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IndianaRed

IndianaRed

Joined September 2017

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Mehso-so

It's a bit weird.
You don't realize it's weird in the beginning because it's actually quite fun at first.
But, halfway through you're going to speed up the audio because you're bored now
And then you're going to get to the end and be like....
What?
No he did not
Where are they again?

Hmmm

ofclumsywords I DNF‘d this one after 50 pages. You are right on point saying it was weird and I just couldn‘t get into it. 1w
IndianaRed @ofclumsywords I was almost a DNF myself. I went as far as to youtube spoilers from other reviewers. Nobody wanted to give the ending away. Ugh. You didn't miss anything. :D 6d
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The Water Cure | Sophie Mackintosh
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This novel seems to me, a bit underrated. I personally thought it was a brilliant tale. It does require some thought as it tends to use a lot of symbols to dig at something quite deeper and darker then what appears. Would make a really good book club discussion!

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The Bus on Thursday | Shirley Barrett
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As a lover of dark humor I must say I really enjoyed this novel. A definite favorite, ranking up there with the film Trash Fire, by Richard Bates. 😎

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Christmas by Accident | Camron Wright
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Holiday goals?

I'm hoping to stumble across a few more books like this that offer warmth and cheer. Found this on the new release shelf at the library. 🎄

TheSpineView For December I was planning on reading The Dogs of Christmas by Bruce Cameron. 12mo
IndianaRed @TheSpineView That sounds adorable❣ *noted* 12mo
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Mehso-so

It's going to take a lot more than the discovery of a cold bath and lots of cruddy food to impress me. 1800's or not. Maybe 10 days wasn't enough?

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The Dry | Jane Harper
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It's not often I come across a mystery with an intriguing beginning, a middle where I can invent a dozen theories of who's done it, and yet I'm wrong in the end! 🔥

I heard this novel was set to become a major motion picture. I second that motion.

Excellent work by Jane Harper. I'm even going to pick up the next book starring officer Aaron Falk #2 even though I've never been a fan of sequels.

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Mehso-so

I enjoyed the first half of the book. A woman keeps a diary of the unusual phenomenon happening in her home. She starts in the 60's with notes as recent as 2015. 😎

Then the author switched to UFO conspiracy theories and took a little bit of the fascination from me.

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I do believe I should be reading more classics and I do agree it's a simple, good story. She's just a girl, in the world of 1900 Brooklyn. Growing up poor. Eating bread & bone soup. Enjoyed it. Probably wouldn't re-read it though.

My friend told us the soldier's in WWII used to carry this novel around in their back pocket but that I don't get. Why would they be so interested in a story about a little girl's coming of age. 🤔

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A Good Marriage | Stephen King
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Panpan

Other than finding a box full of her husband's secrets in the garage, there wasn't much else to keep my interest. There's no good detail to the murders. All you really get is a wife sorting through her feelings. Meh.

Simply not my favorite from Stephen King.

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An American Marriage | Tayari Jones
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I had no idea what this #botm was about when I picked it up. (Other than the obvious noted in the title)

Been crying most of the 2nd half. I'm afraid to know how this ends....

🙈💔

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A Good Marriage | Stephen King

Not feeling the audio. Keeping my fingers crossed that the overall story is more entertaining than the narrator. 🤔

#halfwaypoint 🤞

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Nobody can tell your story better than you.

Therefore, I recommended the audio version of this book.

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The Silent Sister | Diane Chamberlain
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Mehso-so

Slightly predictable; meaning I knew Jade was gay because she was molested by her teacher and that was why she shot him. What I did not catch was that Riley was her daughter so I was happily surprised with that particular reveal.

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Bailedbailed

Did I just fall asleep?

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the witch doesn't burn in this one | Amanda Lovelace, ladybookmad
Mehso-so

Women are great!

Let's not forget, some men are too. ;)

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I'm very picky about story endings. (Just ask my book club friends ?)

I LIKED this ending. The kid stuff in the middle going on was "ok". OCD, the lunch table, kissing. Still, had to read this YA due to the hype surrounding it.

