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Kimberlone

Joined May 2016

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The Hacienda by Isabel Caas
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Bleak House by Charles Dickens
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Doctor Zhivago by Boris Pasternak
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Walden by Henry David Thoreau
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Upgrade: A Novel | Blake Crouch
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So excited for my July #BOTM picks! I was definitely tempted by The Bodyguard also since I‘ve liked all the Katherine Center books I‘ve read, but I‘m going to try to get that one from the library.

Megabooks Yay!! 😁 59m
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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Finished one book yesterday, and immediately started into this one! Feeling Rebecca, House of the Spirits, and Mexican Gothic vibes.

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The People We Keep | Allison Larkin
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Light pick. I was emotionally affected, and was really rooting for April throughout, but felt a bit cheated in character growth, seeing April repeatedly cycle through the same behaviors and patterns over the course of several years. Actions I could sympathize with when she was a neglected & abused 16 yo, were less excusable in her early 20s, still driven to escape out of convenience and embarrassment rather than stay and confront her issues.

Kimberlone The ending made me cry, but I also felt a bit emotionally manipulated by the deus ex machina ending of the book. 2d
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I appreciated the peek into deaf culture that the book provided, especially the controversies over cochlear implants, and the characters‘ perspectives coming different backgrounds within the deaf/ASL world. The brief forays into ASL linguistics and deaf history were super interesting. Overall, the plot was a bit weak, though, and the book ended kind of abruptly without much resolution. I was hoping for more payoff w/the revolution subplot.

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Anatomy: A Love Story | Dana Schwartz
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I really wanted to love this book, but ultimately it was just okay. Most obviously inspired by Frankenstein, the plot was kind of underbaked and had a fantasy/supernatural element I wasn‘t expecting that I think it would have been better without. The romance was sweet, but a bit underdeveloped; somehow they did make a gravedigging make out scene work. 2.5 ⭐️ just for the book, but an extra 1/2 star for a fabulous cover. 3⭐️ final, mild pick.

Kimberlone The author Dana Schwartz has a fantastic podcast that I will highly recommend instead of this book: Noble Blood. It‘s an interesting intersection of the true crime genre and Royal history. I‘d read the shit out of a book based on the podcast. (edited) 1w
thegreensofa What a really great cover! 7d
Saknicole It‘s on AK library Libby now, so I put it on my holds list. 6d
Kimberlone @Saknicole awesome! Will be curious to discuss with you. 6d
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Stuck with You | Ali Hazelwood
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This was just okay. I think the STEMinista novella series has been a tale of diminishing returns. They‘re too short to really develop the romance sufficiently and the characters are all too interchangeable. Both female & male MCs basically have the same physical and personality traits, minus having different hair colors/styles. I really liked The Love Hypothesis and I think the premises of the novellas were interesting but ultimately underwhelming

Cortg I felt the same way! 1w
Julsmarshall I agree! 1w
Beachesnbooks totally agree 7d
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Heartstopper: Volume 1 | Alice Oseman
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@Saknicole has been recommending this to me for a while, and since watching the lovely Netflix series adaptation (also so good!), I finally got to it! Such a sweet story and the comic style illustration is so well done and unique. I read the two chapters included in Volume One as the webcomic version, and the scrolling aspect was really effective.

Onto the next chapters included in Volume Two!

5🌟

melmes I absolutely loved this when I read it 3w
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The People We Keep | Allison Larkin
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Started reading yesterday and now about 60% in!

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A few days late posting my June #BookspinBingo. I‘ve already finished a couple books and have started my #DoubleSpin book The People We Keep. I don‘t think I‘ll be as successful this month as I was in May, but fingers crossed 🤞🏼 that I will finish this month‘s #BookSpin and maybe catch up on some lingering options from previous months.

Saknicole Way too complicated and committed for me but your board looks PRETTY! 💕 2w
TLuvs I love this idea 💡 2d
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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May reading stats from Storygraph. I finished 14 books, and even made a slight dent in my physical and Kindle TBR. My favorite and only 5 ⭐️ read in May is the tagged book, but overall I had a really good month of reading. I have a lot more going on life-wise in June (two weddings, including my sister‘s) so I don‘t think I‘ll be as productive this month. According to Goodreads I am 10 books ahead of my 2022 goal (100 books).

