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Beatlefan129

Beatlefan129

Joined March 2018

A nurse,a lifelong lover of books, a knitter, a friend to all animals. Find my gigantic TBR on Goodreads goodreads.com/beatlefan129 Denver, CO USA
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All the Forgivenesses by Elizabeth Hardinger
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The Godfather | Mario Puzo
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Although this book was very good and the movie followed it closely, I think this is one of the rare cases where the movie is actually better than the book. The book spends a fair bit of time on side characters and plots outside of the Corleone family that are just not as interesting. There was something about the writing style that made it very easy to read, I can see why it was on the bestseller lists for 70 weeks when it came out.

KathyWheeler I agree. Although the book was good, the movie really eclipsed it. It just got rid of everything that was unnecessary and brought the story together in a tight narrative arc. 1w
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The Locked Door | Freida McFadden
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Nora Nierling is the daughter of a serial killer. She grew up, became a surgeon, and worked hard to distance herself from her father and what he did. Then, 2 women are killed in the same way her father used to murder his victims so she must figure out what is going on. I read this for book club and it was fine. There was a twist at the end that I did not expect but otherwise the writing was pretty average.

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After the financial crash in the US in 2008, the author thought that moving her family to Vietnam would be a super easy way to save money. Well, guess what—Did you know that teaching English as a second language is actually hard? And that Vietnam is really hot and humid? Apparently the author didn‘t. But after seeing people living in actual poverty she was able to feel better about her own life once she moved back to LA.

peanutnine Oof 1mo
marleed Yikes! 1mo
batsy Ugh. 1mo
Larkken Dude. Sounds like a big ol eye roll of a book. 1mo
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One of Us Is Lying | Karen M. Mcmanus
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This Breakfast Club meets Gossip Girl YA murder mystery was a fun read. 5 students are in detention when Simon, who runs a gossip app, dies from from an allergic reaction. In the investigation that follows, it seems as if he knew a secret that each of the remaining 4 students would not want to get out. So who is to blame for Simon‘s death? I actually listened to this on audio and I liked the multiple narrators that voiced each of the 4 students.

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I love survival stories so I thought this book involving not one but two shipwrecks would be right up my alley. Alas, I found the writing to be incredibly dry. I found myself skimming through multiple pages of text describing species of plants & ship building techniques. And while I acknowledge that these men needed to eat sea lions to survive, I was not prepared for the many descriptions of the brutal ways they were killed. ⚓️⚓️/5

Suet624 Goodness gracious! Sorry you had to go through that! 1mo
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I won this book in a #GoodreadsGiveaway ♥️📚 Too bad I have actual dirty laundry I need to deal with today instead of reading

Amor4Libros I enjoyed this one, hope you do, too! 2mo
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This is probably an #unpopularopinion, but this book just did not land for me. I listened to this on audio and I had to speed it up because it felt like it would never end. I did not appreciate the author dropping in random obscure words that served no purpose other than to make her sound smart. The characters did not communicate with each other, then argued and held grudges for years. It was also quite sad at times. ⭐️⭐️/5

Ruthiella You are not alone. It was a soft pick for me. 2mo
Vansa This book is TERRIBLE.Heres my rant-y review of it.I didn't even want to get into the ridiculous forced diversity- what does soupbowl Asian child haircut even mean??I can assure you those words make no sense to me,as an "Asian"https://www.goodreads.com/review/show/5126646091 2mo
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As I am not Catholic,I was hesitant to read this,but I quite enjoyed it.The story begins with Phillippa leaving her high-level job to enter the Benedictine order at Brede,which shocks her friends.As she learns her place & adjusts to the contemplative life the nuns lead in this order,we get to meet her sisters & explore the dramas that apparently accompany any group of women who live together.There was a lovely feeling of peace throughout this book

jlhammar I‘m planning to read this in December. Looking forward to it! 2mo
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The Color of Rock: A Novel | Sandra Cavallo Miller
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The plot centers around Dr. Abby Whitmore who seems to spend most of the story agonizing over dating a ranger who is possessive, touches her even when she asks him not to, and eventually cheats on her.Interspersed among this drama are heavy-handed scenes of her caring for patients, who seem to love being lectured about diabetes management and the importance of getting mammograms.I received this book in a Goodreads Giveaway, all opinions are mine

Suet624 Love this review. Love the photo a lot. 2mo
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Hannah lives in London & answers a wrong number call from an American named Davey.This starts a relationship between them through phone and video calls.When Davey is due to arrive in London to start his new job and meet Hannah in person, he doesn‘t show up.We learn the reason why, which is very sad, but then we have to spend the majority of the book with the 2 of them not even talking & dating other people which feels wrong to me.

