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JenlovesJT47

Joined May 2016

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Murder Road by Simone St. James
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The Case of the Velvet Claws by Erle Stanley Gardner
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Swan Song | Elin Hilderbrand
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I have officially read all of Elin Hilderbrand‘s books and am sad to hear about her retirement - although I heard a rumor about her writing stories with her daughter now. So, fingers crossed!🤞🏻Swan Song is another juicy beach read and as always, it‘s great to visit Nantucket and see how the other half lives! Lots of little Easter eggs sprinkled throughout for the fans and a good note to go out on. 5⭐️

#beachread
#Nantucket
#ElinHilderbrand

Avanders Hiiii!! 👋🏽👋🏽🫶🏽😘 welcome back!! 1w
JenlovesJT47 @Avanders thanks! 🤗 It‘s good to be back! ❤️ 1w
Avanders Also, I don‘t know if it was in place the last time you were here, but @LitsyEvents has replaced both @LitsyHappenings and @LitsySwaps 🤗 1w
JenlovesJT47 @Avanders thank you!! I haven‘t done a swap in about 3 years and I miss it. 🤓 1w
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I‘m a huge Mad Men fan and after watching the show countless times, I decided to finally dive in to the Mad Men reading challenge, which takes you through all of the books shown read by the characters on the show. I‘ll post the link below if anyone is interested but I‘m just doing it at my own pace and in no particular order. I started with this classic book of poetry which is a quick read and available on openlibrary.org for free! I just ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Started getting into poetry over the last 6 months or so and this is definitely worth reading. It‘s an eclectic collection of poems imo and while I didn‘t love it, I did enjoy it. 4⭐️ #MadMen #MadMenReadingChallenge #poetry #classics 🥃📚🤓 11mo
mrp27 Ohh I‘m gonna check this out. I was a huge Mad Men fan. 11mo
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Avanders Just dropping by to say hi - I see it‘s been a while 😉👋🏽 Hope all is well! ♥️ 3w
JenlovesJT47 @Avanders all is well! I miss my Litsy family and have been AWOL for too long. Going to try to start posting more again. Hope you are doing well! 🤗❤️ 3w
Avanders @JenlovesJT47 I know the feeling! Life got really crazy for a while and I was relatively absent for a while. I‘ve started to make my way back in again ☺️ Glad to hear you‘re doing well! Life is still chaos, but seems to be starting to calm… 😉😘 3w
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This was such a fun book full of juicy Hollywood gossip. It covers about 100 years from 1914 to 2012 with a scandal for each day of the year. It‘s full of sly humor which I so appreciate over corny stuff. No one should be shocked that Charlie Sheen shows up more than anyone else in this book with about 8 entries dedicated to him. 😆 Highly recommended for movie buffs and lovers of Old Hollywood. 5⭐️🍿🎥

#cinephile
#Hollywood
#OldHollywood
#movies

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Ayesha at Last | Uzma Jalaluddin
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I listened to the #audiobook for our #Pemberlittens buddy read. It took me awhile to get into it but overall I enjoyed it. I learned a lot about the Muslim culture and I think by the end of the book all of the P&P tie-ins were clear and well done. Thanks for hosting @StayCurious ! 4⭐️

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Heartstone | Elle Katharine White
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I got a little (ok, a lot!) behind on my #Pemberlittens buddy read but I finally read the last 30% this morning and what can I say? I loved this book! I loved how you can clearly see all of the main scenes from P&P played out but also done so differently that it still kept me guessing, and I can‘t wait to read the rest of the series! Glad I stuck with it. Akarra was my favorite. 🐉💚 5⭐️

#JaneAusten
#Pride&Prejudice
#fantasy
#retelling
#buddyread

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Echo of Old Books | Barbara Davis
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Attention all bibliophiles! 🤓 I was drawn in by the beautiful cover and the premise of doomed love and the dual timelines of 1941 and 1984. Ashlyn, who restores old books in her inherited bookstore in 1984, can feel the emotions of the previous owners when she touches a book. She stumbles on 2 old books that appear never to have been published, his and hers stories about a doomed love affair in 1941. She soon becomes absorbed in their stories ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 And sets out to learn more via the man who donated them, Ethan. I don‘t want to give away anything else but all book lovers should read this book! It‘s available on kindle unlimited and I listened to the #audiobook with 3 excellent narrators. 5⭐️ Highly recommended! #bibliophile #historicalfiction #WWII #kindleunlimited 1y
TheBookgeekFrau And .... Stacked!! 1y
JenlovesJT47 @TheBookgeekFrau I hope you enjoy it! 🤗 1y
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An excerpt from Seen & Unseen. Toyo Miyatake smuggled a camera into the camp and had a friend smuggle him film.

