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Joined February 2019

Books - because reality is overrated!
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Marmee: A Novel | Sarah Miller
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This book was so good! I liked it better than “Little Women”!

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“We all knew what she meant. Heavens, the bird in the covered cage probably knew what she meant.”

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Death in Kew Gardens | Jennifer Ashley

At this stage in my reading life, I love books with strong characters that I just love spending time with. Jennifer Ashley's Kat Halloway series certainly fits that bill!

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It should be illegal for the print to be this small on a book!

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The Last Bookshop in London | Madeline Martin
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This was such a good book! With heart wrenching details about the London Blitz but also wonderfully-written characters that you truly come to care about, this one was a win all around.

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The Assassin's Curse | Kevin Sands
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The end of the book will have you rushing out to get the next one in the series. You‘ve been warned! 😂 #middlegradereads #toppicks

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It‘s nice to read a dog book where the emphasis is on all dogs being individuals. One thing won‘t work for every dog, and other Mark Bekoff appreciates this.

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“Books have the power to transport us, to allow us to escape to another time and place, just by reading some words on a page or screen. That‘s the closest thing to magic I know.” - Laura Morelli

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The City Beautiful | Aden Polydoros
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All books should come with such warnings. What do you think?

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Murder Most Fair | Anna Lee Huber
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The mystery is only part of the story here. Anna Lee Huber‘s description of Verity‘s attempts to come to terms with her brother‘s death during the war is the true star of this book!

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The Witch Haven | Sasha Peyton Smith
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“It‘s hard to experience happiness without guilt, one of the more unexpected side effects of grief. “ #book quotes #grief

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Witch Haven | Sasha Peyton Smith
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Hands down - best book of the year! #youngadult #fantasy #magic #mustread

Just_reading Don‘t know why the photo didn‘t come out! 😂 1y
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It took almost a year but Tedy finally sits with me when I‘m reading (only a few minutes so far, lol!) #readingbuddy #dogsoflitsy

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Clearly written by someone who has never truly known the despair of depression. #mentalhealthawareness #depression #suicide

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This Side of Murder | Anna Lee Huber
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Certainly the most gruesome of the series I‘ve read so far!

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I don‘t necessarily like murder mysteries, but this series is strong because of the two main characters. I can‘t stop reading them!

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Does anyone else continue to read something they otherwise wouldn‘t just because it has that wonderful “old book smell”? Tell me I‘m not the only one! 😂

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I don‘t generally like contemporary books and certainly not travelogues but, man, can this Nathaniel Philbrick tell a story!

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Raising a puppy? Yep, this pretty much sums up puppy life! 😜

Nute Oh, no!😩 Thank goodness, their faces are so cute!🐶💚 1y
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So not my style of book, but I‘m really into it so far!

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How to Talk to Your Dog | Jean Craighead George
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I can‘t believe there is a book written for children that gives such astonishingly bad advice! Sitting here fuming 😡

#kidlit #pets #justno

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A good conclusion to the trilogy. Everything may have wrapped up a bit too neatly, but I prefer when that happens! 😉

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The Conductors | Nicole Glover

I'm finding the magic part of this confusing but I can't stop reading because the writing and story are so strong!

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I cannot read this book. First chapter and "free" children being taking off the streets of New York to be sold into slavery. I'm in tears at the helplessness and cruelty of it all. Great writing but I'm just unable to go on with it.

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I started out almost bailing on this one because I thought all the characters were confusing. But I was soon so wrapped up in the story that I couldn't put it down!

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Death Marked | Leah Cypess
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When the two-book series is generally good, but the ending is so unsatisfying! 😡

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Meet Your Dog | Kim Brophey
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This book was an eye-opening look as I try to learn how to live with this crazy fella. It's better than any mere training book and I would even go so far as to call it a must read if you share your like with a dog.
(Yes, he's digging a hole. No, he's not sorry. 😂)
#doglife #dogsoflitsy

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The Nation of Plants | Stefano Mancuso
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Stefano Mancuso has a wonderful way of making the science of plants easy for the layperson to understand, but it's not on display in this book as much as his others. I definitely recommend his Brilliant Green or The Incredible Journey of Plants instead.
#plantlove #plantlife

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Death Sworn | Leah Cypess
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"The first step should have been the hardest." #firstlinefridays @ShyBookOwl
#reread

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Hour of the Witch | Chris Bohjalian
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"Thou can't believe that!"
The Puritan-speak takes some getting used to, but you can't deny that it really adds to the atmosphere of the story! #historicalfiction #toppick #chrisbohjalian

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What would happen if witchcraft was a factor during mill strikes? This short story wonderfully weaves fact and fantasy for a thought-provoking tale. #therebewitches #csmalerich

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Can you tell when a book is bail-worthy after 10 pages? I'm thinking with this one, I can. 🤔

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Fire | Kristin Cashore
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I really liked this one!
#bookquotes

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Fire | Kristin Cashore
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This one was all kinds of creepy! #mentalillness #mentalhospital

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Rescue For A Queen | Fiona Buckley
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The Lines Between Us: A Novel | Rebecca D'Harlingue
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Slow going at times (I'm not ashamed to say I skimmed at points) but powerful writing!

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War Lord | Bernard Cornwell
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Probably a great book but heavy on war and battles (what did I expect from a novel entitled "War Lord"? ?) Just not my kind of thing.

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The Lady Rogue | Jenn Bennett
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"My interests are always with the forest and the animals in it. People, I can take or leave." So me! #quote #forest #animals

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Conspiracy in Belgravia | Sherry Thomas
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"God gives us only one life. But with good books, we can live a hundred, even a thousand lives in the time we are allotted on this earth.” #readinglife #booknerd #ladysherlock #sherrythomas #quote

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This story broke my heart in five different ways. It's beautiful and humorous and oh, so sad. I don't mind admitting that I was sobbing by the end!

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A Dangerous Collaboration | Deanna Raybourn
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"Is there any feeling as delicious as the beginning of a new adventure?" #adventure #deannaraybourn #quote

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The project ideas are amazing but really wish the ideas included a template for the less creative among us! #handlettering #crafts

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Chasing Vermeer | Blue Balliett
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Ugh. Rarely do I dislike a book so much. We're all the "clues" just the characters random guesses. What a disappoint.

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Great book for a chaotic day! #parenting #mindfulness

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"Accepting things for what they are isn't giving up." #acceptance #quotes #lauraruby

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So impressed with this book! I usually stay away from books with violence, but these characters are so fun to spend time with!