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BibliophileBytheSea

BibliophileBytheSea

Joined March 2016

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Second Hand by Michael Zadoorian
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The Heavens May Fall by Allen Eskens
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Commonwealth by Ann Patchett
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Bridge of Sighs by Richard Russo
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Harmony by Carolyn Parkhurst
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Hot Milk by Deborah Levy
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Excellent Women | Barbara Pym
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Why did I wait so long to read this book? Such a treat! Buddy is not impressed.😹

BethFishReads I love love love Pym 3y
EvieBee Yes! A favorite of mine. ☺️ 3y
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The Leisure Seeker: A Novel | Michael Zadoorian
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John and Ella have been married 60 years and have enjoyed traveling in their RV "The Leisure Seeker" much of their married lives. Both have health issues and against their children's wishes they decide to embark on one final RV journey from Michigan to Disneyland in CA. A fantastic story, sometimes funny, sometimes tender, sometimes sad. The Leisure Seeker is a book that addresses issues many of us try to avoid as we age or see our parents age.

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Second Hand | Michael Zadoorian
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This is proving to be a terrific treat. Anyone who enjoys trolling antique shops or flea markets should try this one. Great writing as well.

SqueakyChu I really liked reading this book because I read it long enough ago that I was still buying vintage and antique items. Now my house has enough odds and ends in it so I had to stop. I even bought this book in a used book store. Haha! (edited) 2y
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The Christmas Town | Donna VanLiere
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Trying to get in the Christmas spirit but it's been a stressful few weeks. This author tends to be a go-to choice for satisfying holiday stories.

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Hick ........"I cannot remember when I decided that I liked animals better than people." ?me too?"she sense that animals' judgment was based on something deeper than what you look like, how you are dressed or how you rate with your fellow humans"

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Even between appointments in the 🚗, I'm totally addicted to this book.💕

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Leave Me | Gayle Forman
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I'm still enjoying this story even though the protagonist is very annoying😿

bermudaonion I'm listening to it right now and like it too. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @bermudiaonion Glad u r enjoying it but shouldn't she be grateful instead if bitchy?😜 3y
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Found Emily Dickinsons grave by chance yesterday.

SusanInTiburon By chance?! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @SusanInTiburon - we were in her home town and saw an old graveyard so we strolled about and there it was. 3y
Betty She supposedly spent some time in her cousin's home in Knoxville,TN. That home now is on the grounds of Tenn.School for the Deaf. 3y
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The Heavens May Fall | Allen Eskens
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"The Kenwood neighborhood--fine china amidst a collection of stoneware--started out as a mosquito-filled swamp on the southern edge of Minneapolis."

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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I love Patchett but, I'm struggling with the non linear fashion in which the story is written😭 what have others thought?

Mamashep Yikes! Better make sure to allow plenty of time to read this one. 3y
Betty Thanks for the warning! 3y
Lakesidemusing Hope to read it next month. Thanks for the heads up... 3y
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Another Brooklyn: A Novel | Jacqueline Woodson
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This novella was very different, at times it felt like a memoir with almost a dreamy feel to it. The setting is 1970s Brooklyn and a coming of age story about four young black girls. The story is told in flashback from childhood to adulthood and provided a nice glimpse of life frowning up under sometimes less than ideal circumstances. The audio version was read by Robin Miles who did a wonderful job.

Bookfanmb I've listened to Miles' narration of a few Dorothea Benton Frank novels- very enjoyable. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Bookfanmb this was my first experience with her as narrator but, will definitely look for more by her. 3y
BethFishReads I read this but now I'm thinking of a reread in audio 3y
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"Meet Frank Cauldhame. Just sixteen, and unconventional to say the least: Two years after I killed Blyth I murdered my young brother Paul,for quite a different and more fundamental reasons than I'd disposed of Blyth, and then a year after that I did for my young cousin Esmerelda, more or less on a whim. That's my score to date. Three. I haven't killed anybody for years, and don't intend to ever again. It was just a stage I was going through."

