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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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Robin | Dave Itzkoff
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According to the author of this book, Robin was someone who thrived on making people laugh yet at the same time could be deeply insecure and was difficult to get to know on a one-on-one level. I enjoyed reading about all of his amazing films:Good Morning Vietnam, Dead Poets Society, Mrs. Doubtfire, Good Will Hunting, Aladdin. Reading about the last few months leaving up to the end of his life was heartbreaking and I hope he is finally at peace.

dabbe It was so hard to teach DEAD POETS SOCIETY after he died. What a human. 💜 2w
bookaholic1 I can't believe they are making a new Mrs. Doubtfire, I think with Will Smith...why can't they leave classics be classics 2w
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I liked the first part of this book that talked about Frankie, an awkward 16 year old and her relationship with Zeke, another loner who she spends a summer with creating a poster with an enigmatic phrase that ends up causing a satanic panic. I had a hard time relating to Frankie as an adult in the last part of the book, but the author‘s note did help somewhat as Wilson explained how he essentially created this story from his own life experience.

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Tom Lake: A Novel | Ann Patchett
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Between a so-so and a pan for me. I found this story to be incredibly plodding and slow. An almost actress takes an entire summer to tell her adult daughters the story of her relationship with a man who went on to become a famous actor. Supposedly she has told them this story before, but they didn‘t know how their mother met their father? 🍒🍒/5

BookWrym I did the audio read by Mel Streep that made the whole experience for me 2mo
Beatlefan129 @BookWrym I listened on audio as well. I didn‘t like the weird voice Meryl Streep used for her middle daughter. Just a little thing but it annoyed me 2mo
BookWrym That‘s a shame 2mo
Lesliereadsalot I loved this book about mothers and daughters. 2mo
ShelleyBooksie I could not get through this one - I found it to be plodding as well. 2mo
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This book was so sad, but the writing is absolutely gorgeous. I don‘t think I had read a book set in Istanbul before, and I really enjoyed learning more about the city which almost becomes a character in the story itself. Tequila Leila and her friends were very well-written characters and this book will stay with me for a long time.

Mirazzles I really enjoyed this one! But it broke my heart! 2mo
BookWrym Loved this such a different and unique book 2mo
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John Lennon: The Life | Philip Norman
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Is the goal of a good biography to be objective? Is that even possible? Of course Norman wrote this after John‘s death, so he was dependent on interviews with people who knew him and his journals. Yoko refused to endorse this book because she said the author was “too mean” to John. Maybe that‘s true and he chose to slant it that way, or maybe based on some of John‘s actions, especially towards women, he was just trying to tell the truth. 🎶/5

TrishB It‘s sometimes hard for anyone to see past the cult of John. Hence the being mean. He did not treat women well (or his son!) - he was human. 2mo
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Sorry I Missed You | Suzy Krause
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3 women move into an old house that Larry inherited from his aunt and converted into apartments. They receive a letter one day that they don‘t know who it is for asking to meet them at a coffee shop. It turns out they‘ve each been ghosted by someone in their lives so they start going to the coffee shop together each hoping the person who ghosted them will show up. They also start hearing strange noises coming from the attic. 👻👻/5

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In an Instant | Suzanne Redfearn
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Bordering between a pick and a so-so. This book uses the same convention as “The Lovely Bones” in having the main character be dead and watching over their friends and loved ones. It‘s a bit of a survival story, but it‘s really more about the effects of the crash and dealing with grief. It‘s a bit too YA and happily-ever-after as the resolution seems to have everyone in a romantic relationship which felt a little silly and too neat.

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I‘m struggling to put my feelings about this book into words. I enjoyed the story overall but it needed a tighter focus. There were too many characters which made it hard for me to connect with any one in particular. Some of the plot points got a little confusing for me and didn‘t feel like they were really resolved. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I had to bail on this one. I really wanted to love it 😫 4mo
AmyG @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I may be right behind you on bailing. I hate to do it but… 4mo
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dabbe @AmyG #hailthebail! 🩶🖤🩶 Life's too short ... move on! 🤩😂😍 4mo
AmyG Thanks friend. @dabbe #hailthebail indeed. (edited) 4mo
dabbe @AmyG 😘 4mo
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Jim Henson: The Biography | Brian Jay Jones
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I grew up with Sesame Street, The Muppets, and Fraggle Rock so I really enjoyed reading about the man who brought them all to life. Jim Henson was a truly exceptional person—creative, collaborative, generous, silly. At times this book could get a little bogged down in minutiae, going through the events of Henson‘s life in almost daily detail. But overall I enjoyed learning more about his life and the incredible contributions he made to puppetry.