#quotes
#art
#photography
#graphicnovel
#history
#WWII
#ToyoMiyatake
#DorotheaLange

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Continuing with my stack of Dorothea Lange books, I was pleasantly surprised to discover this was a graphic novel with beautiful yet haunting illustrations. It goes into detail about the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII and should be required reading for students. It also includes photos by Toyo Miyatake (who was imprisoned in a camp) and Ansel Adams. A part of American history that should not be forgotten. 5⭐️

#art
#photography

AmyG He‘s so BIG! What a cutie! 1y
JenlovesJT47 @AmyG thank you!! 🤗 He just turned 5!! 😱 1y
AmyG 5…Holy Cow! 1y
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For recipe inspiration for #foodandlit this month, I chose The Pepper Thai Cookbook. I‘ve read Chrissy‘s cookbooks and enjoyed them and know her mom is a huge inspiration in her cooking. Pepper seems like a cool person and I like that she is so creative and not rigid in the kitchen. I screenshotted a ton of mouthwatering recipes and look forward to trying some within the next week or two. If you read this, you will go away hungry! 😆 4⭐️

TheBookHippie Same!!! I got it out of the library 😂👩🏻‍🍳 1y
TheBookHippie @IndoorDame another yes for this cookbook! 1y
IndoorDame @TheBookHippie @JenlovesJT47 awesome! Putting it on my library list! Thank you both!!! 1y
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For #foodandlit this month, I chose a romantic comedy/adventure set in Thailand. I admit I wasn‘t a huge fan of the narrator, but this story succeeds in its purpose. A fluffy romantic comedy when you need a bit of escapism. I‘m interested in reading more from this series. 3.5⭐️

#Thailand
#romance
#adventure
#fluff

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A Tangled Web | Lucy Maud Montgomery
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Better extremely late than never for the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead 😆! I adored this book and all of the expertly woven family drama, and of course, LMM‘s beautiful descriptions of nature. Her books are a mood and if I could only pick one word to describe them, I‘d go with “cozy”. 🥰 5⭐️

#LMMontgomery
#LMM
#classics
#historicalfiction

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Mary Coin: A Novel | Marisa Silver
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Dorothea Lange‘s most famous photograph from the Depression, Migrant Mother, is the inspiration for this fictionalized tale of Mary Coin, the migrant mother herself. “Vera” is Dorothea Lange‘s counterpart and this book takes you on a journey with both Mary and Vera from 1920 to 1982, and I just loved it. It‘s very true to Dorothea‘s real background and an interesting what if. Recommended for fans of historical fiction and Dorothea Lange. 5⭐️

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Continuing with my stack of Frida books, The Heart is about Frida‘s short time in Paris in early 1939 and her romance with Michel Petitjean. They moved in the same circles and began a brief but passionate affair. Upon her departure, Frida gifted Michel one of her now most famous paintings, The Heart. The book is written by Michel‘s son and covers a brief but important time in Frida‘s life. Highly recommend for fans of Frida. 4⭐️

#FridaKahlo

JenlovesJT47 #art #catsofLitsy #Chipper #Paris shoutout to @TheBookHippie for the recommendation! 🤗 1y
TheBookHippie Yay!!!! I just loved it! 1y
JenlovesJT47 @TheBookHippie I can‘t get enough of Frida! Do you happen to know of any good books that just showcase her paintings? Her art is fascinating! 1y
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TheBookHippie @JenlovesJT47 well yes but I used the library because 💸💸💸💸💲💲💲💲 Frida Kahlo. The Complete Paintings https://a.co/d/6nmMcyk 1y
TheBookHippie @JenlovesJT47 I‘m saving for it because I‘m 😍 1y
TheBookHippie Frida Kahlo: Making Her Self Up https://a.co/d/fR1JhUw 1y
JenlovesJT47 @TheBookHippie awesome!! 😍 thank you so much! (And what would we do without the library?!😆) 1y
TheBookHippie @JenlovesJT47 I would literally die I think. I use it so much. 1y
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Lee Miller: A Woman's War | Hilary Roberts
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My sister has gotten me into photography books lately and she told me about Lee Miller, so naturally I had to grab all the Lee Miller books from the library 😆🤓. Man, what an interesting life she led! She worked as an American photojournalist in Europe during WWII and was the first woman allowed to enter a combat zone. I highly recommend this for photography lovers and WWII buffs. Looking forward to learning more about her. 5⭐️