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I liked this book but did not love it. I had many of the same issues I‘ve seen in other reviews: the cover doesn‘t match the seriousness of the story which is definitely not laugh out loud funny. Elizabeth Zott is smart and resilient but can be one-dimensional at times. And the first third of the book is incredibly sad. On the plus side I loved Six Thirty the dog.

Prairiegirl_reading That cover does this book a huge disservice. 3mo
Beatlefan129 @Prairiegirl_reading I wonder if they‘ll choose a new cover when it comes out in paperback 3mo
Prairiegirl_reading I sure hope so! 3mo
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Crying in H Mart: A Memoir | Michelle Zauner
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I don‘t know how you do it, but on more than one occasion I‘ve come home after a rough day to find unexpected book mail from #LitsyLove You are all the most wonderful people, thank you so much 💌 And @AmyG , I just dropped a letter to you in the mail today, what a fun coincidence

AmyG 😘 3mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Woohoo!! 🎊🎉❤️📚 3mo
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The Violin Conspiracy | Brendan Slocumb
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I really enjoyed this audiobook that explores a little-discussed subject:Black musicians in classical music.Ray is a sympathetic character who is modeled after the author,himself a violinist.While we watch him endure racism within the classical music community & struggles within his own family,he discovers that his family violin is worth $10 million.When the violin goes missing,the story turns into a mystery as we try to find who took it & why.

Chelsea.Poole Great review! 4mo
thebackyardgnome Sounds reallh good, I'm already reminded of the main character of The Red Violin, played bg Samuel L Jackson! :) 4mo
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The Giver | Lois Lowry
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The book club I‘m in read this book under the theme of re-reading a favorite book from childhood. I wasn‘t quite the right age so I had actually never read this before. I do remember reading Lowry‘s other Newberry award winner “Number the Stars” and really being moved by it at the time. I love that Lowry addresses challenging topics for young readers and I think this would have had an even bigger impact on me had I read it as a young teen.

TieDyeDude Love it! I just re-read it last week. I've lot count how many times I've read it. I'm working through the other three books set in the same universe. 4mo
IuliaC I've re-read this one recently too 4mo
dabbe Ooh, this is one of my fave YA reads. ❣️ 4mo
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Read4life This is my favorite book. I reread the whole set often. 💙 4mo
Sharpeipup Loved it. Hated the movie. 4mo
Jess861 This is my favourite book when I was younger. One of a few books that really cemented my love for reading! 3mo
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A Stitch in Time | Kelley Armstrong
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When I was 12 years old or so, I was obsessed with a time travel romance book called “Prisoner of Time” by Caroline B. Cooney. If you change the characters from teens to adults and add in a touch more steaminess, then you have this book. The story is pretty forgettable, but the nostalgia factor in re-creating a story I loved as a girl made it a fun read for me. 3.5 stars

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Middlesex: A Novel | Jeffrey Eugenides
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I am sitting here in awe of what I just read. I was given this book in a swap years ago and it‘s been sitting on my shelf ever since because I never really felt excited to read it. Once I finally started however I fell in love with the narrator Calliope Stephanides immediately. The story that he weaved from his grandparents in Greece to his parents in Detroit to his transformation into Cal was epic, heartbreaking and gorgeous.

Scochrane26 This one has been on my tbr for years, too. 5mo
TheBookHippie I love this book I reread it during lockdown 2020 and enjoyed it even more. 5mo
CoffeeK8 One of my favorite books! 5mo
HettyG This was such a beautiful book! I read it quite some time ago, it has always stayed with me. 5mo
BkClubCare I can still feel the bridge scene! And I read it looooong time ago. 4mo
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I am so happy that I got to finish one more book this year. Don‘t be turned away by the bland title. This was a very cute story. The audiobook narrator was a little monotone at times, almost like Siri, but I still recommend this—it would make a great Netflix movie.

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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Sad at times, but a wonderful story. I fell in love with these characters especially Marcellus the giant octopus 🐙 💕 #mybookoftheyear

BkClubCare Yay! One of my top faves this year 5mo
MicrobeMom @BkClubCare this sounds great! I will check it out! Thanks for sharing! 5mo
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Happy Christmas book mail! ❤️📚 I missed out on all the Christmas swaps this year and was feeling pretty bummed until I went to the mailbox and found this book that I won in a #GoodreadsGiveaway.