Saknicole This is fancy AF. I need a tutorial next chill sess. 2w
Saknicole Also I love how opposite we are in ratings. I‘m such a Hufflepuff and usually get nicer as soon I finish the book haha. 2w
Kimberlone You would like Storygraph with all the data/graphs! I can def show you next time we hang. I know I am very stingy with 5 star reviews. So many books end up being in the 3-4 star range. 2w
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Final #BookspinBingo results for May. I finished both my #Bookspin and #Doublespin and got a bingo! May was a really good month for reading.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Fabulous month!! 4w
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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If the tagline to Station Eleven is “Survival is insufficient,” then the tagline to this novel would be “No star burns forever.” A really beautiful novel - it is slim, but packs a huge punch. It didn‘t affect emotionally the same way as Station Eleven, but I was still profoundly moved by Mandel‘s treatment of the themes of fate, limitations/extent of human empathy, and the moral implications of technological advancement. Third 5 ⭐️ read of 2022

Kimberlone Readers of Mandel‘s other books will recognize characters, plot elements, settings, and themes from Station Eleven and The Glass Hotel, but prior experience with those books is not necessary to appreciate this one. If you thought the Georgian Flu pandemic from S11 resonates with our current world, then the scenes depicting a 23rd century pandemic in this book will feel even more eerie and prescient. 4w
AlexThomas where should I start with her? I‘ve been wanting to read her but I can‘t really afford “new” books 3w
Kimberlone @AlexThomas probably Station Eleven; it‘s definitely her most popular and was recently adapted into a really good limited series on HBO. The Glass Hotel is beautifully written but I didn‘t love it, although I think I appreciate that one more after having read Sea of Tranquility. 3w
Saknicole PRETTY 2w
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The Village comparisons are apt, but perhaps give too much away about the mystery at the heart of the community of Pastoral. While I enjoyed this book, and it had a really interesting premise, I feel like it left too much of the world building out of the narrative in order to make the mystery more mysterious. Despite that, I still was able to guess at the main twist. I was more interested in the framing device than the mystery of Pastoral.

Kimberlone I thought the reveal of Levi controlling the community with hypnosis to ultimately be pretty silly. My guess was that it was some sort of mind altering drugs and/or supernatural time travel element, but the actual explanation just didn‘t work for me. In The Village they only needed the story of the beasts in the woods to keep the community members in fear, and that almost would have been better (if very unoriginal). 1mo
bookandbedandtea Yes! I just finished this and these are my thoughts exactly! 4w
Kimberlone @bookandbedandtea agree with your review as well!! 3w
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Slow Horses | Mick Herron
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I watched the Apple TV series adaptation of this book and really enjoyed it, so needed to checkout the book. This was a fun post-Cold War spy novel. The “slow horses” of Slough House are has-beens and fuck-ups, who have been relegated to busy work outside the MI5 inner circle at Regent‘s Park. The TV series is a very faithful adaptation of the first book, and I hope future seasons are in the works. Just started the 2nd book in the series.

jlhammar I‘m also hoping for a second season. Really enjoyed this show! 1mo
Kimberlone @jlhammar so far the second book is not as propelling as the first but I think familiarity with the characters/actors might help in translating the second season 1mo
charl08 Such a fun series. Love these books. 1mo
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merelybookish I liked the tv series a lot too! I don't usually go for spy stuff but Gary Oldman was just so good! 1mo
Kimberlone @merelybookish yes Gary Oldman is 💯 1mo
EvieBee I just finished the show and it was good! 4w
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Unfortunately my least favorite of the three Sally Rooney novels, though I still thoroughly enjoyed reading it. I‘ve been wanting to dig into the new Hulu adaptation after loving Normal People, so I needed to finish this book first. Similar themes/motifs present in her other novels: characters who can both express themselves beautifully in long discursive conversations and emails but also keep their truest feelings opaque to each other.