#photography
#art

Texreader Yay! Sounds great! ❤️🐈‍⬛ 1y
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Too Hot to Handle | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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Book 2 in this fiery miniseries introduces us to this handsome stranger Devon Whitelaw, poor little rich boy who‘s parents have just been killed in a car accident. He takes off from Connecticut on his motorcycle in search of a legal guardian. He will not be able to inherit his millions without one. Methinks this pretty boy will end up in Sweet Valley one of these days. 🤔 Meanwhile, Jess & Liz are SO pissed that Lila and Steven are now dating. ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 They do everything in their power to break up the happy couple. Steven continues to investigate the arson case at Fowler Crest. When he and Lila are at a fancy restaurant for dinner, Lila leaves the room and shortly after, something explodes. Book 2 ends with Lila in all her silken finery with a pair of handcuffs as an accessory. She swears she‘s being framed and Steven doesn‘t know what to believe. Poor Lila. 4⭐️ 1y
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To ease back into my Litsy Buddy reads, I chose this for #FoodAndLit this month, since we‘re focusing on Syria. I went the audiobook route and was a little disappointed. It‘s a kids book so my expectations weren‘t unrealistic. It‘s set in London and focuses on a group of students who befriend a young Syrian refugee boy named Ahmet. It‘s a little too syrupy sweet for my tastes, but good for kids to read. My complaint lies with the audiobook ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Narration. It‘s set in the U.K., including the kids making a trip to Buckingham Palace to get the Queen to intercede on Ahmet‘s behalf, yet the narrator has a very prim and proper American accent and it really takes you out of the story. No effort to even attempt a British accent. Again, I think this would be great for kids and it has a great message, it just missed the mark for me. 3⭐️ 1y
JenlovesJT47 #Syria Now off to find a good Syrian recipe to try! Very excited about this part. 🥳 So happy to be back here. 1y
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I have become obsessed with Frida Kahlo over the past year and have been slowly working my way through my library‘s collection. This book is 150 pages of letters Frida wrote to various people between 1924 and 1953. She and Diego Rivera were truly one of a kind. Her pain as well as her passion comes out in each page. Chipper approves! 5⭐️

#art
#letters
#FridaKahlo
#Chipper
#catsofLitsy

TheBookHippie In my top ten last year was this book you may enjoy it 1y
JenlovesJT47 @TheBookHippie yes! I actually have this one checked out from the library now and it‘s in a huge stack of Frida books next to my bed 😆 Will read this one next! She was such an interesting person. ❤️ 1y
TheBookHippie @JenlovesJT47 I‘ve loved her for decades -so I get it. I think this particular book was just all around fascinating it‘s nothing I‘d ever read about before. 1y
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Lila's New Flame | Francine Pascal, Kate William
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I‘m a year behind on reviews and my brain can‘t handle trying to catch up on all of it 😆, but I couldn‘t let my SVH reviews fall by the wayside!

Book 1 of the next miniseries opens with Lila home alone in her giant mansion while her newly remarried parents are on a remote island and can‘t be reached. Someone sets fire to Fowler Crest and Lila barely escapes. Meanwhile, big bro Steven Wakefield just returned to SV for an internship at a law ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Firm and also has just conveniently broken up with his longtime gf. He is assigned to the Fowler Crest case which is a clear case of arson. The DA thinks Lila started the fire herself but needs proof. It‘s up to good old Steven to find out the truth. He and Li start spending lots of time together and the end of book 1 finds the twins stumbling into the Wakefield kitchen to find these 2 in a lip lock. Quelle horreur! He still doesn‘t know if ⬇️ 1y
JenlovesJT47 Lila is guilty or not but sure seems to be having fun “working on the case”. 😆 I wonder what will happen next? 🤔 3.5⭐️ #SweetValley #SVH #twins #nostalgia 👯‍♀️ 1y
Clare-Dragonfly Hmm, he‘s not a very ethical investigator! 😂 1y
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Two Little Trains | Margaret Wise Brown
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I am long overdue for a check-in with my Litsy family. I‘ve been AWOL for awhile. The last couple of years have been rough but things are getting better. And I realized today how much I miss Litsy and all of the great friends I‘ve met on here. So, I‘m back!

