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Denisereads75

Joined March 2016

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The Secret Keeper by Kate Morton
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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I don‘t usually read sci-fi but Blake Crouch‘s books are an exception. If you liked Dark Matter then you will love this one. I actually liked this book more than Dark Matter, although I found them similar enough. This book is very suspenseful and I read it fairly quickly waiting to see how it all worked out. I didn‘t have any trouble keeping the time lines straight and understood his explanations on what was happening.

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Recursion | Blake Crouch
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I don‘t usually read sci-fi but Blake Crouch‘s books are an exception. If you liked Dark Matter then you will love this one. I actually liked this book more than Dark Matter, although I found them similar enough. This book is very suspenseful and I read it fairly quickly waiting to see how it all worked out. I didn‘t have any trouble keeping the time lines straight and understood his explanations on what was happening.

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I have moved this book up on my TBR list because I feel like it should be read in the summer and I only have a month left. ⁣

I think this may be just the summer book to finish out the season. Have you read it? What did you think?⁣

marleed It‘s also specific to the events of 50 years ago so it reads best this summer. 6d
Denisereads75 @marleed I didn‘t think about that! I‘m glad I started reading. 6d
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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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I have moved this book up on my TBR list because I feel like it should be read in the summer and I only have a month left. ⁣

I think this may be just the summer book to finish out the season. Have you read it? What did you think?⁣

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July, July: A Novel | Tim O'Brien
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I only managed to read 6 books this month. Two were audio books via Scribd, two were library e-books, one kindle book, and one hard back BOTM pick. ⁣

⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Pardonable Lies ⁣
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ Ask Again Yes⁣
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 City of Girls⁣
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Meet Cute⁣
⭐️⭐️⭐️ Save Me The Plums⁣
⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️💫 Mrs Everything ⁣

Megabooks Looks like you had a good month! 3w
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Meet Cute | Helena Hunting
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⭐️⭐️⭐️💫⁣ ⁣
A cute and sexy, yet,serious romance that was a fun and quick read. A perfect book for summer.⁣

What are you reading today?⁣

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Another 4 star book! I continue to love the Maisie Dobbs series! I like how the character continues to grow and deal with issues from her time in the war. She becomes more confident and independent with each book. I also like the foreshadowing of WWII and can‘t wait to pick up book 4.⁣

KathyWheeler This was the book that finally made me love Maisie. 1mo
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Another 4 star book! I continue to love the Maisie Dobbs series! I like how the character continues to grow and deal with issues from her time in the war. She becomes more confident and independent with each book. I also like the foreshadowing of WWII and can‘t wait to pick up book 4.⁣

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Ask Again, Yes: A Novel | Mary Beth Keane
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A solid 4 star rating. I truly enjoyed this family saga about two neighboring family‘s and their story together. I liked every character in the novel which is always a plus for me. The story was very realistic including the reactions and growth of every character. This is more of a character driven novel and these novels always take longer for me to read than plot driven but I still looked forward to picking up this book.

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My June reading round up. I only managed to read 5 books this month. Four of them were solid 4 star books. ⁣

Otherwise Engaged ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣
The Kitchen House ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣
Bury Your Dead ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣
The Mother In Law ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣
The River ⭐️⭐️⭐️⁣

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River | Peter Heller
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It started off way to slow and took about 100 pages before the plot started picking up. There was definitely some suspenseful parts but the ending didn‘t pan out for me. The language the author used to describe nature was beautiful and lyrical and those who love nature and stories about survival in nature will love this book.