Kimberlone I hope that wherever her writing goes next, she tries something new. I‘ll be disappointed if her next book includes yet another set of a middle class characters obsessed with debating Marxism and capitalism (is this a European thing?). I started the show last night and while not as engaging as Normal People, its advantage over the book is that much of my frustration over the characters‘ lack of communication is improved by the actors body language 1mo
AlexThomas I haven‘t read this one (have read the other two) because I was a bit weirded out by the Lolita-seeming relationship in it. Should I give it a go? 1mo
Kimberlone @AlexThomas I definitely would not describe the relationship as Lolita esque. The age difference is only 10 years, both are fully adults (even if there is a difference in maturity), and the relationship is 100% consensual, so don‘t let that stop you from reading this one. I think if you liked Rooney‘s other books, there will be a lot to like in this one too. 1mo
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Lost Among the Living | Simone St. James
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My bad timing this month meant I didn‘t finish this until after the final #SundayBuddyRead discussion. If you like Simone‘s other supernatural historical mysteries, then this one will also be right up your alley. Elements seemingly inspired by Rebecca and Jamaica Inn and the least problematic romance of any of this author‘s books I‘ve read, make this more of a standout. However, I didn‘t really care for the main character or the ghost story plot.

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Book review catch up time!

One of the things I miss most about having traditional cable tv is access to the TCM channel. I love the pre and post movie commentary by the hosts and the in between movie featurettes. Alicia Malone is a newer TCM host (post Robert Osborne) and this book is part memoir, part exploration of the women in film that have inspired her. I enjoyed the film history aspects more than the autobiography.

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Anyone else underwhelmed by the June picks? I decided to skip this month.

ChaoticMissAdventures I am skipping too. Woman of Light is the only one that was in my TBR and I have the ARC, and am struggling to get into it. 1mo
BookwormAHN I got the Stardust Theif but seriously considered skipping. 1mo
Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures that was the only one that tempted me! 1mo
ChaoticMissAdventures @Kimberlone I am sure it is great, just hitting me at the wrong time. I am hearing good things though. 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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Another day, another book to start…

KristiAhlers I really liked this one. I still need to read the two previous books. 1mo
Kimberlone @KristiAhlers i just finished. Thought it was amazing! 4w
KristiAhlers @Kimberlone right? She‘s got a great voice and I loved how she wove all the storylines together. 4w
Kimberlone @KristiAhlers i would definitely recommend Station Eleven if you liked this one 4w
Saknicole This pic 😍😍 2w
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Celebrate Memorial Day | Melissa Ann Ferguson
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No big plans for Memorial Day today. Probably meet up with some friends later, but gonna start by digging into my new magazine.

BookBosomed1 There is a new one?! 1mo
Kimberlone @BookBosomed1 yep, just got mine in the mail! 1mo
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Getting Sunday started off on the right foot.

Saknicole ❤️❤️❤️ 1mo
vivastory Are you liking this one? I was really surprised by it 1mo
Kimberlone @vivastory literally just started so I don‘t know yet! 1mo
Librarygal08 I loved this book! 1mo
Kimberlone @vivastory conflicted feelings about this one, will be posting my review later today! 1mo
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Came home a bit early from work and was able to sneak in about an hour of reading in the sun. This summer I‘m really trying to make an effort of catching up on my unread #BOTM books. Of course I start with last month‘s pick instead of the ones that have been languishing on my shelf for years…💁🏽‍♀️

BarbaraBB We‘ll read it in the second half of June for #CampLitsy. You should join us! 1mo
Megabooks Yes, we‘d love to have you at #CampLitsy! 1mo
Kimberlone @BarbaraBB @Megabooks good to know! I‘ll put this on pause and focus on other books so I can read along with you in June! 1mo
BarbaraBB Great! It‘ll be fun! 1mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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A centuries spanning, multi-POV epic, interconnected by a translation of the fictional “Cloud Cuckoo Land,” a lost Ancient Greek text by Antonius Diogenes. Doerr writes lovely prose, but I never felt a strong emotional connection with any of the characters. The ending felt like it was building up to something grand; however, the resolution fell a bit flat for me. Well-written, but didn‘t strike the same chord as All The Light We Cannot See.

aperfectmjk I just gave up on this one. It just wasn't for me. 🤷‍♀️ 1mo
Kimberlone @aperfectmjk It‘s totally the kind of book that would normally be right up my alley but for some reason it just didn‘t connect with me. I still think it was a very well written book. 1mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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Washed and cleaned my car this morning and then set up the hammock for the summer. Chores done, now time to read in the sun!

Megabooks 🎉🎉🎉 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders How‘s the book? It‘s sitting on my shelf waiting for me. 1mo
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Cloud Cuckoo Land | Anthony Doerr
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I originally started this book ages ago from a digital library loan, but I felt I would get more out of it reading in physical format, so I eventually bought the hardback and am finally getting back to reading it. About 60% in and hoping to finish today.

