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KathyWheeler

KathyWheeler

Joined May 2016

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I don‘t know that I‘d actually call this a reading slump, as I‘m doing fine with audiobooks. It‘s the print and ebooks that are just not doing it for me right now. I don‘t think it‘s the fault of The Summer Place, The Last House on the Street, or The Library Book. I recognize that none of them are bad or boring. It‘s me. I hope this goes away soon. #semireadingslump

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Apparently I need to go swimming earlier than noon. It wasn‘t supposed to rain until 2:00 here, so I took a quick walk, cooled down, and then went swimming. I‘d swum 300 yards before the lifeguard said they were closing the pool because of lightning in the area. 😞. At least I did get a walk and a listen in. I don‘t know how Liv is going to be able to keep her secret; she‘s already almost told her husband several times. #audiowalk

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I woke up early this morning, and, instead of doing my usual thing (going back to sleep), I got up and went for a walk. Then came back and worked for awhile, and then took my husband to the doctor. Came out to it pouring down rain. I‘m exhausted and am glad it‘s Friday. I did enjoy seeing the heron take off and fly though. #audiowalk

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True Grit | Charles Portis
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☑️ I rarely read westerns but I loved True Grit and Lonesome Dove.
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☑️ I like watching the detective solve the mystery and I especially like ones involving libraries, bookstores, or books.
☑️ The cover. I‘ve bought several books because the cover was so beautiful.
#ThoughtfulThursday

Blueberry True Grit and all four of the Lonesome Dove series ❤️ 4d
CindyMyLifeIsLit ❤️ Lonesome Dove!! They‘re not about books, but have you read the Prey series by John Sandford? The protagonist is Lucas Davenport. VERY well-written! (edited) 4d
KathyWheeler @CindyMyLifeIsLit I read the first one a long time ago and loved it. I didn‘t continue with the series, but I‘m not sure why. I remember liking another character in those books as well as Lucas but I can‘t remember his name. I need to pick up those books again. 4d
CindyMyLifeIsLit He‘s since started a spin-off series with the character of Virgil Flowers that crosses over frequently. Davenport is Virgil‘s supervisor and friend. Now another spin-off series is starting (the first book just dropped) with another protagonist from Davenport‘s life. No chance of running out of reading material any time soon if you want to get back into it! 😁 2d
KathyWheeler @CindyMyLifeIsLit Virgil Flowers! That‘s it! I downloaded the 2nd Davenport book yesterday and will be starting it soon. 2d
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This is my new walking book. A famous writer dies and leaves instructions that her cleaning lady is to finish her last book, and no one except her attorney and Liv (the cleaning lady) is to know that she‘s dead for 6 months. Can Liv accomplish this? We‘ll see. #audiowalk

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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Because I knew this was an homage to a specific Agatha Christie book, it was easy to predict where the plot of Nine Lives would go, but I still enjoyed it. I‘ve read two Swanson titles and they‘ve both involved books as a plot device; I like that. The characters were difficult to connect with, for the most part, but I think that‘s deliberate. I started The Messy Lives of Book people on my walk today. #audiowalk

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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I liked Eight Perfect Murders, so I thought I‘d make this one my new walking book. I‘m a few chapters in, and I‘m liking it so far. Just a short walk today. My air conditioner isn‘t working and being hot all day made me too tired to do anything. Still waiting on the AC guy; I hope he actually comes this evening. #audiowalk

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#BFC June mid-month question.
Top left: Walk To Mordor: a fun way to record walks (I use MapMyFitness for tracking)
Bottom left: Yoga Studio: free & fee. I use the free.
Top right: COVID Coach is a mediation & stress management app that the Department of Veterans Affairs released after everything closed for COVID. I like it.
Bottom right: panel from tagged book showing why I don‘t wear jumpsuits.
#BFC2022

Suet624 The yoga one might be something I‘m interested in. 1w
KathyWheeler @Suet624 I really like it. 1w
wanderinglynn 😆😆😆 the jumpsuit comic! 😂 Great app recommendations. 👍🏻 1w
KathyWheeler @wanderinglynn 😄. I‘ve seen so many jumpsuits that I like, but I never get them and that‘s why. 1w
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I went from laughing with Harvey to being shocked by some things to being happy for him to being sad when he talked about the AIDS epidemic (I remember how scary that time was) back to being happy for him as his career took off. I enjoyed listening to him read this, and he ended it in just the right place. I walked early in the morning today — it was so much better than attempting to walk in the afternoon! #audiowalk

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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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This was at the lower end of the pick scale for me. I liked the premise of a new writer learning Jackie Kennedy Onassis is going to be his editor. I also liked how he learned and grew from that relationship. The book dragged in places though. I would put it down & pick it up weeks later. I got to the 50% mark last night and finished this morning, so it picked up there with the revelation of a family secret.

