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Coleen

Coleen

Joined May 2016

LibraryThing member indygo88

(It‘s Coleen with a long “o”) Read, drink & be happy! 📚🍷😋. Cubs fan! ⚾️. Long time LibraryThing user & Bookcrosser. (user name: indygo88)
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Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney
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Never Have I Ever: A Novel by Joshilyn Jackson
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Vacationing in Tennessee and came across two Free Little Libraries in downtown Knoxville. 📚❤️

#littlefreelibrary

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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All caught up with the Cormoran Strike series! This one seemed mildly lengthy and a little more confusing near the end with all the many subplots coming together quickly, but I still enjoyed it. Really liking the sexual tension between Cormoran and Robin, even though he is a bit of a jerk when it comes to his female conquests. After reading these all back-to-back, now I feel kind of lost not having another one lined up in the queue.

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Lethal White | Robert Galbraith
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Tonight‘s #audiowalk , cut shorter than I would‘ve liked due to mosquito attack. (Another reason I hate rain ☔️)

CouronneDhiver Ugh. Awful little creatures, they are 2w
Princess-Kingofkings Stunning 🌉 2w
sprainedbrain Gorgeous photo, mosquitos be damned! 2w
Kaye We have the mosquito issue here at times too. They spray fir them, but they‘re vicious right after a rain especially. 2w
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I‘m not sure how to put into words all of the feelings that this book, and this series, evokes in me. This fourth (and last) tome is a monster in length and took me nearly a full two months to get through, but was so worth it. If, like me, you were unsure or unsettled about books 2 and 3 in the series, you need to persevere through to the end of this one. It pulls them all together beautifully. Ending this series is so bittersweet for me.

Coleen_Nieto @Coleen it's been on my tbr pile since it came out. I'll have to start it. I love this series. 2w
Coleen @Coleen_Nieto Definitely do it! I‘d recommend taking notes (lots of characters to keep track of) and maybe re-reading the previous books prior to starting. That helped me a lot with remembering a lot of things I‘d forgotten. 2w
Coleen_Nieto @Coleen I started it and then went back to Prisoner of Heaven to reacquaint myself. I love this series! Have a great weekend! 3d
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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Back-to-back-to-back........I‘m on a Cormoran Strike run! The more I get into this series, the more I like it. This one had the added (anonymous) perspective of the killer interspersed, which I thought added some more intrigue. Kept me guessing until the end!
..............And now on to book #4!

MirandaLeighBee Omg! I loooove these books! I‘m only on the second one, but I am already so in love with the series!! 1mo
tessavi I have this book but haven't read the previous ones. Can it be read out of order? 1mo
Coleen @tessavi You can follow the basic murder storyline without reading the previous books, but part of what i like about this series is the gradual development of the main characters and their personal relationships. So you could, but I think you‘d enjoy it more if you read the previous two first. 1mo
tessavi @Coleen Thank you for the info! I'll hunt down the previous books before starting this one :) 1mo
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This is the #littlefreelibrary that‘s at the park near my house. I walk by with my dog frequently, but this evening was the first time I actually remembered to bring books with me to drop off. 😊

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Spied a #littlefreelibrary on my walk tonight! (Or Book Nook, in this case.).
Just so happens I had a couple books in my car I could drop off. 😉

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Career of Evil | Robert Galbraith
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Tonight‘s #audiowalk .

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The Silkworm | Robert Galbraith
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The more I read of this series, the more I‘m pulled in. I think I liked this one better than the first. Off I go, to start #3!

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The Cuckoo's Calling | Robert Galbraith
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Finally started this series. Read the first book, then had to immediately watch the TV adaptation. (The book was better.)
I liked the book, but didn‘t love it. Thought there was almost too much excessive detail. Started kind of slow, but the characters grew on me. Initially reminded me a lot of Kate Atkinson‘s Jackson Brodie series, though not as quirky.
But I‘m a sucker once I start a series. Already into The Silkworm!

Ericalambbrown I really liked the books and didn‘t particularly like the TV adaptations, but I thought the leads were fantastically cast. I felt like the writing is where the series fell down. 2mo
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Back Roads | Tawni O'Dell
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Anyone else watched this movie? I read the book several years ago, but couldn‘t remember much about it. Which became obvious, because the movie, esp. the ending, really took me by surprise. Very dark and disturbing, but good.

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PaperbackSwap.com | Matthew J. Drake
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Just out of curiosity, does anyone else here use #PaperBackSwap ? I‘ve been using it for years now, mostly to trade audiobooks. I know it‘s not for everyone, but if you add a book to your wishlist early (like prior to its release date), you‘ll have a pretty good chance of getting a copy shortly after it comes out.