Onioons Ooh, that's a hell of a start... 3y
StaceyKondla Fantastic book!! I loved that one! 3y
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Nantucket | Nan Rossiter
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Book Sale purchases - I used restaint😜 I actually read Cutting for Stone when it was first released but loved it and hope to reread it soon.

Reviewsbylola I loved Cutting for Stone too! 3y
BethFishReads *hanging head in shame* I haven't read Cutting for Stone (yet) 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @BethFishReads - shame on you 😬 the audio is really good! @Reviewsbylola - great discussion book! Glad u enjoyed it. 3y
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auntie_jenn @BethFishReads highly recommend Cutting on audio. i had a hard time on paper, but the narrator, with his authentic Indian accent, really brought it alive. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Loved Cutting For Stone...😀 3y
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Official RBG groupie. I love this woman and everything she stands for. If I were ever to consider getting a tattoo, it would be one of RBG!

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Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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Some days Buddy makes reading a wonderful book a challenge. So many great lines in this story - loving it💕

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Bridge of Sighs | Richard Russo
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I'm on a Richard Russo roll these last few months: Nobody's Fool, Everybody's Fool and now Bridge of Sighs. This just may be my favorite one yet.

Lakesidemusing Bridge of Sighs is excellent!! 3y
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Badlands: A Novel | C. J. Box
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Grimsted, ND is now a booming oil town with an influx of newcomers, both good & bad elements in a town where once everyone knew their neighbors. A 12 year old boy finds a duffle bag contains drugs and cash worth millions. This is a terrific listening experience: edge of your seat moments, Salvadorian MS-13 gang, biker gang, crooked cops & an awesome narrator made this thriller a real treat. Book 2 of a series that begins with Highway.

LauraBeth Great review - sounds compelling! 3y
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First book of a new mystery series set in Maine. Winter at the Door was all about the atmosphere, deep woods Maine in winter. Lizzie Snow has accepted a new job moving from Boston to Bearkill, Maine's police force. Someone appears to be killing former cops and making the deaths look like suicides. Decent story but, the characters could have been further developed.

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This was a great book, not just for us introverts but, to help extroverts better understand us as friends, lovers, and coworkers.

[DELETED] 2232195534 So very true. Included, but left alone. I need to read this! 3y
BethFishReads Thanks for reminding me of this book. It slipped off my radar 3y
Bakingbookworm I loved this book and can't wait to read her latest. I loved that after reading this book I felt so much more positive about being an introvert. 3y
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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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"It's a strange thing, being suddenly motherless. It's like losing a rudder that was keeping me on course, one that I never paid much mind to before now. Who will teach me how to parent, how to deal with the unkindness of strangers, how to be humble?" "You already did, I realize."

Dorielvsbooks I really liked this one, my favorite of all I've read from this author! 3y
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A must read for individuals dealing with eldercare issues, this memoir is a gem. an intimate look at family dynamics, mother/daughter relationships and life and loss. It's a book that will make you appreciate spending time with family while you still have the chance --even the difficult family members.⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

[DELETED] 2232195534 I've got this one in my audiobook library. Will listen to it soon. Suspect I will like it and many things will have me nodding my head. 3y
Bakingbookworm This is a very hot book at the library where I work. All of our copies are always out and quite a few book clubs have selected it. I'm going to have to get in line soon. I've heard nothing but great things about it. 3y
BethFishReads Wow. Tracking down a copy now 3y
jkjohn Great book. 3y
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This is turning out to be a fun listen. The style reminds me of books by Fredrik Backman.

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This is turning out to be a fun listen. The style reminds me of books by Fredrik Backman.