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This book is only 1.99 today! I really liked this book. It is chick lit with a unique premise. The main character Molly finds herself full of angst when her boyfriend writes a book based on his past relationship. This book is the definition of a summer read. It is a quick novel that you can devour while sitting at the pool, or in my case, in the boat at the lake. ⁣

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The Kitchen House: A Novel | Kathleen Grissom
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I‘m glad I finally decided to read this novel that has been on my TBR list forever. It quickly pulled me in and I kept wanting to turn the pages. I immediately fell in love with the characters and the pacing of the novel. ⁣

Crazeedi Good story, havent read sequel yet 2mo
Caroline2 I really liked this one too. 👍🏻 2mo
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I am started to really love this series. Each book gets better and better. It always takes me a bit longer to read these novels then it does others but that‘s because they are complex and deep. There are no cheap thrills in these novels. I also love the recap at the end of each novel when the mystery is explained. It reminds me a little of the ending of the Scooby Doo cartoons 😆. I have never been able to guess the endings of these novels.⁣

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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I always get a lot of reading done while at the lake. I read this latest one, #Themotherinlaw, in two days. ⁣
I really liked this novel and it‘s complicated characters. The mother in law was equal parts infuriating and wise.
The plot was intriguing as well and kept me guessing until the end. I also loved the little nuggets of honesty about how fraught these relationships can be. I know that I will be thinking about this book for a long time. ⁣

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📚💜📚 May Recap 📚💜📚⁣
I read 8 books this month. This seems to be my average so far this year. I read 4 hardback books, 2 ebooks, and listened to 2 audiobooks. My favorite book this month was Normal People why Miracle Creek a close 2nd. ⁣

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📚💜📚 May Recap 📚💜📚⁣
I read 8 books this month. This seems to be my average so far this year. I read 4 hardback books, 2 ebooks, and listened to 2 audiobooks. My favorite book this month was Normal People why Miracle Creek a close 2nd. ⁣

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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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I picked up this book because I loved the premise of this story about a novelist who‘s editor is Jackie. Unfortunately, it fell a little flat for me. I thought I would like the scenes of the book featuring Jackie O but I liked those the least. I was intrigued by the relationship between the main character and his mother but that didn‘t get examined enough for my preference.

ErinC I just started this one! Hoping I enjoy it 3mo
Denisereads75 I hope you like it too! Let me know what you think when you‘re done. 3mo
ErinC I agree. Just so-so. It drug on in places, so I struggled through. I didn‘t not like it, but didn‘t love it either. 2mo
SalMac Try reading ( fro 2mo
SalMac Try reading ( from author‘s suggestions ) Reading Jackie by William Kuhn. It is a very interesting behind the scenes account of Jackie at work (edited) 2mo
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I loved this nostalgic look back at the sitcom Friends. It offers great insider and behind the scenes stories of how the series was created and how some of the storylines can‘t to be. It analyzes the cultural phenomenon that Friends continues to be.

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This is an incredibly moving thriller, mystery, family drama, ect. There are so many themes in this debut novel by Angie Kim that it cannot be described with just one. It‘s a story about how far parents will go for their children and the lies told between spouses. It‘s also a courtroom drama that will keep you turning the pages.

Eggs I‘m reading this today, 70% done! 3mo
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Normal People | Sally Rooney
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Wow! I just finished it and loved it. It feels like a completely original story even though there is nothing really unique about it. I loved the characters and their relationship. The author delved deep into their psyche and, as a reader, you can understand why the characters are making the choices they are even when they themselves cannot. This story rang very true to life for me and I know it will be a book I think back on often.

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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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I loved the Kiss Quotient by Helen Hoang and happily anticipated reading her new one, The Bride Test. I like that her romance novels are different because they always have a main character that is autistic. I didn‘t like this book as much as The Kiss Quotient but I definitely enjoyed it enough that I will continue to read her novels.

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What My Mother and I Don‘t Talk About‘ is a series of short stories told by 15 writers and their relationships with their mothers. ⁣

I loved and felt deeply moved by the stories that these writes shared.

Megabooks Sounds good #stacked! 3mo
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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This is my first Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie novel which also happens to be her debut novel. The story revolves around many themes; oppression, class warfare, life under a military regime, religious fanaticism, domestic violence, and family bonds. Adichie masters the art of portraying these themes without 'telling' the reader but showing us through the characters. I look forward to reading more of Adichie's novels.

