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Cconnolly

Cconnolly

Joined August 2016

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Fierce Kingdom | Gin Phillips
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I believe it‘s 300° with the heat index, so I‘m audiobooking indoors while I eat lunch at work. I really liked this story. The suspense kept me wanting to listen on my commute to and from work. In the end, it makes you think about choices we make, what drives people to behave the way they do under stress. Gunmen on the loose at the close of day at the zoo, perfect summer read!

sprainedbrain It feels like somewhere around 250 degrees. Stop exaggerating! 😂 2d
Cconnolly @sprainedbrain , ok, 250°! I think it‘s down to 150° now, AC still running. Book sale at the ICPL tomorrow is on my agenda for tomorrow, because I don‘t have enough unread books! 2d
sprainedbrain @Cconnolly I‘m doing #24in48 all weekend... let me know if you find some good books! 2d
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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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Seems like it was taking a long time for these to arrive, so I started a Karin Slaughter Book last night. I‘d better hurry and get it done so I can start one of these! I love BOTM, like Christmas every month. 📚

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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I‘m excited for the June BOTM I chose! And....went with an add-on as I‘m probably the only person who hasn‘t read Circe

TheLibrarian I own it but haven‘t read it. So you‘re not the only one! 2mo
nelehelen Finished Circe recently and i thought it was beautiful!! 2mo
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One of my Mother‘s Day gifts this year, the sign on my bookshelf. Thank you @Schlorholtz
The best part of the visit was when both of the grandkids grabbed children‘s books I‘ve bought, and climbed on my lap, or Papa‘s, to read!

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My Life | Bill Clinton
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When I go to Goodwill, I always look for hardcover biographies/autobiographies in good condition. Getting enough to showcase on a separate shelf!

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From the first book I chose when I joined BOTM until now. Hubby found a bookshelf for me since I filled our built-ins. Now I can easily see which ones I need to read yet. A wonderful Friday night! 😊❤️📚

Branwen It looks awesome! 🤗 3mo
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Windfall | Diksha Basu
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Meh..... there was humor, but a lot lacking in making this a story.

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What Happened | Hillary Rodham Clinton
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There are some frightening statistics in here about what some people believe, and how much made up news was viewed in social media.....but, there is also a sense of optimism. After listening, I feel a sense of renewed spirit, and a duty to make sure this country rises above our differences. I have grandchildren that will inherit what we leave behind, so I choose to participate in making sure that it‘s something I‘m proud of!

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Mehso-so

This was a quick read, but I don‘t feel that I gained anything. I was hoping for more of a father-daughter relationship story, but most of the story was about Erin‘s struggles with alcohol. I am intrigued to learn more about David Carr. This is what happens when I read memoirs or biographies, it opens up a new chapter of discovery for me. Glad that I read it, but can‘t give it a thumbs up.

Cinfhen Helpful review, thanks 😉🙏🏻 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 He was interesting in Page One...documentary about the NYT...if you haven‘t seen that already, I highly recommend! 3mo
Cconnolly @JanuarieTimewalker13, thanks for the recommendation. 3mo
JanuarieTimewalker13 No problem🌸 3mo
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Spent $10 on my lunch break, some for me, some for daughters. I‘m happy 😊🤓

Victoriahoperose Nice! What a good price and great book choices!! 3mo
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A little lunch break book ordering! I have always loved @Liberty picks, and thought the other one looks good too. Can‘t wait!

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The Nightingale | Kristin Hannah
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A few minutes before pick up from driver‘s ed, trip to the mall to return shoes, high school jazz band festival, then meeting with advisor for the science fair.

cathysaid I need a nap just from reading your post. 😴 5mo
Cconnolly @cathysaid , and the bad part of living in a little town in the middle of nowhere is that these activities are miles apart! Going 50 miles to the North, then back home, then 30 miles to the south... but I love everything else about rural life! 5mo
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Ordinary Grace: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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A successful lunch break at Goodwill!