Karisa I have the Fraggle Rock song stuck in my head just reading the words Fraggle Rock 🤣🤣🤣 Watched and loved all those shows too! 5mo
UwannaPublishme I‘ve had this book on my Kindle forever. You have inspired me to put it on my next #BookSpin list. I must dust it off and read it now. 4mo
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The Lake House | Kate Morton
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Definitely a slow starter, Morton was finally able to get the story moving and I actually enjoyed it quite a bit. She has a habit of ending chapters with a cliffhanger that compels you to keep reading. I‘m also a sucker for a story involving an old English manor and I loved hearing about Loanneth. The ending wraps up all of the stories neatly—almost too neatly. Could probably have been edited down a bit but overall a pick. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️/5

Crazeedi I read this a few years ago, I really like this author 5mo
Roary47 That is such a warm and beautiful cover. 😍 5mo
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I managed to finish one more book before the end of the year. Lisa See is an excellent writer and I always learn so much from her books. Inspired by a real woman, this story centers around Yunxian and her life in 15th century China as she grows up to become a talented physician who treats women. I loved her depictions of the relationships between many types of women—mothers, daughters, and friends. It was good to close out the year with a pick!

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In Her Bones: A Novel | Kate Moretti
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This book has been taking up space on my shelf for years. The good thing is I can take the space back for something better. I just didn‘t enjoy this at all. Edie is the adult daughter of a serial killer. She develops an unhealthy obsession with the families of the victims and stalks them.There were some weird plot twists that did not add anything to the story. I won this in a Goodreads giveaway, otherwise I would never have picked this up.

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Me | Elton John
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I enjoyed this book following Elton John from his start growing up as a boy named Reginald Dwight to his transformation into a successful musician. He goes into detail about his struggles with drug addiction and how he was able to get sober and find happiness with his husband and 2 sons. He is quite funny at times and drops just enough celebrity gossip to keep things fun without turning into gratuitous name-dropping.

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House of Leaves | Mark Z Danielewski
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Well, I finished this book today and I‘m still not sure what to think. It‘s a story-within-a-story-within a story which is very creative. It‘s also an example of ergodic literature—the author plays with the text itself, which you can see in this photo. Sometimes the text is backwards, written in a swirl, or maybe a whole page with only one word. Again, very creative, but I‘m not sure what it all added up to in the end.

Cosmos_Moon This took me FOREVER to read. I started it and read like half, then picked it up to finish like 8 years later 😅 7mo
Cosmos_Moon Although I did like it. 7mo
Beatlefan129 @Cosmos_Moon With all of the footnotes, I definitely did some skimming to get through this. It didn‘t need to be as long as it is 7mo
rwmg Well done 🏆. It would drive me mad 7mo
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After I Do | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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This is the only TJR book I‘ve read so far that I didn‘t like. Lauren was pretty insufferable, which made it hard for me to empathize with her during her marriage problems. Her husband Ryan wasn‘t much better. Lauren‘s family was the best part of the story, especially her siblings. Photo is of the decoration we put out every year. Happy Halloween 🎃 👻

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Into Thin Air | Jon Krakauer
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As someone who loves to read anything related to mountain climbing, I just devoured this book. Krakhauer is a phenomenal writer. One of the biggest things this book made me consider is how much we focus on getting to the summit of Everest without considering the dangers faced in coming down the mountain. Also, I was fascinated by his admission that exhaustion and oxygen deprivation played a huge role in his actions during the storm in May 1996.

AlaMich I loved that book! I lent it to a friend who didn‘t want to finish it. His reason was, “I don‘t want to read a book about people stepping over bodies!” (edited) 8mo
marleed I‘m obsessed with mountain climbing books and movies. This event and subsequent book was the catalyst for my obsession. 8mo
Beatlefan129 @AlaMich Aw, there is a little bit of stepping over bodies but I can‘t imagine not finishing this book, I had to know what happened to these people 8mo
Beatlefan129 @marleed Same! There are so many good documentaries now about mountain climbing but this has been the best book I‘ve read about it 8mo
perfectsinner I liked this one also 8mo
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Into Thin Air | Jon Krakauer
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As someone who loves to read anything related to mountain climbing, I just devoured this book. Krakhauer is a phenomenal writer. One of the biggest things this book made me consider is how much we focus on getting to the summit of Everest without considering the dangers faced in coming down the mountain. Also, I was fascinated by his admission that exhaustion and oxygen deprivation played a huge role in his actions during the storm in May 1996.