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Fierstein mentions that he, his mother, and his brother all pronounce their last name different. He pronounces it like his father does. I feel a little less weird now; my dad taught us to say our name one way, but he taught my half siblings to say it differently. It was hot out there today! #audiowalk

Suet624 I really really like Harvey. 1w
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While I‘m enjoying this book, it‘s dragging just a little at this point. Maybe it‘s because I‘m just not that interested in Fierstein‘s attendance at awards shows. I‘m glad for him; I‘m just not that interested in the details. Still didn‘t get to swim today because of thunder. I‘m going to have to find a way to swim earlier in the day; the thunder is always in the evening. I did get to walk at least. #audiowalk

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I‘m about halfway through this book. I think listening to it was a good decision. Fierstein narrates his own book, and his raspy voice and dramatic delivery add to his story. #audiowalk

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1: if I think about it, the terms are really synonymous even though I think about them differently in my mind.
2: I have published some academic articles. So I guess that makes me an author even though I don‘t really think of myself as one.
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 2w
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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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1: The Editor (ebook), The Library (print), I Was Better Last Night (walking audio), and The Wedding Veil (night time audio)
2: That I knew was LGBTQ? Either The Well of Loneliness or Rubyfruit Jungle.
3. Jonathan Van Ness‘ Love That Story.
#weekendreads

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I went for a short walk with plans to swim afterwards. The swimming plans got derailed when I thought I heard thunder. I got to the rec center but checked Twitter before I got out of the car. Sure enough, the pool is closed because of the weather. 😞. At least I got a walk in. #audiowalk

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The Editor | Steven Rowley
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Settling in to read this for a bit and just relax.

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@Lindy posted about this book. It sounded interesting, and I had just yesterday finished my walking book. So I checked it out and made it my new walking book. I was shocked in one place that I‘ll put in the comments under Spoiler. So far I‘m liking it. I walked later in the evening, so it was much cooler. #audiowalk

KathyWheeler What shocked me: when his family found out Jews were being taken to concentration camps during WWII, they sent a family member to find other family & bring them to the US. The guy came back with no one. When asked why, he said he only found women. So I guess it was ok to leave them there to die since they wouldn‘t carry on the family name!😡 2w
Lindy @KathyWheeler Yes, that jolted me also. 🤯 2w
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Vermilion Drift: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I wasn‘t in love with the last Cork O‘Connor book for a number of reasons, but I really liked this one. When Cork finds some bodies in an abandoned mine, two cases combine — a new murder and an old serial killer case. We, along with Cork, learn a good deal more about Cork‘s parents. The story moves right along, unlike Heaven‘s Keep, sustaining my interest. Couldn‘t walk today because of thunderstorms.

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Vermilion Drift: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I only have a couple of hours left in this book, so I should be finished soon. I wanted to walk for 2 miles today, but it was just too hot; I made it for a mile. I might have to start using the indoor track. 😞 #audiowalk

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Vermilion Drift: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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I swam today! It‘s the first time in over a year. I wasn‘t sure what my distance would be — I figured 500 yards, but I was able to swim 1000. 😊 That‘s my rec center at the top left. I can‘t decide if I‘m going to like this book or not. All of Cork‘s family members are gone for one reason or another and I hate seeing him alone. The mystery is interesting though. #audiowalk

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Vermilion Drift: A Novel | William Kent Krueger
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Back to the Cork O‘Connor series after a short break. Here the government wants to put a nuclear waste dump in Tamarack County. There are protests and threats. While investigating the threats, Cork discovers six bodies in an abandoned mine. #audiowalk

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It‘s always a joy to be back with Peter Grant and Nightingale, especially as narrated by Kobna Holdbrook-Smith. That said, this book was missing something. I kept forgetting who the villain was even though, in theory, that character should‘ve been interesting. Aaronovitch does better when there‘s an overarching big bad like the Faceless Man. We drove down to the Mississippi coast just to get my husband out of the house. It was nice. #audiowalk

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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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Three friends, Judith (77 year-old crossword puzzle maker), Suzie (a dog walker), and Becks (a vicar‘s wife) team up to solve the murder of Judith‘s neighbor. So far, it‘s been fun and funny as well. I got in a lot of walking today. #audiowalk

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1: I try to walk at least a mile outside every day. It can change my mood if I‘m irritable or annoyed. My family members have even commented about it, so it must be pretty obvious. They encourage me to go walking if I‘m being wishy-washy about wanting to go.
2: sometimes
3: I listen to guided meditation, so it must be noise I need.
#thoughtfulthursday

