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HollyBahling

HollyBahling

Joined December 2018

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To Bleed a Crystal Bloom by Sarah A. Parker
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The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexander Dumas
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As books pile up and I keep reading anything else, this needed to be said. 💜

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Gild | Raven Kennedy
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Mehso-so

I truly don‘t know how to feel at the end of this. It was so slow to get going and the end was JUST enough to get me curious enough to move onto the next. It‘s a quick read so it has that going for it. But idk. Am I the only one here who didn‘t quite like it but still has their interest peaked?

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House of Sky and Breath | Sarah J. Maas
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Ok… does it take a while? Yes. Did I take breaks? Yes. Was I lost at times? Yes… UNTIL THE LAST 4 HOURS IF YOURE DOING AUDIOBOOK! Holy crap guys! I can‘t handle it. I was completely floored by it all and had my crazy, shocked (of course screaming) tears by the end. DO IT. DO IT. DO IT. Read it, persevere, and fall absolutely in love with SJM again and again. Hold this book to your chest and scream like me.

BrittanyReads Ok...I'm sold. Lol 5mo
fire_skyee I literally screamed at the end....in joy! 5mo
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A Court of Silver Flames | Sarah J. Maas
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Not one! Not two… but THREE badass females in one book!? Now don‘t get me wrong. This book was about Nesta and Cas. However. Ugh the underlying story sold me on its own. This is pure magic and I loved every single minute of it. If it was two completely different stories I would read them both over and over. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️.
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Pitball might be my new favorite sport. It amazes me the sports some of these authors invent and I hate the fact I can‘t actually see them played in real life. Booktok does it again with another amazing fantasy series. Woola doesn‘t even mind being my kindle prop for hands free reading of it. #catsoflitsy #catswithbooknames #theprincessofmars #edgarriceburroughs #fantasysports

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A Court of Mist and Fury | Perfection Learning Corporation
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I am… SCREAMING! The last few chapters of this book have me careening over the edge. I promised myself I would read another book I already have between this one and the next. I simply CANT DO IT. I thought the last book was amazing but this one shot it out of the water. But Feyre proves herself to be the badass female protagonist we all are so thirsty for. I can‘t do anything but start the next book.

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I‘m a nurse. I‘ve been reading a lot of fantasy. Works been brutal and I was finding I couldn‘t connect with things that took place in our normal world. It was actually suffocating. So I decided to delve into fantasy to keep a grasp in my love of reading. I‘ve tinkered in it. Read one here and there but found a few series I could dive into. I‘m 10 chapters in and love that decision more and more each word. Not my first series and not my last.

Chrissyreadit 🙌🙌🙌🙌 I am having a similar struggle in mental health but using cozy mysteries for comfort. Hope you stay safe and healthy and feel the love from everyone who appreciates the work you do. ❤️🙌🙌🙌🙌❤️ 7mo
Chrissyreadit Also- ACOTAR is one of my favorite series- Have you read Holly Blacks A Cruel Prince trilogy? 7mo
AmyG Thank you for all you do. You and everyone in the health field are rock stars. I, too, feel my reading has changed a bit due to the stress of the times we live in. My comfort books are reading about other peoples struggles. I am a “misery loves company” kind of a person now. I am happy you found a respite in fantasy. 7mo
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BethM Fantasy is a great escape! @Chrissyreadit I‘m using cozy‘s for the same :) 7mo
Deblovestoread Echoing @AmyG…Thank you! Nothing like good fantasy to take you somewhere new and enchanting. 7mo
HollyBahling @Chrissyreadit thank you so very much. 💜 It never stops helping to hear we‘re appreciated. And I haven‘t but have been thinking it needs to be added to my TBR! 7mo
HollyBahling @AmyG and @Kdgordon88 thank you for the support. I know we all appreciate it so much! 7mo
Librarianaut Thank you for being a nurse! Your job is so important. Our school nurse (we are so lucky to have one) is one of my heroes. 7mo
Librarianaut Also, if you want some more awesome fantasy, I suggest Garth Nix‘s The Old Kingdom series. First title is Sabriel. It is one of my favorite fantasy rereads… 7mo
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Sleeping Giants | Sylvain Neuvel
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Onto the next. I am so intrigued by the case file style of this book and it including interviews as it‘s method of story telling. Fox (Mulder) seems excited with the paranormal/extraterrestrial vibe to the synopsis.

