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CathyJ

Joined September 2017

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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My reading for January. My favorites were definitely Educated and Ladder to the Sky.

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego A great month! 📚💕 10mo
Bklover Good stuff! I‘m going to check out Ladder In the Sky. I loved The Heart‘s Invisible Furies. 10mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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John Boyne is such a brilliant writer. I loved the writing style of this book! I would call this a must read for 2019 for sure! ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Cinfhen Yes❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️❣️ 10mo
Mdargusch I agree! 👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 10mo
sbains1980 Loved it!!! 😍😍😍 10mo
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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Who can spot the reference to The Heart's Invisible Furies? I love it when authors do this.

nelehelen Maude!! I love that. Can‘t wait to read this 10mo
CathyJ @nelehelen Yep! It's really good! 10mo
JaclynW Maude! 10mo
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Jar of Hearts | Jennifer Hillier
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My library haul. Which one should I read first?

TheLibrarian Jar of Hearts! 10mo
Samantha.1020 My vote is for Jar of Hearts! 10mo
Christine11 I really enjoyed Pieces of Her! Hope you do too! 😊 10mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I just finished this book and I don't want it to be over. I can't stop thinking about it. Such am incredible memoir. Tara's story is heartbreaking and so inspirational! Everyone should read this book. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

Louise Wow, this sounds fascinating! 11mo
valeriegeary Oh I love this cover redo! Listened to this on audiobook last year and I'm still thinking about it. 10mo
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I did it! Although 100 books is cool, I think I will set a lower goal next year so i can enjoy some larger books without stressing.

Lovesbooks87 Yay! Congrats! 🎉📚🎉📚🎉📚 11mo
Alfoster Yay you!👏👏👏👏 11mo
Mollyanna Congratulations! 🎉🍾🎉 11mo
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JoScho Yay! 🎉💜🎉💜🎉💜🎉 11mo
CouronneDhiver 🥳 11mo
Pamwurtzler Yay!! 11mo
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Ms_T Well done! 11mo
irre 👏👏🎉🎉 11mo
sprainedbrain awesome!! 🎉🎉🎉 11mo
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Reggie Congrats!! 11mo
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I'm so glad that I finally read this book! Although I did find the first half a little slow and hard to get into, I'm so glad I stuck with it. 5 stars for sure!

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The Craftsman | Sharon Bolton
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A big thanks to @Jenna2 for recommending this book to me. One of the best thrillers I've read (or listened to in this case) in a long time. I can't wait to read more by Sharon Bolton.

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Elevation | Stephen King
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Mehso-so

This was really only so-so for me. It was a feel good story, but not what I was expecting.

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I've had this book sitting on my tbr shelf for way too long. Looking forward to starting this one today. Oh, and of course I'm drinking tea with my read.

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Vox | Christina Dalcher
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This book angered me greatly, but also made me realize that we can't take our voice for granted. We all have something important to say and need to make ourselves heard. Definitely recommend.

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I really loved this book. I liked the format of being told in the past and the present, until the two merged. For me, this one just had all the feels.

CouronneDhiver Nothing but good feedback about this one- very encouraging! 👍🏽 13mo
CathyJ @CouronneDhiver I really liked it. 5 stars for me. 13mo
Bookishgal71 Same! Loved it! 13mo
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Dark Places: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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It's a flannels, reading and tea kind'a day.

starlight97 Those are always great days! 13mo
Elizabeth2 Such a good book! 13mo
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Wow, I'm stunned after finishing this book. I didn't realize until the Author's note at the end that this was based on a true story! I would say this is a must read!

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Waiting for Eden: A novel | Elliot Ackerman
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This was a short but touching story.

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The Secrets She Keeps | Michael Robotham
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Mehso-so

This book was just OK for me. I have to learn to stop reading books that are compared to The Woman on the Train, because it won't be as good. It took me a long time to read this book and I was really just looking for a fast thriller that I couldn't put down. What I got was slow and very put-downable.

Cinfhen Disappointing ☹️and he‘s meant to be a good author 13mo
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Sharp Objects: A Novel | Gillian Flynn
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I was really reluctant and on the fence about starting this one. It was the razor blade that really grossed me out and I was worried the book would be too gruesome for me. I'm really glad I decided to give it a chance.

Reggie Omg, I love horror, but this one was so Law and Order SVU dark I had to take a break from the genre. Lol, cutting, bullying, Münchausen syndrome, and I‘ll never look at a doll house the same way. It was a lot!!! 13mo
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The Outsider | Stephen King
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I really enjoyed this one. I'm especially glad that I took the time to read the Bill Hodges trilogy first. It definitely added to this story.

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Enjoying a lazy Sunday with a good read and some tea. Happy long weekend everyone!

