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Lauren.Archer

Lauren.Archer

Joined April 2016

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Thank you NetGalley and Random House for an Advanced Reader‘s Copy of this Book. I just thoroughly enjoyed reading Reichl‘s Memoir about when you she ran Gourmet Magazine. She has a real genuine way of writing and making the reader engaged. This memoir is so delightful. I am looking forward to reading her backlist.

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This book is not normally my cup of tea, however, after I got through the first 1/3 I could not put it down. This book has a little bit of everything for everyone. Great read.

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Bluebird, Bluebird | Attica Locke
Mehso-so

I understand this book was well loved, and wanted to give this a try. Unfortunately gritty detective novels have never been my thing and it appears to continues to be that way.

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I Miss You When I Blink: Essays | Mary Laura Philpott
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This was one of the best essay collections I have ever read. She is very relatable. This will make you smile, laugh and even ponder some things. Can‘t wait to read more from her.

KathyWheeler I just got this book. 1w
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Professor Chandra Follows His Bliss | Rajeev Balasubramanyam
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Thank you NetGalley for a copy of this book. This was such a delightful read, about a man on the cusp of seventy after having an accident decides to take a sabbatical and find his bliss. All the hijinks that go along with and the tender moments he has re-evaluating his relationships with his family are just really good. Really enjoyed this one.

TheNerdyProfessor I just finished this one too! It was a very refreshing read. 2w
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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This was cute to boot. This started out a bit slower than The Kiss Quotient, however, how this book developed it was so good. Khai and Esme will stay with me for quite a bit.

essayareayaitch Can't wait to start it. 2w
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Bailedbailed

This book was something I could not get into right now. Maybe another time.

megnews I really liked this one but I agree it has to be the right time for a book. 2w
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Next read, I need something super light.

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Next book. I think I heard it on Anne Bogel's new podcast, but now I can't remember.

Bakingbookworm This is a wonderful read!! I read it years ago and still think about it. Julie has a new book coming out this summer. I‘ll be posting my review of it closer to its pub date. I hope you love Calling Me Home. 2w
JenReadsAlot I read this years ago and absolutely loved it! 2w
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Only Ever Her | Marybeth Mayhew Whalen
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Thank you NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for an Advanced Reader‘s Copy of this book. This book is set up a mystery about a woman who goes missing just days before her wedding. The author does a great job of putting all the right elements in, so this becomes a page turner. However, as the story progresses it fell a little flat for me. I was like that was it, really. Great Premise, ok execution.

Book_Fairy_Mary Just curious, do you blog about your advanced copies or do you just share reviews here & on netgalley? 2w
Lauren.Archer @book_fairy_mary I do not have a blog, but I am debating right now if I wam going to start a blog or a book tube channel of maybe both. I am definitely moving in that direction, just want to do it right.
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I know there has been a lot of mixed reviews on this, but this was such an important story. This is about a family continually going through the cycle of abuse and how to break free from this. I read some reviews that this does not represent the true nature of a Palestinian family, but to me this was the vehicle for the story not the main point. Very well written.

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My last book was not working for me, so change is pace. Hopefully this will hold my attention.

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Dream Sequence | Adam Foulds
Mehso-so

This centers around two characters, Kristin, a divorcee from Philly and Henry an actor on a hit TV show. This book centers around obsession, Kristin with Henry, and Henry with himself. They billed this as satirical, but it definitely did not feel that way. It ended up being a sad little book in my opinion. This book will definitely be one that is talked about, as I think people will have strong feelings either way.

Theaelizabet I haven‘t read Foulds since The Quickening Maze, which I liked well-enough, but not sure the subject matter of this one entices me, especially given your concerns. (edited) 2w
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Purple Hibiscus: A Novel | Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Finally getting the opportunity to read this one. Americanah was amazing and I heard this was just as good.

Kate.Braithwaite Loved this! 3w
Abby2 Loved it! 3w
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Correspondents | Tim Murphy
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This book covers many topics and to me falls into the category of epic, due to the number of characters, the locations this book takes place and the span of time. The story center around Rita who is half Lebanese/half Irish growing up in Massachusetts. After finishing college at Harvard she goes to work in the Middle East as a journalist o pay her dues. What is ensues is so great and you go on this grand journey with her.

Hazel0303 I‘m reading this soon! So glad to see you loved it! 3w
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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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I personally think I am over YA novels. They just don‘t grab me like they use to. This one was cute and had a good ending. I just feel like YA glances over some of the major topics.

