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Lesliereadsalot

Lesliereadsalot

Joined July 2021

Former restaurant owner, doer of all kinds of puzzles, constant reader, cookie baker, family gal
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I love her writing. This small 200 page book contains only a handful of short stories, but it‘s well worth reading. Each story features a small slice of life of each character.

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The Love of My Life | Rosie Walsh
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This is an interesting story/mystery, each chapter told through the eyes of the husband or wife. It unfolds slowly as each comes closer to the truth coming out. I liked the characters and found myself rooting for both of them.

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The Club | Ellery Lloyd
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Mehso-so

This is light summer reading. It‘s a mystery taking place in an exclusive club on an island. Over the top characters in an over the top setting, but lots of interesting little twists along the way were enough to keep me reading to the end.

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French Braid | Anne Tyler
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Mehso-so

I‘ve read many of her books, but this one didn‘t grab me. It‘s the story of one family through the years, but not a very interesting one. Give me “This Is Us” anytime!

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Nine Lives | Peter Swanson
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Mehso-so

Nine people are on a list to be killed with apparently nothing in common. Tied things up well at the end, but I could never keep all the characters straight.

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Sea of Tranquility: A Novel | Emily St. John Mandel
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I love everything she‘s written. More time travel here, but in a really interesting context. This book just…flows. It goes right by you and then you‘re at the end, and you think wow, I‘ve just read something. Plus there‘s a twist at the end.

KristiAhlers This was last months to discuss this month book club read. I loved it! 4w
Bklover I‘m waiting on a library hold on this one! 3w
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Mehso-so

This is a time travel thing where a girl gets to go back and meet her mother when they were both 30. It‘s a light read but kept my attention.

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Elena Knows | Claudia Pieiro
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A short book about a mother‘s quest to figure out who murdered her daughter, when the police have determined it to be a suicide. The mom has Parkinson‘s and struggles to even get through her day. Really interesting ending.

charl08 Wasn't it though? Listened to the translator speak about this book - fascinating. 1mo
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Mehso-so

I‘ve read every one of Harlan Coben‘s books. They‘re always good mysteries with twists. But I never feel like I‘ve read something substantial. That said, this story about a man looking for his parents, along with some reality show actors thrown in, and a vigilante group doing their thing, moves along at a rapid clip. Quick and harmless, but only rates a so-so.

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Mehso-so

This book took about 100 pages to get interesting. It‘s a futuristic story about a woman who loses custody of her daughter and must attend a school for a year whose purpose is to improve parenting skills. Each parent gets a robot doll to practice with and must bond with this doll. I did like the ending.

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Who is Maud Dixon? | Alexandra Andrews
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Mehso-so

A writer‘s assistant has an opportunity to take over the writer‘s identity and become famous. It did keep me reading to the end, but the story is a little far-fetched

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The Night Shift | Alex Finlay
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Mehso-so

Who killed the teenage girls at Blockbuster years ago? Who killed the teenage girls at Dairy Creamery in the present? Not a particularly interesting group of detectives here, but I read to the end to see who did it.

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These Precious Days | Ann Patchett
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Ann Patchett is a wonderful writer, along with being a bookstore owner in Nashville. These are her stories. They will make you laugh and cry, and your life will be enriched beyond measure.

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Mehso-so

Who killed the famous novelist? What happened to the Bernie Madoff character who disappeared while out on bond? This book kept me reading, but it‘s forgettable. Not much character depth, although there are some twists at the end.

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To Paradise | Hanya Yanagihara
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Wow! This book is stunning: the stories, the complexities, the characters. It‘s long at 700 pages, but don‘t let that scare you. Three fascinating stories are told, 100 years apart. It‘s a masterpiece and will stay with you for a long time.

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Anthem | Noah Hawley
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This is one odd book about the end of the world and a ragtag group of kids trying to save it. He‘s a terrific writer and if you haven‘t read After the Fall, read that one too.

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The Anomaly | Herv Le Tellier
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I liked this very strange take of a plane that lands identical to a plane that landed three months earlier. Same pilot, same passengers. The characters are really interesting and I liked how the story played out.

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Panpan

Is the brother-in-law a serial killer? Can‘t believe I read to the end of this book about a bunch of really uninteresting people.

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Hayley Mills was my favorite actress when I was growing up and this is her story of what it was like to be a child actor. She has a great memory and a voice that she needs others to hear. I was very happy to get to know the real Hayley Mills.

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Mehso-so

I‘ve read everything Elizabeth George has written, but her last few books have left me feeling kind of meh. This one is about Nigerians in London and clocks in at nearly 700 pages. It‘s a slog to find out whodunnit, and I wish there had been more about Detective Lynley and his crew, rather than the Nigerians.

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Before She Knew Him | Peter Swanson
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Mehso-so

It was hard for me to get into a book where the main character is named Hen. Hen thinks there‘s a serial killer living next door and proceeds to find out. There‘s a major twist near the end and I like major twists. But still just a beach read.

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Wish You Were Here | Jodi Picoult
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I‘ve read every book she has written and loved most of them, but this one was just ok. It‘s a story of a woman who has it all getting marooned on an island during Covid. It‘s a journey but I didn‘t find her interesting enough, at least for the first half of the book. It does pick up in the second half after a major twist. And I mean a major twist!

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Mehso-so

This is one big book about magicians in the 19th century. I hung in there until the end, and the story had some interesting parts, but mostly it seemed repetitive.

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Fresh Water for Flowers | Valrie Perrin
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Do not miss this book! Three love stories and a mystery form the backbone of this book about a woman who oversees life in a cemetery. It‘s so well written and the stories are pure magic. Best book I‘ve read this year by far.

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Love this author! Good story, beautiful writing, interesting characters, many of them narrators. Highly recommend this book and also his first two books.