Aims42 Wooohoo! Congrats!! 🙌 5mo
Crazeedi Awesome!! 5mo
SilversReviews This is a really good read!! Enjoy!! 5mo
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The premise of this story sounded very interesting to me—A young woman starts seeing Facebook posts 18 months into the future where she learns that she is married, has a baby, and then dies. Unfortunately, the story did not deliver on that interesting setup. There were certain “rules” that were established earlier in the book that suddenly were broken in the end. Disappointing overall but at least it‘s one less unread book in my Kindle library.

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I picked this up for $0.99 on sale on Audible and it was definitely worth it for that price. This was a cute, short, Christmas cozy. I wasn‘t familiar with this series before but it was easy to just jump in and figure out who was who. The narrator did a great job with different accents to help differentiate among the many characters.

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Sam Heughan aka Jaime Frasier from Outlander woke up one morning and decided he wanted to walk the West Highland Way, a hiking path across Scotland. This book is the narration of his journey mixed with stories from his life. I found this whole story to be really self-indulgent. I enjoyed listening to his lovely accent, but honestly this would never have been published except for the fact that he is the star of a hit TV series. ⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

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Written by a mother and son writing team, this book is actually the prequel story of Inspector Ian Rutledge despite being #17 in the series. Rutledge is a detective at Scotland Yard who proposes to his fiancée on the eve of WW1.He has several murders to solve, trying to figure out the connection between the deaths before he makes the difficult decision to enlist. The writing isn‘t the best, but I find this time in history fascinating. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.75/5

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A Room With A View | E.M. Forster
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Lucy Honeychurch goes to Florence with her uptight cousin Charlotte hoping to see the world and expand her mind. She does not plan on meeting George Emerson and his father, 2 “radicals” who believe in “Love & Courage.” When Lucy develops feelings for George despite her engagement to another man(the dull & snobbish Cecil Vyse), she has to make a tough choice. Does she follow convention and do what is expected of her or does she follow her heart?

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Hey! Sorry I've been such a bad pen pal lately. Life got in the way, as it does. Anyhow I moved and wanted to give you my new address. I thought I had your email, but I guess not. Mine is danielle_gangur@hotmail.com 7mo
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Wishful Drinking | Carrie Fisher
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Honestly this was kind of painful to listen to. Fisher rambles at points so it‘s hard to follow what she‘s talking about. She also yells quite a bit and seems awkward in her cadence almost as if she‘s waiting for the audience to laugh. Since the book is a transcript of her stage show that makes sense but it‘s weird to listen to. I do applaud her for her openness regarding her struggles with addiction and mental health.

CuriousG I loved this book in print, but tried on audio and wasn't a fan of it. 7mo
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Thank you @Deblovestoread for the perfect #AllHallowsRead swap package. I just know I will love both of these books and the candy will be gone in no time 🧡

Scochrane26 The friends bookmark looks really fun (edited) 7mo
Deblovestoread Glad you like it! 😊 7mo
GidgetsTreasures75 I loved This Time Tomorrow!💖📖 (edited) 7mo
tpixie Both books are great! Really loved Lessons! 7mo
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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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This book was fine. Fairly predictable, with the exception of a few plot points that were not so much unpredictable as they were implausible. I listened on audio and the narrator did a good job, especially with the Irish accent.

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The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek | Kim Michele Richardson
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The author of this book chose to mix together two things that actually existed, but not together: the blue skinned Fugate family of Kentucky who suffered from congenital methemoglobinemia and the Pack Horse Librarians who delivered books to rural communities. Either of these things would have had rich stories to tell on their own, but blending them the way she did led to an over-the-top melodrama.

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Carrie Soto Is Back | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This was definitely my least favorite TJR book.Carrie Soto is a very one dimensional character.She is all about winning and has a very difficult time opening herself up to any emotional connections with the people in her life.I was also very underwhelmed with the audio production.Despite being billed as a full cast recording,the main narrator read 99% of the story with the rest of the cast only chiming in for about 5 minutes as sports commentators

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Fun Is On Its Way | Martin Humphries
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This is my #AllHallowsReadSwap package just moments before I addressed it and took it to the post office. @catiewithac I forgot to write it on the box but I wanted you to know it‘s your swap box when it arrives this week.

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The Leftovers | Tom Perrotta
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I loved this HBO series back in 2017. Now going back and reading the book it was based on, I can say this is another rare example where the show was better. The book had the same main concept—on October 14th millions of people around the world spontaneously disappear at the same time—but the book just kind of ends with no real resolution. Among many other changes, the show provided a lot more character growth and something resembling an ending.