In unrelated, but personal news, my bf proposed on Thursday night with this gorgeous ring! We have been together for 6 years 💗

Bookwomble Congratulations! 😊💍🍾💐 1mo
Amiable Congratulations! 1mo
melmes Congratulations 🥳 a beautiful ring 1mo
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LiteraryinLawrence Congratulations to you both! 1mo
Kappadeemom Congrats!!🥂 1mo
jlhammar Wow, that is gorgeous! Congratulations! 1mo
BennettBookworm CONGRATS! 1mo
squirrelbrain Congratulations! 💍 ❤️ 1mo
vivastory Congratulations 👏🎉🍾 1mo
JacqMac Beautiful! Congratulations! 🥂 1mo
Dragon Congratulations! 🥂🍾🙌 1mo
Kdgordon88 Congrats! 🎉 1mo
Ruthiella Congratulations 🍾 🥂 🥳 1mo
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quietjenn 🎉Congratulations! 💖 1mo
Moonprismpower Congrats!🎉🎊 1mo
RaeLovesToRead Awwww that's lovely!!!! Congratulations to you both! 😊 Beautiful ring 💕💕💕 1mo
TrishB Congrats 🎉 1mo
ShelleyBooksie Congratulations 🎉🎉🎉🎉🎉 1mo
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Alfoster Woohoo!🍾👊🤩🥂 1mo
mabell Congratulations! 🎉🥂🍾 1mo
DaveGreen7777 Congratulations on your engagement! 😀 1mo
JessClark78 Congratulations! 1mo
tokorowilliamwallace I raise my glass in a silent toast of some Kentucky bourbon to you. Sláinte! 1mo
BookishBelle Congratulations!! 🎉 1mo
kwmg40 Congratulations! 1mo
Chelsea.Poole Lovely! Congratulations ♥️ 1mo
erzascarletbookgasm Congratulations! 🎉 1mo
Cupcakesbookishreviews Congratulations 🎉 1mo
Saknicole So pretty! I can‘t wait to see it in person! 1mo
Monica5 Congratulations 1mo
britt_reads Congratulations! 🎉 1mo
Bookzombie Congratulations!!! 1mo
DivineDiana Best wishes! And a gorgeous ring! 💖 1mo
CarolynM Congratulations 🎉 1mo
Saknicole Gorgeous of course. Prestone loss I see. Damn tiny bugger. 2w
Kimberlone @Saknicole I know 😢 2w
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One Last Stop | Casey McQuiston
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Loved the premise: August meets a mystery girl on the subway, leading her on an investigation to discover that Jane is trapped in a mysterious time loop. August and her new NYC friends work together to solve the mystery. The cover is also 💯. Great LGBTQ representation, but I felt like some of the character wokeness was a bit over the top and presented without much interrogation of certain characters‘ actions. Also the subway sex made me cringe.

Kimberlone An example of my discomfort with some of the performative wokeness: one character repeatedly yells “f*****g pigs” at cops throughout the book, but there is never a discussion of why he has those feelings towards the police or what he is doing to actually make change on that issue. It just felt unnecessary and not well incorporated. There are very valid criticisms of policing in America, but this book didn‘t address them in a nuanced way. 1mo
Saknicole I may have never finished this but agreed on your points from what I ready. 2w
Kimberlone @Saknicole okay but did you make it to the subway sex….? 1w
Saknicole 😂 no I didn‘t. Was it hot? 6d
Kimberlone @Saknicole I didn‘t find it to be sexy because I couldn‘t get it out of my mind that they were doing it on the subway…but your mileage may vary 6d
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SAGA #58 | Brian K. Vaughan
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Mehso-so

A little bit of forward momentum, but ends on another cliffhanger. While it‘s fun to keep up with these issues as they are released, I definitely enjoyed devouring them in bigger chunks with the collected volumes more. It‘s hard to be as immersed in the story, when I can blow through an issue in less than 30 minutes :/

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Crossroads: A Novel | Jonathan Franzen
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Mixed feelings on this one. This was my first Franzen, though I am familiar with his books by reputation. If you prefer a book with forward moving plot and a conclusive ending, this isn‘t the book for you. If you‘re looking for richly drawn characters with deep backstories, who are struggling with moral ambiguity, mental illness, temptation, crises of faith, and complicated relationships, then you might love this book. 👇🏼