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This one‘s a gripper…read it in one day! Two sides of one story told by a husband and wife, with a famous recluse author and a scary woman living in the middle of nowhere, thrown in the mix. Really kept moving with lots of twists and a good ending. Here‘s my to do list.

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The Husbands | Chandler Baker
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Bailedbailed

Maybe it‘s me. Could not get into this book about a lawyer investigating an arson and murder. The characters have no life to them.

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Bailedbailed

Four of the most boring people you‘ll ever meet.

KristiAhlers I wasn‘t a fan of this one either. I tried reading the first chapter at the library and bailed before I even checked it out. 7mo
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Not a Happy Family | Shari Lapena
Mehso-so

This book does keep you guessing til the last page. Who murdered the wealthy couple? Lots of possibilities, lots of motives, lots of shady characters. But still just another murder mystery.

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Matrix | Lauren Groff
Mehso-so

The words are flowing and beautiful in this book about nuns in the twelfth century. I had a hard time getting through it, as the story didn‘t interest me all that much. But the author is such a significant writer that I read to the end. Worth reading for the lavish words alone.

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The Heart Principle | Helen Hoang
Mehso-so

Here we have the love relationship between an autistic violinist and the guy who falls for her. It‘s an interesting story but I didn‘t love it. Not that much happens.

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The Stranger in the Mirror | Liv Constantine
Mehso-so

Another one of those girl has amnesia books. Perfect husband who she ran away from two years earlier. Great boyfriend now. When old husband finds her will she return home? Sorry to say I didn‘t really care.

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The Paper Palace: A Novel | Miranda Cowley Heller
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Elle‘s life unfolds over fifty years against one 24 hour period when she has to decide her future. Her history is fascinating and detailed. The characters are developed so well and you will feel all of their emotions. Loved this book.

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Mehso-so

This is the story of Alice and Mattia, two people who meet as children in Italy. As their lives progress, each one is better as a person alone than with someone else. They come in and out of each other‘s lives as they grow to adulthood. An interesting book, but ultimately left me feeling only sad.

Nute I remember buying this book because of the title and the picture of the peas on the front cover. That was years ago. I haven‘t gotten around to reading it yet. 8mo
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Breathe: A Novel | Joyce Carol Oates
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365 pages of Joyce Carol Oates saying good-bye to her husband who has passed away. Almost bailed on this one but I‘ve loved many of her books and she‘s a terrific writer. But this one….it just goes on and on. It‘s really an in depth look at someone whose spouse is dying and how it feels to be the person left behind.

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Fierce Little Thing | Miranda Beverly-Whittemore
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Three stories are told simultaneously by one narrator: what happened when she was a child, her life on a commune when she was a teenager, and her present day self. Lots of mysteries and all the answers at the end. A story that will stay with you and seems so realistic you have to remind yourself it‘s a novel.

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Piranesi | Susanna Clarke
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Don‘t know how I forgot to review this book! Can‘t even describe the story about a man trapped in a surreal world of floods and statues. It‘s one of my faves.

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How does famous actress Evelyn Hugo wind up with seven husbands? Believe me, you‘ll be fascinated. A really good story with well developed characters trying to find their truth. As we all should.

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Mehso-so

A boy is kidnapped by his father and comes home six years later. I figured out the plot twists early on and didn‘t feel as though the boy had much depth.

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Panpan

A group of friends and relatives gathers in Portugal for a wedding. Who‘s sleeping with who? Who‘s a kid‘s real father? I‘m still not sure what happened at the end.

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Panpan

A girl is trapped in a car with a serial killer for one entire night. But is he a serial killer? Hard to say because she is constantly blanking out and she can‘t tell if real things are happening or she‘s in a movie inside of her mind. Almost bailed, but kept reading to the end. At least I found out If the guy‘s a serial killer.

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The Turnout | Megan Abbott
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This one‘s a thriller. Two sisters and one husband run an inherited ballet school. Lots of secrets, twists and a good ending. I couldn‘t put it down.

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Mehso-so

A murderer, a reporter, an actress and a guardian angel travel through time, meeting each other in different worlds. Lots of hype about this book, and I liked the story, but I felt like the characters were one-dimensional. You might see this one on tv sometime!

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Mehso-so

Here we have a 40 year old woman and a 20 year old boy band star falling in love with each other. It‘s an interesting premise, but doesn‘t really deliver any kind of emotional jolt. Lots of sex though!

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Phase Six: A novel | Jim Shepard
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This is a story about a little boy in a small village in Greenland who contracts a dangerous disease that turns into a world wide pandemic. Where have we heard that story before, right? I would have liked more about the kid and less about the technicalities of fighting this thing. Having read so much about COVID, I might not have been in the mood for reading about another pandemic.

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Falling | T J Newman
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A far-fetched story about a pilot who has to decide between crashing his plane or choosing his family to be murdered. It took me days to read this book as I just didn‘t believe in any of the characters. Plus I figured out the bad guy right away.

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Dream Girl | Laura Lippman
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This is the kind of book I read in one day, just to get to the end. We have a writer laid up in a bed in his apartment with scary stuff happening to him. I won‘t be able to recall the plot in a week. This book screams beach read.

JHSiess I enjoyed it. 10mo
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Early Morning Riser | Katherine Heiny
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I liked these characters. They felt like people I might know: a school teacher, a guy who sleeps with everyone, a man with some disabilities. And they all come together as a family. A nice story.

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Mehso-so

How did three woman come to have the same Godmother? And which of the three will inherit the big house in Martha‘s Vineyard? I stopped caring about midway through although I read to the end.

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Heaven | Mieko Kawakami
Mehso-so

The story is about two school kids and their friendship, based on being outcasts. The author gives the characters a lot of depth, but I found the story of their bullying not really going anywhere.