Find the missing billionaire; oh, how they did! ❤

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The narration performed by Tim Robbins is really good!

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Broken Girls | Simone St James
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❤❤❤❤❤

I enjoyed this ghost/crime story sooooo much, that I find myself still thinking about it even though I returned it days ago.

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The Boy in the Earth | Fuminori Nakamura
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Slow down when you read this.

The writing style (could be the way it's translated) is not very complex but the psychology behind it is.

Lots of layers. I even had to read a few chapters twice.

It's about what extreme abuse does to the young mind.

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A Man Called Ove: A Novel | Fredrik Backman
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Mehso-so

This is one of those stories where I'd.....

Keep the grumpy old man thing going on
Keep that he keeps trying to kill himself (totally intriguing)

Change the sugar coated ending with a cherry on top. That's where it loses something for me.

A little too much Hallmark.

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I'm late to the party but I'm glad I waited. Just having recently visited Savannah for the first time, everything about the square remains fresh in my mind. Also, everything I love in life & reading material.
Architecture
Restoration
Crime
VOODOO
Ghosts
Vengeance

😍

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Take Me With You | Catherine Ryan Hyde
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Character creation: A
Overall story line: A
Predictability: C-

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Big Little Lies | Liane Moriarty
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A very funny depiction of domestic violence, relationships and parenting.

(I literally started laughing in the 1st chapter)

And....One of my favorite reads of this year

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I want to thank my Litsy friends for recommending this book. I'm now a huge Jenny Lawson fan. 🕷

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There's nothing better than bringing a brand new ghost story on your spring break camping trip

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We had to add a 2nd book shelve to our living room (reading area) in order to keep my growing stacks in some kind of order. *wonders how long it will take to fill up the 2 bottom left 🤔*

Reviewsbylola Better get that third book shelf on order. 😂😂 2y
AnastasiaPoirier Looks similar to my shelves :) 2y
DraGone All those king books 2y
IndianaRed @DraGone all that low lighting to go with it. ☻ 2y
DraGone ^HAH 2y
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The Secret Lives of Color | Kassia St Clair
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We decided to have our monthly book club meeting at Barnes & Noble. Here we will determine what we want to read for the rest of the year.

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I love reading short stories. This was by far some of the best work I've encountered in regards to mental illnesses and sexuality.

I'm not surprised this novel won an award. Every story I read was enjoyable.

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DraGone I've done that before at a cabin vacation. Right after our Colordao camping trip. 2y
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Tin Man | Sarah Winman
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Mehso-so

It's a bit of a love triangle. A good triangle. The kind you want to be in. 2 men in love. 1 woman in love with 2 men. 1 man in love with a woman. 🤔

I just can't decide if I like the writing style or not. That's why I'm on the fence with this one.

Short & Sweet
Good. Not great.

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Mehso-so

Forgive me. I had no idea who Amy Tan was prior to my book club choosing it. Apparently they are big fans.

I found it boring, particularly in the beginning & end when she's going into detail about her writing technique or emailing her editor.

BUT, the entire middle is dedicated to revealing her fasinating family history. Her grandmother's suicide. Her mother's mental illness. Fasinating enough to want to purchase a copy of The Joy Luck Club

MelAnn I love Joy Luck Club! 2y
IndianaRed @MelAnn I hear it's wonderful. I'm definitely looking forward to reading it. Having read her memoir I might even have some better insite! :) 2y
Joyfulmimi I highly recommend its one of my favorite books! 2y
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I've had a passion for Japanese horror since I was a little girl. First with cartoons, then movies. I am just starting to dabble in reading some of their countries top horror writers. This book is one of my favorites so far. 2 short stories & 1 longer short story. If you're a fan of horror or paranormal reads you should enjoy this book.