Kimberlone Set in suburban Chicago in the early 1970s, Crossorads follows members of the Hildebrand family: Russ (former Mennonite & conscientious objector, now associate pastor at a liberal non-denominational church), Marion (his wife w/ deep buried family trauma and history of mental illness), and their 4 children. The titular Crossroads is a youth fellowship many of the characters are involved with. Franzen excels at White People Problems™️ (edited) 2mo
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Cute new bookmarks from @Saknicole 🌷🌺🌸

merelybookish Lovely! 2mo
Nute I like them!🤩 2mo
fictionaddictbooks These are absoulutely lovely 2mo
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino
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I‘m confused by the final product of this book. I was definitely interested as I was reading; how could I dislike the novelization of a movie I liked so much written by Tarantino himself? But despite what I liked about it, I can‘t understand why the entire final scene at Rick‘s house isn‘t even in the book. Much of the movie‘s ambiguity about Cliff‘s character is also lost by filling in his entire backstory.

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My second STEMinista novella after Under One Roof. This one suffers from the same weaknesses as the other I read: namely, it‘s too short to fully develop the plot or characters. Seems like an unfair criticism of a novella, but both of these would have been much more effective had the story/characters been fleshed out more. I was excited by the Arctic setting of this one only to be majorly disappointed that it was barely an interlude! 3.5 ⭐️

Kimberlone One more comment on the Arctic setting: the rescue and subsequent one bed trope scene was such a missed opportunity! I was fully expecting a scene like this to be included (Arctic setting > winter storm > hypothermia > need to warm up) and was so disappointed that it wasn‘t longer. After they fall asleep, the next scene completely shifts to them being on a plane flying back to the US. 2mo
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Fresh #BookspinBingo card for May. Mostly #BOTM holdovers from last month, plus a couple others from my #TBR I‘d like to prioritize this month.

BookSpin: A History of Wild Places
DoubleSpin: Cloud Cuckoo Land

I also have a bunch of library borrows I‘m hoping to use for my free spaces. Fingers crossed that 3 free spaces on one line means I‘ll actually get a bingo this month 🤞🏼

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Looks fantastic!! 2mo
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April is the Cruelest Month | Michael J. Quigley
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Not the best stats for April, but I finished 6 books total and had two really excellent reads: The Storyteller by Dave Grohl and The Atlas Six by Olivie Blake. I also finished The Stand, which felt like an accomplishment, if a bit of a letdown, after 4 months of listening.

I made very little progress on my physical TBR, but May is the month I really get serious about finishing the rest of my in-progress books and make a dent in my #BOTM #TBR.

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I don‘t read a lot of memoirs, but as a huge Foo Fighters fan, I knew I needed to listen to the this one, narrated by Dave Grohl himself. Full of heartfelt and honest tales from his childhood, years on the road as a rock star, and his family life. The chapter about the grief of dealing with the deaths of Kurt Cobain and his childhood best friend was extra sad knowing of the recent tragic passing of his band mate Taylor Hawkins. 👇🏼

Kimberlone Despite the privilege and comfort that comes from being a rich and famous rock star, Dave seems like a legitimately humble and grateful person, and he makes it clear he considers himself to be the luckiest man on earth. I had the great privilege of seeing the Foo Fighters for the first time last summer when they played their first show in Alaska last summer. It was the longest concert I‘ve ever attended - nearly 3 hours of rocking with the Foos. 2mo
Kimberlone If you‘re a fan of Dave, I‘d HIGHLY recommend his recent Hot Ones episode. One of the absolute best! https://youtu.be/nutcZOBGhjs 2mo
vivastory I don't listen to audio books often, but I think I'm definitely going that route for this one. I agree about seeing them live. I was lucky enough to see them on tour for their first album and years later it remains one of the best concert experiences. 2mo
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Kimberlone @vivastory that is amazing! Incredible that they are still rocking so hard 25+ years later. 2mo
Velvetfur That looks like such a good book, but now I know he narrates the audiobook I'd chose that format instead. Thanks for such a good review! 2mo
Suet624 I have the book standing up on my dining room table in my tiny apartment so I can see his face from almost anywhere. I still mourn Taylor's death & I feel so sad for Dave & the band. My 4 adult children bought me a ticket as a gift to see the band at Fenway Park 4 years ago. Seeing them play, and in that particular location, was just the best. I watch a video of theirs at least four times a week. I'm postponing the joy of reading the book. :) 2mo
Kimberlone @Suet624 it was definitely a bittersweet experience listening to Dave‘s narration of the book. When I put the audiobook on hold from my library months ago I never could have guessed that Taylor would have passed, so that element definitely cast a shadow over my listening. 2mo
Kimberlone @Velvetfur the narration is fantastic. You can even hear the emotion in his voice at certain points. Highly recommend!! 2mo
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The Hacienda | Isabel Caas
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May #BOTM picks are up early! Surprised myself by choosing an add-on this month. I never was into Holly Black‘s YA fantasy books, but her adult debut sounds so interesting! FYI If you choose Book of Night as an add-on, your box won‘t ship until next week.