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What an amazing woman; loving this book💕

Lakesidemusing I loved it, too! 3y
lynneamch We must hope that she will live a very long life -- for all our sakes as well as her own. 🙄 3y
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What an amazing woman; loving this book💕

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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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My hot buttons have been pushed as I delve into Picoult's latest novel and, as always a controversial topic - RACISM? a black nurse and an order " NO AFRICAN AMERICAN PERSONEL TO CARE FOR THIS PATIENT" the story thus far is excellent.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Jodi Picoult always highlights an issue. Looking forward to reading this one. 3y
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Harmony | Carolyn Parkhurst
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Killing time in car before my appointment. Cassandra Campbell and Jorjeana Marie are terrific narrators.

bermudaonion I agree. That's a terrific audio. 3y
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One of my favorite books of 2016 but, anyone who steers clear of stories steeped in abuse should probably avoid this book. Review coming soon ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️ DUH--just realized I reviewed it here a few days ago. That's what happens when a book leaves a lasting impression💕

Michreads I'm loving it so far.... 3y
hwheaties I just got this in the mail this week! Hopefully I have time to start reading it soon. 3y
bermudaonion I trust your judgement so will add it to my list. 3y
RunningnReading Oh, wow! Thanks for the recommendation! 3y
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Hot Milk | Deborah Levy
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Hot Coffee☕️, and Hot Milk, they just go together! -- In Hot Milk, Levy explores the sting of sexuality, unspoken female rage, the lure of hypochondria, big pharma and more.

[DELETED] 2232195534 Greats minds...about the coffee. Best part of waking up...😉 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Half sisters Effia and Esi grew up in 18th century Ghana and their lives couldn't have be more different. Effia is married off to an Englishman & lives a comfortable life in Cape Coast Castle. Little does she know Esi is imprisioned in their dungeon along with other young girls &the conditions are horrendous. They will be sold off as slaves and shipped to America. Wonderful characters and writing, feels almost like Linked short stories. 4.5/5

MrBook 😻 3y
RunningnReading Yes! I loved this one, too!! 👏 3y
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The Hopefuls: A novel | Jennifer Close
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If you love an entertaining audiobook, narrator Jorjeania Marie hits the mark in making this novel a treat. A story about love, marriage, ambition and politics. A nice mix of humor and wisdom - try it!

michelleerin I had to return my print version unread. Maybe I'll try the audio. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @michelleerin It's heavily dialogue driven but, it's a fun listen given the excellent narrator. 3y
Ammie Did you find her nasally? Her Texas accent had me laughing at points. 3y
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Not since "A Little Life" have I read such an uncomfortable but, wonderful novel. A broken young girl and a broken young man form a special bond amongst all the ugliness that surrounds them. Another reader used the word "squirmy" and, yes this is how I felt as I turned each page. Trust me, read this debut novel, it's amazing.

Reviewsbylola I finished this last night was really impressed. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Reviewsbylola - glad u liked it💕 3y
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"It's the moment every adult child dreads: losing a parent, and gaining a home jam-packed with decades of goods and memories."

Megabooks So afraid of this! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Ebooksandcooks I know what you mean. I do love a good memoir and I think this will hit the mark. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I've done this. It is hard and wonderful and tiring and bittersweet. Need to read this book. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @kaysreadinglife . My parents have been gone almost 30 years and, fortunately they did like clutter so clearing the house wasn't a massive job. A few sweet things that were save surprised me😭 3y
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The Hopefuls: A novel | Jennifer Close
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Started this on audio last night. What a fun book to listen to. Narrator Jorjeana Marie is awesome. A hilarious novel about politics and why many of us hate it😬😬

Notafraidofwords I loved this book. 3y
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The Sleepwalker: A Novel | Chris Bohjalian
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From the New York Times bestselling author of The Guest Room comes a spine-tingling novel of lies, loss, and buried desire—the mesmerizing story of a wife and mother who vanishes from her bed late one night. 💕💕💕January-2017

[DELETED] 2232195534 Ok, I'm in!!! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @kaysreadinglife - I've read all of his books💕💕 3y
rayna I just finished Sandcastle Girls (my first book by him) and this sounds both completely different and completely great. 3y
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BibliophileBytheSea @rayna I prefer his contemporary fiction to his historical novels. 3y
Peaceful_Reader I liked The Sandcastle Girls and I'm reading The Guest Room right now. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Peaceful_Reader I enjoyed The Guest Room 3y
Peaceful_Reader @BibliophileBytheSea : I wish I had all day to read it... 3y
BethFishReads Oh a fav author. Will add this to my list 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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"Evil begets evil. It grows. It transmutes, so that sometimes you cannot see that the evil in the world began as the evil in your own home."

