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JoyBlue

JoyBlue

Joined September 2016

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lifelong bookdragon/photographer/knitter/activist/advocate/library trustee https://debbybrauer.org
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The Law of Innocence by Michael Connelly
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Abbi Waxman‘s latest is salve for a wounded soul, full of humor and friendships. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#adult-assembly-required

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You know I‘m a sucker for books with “book,” “bookshop,” or “library” in the title . . . even though I know better! Read my review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-library-of-the-dead

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Hurricane Girl: A Novel | Marcy Dermansky
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I guess “Tropical Depression Girl” wouldn‘t attract many readers. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#hurricane-girl

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Gods of Guilt | Michael Connelly
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This fifth installment in the Lincoln Lawyer series was the first I read . . . over eight years ago. Read my review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-gods-of-guilt-mickey-haller-5

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This debut is important, but not easy. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#last-summer-on-state-street

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Cult Classic: A Novel | Sloane Crosley
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Bailedbailed

Bailing at 30% [2:26:07]. MC is unpleasant. I don't care about her. It's not funny or interesting enough to warrant another 5:43:18 of audio time. [My real time would be less—I'm not listening at base speed.]

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Vacationland: A Novel | Meg Mitchell Moore
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Bailedbailed

Bailing at 21% [2:36:31]—I haven't enjoyed the story since beginning, and it seems like things are only getting worse. I‘m morbidly curious about the connection between Louisa and Kristie, but not enough to suffer through *another* 10 audio hours of their miserable lives! [My real time would be less—I'm not listening at base speed.]

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Acts of Violet | Margarita Montimore
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If you like mysteries or true crime podcasts, Acts of Violet may be a treat for you. I especially recommend reading this one with your ears. Publication is expected July 5. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#acts-of-violet

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #ActsOfViolet

HeathHof So excited for this one, loved Oona!💙💜🖤 5d
JoyBlue @HeathHof Hope you like it! 😃 4d
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My take: hype-worthy! [4.66⭐] Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#lessons-in-chemistry

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Fan of the TV series How I Met Your Mother? This novel is the work of one of its co-creators. Read my review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-mutual-friend

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I, Antigone | Carlo Gébler
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Mehso-so

This mythical retelling wasn‘t quite what I expected. Publication of the audio edition is expected July 1. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#i-antigone

#NetGalley #SagaEgmontAudio #IAntigone

DisneyFan Wow, sounds interesting!! Stacked! 2w
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The Fifth Witness | Michael Connelly
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The fourth Lincoln Lawyer installment got bogged down in the courtroom, but it dropped a nifty twist at the end. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-fifth-witness-mickey-haller-4

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Who doesn‘t need something to look forward to? If you‘re struggling for ideas, try some of these. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#things-to-look-forward-to-52-large-a...

CoffeeAndABook That sounds intriguing!! 😄✨🐚🌸 2w
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This was not the sci-fi multiverse romp I was expecting; it was a sci-fi multiverse dystopia. Publication of the audio edition is expected June 30. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-sisters-sputnik

#NetGalley #ECWPressAudio #TheSistersSputnik

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The Reversal | Michael Connelly
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Lincoln Lawyer installment three finds Mickey Haller switching sides to serve as lawyer for the prosecution. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-reversal-mickey-haller-3

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Finally, a novel that satisfies both my romantic and bookish fiction needs! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#book-lovers

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The Brass Verdict | Michael Connelly
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My Lincoln Lawyer series deep-dive continues. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-brass-verdict-mickey-haller-2

CoffeeNBooks I really liked this series! 3w
JoyBlue @CoffeeNBooks Good to hear! I'm enjoying it so far, to be sure! Do you have a favorite of the series? 3w
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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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May reading recap: Last month, 9 of 17 books read rated high enough to make the recommended list. https://debbybrauer.org/#may-2022-recap

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Counterfeit | Kirstin Chen
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Which is real? Which is fake? I‘m not just talking about the bags. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#counterfeit

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Mercy Street | Jennifer Haigh
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Bailedbailed

bailed at 35%—wish I hadn't spent so much time on it

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A Mirror Mended | Alix E. Harrow
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This feminist fairy tale reboot sequel finds Zinnia face-to-face with Snow White‘s Evil Stepmother. Publication is expected June 14. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#a-mirror-mended-fractured-fables-2

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #AMirrorMended #FracturedFables2

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Down the Lincoln Lawyer rabbit hole I go. . . . Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-lincoln-lawyer-mickey-haller-1

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Is the publishing world becoming more inclusive? The flow of my reading pipeline might suggest it. Read my review of this YA story set in Salem, Massachusetts here: https://debbybrauer.org/#improbable-magic-for-cynical-witches

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Book of Night | Holly Black
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This urban fantasy—the author‘s first targeted at adults instead of younger audiences—was unpleasant and anticlimactic instead of magical and thrilling. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#book-of-night

TheAromaofBooks I have this one out from the library right now and it's due back this week so it's next on my list. Yours isn't the only negative review I've seen, so my expectations are pretty low 😂 1mo
TracyReadsBooks I, too, was underwhelmed by this book. Very disappointing. 1mo
JoyBlue @TheAromaofBooks I feel vindicated—thank you! 😂 No—I really feel sort of sad for all of us who have a less-than-wonderful experience with any book. I hope your experience is better (but I'm glad you're keeping expectations low, just in case). 💙 1mo
JoyBlue @TracyReadsBooks Poor us. 😉 💙 1mo
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A Rip Through Time: A Novel | Kelley Armstrong
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I *really* wanted to like this because the MC is a Canadian detective visiting Scotland to care for her dying gran. But, I did not dig the going back 150 years to 1869 to be a chambermaid, all the time fumbling to fit in, and so much internal dialogue—just not there for it.