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Tell Me Three Things | Julie Buxbaum
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Reading this for the #MMDBookClub for May. I am not a big YA reader, but she has nothing but praise for this one.

Lovesbooks87 It was so good! Enjoy! 3w
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Finally a new audio book. So excited! the last one took me almost 5 months to finish.

Cathythoughts Great cover 3w
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I can‘t believe it took me this long to read this book. I grew up watching this movie pretty regularly, so I thought I would know this book. I did not know anything. This book is such more and Scarlett, is a heroine I never knew existed. This is going down as one of the best books ever.

jillannjohn One of my favorites! 3w
Ashley_Nicoletto I‘m reading it right now and I‘m devouring it. 3w
CoverToCoverGirl Glad you decided to read it, over the years I‘ve read it three times and every time it almost feels like a new book and your right the movie doesn‘t even come close to the book! 3w
limada My heart sings to hear of others enjoying this book. I've loved it from the minute I picked it up in gr 10, which is more years ago than I'd like to admit. It really is all about the book. The movie, while cinematically wonderful, especially for the time period, loses so many details. It would have been so interesting to see what else Margaret Mitchell could have written had she had the lifetime or interest in doing so. 3w
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Wunderland: A Novel | Jennifer Cody Epstein
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I have heard wonderful things about this one.

JenReadsAlot I loved it! 3w
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A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Another great selection. This story feels very epic in this very compact book. I could not put it down. I wanted to read as fast as I could. This covers three generations of the same family and you can see all the cracks that happen. It felt very real. Immensely enjoyed this one.

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A Kind of Freedom: A Novel | Margaret Wilkerson Sexton
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Third book from this quarter‘s #TBR. So far the last 5 have been absolutely brilliant. I am reading books I would never even heard of if it wasn‘t for this service. Well worth the price.

Ashley_Nicoletto Agreed! The recommend me stuff I have never heard or would never have picked up on my own and they have all been incredible. 3w
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The Unseen World | Liz Moore
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This might have been the most perfect book I have ever read. This had just about every element that you could thing of. I found myself taking a long time to read this one, as I wanted to savor this on. This is going to go down as one of my favorite books ever.

ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Wow - stacked! 3w
CindyMyLifeIsLit Just looked at reviews on Goodreads—it pretty much blew everyone away, so it goes on the list! Thanks!! 3w
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Correspondents | Tim Murphy
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Lucky enough to receive a copy from NetGalley. Going to dive into this right now.

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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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This has the premise of a ghost story. Hattie was hung for being.a witch. Flash forward you know have the intertwining story of Helen, a married woman who has just bought property in this small town and building a house, and Olive a 14 year girl who is trying to find out more about the disappearance of her mother. You can imagine with this type of book a lot ensues. This is a truly creepy book with a ending that I did not see coming.

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The Invited: A Novel | Jennifer McMahon
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I have heard great things about this and have an EGalley of this this I am about to start.

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Excited to receive a copy of this from NetGalley.

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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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This book was not what I expected at all and I just loved this. This was told from the perspective of husband (he is nameless) of this married couple who happens to murder women. They have two kids and for a lot of this book you get a true family perspective and this dad just adores his family. The ending was completely unexpected. Such a great read.

BarbaraBB Great review. I loved this one too. So unexpected, all of it! 4w
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The Unseen World | Liz Moore
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This book was selected by Book Riot‘s TBR. They last few books have been spot on so have extremely high hopes.

Libby1 I loved her book Heft so I‘m adding this immediately to my TBR. I hope you‘ll enjoy it. 4w
8little_paws I've heard this is really good 4w
Becker It was a good book for me. (edited) 4w
Christine Loved this one! 4w
JennyM This was a great read for me - fingers crossed you enjoy it 🤞 4w
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The Bride Test | Helen Hoang
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Yeah for book of the month.

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When We Left Cuba | Chanel Cleeton
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Loved her first book, very much looking forward to this one.

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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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Kelly continues to impress me with her writing. I love that she uses multiple POVs to tell these stories. She has wonderful flow and the right amount of cliff hangers. I heard next book sticks with the Ferriday family but going back to the Civil War. Can‘t wait!

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My Lovely Wife | Samantha Downing
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Next up! I am hearing such good things about this one.