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A celebratory anniversary trip to a posh resort in Mexico goes horribly wrong for the Shipley family. Caroline, Hunter & young daughters, Michelle 5, and Samantha 2, are vacationing with family & friend. On their last night there is a mixup with the hotel childcare services and their 2 year old goes missing. Fast forward 15 years and a call from a teen who thinks she may be Samantha stirs up painful emotions. Well done, character driven thriller.

Notafraidofwords I figured out the mystery really early. 3y
BethFishReads Who was the narrator 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 Read this one earlier this summer and pretty much flew through it. I did figure it out, but it was good. 😀 3y
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BibliophileBytheSea @BethFishReads - Tanya Evy - she's new to me but did a nice job. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @kaysreadinglife @Notafraidofwords - yes I did pretty quick as well 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @BethFishReads that was suppose to be Tanya Eby🤑 3y
BethFishReads New to me too 3y
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"As the daughter of a meth dealer, Wavy knows not to trust people, not even her own parents." (I started this at my hair appointment this morning and 50 pages in I'm hooked.)

Bookish_B I'm reading his right now too. Really enjoying it! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Bookish_B _ I do wish I could find more gems like this more often💕enjoy 3y
BethFishReads Oh I hope to read this soon 3y
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Niks_Nook Currently reading this! 3y
MyNamesParadise So excited to read this one! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Niks_Nook @MyNamesParadise - I am so enjoying this book!❤️ 3y
MyNamesParadise @BibliophileBytheSea yay! Good to know! Have you read Where All Light Tends to Go by David Joy? Or Sweetgirl by Travis Malhauser? They have similar themes!! Also, I love Poland Spring water! 3y
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Behold the Dreamers | Imbolo Mbue
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Just started listening to the audio and enjoying it.

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Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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A young couple (Anne & Marco) who seems to have it all makes a terrible descion that makes their life spin out of control. Without giving any spoilers, not only does the couples behavior come under suspicion but, it seems that their family and neighbors have secrets to share as well. A psychological thriller that sucked me in immediately. The writing is a bit simplistic but, twists keep it fast paced. I never knew who was guilty. Read it!

[DELETED] 2232195534 I have it on my Kindle. Soon...😀 3y
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No brainer📱purchased $2.99

rachelm On audible or kindle? 3y
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Hazel0303 Thanks!! 3y
Hazel0303 Is it bad that I waiver on buying super cheap books ever since I rediscovered the library??? 3y
Hazel0303 I guess I should say...am I that cheap? 3y
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Homegoing: A novel | Yaa Gyasi
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Before Esi left, the one called Governor looked at her and smiled. It would be a kind smile, pitying yet true. But for the rest of her life Esi would see a smile on a white face and remember the one the soldier gave her before taking her to his quarters, how white men smiling just meant more evil was coming with the next wave."

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Love this quote!! 3y
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Small Great Things | Jodi Picoult
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So excited this came my way! I've read everything she's written (except the ones with her daughter).

