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Bookishgal71

Bookishgal71

Joined June 2017

Wife of 16 years, mom to two gorgeous girls, teacher, bookworm. “You don't read books, you say? I'm sorry. We cannot ever be friends...”
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Hex by Thomas Olde Heuvelt
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I was hesitant to read this, as I felt that perhaps Rick Riordan was going the way of other too-oft-published authors (replacing quality with quantity). I‘m so glad I read it, as this is NOT the case! This is funny, heartbreaking, adventurous and engaging. I laughed out loud at some of the sarcastic remarks sprinkled throughout. It seems as if it could be the beginning of a series, too. Great for ages 10-110!

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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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This is a fantastic book about Daunis, a Native American Nancy Drew, and her great adventure.
It‘s got romance, sports, suspense and drama. It made me angry, tearful, shocked and hopeful. A great novel by a diverse author. Great for ages 16-109! #youngadult Warning: sexual assault

shanaqui Ooh, this sounds promising, thanks for the review! 3w
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Firekeeper's Daughter | Angeline Boulley
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1. Firekeeper‘s Daughter and People We Meet on Vacation
2. Audio books! Currently listening to Hex
3. Just finished The Silent Patient

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The Duke And I | Julia Quinn
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When Bridgerton came out, I decided to read the series. The general storyline has similarity but the books have the luxury of focusing on one couple per novel. A lighthearted romance.

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Mehso-so

I cannot remember why I read this - perhaps a Reese recommendation or maybe from Goodreads but it just never grabbed me. That said, it is a collection of slightly creepy short stories with a South American flavor.

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I read this to see what the manga hype is all about. This is a clean one - no sexuality or graphic violence. Appropriate for young teens and older. Story of an orphanage that has sinister roots…

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I read this because my teenage daughter is reading the series and I just wanted to be sure it is ok for her. This is a clean series (no sex, no skimpy clothes or overt sexuality). There is some violence, hence the title. Honestly, I‘ll read the second one because it‘s pretty good!!

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Night Shift | Stephen King
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I‘m glad I re-read this one. I can see connections to some of his other works (Salem‘s Lot for one). With my attention span, I do better with short stories sometimes. I‘m working my way through King‘s works - according to my list from #losersclub, The Stand is next. Not such a short story, that one…

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I would have liked for this to be more about how she became a star, but it is meant to be a love story. Quite the twist at the end. Heartbreaking and romantic. Kinda love it and kinda hate it.

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Nine Women, One Dress | Jane L. Rosen
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A book of serendipitous events, all somehow influenced by one fabulous dress.

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Lore Olympus: Volume One | Rachel Smythe
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This is a gorgeous book. The art is stunning and it is definitely one for mythology fans. Hades and Persephone‘s story told in modern times.

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Rent-A-Girlfriend 1 | Reiji Miyajima
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This is…erm…mature anime. Do not suggest for minors. Still, an interesting storyline. Could be a cute rom-com if the sex scenes were omitted.

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Super cute holiday romance. Feel good contemporary love story about two people who met at Jewish summer camp as kids and became enemies. Reacquainted as adults and hilarity ensues.

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The Holiday Swap | Maggie Knox
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Cute, clean holiday read. It‘s like a Hallmark movie in book form. Twins switch places and careers for a bit. Cute.

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The Shining | Stephen King
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I‘m not a fast reader, but the #losersclub has inspired me to read King in order. I seem to recall that there is more to Danny and Hallorann than just this story, right? Next up, The Night Shift.

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This book is magical! This is up there with Harry Potter (the first one). Top five books of all time for me. I cried…twice. This has earned a permanent spot on my bookshelf. Love!

Smrloomis I loved this one too! 😊 4mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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Next year, my goal is 10,000 pages. 😬😁📚🤞🏻🤓📖

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Radium Girl: Stories | Sofi Papamarko
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Thank you @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego for the amazing gifts!! I love everything: the bath bomb, Dutch waffle cookies, THREE books!, washi tape and chocolates! I am so spoiled! Cute card and wrapping paper, too! Love, love, love! #bestof2021swap Thank you @candority for organizing an amazing swap!

TheKidUpstairs Yay for Radium Girl! @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego that was one of my faves this year as well. @Bookishgal71 I hope you enjoy it too! 5mo
StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego Glad you like it. All the best in 2022. 🥂 5mo
candority I love that bath bomb! 💀 5mo
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Untitled | Unknown
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1. Driving from Los Angeles to Toronto - just me at the wheel and my kids in the back. International move! Both my achievement and my challenge.
2. House of Earth and Blood, hands down.
3. Moving back to Cali and COVID calming waaaay down - this may involve too much common sense to actually happen.

wanderinglynn Driving cross country by yourself with your kids is a lot. Congrats on the successful move! 👏🏻🎉 5mo
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It‘s #jolabokaflod and I‘m super excited to start this book and eat my chocolate after my kids have gone to bed. Thank you @MaleficentBookDragon for organizing it and to @ShelleyBooksie for sending me exactly what I wished for! #jolabokaflodswap

ShelleyBooksie Yay! So glad you like it. Merry Christmas 5mo
Tamra What a lovely new cover! 5mo
Bookishgal71 Started rereading it last night - last time I read it was in the 80‘s. So glad I am experiencing it again. So much I missed the first time. 5mo
Chrissyreadit This is a book I want to reread- for the same reason- read it in the 80‘s and I loved it. Glad it sounds like a good reread! 5mo
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A magical love story written across centuries. Pleasantly surprised by this, first in a trilogy. I don‘t think I‘ll read the next two but this one is quite good. This is not romance per se, but supernatural romance for sure. An adventure telling a tale of the lengths one will go to gain the one true love.