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The Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I‘m not sure why I keep reading thrillers when I end up feeling disappointed every time.I‘m not usually one of those people who can guess a twist before it happens, but even I had some idea of where this story was going.Story is based on the Greek myth of Alcestis who volunteers to die in her husband‘s place. When she is brought back to life, she refuses to speak ever again.Based on the writing style I could tell the author has written screenplays

BarbaraBB I often feel that way too about thrillers. However I recently read one that I really loved, maybe you‘ll like it too: 9mo
Beatlefan129 Thanks for the rec @BarbaraBB , I‘ll have to check it out! 9mo
BarbaraBB Don‘t let the premise discourage you, it seems so weird but it really is a thriller! 9mo
intothehallofbooks I agree with @BarbaraBB! I loved The Passengers! 9mo
bthegood Agree with @BarbaraBB and @intothehallofbooks I listened to the audiobook and really enjoyed 9mo
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I picked up this book mainly for the setting. Una is a grifter and conwoman in NYC in the 1880s. When she gets into trouble, she takes a spot in the Bellevue training school for nurses to hide from the police. It was fascinating to see what it may have been like for these women when the field of nursing was in its infancy. The image I chose was featured in the book and is a very early blood transfusion. There was also a very obvious murder mystery

Beatlefan129 (cont) which I did not care for and an unnecessary romance storyline. 9mo
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The Ferryman: A Novel | Justin Cronin
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I had really high hopes for this one. The beginning of the story really drew me in, and I wish we would have spent more time with Proctor as he was doing his job as a ferryman. The writing on a sentence by sentence level is absolutely gorgeous. I got busy with work and ended up having to put this down for a bit, which could have contributed, but the plot became overly complicated for me to follow. The ending also felt like it was missing something

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Snoopy: 2 in 1 Collection | Charles M. Schulz
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@dabbe And here‘s our Snoopy. I think you can see now how she got her name. She‘s enjoying showing Happy the ropes and teaching him all of her best techniques for begging for treats ❤️

dabbe Hello, Silly Snoopy! You are adorable! I'm so happy your mamma and dadda brought Happy into your life. Thanks for sharing, @Beatlefan129! Keep sending pics! 🤩🤩🤩 10mo
AlaMich She looks naughty!!😈 10mo
kspenmoll So sweet! 10mo
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Beatlefan129 @dabbe Oh yes, I have lots more pictures. Isn‘t that what cell phone cameras are for? 🤪 10mo
Beatlefan129 @AlaMich Oh yes, Snoopy has lots of sass! 10mo
Beatlefan129 @kspenmoll Thanks, she is a sweetheart ❤️ 10mo
dabbe @Beatlefan129 Snoopy and my Babs would have torn up the house together! 🤣🤣🤣 10mo
IndoorDame Awwwww, what a love! 10mo
Jari-chan She's so lovely! 😍 10mo
Gissy 🐶❤️❤️❤️🐾🐾 10mo
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@dabbe As promised, this is my sweet Happy who joined us last month from Australia. He‘s been a handful sometimes, but he is also a total love bug 💙 He‘s been a great companion for Snoopy.

ShelleyBooksie I ♡♡♡♡♡ greyhounds. I fostered a beautiful brindle boy a number of years ago and fell in love. 10mo
AlaMich Welcome to the #greyhoundclub I have a brindle greyhound also. We‘ve had him 2 1/2 years and he came from Florida. I love his goofy butt to pieces but boy, is he weird sometimes! (edited) 10mo
dabbe Hello, Happiest Happy! You are so lucky to have found @Beatlefan129! You have entered greyhound heaven! P.S. Ask your mamma to post a pic of Snoopy, too, when she gets a chance! #cutenessoverload #myheartisfull #greyhoundsrock 💙🖤🐾🖤 10mo
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dabbe @ShelleyBooksie They are the most amazing dogs. 💙🖤🩵 10mo
dabbe @AlaMich 🖤🐾🖤 10mo
Velvetfur Such pretty puppers! (Or all the one pupper) I'm glad Happy is so happy 😁 10mo
Beatlefan129 @ShelleyBooksie I love that you fostered greyhounds, that is so cool! (edited) 10mo
Beatlefan129 @AlaMich Happy is my first male greyhound, and you are spot on when you say they are lovable but weird! 10mo
Beatlefan129 @Velvetfur Thank you, we think he is very handsome ❤️ 10mo
Beatlefan129 @dabbe Now it‘s your turn to post a pic of Pippa and Kate ❤️ 10mo
Ruthiella ❤️🐶❤️🐶❤️ 10mo
Jari-chan What a cutie 🥰 10mo
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Sue Black is a world-renowned forensic anthropologist. In this book she discusses her career and her personal life. I found the sections about her work identifying victims of the war in Kosovo in the late 1990s and the tsunami in 2004 quite interesting and impactful. Her general musings on death and the deaths of her parents take up the first half of the book and were far less interesting to me. ⭐️⭐️⭐️.5/5