AmyG Thanks! 2mo
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Meet Me in the Margins | Melissa Ferguson
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Borderline pan for me, but I know this will appeal to some readers so going to leave it as a so-so. The premise was cute (romance develops through editing notes in the margins of a manuscript) , but the execution just wasn‘t fully there. I don‘t believe the MC‘s age is ever given, but she seemed immature and unprofessional given her work position and life situation. The slow burn romance is not effective enough to make the ending satisfying.

JoyBlue I was waffling on so-so or pan as well, but I wasn't as generous as you in the end. 😉 1mo
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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I was waiting for a library loan, but I couldn‘t wait another 10 weeks, so I ordered this and it arrived today! I need to finish Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and then this will be my next read!

BarbaraBB I hope you‘ll love it 2mo
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River City Books & Expresso Cafe | Soldotna, AK (Bookstore)
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Spent the weekend in Soldotna, AK to visit @Saknicole for her bridal shower! We of course had to make a bookstore stop. This is a small but very cute bookstore attached to a cafe that also sells fancy cheese!

Nute Are you friends from Litsy or before Litsy? Either way I love to see Littens getting together.🤗 Books and fancy cheese. It doesn‘t get any better than that!😆 2mo
Kimberlone @Nute we are sisters ;) 2mo
ChaoticMissAdventures Books coffee AND cheese? Heaven. 2mo
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Nute Sisters! That info made this post all the sweeter!💕 2mo
tokorowilliamwallace I agree with @ChaoticMissAdventures ---cheese in a bookstore?! 2mo
LiteraryinLawrence My sister is on Litsy too @BennettBookworm and it‘s fun to share a love of books! 💗 2mo
Kimberlone @ChaoticMissAdventures @tokorowilliamwallace sadly I have not yet tried the cheese but I‘ve heard it‘s great. Next time! 2mo
Kimberlone @Nute we definitely share a love of reading :) 2mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Controversial opinion incoming 🚨

To preface, I 100% understand why this book is considered King‘s masterpiece. I don‘t know if it was just overhyped to me, but it just did not live up to expectations. I think it represents all the best and worst in King‘s writing. It is an epic story (in both premise and length), but ultimately the length feels like it does a disservice to the story and its characters. More thoughts below, spoilers hidden 👇🏼