DivineDiana 👏🏻📚👏🏻 5mo
TrishB Reading the tagged book recently and loved it! 5mo
Eggs What a haul! I've read most of those except Lifeboat - great choices (edited) 5mo
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On the Come Up | Angie Thomas
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Book mail! Another good weekend to stay in and read with all this ice and cold.

sprainedbrain Ummm. Can I borrow On the Come Up when you‘re done? 😃 5mo
Cconnolly @sprainedbrain, sure thing! 5mo
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Dumplin' | Julie Murphy
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Finally got the rest of my gift cards for the bookstore used, adding these to my stack!

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A Ladder to the Sky | John Boyne
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Started this yesterday, had to stay up tonight to bring it to conclusion. Not in love with Maurice, to say the least! While reading, I kept feeling like I was getting into John Boyne‘s head.... after a recent success and a novel turned into a movie, is he trying to hint toward a more sinister side of literature? How much is borrowed......how much is his own? He is a fantastic writer, can‘t wait for his next novel.

Cinfhen You raise wonderful questions 6mo
Mel01 I really enjoyed this book! But, like you, wondered if there was an element of life/truth in it... 6mo
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One of my Christmas presents, just getting a few pages in before bed. Should be a nice change from the on-the-edge-of-your-seat thriller I read yesterday.

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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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At times, I thought the scenarios set up in this book were a little unbelievable and the style of writing a little simplistic. That being said, I read the whole book in one day which I don‘t normally do! It was a lot of “what?” “He didn‘t!” “Oh, no....!” It was simply impossible to stop! Good pick for a quick, thrilling ride.

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Becoming | Michelle Obama
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Spent some of my Christmas money! Got a great deal on these 6 hardcover books, can‘t wait to dive in.

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After You: A Novel | Jojo Moyes
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The first book in the trilogy still lingers inside me, but I enjoyed reading this one. Not as emotionally raw, and some of the sub plots seemed to be out of place, but still good use of my time! Starting on the third book later today.

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Started this audiobook on the way to work this morning. Indoor walking on lunch break and this book has me giggling inside! I don‘t read descriptions on books when I audio, I just pick something from the library that‘s available. This Delores is a crusty bird! 😂😂😂

sprainedbrain I do miss that exercise room sometimes! 7mo
Cconnolly @sprainedbrain , some days it‘s too easy to sit and keep working, you know how that goes! Going to try to make this a habit again. 7mo
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I couldn‘t stop thinking about Will and Louisa each time I had to put the book down to deal with real life activities. Just finished this, and feel a little emotionally spent. Wonderful writing, great message of love and living. Ready to start After You next.

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A quiet, lazy Saturday morning. Almost half way through and I‘m loving this book! I have the two that follow on my TBR shelf, so I should be set this weekend.

Caroline2 I loved this book and what a beautiful edition!! 😍 7mo
Cconnolly @Schlorholtz , you need another book to read? I‘ll pass along when I‘m done 7mo
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I stayed up to finish this book last night, and woke up still feeling upset. What a heartbreaking memoir, and amazingly difficult journey the author had to take as a child. Children are at the mercy of the choices the adults in their lives make, and I wanted to take each of the kids in my arms and rescue them. Time to choose a different genre now to uplift my soul.

LiteraryinLititz I just read the description. Wow. Intense! 8mo
8little_paws Oh this memoir is incredible. So intense and so well written. She loved her mother so much despite her deep limitations 8mo
britt_brooke Such a tough, but fantastic read! 8mo
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Lunchtime walk! Just borrowed this audiobook from my library.

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Winter in Paradise | Elin Hilderbrand
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It‘s Friday!!! Where to begin?

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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I‘m so glad I chose to start this book Saturday night! One of those books that makes my heart pound with emotion. I hope that every young person reads this book, and can use Starr as their inspiration to use their voices as weapons.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Sunday plans

sprainedbrain Such a great book! 10mo
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Listening to this book on this gorgeous Autumn day. Just over the hill is my office. Close, but far enough to enjoy the scenery at this new park/walking path.