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I mean, I thought it was going to be a horror comic based on the movie (or vice versa). This was deeper than that and about the God of Dreams. Kinda cool - just unexpected. Gorgeous artwork.

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Comfort and Joy | Kristin Hannah
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I think this is my first Kristen Hannah book. The twist surprised me but i think that‘s part of the appeal. Great Christmas read, if you‘re looking for something romantic and sweet.

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New Friends | Dorothy Haas
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Sending my #jolabokaflodswap package out today. So exciting! @MaleficentBookDragon thank you for organizing!!

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Best of Friends | Pirkko Vainio
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And away she goes! These swaps are so wonderful! #Bestof2021Swap @candority @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego

Edit: I did not know until now that this is a direct swap (thought it was a cool coincidence that we got each other @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego !) I‘m hopeful that it reaches you soon and in one piece. Sent it out yesterday. 😁

candority Fantastic! 📚 5mo
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The Santa Suit: A Novella | Mary Kay Andrews
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This is my first Christmas read of 2021. A short and sweet, magical tale. It‘s like a Hallmark movie in book form.

StayCurious looks cute! 5mo
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The Best Parts of Christmas | Bethanie Deeney Murguia
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I am so super giddy! My #Bestof2021 package arrived and they are literally the FIRST presents under our tree!!! Thank you @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego ! @candority #Bestof2021Swap

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That got there fast. Hope you like everything. 6mo
ShelleyBooksie Beautiful wrapping 6mo
Texreader Trying not to panic that I haven‘t finished my shopping for this swap yet! 6mo
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Bookishgal71 I haven‘t either @Texreader Don‘t worry. We have time. 6mo
candority That looks lovely! 6mo
Bookishgal71 @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego I‘m sure I‘ll love everything! Yours went out yesterday.💗💗💗 5mo
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Oh my goodness! This was so fast and SO PERFECT!!! Thank you @ShelleyBooksie for the book and chocolate. I was just thinking about this book yesterday, wishing I had it for the two weeks off of school. And now I do!!! You are the best! I‘m off to hide my chocolate from the children… @MaleficentBookDragon #jolabokaflodswap

Ruthiella I loved this book when I first read it! 6mo
ShelleyBooksie Yay!!! 6mo
ShelleyBooksie So glad that you like them! Happy reading ♡ 6mo
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I cannot get behind this. I love the idea of certain foods and supplements being a way to heal the body. I also love the idea of mediums and guiding spirits. There are some things in this book, though, that are too far fetched for me. I had to bail.

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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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I read this for the Scarathlon but I was too slow. Kind of a sweet, zombie version of Romeo and Juliet. I think I‘ll watch the movie just to see how they tackled this storyline.

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I am not the fastest reader, nor do I have a lot of time, but I suppose every little bit helps. :) This week I finished the Buddy Read (Southern Book Club), read the tagged book (again). Short story collections are the way to go to grab points! Perhaps next year we can give points for participating in October swaps, too? We are sending scary books to our swap buddies, after all. :)🎃🧛🏻👻🧙🏻‍♀️☠️ @StayCurious #scarathlon #teamhendrix

StayCurious Hey that's a fun idea! Great job btw! 6mo
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This was a solid pick for our Scarathlon! Mr. Hendrix writes in a way that makes it easy to picture - and hear! - the story. I always like a good, scary adjective or two. #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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The Chalk Man | C. J. Tudor
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@DinoMom Thank you so very, very much! I feel so spoiled! My teenage daughter was in awe of all of the cute drawings on the packages! Im so excited to read, eat and take a bath with the candles and zombie bomb! Thanks, too, @wanderinglynn for organizing this amazing swap! #hauntedhollowswap

wanderinglynn Fantastic! 🎃🧡 7mo
DinoMom Happy Reading! Glad you like it! 7mo
Bookishgal71 @DinoMom Love it!! 7mo
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Self care is so important. When you take time to replenish, it allows you to serve others from the overflow. You cannot serve from an empty vessel. #thinkpositivebepositive @SeaToSkyes

Care to play, @iamvleigh ?