MoonWitch94 Thanks for playing 📖🙂🌙 3w
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The Marlow Murder Club | Robert Thorogood
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When I looked up The Thursday Murder Club in my library catalog, this book also showed up, so I thought I‘d give it a try. It‘s my new walking book. I‘m not that far into it yet, but I think I‘m going to like it. Yes, I walked around the same track 3 times; only the ending of the walk was different. #audiowalk

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Death of a Cozy Writer | G.M. Malliet
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I‘m giving this a pick, but it‘s a low one. The story was interesting, and I really didn‘t figure out the murderer. However, if you are creating a new series (this was the first in the St. Just series), you really need to introduce your detective earlier than half way through the book. And the detective should appear relatively frequently. Readers need to get to know and like your recurring characters. #audiowalk

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Death of a Cozy Writer | G.M. Malliet
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About 65% through the book and the titular death finally happened. I can‘t decide if I‘m going to like this series or not. I don‘t feel as if I know St. Just the way I feel I know Poirot or even Miss Marple. I didn‘t get to walk as long as I wanted to because it started thundering, but at least I got some walking in. The clouds were much darker than they look in these pictures. #audiowalk

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Death of a Cozy Writer | G.M. Malliet
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This is the first (I think) in the St. Just mystery series. It reminds me a bit of Agatha Christie in that no one in the family of the murdered person is at all likeable. The murder didn‘t happen until about 40% into the book, and we don‘t meet St. Just until almost 50%. #audiowalk

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Romance is not always my favorite genre; I get impatient with all the back and forth. However, in Book Lovers‘ Nora and Charlie, Henry gives us two characters we can root for, even if we don‘t always like them. I love that the author works with the “big city person finds love in a small town” trope and gives it a twist. I also like Nora‘s sister, Libby, and her family and their story.

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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Relaxing today with Book Lovers. I may or may not go out and walk later.

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Cell (Revised) | Stephen King
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There are some things I don‘t particularly care for in this book — for instance, why are there so few women among the good guys? But the story is good and fast moving. I think many people will probably hate the ending, but I like it. I noticed this time around that there are some similarities to The Stand, which was interesting. The temps were in the high 70s and low 80s, so it was a lovely day to walk. #audiowalk

suvata I loved the ending too 1mo
KathyWheeler @suvata 👍🏼 1mo
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Cell - Stephen King | Stephen King
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I only have 3 hours left of this 12 hour audiobook. That went fast. I have Memorial Day off, so I took off today and Tuesday as well. I went for a walk and listened to Cell, then got my feet done. Now I‘m sitting here on the couch reading Book Lovers. #audiowalk

Julsmarshall Sounds like the perfect day! 1mo
Soubhiville Lovely flowers! Are those white lilacs? 1mo
KathyWheeler @Julsmarshall it‘s been great — very relaxing. 😊 1mo
KathyWheeler @Soubhiville I don‘t know. I don‘t know much about plants, except for that they‘re lovely. I think the white flower in the bottom pick is a lotus, but I don‘t know for sure. (edited) 1mo
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Cell - Stephen King | Stephen King
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It‘s been so long since I read this book that I‘d forgotten how much I liked it. I‘m enjoying this reread so far. #losersclub #audiowalk

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Book Lovers | Emily Henry
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1: So far Book Lovers is 4 stars, but we‘ll see. Also listening to Cell which is good as well.
2: Beauty in the Broken Places by Allison Pataki. It was the book I needed at the exact time I needed it.
3: In October my husband nearly died. All I can think of is how grateful I am that he did not.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs #3- oh how scary 😦 1mo
KathyWheeler @Eggs It really was scary. He‘s still not completely recovered but he‘s here and getting better and I‘m just so grateful. 1mo
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Cell (Revised) | Stephen King
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I‘m reading Cell for #losersclub. It‘s one of the few Stephen King books that I haven‘t reread yet, so it‘s interesting to go back to it. I was lucky with my walk today. Just when I got back to my car, it started drizzling, but I got to get a picture of the rainbow first. #audiowalk

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1: Nightingale from the Rivers of London series. We get a glimpse of his backstory now and then, but I‘d like an entire book about him.
2: generally, I prefer strong supporting characters, but not ones so strong that you‘re more interested in them than in the main character.
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Great choice!Thanks for playing! 1mo
BookHoarder32 Do you read the Rivers of London graphic novels? I think one of them was centered on Nightingale… 1mo
KathyWheeler @BookHoarder32 When I see them in Hoopla, I check them out and read them. I must not have known about this one. Thanks! 1mo
BookHoarder32 You‘re welcome! 1mo
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This had an intriguing premise— 5 people are invited to participate in a story society by a mysterious person. If I‘d known this was Christian fiction, I probably wouldn‘t have checked it out. Hoopla didn‘t include that as a subject heading. I only guessed when I noticed the publisher was Thomas Nelson. The Christianity doesn‘t show up until about 3/4s of the way through, where it becomes heavy-handed and detracts from the story. #audiowalk

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Never read the print version of a Jonathan Van Ness book if you can listen to him read the audiobook. He‘s a fabulous narrator. This book is more of an essay collection on subjects that JVN cares deeply about — health care, gay rights, racism, gender identity, animals, and trans rights — than it is a memoir. He uses incidents from his life to illustrate how he got to the positions he takes about the issues he discusses.

