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Bren912
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It was a very interesting - and frightening how much power fear has over our human hearts. So many innocent people blamed, prosecuted and put to death by the accusations of steadfast, zealous children and their families. Until, one day, people were tired and “just stopped believing them”. 3.5 ⭐️. Disclaimer: This photo has absolutely nothing to do with witchcraft. It‘s just pretty.

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Bren912
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First real audio book. It‘s not reading cheating is it??

Susanita It‘s not cheating. You still have to absorb and comprehend the plot, characters, etc. 1w
Bren912 Ok! Thank you!! ☺️ 1w
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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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My favorite personal quote is “search for the blessings hidden in your brokenness “. How someone can do that when faced with atrocities of war is beyond me. This is my first read of WWII that took the perspective of Russian invasion against Lithuanian people. It was equally devastating as any Holocaust read. I always wonder how I would or could survive. I always pray I would be strong, courageous and even kind in the face of darkness. 5⭐️

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Between Shades of Gray | Ruta Sepetys
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I feel@restless with my current reads right now. Sooooo. Starting this one. And keeping on reading the current two. #feelingfickle

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Bren912
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Mother‘s Day relaxation. I think this one might be a lighter read than my last. 🤞

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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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As long as the sun rises and you wake up breathing, there is hope and purpose. This book was dark. The manipulation and justification of the groomer was infuriating. Im glad I finished the book and like life and also the ending of the book, you aren‘t sure which direction Vanessa might be going but suffice to say, she can only go up.

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MY DARK VANESSA. | KATE ELIZABETH. RUSSELL
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I started this and put it down. It‘s a heavy subject matter of power/sexual/emotional abuse. I had to pick it back up though. I need to know what Vanessa does. I need the teacher to be prosecuted. I need Vanessa and the others he hurt (because there are always others) to heal as best they can.

CuriousG This is a rough one. I almost bailed so many times, but ultimately felt exactly what you were feeling. I'm glad I finished it though. I don't think any ending short of him being put in gen population in prison with no guards would have made me happy though. 3w
lumbricuslibri This is on my TBR. It seems I really need to mentally prepare for this one. 3w
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The Maid | Nita Prose
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The first 3/4 of this book gave me anxiety. I was bugged by how people treated the main character, Molly. The ending chapters calmed me down and while most of it was a bit predictable, the ending was sweet.

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Outside reading is the best. I am The Maid in my domain.

Alfoster Loved this one!👏 3w
Beachgirl Loved it!!! Can‘t wait for the movie 🎥 3w
ShyBookOwl Tis the season for sunshine reading ☀️📚 🤗 3w
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Bren912
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Starting to read this. Love the author even if reviews are mixed on this one. Excited to see the map that shows Lincoln Highway route which ran through my town when I still lived in Midwest.

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Finished the book with the last gleaming light…we know the impact women have had in wars but so many stories do not get told. I loved how so many of the events at the time were so shocking if you were a young unwed woman. I connected with all the characters—it was so well written and tied up the story (told in back and forth characters and time) at the end. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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Bren912
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Im taking my chances with library costs and such to finish this book. I waited too long with a library hold to not. Hopefully I won‘t be put on a naughty list. And for any librarians out there: I‘m only a little sorry.

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Bren912
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Uh-oh. Library notice I can‘t renew because of a wait list so scurrying to read it before it‘s due date. And Easter at my house ….

AileenRR Fingers crossed you got to finish it 🤞🏽I‘m also having the family at my house tomorrow and so there will probably be no book time for either of us. Happy Easter! 1mo
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A Million Things | Emily Spurr
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In parts I laughed out loud and other parts I was blubbering. I saw a review where the person just couldn‘t get past that the lead character was a 10 year old girl. True, it might seem unbelievable but I also think this person may not have had to know what survival and strength meant at that young of an age. It was charming. Heart wrenching and completely unbelievably engaging.

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A Million Things | Emily Spurr
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A start to a Sunday breather before the busy week begins

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Bren912
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The first act dragged for me yet once I hit second and then third act, it was faster to unfold. I give it 3.5 ⭐️ It was a bit like the game Clue with whodunit and what weapon used. Lots of past experiences mixed in with current It was like a never ending chapter with spaces between past and present to differentiate.

tpixie Nice space! 💙💙💙 1mo
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Bren912
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I grabbed the first thing I found to hold my book place. 😬. The book is quickly unfolding to twisted motives and mystery as to how Richard died. Being in the media limelight, he already knew how to spin drama so why should his death be any different?