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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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I patiently awaited my turn for this bookish rom-com. . . . Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#meet-me-in-the-margins

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This debut mystery/thriller is a good bet for fans of Lee Child‘s Jack Reacher series. Publication is expected June 7. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-gatekeeper

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #TheGatekeeper

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Bellweather Rhapsody | Kate Racculia
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This mystery (and more) was a craftily layered treat. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#bellweather-rhapsody

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You don‘t have to be a baseball fan to enjoy this, but be ready for major drama. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-cactus-league

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An Island | Karen Jennings
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The key sociopolitical points of this novel are not exclusive to South Africa. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#an-island

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Bailedbailed

I took a break because needed to attend to a NetGalley, but this is of the suburban housewives behaving badly ilk, and I just can't. Bailing at 19%.

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This loner-senior-finally-blossoming saga is a pleasant, if predictable, story. Publication is expected May 31. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-secret-life-of-albert-entwistle

#NetGalley #RBMedia #TheSecretLifeofAlbertEntwistle

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Assembly | Natasha Brown
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This novella provides a taut, contemporary look at racism and misogyny. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#assembly

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The Agathas | Kathleen Glasgow, Liz Lawson
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This YA mystery is a satisfying Mean Girls/Agatha Christie/Scooby-Doo/buddy mash-up. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-agathas

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Yerba Buena | Nina LaCour
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The first novel I‘ve read by this author—and her first piece of adult fiction (she usually writes YA)—is an emotional and gut-wrenching journey through the lives of two young women. Publication is expected May 31. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#yerba-buena

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #YerbaBuena

TheBookHippie I have it sitting here… I‘ve been looking at it for weeks 🤣🤣🤣🤣. I can‘t make myself read sad. 1mo
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie I hear you! I got approved for the NetGalley on February 15, but didn't start reading until May 14 (finished on the 15th—exactly three months after approval—yikes!). I'm really glad that I read it, but it may not be the book for everyone, especially at this time. 💙 1mo
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Bailing at 23%. I'm not sure why I should care about the story based on what I've read so far.

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The Murder Rule | Dervla McTiernan
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This mystery/thriller centers on an Innocence Project case. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-murder-rule

SilversReviews Going to check out your review. 2mo
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I expected a promising satire. True to the title, I was presented with a hot mess (bad, not clever). Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#jameela-green-ruins-everything

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Everywhere Babies | Susan Meyers
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April reading recap: Last month, 10 of 20 books read rated high enough to make the list. https://debbybrauer.org/#april-2022-recap

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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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While cozy mysteries are not my favorite subgenre, this one is especially fun! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#the-marlow-murder-club

Maria514626 Thanks for the recommendation, @JoyBlue! I‘ve been wanting to add something lighter to my reading menu and this sounds fun! 2mo
JoyBlue @Maria514626 Glad to be of service! Hope it's just what the doctor ordered. 😉 2mo
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I Kissed Shara Wheeler | Casey McQuiston
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Casey McQuiston‘s latest is a light mystery involving LGBTQ high-schoolers at a Christian school in Alabama. Read my review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#i-kissed-shara-wheeler

TheBookHippie Wait what?! 🤯 2mo
JoyBlue @TheBookHippie 😂 Let me know what you think when you read it. [On a completely unrelated note, I am aware that I am the worst pen pal ever. I haven't forgotten about you. I'm just hanging in there the best I can. I think easier days are coming soon. 💙] 2mo
TheBookHippie @JoyBlue 😘 no worries I just sent you a new one, enjoy! This was in my hmmm list because religion and lgbtqia ! I may try it. 2mo
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The best parts of this work of fiction are the snippets of nonfiction. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#true-biz

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Remarkably Bright Creatures | Shelby Van Pelt
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I was charmed by this relationship-heavy story starring a 70-something widow and a giant Pacific octopus. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#remarkably-bright-creatures

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Let's Dance | David Bowie
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I came for the text; I stayed for the illustrations. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#lets-dance

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Birds of California | Katie Cotugno
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Here‘s a romance book I didn‘t hate (and maybe even liked). Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#birds-of-california

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One of Us Is Dead | Jeneva Rose
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This mystery managed to surprise me! Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#one-of-us-is-dead

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I‘m lukewarm about this middle-school anti-bullying story, but I‘d love to hear from tweens about their impressions. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#jennifer-chan-is-not-alone

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This tense mystery built its way to a high rating from me and then tore itself down. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#two-nights-in-lisbon

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #TwoNightsinLisbon

Vansa I absolutely loved this book.I found it timely,and gripping,and I felt the sexual assault scenes were not gratuitous at all.They actually aren't described in a voyeuristic way,and you get a sense of the female protagonist's horror and shock.Additionally,sexual assault is not used as a catalyst for a man's trauma.The thriller aspects were edge of the seat,and the author switches genres beautifully.(1/n) 2mo
Vansa Also,what he's writing about is so pervasive.Unlike a lot of books that seem to throw in sexual assault for titillation or merely shock value( both My absolute darling and A little life),this book emphasises the survival,and systemic difficulties part.(n/n) 2mo
JoyBlue @Vansa Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Vansa! 2mo
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This second memoir from American TV writer, producer, and actor Gary Janetti is a quick, fun read. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#start-without-me-ill-be-there-in-a-m...

#NetGalley #MacmillanAudio #StartWithoutMe

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Hope and Glory | Jendella Benson
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This family drama is a promising debut. Read my full review here: https://debbybrauer.org/#hope-and-glory

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