allureofbeauty I love this one. It‘s also especially good on audio. 8mo
HollyBahling @allureofbeauty I‘m really enjoying it. I‘m over a third of the way done already. 8mo
BethM I read this trilogy must faster than I anticipated. It was really intriguing. 8mo
HollyBahling @BethM I believe it because I finished this one in 5 hours! It was super easy to read quickly. 8mo
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A Shadow in the Ember | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️I will need more than 1070 calories to get me through the wait for the next book in the series. It‘s been so long since a book has gripped me like this and taken a hold of my every waking moment. I‘m so glad I chose the audio version for this otherwise I would get nothing done. Still, I found myself sitting and staring off while I listened far too often to consider myself “productive” while listening. So. Freaking. Good.

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A Shadow in the Ember | Jennifer L. Armentrout
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Soooo excited at the start of this book! The Blood and Ash series was an unexpected pleasure and I cannot wait to find out more about this world and see what else J. Armentrout has to offer!

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Dark Magic | Christine Feehan
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Mehso-so

I love this cover that I found for this book. Perfectly encapsulates what most people think romance novels are. It makes me laugh because I don‘t think that it fully encapsulates anything within the book. The romance is there, yes, but there is so much more to this series than that. This book took a while to actually get going for me. But when it finally did I enjoyed it. I just wish it didn‘t take months of forcing myself through it to get there.

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Kingdom of Flesh and Fire | Jennifer L Armentrout
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Love. Love. Love. The relationships formed and the amazing moments that got me yelling, “Oh my God” had my husband constantly asking me what happened and if everything was ok. I‘m going to have to break my New Years resolution of not starting another new book until I finished my stack. I just can‘t wait for the next one!

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Street Game | Christine Feehan
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I hate it. I love the series but I hate this one. It doesn‘t seem to have any place with the rest and this urban warfare angle hopefully won‘t last long.

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Ruthless Game | Christine Feehan
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Mehso-so

Ok so this book was GREAT in the first half. But completely ruined by the second half. The whole urban warfare thing is just not my cup of tea. I want the Ghost Walkers in the shadows, back in bayous and forests! I HATE them being in a big city. I hoped this would avenge the series but it‘s left me just kind of ehh. Idk if anyone else agrees with that or not but I wish they stayed in the desert.

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Shadow Storm | Christine Feehan
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Mehso-so

I have loved every book in the series and absorbed each one. UNTIL NOW. It took me forever to get through this one. I think what bothered me is that they already knew each other so the mystery of who they are and getting to know each other was lost. It was full of the usual Ferraro family action and revenge which saves the series and has me excited for the next one. But other than that. Meh.

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Off to Be the Wizard | Scott Meyer
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I tried. I really really did. I wanted so badly to love it as it‘s one of the few books my brother has ever asked me to read.I made 3 separate attempts and each time I found myself completely disconnected from the characters and wishing for some kind of element I could grasp onto. Unfortunately I just never found anything. So it‘s off to our little library, which will make its debut in our yard this spring, to be someone else‘s adventure.

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Her Soul for Revenge | Harley Laroux
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Mehso-so

While loved Juniper and Zane more than Raelynn and Leon, I hated that I knew the big events that were going to occur. It was still a great well written book that I enjoyed. But definitely felt a little bit of a loss knowing.

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I kept coming across this book on tiktok and finally caved in and read it. Holy cow I am glad I did. It wasn't exactly what I expected but the fantasy world grabbed me in quickly and Poppy is such a great heroine. I was happy that the whole book remained in her perspective as I feel like it helps the reader connect more with the character. The only downside to this book is I would say that it was predictable. The “twist“ was quite obvious.

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Mehso-so

I‘m starting to realize that per capita, Three Pines probably has the highest murder rate in the country. But, I mean… they find a warhead in the woods? Honestly it took me a long time to get through this one. I definitely didn‘t enjoy it like I did the others in the series. It didn‘t feel like it fit in with the other books and threw me through a loop.