Crazeedi Never heard of this but it looks great! 2mo
Soubhiville I used to, but now I tend to just visit Little Free Libraries or give my read books away here on Litsy 😊 2mo
Zelma I used to use it but preferred Bookmooch. However, I stopped using either of them as I rarely find what I want. 2mo
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This book wasn‘t exactly what I expected, but it was fun and quirky. And different enough to make it unique. I can see why it‘s captured the hearts of lots of readers. 😊

vumblereads Are you reading it on your phone or is that one of the Barnes and Noble ereaders? 2mo
Coleen @vumblereads It‘s a B&N Nook, several years old. 2mo
SleepyDragon Okay, fine. After seeing this book over 100x, I just have to stack it. 😁 2mo
Coleen @SleepyDragon I was sort of the same way. My hand was forced because it‘s my book club‘s selection for this month. 😜 2mo
SleepyDragon @Coleen At some point, you just have to give in to the Litsy peer pressure (or Litfluence)! 😁 2mo
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There is something unsettling about Ruth Ware‘s books....not in a straightforward way, but kind of beneath the surface. I think some of it has to do with the audiobook narrator, Imogen Church, who seems to narrate all of Ware‘s books. She has a certain eerie, disturbing quality to her voice that‘s hard to pinpoint. At any rate, I enjoyed this one!

MMFinck I like it too 2mo
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The Preservationist | David Maine
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Mehso-so

A fictional, and humorous, account of Noah and the Ark. I had mixed feelings about this one. I liked the exploration into the finer details and practicalities of the story: how to gather the animals, how to arrange them on the ark so that they wouldn‘t kill each other (or Noah & his family), how to feed them, how to dispose of the waste, etc. But the flow of the story seemed inconsistent. Sometimes too many details and at other times not enough.

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Hoopla | Harry Stein
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FYI.....some good new audiobook additions on Hoopla within the last week or so!

Traci1 Ooh! I still have a few Match borrows I need to use. 3mo
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Panpan

I honestly feel like I didn‘t read the same book as everyone else, since most all other reviewers seemed to love or at least like this one. I remember when I read Deliverance Dane that it was decent, although could‘ve been so much more. This one just really disappointed me. The writing was choppy and confusing, the main character not very likable, & the ending a combination of too unrealistic and abrupt.
Am I the only one who thought this??

MoonWitch94 I felt that exact way about ‘Deliverance Dane‘. It could‘ve been SO much more than it was. I‘m on the fence about this new one....not sure if I will give it a try. 3mo
Coleen @MoonWitch94 Yes! I also felt that way about Deliverance Dane. I thought the story had such potential. Of the two, I think I liked Deliverance better, if that tells you anything.... 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
MoonWitch94 @Coleen Good to know!! Thank you. 3mo
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Lone Wolf: A Novel | Jodi Picoult
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Mehso-so

Straddling the pick and so-so on this one. I always love the controversial subject matter that Picoult writes about, but I felt that this one missed the mark on engaging the reader emotionally, esp. considering the subject matter (life support). I think this was primarily because the characters, pretty much all of them, were not very likable. But I did learn a lot about wolves and wolf behavior!

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Lust & Wonder: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
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I love Augusten Burroughs. That is all.

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Lust & Wonder: A Memoir | Augusten Burroughs
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Usually I have to have music to keep me going at the gym (vs. an audiobook), but today Augusten Burroughs did the trick!

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I was hoping for spring weather for the weekend, but no.....cold enough for at least one more fire. Got my fire, my wine, my book, and my dog (not pictured, but lying right next to me).

Bklover Looks perfect! 3mo
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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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A couple things about this novel bothered me. The switches between points of view and timeline (present vs. past) with each chapter were somewhat confusing, possibly more so on audio. I also found the ending anti-climactic, with some additional unanswered questions. But despite that, I thought it was a good story. So I‘m giving it a pick. Barely.

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CouronneDhiver Yep 👍🏽 3mo
rather_be_reading omg YES! 3mo
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Book mail!
Excited to revisit some of the bloodline from Howe‘s previous The Physick Book of Deliverance Dane.

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Though this was a little slow in parts, I did like the way the author crafted her story, keeping the suspense just below the surface. Wasn‘t crazy about the way the poetry was interspersed......I get why she did it, but it didn‘t feel very fluid. Liked the ending, though!

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Puddin' | Julie Murphy
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I‘m on the fence between a pick and a so-so. This is a companion novel to Murphy‘s Dumplin‘. Willow Dean plays a minor part, but the star of this one is Millie, the runner-up in the beauty pageant from the aforementioned novel. Millie strikes up an unexpected friendship with popular, mean girl Callie. Though this was a somewhat predictable story, it had some good quotes and memorable scenes.

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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I originally wasn‘t going to read this, despite the hype, but then it was chosen as my book club‘s selection. And I‘m glad it was. Sort of reminiscent of The Glass Castle, and a little like a train wreck: disturbing but yet you can‘t stop reading. The whole family dynamics — the ignorance and indifference and cruelty between family members — just made me angry. But a good book.

Ericalambbrown Her interview with Terry Gross on Fresh Air was wonderful. This book is in my TBR pile 4mo
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Educated: A Memoir | Tara Westover
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I find myself getting very 😡 while reading this book. Anyone else?

PrezBookster Yes, but it was so interesting and I kept reading! 4mo
Eggs Yep, it gnawed its way into my raw brain. But I finished it 4mo
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This is the follow-up to Fox‘s previous memoir, Lucky Man, which I read just a few weeks ago. While this one was good and I love hearing him read his own books, I have to admit that I liked the first one better. This one was a little drier in parts and slow moving early on, but it picked up in the second half.

