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Jas16

Joined April 2016

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The Which Way Tree | Elizabeth Crook
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A teenage boy writes letters to a judge to give his testimony about a crime but enjoys writing so much that he tells the judge the story around the story- about his half sister who is determined to have her revenge on a panther and the hunt she drags him on along with two men they fall in with along the way. It is a western but don‘t be put off if westerns aren‘t usually your thing. Ben‘s voice and his sister‘s determination make for quite a tale.

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This novel is engaging and entertaining but still taught me so much about the Deaf community and gave me a lot to reflect on. I listened to the audio version and got some extra steps in every day when I didn‘t want to stop listening. Highly recommend.

kspenmoll I want to read this! Thanks for your review! 10h
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Untitled | Anonymous
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Finally ordered myself a couple of book sleeves and could not have been more excited when they arrived. No more worrying about damaging books in my bag.

Jas16 Thanks for the recommendation @Megabooks 2w
Megabooks @Jas16 so glad you like her sleeves too! It‘s nice having the zip top ones for your bag. 2w
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LiteraryinLawrence Beautiful! 2w
AmyG They are both beautiful! 2w
EvieBee Pretty! 2w
Leftcoastzen Very pretty! 2w
Soubhiville So cute! 2w
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Bellewether | Susanna Kearsley
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I usually love Kearsley‘s books but this was my least favorite of those I have read so far. Told in two alternating storylines, one about a woman hired to run a soon to be open historic home as a museum and the the other about two of the home previous inhabitants during the Seven Year War, I found myself bored more than once. Neither the history nor the romances had me enthralled.

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When Vera heads into the gym steam room after a swim she discovers the body of a dead woman. My favorite book in the series so far despite being the only time I guessed the killer from the beginning. I always guess but I am usually wrong…

Tamra Funny how murder seems to follow these types of characters around! 🥺 (edited) 3w
Jas16 @Tamra Isn‘t it though?! I would be nervous to find us both on the same guest list. 3w
Tamra @Jas16 hahaha, yes! 3w
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While I didn‘t like this one as much The Clergyman‘s Wife, I did still enjoy reading a book centered around Anne de Bourgh - seeing other characters from Pride & Prejudice from her eyes and envisioning a life for her outside of being the sickly girl Darcy‘s aunt expects him to marry. A fun read for any Austen fan.

LeahBergen I‘ll have to grab a copy of this as I was pleasantly surprised by The Clergyman‘s Wife. 👍 3w
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Bridge of Sighs | Richard Russo
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At first I was dismayed by how long and slow moving this book seemed until suddenly I was so in love with all of the characters. I felt like I knew them deeply and worried about every hurt I saw coming. There is a lot of ground covered from whether your family history decides your fate, escaping or staying in a small town, class, etc. but my love for Lucy and circle will be what lingers making it hard to pick up another book for awhile.

KatieB I‘ve loved others by this author and will add this to the mountainous TBR list! Thanks! 1mo
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Hidden Depths | Ann Cleeves
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Still slowly making my way through this series. I have liked each book more as I get to know Vera better. I do miss the Shetland setting of the Perez series but I am becoming a fan.

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Roommates Hazel and Alfie have just hooked up and are concerned about the effect it‘ll l have on their lives. Before they figure it out Hazel's sister and her wife arrive starting a series of events that prevent Hazel and Alfie from ever dealing with their night together until they can no longer ignore the night that started it all. The miscommunication would have driven me crazy if I wasn't so invested in seeing where it was all going.

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I love it when I am pleasantly surprised by a book. Hanna is still in school when she is sent to live with her aunt and uncle who throw her in the path of SS Captain 20 years her senior. At the same time Tilde is trying to survive and hoping the fact that she is half Jewish will stay hidden long enough to get her and her loved ones out of Berlin. A quick read that I will be recommending to all of the historical fiction lovers in my life.

EvieBee This sounds right up my alley! 1mo
BarbaraBB Beautiful pic! 1mo
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I put this audiobook on hold as soon as I finished her first one. Now I am very much hoping she is working on a third. I may have liked the previous one slightly more but this book still had me laughing, nodding along, and deeply moved by the stories she shares. Consider me a huge fan.