DraGone Whoah. 2y
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I haven't journaled in decades. This is the year I start again. #settinggoals

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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6 ghosts get on a elevator to talk (in verse ❤) with a boy on his way to kill the man he thinks killed his brother. Such a great writing style the author chose. What a solid story. My husband has pumped on the chests of a lot of these kids. And yes, they get younger everyday. Get this book. 😍😍

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Long Way Down | Jason Reynolds
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I'm only on page 35. This book, this story. A-mazing; right from page 1. ❤

Wife Happy Birthday! 2y
IndianaRed @Wife Thank You! 2y
ferskner I LOVE your screen name! Do you live there? I lived in Bloomington for six years. 2y
IndianaRed @ferskner Thanks! Yes, I have lived in NW Indiana, all my life. The Region, as they call it now. 2y
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The Dark Dark: Stories | Samantha Hunt
Mehso-so

I agree that the writing style is very good. I only enjoyed half of the stories. Some of the endings fell a little flat for me. 😕

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Bailedbailed

I had to bail on this one. I read 4 of the short stories before calling it quits. Nothing exciting. Just all too weird for my taste.

bookcyns The Law & Order section killed the book for me. Glad to know I‘m not the only one who didn‘t like this book 2y
IndianaRed @apollos-slytherin That's the same story I stopped at. I've also read that is where a lot of dissatisfied readers set it down and walked away. 🤔 2y
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You have to make it to page 100 ish. You've made it past getting to know who the characters are how this info becomes important. If you can make it, the story explodes and becomes brilliant!

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I'm never ever getting rid of this book. ❤❤

I could have read 500 more pages.

In fact, I'm adding her other 2 memoirs to my book buckit list.

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I've been anxiously waiting for this delivery. 😍😍

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Sarah has written a nice novel about a young girl named Ana. Ana lives in Croatia. In 1992 she is 9 years old when the civil war breaks out across Yugoslavia. This story gives an in depth look as to what her town, friends, and family experienced during the start of it.

Loved it!

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The Little Prince | Antoine de Saint-Exupry
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It's my daughter's favorite book of all time. I didn't know this until a few months ago. She's 18 now but she had the magic of having read it in her early childhood. It's a beautifully written story about a pilot who crashes in the desert. He meets a prince from another planet (apparition if you read it only as a grown up) who has come to earth to make friends.

DraGone I mean if you count 17 as early childhood than yes🙂 2y
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Mehso-so

Mostly boring. The good news is the actual book is only 200 pages (do yourself a favor & skip the bonus chapter) There are some good biblical references related to rejection (the books main focus) and a few brief laughs about awkwardness. Overall just not for me. I had high hopes too. 😕

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This book should come with a complimentary box of tissues. 💔 It's filled with emotion. Most people in the story are coping with loved ones committing suicide. Billy, our main character, is a broken hero. He puts up with a lot of rejection and yet presses on. I'll be keeping this one on the collection shelf.

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The Great Divorce: A Dream | Clive Staples Lewis
Mehso-so

There were 3 things that had me feeling obligated to love this book.
1) It's a friend of mine's all time favorite
2) My own beliefs
3) It has amazing reviews. Everyone seems to rave about it.

But I didn't really enjoy it. Purgatory didn't sound half bad compared to the description given of pre-heaven. Thank goodness there was a little ghost conversing going on or I would have turned the magic bus around back to Napoleon's house in gray town.

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The Life We Bury | Allen Eskens
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Loved it! Suspenseful. Excellent creation of characters. Happy ending? Ok. I would have preferred to have had something really terrible happen to Joe's abusive mother. Maybe he could have framed DJ for burning her shack down with her still in it?

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The Life We Bury | Allen Eskens
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This book is amazing already..........

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Panpan

It's a mystery. A mystery as to why I bought it. It was listed as a best seller. I found it completely boring & predictable. I've heard she's had better books but I'm likely to not try any of them.

mgallo1968 Amen 2y
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I could have coffee with this writer. I find her funny at times I don't even think she's trying to be. My heart went out to her when she described losing her son (did she name him?) Yes. Coffee with Ariel. Put it on my bucket list.

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Behind Closed Doors | B. A. Paris
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I had a hard time putting this psychological thriller down! Not the domestic battery novel that the title had me guessing it was. Meet Jack, A succesful attorney who would much rather be a serial killer to women he deems to be weak. I'd love to get my hands on more of this writer's books.