Kimberlone The publishing history is fascinating, since there are abridged versions that are much shorter than the final uncut version. I truly do wonder if a shorter version with less of King‘s unnecessary tangents (Ex: the extended section describing random people dying who have no connection to the core characters or main plot) could possibly be better? In his foreword King acknowledges the extreme length but refuses to admit the book could use editing. 2mo
Kimberlone While the premise of a viral pandemic that kills nearly all of humanity was certainly much more novel at the time King wrote and updated the various versions of this book, I think there have been better takes on this premise since then: Station Eleven and The Passage series stand out to me. But credit to King for being the inspiration for many of the more modern pandemic literature. 2mo
Kimberlone As impressive as certain aspects of the book are, my biggest criticisms are the excessive length (I‘ve also read It and 11/22/63 with no complaints so length isn‘t automatically a deal breaker for me), too many characters who aren‘t given enough development, and excessive repetition of certain details (seriously, how many times to I need to be reminded of Larry‘s hit song Baby, Can I Dig Your Man?). 2mo
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Kimberlone The most effective characters for me ultimately were Stu and Tom, and that‘s mainly only because they got a whole section at the end of the book to further their character development. The chapter describing their journey through the Rocky Mountains back to the Free Zone was the most emotionally affecting part of the entire book, and pushed it out of being a PAN. Having recently broken my leg, it was also so visceral experiencing Stu‘s recovery. 2mo
Kimberlone Finally, the female characterization is awful; and that is being kind, I think. I know that King is capable of writing intriguing, fully-fleshed women, but that‘s not present in this book at all. Frannie just becomes a simpering housewife and baby incubator who is treated as an object of fetishization by Harold. Nadine is a fickle and frigid virgin who uses Harold and is entranced by Flagg for no apparent reason. 2mo
vivastory I really like King, but I 100% agree with this review. 👏 👏 (edited) 2mo
Kimberlone @vivastory thank you! I‘ve really only heard positive things about The Stand, so I was starting to feel crazy that this book wasn‘t clicking for me. I loved It, 11/22/63, and The Outsider, so I‘m not a King hater by any means, I just really feel like the book highlights his worst impulses as a writer. 2mo
Bookwormjillk I‘ve read both the original edited version and the later unedited version and I think the edited one is much better. 2mo
Alfoster Sooo agree!❤️👊 2mo
Kimberlone @Bookwormjillk wow that is so interesting! But especially during the sections that felt superfluous I couldn‘t help but imagine the abridged must be better. 2mo
Kimberlone @Alfoster 👊🏼 back at ya 2mo
APLitlife I read this way back when I was in high school (30 years ago) and it became my favorite book to date. I may need to read it again as an adult and see if I see it the same. 2mo
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The Atlas Six | Olivie Blake
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This was the magical dark academia novel I have been waiting for! Features similar elements to books like The Magicians, A Deadly Education, and The Starless Sea, but this book is more than the sum of its parts. The narration by a full cast really brought the characters to life, and the plot is pieced together perfectly so that some late book reveals have the intended impact. Apparently book 2 comes out later this year - can‘t wait! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Kimberlone @Saknicole you will love this! 3mo
BeeMagical oooo cant wait!! This is next on my list!! 3mo
Kimberlone @BeeMagical It was so good!! Lives up to the hype! (edited) 3mo
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vivastory I have been on the fence, but you def sold me! 3mo
Kimberlone @vivastory I was worried it was being overhyped and I would be disappointed, but my expectations were definitely exceeded. I will look forward to seeing what you think! 3mo
melmes Would you recommend it 3mo
Saknicole Yah! Can‘t wait to start, but that might be this summer to be honest. 3mo
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino
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Went out to grab coffee and made myself a breakfast bagel sandwich. Hoping to get some reading in today in between chores (so much laundry 😩).

I originally started reading this while on vacation over New Years but got distracted by other books when I got home. Going to dig back in and plan to finish this month!

vivastory Your sandwich looks amazing! I've been meaning to rewatch the movie and then read the book. 3mo
BrittanyReads Audiobook laundry saves my life haha 3mo
Kimberlone @vivastory thanks it was tasty! I‘m looking forward to rewatching the movie after I finish the book! @BrittanyReads 💯 3mo
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The Stand | Stephen King
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Is April the month I finally finish The Stand? I finally broke past 50% and am making lots of progress the past week.

Heads up: my final review will probably be an #unpopularopinion 🤫

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Shakespeare's Sonnets & Poems | William Shakespeare
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Updated my letter boards and added this cute new bookshelf print that my bf‘s sister sent me 🌸🌺🌷💐

erzascarletbookgasm Nice! And I like the quotes 💖👍 3mo
mabell Love the print! 3mo
Saknicole Yeah but look at those really profess looking watercolor flowers 😉 but for reals, cute bookshelf print! Very thoughtful! 3mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole of course the flower painting is what ties everything together (edited) 3mo
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Thrift store book haul from Saturday. $1.50 for the lot!

