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Jenken1998

Jenken1998

Joined September 2016

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Soooo. There was a book sale at my library. Somewhat picked over, but i got a bag full for $5

TEArificbooks I loved The Feather Thief 1h
Suet624 It's always fun to get books at a library sale. Just can't go wrong. 58m
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Ugh. Devestating and infuriating. A book of collected stories from those affected by the meltdown. Citizens, soldiers, scientists, and volunteers. Took me all month to read it. It was good.. just heavy. All the triggers btw..

KathyWheeler I read this when it first came out and you‘re right — it was all of that. It was so difficult to read, not because it wasn‘t good, but because it was so devastating. 5h
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Book 2 in the series. Not as Lol as book 1 but still funny, enjoyable, and finished it in one day. Finlay is trying to figure out who has a hit out on her ex, and surprisingly, it's not her. As usual, things don't go as planned, and she finds herself in hot water. If someone doesn't make these into a tv show or movie..i may riot.

Julsmarshall They need to be a tv series! 10h
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Well, that was over the top fun. Any book that makes me LOL gets 5 🌟 from me. Down and out mystery writing mother of two accidentally becomes a hitman. It was ridiculous fun and just what i needed.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Loved this one!! 2d
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I just ❤️ Ruth Hogan. Her whimsical tales full of great characters and dual timelines never disappoint. I say 🔮🔮🔮🔮. The ending tied up way too fast for me, but i still adored it. Madame Burova practices her trade and hears the secrets and heartaches of many customers. After her retirement, she has one secret she has been holding since the 70s. A secret that will set a young woman on a journey to find the truth of who she really is.

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The Red Umbrella | Christina Diaz Gonzalez
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Young adults read about the cuban revolution. Told from the point of a 14 year old who, along with her 7 year old brother, get sent to the US by their parents for safety. Will they ever see Cuba again? Will they ever see their parents again? Great read. Couldn't put it down. Lots of feels..sadness, hopefulness, tension, gratitude..💔💔💔💔💔

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The Land of Forgotten Girls | Erin Entrada Kelly
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Middle grade read. After the loss of her middle sister and Mother, Sol's Dad remarries and moves her and her littlest sister to the US. Then he returns to the Philippines, leaving behind the girls to contend with their step mom, grief, and finding support in unlikely places. Enjoyable read about the bonds of sisters.

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Book 11/100 2023
It is a quiet tragic book with frustrating characters. A story about loss... most of it unnecessary due to LACK OF COMMUNICATION. Which frustrated me. Lol.
On the eve of her daughter's wedding, a tragic accident takes everything, and everyone June loves. A story about connections, regret, and loss.
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This was a 🍅🍅🍅🍅 non fiction read about how our palate has been changed to readily eat chemically flavored food and about how our food (animal and vegetable) have had the taste bred out of them for low cost high yield reasons. Flavor is tied to emotions, and eating is emotional. We are programmed to look for the most flavor, and unfortunately, that is tied to processed food. Some scientists are trying to reverse this, but have an uphill battle

KristiAhlers That sounds like a super interesting read. When we lived in Europe food was so good over there as they don‘t allow all the preservatives and crap we allow in our food over there. We have not done ourselves any favors with what we have done to food. 1w
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Red Sky at Morning: A Novel | Richard Bradford
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One of the best books i have ever read. ❤️. A teen coming of age tale out west during WW2. Smart, sarcastic, deadpan humor had me laughing throughout. 5 🌟

AmyG Oooooo stacked. 1w
EmilyM When I taught sophomore English I taught this book and the kids loved it, as did I! 1w
Bklover I know I‘ve read this, but I don‘t remember a word of it! 1w
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Turn of the Key | Ruth Ware
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I am working on my ridiculous TBR this year. So you will see many older books being posted. I promise im going to make a huge dent in my shelves. 😁. This one..eh.. It was a slow start.. picked up and got me interested in the middle.. fell flat after the twist.. which i did not guess ahead of time.. then was figureoutable. Lots of unreliable characters. I give it 🗝🗝🗝

Cortg I‘m all about the older books! I just can‘t keep up with the current reads 😂 2w
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I am enjoying these as a trip down memory lane! Silly fun with old friends. Awesome illustrations. 👌

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The Fourteenth Goldfish | Jennifer L. Holm
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Cute Middle grade read. 11 year old Ellie dislikes change. She unfortunately finds herself facing many of them as she starts middle school, becomes distant from her best friend, her mom begins dating, and her grandfather moves in. The catch is that her grandfather, a scientist, has reversed aging and is now a 13 year old boy. A cute read showing change at any age can be hard.