Jace says hi everyone 👋🏻 Can you believe he‘s almost 5?! 🤯 Time flies. Here‘s a pic from his 1st trip to the library a few months ago. He‘s now obsessed!

So glad to be back. ❤️

#Jace

Meeko93 That's crazy I remember seeing you first post about him 💙 so big now! 1y
CarolynM 👋 How lovely to see you and Jace again💕 Very glad to have you back. 1y
UwannaPublishme How cute is he! 1y
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TheBookgeekFrau Welcome back 😊👋🏼 1y
squirrelbrain Hello to both of you! Hope you‘re OK and lovely to see Jace loves reading too! 1y
KathyWheeler Welcome back! 1y
Gissy Hi! So good to see your post and Jace picture!!! ♥️♥️♥️Welcome back!!! 1y
BethM He‘s so big abd cute! Welcome back :) 1y
Amor4Libros Welcome back! 1y
Librarybelle Welcome back!!! He has grown so much! 1y
bthegood Cute picture and welcome back - glad things going better - 🙂 1y
JessClark78 Welcome back! 🙂 1y
jlhammar That‘s adorable! Welcome back! 1y
Jas16 Oh my goodness. He has gotten so big! 1y
marleed Welcome home! 1y
Chelsea.Poole Glad to have you back! Adorable library visitor 😊 1y
rabbitprincess Welcome back! 1y
Megabooks Welcome back!! 💜 Glad to see you and Jace again. 1y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Wow!! Jace is so big and handsome 💙 1y
DaveGreen7777 Glad things are getting better for you now, Jen! 1y
Bookzombie Welcome back! 1y
CBee So good to “see” you back! Hi Jace! 1y
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Unpopular opinion time! 🙋🏻‍♀️ I listened to this on audiobook and was a little disappointed. I think the title is a bit misleading and I‘ve never listened to their podcast, although I do consider myself a true crime junkie. The self help aspect was a little grating, with long passages about their childhood memories that didn‘t add much to the story imo. The true crime parts were interesting. Maybe it wouldn‘t have bothered me as much if I had ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Read it with my eyeballs, but I was glad when it ended. 😬 That being said, I‘d still give their podcast a listen at least once, maybe I‘ll like that better. 2.5⭐️ #audiobook #truecrime #memoir #selfhelp #podcast 2y
Patchshank I think you have to be a fan of the podcast to really like the book. But a lot of fans where let down by it too since it wasn't really true crime based. I enjoyed it, but i do think they should write some actual true books. I think that would be interesting. 2y
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A Summer Affair: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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Another compelling listen by EH but I pretty much hated all of the main characters, especially the hypocritical mean af best friend of the main character, Claire. Wasn‘t too happy with the ending either. But I still sped through it. 🤷🏻‍♀️ 3⭐️

#audiobook
#ElinHilderbrand
#Nantucket

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Beautiful Day: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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If you‘re up for lots of wedding drama amidst the rich people of Nantucket, then look no further! I wasn‘t in love with these characters but the drama was compelling as always. EH has surely mastered the art of writing about dysfunctional families! 4⭐️

#audiobook
#ElinHilderbrand
#Nantucket

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The Beach Club: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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This is EH‘s first book, and while I enjoyed it okay, you can tell her writing has come a long way. It feels a little clunky and I wasn‘t really a fan of any of the main characters, but if you like EH I‘d still recommend grabbing it from the library. 3.5⭐️

#audiobook
#ElinHilderbrand
#Nantucket

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The Island: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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The Island takes us on a summer vacation in secluded Tuckernuck Island off the coast of Nantucket with newly divorced Birdie Cousins, her two daughters and her sister, and their various romantic entanglements. It‘s another one I got sucked into and had a hard time putting it down. 4⭐️

#audiobook
#ElinHilderbrand
#Nantucket

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Summerland: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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Another tearjerker from EH! This one deals with the aftermath of a car crash on grad night in Nantucket, where promising student Penny gets killed and her twin brother is in critical condition. It was sad but compelling and I couldn‘t put it down. 4⭐️

