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GardenJess

GardenJess

Joined March 2016

Librarian by day, book devouring, garden loving cat fiend knitter by night? Goals: read all the things.
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Five stars. What a beautiful fairytale of a story! #botm #loveditsomuch

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Half Sick of Shadows | Laura Sebastian
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Selections made! What did you get for #botm ? It‘s my birthday month so Beasts was chosen with my birthday credit.

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Wow. Yes. I must buy this. Five ⭐️ poetry. #poetry #librarybookineedtoown

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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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Finished in less than 24 hours! I enjoyed it - it‘s tense and complicated but a fast read nonetheless. Good if you don‘t mind unlikeable characters, and potentially unreliable narrators. Steer clear if motherhood issues are a sensitive topic for you. #botm

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Beautiful 🌸🌸 8mo
GardenJess @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks thanks- my favorite flowers. 8mo
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The Push | Ashley Audrain
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Getting started - already with the mixed feelings but gotta make some #botm progress. Any insights?

MsMelissa It took me about 75 pages to start getting into this one, but once I did I was hooked. 8mo
GardenJess @MsMelissa that‘s good to know. The writing is fast paced at least. Am 40 pages in right now. 8mo
The_Heeler_Booklife I thought it was meh. 8mo
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Things in Jars | Jess Kidd
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What a lovely cover. 1/3 thru my bookclub selection. Anyone else read it? I think I‘m liking it but a little uncertain.

TheBookHippie I liked this one very much. It‘s very different. I read it last summer. 8mo
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Lost Apothecary | Sarah Penner
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The back and forth between time periods and characters was well done. I felt the ending was a bit dissatisfying and could have done with a bit of an edit. Still, I would pick up another by the author. ⭐️ ⭐️ ⭐️

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The Witch Boy | Molly Ostertag
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Just finished this middle grade graphic novel. Five ⭐️ from me. Main character should be a shapeshifter as a boy in his family but is drawn to traditionally female identifying witchcraft. There‘s a mystery of attacks from an evil shifter to add to the drama. It was beautifully done and a quick read.

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I‘ve found my new fandom. Middle grade fantasy - I loved this one so much. Very excited to hear it had a movie in the works snd it is the first in a series of books. Yesss #netgalley #opionionsmyown

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Amazing. Really very good mystery but with heavy topics of sexual abuse, foster care and neglect. Still, with all@that I couldn‘t put it down and finished in 48 hours. #mystery #netgalley #allopinionsmyown

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Just started it and can‘t put it down. 60% done in a day.

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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DNF - almost half through. It‘s just not the season for this one. I may look into her poetry at some point. #dnf

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Brandy Colbert is fast becoming a favorite writer and this doesn‘t disappoint. The mystery held me but also the character development and friendships. #netgalley #myopionionsaremyown #realistic #juvenile #middlegrade

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Just started this one and it‘s already helping cut through the noise.

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Omg this was a page turner. I really couldn‘t put it down. What an interesting setup and character development!

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Well that was a wild ride! #botm #thriller

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Outlawed | Anna North
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Here‘s the photo I meant to post with my last review. Not really sure what happened. Love this cover. #botm

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Outlawed | Anna North
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Queer feminist western? That went better than I thought. Thoroughly enjoyed this one. #botm

ozma.of.oz You had me at queer feminist western. 🤩 10mo
GardenJess @ozma.of.oz right?! 10mo
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Outlawed | Anna North
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Little lunch time reading. 115 pages in and I‘m now hooked. Back to work I go. Just signed up for Bookly so reading was interesting with the timer and tracker. Do you use it?

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What‘s everyone pic? I got bookmoji pins because someone used my referral link.

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D%$n this is good book. Riveting, fast paced and gritty. What a great ride - definitely recommend getting your hands on it soon.

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Wow, this is starting off as hard to put down. Glad my bookclub picked it. Anyone read it?

kyraleseberg Loved this one. Fast paced + cinematic! 11mo
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Reading a short story every day or so in Office of Historical Corrections. Y‘all - I genuinely dislike short stories. But this collection can so far so no wrong. Here‘s hoping the little guy is so tired from our tiny snow that I get some nap time reading done!

FelinesAndFelonies I'm currently reading it and I am not sure how I feel. I like some of the stories. Others don't strike me in anyway. I'm on the novella and I hope it ends strong for the sake of the book. 11mo
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Finished an Advanced Reader copy of Broken today. So good. I always wonder if she can maintain her run - the answer is yes. I laughed. I cried. I‘ll buy a real copy soon.

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Girl A | Abigail Dean
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Chosen. No going back! #botm

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I followed the authors story when the times picked her up and couldn‘t look away. Rediscovered her through Instagram a few months back (or maybe more - what is time anymore?). So glad I did. She is a masterful writer and though her story of life as a young woman with cancer often makes one want to look away - I couldn‘t. Thankful to the author and pub for the ARC. Pub date is 2/9/21. All opinions are mine.