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West with Giraffes | Lynda Rutledge
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A story told by a 100 year old man about his depression era adventure druving giraffes across the United States. Sweet coming of age story with memorable characters. 5 🌟

Lollymya So good 2w
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Never Lie | Freida McFadden
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Two newlyweds looking for their first home find a home with a mysterious past and a missing previous owner. The spooky home starts to reveal secrets of the past and present. Unbelievable and crazy plot twists. For sure. Unreliable and annoying characters. Yep. Still a fun read and provided a couple hours of fun entertainment. Absolutely. 4 🌟

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The Love of My Life | Rosie Walsh
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3.5 🦀.. maybe rounded up to 4 🦀. i enjoyed it but there were some spots that felt... rushed? Full of holes? Conveniently tied up? Leo is an obituary writer. His wife Emma has cancer. He starts to write her obituary because he can't imagine anyone else being able to capture how beautiful she is..but things aren't adding up. Does he even know his wife? Has their life all been lies?

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The Maid | Nita Prose
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Entertaining. 3.5 🌟. Neurodiverse maid Molly is busy trying to figure out life without her Grandmother while working in her beloved hotel. Her kindness and honesty get her wrapped up in trouble without her realizing it. Rushed in some parts but fun.

AmyG I just finished this and enjoyed it, too. (edited) 8mo
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Holy moly..that was a trip. The bravery of these men and the leadership of Shackleton was inspiring in this nf telling of the ill fated adventure. So well written i just read straight through. For sure 5 ⚓️⚓️⚓️⚓️⚓️

Suet624 I read this well over 20 years ago and I still talk about it. What a story. I can‘t believe so many of them survived. 8mo
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Wonderful storytelling. From the perspective of a senior citizen recalling a summer as a young boy that turned out to be a pivotal moment in his life. A summer where he has a front row seat to his family trying to recover from the war, racial tension, family tension, the loss of his war hero father and a leopard that escapes the zoo. I really liked it. Slow, easy, nostalgic read. Triggers PTSD/War/Flashback scenes

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Slow start for me but got better. Glad i kept pushing through. Esme grows up at the turn of the century, the creation of the Oxford English Dictionary, the Great War, and the women's suffrage movement. She collects words to make sense of the beauty and tragedy of the world she encounters. Beautifully written. Going with 4 🌟

Donna1980 I read the first few pages of this in a bookshop after the blurb intrigued me. Wasn‘t sure it would be for me though… how long does it take to get into? I don‘t mind a bit of a slog if the rest of the book makes it worth it. 8mo
Jenken1998 @Donna1980 it took literally half the book. I almost put it down but i'm glad i didnt. 8mo
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A Southern cozy paranormal mystery. A realtor who makes a living selling historic houses ends up inheriting one steeped in a family mystey and full of ghosts. Typical paranormal cozy. Easy to figure out but enjoyable 3 🌟

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Well this was beautifully written, heartbreakingly hopeful and thought provoking. A memoir of a young Mom battling cancer. A look at the toxic positivity / hustle culture after a devastating diagnosis from the authors perspective. Really got me thinking about taking things for granted and what really matters to me. 5 🌟 read for me. And boy oh boy can she write 😍

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I picked this up because of my interest in ecotherapy. It was a quick basic easy read about the benefits of nature on physical and mental health. Didn't learn anything new but it was enjoyable. 3 🌳

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Brooklyn | Colm Toibin
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Just what i needed. Slow historical fiction / lite romance /didnt really need to think too much book. A palate cleanser? Set in 1950s Brooklyn a young Irish immigrant struggles to make her life her own. 3 🌟

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Entertaining non fiction about walking. It looks at walking from many different angles and the author is pretty funny. I picked this up on a whim at a sale because i adore walking and hiking. It didn't disappoint. 4 👟

sherrisilvera I love walking too! 9mo
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Homicide and Halo-Halo | Mia P. Manansala
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Book #2 in this cozy mystery series. I enjoyed book one more but that is pretty typical for me. I have issues with series. Book 3 due out this fall. After barely surviving an attempt on her life in the last book Lila is trying to get her life back on track. As a former winner she is asked to judge a pageant where someone is murdering those connected to it. I didn't figure it out but the mc got on my nerves in this one. 3 🌟

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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It was ok. Somewhat figureoutable. The twist was not super shocking but if i remember right I've felt the same about all his books. 9 strangers on a list.. start to be murdered.. but how are they connected? Very Agatha Christie inspired. 3.5 🌟

TheLudicReader I like the word 'figureoutable'. 😁 9mo
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Fanciful tale about a child who will not be tamed. The author was a child herself when she wrote it (9 then published when she was 12 in 1927). A very descriptive and wordy nature tale where a young girl refuses to cave to domestication and runs away to live in nature never to return home again. Interestingly enough the author disappeared in adulthood never to be seen again 🤔 i say 3.5 stars but i will round up to 4

DivineDiana 😮 8mo
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I had never read Eloise. What a funny little character.. spoiled but in a far fetched silly way. 😜 I am just glad im not in charge of her.