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End of Watch | Stephen King
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I am so glad I decided to read the Mr. Mercedes trilogy. This third and final book was fantastic and brought everything around full circle. Now on to finally read The Outsider!

Suzze Loved this trilogy, and am enjoying the tv series. 1y
CathyJ @Suzze Good to hear! I've been wanting to check out the TV series as well! 1y
TNbookworm I loved these books! So good! 1y
CathyJ @TNbookworm Yes, I'm so glad I read them! 1y
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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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Here's all the books I finished for August. My most favorite was listening to The Outsiders audio book with my teenage daughter (We listened while we drove to and from work. She worked at my office with me this summer.) I had read it in high school, but still such a good story.

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End of Watch | Stephen King
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Just finished Finders Keepers and keeping up the momentum by going right into the final book of the trilogy.

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The Outsiders | SE Hinton
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I really enjoyed listening to the audio of this book. I hadn't read it since high school so it was like listening for the first time. Especially liked listening with my daughter.

Jennick2004 I just read Kids of Appetite and this book is mentioned no less than 50 times lol...I think I need to read it again! 1y
AlaMich Gah!! I named my cat Sodapop in high school because of my mad Rob Lowe crush!! ❤️ (edited) 1y
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Love this quote and so true!

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What Was Mine: A Novel | Helen Klein Ross
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Mehso-so

I thought the storyline of this book had a lot of potential, but it just didn't have enough momentum for me. I almost bailed halfway through, but decided to stick it out.

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Here are my books for July. My two favorites would be The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Born a Crime.

GypsyKat Those are the only two I‘ve read of these, and I loved them! 1y
Tove_Reads Loved Born a Crime. Finished it two days ago. 1y
Q84 Evelyn Hugo is on my TBR 1y
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Born a Crime | Trevor Noah
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I really enjoyed and would totally recommend this true life account written by Trevor Noah. He adds humor to some very dark subject matter.

GypsyKat I loved this book. 1y
mom2bugnbee This was amazing on audio! 1y
CoffeeK8 I just finished this, it‘s so good on audio! 1y
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Mehso-so

This was a nice, quick, easy read. I thought it was well written and I liked the format (knowing the ending and working back from the past). However, the ending fell very flat for me. There was not enough explained of the "why" everything happened. For that reason it is only so-so for me.

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Then She Was Gone | Lisa Jewell
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Mehso-so

This one was just O.K. for me. I figured out the big twists way before they were revealed, which was a first for me and a little disappointing.

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I really enjoyed this book. I listened to the audio and it was very well done. The story is very touching and also empowering.

LoverofLit Surprisingly great read 💚 I never would have read it based on the synopsis but so many people on here loved it. I'm glad I picked it up. #blameitonlitsy 1y
CathyJ @LoverofLit Exactly the same for me. 1y
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I was really excited to read this book and I was so utterly disappointed. I know a lot of people will disagree, but I found this book boring and couldn't wait until it was done. The peace picked up a little for the last 3rd, but by then i just wanted it done.

Mccall0113 I feel that way with all her books 🤷🏻‍♀️ 1y
Rcoco I enjoyed it but was more bothered by the plot holes at the denouement. 1y
emilyhaldi Eeek just started this tonight 😬 1y
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CathyJ @Mccall0113 I really liked The Woman in Cabin 10, but I didn't like The Lying Game. This one bored me like The Lying Game. 1y
CathyJ @Rcoco Yes, there were a lot of plot holes! 1y
Mdargusch I liked this one because I wasn‘t bored. 😂 I‘ll be anxious to see what my book club thinks @Reviewsbylola @emilyhaldi We have horse thriller critics in our group. 1y
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Here are my #junestats. 9 books in total, 4 reading and 5 audio. My favorite for the month (and probably the year) is definitely The Great Alone, but overall it was a lot of good books.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks The Nightingale ❤️❤️ 1y
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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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I was really excited for this one and it did not disappoint. I thoroughly enjoyed revisiting the people and lives of Beartown. If you haven't read Beartown, you must, and then read this book. Thank you Frederik Backman for never disapointing me.

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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Wow, what an emotional roller coaster! I was crying all through the last 3rd of the book. This might be the best book I've read all year. Heartbreaking and amazing.

angel1 I‘m reading this now...I‘m not even at the halfway mark but I‘m loving it! 1y
Jenna2 I looked you up purposely because I wanted to see if you wrote something about it - I‘m so glad you liked it! 1y
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Yippee! Library hold came in!

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Us Against You | Fredrik Backman
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So excited to start this audiobook!

JennyM Hi there lovely Cathy 😘 1y
JoScho ❤️❤️❤️ 1y
Andrew65 Can‘t wait to get to this! 1y
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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Really glad I decided to read this trilogy before reading The Outsider. I really enjoyed this one and dual perspectives of the retired detective verses the killer. On to Finders Keepers next.

tammysue These are all great! 👍🏻 1y
TNbookworm I loved this whole series❤ 1y
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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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I really enjoyed this audio book. Can't wait to read The Great Alone next. This story really personalized the war experience and made it real.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks My favorite 💙💙 1y
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"These man-made trans fats are not just bad; they're Darth Vader-meets-Lord Voldemort bad."