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The Love Songs of W.E.B. Du Bois | Honore Fanonne Jeffers
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Thank you so much Jee for the birthday surprise. I opened it first thing this morning and was excited. I have been eying it every time I am in a book store. The bookmarks are wonderful too! I so appreciate your kindness and thoughtfulness.

elkeOriginal I have heard this is a great book! 2mo
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My Husband Simon | Mollie Panter-Downes
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Just let myself open the package containing my birthday presents for myself. #bookmail

elkeOriginal All good choices! I love those covers 🥰 2mo
LeahBergen This is such a gorgeous series! I‘m loving it. 💗💗 2mo
Jas16 @LeahBergen Agreed. I am trying not to buy them all at once but it is hard. 2mo
Jas16 @elkeOriginal I love the covers too. So excited to read them 2mo
readordierachel Lovely! 2mo
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Intimacies | Katie Kitamura
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A slim book that left me much to mull over about A translator who doesn‘t seem to speak much herself trying to find her place in a new country and a new relationship. She has to interpret what those around her truly think and feel in her personal life even as she works to translate during a war crimes trial. The mood of this book lingered long after I finished it.

Texreader Excellent review 2mo
LeahBergen Happy Birthday!! 📚❤️📚❤️ 2mo
Jas16 @LeahBergen thank you so much! 2mo
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A really enjoyable memoir that touches on finding your place in the world. This is so meaningful through the eyes of Tran who as an immigrant grew up facing violence in the home and racism outside of it. He develops a love of punk and literature and finds a group of true friends as he finds his identity.

jlhammar Such a good audiobook! I loved it. 2mo
Megabooks I enjoyed this too! 2mo
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Telling Tales | Ann Cleeves
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After finishing the Shetland series I was excited to start on the Vera books as everyone told me it was the series they preferred. Then I didn‘t love the first book. I picked up this book with markedly less enthusiasm but enjoyed it so much more. The decade old murder of a teenage girl is reopened and Vera must launch her own investigation. Plenty of small town secrets and twists. My appreciation for Vera has grown.

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Heartburn | Nora Ephron
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Audio was definitely the way to go as I think Meryl‘s narration made me enjoy this more than I would have otherwise. A comedic look at a divorce that felt a little one note to me. It didn‘t help that so much of the humor was dated in a way that was uncomfortable. Since this based on Ephron‘s own divorce from Carl Bernstein I did find that I cared enough to google whether or not he ever married the woman he had an affair with.

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Autumn | Ali Smith
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I am glad I waited awhile before reading this because had I read it when the hype was at its highest I‘m not sure I would have enjoyed as much as I did. This book wasn‘t quite what I expected but in some ways that made it better. I laughed at the post office scenes, felt my blood pressure rise reading the reflections on Brexit and immigration, and was so charmed by the friendship at the heart of it. I am eager to carry on with the rest of quartet.

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I don‘t often like short story collections but Litsy did not steer me wrong with this one. Each story gives us a glimpse at what lies beneath the polite facade we show others- desire, guilt, shame, a yearning for freedom. I really enjoyed the audio version.

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In 1618 Katharina is accused of being a witch. Katharina Is many things- a widow, a mother, illiterate, a busy body, incredibly fond of her cow. What she is not is a witch. Galchen did her research while writing this book and I think the parts I liked best were the statements made by neighbors that she adapted from historical documents.This book still ended up being #morelikedthanloved. It could be that I am a little over books about witch trials.

marleed I really liked that it was set in Europe vs Massachusetts. I also pictured Francis McDermott as Katharina! 2mo
UrsulaMonarch @marleed *inspired* casting!!! 😍 2mo
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The Trees: A Novel | Percival Everett
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Even with all of the love it has received on Litsy I didn‘t expect to feel so strongly about this book- trying to cram in a few pages while I ate lunch at work, texting people when I was only half way through to tell them they had to read it. It made me squirm. It made me laugh. It made me sad and angry and irritated. So many books I read and know I will soon have forgotten their details. This is not one of them.

BarbaraBB Great review. Glad it lived up to your expectations! 2mo
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Book of Night | Holly Black
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I was very excited about Black finally writing adult fantasy so there may have been some squealing when this ARC arrived. Charlie is trying hard to put her past as a con artist and thief behind her and focus on important things like sending her sister to college. The problem is that Charlie is a damn good thief and a magnet for trouble. This was a really fun read with interesting world building. I am looking forward to more about Charlie.

