightforward. Each runs as deep as the olive trees that have dotted the island for centuries.”

"But what I loved most was that her kitchen showed me how one ingredient can be made into many different dishes. Her food spoke of malleability & resourcefulness in loss, in love, and in life."

Tamra I am envious! 2mo
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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My new office building has the most amazing outdoor chair! I‘ve been curling up to read on my lunch break and it‘s my favorite. Currently reading Recursion and it is melting my brain. It‘s SO good so far!

mcctrish That‘s awesome 2mo
LibrarianRyan OMG. That chair has been on my wish list for so long. You lucky duck. 2mo
Avidreader25 @LibrarianRyan It‘s so comfy! I love it! 2mo
janeycanuck Jealous! 2mo
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My Lady Jane | Jodi Meadows, Brodi Ashton, Cynthia Hand
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A hilarious retelling of Lady Jane Grey‘s life. King Edward and Jane‘s husband Gifford flesh out the 2 other POVs. The book is incredibly entertaining & playful with shades of Monty Python. Instead of Protestants & Catholics, the kingdom is divided between E∂ians (who shape shift into animals) & Verities (who hate them). It‘s fun and silly, but could‘ve been edited down. A book like this should never drag and it did it parts. It‘s great on audio.

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The River | Peter Heller
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Lots of great fiction this month and three VERY different favorites.

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The Farthest Shore | Ursula K. Le Guin
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This is the third book in the Earthsea quartet. Even though it‘s only 200 pages, I struggled to read it. For me, it dragged and lost all momentum after the first chapter. There is a darkness is creeping through the land causing wizards to lose their sorcery. Archmage Ged travels with Arden, a young prince, to find the source of the corruption and shut the door between the worlds of life and death.

“There must be darkness to see the stars.”

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A beautiful memoir, Tembi pulls you into her grief while seducing you with descriptions of Sicilian food. You ache at her unexpected single-parenthood as she pours her remaining energy into her daughter. You feel her awkwardness as she tries to mend bridges with her Sicilian in-laws. You fall in love with Saro, while watching his decline as cancer steals his zeal for life. Hers is a meditation in grief, food, and the true meaning of love.

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I think this is the weakest collection of the short stories from Pottermore. It covers ministry officials, Azkaban, Peeves and a bit more. I did love learning a little bit more about Dolores Umbridge and Professor Slughorn.

Erofan 💕💕 2mo
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The book is full of moral lessons for the boys of Plumfield. The rough and prideful character of Dan was my particular favorite. So interesting to see Jo as the mothering figure to all these boys. I didn‘t love it like Little Women, but it was a sweet book.

“For he had learned how easy it is to lose the confidence of others, how very, very hard to win it back. And truth became to him a precious thing since he had suffered from neglecting it.”

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One True Loves | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Emma‘s husband Jesse dies in a helicopter crash. Years later, when she‘s engaged to Sam, Jesse calls! One woman, two loves, the result could be boring & predictable but the author fills the story with warmth.

I loved the pacing of the book. She skimmed over months and years at times and then settled into a single evening with relish. I loved that the supporting characters had struggles and lives outside of their relationship to Emma. Great read!

Avidreader25 My one big complaint is this awful cover! 90% of the book is set in Massachusetts and they are wonderful descriptions of the crisp air and turning leaves. Yet the cover makes it look like a cheap beach shot. Blech. 2mo
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Evvie is a young widow and the only person in town not grieving for her dead husband. She rents a room to Dean, a retired baseball player and the two become friends. The story‘s strength lies in its realistic take on a classic romance. We see pieces of her life that have shaped who she is: her absent Mom, lobster fisherman Dad, supportive best friend Andy, and her emotionally abusive husband Tim. A sweet book with unexpected depth.

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By the Shores of Silver Lake | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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This might be my favorite of the series so far. From the start of the book we know this is a time of change. Mary has gone blind from scarlet fever, the family rides a train for the first time, they move into a shanty in a railroad town, etc. I love Laura's adventurous spirit.

I'm continually impressed with Pa's moral compass and the way he treated his wife and daughters. Even though Ma is quiet, he looks to her before making big decisions.