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Scarygirl | Nathan Jurevicius
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I feel kinda bad because I don‘t do all the readathons and stuff like that. I don‘t have time with a job and a couple of teens that need to be here, there and everywhere. I just read at night and watch movies all month long. I guess every little bit counts. @StayCurious #scarathlon2021

StayCurious Every bit does count! Don't feel bad - I have a newborn at home so I am definitely not racking up the points this year...we do what we can and just enjoy the event! 7mo
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Saga #3 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Continuing this odd journey. This is a unique world the authors have created, with creatures from depths I don‘t understand. At any rate, it manages to intrigue me and so I‘ll continue to read this story for a bit longer. Definitely for adults only. I‘ll count it towards my #scarathlon2021 #teamhendrix @StayCurious

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Scary, Scary Halloween | Eve Bunting, Jan Brett
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Scored 1,107 points this week for #teamhendrix! Finished a book, played the word game and watched several movies. #scarathlon2021 @StayCurious

StayCurious That's so great! 7mo
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I read this years ago and picked it up again. BDB does not disappoint. Since it‘s vampires, I am counting it toward my #scarathlon2021 tally. #teamhendrix @StayCurious

iamvleigh Grrrrl. 🔥 7mo
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Warm Bodies: A Novel | Isaac Marion
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“I am dead, but it‘s not so bad.”

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Halloweenland | Al Sarrantonio
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My #HauntedHollowSwap box went out today! I love this kind of stuff. 🕷💀🧟‍♀️👻🧛🏻🧙🏻‍♀️🎃 @wanderinglynn #HHS

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🖤🎃 8mo
Avanders That box sticker is too cute 8mo
Bookishgal71 Oh thanks! I googled vintage Halloween designs and printed and cut them out 8mo
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Saga #2 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I‘m actually starting to get kind of attached to a ram/man, a fairy/woman and a disemboweled teen ghost. #strange

robinb Hey Mindi, I just wanted to double-check if you wanted to be included on the #BirthdayLove calendar for October? If so, could you drop an email to litsybirthdays@gmail.com with your Litsy handle and birthdate? Thanks so much! 😊 @Bookishgal71 8mo
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Scarygirl | Nathan Jurevicius
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My ScarathlonTBR. #TeamHendrix #scarathlon2021 @StayCurious @Clwojick 🧟‍♀️👻🕷🎃🧙🏻‍♀️🧛🏻💀

mdm139 I really liked The Hunger and The Shining and Hendrix. I ordered Hex as well. 8mo
Erinreadsthebooks I found a lot of unexpected humor in Warm Bodies. I loved it!! 8mo
night_shift I really wanna read Hex and The Hunger, but this year I'm sticking to books I already have. Good list! 8mo
StayCurious Great stack of books! +50 early bird points 8mo
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Omg!!! Squeal - It‘s here!! Now to keep my hands off it for six weeks. Thank you @DinoMom !! #hhs #hauntedhollowswap @wanderinglynn 👻🕷🧟‍♀️🧛🏻🎃🧙🏻‍♀️💀

wanderinglynn W00t! Awesome! 🙌🏻🖤🎃👻 8mo
DinoMom Wow, that got there quick! I wanted to send it early as the last few things I sent people took a long time. Sorry for the 6 week temptation….🎃💀👻 8mo
Bookishgal71 Are you kidding?? I‘m thrilled!!🧟‍♀️ 8mo
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I watched the miniseries before reading this, which has been both a hinderance and a help. I kept imagining faces of the cast, who did not necessarily honor the descriptions in the book. Also, the show expanded the storyline in unexpected, and possibly irrelevant, ways. Overall, a good read though.

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Silent Patient | Alex Michaelides
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I did not see that coming. Red herrings everywhere. I listened to the authors interview at the end and it was cool to hear how influenced he was by mythology. Good read if you like twisty whodunnits but not a psychological thriller, in my opinion. A solid mystery nonetheless.

iamvleigh Great book! 8mo
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Haunted | Alexandra Adornetto
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wanderinglynn Awesome! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 8mo
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How fun is this??
1. Yes!
2. I love fun socks! I wear a size 8.5 shoe
3. Purple, emerald green, maroon, navy blue and pink
4. Scarf, candle, anything!
5. Bookmarks (specifically book thongs)
6. I like regency costumes (historical)
7. I love hats! I have straw, ball caps, and pom pom hats
#HHS @wanderinglynn

wanderinglynn Yay! 🙌🏻🎃🖤 And there will be more #HHS fun. I have a This or That planned. 8mo
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I decided to re-read this book because I liked it so much the first time. Supernatural romance at its finest. Not for the faint of heart - it‘s pretty racy. A brotherhood of warrior vampires must defend their race. Each book in the series introduces you to a brother and tells his story. Language and sex abound. This one is about Wrath, the reluctant Blind King. So good. Not scary, but if you like Anita Blake it might be for you.

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Saga | Brian K. Vaughan
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This is a very ADULT graphic novel. The art is gorgeous and the storyline (lovers from enemy races come together and make a baby and then struggle to find a home where they are not hunted) is a solid one.

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Scrappy Little Nobody | Anna Kendrick
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Listened to this in the car on a cross continent trip from Los Angeles to Toronto. I have a daughter who is in “the biz” and this is an interesting perspective. I‘ve always liked Anna Kendrick as a performer and this book makes it seem like she really doesn‘t hide her true self. I love how real she is, and with real people problems and a normal family. No sob stories. Just hard work.