Ruthiella Three Pines vs Cabot Cove (Murder She Wrote) vs Midsomer (Midsomer Murders)! I wonder which has the higher rate? 🤪🤔 13mo
TrishB This was probably my least favourite too. 13mo
CarolynM Agreed. I wish the author's note about the real thing had been at the beginning of the book. The whole time I was reading I was thinking "how can anyone believe this?" which kind of spoilt it for me. 13mo
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Island of Lost Girls | Jennifer McMahon
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Finished it in 6 hours. Honestly, it took me longer to get into this than most of Jennifer McMahon‘s books. I love that she‘s not afraid to breach topics that should contain trigger warnings. To be honest the story was amazing. It doesn‘t contain mystical aspects like some of her other stuff but if you‘re looking for a mystery, this is for you. I went into it wanting the paranormal mystery so it wasn‘t what I was really looking for at this time.

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Shadow Keeper | Christine Feehan
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God damn I need to try this wine….

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The Hobbit | J.R.R. Tolkien
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Grew up on the cartoon and the live action of the Hobbit and LOTR being staples in the house. Finally read the book! Loved it. It was enchanting and exciting the whole way through. It‘s a fast paced story so there is little down time to get bored. Definitely recommend!

Cathythoughts ☀️☀️☀️the sun & the sea 1y
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The Stranger Diaries | Elly Griffiths
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I have to say I came into this book expecting it to be predictable and I am very happy to say I was wrong. I loved seeing events from the different characters perspectives but didn‘t feel like you were jumping too much either. I would recommend to anyone who enjoys mysteries with a twist.

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Timeline | Michael Crichton
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Finished Timeline this morning! Such a good read. Interesting, detailed and fast paced, it kept my interest throughout. I loved the Middle Ages for the setting and the characters were all well rounded and developed! Would definitely recommend!

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A Princess of Mars | EDGAR RICE BURROUGHS
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Loved the series so much, I had to name my girl Woola. 💜 Anyone else out there name their animals from books?

Ruthiella I named my orphaned cat Oliver from Oliver Twist. 1y
HollyBahling @Ruthiella I love the name Oliver so much! I always think of Oliver Twist whenever I hear it. 1y
Rissa1 🐕Atticus 🐈Alabama 🐈‍⬛Cinder🐈Eyre🐈Hazel🐈‍⬛Lucy Gray🐈‍⬛Kindred 🐈Sherlock🐈‍⬛Watson 1y
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xicanti My dog came with his name, but I‘ve always assumed his first family named him after the title character in “Casey At the Bat.” 1y
Susanita Kili the unexpected kitten (now a grown ash cat) 1y
HollyBahling @Rissa1 so many good ones! Our dog was almost Sherlock so I have a special place in my heart for that one. 1y
HollyBahling @Susanita I still need to read The Hobbit. I‘m embarrassed to say it‘s still in my TBR! 1y
HollyBahling @xicanti I didn‘t know about this poem! And there are a lot of Casey‘s in my life. Thanks for bringing it to my attention! 1y
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Shadow Rider | Christine Feehan
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Mehso-so

I actually loved the main story line a lot and the shadow riders were an exciting take for a male protagonist. The characters and town are what makes me want to come back for more. The romance, however, definitely left a lot to be desired. I don‘t enjoy overbearing male characters and although Francesca is a strong female protagonist I didn‘t enjoy their relationship.

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After taking a break I am back at it with the Inspector Gamanche series! I am so sad though that the iconic voice of the inspector Ralph Cosham passed away. I specifically listen to this series as opposed to read because of him. I hope that Robert Bathurst can live up to standards set before him. 🤞

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Heart-Shaped Box | Joe Hill
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I promise I tried. But 21 chapters in and I still would look forward to one ending because it meant I was closer to the end. I like the story line but just not enough to get into it.

RamsFan1963 I bailed on this one too. I don't think Joe Hill is an author for me. 1y
HollyBahling @RamsFan1963 I‘m glad I‘m not the only one! 1y
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Alice Network | Kate Quinn
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Pure perfection. I waited so long to finish it because I just didn‘t want it to end. I absolutely loved the characters and their journey across France. The writing was beautiful and made you feel like you were there with them. From every heartbreaking moment to the joyous seconds scattered about, I loved it.