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She's Come Undone | Wally Lamb
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I wasn‘t thrilled with Kathy Najimy‘s narration, but I enjoyed the book enough to give it a pick. Dolores goes through a lot in her transition from 13 to adulthood, but the story will make you chuckle at times. When she finally sees her truth, and stands up for what SHE wants and needs, her life begins change for the better.

Reggie I read this book over 15 years ago and really liked it. 11mo
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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Loved the storytelling of two families and how their lives intertwined. At the end, the parents all in their 70‘s and 80‘s was most poignant. All of us have the stories we share, the stories that others remember most, and the stories that we try to bury with the past. The relationships Franny has with Fix, Bert, and all the Keatings and Cousins are a part of me now. I will definitely read more by Ann Patchett, this was my first

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The Kite Runner: Rejacketed | Khaled Hosseini
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I finished this audio several days ago, and I just can‘t stop thinking about it. I told my husband, just a single moment of inaction can affect several lives, across generations. If you haven‘t read this yet, you NEED to. The audiobook was very good.

CouronneDhiver In the midst of this one right now 😊 11mo
Cconnolly @CouronneDhiver, I bought the book at Goodwill, then borrowed the audio from my library. Now I‘m thinking of reading the book 🤔 11mo
Mamashep This is one I hope to reread one day! 11mo
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Cconnolly @Mamashep, yes! This is a story that will teach every time we visit it. 11mo
Reggie Omg, I read this about 15 years ago but the part where his friend is smashing tomatoes against his face asking him what he‘d have him do still stays in my mind. I loved this book. 11mo
nelehelen I‘m reading this now... so good so far 11mo
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Commonwealth | Ann Patchett
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I‘m loving this book so far, but I work in Iowa City and don‘t know about this quote! 😂😂😂 Then again, I did grow sweet 🌽, hubby works on a pig farm, and maybe I‘m a “poet and didn‘t know it”!

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Audio canning now. Once the beans are done, I‘ll be audio picking sweet corn! 🌽 Maybe by tonight I‘ll just be able to audio.....resting! I got hubby turned on to audiobooks, he is listening to the same one. I loved the first two, but had never got to this one. Now we can enjoy the same books together!

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I always wanted to travel, see things, document with photos. This book made me realize how REAL it gets out there, in war zones, unfamiliar territory. I want to check the book out from the library to see her photographs now that I‘ve heard her story. She has incredible strength, resilience, and passion.

8little_paws Did you do audio? I loved this so much I plan to buy a copy. I listened to it and it was captivating. 12mo
Cconnolly @8little_paws, yes I did the audio. Someone on here reviewed it, and I borrowed it from my e library. 12mo
8little_paws @Cconnolly that's what I did too. I actually listened while biking through Thailand. I'll never forget that experience of listening while biking in new country. 12mo
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She Persisted | Chelsea Clinton
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A little audio gardening tonight! I finished the Audiobook It‘s What I Do, then listened to this, then started a Grisham audio. There was a pile of beans to pick!

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Gonna jump in for the Tonight Show reading club! Don‘t know when I‘ll get started, what‘s everybody think about this pick?

SassyBookworm I loved this book!!! One of my top 2018 books!!! Vivid descriptions and lots of action!!! 13mo
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Saw that someone here recommended this audiobook, and it was available from my e-library. Enjoying some audio puzzling tonight!

Riveted_Reader_Melissa It‘s a great book! 13mo
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This was a beautiful, tender, and sad read this afternoon. Grandpa is slowly slipping away, but still holds some memories that he is able to share with his grandson Noah. A reminder of how life goes on and on, it‘s just the characters that change.

dariazeoli I read this today as well..Backman is such a great writer (edited) 13mo
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Summer Wives | Beatriz Williams
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I keep telling myself “no new books”! Here we go again!