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The High House | Jessie Greengrass
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Im struggling with this one. Somewhat slow but i am close to finishing so i will. #readathon #deweys24hourreadathon @DeweysReadathon

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The High House | Jessie Greengrass
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I love the book more than the movie. A quick nostalgic read of an old favorite.

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Love this one!! 9mo
DPgirl I loved that movie! Adding this to my wish list. Thankyou 9mo
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That was an adventure! I am always impressed how Sci Fi authors come up with this stuff. Im not a big Sci Fi reader but enjoyed the storyline that brings in current events and witty- sarcastic banter. MC Jamie lands a job protecting unusual creatures in a different dimension. Lots of science discussions that were not too over my head. It was fun. 4 🌟

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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Figured it out pretty early but still enjoyed it. Her books are always fun and keep me turning the page. Multiple timeline, murder mystery with a touch of paranormal.
Round up to 4 🌟

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Tonights fun... if i can stay awake. My allergies are bad and im exhausted 😩

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I enjoyed this. 3.5 out of 5 🌟. A fictional character is dropped into the real life story of Paul and Talitha Getty and the drug hazed, swinging music scene of the 60s. Daisy Jones vibes for sure.

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Loved this! Non fiction historical account of Elizabeth Packard and her fight for the rights of women and mental health reform.. i alternated between book and audio. I enjoyed the author reading her book. 😍

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Billy Summers | Steven King
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Started this one on audio while running errands with my hubby

amywithbooks I loved this book SO much! 1y
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Another 5 star read for me from this author. An epic adventure of two brothers that have experienced a lot of loss and injustice in life. Looking for a fresh start their plan gets derailed by a smooth talking con man of a friend. Meeting kind and some unsavory characters along the way they must overcome many obstacles in order to move on. Will they get their fresh start or will injustice continue to plague them? One of my top 5 books of the year!

Crazeedi Omg, I am so excited to read this, his books have all been 5 star! 1y
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Switching up reading spots and books. I want to save the last 200 pages of my previous read/audiobook for tomorrow while i shop and clean. Fancy decided to join me in my new spot. She is a readathon pro. #deweysreadathon

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Audiowalk this am. One of my favorite authors and so far this is 😍. I am already in love with these characters ❤ #deweysreadathon #audiobooks

Crazeedi I cant wait to read!!!! 1y
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The Worst Witch | Jill Murphy
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Readathon weekend.. im starting tonight with this reread. 🧙‍♀️🧹🐈‍⬛🎃

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Read right through this last night. One of my favorite authors. A story about finding and making family and all the complicated messiness that goes with that. Izzy finds herself alone and pregnant. She is offered a chance to live with other expecting families and raise their children communally as part of an experiment. Not my favorite of his work but still good. I love his complex and conflicted characters #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo

DrexEdit I read his Nothing to See Here in January and it‘s still one of the best books I‘ve read all year. I‘ll have to check this one out too! 😊 2y
Jenken1998 @DrexEdit i liked Nothing to See Here better but this was still good 2y
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October, October | Katya Balen
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October wrap up. A mix of thrillers, nonfiction, comedy, fantasy, childhood favorite, graphic novel.

A new favorite book I'm Thinking of Ending Things ❤

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Greenglass House | Kate Milford
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Up next #bookspin #doublespin #bookspinbingo. These have been collecting dust on my TBR for a minute. @TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Yay!!!! 2y
Bookishlie Green glass house was really cute. I enjoyed it ver much. I‘d like it there‘s a sequel:) 2y
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Don't Look for Me | WENDY. WALKER
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No one writes about messed up families like this author. Dual storyline about a grieving mother who goes missing and her daughters search for her. Twists and turns. Ending was a little weird but ok. 3.5 to 4 👩‍👧👩‍👧👩‍👧👩‍👧

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Goodnight Beautiful | Aimee Molloy
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Well this was fun. Pager turner. Fast paced. Hard to describe without spoilers. Newlyweds Sam and Annie return to his hometown. Sam starts building his psychology practice and then goes missing. Lots of unreliable characters, twists and turns.

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The Bear | Andrew Krivak
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❤ lovely little fable about a father and daughter the two last remaining humans on earth. A story about loss, survival and the beauty and generosity of nature. Stunning descriptive writing. I did not want this to end. 🐻🐻🐻🐻🐻

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The Deep | Rivers Solomon, Daveed Diggs, William Hutson, Jonathan Snipes
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I don't normally read fantasy or sci fi so i really cant rate it. I loved the beautiful writing but thought the plot kind of boring

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Whew. That was twisted. Lane returns to the family she ran from to help look for her missing cousin. Dark secrets resurface. Predictable but good. #deweysreadathon