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I was so pleasantly about surprised by how candid Union is about not only the difficulties she has experienced but also in sharing stories where she does not get portrayed in the best light. This collection of essays has it all- laughter, tears, serious reflection- exactly like a night spent talking with your best friend as you go through a bottle or two. Cannot wait to listen to her later book.

Suet624 I really liked this one too. 💕 3mo
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I went into this book pretty much blind. I had heard some good buzz and read a previous book by the author which was enough for me to want to give it a try. From the first sentence I was swept away on a tumult of feelings as the narrator faced his own head-on. This is a slim novel that says so much about parenthood, abortion, and marriage. Unflinching and still tender, I read it one sitting.

Chelsea.Poole Loved this. 3mo
youneverarrived I would have stacked if I hadn‘t already. Great review! 3mo
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Grace | Natashia Deon
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Intertwining stories about a mother a daughter, one killed right after the birth of the other, this book ensnares you from its first sentence. As you read about Naomi forced to become a runaway slave and hide in a brothel you are also watching with her as her daughter grows up at the end of the Civil War. Both are little more than girls when subjected to brutality making this book difficult to read at times but it was impossible to put down.

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I went into this audiobook with no real expectations. I knew next to nothing about the author but had read a couple of good reviews. I ended up surprised by how compelling it was to listen to Ratajkowski talk about her body and being beautiful and the ways she has become a commodity. There are many contradictions but that made it seem more real to me as if she is still reconciling her feelings.

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Last day in Denver and one more Tattered Cover visited. Another small #bookhaul. I had this audiobook on hold at the library but couldn‘t pass up a signed copy. Such a great bookstore.

Julsmarshall Love Tattered Cover! 4mo
Tera66 Safe travels home! 4mo
KellyK I ❤️ the Tattered Cover… I can spend days there! 4mo
Reggie Is it weird that I‘m smiling, knowing we‘ve been in the same bookstore? 4mo
Jas16 @Reggie If it is weird then we are both weird. 4mo
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Spending a long weekend in Denver with a friend who recently moved here. When he asked me what I wanted to do all I said was Tattered Cover. We went to two locations yesterday and I was good but still HAD to buy something.

Tera66 Yay! Your in my neck of the woods, you picked a beautiful weekend to visit!🌞 4mo
CarolynM My top read of 2021. Hope you like it🙂 4mo
Jas16 @Tera66 I could not have asked for better weather. It has been a lovely trip. 4mo
Jas16 @CarolynM I have heard such great things about it. Definitely excited to read it 4mo
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The Witch Elm | Tana French
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So many mixed reviews for this one and I totally get it. Brevity is not a word you can use in conjunction with any Tana French books, this one least of all. I was still captivated by the highly unreliable narrator and the mystery of the skull in the backyard and could have forgiven almost any flaws until the ending which I hated. Not my favorite French by far but still an enjoyable ride.

erzascarletbookgasm Not my favourite French either. 4mo
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Susanna Kearsley is a mood for me and I can just sink into her books like a bubble bath. Verity gets a job archeological dig that the ghost of a Roman soldier keeps watch over. Is the dig the whim of a madman or should Verity trust in the supernatural leanings of those around her? A dash of romance, some intrigue, and a Scottish setting made this a perfect escape read.

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Midwinter | Fiona Melrose
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A sad but quietly lovely, book about a father and son still reeling after the death of their wife/ mother a decade earlier. Anger, blame, sadness, love, and regret tinge every page.

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Every bit as amazing as everyone has been saying. I listened to the audiobook but will be buying a copy for my shelves so that I can revisit the things that struck me the most and the places where my attention lagged (which tends to happen to me with audiobooks).

Cinfhen This is on my #NYWD list. I have the kindle book but I‘m thinking of adding audio narration 4mo
Kdgordon88 @Cinfhen I finished the audio yesterday. It is excellent, the best book addressing slavery and enslaved persons I‘ve read so far. 4mo
Cinfhen Thanks @Kdgordon88 💜I‘ll definitely add audio 4mo
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I hate that I didn‘t love this more. Perhaps my expectations were too high after adoring the first in the series but I found myself bored in many places. The stakes weren‘t as high in this book and for me the plot a bit too similar to book one in some ways as well. Hopefully this sets up a stellar third novel which I will read eventually.