#ElinHilderbrand
#audiobook
#Nantucket

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Summer of '69 | Elin Hilderbrand
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This is one of my #BOTM books but I think EH‘s books are better on audio so that‘s the direction I took. I loved this one! This is one of her forays into historical fiction and I loved reading about the characters in Nantucket in the summer of ‘69. So much interesting stuff happening that year. 5⭐️

#audiobook
#historicalfiction
#ElinHilderbrand

RenePenn I enjoyed this one too! 2y
RenePenn Have you read 28 summers? That was a good one too. 2y
JenlovesJT47 @RenePenn yes! I sped through that whole thing in a day and thought it was a good story, although I did get really frustrated with the main characters. The follow-up novella was nice too. 2y
Megabooks I like her books better on audio too! 2y
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The Blue Bistro | Elin Hilderbrand
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I‘ve been on a huge Elin Hilderbrand kick lately and I really think her books are best consumed via #audiobook — they are more character driven and it‘s easier to pay attention, since sometimes it‘s hard not to let your mind wander while listening and multitasking. I loved this one because we got behind the scenes experience of working in a super fancy restaurant in Nantucket. It‘s nice seeing how the other half lives and the food descriptions ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Had me drooling 🤤. 5⭐️ #ElinHilderbrand #Nantucket (edited) 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks I loved this one!! 💙 2y
marleed I spent last summer working down my Elin collection. I have one of her books left unread - just for kicks. And if I ever did make it to Nantucket I think I might be disappointed to find the community of people I‘ve grown to love - and I‘m sure would offer me a guest room - are fictional! 2y
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Top of the Heap | Erle Stanley Gardner
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This is my first Erle Stanley Gardner book and I quite enjoyed it. I love these Hard Case Crime books and am trying to read as many as I can in order. They‘re fun, fast reads that keep your attention and as always, I love the noirish vibe. 4⭐️

#HardCaseCrime
#Noir
#ErleStanleyGardner
#Mystery

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Anne's House of Dreams | L. M. Montgomery
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On my first read of the series 10+ years ago, book 4 (Anne of Windy Poplars) was my favorite. Now, I think book 5 may be it! Anne‘s House of Dreams is full of whimsy like her other books, with laughter, heartache and lots of great characters. I do wish we got more of the story from Anne‘s POV but I‘m really enjoying this reread. Better late than never to the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead !! 5⭐️

#classic
#historicalfiction
#LMMontgomery
#AOGG

BarbaraJean I‘d always thought of Anne of the Island as my favorite, followed by Windy Poplars—but rereading the series for the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead, this one was definitely my favorite. I just love the friendships between Anne and Gil and Cornelia and Captain Jim and Leslie and Owen. #squadgoals 😆 2y
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Saga #55 | Brian K. Vaughan
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I‘m a few months late to the party but Saga is back! I just remembered the new issues are on Hoopla so I had to grab this. It‘s been way too long but I‘m happy to be able to be back with these characters and the artwork is great as always. Such a unique series. On to the next issue! 4⭐️

#graphicnovel
#Saga
#BrianKVaughan

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Book 3 in the Cordially Invited series is just as good as the first 2! The audiobooks are about 6 hours long each & are available on Hoopla. Again, I don‘t read many romcoms but these are fun, well done, and not corny at all. The characters are very realistic imo which makes them more relatable. Book 3 gets all of the main characters from each book together so it‘s extra fun. I loved these and highly recommend this series! 5⭐️

#audiobook
#romcom

Dragon Sounds like a fun series- downloaded the first book from Hoopla looking forward to listening to it 🎧💚🐉 2y
JenlovesJT47 @Dragon oh yay I hope you like it! Book 2 is my fave 🤗 2y
Dragon Thanks 🙏 @JenlovesJT47 2y
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This was a great book to listen to. We have dual storylines set in 1914 and 1964. Vivian in 1964 is trying to find out what happened to her great aunt Violet, a brilliant scientist who was accused of murdering her fellow scientist husband and falling off the face of the earth in 1914. I especially loved Vivian‘s part and I think the #audiobook is the way to go. 4⭐️