I‘m always on the lookout for leather bound volumes in good condition. I‘m pretty picky when it comes to paperbacks. I actually prefer paperbacks because they are so much easier to travel with and I can fit more on my bookshelves. But even when they are really cheap ($.10 each at the thrift store), I only want copies that are in like new condition. This helps me limit myself!

vivastory That Sherlock! 3mo
Kimberlone @vivastory yep, total steal! Glad I found that one :) 3mo
TheBookHippie WOWIE!!!!! ♥️♥️♥️😍📖📖📖 3mo
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BarbaraTheBibliophage What an amazing deal!! 3mo
SRWCF And here I thought I was getting such a deal with my $0.99 thrift store books. $0.10 is just unheard of! I would have bought up each and every 📖 at that sale! 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace Nice, some Ezra Pound. My most recent library sale hauls last week 2 days in a row came at 16 for $4 and 5 for $1. 3mo
Kimberlone @tokorowilliamwallace that‘s awesome! Love a good deal! 3mo
Kimberlone @SRWCF this is a locally owned thrift store so I think that‘s why the books start at 10 cents. Some hardcovers can be up to $1 but compared to Goodwill or the main used bookstore in my city (which even for the cheapest books starts at $3 usually), still an extremely good deal! 3mo
tokorowilliamwallace @Kimberlone, huh, really? The two Goodwills I frequented in Melbourne, Florida mostly had books for a dollar. 3mo
SRWCF @tokorowilliamwallace My local Goodwill store books usually start at 2 to 3 bucks. 3mo
Kimberlone @SRWCF @tokorowilliamwallace I don‘t go to Goodwill for book shopping since there‘s a better thrift store option for books in my area, but I live in Alaska so everything is more expensive, including Goodwill prices. I don‘t think I‘ve ever seen a book priced at Goodwill for less than $2.99 here. (edited) 3mo
SRWCF @Kimberlone I live in Idaho and I definitely have my fave thrift stores to shop at. My number one is St. Vincent De Paul's. Next is any library sale. Those two have the best prices! 3mo
Kimberlone @SRWCF Bishop‘s Attic is my go-to for book thrifting! They have the best deals in my area. Can‘t beat 10 cents per book! 3mo
SRWCF @Kimberlone What a great name for a thrift store! 3mo
Caitlin89 Oh my gosh!! What a steal! Like everyone else here, I only ever see thrifted books for 2 or 3 dollars at best! 3mo
Saknicole Have your read Wicked? That series is so um darkly unsentimental? The musical is so fluffy compared! I read Wicked and Son of a Witch in HS and honestly idk how I felt. 🤷‍♀️ 3mo
Kimberlone @Saknicole I read it in high school around the same time as the musical came out and was definitely surprised at how different they are. I don‘t remember reading any of the other books in the same universe. I loved this edition and couldn‘t resist for 10 cents. Love the green pages! 3mo
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A few pages from the graphic novel that struck me as good examples of the artistic style and use of vibrant color and contrast of light and dark.

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First 5 ⭐️ read of 2022!

Clue meets Cabin in the Woods meets Lost? Walter invites his interconnected group of friends on a weekend getaway at a lake house…then chaos ensues? This genre mashup features a gorgeous art style, and it‘s the first graphic novel that has truly gripped me since discovering Saga. The vibrant cast of characters, with Walter at the center of the web, narrate the story in a past/present/future structure. Can‘t wait for more!

sprainedbrain Oh that sounds awesome! 3mo
Kimberlone @sprainedbrain highly recommend! 3mo
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Here is my April #BookspinBingo! Carried over all of the #BOTM books from last month. I am hoping I will have a more productive reading month in April, and I will finally make some progress of my BOTM backlog.

BookSpin: The Silence of the Girls
DoubleSpin: True Biz

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!!! Looks great!! 3mo
melmes Looks nice, will you make one for may? 2mo
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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood | Quentin Tarantino
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Not a great reading month for me - I only finished 6 books, and I didn‘t do very well on my bingo card. Both #BookSpin and #DoubleSpin are still on my TBR. I will be keeping all of the #BOTM books from this month for April‘s board too.

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! Great month!! 3mo
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The Paris Apartment | Lucy Foley
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This is the last book I finished in March, but it was a good one. It might be my favorite Lucy Foley mystery so far. Foley is skilled at writing unlikeable rich people, and this translates well to the Paris upper class. The MC Jess was the most likeable of the POV characters she‘s created, and I thought the couple of twists thrown at the reader were actually surprising. My attention wandered at bit in the middle section, but I was pulled back in.

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I wasn‘t blown away by this month‘s selection (I thought BOTM said they were going to start offering more options each month?), but this one sounded cute and feels appropriate after all the love for CODA recently.

I‘m guessing a lot of people chose Kaikeyi, but I‘m kind of over the mythology retelling trend. If I hear good things about it, I might check it out from the library, though.