Kloves2read He is my favorite actor! I loved his first book, and tried to read this one, but I couldn't get through it. 2mo
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The Current: A Novel | Tim Johnston
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Came home for lunch....and book mail!!!

#LibraryThing
#EarlyReviewers

TheSpineView ❤❤📚 4mo
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Straddling the Pick and So-So line on this one. On the one hand it‘s well-written, covering a family saga and the relationship of four siblings throughout the years. But as other reviewers have mentioned, the climate change subplot in the fast-forward future didn‘t quite seem to fit very well with the rest of the book.

Mdargusch I just started this. Fingers crossed. 🤞🏼 4mo
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Tomorrow River | Lesley Kagen
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Though I didn‘t think this was as good as her debut, Whistling in the Dark (which I loved), this still had a lot of the attributes that has made Lesley Kagen one of my favorite lesser-known authors. It‘s a mystery of sorts, told from the point of view of a spunky, precocious 11-year-old. While I found some parts of it a little too unbelievable at times, it‘s still a good story, and once again, Kagen is an excellent narrator.

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The Last Runaway | Tracy Chevalier
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While I tend to like Tracy Chevalier‘s older books better, this was still a good read about a young Quaker woman in the 1800‘s who moves from England to the U.S. and has to adapt to a new country with new ideals. Unwittingly, she also finds herself thrust in the midst of the Underground Railroad.

Bookartbookmarks I love her books. 4mo
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The Glass Castle: A Memoir | Jeannette Walls
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Just watched the Glass Castle. While it was a good movie, I thought it was a little too sentimental when compared to the book. Granted, I read the book a long time ago, shortly after it came out, so maybe I‘m not remembering accurately, but I thought the movie glossed over a lot of the more horrible aspects of the Walls‘ childhood.

Penny_LiteraryHoarders They were all very clean weren't they? While Woody Harrelson was great in his role, found they missed some of the grittiness that was in the book. Good movie, but here, yeah book better than the movie. 😚 4mo
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Lucky Man: A Memoir | Michael J. Fox
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How can you not love this guy?
I wouldn‘t say this was the best memoir I‘ve read, but it was nostalgic reading about the days of Family Ties and Back to the Future. Makes me feel old, though.
And his fight to raise awareness and research funding for Parkinson‘s makes me love him even more.

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The Super Bowl | Allan Morey
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Just a reminder! 🤣

Chelsey Lol! Amen! 5mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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For those who‘ve seen it, what did you think of the movie? 🎥
I‘m probably in the minority here. I liked the book. I loved the movie.

Godmotherx5 I agree with your assessment 5mo
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For those of you who‘ve read this book (I read it last year).....did you know that Nicole Maines is now a regular on the TV series Supergirl? I was flipping through channels and just happened to see & recognize her. Wow!

CouronneDhiver Really? I would have never made that connection 👍🏽 5mo
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Just starting this book, but already having an issue here.
Jimmy Carter‘s presidency ended January 20, 1981. 🤷‍♀️

This is an ARC, so I‘m hoping the editor corrects it before it hits the press!

Lcsmcat Those kinds of mistakes really bother me! 5mo
MelissaSue81 Ack! No! 5mo
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No Exit: A Novel | Taylor Adams
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I wavered between a pick and a so-so on this one. Definitely lots of edge-of-your-seat suspense, but almost to the point where it was *too* much, making it almost too unbelievable, and I was just ready for it to finish.

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I don‘t even know what to say about this book.
So I made a Pic Collage.

But I‘m giving it a “Pick”. 😊

Slajaunie That is fabulous! I agree! 5mo
janeycanuck This is very accurate. 5mo
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I know you all can relate. 🥰

Bookladylinda 😍😍 5mo
Texreader Perfect 5mo
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Little Stranger | Sarah Waters
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Has anyone watched the movie adaptation of Sarah Waters‘ The Little Stranger? I read the book several years ago and just finished watching the movie. Very atmospheric and dark. I‘m hoping it doesn‘t give me nightmares.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Powerful.
Thought-provoking.
Relevant.
Great discussion type read.

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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Slajaunie 💚💚💚 5mo
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This is kind of me tonight, though not on a date, per se. Buckling in for the big storm. ❄️

MyBookSwapClub Me too :) 5mo
Kloves2read How is this book? 2mo
Coleen @Kloves2read It‘s pretty good! Like many of this genre, some pages are very relatable, some not as much. 2mo
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The Hate U Give | Angie Thomas
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Received this beauty in today‘s mail. 😊

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I‘m enjoying the wild ride that this book is taking me on (I think), but wow — it‘s making my head hurt and I feel like I have to really concentrate to follow what‘s going on. Maybe I should have opted for the printed version vs. the audio.

Coleen_Nieto @Coleen I can't wait until you finish! I had to start it over I was so lost. 5mo
janeycanuck I read the print version and still felt like this! 5mo
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Sucked in every time! It‘s on NBC tonight. Anyone else watching?

tpixie Missed it! Snap! 5mo
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