KathyWheeler Tom Perrotta is always just a little disappointing to me, and this book was especially so. I didn‘t finish the series but I was enjoying it. I‘ll have to go back and finish it. (edited) 8mo
Beatlefan129 @KathyWheeler I think that if I had read the book first, I would have felt the same way. Perotta is a good writer but he just left the plot hanging. The series still has a lot of ambiguity but they did give an ending which at least answered some questions, if not all of them. 8mo
KathyWheeler @Beatlefan129 I read it before I saw the series. I can‘t put my finger on why I‘m usually vaguely disappointed in his books though. I wish I could. (edited) 8mo
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Q and A | Vikas Swarup
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It‘s been a few years since I‘ve seen the movie Slumdog Millionaire which was adapted from this book, but this may be one of those rare cases where the movie is better than the book.The main character is a poor waiter who goes through so many horrible things—incest, rape, torture—that end up providing him with answers to win 1 billion rupees on a game show.Even though it ends happily it was still difficult to read so I can see why much was changed

sarahbellum I‘m currently reading this and have about 100 pages to go. I feel the same way- this poor kid! 8mo
Karisa I remember seeing Slumdog Millionaire with friends when it came out and loving it. One of the friends who had read the book said the same thing at that time. Sometimes the movie is better! (I think Crazy Rich Asians is better as a movie too. 😶😬🤣) 8mo
Blueberry I LOVE this book. And it helped me understand the movie which I saw first. 8mo
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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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Thank you so much for the surprise book mail @Sleepswithbooks ! It really made my day ☺️ #LitsyLove

Sleepswithbooks Yayyyy!! I love mailbox surprises and I wanted to send you one too!! I saw those on your TBR list 😃💛 I hope you e joy them!! 9mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awesome!! 🎁📚❤️ 9mo
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All Hallows' Eve: A Novel | Charles Williams
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I couldn‘t resist doing at least one swap this fall and this one looks like so much fun! 🎃 #AllHallowsReadSwap

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The Murder of Roger Ackroyd | Agatha Christie
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Just fun to read and very clever. I really liked Hercule Poirot and will definitely read more of her books that feature him as a character.

Ruthiella You‘ve got a lot of great reading ahead of you! I ❤️ Christie! 9mo
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I was utterly charmed by this story and these characters, particularly Marcellus the giant pacific octopus. At the core of this story are lonely people (and an octopus) who find each other when they need it the most. Definitely reminded me of “A Man Named Ove” in some ways. The narrators of the audiobook were also perfect. 🐙🐙🐙🐙🐙

Suelizbeth I loved this book, so much! 🐙 9mo
kellyann28 I looooved this book! 9mo
Moony I love octopuses 🐙 9mo
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Explore Booksellers and Bistro | Aspen, CO (Bookstore)
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This photo doesn‘t do it justice. This was such a charming bookstore in gorgeous Aspen, Colorado. There is a little cafe on the top floor as well. ❤️📚

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The Memory Tree | Linda Gillard
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This is another random book I found on my Kindle. I‘m sorry but this is some of the most ridiculous writing I‘ve ever come across. Having characters with amnesia who just suddenly get their memories back when it‘s convenient for the story reminds me of a soap opera. The casual use of abortion and suicide as plot devices also struck me as very insensitive and poorly done. This was historical fiction set in WW1 and in the present day.

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Sorry for the delayed posting, but I received this surprise book in the middle of a crazy stressful week and it really made my day. Thank you! #LitsyLove is an amazing group and you are the best people in the world for keeping it all going ❤️

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I‘m happy you got it and I hope this week is better ❤️❤️ 10mo
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I don‘t think you can really rate a book like this which is someone telling the story of what they went through. A very powerful story, definitely hard to read at times. She is a courageous person for coming forward despite the risks to herself and her family.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I sent you a little happy! I hope you got it and it‘s not lost ❤️ 10mo
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My Life in France | Julia Child, Alex Prud'homme
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Of course I knew who Julia Child was before I listened to this audiobook, but I didn‘t know many details of her life. This book captures the period of her adult life starting when she moved to France with her husband Paul in 1948. I was completely charmed hearing about how she fell in love with French food and culture. I also learned that she did not take her first professional cooking course until she was 37 years old, which I find so inspiring.