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Went to the library to pick up Genius Foods that I had on hold, and discovered that The Great Alone was ready as well. Both books recommended to me by @Jenna2 I have some reading to do.

Jenna2 You most certainly do :). Im excited ! 1y
rjsthumbelina The great alone started good but slow for me. But oh man, the emotions in the second half! 1y
CathyJ @rjsthumbelina I'm looking forward to it since I'm reading The Nightingale currently. 1y
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New Socks | Bob Shea
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Wow @Elle_Skeldon can't believe all the awesome stuff you sent me! The books are all awesome (can't decide which one I want to read first), the tea looks delicious (black tea is my fave), love the bookmarks (especially the penguin one!) and the socks are awesome! Also thanks again to @JPeterson for organizing the #sockswap

Elisa Those socks are EPIC 😂😂😂😂 1y
CathyJ @Elisa I know right! 1y
Lovesbooks87 Love the socks! 1y
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Elle_Skeldon Yay!! I am so happy you like the socks! I may have to get myself a pair too! I was super curious about the perfect nanny... be sure to post a review 😀 1y
CathyJ @Elle_Skeldon The socks are perfect! I will post a review of The Perfect Nanny for sure. 1y
JPeterson Great package! Those socks are perfect! 😊 1y
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Mr. Mercedes: A Novel | Stephen King
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So I decided to read the Mr. Mercedes trilogy before starting King's new book The Outsider (I heard there are Mr. Mercedes spoilers in The Outsider. So, this is how I'll be spending my lazy Sunday today.

Prairiegirl_reading I didn‘t know about the spoilers! Thanks for the tip! 1y
CathyJ @Prairiegirl_reading Ya, you don't have to read Mr. Mercedes to understand The Outsuder, but if you ever want to read Mr. Mercedes you should read it first. 1y
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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I had this one sitting on my tablet forever since I bought it on sale during Black Friday sales last year. I'm glad I finally read it. It was a good page turner and now I'm looking forward to the sequel.

Prairiegirl_reading Just started it this morning! So far so good! I‘m glad you enjoyed it. 😄 1y
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Girls Burn Brighter | Shobha Rao
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I read/listened to ten books in May (a couple were really short books). My favorite would probably be Girls Burn Brighter.

Lindy Now I regret that I returned Girls Burn Brighter to the library unread. I‘m putting it back on hold! 1y
Bostonmomx2 @Lindy that‘s the beauty of the library! 1y
Lindy @Bostonmomx2 @CathyJ Turns out, I don‘t even have to wait. The audiobook was available in Overdrive so I‘ve already downloaded it. My current listen is almost finished, so GBB is up next. 😁 1y
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Orphan Train: A Novel | Christina Baker Kline
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I enjoyed this audio book a lot. If I had to choose I'd say The Home for Unwanted Girls was a little better, but still worth the listen for sure. 3.5 🌟

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The Outsider | Stephen King
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Ok I couldn't resist buying this one today. This will be my next read for sure. Just didn't want to wait for the library for this one.

Sungirl79 I bought this today too! Super excited to read it! 1y
CathyJ @Sungirl79 I can't wait! 1y
RidgewayGirl Almost bought a copy yesterday. I‘m number 33 in the library holds list. 1y
CathyJ @Sungirl79 @RidgewayGirl So it looks like I'll be waiting a little longer to read this book. I've never read the Mr. Mercedes trilogy and apparently the are spoilers in this book. 1y
Sungirl79 @CathyJ Thanks for letting me know, now I have to read those first. 1y
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New Socks | Bob Shea
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I got my #sockswap mail yesterday! Can't wait until June 7th to open! Thanks @Elle_Skeldon for the package and @JPeterson for organizing the swap.

Elle_Skeldon Yay!!! Can‘t wait till opening day! 1y
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Just about one year ago I hosted my first book club meeting. I wanted to start a book club to motivate myself to read more. I thought I should only read the monthly book club book but it has definitely snowballed in the best way possible! Here are all the books we've read in our first year. I love the variety and authors that I love and never would have discovered otherwise.

TrishB Some great selections 👍🏻 1y
Itchyfeetreader What a great mix of books and some absolute crackers in there 1y
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The Dry | Jane Harper
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Finally starting this one tonight. Its been on my tbr forever.

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New Socks | Bob Shea
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I forgot to post this yesterday when I mailed this, but got my #sockswap package in the mail and should arrive well before June 7th @JPeterson

JPeterson 🎉🎊🎉 1y
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