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Joanne-Canada
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Pickpick

I wasn't excited to continue the series after the first one but this book hooked me. I really, really liked it and now can't wait to get to the third.

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Shelter: A Novel | Jung Yun
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This one was darker than I was expecting.

Kyung is an unhappy man. He had a terrible childhood, and now his marriage is struggling, he doesn't know how to relate to his son, and has maxed-out credit cards and a mortgage he can't afford on a house that isn't worth what he paid for it. He also doesn't want anything to do with his parents, which is difficult, because after they are attacked in their home, they come to live with Kyung and his family.

MrBook Great review! 3y
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The Smell of Other People's Houses | Bonnie-Sue Hitchcock
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Pickpick

Picked up solely based on the interesting title and gorgeous cover. Turned out to be a good read

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Joanne-Canada
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Panpan

This book is... weird. So weird I don't know what to make of it. It's like when you have a dream and try to put it into words to tell someone and it just doesn't make any sense.

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Lab Girl | Hope Jahren
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How could i not want to read this book when I'm a "lab girl" myself.

The author's love of science comes through in every chapter. It's clear she lives and breathes her love of plants and even though it's not a topic I would have considered myself interested in, I was fascinated by the science portions.

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Mountain Home | Bracken MacLeod, James Daley Daley
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Pickpick

The really sad thing about this book is not how terrifying the situation is (which it absolutely is), its how, even in this time of crisis, the people inside the diner continue their petty disagreements and jealousies and can't come together in the face of danger. They selfishly do things that could get the others killed, and instead of working together, they actively work against each other.

A sad portrait of human nature at its worst.

Riveted_Reader_Melissa Sounds like what makes all those apocalyptic series so interesting, there may be less humans and more danger, but the stories always seem to bring into focus both our biggest strengths and weaknesses. I'll keep my eye open for this one to try it. 3y
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Echo | Pam Munoz Ryan
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The three stories are tied together nicely at the end. Songs performed in the audiobook take this one from good to great.

"Your fate is not yet sealed. Even in the darkest night, a star will shine, a bell will chime, a path will be revealed."

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Front Lines | Michael Grant
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One of my favourite books so far this year. Can't wait for the sequel.

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Lottery | Patricia Wood
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The so-called family that took advantage of Perry once he won the lottery when they were ready to put him on the street before infuriated me. Take away from reading this is "people are the worst"

shawnmooney I want to read this book nearly as bad as I want to win the lottery! 3y
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The Rosie Effect: A Novel | Graeme Simsion
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Mehso-so

I can see why this one is less well-loved than the first book. The storyline in this one just seemed longer and less interesting. The characters were more annoying, and if they had just talked to each other more there wouldn't have been so many problems. Loved the ending though.

Pandyfish I read The Rosie Project, so it's good to know that this one doesn't quite meet up to it's standards. 3y
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The History of Love | Nicole Krauss
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I felt that I got the most out of this book when I could set aside a period of time to read uninterrupted. Such beautiful writing. This would be best to read in one sitting.

shawnmooney I read it shortly after it was published, and I remember moderately enjoying it. These years later, I can't remember even one specific or general detail about it. 3y
JenP I loved this book. Definitely one that requires some concentration and reflection rather than speeding through it. 3y
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The Way I Used to Be | Amber Smith
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Pickpick

Heartbreaking book about rape. I bawled at the end. Great on audio

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The Daughters | Adrienne Celt
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Panpan

Unfortunately I found the synopsis more interesting than the book itself

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Joanne-Canada
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Started listening to this one this morning to get me through my Saturday morning cleaning routine. Love getting back in touch with the gang.

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The Bells | Richard Harvell
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Mehso-so

This book is a celebration of sound and music.

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Joanne-Canada
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Starting this beast today. Hope it lives up to the hype.

brendanmleonard I had to bail on this one. But then again, that was years ago. Always thought I owed it another shot. 3y
Sydsavvy I absolutely loved it, then gave it to my husband and he devoured it, too! 3y
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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Mehso-so

Looks like I'm the only one who isn't bonkers in love with this one. The writing just didn't do it for me.

Thanks anyway to Netgalley for the review copy

JenP I'm with you. I just finished it and feel like the only person not raving about it. Was so excited about it and disappointed to find it only okay 3y
Sydsavvy I'm trying but this genre is just not for me. 🙈🙈🙈 3y
Jebpix I felt the same. 3y
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As Long as the Rivers Flow | James Bartleman
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About a First Nations little girl sent to a residential school. I know this one is going to break my heart

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The Girls: A Novel | Emma Cline
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Just started this. So glad I read Helter Skelter a little while back. Feel like I have good background info on Manson now.

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Joanne-Canada
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Pickpick

If I tell you it's almost 1000 pages, that it's set in medieval times and that it's about building a cathedral I probably won't convince anyone to read it.

But please, read it anyway. This book is amazing.

Victoria_C One of my favorite books ever! 3y
Sydsavvy This is the book I cut my Ken Follett teeth on! 3y
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Hopeless | Colleen Hoover
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I couldn't tear my eyes away and had tears streaming down my face as I finished this one. Felt like my heart had been torn to pieces and was being glued back together after reading.

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Joanne-Canada
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So well written. Can't believe this is a debut. Will read any more books this lady writes

Sydsavvy I keep meaning to read this! 3y
SarahRotenberry This is a great book. I've recommended it so many times since it came out and it's about time for me to read it again! 3y
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Scoring Wilder | R.S. Grey
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Likes:
- "forbidden romance" trope
- good dialogue
- standalone
- supporting characters
- good sexytimes

Dislikes
- reason for "forbidden romance" (it was stupid)
- needs editing (ex "pumping the breaks" etc)

thewolfreads This was the first RS Grey book I read and I really enjoyed it! 3y
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Joanne-Canada
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Aaargh reading books about women who are treated like trash to be used and thrown away are so depressing. These women are so strong.

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Joanne-Canada
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I was surprised by how balanced this seemed to be. I can't imagine that I would react well going through this experience, but the author makes friends and develops appreciation for some parts of this lifestyle, while bringing attention to some of the ridiculous aspects.

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Blackout | Mira Grant
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I love that these books about life post-zombie outbreak, with focus on security measures and the seizing of power by corrupt organizations rather than constantly running and killing zombies. Such a good series!

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Joanne-Canada
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The ending in particular brought the whole book together. I loved seeing the couples from the other two books make an appearance and the memoir made me tear up.

maximoffs This book made me sob. Especially the breakup scene 4y
Joanne-Canada I know! I was yelling "what are you doing?" 4y
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