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Home Truths | Tina Seskis
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I went through a phase when I first got my kindle where I was buying any book I came across. I can only conclude that this book is a product of that time as I have no memory of buying it. This British domestic thriller introduced 2 couples and the main plot was building to how they are connected. It took a looong time to get to the reveal, like 90% in, and when it finally happened it just wasn‘t very impressive. Overall a very forgettable book.

rubyslippersreads I have so many books on my Kindle I have no recollection of buying. 😂 10mo
Beatlefan129 @rubyslippersreads It‘s like they multiply overnight or something 🤣 10mo
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I listened to this on audiobook which was part of the problem for me.I can listen to fiction on because there is a plot that I can follow, but when I try to listen to non-fiction or self-help, it just feels like someone is reading a list of random statements.Aside from my own issues, I just felt like Gilbert contradicted herself at times. Devote yourself to your art—but don‘t take it too seriously. Don‘t make art your job—but I write for a living.

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Things You Save in a Fire | Katherine Center
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This book was a slow burn (haha). Cassie has a lot of unique challenges when she starts as the first ever female firefighter at a new firehouse, but one thing she promises herself is that she will not fall in love, especially not with another firefighter. But when the rookie walks into the room, all bets are off. My one complaint is the writing can get a bit heavy-handed, especially when talking about forgiveness. 🔥🔥🔥🔥/ 5

Kayla.Adriena I couldn't finish this one for the reasons you mentioned. LOVE cover though! 11mo
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This was a re-read for me for my sister‘s book club. Luckily for me I didn‘t remember who the murderer was so it was like I was reading it for the first time. I did like this more the second time but I wish Christie had given us more clues along the way so we could feel more involved as readers in solving the mystery ourselves. I think she wrote the story and then went back and decided who the murderer was which isn‘t as good for the reader.

Roary47 That is one of my favorites. I love that cover 😍. 11mo
LibrarianRyan I feel the same way you did. This was not a favorite. I just do not like a Christie style mystery. But the history of this book is quite interesting. from the 60-80s it was called 10 Little Indians, but originally in Brittan, it was 10 little N(word)s. It was renamed to be and then there was none like the American version years later. Even the rhymes in the two books are different. 11mo
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I came across this book on a list of Modern Mrs. Darcy books that involve nature survival stories. There was absolutely no part of this book that was a nature survival story. This read more like a cheesy action movie with lots of testosterone-fueled gun fights.The only thing I liked was the setting of various cities in western Colorado since I‘m a sucker for books set in places I‘ve been. Thankfully this was a library download.Just skip this one.

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Between getting COVID,followed by my husband, then going out of town for my father-in-law‘s funeral, my reading life has been almost non-existent lately. I‘m finally back home and feeling well again today, so the first thing on my agenda was to finally finish this book which I started way back on May 31st. I‘d heard so much about Riley Sager that maybe this book was a little over-hyped for me. It ended up being fine but nothing memorable about it.

marleed I‘m glad you are on the mend. I‘m sorry about your loss in June. 11mo
Ruthiella Sad news about your father-in-law. ❤️ Glad you are on the mend and getting your reading mojo back. 11mo
bthegood Condolences on your loss - good to hear that you are doing better - 11mo
Christyco125 Sorry to hear things have been rough. I hope July is better. 11mo
BookNAround Glad you‘re back to reading but I‘m sorry for your loss and the complications life tossed at you on top of it. 11mo
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The Flatshare: A Novel | Beth O'Leary
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Tiffy & Leon don‘t even meet face-to-face until 40% in, so be prepared for a slow burn here.They are both imperfect people with their own hang-ups, but they still felt realistic to me in a way many leads in romance novels do not.They meet in a unique set-up as roommates who technically share a bed but because they work opposite shifts are never actually in bed at the same time.I really grew to love these characters and was so charmed by this story

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The Shadow of the Wind | Carlos Ruiz Zafon
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I don‘t re-read books very often, but this was our pick for a book club that my sister and her friends started and it had been a few years so I needed to refresh my memory. Once my sister pointed out how the female characters are treated—basically they are all either saints or whores with little to no personality—it was all I could see in this book. The writing is beautiful at times, and I love the treatment of books as treasures. Overall 3.5/5

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Lincoln in the Bardo | Saunders George
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This is one of the strangest books I‘ve ever read. It was thought-provoking and creative but parts of it just didn‘t make sense. There were some beautiful statements about grief but then a chapter about what was happening in the bardo would be in be interrupted by a chapter containing a list of footnotes relating to Lincoln, which lost the flow of the story. The gimmick of using 168 narrators, some of who only read one line, got old after a while.

Christyco125 I think the audio version made this better. It helped that every character was voiced by a different actor so it cut down on confusion. Or least it did for me. 12mo
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