#historicalfiction
#WWI
#BeatrizWilliams

Lynnsoprano Oh, yes, this is a good one! 2y
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Run, Rose, Run: A Novel | James Patterson, Dolly Parton
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I‘m a huge Dolly fan so I just had to read this. I got sucked into the story of aspiring country music artist AnnieLee Keyes and her struggles. I think people who are reading this more for James Patterson might be disappointed because the thriller aspect was only about 5% of the story & was almost anti-climatic. But I loved the rest of it. I can see Dolly‘s hand all over it so it seems like a legit snapshot of trying to make it big in Nashville ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Dolly also released 12 songs on Spotify that she wrote especially for this book. I listened to them and they‘re quite good! So, bottom line: if you‘re interested in country music I think you‘ll love this, if you‘re there for the thrills you might be disappointed. 4.5⭐️ #DollyParton #JamesPatterson 2y
janeycanuck I just picked this up from the library - I can‘t wait to dive in! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @janeycanuck yay I hope you enjoy it! 🤗 my library loan expired when I was 60% done and I just had to buy it cause I couldn‘t wait another 2 months 😱 I rarely do that. Let me know what you think! 2y
janeycanuck @JenlovesJT47 oh no, that‘s the worst. Good thing I have a paper copy! 2y
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Ok I almost bought this from #BOTM last year & I‘m glad I didn‘t! I grabbed the #audiobook for this & I actually think that made it worse! I‘m all for a bit of fantasy but I just could not take this seriously because there is no way these people are in their 40s. They really sound like early 20s at the most and the dialogue makes them sound like teenagers. I really wanted to like this book but I just couldn‘t! My first pan of the year. 🤷🏻‍♀️2⭐️

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The Matchmaker | Elin Hilderbrand
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This was another fun #audiobook by EH that has the usual suspects: infidelity, sick people, crazy rich people, refreshingly unconventional families, plus the beautiful descriptions of the beauty of Nantucket and the small knit community with descriptions of real restaurants and stores in Nantucket. But she does this SO well and what I like most about her books is how realistic and relatable her characters are. Another pick from me! 4⭐️

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The Book of Cold Cases | Simone St. James
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I finally finished a #BOTM this year! 😱 I‘m so behind. Anyway, I‘m a big fan of SSJ and I think murderinos would really like this book. It is intriguing and suspenseful, although I think it fizzled slightly towards the end. But I still enjoyed it, just not quite as much as I did her last 2 books. But she‘s still an auto buy for me! 4⭐️

#paranormal
#historicalfiction
#murderino

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I love this little trilogy on kindle unlimited! The first half of the book is the story completely in French with questions to quiz you at the end of each chapter. The second half is the English translation. I love that I can get completely immersed in a book written totally in French and understand more than 95% of it. It‘s very helpful to those learning French and I highly recommend it. Looking forward to book 3! 🇫🇷

#LearningFrench

JanuarieTimewalker13 C‘est Magnifique!! I had 4 semesters of college French about 13 years ago...I should get these books! 2y
JenlovesJT47 @JanuarieTimewalker13 you should! They‘re really helpful and the author is pretty funny. Lots of little bits of humor sprinkled throughout. I like how at the end there‘s a list of common phrases in French and he sneaks in how to say “you have a cute butt” at the end 😆 2y
JanuarieTimewalker13 Haha!! That‘s great!!! Thanks!! 2y
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Death of a Cad | M.C. Beaton
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I‘m giving book 2 in the Hamish Macbeth series a low pick. I think it still hasn‘t quite found its footing at this point but I have confidence it will. I do really like Hamish and the narrator does a great job. It was a little better than book 1 imo. So happy these are all available on Audible Plus! 3.5⭐️

#audiobook
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Nantucket Nights: A Novel | Elin Hilderbrand
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Now on the one hand, this book was so hard to put down & I listened to the 11-hour audiobook in one day. On the other hand, what a huge bunch of despicable awful people! Except for Kayla, who was a pushover also, there is not one single character in here who is likable. They are all awful. Also leaves you with a grubby feeling when a 40-something woman has an affair with her best friend‘s 18-year-old son. So gross, yet nonetheless compelling. 3⭐️