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Amora: Stories | Natalia Borges Polesso
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I think I downloaded this book for free on Amazon World Book Day a few years ago. Translated from Portuguese, all of these short stories take place in Brazil and feature love between women. There are no quotation marks, and at times the words read more like poetic musings than actual stories. While I appreciated the ideas here, it was hard for me to really connect with anything as is often the case with short stories. ⭐️⭐️/5

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I love a good non-fiction survival story, and this book was no exception. A.H. Greely took a crew of 25 men to explore the northernmost points of the Arctic in 1885. Due to a series of unfortunate events, they were left stranded there and were unable to be rescued for 2 years, at which point there were only 7 survivors. During that 2 years period when they were literally starving to death, did some of the men resort to cannibalism? Maybe. . .

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Hana Khan Carries On | Uzma Jalaluddin
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I enjoyed this modern day Muslim retelling of “You‘ve Got Mail.” Hana is trying to break into broadcasting while also working to keep her family‘s restaurant open. When a new restaurant opens in the neighborhood with a sexy new owner, it‘s a good thing Hana has her loyal online friend to turn to (you can guess who that is). There were still a few plot twists that I didn‘t expect, and I loved closeness of Hana‘s family. The food sounded amazing 😋

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All the Forgivenesses | Elizabeth Hardinger
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Historical fiction inspired by the author‘s family, this story is set in Kentucky, Missouri, then the oil fields of Kansas in the 1910s-1920s. The story follows Bertie whose mother dies young and leaves her to care for her 4 little brothers and sisters. Despite being only 16 years old, Bertie marries a very kind man who loves her and takes in her younger sisters. I didn‘t exactly expect this to be an upbeat story but it was quite bleak. 2.5/5

Beatlefan129 TW: Death of child and newborn, miscarriages, infertility, suicide 12mo
Bklover Thank you for the TW!! 12mo
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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. 13mo
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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 13mo
marleed Yikes! 13mo
batsy Ugh. 13mo
Larkken Dude. Sounds like a big ol eye roll of a book. 13mo
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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! 14mo
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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! 1y
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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. 1y
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 1y
Lesliereadsalot Have to agree with you. Definitely not up to the hype! 11mo
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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! 1y
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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. 1y
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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. 1y
Beatlefan129 @Prairiegirl_reading I wonder if they‘ll choose a new cover when it comes out in paperback 1y
Prairiegirl_reading I sure hope so! 1y
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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 😘 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Woohoo!! 🎊🎉❤️📚 1y
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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! 1y
thebackyardgnome Sounds reallh good, I'm already reminded of the main character of The Red Violin, played bg Samuel L Jackson! :) 1y
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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. 1y
IuliaC I've re-read this one recently too 1y
dabbe Ooh, this is one of my fave YA reads. ❣️ 1y
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Read4life This is my favorite book. I reread the whole set often. 💙 1y
Sharpeipup Loved it. Hated the movie. 1y
Jess861 This is my favourite book when I was younger. One of a few books that really cemented my love for reading! 1y
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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. 1y
TheBookHippie I love this book I reread it during lockdown 2020 and enjoyed it even more. 1y
CoffeeK8 One of my favorite books! 1y
HettyG This was such a beautiful book! I read it quite some time ago, it has always stayed with me. 1y
BkClubCare I can still feel the bridge scene! And I read it looooong time ago. 1y
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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 1y
MicrobeMom @BkClubCare this sounds great! I will check it out! Thanks for sharing! 1y
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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!! 🙌 1y
Crazeedi Awesome!! 1y
SilversReviews This is a really good read!! Enjoy!! 1y
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Panpan

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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Pickpick

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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Mehso-so

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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Pickpick

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