Notafraidofwords I read the ones with her daughter and enjoyed them. Quick reads too. 3y
WanderingBookaneer Jealous! @Notafraidofwords : I wasn't a fan of the second one. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Notafraidofwords that is good to know: I'll try them sometime. 3y
CaityG This is maybe her best book yet. Finished it in a day and really left me thinking. 3y
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Everybody's Fool | Richard Russo
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23 years after Nobody's Fool introduced readers to the cantankerous, Donald (Sully) Sullivan and other memorable residents of small town, No Bath, NY, comes this much anticipated sequel. I wasn't thrilled with this installment. It picks up 10 years after Nobody's Fool. Unnecessarily long, frequent changes of POV and the slapstick-like antics of townspeople got to be a bit much. This story and dialogues felt better suited as a movie script. ⭐️⭐️⭐️

BethFishReads 🙁 I liked it more than you did, but I agree that Nobody's Fool was better 3y
Avidreader25 @BethFishReads Same, liked it a bit more, but Nobody's Fool was better! 3y
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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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"The dead are never far from us. They‘re in our hearts and on our minds and in the end all that separates us from them is a single breath, one final puff of air."

Hazel0303 This was one of my favorite books of 2015!! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Hazel0303 - I read this a few years ago and loved it. my Bookgroup chose it for August so I'm happy to be rereading it! So good! 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 We did this one in my mystery group a while back. Not a traditional mystery but a great discussion! 3y
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Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh. HUGE LOVE for this book! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @kaysreadinglife - yes there will be plenty to discuss I'm sure. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Penny_LiteraryHoarders - I'm loving it the second time around as well💕 3y
BethFishReads I still need to read this 3y
Hazel0303 @BibliophileBytheSea it is such a complete book. The story is told so well! 3y
lynneamch Such a powerful quote. It will stay with me for a long time. Krueger has now become one of my favorite authors. 3y
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Couple Next Door | Shari Lapena
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How well do you know the neighbor next door? Your husband? Yourself? People are capable of almost anything. Just started this today --a page turner!

[DELETED] 2232195534 Can't wait to read this one! I love books like this. 3y
MrBook Beautiful! 3y
BethFishReads Listening to this now! 3y
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Growing up in MA, I've long been fascinated by the Kennedy clan, a family with so much power and wealth but, one that has experienced so much misfortune. Rosemary's story is beautiful but heartbreaking. She was born with developmental disabilities and, seen as somewhat of an embarrassment to the prominent parents. At 23 Joe arranges for a radical lobotomy in hopes of improving his daughter's mental acuity, but, it goes horribly. WOW⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Notafraidofwords I read this in a few sittings. I couldn't stop reading it. I felt so bad for her. The description of her lobotomy terrorized me. 3y
[DELETED] 2232195534 I have this one on audio but haven't listened to it yet. Scary but so interesting! 3y
shawnmooney I enjoyed it too. You probably already knew about the newer biography of her sister, 3y
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BibliophileBytheSea @shawnmooney thank u as I wasn't aware of the new bio! On the list it goes. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @Notafraidofwords Glad u enjoyed this as well. I agree, imagine being awake for that procedure! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @kaysreadinglife -definitely move the audio up in priority, really great! 3y
readingonarainyday I didn't know about Rosemary but now that I Googled her, I feel so bad for her. Such a terrible thing to happen. I will look for this book. 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @readingonarainyday definitely insightful, so we'll done. 3y
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End of Watch | Stephen King
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The much anticipated final book of a trilogy opens with flashbacks to 7 years earlier when a deranged driver, Brady Hartsfield, in a stolen Mercedes deliberately plows into a crowd of people, killing some and disabling others. Now in a coma and in a head injury clinic, what harm could he possibly pose now? The answer would be plenty! Great returning charcters, violence, suicide and revenge throughout the story to make for a satisfying finale.

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Probably not the wisest idea but, this Playaway is tucked under my pillow and comes out for 30-40 min each night until I've had enough serial killer stimuli for one evening🤑

DebinHawaii I can totally relate. I have the habit of reading at bedtime & loving scary or thriller books & often think to myself "Why am I reading this right before I go to sleep?!!" ? 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @DebinHawaii one of the many ways we readers feed our habits😬 3y
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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My most anticipated September release. Well, actually it was tied with, Dear Mr. M, Herman Koch which I just finished and enjoyed.

OSChamberlain Love the cover! 3y
BibliophileBytheSea @OSChamberlain Me too, it's so clean and fresh and bright! 3y
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