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Summer Knight | Jim Butcher
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I feel like every time I read another installment of The Dresden Files it becomes my new favorite. However, this one started strong and KEPT GOING. Full of action and adventure with characters I love. Not to mention I laughed throughout. There was no point that I felt there was fluff or a point that was unnecessary. Pure perfection. God I would kill to have a TV or movie series of The Dresden Files done right. Wishful thinking as always.

AutumnRLS Same! The Dresden Files is my favorite. I wish I could go back and read them for the first time all over again! 1y
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Ok so I got this on Amazon for $15. Didn‘t think know what to expect but needed an uncomplicated way to track my mood and omg I am in love! So simple and it‘s quick enough I can track and jot down my day in a few seconds before bed. I‘m looking forward to the rest of the year!

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Behind Her Eyes | Sarah Pinborough
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Ok... unpopular opinion but this book was too what the actual **** for me. I love psychological thrillers but something about this was... too far fetched? The end was a shock, of course but I just couldn‘t convince myself to enjoy it at any point.

Enchanted_Bibliophile Totally agree with you! I was also like WTF. 2y
mrozzz AGREE 2y
That-Bookish-Hiker I felt like that ending was a cop out. Like really?! Even now I get angry at the time wasted on that novel for that ending. 2y
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Grave Peril | Jim Butcher
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I love how fast paced and quick witted these books are! Each one is so different from the one before it but could easily be read in any order. Recently recommended the series to my brother and he‘s hooked as well!

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Fool Moon | Jim Butcher
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Absolutely loved the second installment of the Dresden Files. It took me a long time to get into this book. It starts slower than the first but after coming back to it multiple times it clicked and I couldn‘t put it down! I absolutely love the characters Jim Butcher created and can‘t get enough of them! Already bought the next one!

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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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Such an interesting story line with twists and turns at every chance. Another amazing book by Jennifer McMahon. Having said that, it didn‘t wow me like previous books from this author.

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Oh that was NOT what I was expecting! This has been recommended to me multiple times and social isolation has finally drawn me to it. Harry is a fantastic character and the cast of supporting characters with him create an interesting, whimsical world that kept my interest. Jim Butcher is so wonderfully detailed in his writing and creates a world you can disappear into and forget the world around you. This is my new #1 recommendation to everyone!

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Maybe it‘s just me but, despite the absolutely beautiful writing and the breathtaking setting of the book I felt withdrawn. The story line is an absolutely magical web of many characters and settings coming together as a modern fairytale. Erin Morgenstern paints pictures with words and created a world I felt I was a part of with every sense. HOWEVER, not my favorite book. But, I would still recommend it and definitely see the allure to the masses.

marleed I had similar feelings. So many people love it though so I think I may have read it at the wrong time which is too bad because I likely won‘t take the time to give it a second chance. 3y
AileenRR I agree that the imagery is beautiful in this one, but I don‘t see myself ever recommending it. 3y
Itchyfeetreader I think I described it as a beautiful journey to a really average hotel! 3y
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HollyBahling @marleed I wondered that too! Since I‘ve been on a romance kick lately maybe it just wasn‘t the right transition? Regardless, I can‘t put myself through it again. To the little library it goes! 3y
HollyBahling @AileenRR I will only recommend it to people I know will enjoy it. I know some people who it‘s far more about the overall as opposed to the ending for them. Those kind of readers would enjoy it. 3y
HollyBahling @Itchyfeetreader that explains it perfectly! And in much less words than I could manage. I see though how for some people it‘s kore about the journey than the destination and that‘s why it‘s so loved. 3y
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My New Years resolution is to knock out my TBR list before I go in search of any new books. Staring with this stack! Wish me luck. I am going to need it!
#TBR #newyearsresolution

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The Night Circus | Erin Morgenstern
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Despite being an avid reader this is the ONLY book I got for Christmas! I‘m excited to start the new year off with this!

StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego If you only got one, at least it's a good one! 3y
HollyBahling @StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego That‘s what I hear! My friend did her research! 3y
Angela1234 Enjoy!! You will love it 3y
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Penpal | Dathan Auerbach
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It was so creepy and thrilling throughout but the ending just killed it for me. It felt so thrown together and didn‘t leave as many answers as I had hoped for.

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Meh. Not my favorite. It was good, don‘t get me wrong... but it definitely wasn‘t my favorite of the series. I‘ll leave it at that. Don‘t want to ruin the book for others.