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Wash tipped over his brother in the cat carrier and seems proud of it. I managed to get a walk in before the rain, which was nice because it‘s been a couple of days. I had all day meetings on Thursday & Friday that emotionally exhausted me, so I went to bed when I got home. The language in this book is a little odd. Who says “carnal knowledge” when they are speaking to an ex about their sex life? The story is holding my interest though. #audiowalk

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The Forgotten Garden | Kate Morton
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1: No. My experiments in plant growing rarely end well. A shame because I love plants, but if you tell me a plant is unkillable, I‘ll find a way. 😞
2: I mostly visit botanical gardens wherever I go.
3: Probably The Forgotten Garden, even though it dragged when I read it. It‘s gotten better the more I think about it.
#wondrouswednesday

Eggs Thanks so much for joining in 🌺 1mo
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The Swimmers | Julie Otsuka
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This book, about a woman with dementia and her connection to a neighborhood pool, is incredibly sad. The writing style is also odd and poetic but fitting for the topic. Continuing to listen to The Fifth Avenue Story Society. It is written in 2020 and set in the present. Do people really still ask women if they‘d rather have the title of Mrs than CEO? I was insulted for the character! #audiowalk

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1: a voracious reader. I don‘t really care about the format that much. I read print, ebook, and audio.
2: to me, a bibliophile is a person who loves and collects physical books. They are interested in the book as an object or art form as well as in its content. They may have several editions of the same book because of the differences in appearance. If I have duplicates, it‘s because I forgot I already owned the book.
#Two4Tuesday

TheSpineView Thanks for playing and happy Tuesday! 1mo
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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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This book is the 4th in an Inspector Battle series, who doesn‘t appear much. Instead, the main character is Luke, who is a private detective. This story had a great start with a woman on a train telling Luke that she knows who‘s murdering people in her village. She‘s killed, and Luke investigates. It also had a great ending. Everything in between was just okay. The Fifth Avenue Story Society follows this as my new walking book. #audiowalk

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6 years! Dang!

Jas16 Happy Litsyversary 🎉📚🙌🏽📖 1mo
KathyWheeler @Jas16 Thanks! I wouldn‘t have guessed 6 years. (edited) 1mo
BethM Congrats!!! So glad you‘re still here! 1mo
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Ruthiella Happy Litsyversary! 🥳🥳🥳 (edited) 1mo
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KathyWheeler Thank you, everyone! I like it here; it‘s the nicest social media platform I‘m on.. 1mo
JessClark78 Happy Litsyversary! 🎊📚🎉 1mo
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The Homewreckers: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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1: The Homewreckers; Julie Otsuka‘s The Swimmers; Murder is Easy by Agatha Christie; and Charles Portis‘ Masters of Atlantis.
2: Gift From the Sea
3: The Love Hypothesis— if I don‘t count the audiobooks I listen to on my walks. If I do count them, then it‘s Murder is Easy.
#WeekendReads

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Murder is Easy | Agatha Christie
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Murder is Easy is an Agatha Christie book that I haven‘t read. It was my night book, but I switched it to my walking book. The Aaronovitch book is my husband‘s and my road trip book. I took him across the bay, so we listened to it for awhile.#audiowalk

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The Homewreckers: A Novel | Mary Kay Andrews
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Mary Kay Andrews was at Page & Palette tonight, so I went across the bay to see her. It was a fun evening and I bought a couple of books.

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We would not have a story at all if Finlay and Vero would just report things to the cops instead of doing ridiculous things! They do make me laugh though. #audiowalk

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@Megabooks posted about this book, and I was intrigued. I don‘t always watch America‘s Next Top Model, but I happened to catch his season and loved him. This memoir is lovely. DiMarco shows a lot about the hurdles the Deaf community faces, but he does so in an way that, while upbeat, never diminishes the seriousness. He also discusses his sexuality and frames it within the Deaf community. His discussion of ASL as a primary language was good.

Megabooks Fantastic review!! This was an excellent memoir for sure. 2mo
KathyWheeler @Megabooks Thanks. I‘m glad you mentioned it as I wasn‘t aware of it. 2mo
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