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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📚📱 Review 📱📚 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ ⁣

Mary Laura Philpott is my same age and we also have children the same age. Needless to say that I could definitely relate to her collection of essays.⁣

This is a book for anyone who finds themself feeling occasionally unsatisfied with life even though there is much to be grateful for.⁣

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I loved the sequel to Nevermoor and I am invested in these characters. I am glad this series is going to continue and I look forward to the next book.

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April's Rainbow | Cathryn Hein
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📚April Roundup📚

I read 🔟 books this month. 2 audiobooks and 6 e-books. I finished my last book on the last day of the month.
1) The Care & Feedings Ravenously Hungry Girls ⭐️⭐️⭐️
2) The Brutal Telling ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
3) A Mothers Reckonings ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
4) Bird by Bird ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
5) Inheritance ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
6) Wedding Toasts I‘ll Never Give ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
7) Maybe You Should Talk To Someone ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
8) Wundersmith ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

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I absolutely loved this memoir of a therapist in need of her own therapist. The memoir is filled with stories about her sessions with clients as well as her own stories of her experiencing the other side of therapy. I became invested in her clients lives and cried for their pain. I was very moved by the reality that life is painful and beautiful all at the same time and we are all struggling to live our best lives.

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This is a charming and clever memoir about marriage. Ada Calhoun writes very honestly about her own marriage and provides examples & advice from other long time married couples. The old adage on how to stay married is to 'not get divorced' is both true and over simplified in the examples. I enjoyed listening to Ms. Calhoun read the various stories about her marriage.

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I loved this memoir from Dani Shapiro. It is not a spoiler to reveal that the entire book focuses on Ms. Shapiro's shocking results from her DNA test from Ancestry. As a result of the DNA test, she discovers that her father is not her biological father. This discovery is complicated by the fact that her parents are deceased and she can‘t ask them about it. It‘s a thought provoking and heartfelt memoir.

Joyfulmimi Aren‘t you referring to “Inheritance” and not “Slow Motion” 3mo
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This was a heartbreaking memoir to read on 20th Anniversary of the Columbine school shooting. My heartbreaks for Sue, who had no idea her son was capable of committing such a horrific crime. She recounts their family life and the days and months leading up and following the shooting. She ends the memoir with a focus on mental health. It is definitely an eye opener for parents. She encourages parents to search deeper and ask harder questions.

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Brutal Telling | Louise Penny
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This is the 5th Louise Penny book I have read in her Gamache series. I pushed through because I was told they get better and this is in fact true. I loved the murder mystery in book 5 and I am glad Penny was not afraid to accuse a well known character of murder. I love how each book is starting to focus on one of the beloved side characters providing us with their back story. I look forward to continuing the series.

JulAnna I am reading this now and it is SO GOOD! 😊 4mo
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I give this book a solid ⭐️⭐️⭐️ half ⭐️‘s. The novel is about 4 siblings: 3 sisters & 1 brother, and how they deal with the ramifications of one of the sisters being sent to prison. The remaining sisters are left to raise the daughters left behind. The story delves into the present and past to discover how each character has come to be in their current circumstance. This is a good pick if you are looking for a dynamic family drama.

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I love this quote from Anne Lamott from her book on writing, Bird by Bird. It‘s exactly how I feel about reading! 📚📚

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Outer Order Inner Calm | Gretchen Rubin
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I have always enjoyed Gretchen Rubin‘s books and philosophy. I‘m hoping this one encourages me to start spring cleaning. 💐🌷🌸🌺 I feel like a lot of this is common sense but, even so, I still don‘t make these habits. I definitely can use the reminders.

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Birds of a Feather: A Novel | Jacqueline Winspear
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I liked this 2nd book as much as the 1st one. I am enjoying this cozy mystery series so far but I am loving the character of Maisie Dobbs even more.