Tamra Brings back childhood memories, especially if my grandmother who gifted me the books. 💜 2mo
Hoopiefoot My mom and I visited DeSmet a few years ago and now I love that book even more 💙 2mo
Avidreader25 @Tamra I can‘t believe I missed reading the series as a kid! I was such a big reader, but somehow never read these books. I am so happy to experience them with my daughters now. 2mo
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Avidreader25 @Hoopiefoot That‘s awesome! I would love to do that. 2mo
Tamra @Avidreader25 I need to try them with mine, though I‘m afraid my son would be bored. 😖 Louise Erdrich as a comparable series that features a Native American girl and her family that I‘m intending to read as well. 2mo
Avidreader25 @Tamra That‘s a wonderful idea! I love the balance that would provide. I‘ll check them out! 2mo
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In the small Canadian town of Three Pines Jane, a popular local artist, is found dead in the woods. Is it a hunting accident or murder? This book introduces Chief Inspector Armand Gamache, the quiet detective who watches the local towns folk to solve the case. Very charming, I‘ll continue the series.

“She felt if she could just get a good look at a person‘s bookcase and what‘s their in their grocery cart, she‘d pretty much know who they are.”

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How to Walk Away | Katherine Center
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A plane crash shatters Margaret‘s world. Her sister Kitty and a Scottish physical therapist named Ian try to help her put it back together. A bit cheesy, but an easy read. If felt like an upbeat version of Me Before You.

“That‘s what art is I suppose, transforming things from what they were into what they could be.”

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The River | Peter Heller
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Two friends take a canoeing trip down a dangerous river. A wildfire and a chance encounter with an arguing couple turns their adventure into a nightmare. Lyrical and lovely the taut prose builds suspense beautifully. Jack and Wynn have a bit of an “Of Mice and Men” feel to their relationship, though the lumbering Wynn is an artist and a scholar. Jack is more cynical and harsh. The story balances character depth with a thrilling plot perfectly.

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On the Banks of Plum Creek | Laura Ingalls Wilder
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Each book in the series is a blend of sweet moments and heartbreak. For every Christmas morning filled with joy, there is a blizzard, leeches, wild fires, or a plague of grasshoppers. The things they survived are incredible. Yet despite the traumatic events in their lives, it‘s often the relatable moments that are the most memorable. You feel like you are experiencing each moment along side the Ingalls family.

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American Spy: A Novel | Lauren Wilkinson
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I had high hopes for this novel, based on a real African-American spy in the 1980s whose mission is to get close to African revolutionary Thomas Sankara. But while the story was interesting, it crawled along. It was hard to feel invested and never really clicked for me. In the end, I think I would‘ve been more interested to read a nonfiction account of the same events.

“It‘s not romantic to be so loyal that you compromise your sense of yourself.”

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Andie‘s summer plans change at the last minute, leaving her open to take a gig as a dog walker. I love the relationship with her friends, though one of them was annoying. The plot line with her politician father was probably my favorite part. The book is cute & light, but definitely much longer than it needs to be.

“A comfortable silence fell between us-like this was just the beginning. Like we‘d have a lot more time to talk about this.”

AkashaVampie love the picture!!! i have a little one too... mine is going to be 2 in a few weeks. 3mo
Avidreader25 @AkashaVampie Awww mine are 3 and newborn. You read when you can! Right now it‘s a lot of 4 am nursing sessions. 😆 3mo
AkashaVampie @Avidreader25 I bet. I actually have 2 sons. One just turned 13 in may and this one turned 2 on July 18th. I definitely try to read when I can. I usually only read like a page and then pass out from being exhausted. 3mo
Avidreader25 @AkashaVampie 😆 yup, right there with you! 3mo
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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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A good reading month for sure. Lighter reads have still been my go to this summer as I enjoy a sleep-deprived maternity leave. Cherry Jones‘ narration of the Little House series has been spot on as well.

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This series is such a delight. Each of their adventures and struggles is seen through the eyes of young Laura. I love the honesty and innocence that comes from that. I love her Pa's strength and character. Laura's parents are a team and despite their hardships, they never stop supporting and loving each other. There's a scene where they cross the river in their covered wagon that was particularly harrowing.

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One tiger, 436 kills at the turn of the 20th century. The premise had me hooked, but the author got caught up in all of his research and the incredible real events get lost in an onslaught of historical detail about colonialism. There are some thrilling passages and it was all interesting, but a book with this subject matter shouldn‘t be as boring as it often was.

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We have a delightful audio version of this book (read by the author) and my daughter loves following along with the hard copy. Start them young!