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Hunt the Stars | Jessie Mihalik
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This book has it all- adventure, romance, found family, a mildly telepathic cat , I could not have asked for more (unless the book came with said mildly telepathic cat). I had such a good time reading this Jessie Mihalik has more than earned a place on my list of auto-buy authors. I cannot wait to see what future books in the series have in store for these characters and look forward to getting to know the rest of the crew even better. Out 2/1/22

TheSpineView I loved this book! My only question is... when will book 2 be out? 4mo
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Resolution | Denise Mina
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Not my favorite of the trilogy as I felt there was already too much going on in Maureen‘s life she did not need to be involved in another mystery. It was still a strong conclusion to everything else that has been brewing in the series. Maureen continues to spiral downwards drinking more and making impulsive decisions as she can no longer ignore her demons. I definitely want to read more Mina. Any recommendations on what I should pick up next?

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The Fell | SARAH. MOSS
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I didn't think I was ready to read a book set during the pandemic but I could not ignore a new Sarah Moss. Honestly, this book proves again why she is a writer I will jump to read. In less than 200 pages she manages to give us such a complete, vivid peek into the heads of four distinct individuals as they go through one day of November 2020. It is intense and gripping and makes me want to immediately read all of her books that I have not yet read.

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A Winter's Promise | Christelle Dabos
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This started off really strong with some interesting world building that had me convinced I would be buying the rest of the series before the weekend ends but then it really went downhill for me. Tons of intrigue but not much plot, I don‘t mind a slow read but this felt so overly long I was happy to reach the end.

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When We Were Vikings | Andrew David MacDonald
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Great book to end 2021 with! Zelda has a deep love for all things Viking, an older brother who does anything necessary to keep her safe, and a quest to be able to become a hero able to help him. You know you are invested when you have to put the book down because you are so worried about what is going to happen next.

Reggie Ughh, yes, like you are gonna explode if something happens to them. Lol, Happy New Year, Jennifer! 5mo
Jas16 @Reggie Exactly! So you have to steel yourself before you can turn the page. Happy New Year my friend! I hope 2022 only has wonderful things in store for you. 5mo
Suet624 Happy 2022, Jennifer! 5mo
Jas16 @Suet624 Happy New Year! May your year be as awesome as you are. 5mo
Suet624 Awww, thank you! 5mo
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When We Were Vikings | Andrew David MacDonald
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Finally done with being productive for the day and ready to settle down with my most important decision of the day, my #lastfirst selections. Decided to end 2021 with one my Christmas gifts and start 2022 with a book that I have been hoping to get to for months.

Ddzmini When we where Vikings was and is one of my favorite books 📖 5mo
Jas16 @Ddzmini I am really enjoying it so far! 5mo
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I waited until the last moment to choose my #top21of21 in case of last minute additions. I really enjoyed looking back at everything I read this year and arguing with myself about what should make the list. I am now looking forward to what 2022‘s list will look like.

Well-ReadNeck Oooh! Loads that I loved here. Definitely going to add the rest to my TBR, looks like we have similar tastes!!! 5mo
Suet624 Oh, I forgot about The Only Plane in the Sky. So good. 5mo
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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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I have started looking forward to Patchett‘s essay collections with as much anticipation as I do her novels. I have loved having this audiobook keep me company this week as I listened to her reflections on friendship, writing, Snoopy, and so much more. If you are a fan of Patchett‘s fiction, and even if you aren‘t and just enjoy a well-crafted essay, I think you should give this collection or This is the Story of a Happy Marriage a try .

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The High House | Jessie Greengrass
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Four people living out their days together after climate disasters leave them no other recourse. The depressing vision of the future that seems more and more inevitable with each passing severe weather occurrence is combined with the relationships of those stuck in a cobbled together family and all they have left behind. Striking writing uplifts a gloomy subject matter. I read this in one sitting.

Suet624 Great review. 5mo
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When We Were Vikings | Andrew David MacDonald
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What a fabulous package Jee! Everything I need for For a cozy holiday -two books that look amazing, tea, soft book socks that I will be putting in on shortly, chocolates that did not survive long enough to be photographed, and a lovely bookmark. Thank you so much my friend!