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Historically I don‘t love short stories. The first one of this book was good. Fingers crossed as I work through it.... any thoughts? #botm #shortstories

kyraleseberg Short stories are very hit or miss for me but I truly enjoyed this collection! 12mo
Breanne1 I‘ve really struggled to get through them, but I‘m like you and don‘t love short stories. So it may just have been me 😕 12mo
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A diverse and intriguing sci fi take - definitely recommend. I loved the idea of traverses, and Nyame, and the main character Cara seemed so real to me.

Reviewsbylola I bailed on this one. I really loved it initially but it tapered off quickly. I‘ve been wondering though if I should have given it more of a chance. 12mo
GardenJess @Reviewsbylola I fully understand that taper. The end was worth it to me. 12mo
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New Kid | Jerry Craft
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Wow. Great look at micro aggressions and their impact. I thoroughly enjoyed this one. Great juvenile read but I would recommend to adults as well.

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Super short read - this was two chapters long. Enjoyable , but not earth shattering. 3/5

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This was a super fast read for me. I‘ll be seeking out more of Mrs. Raisin! #mystery #cozymystery #heartpotatosayshi

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Black Buck | Mateo Askaripour
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Changed it up as always. I always order late and change my mind a million times. Ordering is harder after reading all the year end lists! #botm

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This is my current plan for #botm. Thoughts? So much trouble choosing!

TheLibrarian This was one month I was very happy for my second account. 13mo
GardenJess @TheLibrarian I can see that!! 13mo
Trashcanman Suns coming up 13mo
Reviewsbylola Those covers are gorgeous together!! 13mo
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Our first Koalacrate project is done. I‘ve managed a few pages of the tagged book and am quite distraught that there seems to be a nap boycott going on so I can‘t dig in yet.

charl08 Beautiful! 13mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Chewy cake complete. Times two. Also complete? This book. Wow. Just - Oh. This was probably the best book I‘ve read in a very long time if not ever. I tend to avoid hype books and then when I finally read them have to admit there was reason for the hype. So- have you read it? What did you thibk?

OutAndAbout Finished it yesterday. I agree. A very powerful book. 13mo
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This Close to Okay: A Novel | Leesa Cross-Smith
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My#BOTM came in- the box looked rough but all was well. Anyone else get these?

AmyG Is that Sophie? 13mo
GardenJess @AmyG it is! 😂 13mo
Megabooks I‘ve read historical and it is great! People is in progress and good so far! 13mo
GardenJess @Megabooks I might have to start with People. They are all three very tempting though. 13mo
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The Great Alone | Kristin Hannah
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Took a quick getaway trip@to a tiny cabin this weekend. Forgot to bring the Great Alone but back to reading it. Pretty sure I‘m not surviving the wilderness- I used up fire started orovided by the cabin - apparently my Girl Scout fire building skills are a little rusty! #botm #lovesomebookssetinalaska

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This Time Next Year | Sophie Cousens
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Pounded this one out in a day. The result? Enjoyable and now I‘m craving meat pies. #eatpie #botm #romcom

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This Time Next Year | Sophie Cousens
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Just starting. And have now reached the age that the characters in the rom com were born while I was in high school. Oh dear. 😂 #botm #romcom

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Quick read - children‘s non fiction. Tells of a forgotten slave cemetery found in NY state and all that was learned from it.

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This was good. Listened to the audio. I seem to keep landing on books for juveniles (this one) and adults with mentally ill motherhood as a focus. I think maybe I need a break from the theme. Well done nonetheless.

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Also the Office of Historical Corrections. Anyone else?

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Best Christmas Pageant Ever | Barbara Robinson
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Tree is up. Refraining from a lot of the ornaments bc with a 3 year old, a nanny share 1 year old and two cats, I‘m pretty sure the play yard the tree is camping in is not going to hold up. 😂

Texreader At least it‘s gorgeous tonight 13mo
GardenJess @Texreader indeed! 13mo
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Little lunchtime reading. Oh to have just one more hour.....

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Listening and cooking. Anyone else doing the late night prep thing?

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Priestdaddy: A Memoir | Patricia Lockwood
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Next up... been on my tbr for quite some time.

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What You Wish For | Katherine Center
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Read it basically in a day other than the first 15 pages. Simple but enjoyable. Loved the fact that the author was inspired by Joyful. Color and it‘s impact on Joy fascinate me.

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Wow. I‘m stunned by this one. What an amazing and powerful story.

AmyG Great book. 14mo
GardenJess @AmyG it really was great! 14mo
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Reading this in my darkened office bc migraine. Cannot out it down -I‘m so wrapped up in the story already.

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Finished. Slow read - beautifully written story about science, faith, addiction, grief and mental illness. Set in the US and Ghana. Would recommend.