BookwormM I am currently reading this 😃 4w
BarbaraBB It is! 4w
Jemgirl2014 Loved it!! 4w
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The Unpassing: A Novel | Chia-Chia Lin
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This is about an immigrant family from Korea leaving in Alaska.during the 80's. The book is narrated by Gavin the oldest son of the this family of son. He takes the blame or maybe I should say feels he is too blame of some of things that happens. He has the weight of life on his shoulders. At first I felt this was a story of vignettes, but the end this culminated into a lovely story that tied everything together. Wonderful book.

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This was a very fast paced thriller that will keep you guessing until the end. This book starts with the death of Kate's mother Lily, and it appears to be foul play. Kate then starts to receive threats or is she. This book will mess with you mind and nothing is what it seems. Liv Constantine knows how to write a good thriller and this one does not disappoint.

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Lost Roses | Martha Hall Kelly
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Finished Lilac Girls and immediately moving onto the prequel.

kspenmoll This author is coming to a community center in the town I work in. Cannot wait! 1mo
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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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This book was incredible. I have not read a book that gave me so many feelings in such a long time. This book follows three woman, Caroline from NY, Kasia from Poland and Herta from Germany from pre WWII to post WWII. Caroline and Herta were real woman, which the author based the historical fiction book on. These woman‘s stories were harrowing and how the author melded these stories was perfection. Absolutely loved this one.

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In West Mills | De'Shawn Charles Winslow
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This book is a phenomenal debut. It is small and subtle, but will personally sit with me quite a while. The story takes place in an African America community in North Carolina between the 1940‘s and 1980‘s. The main character “Knot” was way ahead of her time, never felt she had to follow the norms. It was so much fun to follow this very independent w0man who would not care about following any of the norms. Very good read.

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Lilac Girls: A Novel | Martha Hall Kelly
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Next up!

bookaholic1 Enjoy, it's so good 1mo
mdm139 Just finished this one today. I loved it 1mo
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Bailedbailed

I think it is time to break up with this series. Well it was fun for a big, I find myself not caring anymore. There are much better books for me out there.

Owlizabeth Yeah, I dropped the series with this one, too. 1mo
CoverToCoverGirl Oh no... currently doing a series re-read, on Blood Vow now, almost to this one which I haven‘t read yet.. sorry you didn‘t like it. 1mo
bookaholic1 I enjoyed it, but I enjoy all of them 1mo
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Mehso-so

I really loved Patrick‘s for two novels but this one did not work for me and I so wanted this to. I rounded up from 2 1/2 stars to 3. I felt no attachment to any of the characters on this one and it was a much sadder story than I expected.

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I was able to get the newest book in the series out of the library but realized I never read this one. Guess I will be spending the next few days with these books.

CoverToCoverGirl I‘m doing a series re-read.. I‘m now reading (edited) 1mo
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This take on this important book was absolutely brilliant. The artwork is amazing. Beautiful!

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So excited to read this graphic novel.

Librariana I'm right there with ya! 😊 1mo
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The Mister | E L James
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Take this with a grain salt, I am not comparing this to the great literary works out there. I was looking for a fun book to read and this totally fulfilled that requirement. I thoroughly enjoyed this story for what‘s its worth, I will likely read more if there is more to this story.

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Lie With Me: A Novel | Philippe BESSON
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Simply stunning. This feels like a memoir than a novel.

Theaelizabet And translated by actress Molly Ringwald. Who knew? 1mo
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The Mother-in-Law | Sally Hepworth
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I could not put this book down. It was so fast paced and good. Good story I felt for both woman throughout. Fun read and highly recommend

KatieDid927 I liked it a lot too 1mo
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The Rosie Result | Graeme Simsion
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I cannot tell you how excited I was when I get an ARC. I just adored the first two books so much. This picks up years later with Don and Rosie and their son Hudson who is having some difficulty in school. This book had all the charm as the first two books. I would not want to spoil a think but Don is definitely up to his old tricks, If you read the previous books you gotta read this one. Perfect end to the story.

aquariusnat Enjoyed the first, now looking forward to the next two novels . 1mo
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Out of Salem | Hal Schrieve
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Rounding up on this one. This started off with a lot of promise, but about a third in, it started to lose my interest. This does take on a lot of topics dealing with LGBTQ youth, but it unfortunately working this in with zombie and werewolves just did not totally work for me.

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California Girls | Susan Mallery
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This book was exactly what I wanted. It was what I expected and I loved it. Very typical, but who cares.