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I went back and read the 1st book in the Cordially Invited series and I really enjoyed it! It‘s not as good as book 2 imo but again I really liked it because the characters and situations seem so real without being corny. Here we have Beckett & Emily who end up getting married since Beck‘s fiancée just dumped him right before they were supposed to get married and move into student housing. Emily has also just had all of her money stolen so ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 They come together and secretly get married as a temporary fix for their problems. Naturally they get more than they bargained for. I love this series and can‘t wait to read book 3! 4⭐️ #audiobook #romcom 2y
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I feel irrationally guilty for giving this a so-so rating. I listened to the audiobook and while I can say that I liked it, not much happens and it was hard for me to stay completely focused while listening. I think it would probably be better to read the physical book. But the narrator was good and it‘s a lovely little book about a family going for their annual seaside vacation in England shortly after WWI. I actually really started to like ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 The book and the characters more in the last two hours. Like I said, I think this one would come off better with the physical book. 3.5 ⭐️ I so wish and hope Goodreads will finally implement half stars at some point in the near future! #audiobook #historicalfiction (edited) 2y
JenlovesJT47 P.S. I had to delete my earlier post on this because I realized I had my review attached to the wrong book! 🤦🏻‍♀️😬🙊 2y
marleed I loved this book but I know I was aided by reading about when and how it was written before reading the story. 2y
JenlovesJT47 @marleed I‘m glad you enjoyed it! I started really getting into it in the end and I might read it with my eyeballs one day. I think books without a lot of dialogue don‘t translate so well via audiobook and it‘s so easy to get distracted. But even when I was distracted it had a very soothing easy listening quality. Half stars need to be a thing so bad on Goodreads! 2y
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I was looking for an audiobook that would really hold my attention and I found one! This was in the popular reads section on Hoopla and I‘m so happy I stumbled across it. It‘s technically a romantic comedy, which I don‘t read much of, but I loved it because it felt so real. Hadley and Will are great characters and the dialogue is very realistic and avoids a lot of the corny tropes from this genre. I listened to all 6 hours in one day! 😱 ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Apparently it‘s book 2 in the Cordially Invited series, but each of the 3 books is a standalone so it doesn‘t matter. I already went back to grab book 1 and I‘m about to dive in. Anyway, I‘m so pleasantly surprised how much I loved this and I highly recommend this on #audiobook especially. 5⭐️ 🤓 #humor #romance #romcom 2y
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Kilmeny of the Orchard | Lucy M Montgomery
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I am so loving reading all of the LMM books I had never gotten to before. Kilmeny of the Orchard has all the charm and warmth of her other books. I think that‘s what I like most about them - escaping to a different time filled with interesting people and beautiful descriptions of various places in PEI. Best way I can describe it is they give you the warm fuzzies. The story itself gets a tad predictable at various points but it doesn‘t bother ⬇️

JenlovesJT47 Me here. As far as I‘m concerned, we all need a few Happily Ever Afters every now and then. 4⭐️ #historicalfiction #LMM 2y
JenlovesJT47 Looks like I‘m a month ahead for the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead @BarbaraJean !! 😆😆😆 I think everyone will enjoy it! 🤗 2y
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On the Road | Jack Kerouac
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I can mark another classic off my list! I‘m giving it a pick because it should be read at least once, but I didn‘t love it. I liked it but to me it was nothing special and therefore a tad overhyped for me. I listened to the #audiobook and Will Patton is the narrator. He does a great job and is so easy to listen to. 3.5⭐️

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The Golden Road | L. M. Montgomery
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I thoroughly enjoyed my return to The Golden Road. There were a lot of great moments and the ending was bittersweet. I wish there were books about the kids after they were grown up. I think it‘s time to watch Road To Avonlea again. Thanks for organizing the #KindredSpiritsBuddyRead @BarbaraJean ! 5⭐️

#LMM
#historicalfiction
#classic

BarbaraJean You're welcome! It's been so much fun! I'd never watched Road to Avonlea... but after reading these two, I tracked down the DVDs in my county library system and am watching my way through! 😊 2y
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I give this 5⭐️ because I think it deals with a lot of heavy issues that teens face and does it so well. I think it is great for the target YA audience. I also love the artwork.

#graphicnovel
#YA
#LGBTQ

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Murder in an English Glade | Jessica Ellicott
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I‘m somehow already caught up with the series! I didn‘t enjoy this one quite as much because they were away from their house and the usual setting, but it was still fun. 3.5⭐️

#cozymystery
#historicalfiction
#audiobook

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Murder Comes to Call | Jessica Ellicott
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Book 4 finds Beryl and Edwina defending their sexy new Irish gardener for murder of the magistrate! Another fun entry in the series. 4⭐️

#cozymystery
#audiobook
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Murder Cuts the Mustard | Jessica Ellicott
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This one is even funnier! Edwina‘s gardener ends up being accused of murdering his brother-in-law and also finds himself the heir of a vast fortune from a condiment company. It doesn‘t get any cozier than this! 4⭐️

#audiobook
#historicalfiction
#cozymystery