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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My heart is squeezing. I cried for them all. Agnes who‘s addictions ran stronger than her childrens needs. For her children, equally as they realized they had to take care of themselves first. I cried for hope. I cried for the author who was so descriptive in his characters that I knew he had endured this and writing in fiction was easier than autobiographical. If you haven‘t endured a family addiction, read this. If you have, you must.

Eggs Powerful book 💔 2mo
Cathythoughts Great book 👍❤️ 2mo
erzascarletbookgasm Yes, great read. 2mo
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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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“Shuggie…understood this was where she excelled. Everyday with the make-up on and her hair done, she climbed out of her grace and held her head high. When she had disgraced herself with drink, she got up the next day, put on her best coat, and faced the world “ Bravery forms in many looks.

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Shuggie Bain | Douglas Stuart
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Speaking the truth? This book scares me to read. So what to do? Feel the fear and read it anyway.

jlhammar While it is heartbreaking, to be sure, it really is beautiful and there is a lot of love and even some humor. I thought the ending was somewhat hopeful as Shuggie is really finding his own way and has a true friend. Stuart had a great interview with Scott Simon on NPR's Weekend Edition that might help you decide. https://www.npr.org/2020/11/14/934548946/shuggie-bain-will-lift-you-up-and-tear-... (edited) 2mo
Bren912 💖 2mo
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Bren912
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Never underestimate sweet little old lady! 😳. I wasn‘t sure I liked it until about third story in where her act was totally justified (to me). Quick afternoon read but as a quote from book: “you don‘t want to invite that one for tea anytime soon”. Note to photo: I think I‘ve finally mastered orchid blooming by totally ignoring them.

KatieDid927 Is that the secret to orchids? Ignoring them outside? I ignored one inside, and it didn‘t work out as well. 2mo
Bren912 For me it is! 6/7 of mine have buds or are blooming! 2mo
KatieDid927 @Bren912 I‘ll give it a try! They look great! 2mo
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Bren912
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Library holds just came in. I can‘t believe how little and cute this book is! Holding on to my current read and diving into these.

emz711 It's amazing! Sequel just came out. I love seeing them on my book shelf 2mo
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Bren912
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My last book gift from a friend. I think the coolest thing (so far) is the author has bought the very home the sisters hid the Jews so many years ago. Definitely would be intrigued if those walls could talk.

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Bren912
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Infuriating. Sickening. Disheartening. Sad—although the word seems too tame. Of all@the Holocaust books I have read, I haven‘t read one from a child‘s perspective. It shows how easily a child can be trained, coerced and lead to think cruelty is justified and empowered. “Never pretend he hadn‘t known what was going on , a lie would be the biggest crime”. Be careful then as to what our children, the future of our world hold as their truths.

kplovesbooks Ooh. I hadn't heard of this one. I read his Boy In The Striped Pajamas which I thought very sad, powerful, moving. 💔 2mo
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Bren912
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I didn‘t love this as deeply as@Guernsey potato peel society, but it was still a thoughtful, heart felt story. The lost art of the written letter. A piece of a loved ones soul. Very fitting to todays war or threats of war. What was the truth and what was the propaganda—and of course being in quarantine for a new disease. Edit to add: I listened as I read and then got annoyed with the repeating of each and every date of each entry.

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Bren912
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Thank you @Laughterhp for your recommendation of audiobooks!! I am following along with the printed version but the narration has me totally enrapt.

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Bren912
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Im looking forward to this read!! I often read WWII books so this will be a nice twist to read WWI

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Bren912
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Passing this gem on. A quick heart thumping read. The offense seemed trivial to the “event” but that just might mean I‘m not warped in my mind yet! First rule of thumb: sometimes the past should stay that way. If you haven‘t spoken to your chum in ten plus years, might behoove you to say NO to a weekend away!

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Bren912
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A friend gifted me three books ! Squeal! This is just the random book I picked first from the bag.