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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I‘m loving on Daisy Jones & The Six by @tjenkinsreid. I already read the ebook I purchased on publication day but now I am listening to the audio book. I couldn‘t resist the all star cast narrating the voices of the characters I came to love. 📚
I also just found out there will be an Amazon limited show! So excited to see these characters come to life. What actors would be your dream cast for these characters? Taylor Swift, maybe for Daisy?

Djspens I'm excited to read this! 5mo
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Daisy Jones and The Six | Taylor Jenkins Reid
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I absolutely loved this novel! It is written in Interview form about a famous band from the 70's who had a hit record and then broke up. The entire time I was reading it, I felt like I was reading an actual interview about a real band. Taylor Jenkins Reid did such a fantastic job of describing how the lyrics and music were created, I wanted to look up the record and hear the music! I wanted to see the album cover!

JillR I haven‘t read this yet (it‘s on my stack!) but I did love the tagged book which is a fictional memoir of a singer-songwriter - the author collaborated with a singer-songwriter and they made an album to accompany the book! It was one of my top 5 reads last year 😊 5mo
Denisereads75 @JillR good to know! I will look this one up! 5mo
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Finished this today as an audio book from #scribd. It is only 5 hours long but I find i pick up non-fiction less than a good fiction book. 📚

I do recommend this self-help book. James Clear gives solid specific advice on how to incorporate good habits and rid yourself of bad ones. It is a little reminiscent of Gretchen Rubins Better Than Before. I am going to have to buy the actual book so I can do some serious underlining. 📚
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Maisie Dobbs (Anniversary) | Jacqueline Winspear
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I absolutely adored Maisie Dobbs and her story. I will definitely be consuming the entirety of this series and already have the next book on hold at the library.

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Song of Achilles | Madeline Miller
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I enjoyed The song of Achilles and appreciate Madeline Miller's vast knowledge of Greek Mythology that she brought to her novel. She personalized the story of Achilles by adding his back story along with the story of his love, Patroclus. It gave me a deeper understanding and appreciation for the Odyssey and Iliad.

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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I received this novel as a free ARC from the publisher. This was an enjoyable and light read about a shy, awkward woman experiencing her first love and first taste of independence. The story switches back and forth between 1991 (her college years)and 2001 (as an independent & grown woman). The ending switches gears a bit in a way I wasn‘t expecting but I enjoyed it and felt it added to Annica‘s story.

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The One | John Marrs
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This is a fantastic book! Dating sites are a thing of the past in this novel and MatchDNA is the way people find love. People send in their DNA swabs and who they are matched with is indiscriminate. The story focuses on 5 different characters who each find their DNA match. I enjoyed each character‘s story. The novel is both character driven and suspense novel!

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A Rule Against Murder by Louise Penny is the 4th in her Gamache series and the best one I have read so far. It actually takes place away from Twin Pines for the entirety of the story but a few of our beloved characters show up. I wasn't sure that I was going to keep reading this series but, after this novel, I look forward to reading the rest of the novels.

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Love this quote too!

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I love this quote from Gamche. It is really resonating with me. How often do people strike out at each other to distract them from the pain they are in?

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Someone Knows | Lisa Scottoline
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I received this ARC from the publisher. This was my first Lisa Scottoline novel and I looked forward to it as I was always curious about her books. Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me. It is a novel about five teenagers and a tragic incident that occurs when they were in high school. I didn‘t care for any of the characters and the story felt unbelievable.

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I picked this gorgeous book up from the library and I have added so many books to my TBR list while reading it. The book is beautiful to look through and I am going to have to purchase it so I can display it on my bookshelf.

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Someone Knows | Lisa Scottoline
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I‘m enjoying spending my lunch reading Lisa Scottoline‘s new novel releasing in April. I have only read a couple of chapters but the story has already drawn me in.

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The Girl He Used to Know | Tracey Garvis Graves
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So excited when I opened my mail today and found an Advanced Reader Copy of The Girl He Used To Know by Tracey Garcia Graves. I am excited to start reading it! #TGHUTKheartbreakers.