Jee_HookedOnBookz Hope you enjoy them! And thank you so much for your gifts! I‘ll write a longer reply via email to you! Meanwhile stay safe and well and happy holidays my dear friend! 5mo
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The Five Wounds: A Novel | Kirstin Valdez Quade
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Reggie!!! Thank you so much for wonderful presents! Books and chocolate (especially Reese‘s) are my favorite things and you chose three books I am so excited to read. I cannot thank you enough!

AmyG Merry Christmas 🎄 5mo
Jas16 @AmyG Merry Christmas! I hope you are having a wonderful day. 5mo
Reggie Merry Christmas! 🎄 I hope you enjoy the books. 5mo
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batsy Oooh! That Comyns book is so good! Plus Reese's ❤️ 5mo
Suet624 I really liked The Five Wounds. I think you will too. 5mo
Jas16 @Suet624 I stacked it because of your review. Looking forward to reading it soon. 5mo
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Exile | Denise Mina
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In the sequel to Garnethill Maureen is still living with the repercussions of all the trauma she has experienced. When her friend asks her to look into the disappearance of a woman from a domestic violence shelter Maureen throws herself into a reckless investigation with a complete lack of self preservation. A vivid, gritty story with a flawed heroine you just want to see doing better. Looking forward to the final book in the trilogy.

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The Mercies | Kiran Millwood Hargrave
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What is more terrifying than a group of strong women able to fend for themselves? In 1617 Norway after storm kills off the men of the town, the remaining women do what they must to survive. When outsiders arrive intent on rooting out any sign of witchcraft, cracks begin to show. I saved this for the right time and was not disappointed although I wanted more of the women finding their strength. I was swept away by the beautiful writing.

Soubhiville 💜 this cover!!! 5mo
Reggie I loved this book, and I love that you love this book. 5mo
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this cover! 5mo
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A Time to Be Born | Dawn Powell
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I love Dawn Powell but every time I recommend her to someone they inevitably ask”Who?” making her the perfect choice for #underratedorlesserknownbook. In this book a NYC social climber tries to use the arrival of her old small town to her advantage. Sharp and funny this was the perfect book to complete #booked2021 with.

EvieBee I only know her because of Gilmore Girls. After that episode I bought her collection of work. Have yet to read! 5mo
Jas16 @EvieBee Another reason to love Gilmore Girls! 5mo
Suet624 Um... who? I've never heard of her. It's so hard to keep track of everyone!!! :) 5mo
Jas16 @Suet624 it is impossible to keep track of everyone! But I will keep trying to get more people to read her. 5mo
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For some reason I did not plan on reading this book until I heard Kal Penn on Pod Save America. I am so glad I checked this audiobook because Kal talks about going against familial expectations to pursue his dreams of acting, Hollywood racism, and leaving a successful TV series to work for the Obama administration with the humor you would expect from him and with real candor.

Suet624 Thanks for the recommendation! 5mo
ChaoticMissAdventures I loved that interview! So interesting how he left tv for the wh. Glad to hear you liked the book also. 5mo
Jas16 @ChaoticMissAdventures I loved that interview too and it definitely left me wanting more! 5mo
Jas16 @Suet624 I hope you like it as much as I did. I will say that it gets better as it progresses. 5mo
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The Map of Salt and Stars: A Novel | Jennifer Zeynab Joukhadar
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I went into this book with with high expectations but ended up only caring about one of the storylines, the modern day journey of young Nour who left America, where she was born, for Syria, where her family is from, only to be forced to flee violence and travel as refugee. The story of Rawiya, hundreds of years earlier, did not have the same resonance with me, despite the lovely writing.
#booked2021 #setinacountrywhereunpeacekeepersare

BiblioLitten I bailed on this. It seemed very ambitious yet half-hearted as the same time. 5mo
Jas16 @BiblioLitten I can absolutely see why you felt that way. 5mo
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I love Dave Grohl. He just seems like such a nice guy on top of being amazingly talented. This collection of stories from his life reinforces that. He comes across as a humble, funny, generous soul who never takes his success for granted and works hard to be a good dad. I love that his stories also left me with a deeper appreciation of other famous musicians after seeing them through his eyes. Read by Dave the audiobook is the way to go.

Suet624 I love him so much. 5mo
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