Blueberry I LOVE Frog and Toad. I saw the play once also ♡ 3mo
Avidreader25 @Blueberry I did too! Such a fun show! 3mo
ImperfectCJ We loved these, and still enjoy the audiobooks from time to time even though my kids are 14 and nearly 10. Have you read Lobel's Owl at Home? One of our favorite stories---"Tearwater Tea"---is in that one. 3mo
Avidreader25 @ImperfectCJ I‘ve never heard of that one! I‘ll definitely have to check it out. 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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The novel follows 2 Irish teenagers through years of an on & off again relationship. They are deeply connected, but both troubled, insecure, & prideful. No author is required to make their characters likable, & these two certainly aren‘t, but the writing captures a vulnerability that‘s hard to express. They are both broken in different ways, but somehow stronger together. I didn‘t love the book, but I look forward to reading more from the author.

LiteraryinLititz Great review! 3mo
Avidreader25 @LiteraryinLititz Thanks! Sometimes the hardest books to review are the ones you didn‘t love or hate. 3mo
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Short vignettes from Pottermore about the Hogwarts Express, castle ghosts, the sorting hat, the pensieve, Platform 9 3/4, portraits, and more. After giving details and the history of each thing, there are notes from Rowling. I loved hearing about the behind-the-scenes, like the creation of the time turners in the third book becoming a problem that she had to fix by destroying them in the fifth book. Fun for big Harry Potter fans.

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The Unhoneymooners | Christina Lauren
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A classic rom com where two people who hate each other are forced to spend time together. In this case it‘s on a trip to Hawaii. The descriptions of the island and their adventures is half the fun. I love Ethan and Olive‘s snarky antagonistic relationship. Olive‘s strong supportive family is another highlight of the book. I loved that Olive stands up for herself and doesn‘t cave when she feels strongly about something. A perfect summer read!

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Finding Audrey | Sophie Kinsella
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Audrey is struggling with an anxiety disorder caused by bullying at school. We see her road to recovery through her eyes as her family tries to support her. Much of the story focuses on her brother Frank and his fights with his mom regarding his addiction to gaming. The plot feels as though it is leading to a big reveal about what happened, but we never get there. The structure threw me a bit because of that, but the rest of the story worked well.

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This one was entertaining, but problematic. I don‘t feel like the character relationships were developed very well. I was frustrated by a lot of the decisions & actions of the characters. Without spoiling anything, it felt like a weird compilation of other tales (Beauty & the Beast, Hunger Games, etc.) with some cheesy descriptions & predictable plot points. I didn‘t hate it, but I‘m on the fence about reading the next one. Does it get better?

Hestapleton The second one is my absolute favorite and addresses some of the problematic stuff from the first one. The second one is CHUNKY book, but the strongest in the series. 3mo
LibrarianRyan The #LitsyAfterDark group read this after the #dicksoapgate thing. Most of us agree with you. Some toxic masculinity. Why of why are people so keen on the secondary relationship. Why does our “heroine“ allow her self to be used etc. I didn't hate it, but i didn't love it either. I may read book 2 because I do own it, but it is not priority. 3mo
Avidreader25 @Hestapleton Ok, that gives me a bit I hope. I might check it out now. 3mo
Avidreader25 @LibrarianRyan Yes! The scenes that really bothered me were the aggressive and unconsenting use of the main character. It felt unnecessary and once again sends the wrong message about what‘s OK when it comes to consent. Why is it “sexy” if a male character is forcing himself on someone? 3mo
Hestapleton @Avidreader25 @LibrarianRyan yes book 2 DEF address toxic masculinity stuff. Also, #dicksoapgate still makes me crack up lol 3mo
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I have always loved bees, so I was curious about this one. It‘s a short book, about 100 pages, filled with history, myths, trivia, etc. about bees. Easy to read in one sitting or a quick page every now and then.

DivineDiana So cute! 💗 3mo
Megabooks Great reading buddy! 😉💙 3mo
Erofan 💕 3mo
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It says something that I loved the cover and the title more than the actual book. A time traveler becomes trapped in a past time for 18 years. During that time he gets married and has a daughter. Then his work comes back to rescue him thinking it has only been a few days. The premise is better than the execution. I had a hard time staying interested. I stuck with it because I kept thinking it would get better, but it never really clicked for me.