TheBee I got this on my shelf as well. Wanna read it soon. Enjoy! 3mo
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Bren912
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It‘s hard to pinpoint this book. It was an easy read with short chapters laid out in seven parts. It read like a memoir with little stories with beginning and endings mainly in each section. Sort of like sitting around and listening to family‘s reminiscing. If you have any issues with the Catholic Church or faith, it may not be your book. It references to it a lot. I found humor in some of the connotations and also found warmth in the moms faith.

Bren912 After reading some heavy stuff and just the situations of our world, I for one wasn‘t put off with a little bit of a tidy, happier ending. 3mo
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Bren912
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“Our skin , our hair, and our eyes are simply the shell that surrounds our soul, and our soul is who we are. What counts is on the inside.”
It‘s true but it‘s hard to remember that especially as a child.

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The book cover is over there but I promise I‘m starting to read it tomorrow.

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Life is messy. Sometimes the mess is our own creation, especially when we reach adult status. Elle walks with one foot in present and past but merges both at one point. Which will she choose to move forward? I agree with her end choice and reasons but then as a reader was a bit confused as to which path she actually was choosing. 4 stars ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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The book is definitely sparking some triggers….but at the same time I know I am not alone.

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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It will be interesting what I feel and find while reading this book after many mixed reviews.

KCBee32 I just got a call that it‘s on hold for me at the library after waiting months on the list! Can‘t wait! 3mo
Bren912 That is exactly why I ordered it in large print. Lol. So I could get it faster…or so I thought! 3mo
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Bren912
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My heart was squeezed and I wept at the end. 💖🌹

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Book club Read….”of much gore in the last year. I question the sanity of the roses 🌹 that still dare to bloom there.”

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My little reading rugrat. 🐶 anyway- right when I felt I needed some of the meds Cass was prescribed—the story morphed into what who and why. You may not be surprised at the motivation and the culprits—but the twisted path they spun will be the calm after the storm. I immediately calmed down at same time Cass did. Hah!

tpixie Cute puppy 🐶 #DogsOfLitsy 3mo
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Bren912
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I‘m at the halfway point and my head is spinning. It isn‘t as if the reading is tedious—but it does seem to repeat the mental anguish so much that I feel my own brain whirl. It doesn‘t make me want to give up on the book but I would like the story to unfold a little bit more before the main character, or me, winds up in a straight jacket!!

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The Break Down | B.A. Paris
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It‘s a cold weekend in our neck of the woods. I feel antsy with my reading of choices these days so giving this a whirl. Already I am suspish of the characters! Is Cass forgetting…or is she being gaslighted??

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Dark Matter | Blake Crouch
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This was a Christmas book club exchange! Yay for continuing the holidays! ❄️ 🎄

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Bren912
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There were parts that were dragging but I was immersed in the story. One of the old adage of ‘be careful what you wish for‘ and also ‘be careful how you word things‘ comes into total play. The biggest takeaway from this book? We all want to be seen. To be remembered by our name and how great a gift when someone speaks our given name.

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Bren912
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Savoring this book. Met a random person walking with a book the other day and mentioned I was reading this book. She became animated and said “I read it! It‘s a five ⭐️ review for me!” I love meeting other book nerds.

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Bren912
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Waited for awhile for the library to give me this hold. Hope it‘s worth it!

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I loved the loyalty and closeness this family had through whatever heartache their parents strife and success gave them. I loved that family wasn‘t 💯 biological. I hated Mick—their charismatic handsome heartthrob—he. Was needy and whiny with his own needs front and center. It was a page turner and I enjoyed the characters flaws and strengths.

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Malibu Rising | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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Ta-Da! Introducing my first 2022 read! Third book from this author. Love her writing style.

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The Life She Was Given | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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I loved this book. I adore books that do a time hop and tell the story of different characters perspective. It‘s haunting. Shows cruelty toward women and some animals so it could trigger. I loved Lilly and was so rooting for her tenacity and resilience to her circumstance. I can‘t tell you what happened as my heart hurts. But after you read, tell ‘me what you too hoped for her.

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The Life She Was Given | Ellen Marie Wiseman
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Most likely the last book of 2021…..

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Bren912
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It was an enjoyable read. Page turner, heart pounder. It had quite the twists but at the end me where it was neatly wrapped up—was missing that “punch” for me. Although I will say it had a shocker revelation at the very end. All in all—a good read!

keys_on_fire This! I felt the same way…it just didn‘t capture me the way I thought it would 5mo
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Hoping to finish this read before Santa comes!