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Getting to Happy | Terry McMillan
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Beautiful day, warm sunshine, still water.....I‘m “getting to happy” again! 2/3 of the way through the book, and I can relate to the 50 year old women in the story. The vacation and the book may have been just what I needed.

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Idaho | Emily Ruskovich
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Trying to relax on vacation, nice drizzle of rain in the background. The book might be a little too heavy for relaxation. Gonna switch to Getting to Happy by Terry McMillan. Just want to zone out for a few days....

ElenaBaer Almost all my reads are to help me zone out. Life is too crazy already. 🤪 13mo
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The Good Son: A Novel | You-Jeong Jeong
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Jimmy Fallon is having a book club this summer! Vote for your pick by the 28th

Cinfhen That should be hilarious 13mo
Cconnolly @cinched, all the choices are outside my normal genre. It will be fun! 13mo
LiterRohde I never thought I would take my reading cues from Fallon, but they all look like solid picks. While I was watching, I was waiting for the punchline but he was serious. It was actually nice to see him promoting reading of good books. 13mo
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Cconnolly @literrohde, I‘ve watched him nightly since he started, and I was surprised when he talks about books he‘s reading. I will read whatever wins. Good times! Make new friends! 13mo
JHSiess Voted but my choice isn't in the lead. 13mo
sprainedbrain I‘m excited about his choices! My pick is in the lead so far. 👌🏻 13mo
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Congrats! | Ariel Books
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Congrats @Morr_Books !!! A book that I‘ve been trying to get to is The Song of Achilles, I‘ve read great reviews and my friend @sprainedbrain LOVES it!
#MorrGiveaway

sprainedbrain Yes, I do. ❤️ 13mo
Morr_Books @Cconnolly - I just added that one to my Kindle in the last month! 👍 13mo
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The Good Daughter: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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The last 100 pages went quick! Two sisters go through a horrific event together, that shatters their bond for 28 years. Tragedy brings them together again, and they fight to make sense of their losses. Add in a few good twists and turns and this makes for a good summer read!

ptkpepe98 It was good, wasn't it?👍 13mo
JHSiess Loved it. 13mo
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The Road | Cormac McCarthy
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Less than $5 total for these finds. Top 3 for my daughter @Schlorholtz , the other two are something different for me. Don‘t know when I‘ll get to them.....

Pogue The Historian was so good! 13mo
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The Hidden Child | Camilla Läckberg
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Searched for available audiobooks from my library narrated by Simon Vance. This one was, so I‘m giving it a go while on my lunchtime walk by the office.

sprainedbrain I love his narration! 13mo
Cconnolly @sprainedbrain , I struggle with sticking with audiobooks, but he does draw me in! I went back to the office by the way, might stop at the brewery some night 13mo
sprainedbrain @Cconnolly I figured you went back. 😂 13mo
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I Found You | Lisa Jewell
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Goodwill finds this week, hardcovers in excellent condition! I love my weekly expedition. Hope to make more time to read.....🤓

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Calypso | David Sedaris
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Well that BOTM club choice was easy!

britt_brooke 🙌🏻🙌🏻 I just finished this yesterday and loved it! 14mo
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The Good Daughter: A Novel | Karin Slaughter
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Beautiful morning to read on the front porch. Started this last night, but was afraid I‘d have bad dreams. 😮 I switched to a romance 😊 Now that it‘s light out, I can resume. What are some other Karin Slaughter books I should pick up?

Kappadeemom ALL OF THEM!! #myfavauthor 😜❤️ 1y
TrishB Read the Grant County series first and then the Will Trent series 👍🏻 all brilliant! 1y
TrishB @Kappadeemom 👍🏻😁 1y
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KateFulfordAuthor If you want to avoid bad dreams: If you like rich characters and a precision engineered plot, may I be so bold as to recommend my debut? Check the link in my bio for a summary, reviews and more. /Kate 14mo
JHSiess All of her books are excellent. 13mo
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