Readswithcoffee Agreed! 3y
HollyBahling @Readswithcoffee makes me want to take a break from Louise for a while! 3y
Readswithcoffee @HollyBahling I know. Another Litsy reader assured me the next one in the series is better. 3y
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All I can say is... YES. A million times yes! I inhaled this book. I am a true lover of the “found footage” horror genre and this is the literary form of that. I absolutely loved falling into this book headfirst. It‘s creepy, upsetting and freaky! if you‘re thinking about it, DO IT. ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

vivastory Love this one 3y
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I Remember You: A Ghost Story | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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Friends set out to rehab and old house on a forgotten shore while a doctor attempts to unravel mysteries after his sons disappearance. This book perfectly combined mystery and horror. Which just so happen to be my two favorite genres! At times my heart pounded and I questioned whether or not I should be reading it alone! An intricate web of characters and lives intertwine in the fabulous thriller that left me needing to know more page after page.

Bookwm85forever This book was good!! Liberty recommended it!! 3y
HollyBahling @Bookwm85forever It was fantastic! I found it on a Buzzfeed list! Something along the lines of, “25 books that actually scared the readers.” I‘m on my third book from this list and so far they‘re all picks! 3y
Bookwm85forever @HollyBahling I‘ll have to check out that list. 3y
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andrew61 That looks good - ive read 4 of her Icelandic series and enjoyed them so will definitely look for this one. 3y
HollyBahling @andrew61 This is the first book of hers I‘ve read but am definitely excited to read more! 3y
Bookwm85forever @HollyBahling Thanks for the link!! 3y
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I am in awe of Louise Penny. The way she can paint a picture so perfectly. At this moment I imagine myself standing at the lake I love so much. In complete and utter awe at its beauty. remembering the people I love so much who called this place heaven on earth. I can see the sunset. I can feel their loss and their hope of the future. I touch their tree, their water, their love in every step. So happy she can portray it. Four friends at the shore.

Bookwormjillk She‘s amazing 3y
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I Remember You: A Ghost Story | Yrsa Sigurdardottir
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May not be the cutest reading nook but you make due with what you‘re given at work. It‘s another one of those nights in the ICU. Phones aren‘t allowed. But I won‘t let that stop me from reading!

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I love to read because it transports me into another world. I love that when I get into a story, I can essentially vividly hallucinate for hours, forgetting the words and seeing the images instead as I read. I love leaving the world behind and getting to know characters like friends and experiencing their emotions as if they were mine. What about you?

SW-T Well said! I‘m the same with fiction, but with non fiction I read to stretch my brain and learn new things. 3y
CherylRussell Same here! I really love when I get so absorbed that I‘m clueless as to what is going on around me. Irritates those around me at times because they must bellow to get my attention. 😆📚📚🥰 3y
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The Butterfly Garden | Dot Hutchison
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Wow. Just... wow. This book surprised me. It will be added to my list of all time favorites! The beauty described against the darkness is astounding. A girl emerges from a beautiful prison to tell her story. The way it‘s written is perfect. I loved hearing it as an interview of a witness which I think is such a fresh telling of a thriller. 🦋🦋🦋🦋🦋

LiteraryinLawrence Great review! I‘m intrigued! 3y
HollyBahling @LiteraryinLititz It is fantastic! I will say ion full disclosure it deals with kidnapping violence and rape. It isn‘t for everyone. However, the ending made my coworkers jump because I gasped so loud! So amazing! 3y
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Loved to hate it. It‘s so hard to read this book. Especially not knowing everything that has happened between the beloved character. But good lord that ending! What a whirlwind that the book completely turns direction in the span of a few pages! Definitely a pick!

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Beautiful Mystery | Louise Penny
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While excellent as a stand alone, I cannot like this book in the series. It angers me. Not just because of the struggle of the characters corrupted by the ones meant to protect them, but because it holds no baring to the previous books except to break the characters. I long for Three Pines. And I long for the comfort and tranquility of the investigators.

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Another great read by Louise Penny! I must admit... I spent the entire book expecting the culprit to be peter but was 100% shocked by who really did it! I know and I mean KNOW Peter has to be the perpetrator at some point. I feel like it such a tease he hasn‘t killed anyone yet. He more than once has seemed to have the motive. Anyone agree with me!?